Great Smiles of NJ May 2019

MAY 2019



Both of my parents and my grandfather were dentists, but as I grew up in the Philippines, my future wasn’t always set in stone. I knew I wanted to be involved in the medical field in some capacity, but it wasn’t until way down the line that I knew dentistry was the profession I would be proud to take up for myself. What I did know early on was that I wanted to help people. Today, I realize I made the right choice and then some. My journey in dentistry has led me to realize that I am the sum of all my eclectic interests and experiences rolled into one, and that the zest I feel for my profession allows me to offer the best care to my patients. This journey is exemplified in the countless smiles of satisfied patients with whom I’ve been lucky enough to share my gift throughout the years. As you can imagine from my family history, I grew up in a dentist’s office. That’s where I learned to walk and where I spent my time when I wasn’t in school. Some might even say I was born into the business, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t explore my options. In fact, I had a very brief career in show business as a child. When I was 10, I snuck off without my parents knowing and decided to chase my dream of being a big- time actress. I remember seeing ads on TV for a new show that was about to start production, and they

were looking for kids my age to fill the roles. This was my ticket to the limelight — or so I thought. Through a series of events, I actually ended up auditioning to be an anchor on a children’s news show a nd got the job. It was all going to be fast cars and big city lights from here on out. At least, that was what I thought. However, destiny didn’t see it that way because, as fate would have it, the very first day I was supposed to start my new career in the lap of luxury was also the day we moved to America. for entertainment by dedicating myself to the arts. I’d always loved dancing, so I threw myself into that avenue headlong and acted in high school plays. There was something about showmanship that always attracted me. So, when I moved on to college, I took a position at the Liberty Science Center, where I spent my days showing exhibits and covering myself in all kinds of creepy- crawlies for the entertainment of our patrons. I loved every second of it. Yet, throughout those days, I kept my head down and kept pursuing my real-life goals of practicing medicine. I wanted to be involved in people’s lives in a meaningful way and treat their ailments with meaningful care. As a dentist, I have been able to do just that. One dream was quickly replaced with another, and I continued my passion

For the last 17 years, I have been able to turn my interest in medicine into a wonderful career in my field. Through dentistry, we are able to not only fix teeth but also to help our patients by addressing ailments from insomnia and heart disease to diabetes. In this way, I have been able to make a real difference in our community while still indulging in a little showmanship every once in a while. When I’m not in the office, I’m watching my 16-year-old daughter, Katie, and 12-year-old son, Matthew, live out their dreams on the dance floor, just like their mother. I also do quite a bit of lecturing, both in and out of state, maintaining my passion for learning by staying up-to-date on the latest practices in the field and all the different ways we’re able to improve your health through dentistry. To learn more about how we can make you smile here at Great Smiles NJ, give us a call at 908-561-0225 or visit our website anytime at

–Dr. Michelle Wedd le

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