Smile Designers of Las Vegas
DDS, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Tongsiri graduated from dental school at age 23 with no idea exactly what she was getting herself into. Thirteen years later, she owns a practice and has taught at her alma mater, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. Recently, she took a position as dental director for Liberty Dental Plan, a private benefits company, which has enabled her to fight for underserved communities in the Silver State. She educates, trains and partners with other community programs to spread the gospel of oral health.
“My mother was a nurse and always encouraged me to get into health care. After shadowing my childhood dentist, I decided I wanted to do the same.”
“Teledentistry—the ability to connect with patients, colleagues, mentors and more. Teledentistry [offers] multiple revenue [streams] that we’re now starting to utilize: access to care, sharing of treatment options and integration into hospital emergency rooms.”
“My first denture patient in dental school. It was a really long process. I was nervous the whole time, and she was very patient and understanding. The denture turned out perfect, and her smile was priceless!”
“Dentistry has endless opportunities. Try everything and figure out what you like, then become the best in that field.”
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