Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Tiffany Nightengale, DMD

Position: Associate DentistNightengale
Location: Hampton, Virginia
Dental School: University of Louisville

What inspired you to become a dentist?
My pedodontist as a child—he made each check-up fun!

What is your motivational mantra?

What do you know now as a dentist that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?
We have two ears and one mouth for a reason; it is so important to listen to a patient’s concerns and get an understanding of their motivation so you can best serve and address their needs.

What is it that made you decide to apply for this mission trip?
I had the opportunity to participate in several missions to the Dominican Republic while in dental school and I’d thought about doing it again ever since I started practicing, but was never certain about logistics. Peru seems like a great adventure—mystery of sorts—and I’m game for new experiences!

How do you hope to impact the lives of your patients on this trip?
I hope to foster a positive cultural exchange and make these patients’ dental visits memorable in the best possible way.

What is a fear you have or a challenge you expect to face going on this mission trip?
Possibly the language barrier, but I am looking forward to learning more Spanish during my time in Peru!

How do you think this trip will impact your career as a dentist going forward?
I believe that it will reinforce my humility and sense of gratitude in having the opportunity to do something I love abroad.

What’s a final piece of advice you have for people trying to make a difference in the world of dentistry?
Kindness goes a long way! Whatever you do, do it with love and always try your best to empathize with your patient.

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