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Dentistry runs in your family!
Give us a snapshot of their ties
and history to the profession-
and what got you into it, too.
It's true-there are a lot of dentists in
my family! My mother and my father are
general dentists, my brother is a periodontist,
and my husband is an orthodontist. You can
imagine how much "teeth talk" occurs during
family meals. (An uncle and a few cousins
are in dentistry, too.) My parents really
wanted me to follow in their footsteps-and
luckily, I truly love dentistry and am happy
to continue the legacy. I appreciate the
work-life balance that dentistry affords
while also being able to make an impact in
the lives of my pediatric population.

How did you meet your husband?
Give us a summary of your
practice together.
My husband and I met in residency-he
was across the hallway in the orthodontic
department and we ended up collaborating
over a difficult case. Our mutual friends kept
trying to set us up and, many months later,
we finally went on our first date.
I feel very fortunate to practice with
my husband. We work well together and
share a vision of how we want our office to
run. We've found a great balance to evenly
distribute the workload. We play upon
our different strengths, which are quite
complementary. He's the "big picture" guy

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and helps to set up our goals; he focuses
on marketing and manages the staff. I'm
more of a "numbers" person, because I like
to monitor our financials, run reports, etc.

How has COVID-19 affected your
practice over the past few months?
It's been a whirlwind. We closed the
office from March 17 to June 1, but opened
for any emergency dental cases. We took
our children out of day care and tried our
best to manage both our home and office
responsibilities.
We spent most of the first few weeks
gathering information about the different
loans available to us. After that, we started to
search for PPE that seemed near-impossible
to find. We retained one staff member to
answer phone calls during the closure, so
our patients were still able to reach us.

Returning to normal-or the "new
normal"-what changes have you
implemented in your office?
When patients make an appointment,
they're given verbal instruction about the
changes and are also sent a summary text. Upon
arrival, patients text us and a staff member goes
out to take their temperature. Anyone who
comes into the office is asked to wear a mask
and practice social distancing. The doctors
and staff are all wearing recommended PPE
and sweating like crazy, but overall we feel
protected. We've also added a hypochlorous

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