Beaumont Family Dentistry January 2020

BEAUMONT’S Beautiful Smiles

JAN 2020

BEAUMONT 3141 Beaumont Centre Circle, Suite 300 Lexington, KY 40513 (859) 554-1772 LEESTOWN 100 Trade Street, Suite 175 Lexington, KY 40511 (859) 554-1772 HAMBURG 2408 Sir Barton Way, Suite 225 Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 554-1612

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WHAT LED ME TO BEAUMONT FAMILY DENTISTRY FINDING MY CAREER PATH

I was very fortunate to have a steady source of dental experience throughout my college education. While attending Georgetown College, I worked as a dental assistant at a dental office located near campus. When I was off on summer breaks, I had the opportunity to work for a dentist in my small hometown. There, I was able to take care of people who I had known since my childhood, and it was a wonderful experience. One of the best aspects of dentistry is that I get to relate to my patients. In the digital age, many people lack personal interactions. In dentistry, my patients have to physically see me to receive the treatment they need. I get to know their lives, not just take care of their teeth. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of seeing my patients grow up, get married, and start their own families. It is fun to have my patients’ children as my new little patients. Before starting at Beaumont Family Dentistry, I knew of Dr. Takacs’ high reputation among her dental colleagues. I personally appreciate how much she does, not just for her patients but also for her staff and the community. Dr. Takacs and her team spend a lot of time as community service leaders and participate in many community events. When I was interested in continuing my dental career in Lexington, I contacted her and expressed my desire to work with her and her team. The rest is history.

Since I was a child, I always had a desire to work in the health care industry. Several of my family members who were in the medical field had strong influences on my life from an early age. During my high school years, I observed in a hospital, shadowed physicians, and worked as a pharmacy technician. I knew my personality was suitable for a job helping those in need, and I enjoyed the science curriculum. However, I still hadn’t found a niche that I was passionate about enough to pursue as a career. I began college studying biology and chemistry. I had a classmate whose father was a past president of the Kentucky Dental Association. Upon us meeting, he started asking me about my future career aspirations. I told him I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field but had not decided what exactly I wanted to do. He asked me if I had ever considered dentistry. I had never given dentistry much thought, but I am so thankful I had that conversation because I then began investigating dentistry as a career. The summer after my freshman year in college, I worked as a dental assistant. I immediately fell in love with the job and taking care of patients. It combined all the aspects I was looking for in a career: the science I had loved since my childhood, the interaction with people, and the artistic approach to the cosmetics of dentistry.

I have been a part of Beaumont Family Dentistry for almost seven years, and I look forward to a long future with them. Everyone here is dedicated to our patients’ well-being. We want to see them do well in all aspects of life. I am fortunate to work with such an amazing team. I appreciate all they do to contribute to our office and, most importantly, our patients.

–Dr. Erica Higginbotham

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