Getting to know you: Dr. Emily Mattingly

What kind of dentistry/specialty do you practice?

I am a general dentist in a group family practice. I see mainly pediatric and adolescent patients in an area where we have a high volume of Medicaid patients.

Where do you practice?

I practice in rural north central Missouri in my hometown of Chillicothe, the “Home of Sliced Bread.”

Why dentistry?

I am a fourth-generation dentist; however, originally I wanted to attend medical school. I started working as a dental assistant for my father and came to the realization that I actually loved improving patient’s smiles and furthering my knowledge about
oral health.

Why are you an ADA member?

I am an ADA member for many reasons, but the one I feel most strongly about is advocacy for our profession and oral health.

What was your first job?

My first job was filing paper charts and calling to confirm appointments in my father and grandfather’s dental office.

What has been the best time of your career so far?

The best part of my career has been when my husband and I bought into our practice and moved from being associate dentists to owner dentists.

When I’m not practicing, I’m:

Usually spending time with my husband and our three small children: Elliot, 5, Elyse, 3, and Adah Pearl, 2 months. I also love listening to audiobooks!

One fun fact about me:

I am a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts and received my Silver and Gold Awards during my active years. Fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts achieve their Gold Award and it is the equivalent of the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout.

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