Kool Smiles Spotlight: Associate Dentist Danielle Johnson

Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Danielle Johnson, DMD
Position: Associate Dentist
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
School: University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Number of years working for Kool Smiles: Almost 1 year

What inspired you to become a dentist?
My friends, students and love of service.

What made you decide to join Kool Smiles?
I decided to join Kool Smiles for the following three reasons:

  1. It gives me the opportunity to work with children.
  2. It allows me to make a commitment to give quality treatment to the underserved every day.
  3. Kool Smiles values: quality, integrity, diversity, compassion, teamwork, and fun.

What is your motivational mantra?
Live, love, serve.

What was an “a-ha” moment you had as a dentist?
Watching the tears of joy from a patient after completing his full mouth rehabilitation.

Describe your experience as a dentist in one word.
Adventure.

What do you know now as a dentist that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?
You will not find all the answers in a book.

How do you plan to live out the Kool Smiles mission on your trip?
Same as I would here, provide the best service possible to those in need.

How do you hope to impact the lives of your patients on your trip?
Provide service, hope, inspiration, and smiles.

What kinds of experiences do you hope to have on this trip? What do you hope to learn?
I do not want to place any limitations. I am open to the experience from beginning to end.

How do you think this trip will impact your career as a dentist going forward?
Growth, knowledge, love, and appreciation.

What’s a final piece of advice you have for people trying to make a difference in the world of dentistry?
Every moment counts.

 

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