My journey to dentistry was not a straight path. I started a family right out of college, moved around with my husband’s career and I worked as a high school science teacher. When the opportunity presented itself to attend dental school, I took it! Its the perfect mix; getting the opportunity to help others and getting to form authentic relationships with my patients.
Why are you an ADA member?
I feel a sense of duty to stay involved with my profession and to keep myself knowledgeable and relevant in our ever-changing world. From my local component to the national level, being a member of the ADA helps me feel confident that someone has my back.
What was your first job?
During high school, I worked the snack bar at a local golf course, was a waitress at a hotel restaurant and worked at Einstein’s Bros. Bagels.
What has been the best time of your career so far?
The most memorable time in my career thus far was participating in a humanitarian mission to the Philippines. It was an amazing experience to work with local and foreign dentists and military members, providing medical and dental care to thousands of impoverished Filipinos.
When I’m not practicing, I’m:
Always involved with my amazing three kids. I enjoy being involved in our local community, coaching my kids youth sports teams and being outdoors (year-round!) in our great state of Alaska.
One fun fact about me:
I was a Starbucks barista for three years in college. Latte anyone? Getting to feed my caffeine addition and chatting with people all day long…loved it!