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Spotlight on Melissa Tenenbaum, RDA: Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey
Friday, June 14, 2013
When did you join Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey?
I joined SDNJ in September 2008.
What do you do at SDNJ?
I am a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). A registered dental assistant undergoes a minimum of two years on the job training after the mandated course work required for certification. When working with patients I capture necessary radiography, often I taken impressions or "molds" of teeth, prepare and insert temporary restorations, as well maintain infection control procedures. Additionally, I review patients' treatment plan with the patient and educate them on their conditions while answering any questions they may have. Danielle or I are typically the first people you will see when you are seated in the treatment room.
Do you have specialized training?
Working with specialists like Dr. Courey and Dr. Zagami, has made me a specialist in my field as well. At SDNJ, the patient is paramount! In order to exceed the expectations of our patients, I have received extensive, training in assisting with high level restorative dental & surgical procedures, advanced laboratory techniques, preparations, materials as well capturing 3-Dimensional digital radiography.
What is your favorite part of your job?
That is easy—it is the overall transformation of a patient, not only their physical appearance, but the overall change in their character. I love seeing the patients I care for smile! It's often not easy for people to seek the help of a dentist; It's my job to make them feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. The relationships that I have formed with my patients are very special… my patients are like my family. If I am able to help an apprehensive patient who is withdrawn and sad, transform into a patient who is relaxed, outgoing, and happy as they move toward dental heath, that is a measure of my success. The patient's triumph feels like my triumph…makes me tear up when I think about it.
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