Aberdeen Smiles December 2018

December 2018

Aleaha Fettig, DDS Valerie Drake, DDS

1409 6th Ave. SE #8, Aberdeen, SD 57401 |




Lifelong Dreams What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up

Hello, everyone!

appointment who’ve taken my advice to heart. I can see the difference in their teeth because they’re brushing better, and it makes me feel good to know I’m having a positive impact on their life.

This is Melissa Smith. I’m one of the newest dental hygienists at Aberdeen Smiles. From the time I was in third grade, I knew I wanted to work in dentistry. I liked going to the dentist, which I know made me a weird kid, but I always had fun. Most of all, I wanted to be in the medical field and I knew dentistry wasn’t going to gross me out! It wasn’t until sixth grade that a guidance counselor brought up the idea of being a dental hygienist. I remember looking into what it was like to be a dental hygienist, and it looked like a career I’d enjoy.

In addition to being new to the office, I’m also new to the area. I’m originally from Hazel, where I still have

plenty of family and lots of young nieces and nephews running around. Though I’m living somewhere new, I still make time to visit, especially around the holidays. Our seasonal celebrations have gotten crazier every year because our family keeps growing. I’ll be driving

to spend the day at my mom’s house for Christmas this year. She always cooks big pots of soup, and nothing beats a cold winter’s day quite like having a belly full of warm soup. Sometimes, we even get to catch up with the extended family. A few of my cousins are dental assistants, so it’s cool to see how dentistry is becoming part of our family. I’ve wanted to be a dental hygienist for almost my whole life, and I’m thrilled to finally be here. It’s been great working in a field I’m passionate about. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me with such open arms. I’m excited to be at Aberdeen Smiles, and I look forward to getting to know all our patients. - Melissa Smith

So, I mapped out what I needed to do in order to become a dental hygienist. Most people go through so many different career options while growing up, but for me, it all worked out. I still wanted to be a dental hygienist through all of my schooling. Graduating last May felt like achieving a lifelong goal. But getting my license was only the start. I joined Aberdeen Smiles less than a year ago and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the practice. I’m already attached to the office, and my coworkers are a really fun group of people. Plus, I enjoy building relationships with patients. There’s something fun about showing patients spots they miss when they brush and how they can easily take better care of their teeth. Already, I’ve had patients come in for their next

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