40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Monica Chandran

  • Olney, Maryland
  • Specialty

Age:

36

Name of Practice:

Olney Smiles

Specialty:

Prosthodontics

Education:

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; MS in prosthodontics, University of Maryland School of Dentistry


Why They Were Nominated

Dr. Chandran’s community service is both local and global—through Team Smiles in Baltimore and groups including International Dental Relief in Nicaragua and India. She also organizes outreach programs for senior citizens at local community centers.

Inspiration

Her mother, who was one of only a handful of women in her medical school in India. After emigrating to the U.S., “she had a successful solo pediatric practice for 30 years, all while making sure we had a packed lunch and home-cooked meals every day,” Dr. Chandran re- calls. “She is the definition of breaking the glass ceiling.”

Tool They Can’t Live Without

“Teflon tape helps block out undercuts and clean up cement, protects implant access, shields adjacent teeth from bonding and other materials. The uses are endless.”

Most Memorable Patient

A patient in his mid-forties with fractured, decayed teeth. “He had trouble finding work and lacked confidence. We made upper and lower immediate dentures, and within a month he found gainful employment and was a new man. It totally changed his life—and mine.”

Sage Advice

Work in the practice type that fits your personality, “whether fast-paced or slow-, large or small.”

Something People Don’t Know

A friend and I started an a cappella group in college, and it’s still going strong 15 years later.”