Kenneth Woo DDS - February 2020

Conquering the Difficult Road



M y journey hasn’t been the easiest. I immigrated to this country from Iran when I was 15 years old, and I’ve been a single mom since I was 29 years old. When I decided to go into dentistry, I was at a low point in my life. I needed a career and a better paycheck for my daughter and myself. I became a dental assistant first, but the dentist I was working for encouraged me to try dental hygiene. So, my 10-year-old daughter and I moved so I could attend Allegany College in the mountains of Cumberland, MD, and provide us with better options. It wasn’t an easy road. My family wasn’t available to help, and I was raising a daughter while attending classes, doing homework, and saving what money I could.

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ease in our practice and supporting employees to continually improve. It helps that I really like working with this team, too!

I love each one of my patients, and I enjoy developing these relationships. Having been here for seven years, I’ve gotten to know many families. I enjoy the trust we have built between one another and appreciate learning more about their lives. I want to hear how you’ve changed and grown in the past year. I want to hear about your children and grandchildren. Plus, I want to help you live a happier, healthier life when it comes to your oral health. "LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY OR WITHOUT ITS ROADBLOCKS, BUT SOMETIMES I CAN’T HELP BUT BE IN AWE OF WHERE I’VE COME FROM." I’ve had the pleasure of watching Dr. Edmond Woo and Dr. Hokai Wang join our team. Together with Dr. K. Woo, they have created an office that runs smoother and remains updated on the latest technology and knowledge. Dr. K. Woo was always at the forefront of these efforts, and the addition of these two professionals has only bolstered that. When I look back on how far I’ve come, I don’t deny that it’s been a hard road, but I am grateful for where I am today. I enjoy the job I go to every day, my patients make each day better than the next, and my daughter and I are close. Life isn’t always easy or without its roadblocks, but sometimes I can’t help but be in awe of where I’ve come from. Thanks to all of you for being part of my journey. I’ve loved helping you for the past seven years, and I can’t wait to continue doing more.

But in the process of trying to provide a better life for my child, I discovered a real passion. When I found Dr. Kenneth Woo’s dental practice as a temporary employee, I found a place where I was happy and felt at home for the first time in my dental career. I’m proud to have been here for the past seven years now. The biggest factor in staying was Dr. Woo’s way of running his practice. He’s a very kind and personable dentist who gave me a lot of freedom to show what I was capable of doing. He set the standard for making patients feel at

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