Getting to Know You: : Dr. Yige Zhao

Dr. Yige Zhao, an associate dentist in San Diego, and her husband, Justin, stands at the top of Observation Point at Zion National Park this summer.

Why dentistry? 

My father is a dentist so I’ve always been exposed to the profession but throughout most of my life, I actually wanted to be anything but a dentist. I knew I wanted to go into the health profession, and I was extremely skilled with my hands since I was little. Dentistry ended up being the perfect match for my interests and strengths.

Why are you an ADA member?

It is crucial for our profession to have a voice in times of change. On top of all the tangible membership benefits they offer, the advocacy that the ADA does on behalf of dentists is tremendous. Having lobbied in Washington D.C. as a student, I know how important it is to speak to legislators to get what we want. Having the membership count to back up the organization gives us a louder unified voice.

What was your first job? 

My first job was at Subway. My official job title was “sandwich artist.” I worked there for all of high school and during my college breaks. Ten years later I’ve just become a different type of artist, a tooth artist!

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

The best time of my career is honestly right now. I’m grateful every day for our move to San Diego because it allowed me to pursue a lifestyle I thrive in. Working four days without the headaches of practice ownership allows me to enjoy other aspects of my life stress-free. I eventually want to own my practice but am currently enjoying every day in the moment and learning as much as I can to prepare for the future.

When I’m not practicing, I’m: 

At the beach with my two dogs, bottle-feeding and snuggling foster kittens or traveling with my husband. I also love health and fitness so you can often find me at the gym or in the kitchen. Last but not least I love arts and crafts, from calligraphy to water color to customized gifts, I’m always working on a project!

One fun fact about me:

I speak three languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.

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