Val Nosko DentalHygienist 03

Valeriya Nosko


English, Russian
AAS in Dental Hygiene
Plaza College

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come? I still hate going to the dentist—I'm very anxious when it comes to having dental work done! I had some done as a child and it was painful.

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so? Dentistry kind of fell into my lap when I was applying to jobs right after high school. I had no experience, but a doctor hired me as a receptionist, and then I became a dental assistant, then a dental biller, and then an office manager. That’s when I realized I would rather work directly with the patients, so I can educate them on the importance of oral health and how everything in the body is connected.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? When the patients are happy and comfortable with their cleanings—especially those who haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and are afraid. It makes me happy to make them comfortable.

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button? I love to travel! That’s how I recharge from everyday life. I love to explore and go on adventures.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing? Cleanings are painful.

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really? Traveling to new places.

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