As the daughter of a periodontist and a dental assistant, Abby grew up in the dental world. Leading up to her decision to go to dental school, she was involved in Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOMs), interned at the American Dental Association’s Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C., and earned her Masters in Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University.
Abby’s decision to get her Masters was, in part, driven by her rejection from dental school and the feeling of not being qualified enough. When you ask about how she felt, she will tell you that while she was definitely disappointed, ultimately she’s grateful because her year off gave her the gift of passion. At first she wanted to be a dentist so she could have a good job in the healthcare space, but while working in Washington on dental policy, she realized that by improving dentistry through increased access to care or expanding research on dental pain, she could help groups of patients in addition to the patient sitting in her chair. This passion gave Abby the motivation to apply to dental school for a second time and gave a purpose to her life.
I look back at my time in dental hygiene school as such a significant part of my life. While I was in school, I formed relationships that made a huge impact on my life today. You’ve heard me talk about Ms. Heather Mapp who has been an important mentor and friend. I still work with her today through the Dental Hygiene Seminars that she started while she was my dental hygiene professor.
Think back to your time in dental assistant school, dental hygiene school, dental school or even high school. You may be in classes now preparing for your career, working while in school, or finishing up school and looking for your first job. If so, how can we help you?
Hopefully, you can learn from Abby’s experiences or just have fun watching her progress. Look out for Abby’s upcoming blogs, photos, and videos!
Posted July 15, 2019
Sitting hunched over patients’ mouths for several hours a day is extremely taxing on your body. Dental hygienists and dentists are prone to problems as a result of poor working posture, eye strain, and unnatural hand positioning. Regular exercise, however, can help you minimize those problems and enjoy benefits such as: Greater comfort while working […]
Posted July 05, 2019
One of the great things about a career in dental hygiene is how flexible the job is. I have worked as little as two days a month when my kids were little. It was perfect. But for as flexible as the work days can be, once you commit to a day the flexibility ends. You […]
Posted July 04, 2019
Each year delivers more new dental technology that makes dentistry easier, faster, and more cost-effective than ever before. But like many other hygienists, this trend has you a bit concerned. You’re wondering how all the rapidly-developing technology will impact your dental hygienist duties. Could new dental technology devalue the work you do or render your […]