When people find out that I am a dentist, they almost always ask, “What made you become a dentist?” There are so many things that led me down this career path!
It started with some dental problems I experienced as a child, which had a negative effect on my self-esteem. My family dentist when I was growing up in Texas was a great guy, and when he took care of my dental problems, he truly changed my life. I never forgot that.
So when it came time to make career decisions in college, I took stock of all the things I love: I love people and interacting and socializing with others, I love science, I love art, and I love making things with my hands. When I reflected on how my family dentist changed my life all those years ago, it dawned on me that dentistry was a perfect fit for me. All these years later, I’m happy to report I was right.
I first visited the Emerald Coast when I was 16 years old. We fell in love with the area and visited as often as we possibly could. My husband proposed to me on this beach in 2001, and we always dreamed of having a home here. When my husband got a job opportunity that opened the door to us living on the East coast, we got here as quickly as we could. While I will always be a Texan at heart (Gig ’em Aggies!), it is truly our dream come true to live here.
When I met Dr. Fleitz and his lovely wife Kim—and we discovered so many similarities in our passions, interests, philosophies, values, and dreams—the concept for our new dream practice, 30A Smiles, was born. We are so excited to bring our dream practice to the 30A area, and I truly feel blessed to be part of the 30A Smiles team.
When I’m not doing dentistry, I’m hanging around with my two most favorite people: my husband Dirk, and our son Hunter, usually involving something outdoors and with lots of sunshine, or related to college football. Our golden retriever, Annabelle, tags along with us pretty much anywhere we go. I keep my batteries charged through a circle of friends and family I treasure, and a few of my favorite places: the Chapel at the Beach in Rosemary Beach, where I teach Children’s Church once a month for the four- to six-year olds, and the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, where I volunteer as often as I am able.
Dr. Fleitz and I are beyond excited about opening our dream dental practice right here in the 30A area that we both call home. My passion is providing cosmetic dental care of the highest caliber; that is, after all, how this journey began for me. I also love caring for kids, and improving the health of any smile which has fallen into disrepair.
Whether it’s shooting the breeze at your six-month appointments, or tackling a bigger dental project, it fulfills me to make people happy and surpass their expectations. You don’t have to travel far or to the big cities to have your simple or complex dental needs addressed any longer. Come meet us and see our beautiful office. You’ll be glad you did!
- Texas A&M University – Bachelor of Arts in biology, minor in chemistry, 1999
- University of Texas at Houston – Doctorate of Dental Surgery, 2003
Awards and Honors
- Fellowship Award, Academy of General Dentistry
- Outstanding Achievement Award, American College of Prosthodontics
- Hirsch Award, American College of Legal Medicine
- Board member, Capital Area Dental Society
- Texas Monthly “Super Dentist” each year from 2009-2014, voted by fellow dentists and dental specialists
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- The Chapel at the Beach
- Children’s Volunteer Health Network
- Bay Elementary School parent volunteer, Spanish Translator