Vlada Yakimidi


English, Russian
AAS in Dental Hygiene
New York City College of Technology

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

I loved it because, fortunately, I did not have a bad experience as a kid.

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

My friend asked me if I wanted to be trained as a dental assistant. I tried it out because it was a very detail-oriented field.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing the results, like when a patient shows improvement in their gum tissue after a treatment.

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

I wanted to be a fashion model when I was a kid.

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

Pool, yoga, sauna, out with friends.

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

It is never the same. Every mouth is different.