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A Passion for Service Why I Chose Dentistry
Even as a young child, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. Before learning anything about dentistry, I planned to graduate from high school and enroll in a pre-medical program and eventually become a medical practitioner. I had always been passionate about helping others and, in my opinion, there was no better way for me to serve my community than through medicine. However, as I got older, I began to learn what the daily lives of doctors really entail. Sure, they help many people each and every day, but they
“Although I enjoy my career because I am able to maintain a work-life balance, my passion for dentistry comes from my ability to
make a positive difference in my patients’ lives.”
Although I enjoy my career because I am able to maintain a work-life balance, my passion for dentistry comes from my ability to make a positive difference in my patients’ lives. Over the course of my career,
also work sporadic schedules and they are always on call, even on their days off. After I truly understood the life of a medical doctor, two things happened. One, I gained more respect for all those working in the medical field, and two, I decided that work-life balance was extremely important to me. So, at 17, I decided to change my entire life plan. Though I considered a couple different paths, I ultimately found and chose dentistry. My cousin works as a dentist in California, where I was going to high school, and I asked him to give me more insight into his career. He invited me to shadow him at his office, and I gladly accepted. I spent the entirety of that job-shadow watching my cousin make a difference in the lives of his patients every day, and at the end of his shifts, he was able to leave all of his work at the office to focus solely on his family at home. My experience shadowing my cousin solidified dentistry as a career for me. After finishing high school, I attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned my bachelor’s degree in biology. Then, I was accepted into the University of Texas at Houston School of Dentistry, and the rest is history.
I have met patients whose teeth were so damaged that they couldn’t eat well, and as a result, they were malnourished and underweight. To combat their condition, I made special dentures that allowed these patients to eat again, and once their health improved, their whole outlook on life improved as well. Dentistry can be great for cosmetic reasons, but more importantly, dentistry allows me to positively affect someone’s quality of life. It doesn’t get any better than that. If there is anything I would want you, as my patient, to know, it’s that I understand that the dentist’s office can be intimidating, and the majority of people don’t like to get their teeth cleaned or fixed. However, I want to assure you that I will do everything in my power to make your visit easy, stress-free, and comfortable. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, don’t hesitate to tell us. We will accommodate your needs in any way we can.
See you soon,
– Dr. Gonzales
Sabal Dental - Harlingen Office • (956) 428-5300 • 1
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