Get to Know Palos Heights Dental Assistant Maria
Time to get to know one of our Palos Heights dental assistants! This time, we sat down with Maria.
Q&A with Palos Heights Family Dental Hygienist Maria.
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was interested in a lot of different professions. For a while it was a doctor, then for a long time it was teaching. After high school, I had a general idea that I would pursue a career in psychology and even took some classes to explore that. The common theme is helping others.
Q. What made you want to become a Dental Assistant or work in a Dental Office?
I really never thought specifically about a profession in the dental field until later, when my mom found a dental program at Everest College nearby. She suggested I look into it when I started changing my mind about psychology, and I took a leap and enrolled. That was all it took – I was hooked on the dental assistant job! I just love the variety of ways we help people, and in what we do every day.
Q. How long have you been a Dental Assistant?
It’s been about six years. I’ve worked with endodontists, orthodontists, and general practitioners. I find the variety makes it fun. Here at Palos Heights Family Dental, we provide many different services in one office. I’ve been here about a year, and I love it. Everyone is so friendly and I enjoy the flow of how we work together.
Q. What is it about you that makes you great at your job?
I think it’s that I’m a gentle, soothing, calm person with lots of patience. People can tend to be very nervous and anxious when they go into a dental office. Maybe they think something is wrong or they had a bad experience somewhere else in the past. It seems like they respond well to my nature and start to relax a little so I can generate good, fun conversation and help make it a positive experience.
Q. What is your top tip or piece of advice for patients?
Come in on schedule when you feel fine! If you wait until something’s bothering you, It might hurt more and be more expensive. If you keep your appointments, you can save yourself money, time, and irritation.
Q. What kind of odd or interesting things happen in a dental office?
People come in with some pretty surprising challenges. Not long ago, someone came in and said they swallowed their crown. I would have thought they would have noticed that it was loose before they had a chance to actually swallow it. But people do need to remember to be careful with foods that are hard or sticky, and not to eat too fast. It’s not worth damaging your dental work!
Q. What are some of your favorite things about the neighborhood in and around Palos Heights?
I’ve lived in nearby Oak Lawn for 17 years! It’s a nice quiet neighborhood full of great neighbors. I have a favorite restaurant nearby too. It’s called Deja Brew, and it’s one of those places I just love. I highly recommend the buffalo chicken wraps, but all their food is great.
Q. What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
I love to look up new recipes to cook for my husband and me. We enjoy simple things like listening to music and watching movies or TV. We really like country music. Some of our top artists are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Thomas Rhett. My latest favorite TV show is Kitchen Nightmares, but beware, it might give you actual nightmares about eating out!
We just love to hang out together, and we are endlessly entertained by our two fur-babies, twin Maltese Schnauzer dogs (some call them Mauzers) named Cookie and Rambo. They’re nine years old but they’re hyper little dogs who still act like puppies.
That’s a wrap on our chat with dental assistant Maria. Keep an eye out next month for our next Q&A, and in case you missed it, check out our Q&A with hygienist Maggie.
Time for a Visit?
To come in and meet dental assistant Maria and see the rest of the Palos Heights Family Dental staff, give us a call at (708) 448-7588 or complete our contact form.