What is the best part of your job?
When I am speaking, the best part of my job is to create an unforgettable experience for my audience. I want them to leave not just with more knowledge about the oral effects of addiction, but with a feeling that they can make a difference in the lives of their patients who have substance-use disorders. I want to create an emotional experience for participants!
Who has been the most influential woman in your life?
By far my mother! She is a force to be reckoned with! She is full of wisdom and seems to be able to handle any situation that comes her way. She has taught me the important lessons of life; family first, go with the flow, strive for excellence, be a good friend, and always be stronger than your circumstances!
How do you measure your success?
Asking myself, “Did I do my best?”, “Did I go out of my way to help someone else today?” “Did I solve that problem?” “Did I sleep well?”.
What obstacles have you overcome in your career?
Deciding not to follow the typical career path of private practice and instead pursuing a career as a dentist at a medium-security correctional facility. I believe that everyone has the right to basic health care regardless of their life circumstances. Improving oral health and putting smiles back together for my patients has been a joy!
What do you do to turn around a bad day?
I keep a gratitude journal by my bed that I write in every day. I always try to remember the blessings of the day and the moments of happiness. Even when my day wasn’t great, there is always something to be grateful for… having a wonderful family, waking up, having a job, eating a great meal. Remembering my blessings turns a bad day into a better day!
What “deW” leaders do?
They support and encourage one another! They provide mentorship, wisdom, guidance, and opportunities to others.
What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Do I have to choose just 1? I love baking and cooking for my family. A few favorites are strawberry jam, blueberry muffins, and lamb marinated with mint pesto. I enjoy hiking in the Bay Area hills!
What famous person living or dead would you like to have lunch with and what would you ask them?
Definitely Michelle Obama! I admire her grace, intelligence, and her ability to be so ordinary yet extraordinary. I would ask “who inspires her” and “what’s next on her bucket list of accomplishment”?