Great Smiles of New Jersey June 2019

JUNE 2019

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For as long as I can remember, dentistry has played a huge part in my life. Coming from a long line of dentists, part of me always knew I would be involved with this field in some capacity down the road. As I grew older, I slowly began to realize it was my true calling after all. After all these years, I now realize I’ve made the right choice. My position has allowed me to personally change the lives of so many wonderful patients. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been fortunate to personally campaign for better public knowledge about how our medical field can treat and reduce the effects of various ailments. This learning process has taken me across oceans and state lines, where I’ve been able to help both the young and old have better lives for themselves. Although what I do may seem mundane, I think it is the pride I take in my work and my desire to make a real difference in an individual patient's life, and in the medical community as a whole, that makes all the difference. At the end of the day, I couldn't be happier to carry on my family's legacy of dedicated service to this field. A FAMILY TRADITION THREE GENERATIONS OF DENTISTRY With every new smile and every person who moves closer to better health because of our care comes a new feeling of satisfaction in a job well-done. That's why I do what I do, and what I think drove my family to the trade in their professional lives so many years ago. Both my parents and my grandfather were dentists back in the Philippines, and, through hanging around their

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offices, I started to understand the real effect dentistry can have. They were seen as respected and valued members of our community, and they worked hard to better the lives of those around them, from treating basic oral issues to solving serious dental dilemmas, which affected a person's quality of life and their overall health. My dad’s father was the one who started it all. He eventually moved up the ranks to become the president of the Philippine Dental Association. As I child, I knew I wanted to work in a business that helped people, which eventually evolved over many years to my taking up my family’s creed. I always wanted to help others in a real way while working with my hands and practicing a certain degree of creativity, something that dentistry uniquely allows. We have the ability to be creative as we help people both cosmetically and physically. If dentistry was my career path, I couldn’t have picked a better family to be born into, either. My family is made up of lifelong learners and teachers who want those around them to be the best possible version of themselves. I like to carry on those values to my children today, building them up and letting them know they’re capable of anything. It’s

because of this and so much more that I am so excited to get up and go to work every day in an industry I love. To close, I would like to apologize for being out of the office so much recently! My research and the application of it in the clinical dental setting has led me to public speaking circles recently, and I’ve been traveling all over the country to meet the demand. Don’t worry; my head isn’t getting too big about it all. I’m just happy to show people how much dentistry can help with issues outside of teeth cleaning and cavity treatment! My speeches on the connection between obstructive sleep apnea and dentistry have allowed for other practices to follow my lead and gain the proper training to treat their patients. If you would have pulled me aside years ago and told me that dentistry could save lives, I simply wouldn’t have believed the possibilities we’re seeing today. To find out more about what we can do for you here at Great Smiles of New Jersey, give us a call at 908-561- 0225 or visit our website anytime at GreatSmilesNj.com. –Dr. Michelle Wedd le

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