Dr. Mary Ann Work enjoys building long-term relationships with patients and their families at Dental Works. She has always had a nurturing personality which made becoming a dentist a natural fit. Dr. Work's favorite part of being a dentist is helping nervous patients overcome their fears so that they can improve their oral and overall health.View transcript
I always knew I wanted to go into the healthcare profession. Even as a young person, a child, I've had more of a nurturing personality. I didn't know specifically I wanted to go into dentistry. I always had a great dentist growing up, and I always looked forward to going to the dentist. I always liked going to the dentist, and I always found what they did in their office intriguing. When I was in high school, I went and I shadowed our dentist, and I just fell in love with. I thought that's what I want to do. And then from there, it was just a matter of going through the steps to figure out what I needed to do. The thing I enjoyed the most about being a dentist is when we will have a patient come in that is absolutely terrified, and over a few visits they get to the point where they're really relaxed, and they don't dread coming. And their very first visit they needed nitrous, and they were shaking. And by the next few appointments, they are like, "No, no, I don't need the nitrous. I'm good." You know, and they can actually can be relaxed. Well, I think my favorite part about working with patients over time is really getting to know them personally and about their family. And you see them consistently or at least every maybe six months. And over the years, you really get to know them and their family, and you start to see all of their family. And so you really get a feel for their family dynamic. And it just feels like, you know, they're more than just a patient.