Posts Tagged ‘ oral and maxillofacial surgery ’

Do I Really Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

As a surgeon, I am commonly asked by my patients and their families “Do I really need to have my wisdom teeth removed?” Everyone is hoping that my answer will be “No, of course not! Who gave you that crazy idea?!” If only it were so simple. How I decide whether you need to have your […]

How Adversity Has Made Me A Better Surgeon

  If you asked me what my favorite thing to do is, I would have to answer: “Operate!” Maybe that sounds weird to you, but I truly love what I do. I feel incredibly blessed to get to remove disease that causes pain and suffering and put things right for my patients. It is deeply […]

My Greatest Reward

July 7th  began like any other day for me. I remember that there was a beautiful sunrise that morning. I had a compressed, busy schedule in my oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Lake Oswego. “We have a trauma patient coming in, Doctor” my front staff informed me when I arrived at my office. We […]

What Firefighting Taught Me About Integrity

Before I was a surgeon, I was a firefighter. I learned many things from my first profession, including how to change the oil on a fire engine!  But one of the most important lessons that I still carry with me today and use daily as a surgeon concerns the relationship between personal integrity and patient […]

Women and Leadership

I was recently selected to become a member of the Oregon Dental Association Leadership Academy. As a participant of this group, I am learning how to become a more effective leader at both the community and state level. Here is my interview for the April 2018 Membership Matters, a publication for the Oregon Dental Association, […]

Women, Water and Healthy Communities

  Clean drinking water is of primary importance for the health and prosperity of all communities. It is a precious resource which not only supports life but also leads to freedom for women, especially in developing nations. My eyes were open to this fact while providing oral surgical care in Sub-Saharen Africa several years ago. […]