40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

KRISTINA BIGGS

  • Lorton, Virginia
  • Destination Smile

Age:

38

Name of Practice:

Destination Smile

Specialty:

Pediatric dentistry

Education:

DDS, University of Maryland Dental School


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Biggs and her practice partner, Flavia Tingling (see page 74), lived down the hall from each other in college. Years later, they met again during pediatric dental residencies in New York City and decided to open a practice together. Both doctors are firm believers in parent-and-child education. Dr. Biggs is also a faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Inspiration

“The kids keep me going,” she says. “I can be myself with them. I get to be funny, listen to music and dance in the middle of the workday. They keep me young.”

Tool She Can't Live Without

The hand mirror. “It’s so important to educate kids,” she says. “We use a hand mirror to show them how to brush better, what they’re doing wrong and what’s going on inside their mouth.”

Advice For Aspiring Dentists

“Chocolate is better than Gummi Bears. You can’t just tell kids to eat only fruits and vegetables. If they’re going to have a treat, they should have chocolate. Gummi Bears are sticky.”