There are two reasons why I became a dentist. As a young man growing up, due to genetic programming, my teeth were going to be a disaster just like my parents' teeth! Both my parents had a minimum number of teeth by the time they were 30 years old. Thereby, I was lead regularly and frequently for visits to my family dentist.
Dr. S. was the only dentist that I ever met and fortunately the only one I needed. After spending endless hours in his chair, I came to know him as kind, gentle and a well directed, grounded individual.
My father was a truck driver and the man I loved, but Dr. S. became my career role model.
My admiration for him led me to dentistry as a career. That, plus my enjoyment of people as well as science and a desire to make a difference led me to this profession.
I have embraced it and enjoyed it all my adult life.
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Dr. Sternberg refers to me as "Miss Meticulous." I have training as a surgical nurse, and I love to work helping treat you. Outside our Center, I love cooking, fitness and taking care of my furry friends.
I have been chief surgical nurse for 8 years. I am very caring in and out of the office. I am active in my church helping others. I and my 15 year old daughter recently completed a mission to Guyana where we provided economic, educational and spiritual support for a desperately poor population. We worked in extremely difficult conditions, but our gift of time made a significant impact to the impoverished people of Guyana.
I've been a registered dental hygienist for 17 years and you, the patient always comes first. I enjoy being part of Dr. Sternberg's staff, as he effortlessly echoes this important value. I am an avid hiker; my goal is to hike all 50 states. I love my pets and am an avid Yankees fan!
I joined Dr. Sternberg 15 years ago after working as a surgical assistant for a previous 15 years. Under Dr. Sternberg's mentoring I returned to school and received my BSDH degree in Dental Hygiene and taught undergraduate dental hygiene students. I take great pride in my ability to diagnose the periodontal and dental issues that my patients present as well as motivating them to practice preventative procedures. I connect with my patients and am concerned about their personal lives as well as their medical health.
I remind you how important it is to set a regular schedule for checkups. I love communicating. When I am not at the Center, I spend a lot of time exercising to keep my balance physically and mentally.
I have 25 years managing daily tasks at the office and addressing patient needs. When I am not doing that, I am spending time in the great outdoors or with my rescue horses!
In addition to dental decay and periodontal matters, there are approximately 60 different conditions that can be diagnosed by a thorough oral exam. Some of these reflect issues present in other parts of your body as well, maladies that affect only the mouth. The mouth is often a reflection of your overall health.
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