40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

TIKY SWAIN

  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dasling Dentistry

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

Dasling Dentistry

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Swain provides dental services and education to underserved populations in her community. Working with a charity called Project Lift, she and other dentists do oral-cancer screenings, varnish applications and educational workshops in local schools to help children who come from all socioeconomic backgrounds learn healthy dental habits. Dr. Swain calls it “cavity and health reform.” “It’s beneficial when dentists work with other medical practitioners and patients to help create a truly healthy
com­munity,” she says.

Inspiration

“I give back because I know what it feels like not to have,” Dr. Swain says. “When you know better, you have the oppor­tunity to do better. Whatever I can do to help, I have a heart for that.”

Advice to Aspiring Dentists

Have a purpose. “Every time you walk into your office, know who you are and know what you stand for, and be able to give that to your patients. You can get through every procedure if you know you’re making a difference.”

Something People Don't Know

A huge fan of police procedurals and crime shows such as “CSI,” Dr. Swain has often dreamed about a career as a forensic pathologist and police investigator.