Getting to Know You: Dr. Robin Nguyen

Robin Nguyen, an endodontist in Trinity, Fla., at the 2014 Nike’s Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C.

Why dentistry?

I got interested in dentistry at an early age. My mom, now a retired dentist, is my role model. She helped me see the importance of education and serving people. As more research confirm the importance of oral health to overall systemic health, I can’t think of a better profession to be a part of.

Why are you an ADA member?

I believe the ADA is truly helping all dentists succeed in their career no matter practice model or where they practice. I believe the ADA is the leading oral health advocate and has the ability to be the authority in oral health. I believe we are stronger together than apart. I believe the future of dentistry can be great and the ADA can help shape that future to the benefit of dentists and the public that we serve.

What was your first job?

My first real job was being a teacher’s assistant for a biology class at the University of California, Irvine, my alma mater (Zot! Zot!).

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

I don’t have a singular best time of my career so far. I enjoy dentistry and the people I meet through it. It is challenging but also equally rewarding. I suppose it is a good thing to not have a “best time of my career so far” because that means greater things are yet to come.

When I’m not practicing:

I’m either enjoying my time with my husband, my 2-year-old daughter and our fur baby, Frisco, or I am out and about training for my next race.

One fun fact about me:

I love distance running. I have completed numerous half marathons and a few marathons. I am currently training for the Chicago Marathon in October.

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