Burton Gooch - July/August 2017


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Steel City Smiles

July/August 2017 (205) 991-9892 | www.drgooch.com


Hi, everyone! My name is Michelle, and I’m lucky enough to be a hygienist here at Gooch Family Dental. For those of you who don’t know Dr. Gooch, he doesn’t like to hog the spotlight. So, he asked me to write about how I got into dentistry and why I chose to work at Gooch Family Dental.

and that I’d already learned a lot about the practice. There were a few more interviews before he finally called me to tell me I got the job. I did a happy dance, and working here has been one big, long, happy dance ever since! I like to tell people that if the dentists are the mechanics fixing your transmission, hygienists do the oil changes and tire rotations. I get to focus on the big picture, like gum health and preventative work, while the dentists are the fixers. I’ve worked here for three years, and to this day, I never feel like I’m working.

I often tell him that I knew I belonged here the moment I walked in the

door. At the time, I was making the rounds to all the dental offices in the area, passing out my resume. I came in the doors and talked to the woman at the desk, and there was something about the atmosphere, employees, and how happy the patients looked. It all seemed to be family-oriented and patient- focused. I was completely on board. Allow me to back up a little. A few years ago, I was going through a divorce and needed a part-time job for support. A friend invited me to take a dental assisting class with her, and I immediately took to it. The more I learned, the more I was hooked. A year later, the doctor who taught the class hired me, and I was teaching it myself.

Patients are definitely my favorite part of the job. I love following up with patients about events in their lives and cultivating that relationship. To me, it’s like keeping up with friends. My husband, who works for the city and as a mechanic, tells me, “I wish I had a job I liked as much as you.” He finds more satisfaction playing in the worship band at Liberty Christian Church than in a grease pit. Outside work, I love to hike and spend time outdoors, but I also enjoy staying in with my wonderful husband and beautiful 7-year-old stepdaughter. We have two dogs, a boxer named Scooter and a mouth cur named Rosie. Both are rescues, and we love them to death. That’s a little about me. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you’re in the office, please take the time to say hi. We try really hard to make Gooch Family Dental a comfortable, tightknit family office. I could sense that the moment I walked in the door, and I’m grateful to be a part of it today.

I wanted to go deeper into the field, so I went to dental hygiene school, and a year later, I started passing out my resume. As fate would have it, Dr. Gooch wasn’t hiring. But I knew it was where I belonged, and I didn’t want to settle for less. I turned in three or four resumes until he finally announced he was hiring. During my preliminary interview, I basically said, “You don’t need to take any more interviews. I’m here!” I told him how long I’d been applying

Have a happy summer!

– Michelle


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