On Being a Dentist
A people-person, I love working with, getting to know, and establishing relationships with individuals. I love hearing stories from patients and their families, sharing in all life brings their way, and supporting and encouraging each to the best of my ability.
Our conversations create a bond, as I learn each person’s needs and they learn I will accommodate, adapt, and provide solutions for their unique needs. In practice, I enjoy the challenge patients present: along with their clinical concerns, each deserves personalized care that addresses and fits their expectations. Rather than dictating treatment, I review options, answer questions, and guide patients to making informed decisions about their oral health.
At the end of the day, I am grateful to know I can make people smile. I have the satisfaction of knowing I have done good things, using my education and skills, to make people healthier and happier.
Coming from a family with a background in healthcare, I was drawn to dentistry as a career. Through dentistry, I can provide patients with a new outlook/appearance almost immediately, solve problems, and swiftly take care of discomfort. I am also able to relieve people’s fear of being in the dental chair by taking my time and focusing on painless procedures.
I attended the University of California, Davis campus, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology. Moving across the country for dental school, I obtained my Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Tufts University and have been in practice since 1989.
Constant learning is core to how I practice. I am a member of the American and California dental associations, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. These professional organizations offer many opportunities to continue my education: online, in-person, and hands-on courses; dental conventions; and publications.
As is true in all areas of healthcare, there are constant changes in the dental field: advancements in technology, materials, and patient care techniques are researched, developed, and put into practice. By constantly educating and challenging myself, I am able to provide patients with leading-edge, evidence-based treatment. This improves everything from diagnostics to treatment planning, the patient experience during procedures, and results.
Born in Vietnam, I lived in France for almost two years, then moved to the US: first to Colorado Springs, Colorado and then San Francisco, California. I’ve resided in the North Shore area of Massachusetts since 2007.
After work, I return home to enjoy the company of my husband, Jeffrey. We enjoy exploring different parts of New England and visiting my family in California. I also like reading and cooking, supporting charities for church and food pantries, and my daily walks.