Gooch Family Dental January/February 2018


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Steel City Smiles

January/February 2018 (205) 991-9892 |


Hello readers! My name is Brittany, and I’m the financial coordinator here at Gooch Family Dental. I joined the team last June, when my fiancé and I moved up from Montgomery, and I’ve loved every minute of it! I prayed to get this position because I could tell it would be a perfect fit for me. I’d never laughed so hard in a job interview before! It’s a great place to work, filled with wonderful people who’ve made my transition to Birmingham a breeze. Even though I deal with finances, not teeth, my background is in dentistry. Growing up, I did not have the best teeth. I was shy

My fiance, Matt, and I love the great outdoors. Since coming to Birmingham, we’ve spent hours hiking the trails around Oak Mountain with our dogs, Gracy and Jolie. We actually met while playing for rival kickball teams, and we’ve kept that passion for sports alive throughout our relationship. Before I met Matt, I was never really into football. I remember my dad would watch it while I was growing up, but I always preferred going shopping with my mom on the weekends. Thankfully, Matt was patient with me and took the time to explain all the rules and drama of the sport to me. Now I’m almost as big a Giants fan as he is, we’ve even gone to New York to cheer them on at MetLife Stadium!

Meanwhile, I’ve introduced Matt to the world of endurance running and even ran a Tough Mudder with him! Tough Mudders are races that test your physical and mental strength through an obstacle course. One of the last obstacles is a gauntlet of electrified wires you have to run through. When Matt and I charged in, we were holding hands, but we didn’t come out that way. We love each other, but when you’re running through about 10,000 volts of electricity, it’s every man and woman for themselves!

“My fiance, Matt, and I love the great outdoors. Since coming to

Birmingham, we’ve spent hours hiking the trails around Oak Mountain with our dogs, Gracy and Jolie.”

about my smile and my self-confidence suffered. Then I got an Invisalign retainer for my last year of high school, and the difference was night and day.

Not only did I smile more, I started taking better care of my body in general. Believe it or not, I used to weigh over 200 pounds. My parents had gotten into body building and doing marathons, and with my newfound confidence, I decided to join them. Now I do Spartan Races and other endurance competitions every year. I really came out of my shell! It was such a positive experience that I wanted to help others gain the same confidence, so I went to California to study dentistry. I got my associate degree as a dental assistant, and I have worked in the field since 2012. I’ve moved to a more administrative role in the past four years, but I still play an important part in helping others take care of their smiles. I’m the one who coordinates with the insurance companies so you can keep your teeth happy and healthy. My background in the dental field helps me ensure patients get the care they need without having to pay out of pocket.

Matt, Gracy, Jolie, and I are so happy to call Birmingham home. We look forward to growing our roots in the community and getting to know folks like you! If you spot me at the office, feel free to talk football with me (even if you’re a Cowboys fan).



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