“Strive to be more than simply dentists, or even just good dentists. Strive to be great dentists that make a difference in the community and in the dental profession.” That was the opening line to my DMD admissions personal statement in 2006 and again for my residency application in 2011. Nine years later, this is no longer a statement; it is a way of life for me.
My approach to dentistry is based on quality care, detailed work, and providing services of longevity for my patients. I feel that it is important to establish a strong doctor-patient relationship so we can fully understand the individualized needs of patients. I am very dedicated to my work and patients, and I always go the extra mile to ensure that my patients are satisfied and will return in the future.
I enjoy educating patients about their oral health and dental needs. I am passionate about my profession because we have the ability to help one’s overall quality of life. I look forward to going to work every day and getting to know my patients. They put their trust in me and I aim to deliver or exceed their expectations. Working with all types of individuals with different dental concerns helps me understand that each patient is unique. There is no right or wrong way to address oral health (or anything else in life); only to do the best treatment possible or make the most reasonable decision for that particular person.
A Midwest native, I attended Indiana University in Bloomington for my Bachelor of Science in psychology. I graduated from Purdue University in Indianapolis with a Master of Science in biology. To complete my dental education, I attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Louisville, Kentucky, where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2011. From there I completed my advanced education in general dentistry residency from the University of Connecticut in 2012.
Having completed my residency at the UC Health Center, I became active with the Connecticut State Dental Association. I have attended the Yankee Dental Congress and CSDA Annual Charter Oak Dental Meeting the past few years.
Being a new practicing dentist, I believe it is important to offer my patients comprehensive care. I like to be aware of new technology that can improve diagnostics and new dental materials to provide longevity to treatment. I’ve attended many courses on cosmetic dentistry, implants, and endodontics to achieve the goal of comprehensive care. Being a dentist means life-long learning because our profession is constantly evolving.
I am passionate about life. I believe in karma and take every opportunity and challenge in life with open arms. My family and friends are very important to me. I have two sisters with whom I am very close, and parents who have been so supportive and encouraging in my life decisions.
Giving back to my community keeps me humble, human, and grounded in my profession. I have volunteered for local community health centers to provide free dental work and education, and am a member for the Greater Hartford Jaycees.
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