Category Archives: Life as a New Dentist

Juggling motherhood and a full-time career in dentistry: How I make it work

U.S. News recently listed dentistry as the #2 job in the country. Undoubtedly, our profession offers great work-life balance, career growth and low unemployment. However, it’s not without its challenges, of course—especially if you’re a working mother. According to a survey, more than 70 percent of the women polled agreed that being a mom in today’s world is… Read More »

10 Under 10 Winner: Combining a Love of Football with a Dental Career

When he first went to college, Kristopher Rappold was interested in one thing: playing football. “Over time I realized that football was not going to be a career and I decided to look around a bit,” Dr. Rappold said. His uncle, a dentist, set him up with job shadowing opportunities with several practicing dentists, and he was inspired… Read More »

New York dentists show value of mentorship

As they drove home to New York City from Rutgers University nearly a decade ago, Dr. Marcus Johnson and Dr. Edly Destine may not have imagined they would one day consider each other family. Their relationship is a testament to the power of mentorship, friendship, common interests and following through. Dr. Johnson, then a third-year dental student at… Read More »

Changing my name was exhausting, but right for me

April 7, 2017 was the best day of my life outside graduating dental school. I married the one person who truly “gets” me and loves me for every weird quirk. Not to mention, we had the biggest, best party in Playa Mujeres, Mexico, for our destination wedding. When Ben proposed to me in December of 2015, I knew… Read More »

My decision to own a dental practice as a recent graduate

Pounding years when typical nights often include more hours of study and work than of sleep do finally end. Our commitment to a profession and our determination to succeed and excel in our chosen field eventually culminate in graduation from dental school — certainly one of the proudest moments in our lives. Our families cheer us on; we… Read More »

Getting to know you: Dr. Jenna Hatfield

Why dentistry? Ever since I was a teenager and in braces, I loved dental terminology. When the assistant would leave me to wait for the orthodontist I always admired the instruments and loved when the orthodontist would talk dental lingo to the assistant. I’d try and decipher what he was saying. I ultimately decided general dentistry was my… Read More »