Getting to know you: Dr. Jenna Hatfield

Dr. Jenna Hatfield, a general dentist in Norfolk, Nebraska, takes a picture with her 2-year-old daughter, Clara, during the Fourth of July holiday.

Dr. Jenna Hatfield, a general dentist in Norfolk, Nebraska, takes a picture with her 2-year-old daughter, Clara, during the Fourth of July holiday.

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 passion as I love working with patients of all ages and like the variety every day brings.

Why are you an ADA member? I love being a part of something bigger. I think it’s amazing to have a common bond between me (smack dab middle of the U.S.) and someone who practices on the coast. I’ve made so many friends through organized dentistry and have learned so much. Sometimes, I think I learn more from talking with peers and sitting in board or council meetings for my state association than I do at any CE course. I’ve created a network of people that I can reach out to with almost any question or concern.

What was your first job? I was a lifeguard at the local YMCA in high school.

What has been the best time of your career so far? Truthfully, the conferences I’ve attended. I have been fortunate enough to attend a New Dentist Conference, the ADA annual meeting, the Rocky Mountain Dental Conference and various state and local meetings and there’s not one that I didn’t have a great time.

When I’m not practicing, I’m: volunteering within my community or just hanging out with my 2-year-old daughter. She amazes me every day.

One fun fact about me: I’m 6’1″ and I’m a horrible basketball player. Put a volleyball in my hands and it’s a different story.

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