WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A DENTIST, AND HOW OLD WERE YOU?
I was in third grade when I first became interested in being a dentist. After multiple visits to my orthodontist, Dr. Steffen, I really thought it was cool. In high school, I had an assignment to research a possible future career and write a paper. I chose dentistry, and that really helped me pinpoint that it was the career for me!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING?
I graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2008 with Dr. Spurlock. I have been practicing for a little over 7 years. During that time, I have had the opportunities to work with children, in public health, and in private practice.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING A CAREER IN DENTISTRY?
Dentistry is a great career. I would advise someone to make sure that he/she is the type of person who truly loves to learn. Dentistry is constantly evolving, and, in order to be excellent, a person must be committed to continuous learning. Anyone wanting a dental career should make contacts with as many dental professionals as possible and ask questions!
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST SATISFYING ABOUT BEING A DENTIST?
I love that my career allows me to provide treatment to patients that makes an impact on the quality of their lives. I enjoy being part of a team that is committed to serving our patients to the best of our abilities. I also enjoy being involved in the dental community and trying to make our profession better for everyone.