So what motivated me into becoming a dentist? I have been asked this question many times. I blame my dad. He was the self-professed ‘world’s worst dentist’, but the world’s best ‘people person’. He hated the craft of dentistry but was phenomenal with people and he loved his patients. We lived in Long Island, New York and he was known as ‘Doc’ to everybody and everyone loved him. What I really admired about him was that he was always available to people and I loved his creativity, this really influenced my future career.
I decided that I didn’t want to go to medical school, I didn’t want to have to deal with life and death situations. I became a dental technician and decided that dentistry was the sensible option for me as it combined my love of science with creativity and dealing with people.