Nelson Martinez


English, Spanish
BS in Dental Hygiene
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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

Learned to love the reassurance and the guidance all staff provided me on my dental visits.

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

My mentors provided an example of what it means to provide healthcare in an equitable and effective manner. An International mission to my parents country of the Dominican Republic helped me realize the opportunities there are in dentistry. I became fully immersed in the dental field since.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to talk to patients and see how receptive they are. Most patients care about their teeth and would like to do what it takes to care for them it’s my responsibility to educate them and make their experience pleasant and informative.

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

I was a theatre major at the Boston Arts Academy for high school and graduated college really young. Young enough that I couldn’t attend my senior trip to the casino.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

People believe our profession is solely based on cosmetics. However, what is done in a dental office is done with the patients health in mind. I hope to allow patients to achieve their dental goals while reassuring them that what’s being done truly does benefit their long term health.

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

My family, my children, and the people I meet at work.