You might say I was born into dentistry, as I was sitting chair-side nudging patients from within my mother’s womb. All this as she diligently worked as a hygienist in Chapel Hill so that she could start dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was six when my Mom, Dr. Dinah Vice, graduated dental school. I remember many days since then visiting the office and watching mother work.
I grew up in Chapel Hill and received my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I quickly followed this achievement with a Masters in Biochemical and Cellular Biology from East Carolina University. I have since graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. One of my most significant academic and clinical achievements was being nominated by my faculty as an alumni member to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society. This honor was awarded to only nine graduating seniors from my class.
My interest in dentistry may seem obvious as I have been exposed to this career my entire life, but it is not so simple. If my mentor had been any other than my mother I may not have chosen dentistry. Not only was I born into dentistry, but I was also given the great occasion to learn how one can make such a positive impact on so many lives. Dentistry is not just about dental tools or methods, it is a part of something much bigger. Dentistry offers me a wonderful opportunity to connect with others and tenderly care for them to help create and maintain a healthy, happy smile. I have always believed that a smile truly can say a thousand words.