“I want to be a dentist when I grow up. I think it would be neat to examine teeth.”
When I wrote those words in Mrs. Hibbard’s third grade class, I had no clue that twenty years later they would come true. I also had little idea what it meant to be a dentist.
Childhood dreams from Dr. Elizabeth
I mainly wanted to be a dentist to be just like my dad.
20 years later
20 years plus 3 cities and countless moves before returning to Rock Hill, SC—In my five years of dental education and two weeks at Cranford Dental, I’ve learned that examining teeth really is “neat” but that there is a lot more to love about being a dentist.
Here is my “neat” list from my first two weeks at Cranford Dental:
- The patients! It has been a joy to meet and interact with new people every day. I’ve loved seeing old friends. My very first patient watched me grow up. My first Rock Hill filling was for a neighbor from my childhood. Thanks for welcoming me back to Rock Hill and to Cranford Dental!
- My co-workers! I am now working with women (and one man) who I have known and respected for a long time. Some of our staff has been with Cranford Dental for more than 20 years. I also work with young friends. Our newest assistant Lee Ann cheered with me at Northwestern High School and Dr. Mokris and Betsy just had their first babies. They are all great— hard workers and fun people.
- Dad (AKA Dr. Bill Cranford)! It is a joy to work with my dad every day. He is an excellent dentist and an all-around good guy. I love watching him interact with patients. I now understand why he has such a loyal patient base and why he loves his work. I have learned much from my dad in my first two weeks and hope he’s learned a thing or two from me.
Also from my third grade autobiography
“I want to be the first lady president. I think it would be neat to make the laws.” I love my job as a dentist so I think I will leave the Presidential duties and law-making to someone else!
What does Dad think?
They say it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I am sure the same is true of an old (I mean experienced) dentist. Please read Dr. Bill Cranford’s upcoming blog post to see what he is thinking.
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