Dentist Spotlight: Dr. Hall, Associate Dentist
Dental school and degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine
Current position: Associate Dentist at the Southwest Atlanta location
Number of years working with Kool Smiles: 0.5
Why did you decide to become a dentist?
Dr. Hall: I had a large gap growing up and my orthodontist was amazing. He was very engaging and made sure I had a great experience. I still remember the day I got my braces removed because that day changed my life. My confidence went up and I wanted to give others that same feeling.
What made you choose Kool Smiles as your professional home?
Dr. Hall: Heidi Houston, a Kool Smiles recruiter, came to my school for a Lunch and Learn. Her presentation caught my attention and I called her. I was interviewed by my Managing Dental Director, Dr. Earle, and my Area Dental Director, Dr. Brown. The interview felt like I was talking to old friends. I knew that Kool Smiles was going to be a great fit for me.
Why did you choose a DSO-affiliated dental practice over private practice?
Dr. Hall: I like working for a DSO-supported practice because I can just come to work and go home without worrying about logistics. It has been a wonderful place to transition from school to work.
What is a typical day like at Kool Smiles?
Dr. Hall: A typical day starts with a morning huddle where we talk about office logistics for the day. At 9 a.m. I start seeing patients and it’s a fast paced environment. At 1 p.m. I get to enjoy lunch and have a long break. From 2-6 p.m. I see patients and then head home.
What do you love most about your job (both generally and working at Kool Smiles specifically)?
Dr. Hall: I love the music! I’m a singer and they play the music that I love. It makes my day go by so much better to have great music. Kool Smiles is a fun place to work. I’ve been able to meet great doctors as well as go to great events catered toward doctors.
How do you see your work at Kool Smiles making a difference in the community?
Dr. Hall: I love when I see the same patients repeatedly and form relationships with them. I like asking them about school and just encouraging them to be great, especially since that’s what my orthodontist did when I came for appointments. The look on a patient’s face after I take out a painful symptomatic tooth is very rewarding. On my way to lunch one day, one of my patients even stopped playing during recess when they saw me, gave me a hug, and said, “Thank you, my tooth doesn’t hurt!”
What would you tell dentists who are considering a career with Kool Smiles?
Dr. Hall: If you’re considering a career with Kool Smiles, know that you will make a difference every day. The pace is fast, but speed is one of the top things a new doctor is seeking. My skills have definitely grown and I’m continuing to learn each day. I love the company. It has been a really great experience for me.