Moira Griffin-Roosa


University of Vermont

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

I didn’t mind it. “Love” is too strong of a word. I had braces for 5 years so spent a lot of time in the dental chair. I ended up working for my dentist in high school which shaped my future career.

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

I started working at my childhood dentist’s office when I was 15, setting up treatment rooms and pouring up models. I loved the fast pace and dynamic of a team working together.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Showing someone how to take care of their teeth and gums so they can avoid seeing the dentist.

__What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why? __

Barack Obama, because he has a beautiful smile.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?


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

I have a twin!

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

Down time is few and far between these days. My wife and I own a corporate catering company. When I’m not tending to my dental patients, I’m helping her with the take out portion of the business.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

That we’re all out to sell procedures and to make money. Our first goal is to get our members healthy and to teach them how to take care of their teeth and gums to avoid costly procedures.

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

The resilience of gingiva. After a thorough cleaning, it takes 2 weeks of flossing under the gums and brushing to get rid of any inflammation.

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

I would be an elementary school art teacher.

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

Classic Rock

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

Being able to spend time in Vermont with my family.