Name of Practice:
Westminster Family Dentistry
DDS, University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Why She Was Nominated
Just 30 years old, Dr. Etzkorn is already managing a rapidly growing Maryland practice.
“I’ve known I wanted to be a dentist since I was 12 years old,” Dr. Etzkorn says. She chose the profession for “no better reason than I love teeth and sharing my knowledge.”
Favorite Aspect of Dentistry
“I love doing root canals. They challenge me, and I love when a patient says, ‘That was so easy — I
expected so much worse!’ ”
Exciting New Trend
Dr. Etzkorn is fascinated by developments in hard-tissue lasers for root canals, fillings and treating periodontal disease. “Lasers are the future of many aspects of medicine. I believe they’ll become mainstream in dentistry as well.”
Tool She Can't Live Without
The iLase soft-tissue diode laser pen. Dr. Etzkorn
says it enables her to perform frenectomies and re-contour gum tissue in a matter of minutes with very little bleeding.
Advice To Aspiring Dentists
“Don’t ever let corporate dentistry tell you how to treat your patients. Patients are not dollar signs — they’re people.”