To celebrate Women’s History Month, we are shining a spotlight on the wonderful female dentists on our pediatric dentistry team. These female providers serve their patients, operate successful clinics, and work to impact their communities daily. We had the opportunity to talk with each female dentists to learn more about their career and what advice they have for others interested in the dental field.
Dr. Alice McCormick wants young women pursuing a dental career to be grateful for every step, even the challenges. “Have faith in your journey and don’t give up – everything, both obstacles and achievements, had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you are today and also where you will go in the future!” Dr. McCormick’s sisters helped her achieve her dream of becoming a dentist. “I am so thankful for them both and couldn’t imagine going through dental school without them.”
Dr. Emily Cheek believes young women entering dental school need to be resilient. “When pursuing the career of dentistry, know that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Take each day one day at a time and anyone can do it. Dentistry is a great career path for those who are interested in being their own boss and have a good work/life balance” Dr. Cheek’s mom also has a career in the healthcare field and encouraged her to find her passion in dentistry. “My mom always motivated me to stay diligent in school and pursue a career that can provide success, stability, and the ability to help others.”
Dr. April McCain believes confidence is one of the most important qualities young women need. “A life lesson I try instilling into my daughter is to set goals. Every morning, start your day with at least 3 goals you want to accomplish that day while also focusing on long-term goals. Then carry yourself with confidence and work hard to achieve those goals.” Dr. McCain lives by the quote from Judy Garland, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else”.
Dr. Paula Noh told us her sister made the biggest impact on her path to become a dentist. “My sister (also Dr. Noh!) always believed in me. She wasn’t afraid to be tough with me and push me when I thought I wouldn’t make it through.” Dr. Noh believes shadowing is the best way for those considering dentistry to discover their passions. “Shadow, shadow, shadow! I would shadow all different specialties of dentistry and see if it sparks a passion for you.”
Dr. Rita Ribeiro believes self-esteem is the strongest factor for success. “Believing you can do it, believing you will do it, and believing you deserve it.” Dr. Ribeiro also hopes young women will find happiness in their dental careers. “As a young woman, I wanted to enter into a career that I love. I believe finding a passion and enjoying it within the dental field, balancing it with family life, will bring happiness and success.”
Dr. Jessica Sliger lives by the Shakespeare quote, “And though she be but little, she is fierce!” Dr. Sliger hopes younger generations will be fierce and have grit when it comes to their passions and goals. She believes dentistry is a perfect career for women. “The ratio of dentists is tipping more and more towards females. It’s a career that can make you feel empowered as a professional and give balance as a mother. Dentistry allows us to use our feminine talents in amazing ways: our small hands, our artistry, our compassion.” After her mother went back to school to begin a second career, Dr. Sliger knew she was brave enough to do the same.
Dr. Volha Titov hopes younger generations will believe in themselves and their abilities and work hard to achieve their dreams. “Without hard work and discipline, it is difficult to become the best in your field. Working hard and staying positive will help you to achieve your goals. Remember that to become a master at any skill, it takes the total effort of your heart, mind, and soul working together in tandem.” Dr. Titov’s parents instilled confidence and passion in her, and she hopes to do the same for her children and patients.
We are proud of all the female dentists, assistants, and support staff that work together to provide the best care possible for their patients. They are passionate about helping others pursue their goals in the dental field. We look forward to celebrating our female providers all month. Happy Women’s History Month!