Born and raised in Poland, hygienist Magdalena Drakopoulos now lives in New York with her husband and son, who is six years old and a total dental pro. “He knows everything about hygiene and is excellent at brushing,” she says. “Way better than your average six-year-old!"
When she was young, Magdalena spent a lot of time in dentists' chairs—and not all of those experiences were positive. "Growing up seeing private dentists in Poland, I had all the worst experiences you could possibly have," she says. "So now I'm super conscious of creating a great experience. I explain everything to my patients and try to build trust. And I'm very sensitive to anyone feeling pain or discomfort."
"The best feeling in the world," she says, "is when a guest who was nervous or uncomfortable realizes that they can trust me. And when they tell me they're looking forward to their next appointment with me. I love that I can help people feel more confident."