Dental School: University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, 2012
Years in Practice: 8
How do you help patients overcome dental anxiety?
By being compassionate, understanding the source of fear and talking them through it. We are born with two innate fears, which are the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. The rest are [cultivated] by outside influences. Therefore, understanding and listening to the source of fear from patients really helps me in navigating them through a dental procedure.
What is one piece of dental advice that everyone should follow?
The mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Wellness begins in the mouth, so be mindful of what goes in and floss the teeth that you want to keep!
What have been your biggest takeaways from your mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras?
I’m always reminded that a satisfied life is more meaningful than a successful life. And that success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure. These trips really take me away from the daily routine and put me in a completely different state of mind. We live very simply while on these trips, and they really make me appreciate all the little things in life.
You’re a hometown gal! What are your favorite things to do and eat around the Valley?
I love exploring new eats, having cook-offs and game night with friends. Most of my activities revolve around food! It’s all about good food and good company. We have really good Mexican food here in Phoenix.
You’re a hiking enthusiast. What are some of your favorite local trails?
Piestewa Peak! I’m only a seasonal enthusiast, not so much in the summer here.
What’s the funniest thing a patient has said to you on nitrous oxide?
Not so much from the patients, but from their parents: “Can I have some, too?”
“If I wasn’t a dentist, I’d be…”
A global food critic. I’d love to be able to explore international culture and cuisine, and learn the way people live each day through food. I love this quote from Anthony Bourdain: “Perhaps wisdom is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”