40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

HEATHER CROCKETT-MILLER

  • Middletown, Connecticut
  • Community Health Center Inc.

Age:

37

Name of Practice:

Community Health Center Inc.

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry; MPH, Yale School of Public Health


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Crockett-Miller is chief dental officer at one of the largest community health centers in the country, serving patients at seven comprehensive facilities, school-based clinics, mobile dental units and senior citizens’ centers. She provides clinical supervision for dental residents and students, mentors young girls interested in careers in science and volunteers both locally and abroad.

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

Interactions with patients, as well as “the craftiness: being able to explore new dental materials and techniques. In college some of my favorite classes were ceramics and book making. I’m glad I found a career where I could combine a passion for helping people and a love of working with my hands.”

Something People Don’t Know

“I’m a former NFL cheerleader. Once in a while a patient will discuss their favorite team and then be shocked that I know so much about football.”

Most Memorable Patient

“A special-needs patient who always asks me if she’s being a good patient.
I always tell her she’s my best patient of the day. She thanks me and gives me a hug at the end of every appointment. She has no idea that whenever I see her name on the schedule, it just puts a smile on my face.”