40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

VLADANA BABCIC

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cameo Endodontics

Age:

32

Name of Practice:

Cameo Endodontics

Specialty:

Endodontics

Education:

DMD, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Why She Was Nominated

Detailed-oriented in every aspect of her life, Dr. Babcic thrives in the operatory. “I’ve just always loved surgery and its intricacies,” she says.

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

“I like the detective work that our specialty presents. A lot of the time, because the nerves are so complicated, people don’t know where their pain is coming from. Once I figure out what it is, they’re going to feel a lot better.”

Inspiration

The child of Yugoslav immigrants, Dr. Babcic has been driven to succeed ever since she arrived with her parents in Minne­tonka, Minnesota. Her ambition has paid off: she is the first doctor in her family, and the only woman in her practice.

Advice to Aspiring Dentists

“This job is high-stress, because you’re dealing with people in pain, and it’s very detail-oriented. You have to be really motivated every day.”