5 STELLAR YEARS
Why I Love Working at Jones Smiles A few weeks back, I celebrated my fifth anniversary at Jones Smiles. Or, maybe, I should say we celebrated — Dr. Jones and the team put together a sweet card for me, and we all ordered in from a local Greek place and had a good time hanging out and chatting together. Times like that speak to the tight bonds we’ve formed with each other around the office. I can’t imagine working anywhere else for these past five years.
Sometimes, people wonder how a person ends up as a dental hygienist. For me, it was always a pretty clear path. When I was a little girl, I used to enjoy my trips to the dentist. I never understood the kids who dreaded them. I loved that sparkling clean feeling I would have after getting my teeth professionally cleaned. As I got a little older, I began to realize that I wanted to follow a career that would enable me to help people, to make an impact on people’s lives. Soon after, I put two and two together and determined that dental school was the way to go. When I interviewed for my position at Jones Smiles, they asked me, “What’s your favorite part of being a hygienist?” A couple of clear answers came to my mind at that moment. The first is, of course, the relationships you form with the patients. Those routine checkups add up. I’ve formed personal connections with almost every one of my patients. I can ask them how their sick dog has been doing, how their youngest’s ballet recital went, or about their upcoming trip to Costa Rica. I especially love working with the elderly. So many of them have been neglected in the past, and when you treat them right, they quickly recognize that you have their best interests at heart. And, of course, they’re full of incredible
stories. Every once and a while, I’ll take a walk over to the nearby Oaks Nursing Home with some donuts, just to check on my friends and see how they’re doing. The second reason I love working in dental hygiene has to do with my life outside of work. I have four children: my 14-year- old son, Tucker, my twin 12-year-old girls, Payton and Reagon, and my 11-year-old, Stephanie. This job allows me to focus on them. It lets me be the best mother I can be and take care of my home, my kids, and my husband, while still fulfilling that mission of service to others. Truly, I couldn’t ask for a better place to work. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to be a part of the practice these past five years, and I am looking forward to the many years to come. – Shae Odum
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