Hometown: Apopka, FL
What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I always wanted to do something in the realm of medicine. I’m a very meticulous and precise person, and I like the idea of making an instant and lasting positive effect on someone. I also love arts and crafts, and dentistry is kind of the arts and crafts of medicine.
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, quilting, crocheting, cross-stitching, Bob Ross-ing, gardening, woodworking, home improvement projects, and trying new things.
What is your favorite ASDA event? The ASDA National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, IL each year. Being among so many new leaders is electrifying. The passion, ideas, and inspiration remind me that our profession will continue to be in good hands far into the future. It’s also a wonderful time to see my friends from around the country.
Where can you find me outside of school? I’m usually traveling for ASDA almost every other weekend, so it’s hard to find me! When I’m home, I like to spend time with my husband and Snowbelle, my chihuahua.
Interesting fact about me: Before dentistry, I planned to work in genetic engineering of food crops.
Favorite dental procedure: Class IV composite restorations. It’s basically reconstructive surgery for teeth. Color match, lots of beveling, and layering dentin and enamel shades. I feel like a sculptor, and the results are always dramatic. It’s something your patients will see every day, so everything must be perfect!
Favorite place to eat in SLC: My dining room! Even with the responsibilities of dental school and ASDA, I cook dinner for me and my husband just about every night. I always love having dinner parties with my lifelong colleagues, too!
What do you see yourself doing in five years? In five years, I hope to be practicing as a general dentist in Orlando, FL and volunteering for free clinics in the area. I will be involved in the Florida Dental Association and the ADA New Dentist committee. No matter where life leads, you can bet I will continue dedicating my life to advocating for our profession and the underserved.
What would you tell someone who thinks they don’t have time to be involved in organized dentistry? You do have time! I think the definition of “involved” can be misleading. You don’t have to give up your nights and weekends (and clinic days!) to meet with leaders of our national associations or the federal government to be considered “involved.” All you have to do is stay informed. You can do that simply by being an ASDA and ADA member, reading ASDA and ADA publications, and telling your local leaders what is important to you. Sticking together is involvement in itself.