Orthodontist, Ascend Orthodontics
Tell us about yourself, your history and how you came to be where you are now.
I grew up in Michigan. My parents were both engineers. My passions, however, always drew me to healthcare and the opportunity to improve patients’ lives. When I discovered orthodontics, I was hooked. Orthodontics is about a lot more than moving teeth—it’s about improving self-esteem and confidence. That is what inspired my husband and I to make the leap and open a private practice of our own.
What are you passionate about professionally and personally, and why?
Professionally, I am geared toward providing the best treatment results I can while helping my patients enjoy the journey to their best smile. Personally, I am passionate about health and wellness. I love using food as medicine and am a cycling enthusiast.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is being able to calm people’s concerns with open and honest communication. Many people come to us having hated dental work in the past, and I make it my goal to ease their worries and make their experience an enjoyable one.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment, either professionally or personally?
Opening our own office. We went through many years of school to become orthodontists, and while I’m proud to have achieved that goal, opening Ascend Orthodontics was one of our biggest challenges yet. We became business owners overnight and have had to learn a lot of things that we weren’t taught in school.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My parents! My mom is a force of nature. She has always had the courage to pursue anything she aspires to do but is so humble in the process. I treasure her advice every day. My dad is the smartest person I know. He can solve any problem with a bit of research and a lot of thought. His ingenuity has inspired me to continue to learn new technologies and techniques.
Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?
We want to continue to grow into our practice and establish an office that is known in the community for the great care we provide. I also want to become a mom in the next few years and establish a good work-life balance so I can enjoy watching my kiddos grow up.
What piece(s) of advice would you give to your
Not to worry as much. I’ve always been a “Type A” personality, which has served me well but has also inspired a good amount of stress. Recently, I’ve been trying to simply let life come and enjoy the ride.
What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?
I enjoy getting in some form of exercise every day, and I love to spend a lot of time with our yellow lab and golden retriever, Riggins and Macklin.
What would you like to give back to your community?
My husband and I want to become more involved in the local community and schools. We’re inspired by other community members who are dedicated to making Loveland and the surrounding areas a great place to live and a close-knit community. We want to continue to dedicate our time in that light.