Fallsgrove Center for Dentistry
14955 Shady Grove Road
What has changed for women in business over your career?
It has become much more acceptable to be a business owner and mother or caretaker. The workplace and society are becoming more flexible and advances in technology enable us to balance these roles without as much judgment or negative connotation. We still have work to do, but we are on the right path.
My advice to women just starting out: Nothing replaces hard work, professionalism and being prepared. Always go above and beyond expectations and your job description, even if it is not your “dream job.” Actions and results are what really matter and doing so in an ethical and caring way, makes you a standout professional.
What is different about your business?
I believe our multidiscipline team approach to dentistry makes our practice unique, convenient and comprehensive. Many times our entire team—restorative dentist, periodontist and orthodontist—meet and examine a patient during the same appointment. We discuss, as a group, the patient’s and our concerns and recommend treatment accordingly. This level of communication is especially important during more complex treatment plans. It is my job to then be the “quarterback” of the case and make sure the patient is guided through the steps of treatment, stress free.
What is one thing your patients should know about you?
My staff and I approach each patient’s treatment as if they are family. We understand going to the dentist can be scary, and not atop peoples’ priority list, but we strive every day to provide a unique patient experience, treating each with respect and kindness. I love when treatment is over and a patient can’t stop smiling. That’s the best feeling in the world.
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Honors Graduate; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, General Practice Residency; Academy of General Dentistry, Mastership; American College of Dentist, Fellow; International College of Dentist, Fellow
A parent, educator and experienced community leader: Karla Silvestre for Board of Education, At-Large