40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

  • MAUREEN KARL

MAUREEN KARL

  • Granbury, Texas
  • St. Clair Dental

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

St. Clair Dental

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, University of Buffalo


Why She Was Nominated

One of the few female dentists in her town, just southwest of Dallas, Dr. Karl emphasizes patient education, comfort and high-quality treatment. Her practice employs top-of-the-line technology to provide some of Texas’s best dental care.

Inspiration

Growing up in a downtrodden part of New York state, Dr. Karl didn’t go to the dentist very often. Instead, practitioners would come to the public schools to treat children. As a high-school student, Dr. Karl decided to learn to fix teeth herself.

Tool She Can't Live Without

The DentalVibe. “It distracts patients and helps me work faster, and it hurts less,” she says.

Biggest Challenge

Getting patients to prioritize dental care in tough economic times. “It’s hard to stress the importance of dental work to
patients who don’t have a job, or who have gone from two incomes to one.”