Jimena Santana


English, Spanish
BS in Dental Hygiene
University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

Loved it!

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?

My orthodontist. I never knew how much confidence you can get from a smile.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Making people feel better

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Trix cereal

__What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you? __

I can play the violin and viola

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?

Going out for a nice dinner! Playing with my puppy

__What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth? __

Smiling boosts your immune system

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?

Pastry chef

When I’m in the patient chair, I’m probably grooving to {blank} in my headphones.

Doja cat

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?