You have an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Are you also getting your Bachelor’s degree? Have you always wanted to go into the dental field?
Yes, I am. I am currently enrolled in the first bachelor program ever offered at Pueblo Community College. I will finish my degree in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene Education. I have known I wanted to be in the dental field since I was 19 years old. I shadowed an incredible dental hygienist and she inspired me to do what I love doing today, treating and educating patients!
What advice would you tell someone who would like to be a Dental Hygienist?
My best advice would be to do your research, shadow hygienists and get experience in the field before pursuing your degree. Make sure you enjoy it and study hard!
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my career is the patient care. I truly enjoy getting to know each and every one of my patients while being able to provide excellent care simultaneously.
You are a certified scuba diver. When did you get certified? What got you interested in diving?
I was certified in July 2016. So far, I have dove in Mexico and Florida. My dad grew up diving in Florida and always dreamed of showing our family how beautiful underwater life can be. So this past summer we all went to Mexico and were scuba certified together!
What would be your dream scuba trip?
My dream scuba trip would be in Hawaii, Bora Bora, Indonesia, or the Galápagos Islands.
You are currently learning Portuguese. What made you choose Portuguese? Do you speak any other languages?
Yes, I am currently learning Portuguese. My fiancé is Brazilian and speaks Portuguese fluently. I am interested in learning in order to interact with all of his family, especially when we visit them in Brazil. It is a fun language but very difficult to learn pronunciation. I also know and understand most of the Spanish language.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
In my down time I like to go for walks/ runs at cherry creek state park, ride my road bike in the mountains, spend the weekends with family and enjoy a glass of wine and a good TV show in the evenings.
Favorite Book: Currently my favorite books are hygiene school related while I’m finishing my degree (haha).
Favorite Movie or TV Show: My favorite movie is A League Of Their Own. My favorite show is How I Met Your Mother .
Favorite Holiday Tradition: My favorite holiday tradition is Halloween because we always dress up as different characters and act goofy.