Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?
I loved it! I've never had a cavity, so I'm sure that's a big reason why. I have three younger siblings and my mom would take all of us out to dinner twice a year after our dental appointments so I have good memories associated with going to the dentist.
What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?
My family dentist. I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field, but had NO idea in what capacity. I told him as much while home for summer break from college and he asked if I would be interested in assisting him a few times a week over the summer. I was a little reluctant to do it because I already had a summer job, but it ended up being the best job I ever had and made me certain I wanted to pursue dentistry.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing a patient's confidence return after restoring their smile. The first time they look in the mirror after a procedure and just look so happy.
What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?
Cookie dough ice cream with peanut butter sauce and rainbow sprinkles
How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?
Pilates on Sundays and binging Netflix with my boyfriend.
What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?
That going to the dentist is painful and scary. I love the moment when you see a visibly anxious, apprehensive patient finally relax and start to trust you.