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Family Ties

Family Ties iconFor dentists who don’t practice with a family member, it may be difficult to envision. But those who do say they wouldn’t change a thing. Learn more below about dentists who practice with parents, siblings and partners.

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Dr. Johnson"You cannot live life without a mentor,” Dr. Destine said. “It’s so helpful to have someone to guide you, who knows what you’re looking for in life."

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From Sandwich Artist to Skilled Dentist

My father is a dentist so I’ve always been exposed to the profession but throughout most of my life, I actually wanted to be anything but a dentist.

What I know now

After graduating from University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2010, Dr. Danielle Riordan of St. Peters, Missouri, had what many would describe as the perfect set up: a partner in an established practice.

It's Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams

A favorite quote of many is “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Dr. Edward Green proved this, and then some.

Different Generations, Same Love of Dentistry

When Dr. Donna Thompson entered dental school in the fall of 1974, she was one of five women in her class of 71 students at the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha.

Proud of my sister

“Growing up, I always followed in the footsteps of my older brother,” Dr. Kamaxi Patel said. Dr. Patel, who graduated from the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry in May, was “hooded” by her brother, Dr. Kuntal Patel, who is, of course, a dentist.

Practicing with my father

When I tell people I work with my father, they always seem to say, “Oh … how is that?” I’m always astonished by the question and the uncertainty in their voices.

Practicing with family is a blessing

Growing up in California, Dr. Ruchi Sahota didn’t plan to be a dentist like her mother, Dr. Maninder K. Nijjar – and Dr. Nijjar never pushed the profession on Dr. Sahota.