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A Perfect Balance
The Life and Times of a Dental Hygienist
Finding your path in life can be tricky. Some people know exactly how they want to spend their lives while others need a bit more soul searching. I was fortunate to know precisely what I wanted to do with my life by the time I was in high school. I was one of those unusual kids who loved going to the dentist, especially for my hygiene appointments. As a kid, I was blessed to be in an office with a lot of patient care. My visits were an interesting, comfortable experience. In high school, one of my chemistry teachers recognized my interest in teeth and pushed me to become a dentist. I said to her, “I don’t want to be a dentist; I want to clean teeth! I’m going to be a hygienist.”
softball on top of running track, so I love seeing my kids find their passion in athletics today. I am incredibly blessed to have found the path I want to take in life. Today I’m able to enjoy plenty of quality time with my family while also enjoying the work I do at a place I like to be. My favorite part about going to work is the interactions with my patients. When I started out, I thought I would go into pediatric dentistry and actually worked in a pediatric dentistry office part time, but I missed the adult conversations.
I like to hear about their families, check in on their health, and go through life with my patients. They make coming to work fun, and that is why the whole team at Sabal Dental works so hard to take care of all our patients. Quality patient care is the reason I fell in love with dentistry in the first place, and I’m so glad to work in an office that puts patient care first. There’s so much everyone does behind the scenes to make sure patients feel cared for and loved during the whole visit. When we say our patients are members of the family, we really mean it. My kids and my husband are all patients at Sabal Dental because I know they’ll always get the highest quality of care. I’ve been a dental hygienist for 20 years. It’s great to be part of helping my patients enjoy coming to the dentist as much as I did as a child.
A lot of things about dental hygiene as a career appealed to me. Dental hygienists get a lot of one-on-one time with the patients. You have the opportunity to build relationships with people, and I love being able to make those connections. Dental hygiene also offered a strong work-life balance. I learned that being a dental hygienist is also a good occupation for a woman who wants to get married and raise a family, which is the path I knew I wanted to take. celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this summer. My husband is a basketball and football coach, and my kids are involved in a lot of sports, so athletics are a huge part of our lives. When I’m not at the office, I’m usually in the gym or at the softball or football field watching my kids play. I grew up playing volleyball and I married my high school sweetheart. We have two kids together, Kelsey and Kaden, and we’ll be
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