Hi, my name is Nina! I am a Registered Dental Hygienist.
A little bit about my professional career…
I graduated from Midwestern States University (MSU) with my Bachelor in Science (applied Dental Hygiene) in 2015.
Upon graduating from MSU I moved to Abilene, Texas and started practicing.
A year or so later I decided to pursue more school in order to get my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. I enjoy education and hope to be an instructor or CE provider – hence the Master’s Degree.
In the meantime, I began working at a general and cosmetic dental office two days a week. I have two young sons and I very much enjoy being able to work part of the week but also being able to be home with them most of the week – it truly is a balance that I am so blessed to have.
I graduated from Angelo State University with my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in May of 2019.
I am a member of both the American Dental Hygiene Association and the American Academy of Dental Hygiene.
I have extensive knowledge and training (but no certifications) in orofacial myology, human trafficking, and pediatric dental education.
Why Dental Hygiene?
My mother is a Registered Dental Hygienist – she’s been practicing for over 32 years.
When I was growing up, I remember my mom always being there.
You see, I was involved in various clubs and sports throughout my time grade school – despite all my busy schedule of meetings, practices, and games, I remember my mom (and dad) being present. She was always off in time to make it to my events.
I was a sophomore in high school when I began to seriously consider dentistry – I wasn’t sure which area of dentistry but I knew I wanted to be a in a family-oriented profession that allowed me to be there for my family.
I started talking to various professionals and I was able to shadow some of my mother’s colleagues – it became very obvious that dental hygiene was what I wanted to do. I enjoyed observing how each patient was so different, how each hygienist could brighten a day in a matter of a 1-hour appointment, and how each treatment procedure was different from the previous.
Years later my mom is a dear colleague and “CE buddy” of mine. We even practice in the same office! However, we “job share” – so I work my days and she works the rest of the week in the same operatory. Every once in a while we get to work at the same time – those days are fun! I enjoy the life-long colleague and collaborator that my mother has been to me, my career would not be the same without her knowledge, guidance, and encouragement!
Topics of interest…
My passion in Dental Hygiene span through a patient’s life.
While I enjoy performing quadrant-scaling on periodontal patients (don’t all of us!), I particularly enjoy Periodontal Maintenance appointments. I enjoy the continual education and guiding a patient towards self-driven care. I also enjoy evaluating the peridontium in order to look for areas of disease recurrence or improvement.
What I particularly enjoy is seeing kiddos. There’s nothing quite like the first ever dental visit! At those visits sometimes I’m performing a prophy more so on their favorite stuffed animal than on the patient – and that’s okay!
I also enjoy treating pre-teens and the hard-to-crack teenager who will barely talk to you! It’s a challenge to find common ground – I can appreciate a good challenge!
There’s nothing quite like the first-time momma who has many questions about what pregnancy means for their gums and teeth. I’m also sure to educate on dental care within the first year for the bundle of joy they are expecting!
Lastly, my geriatric patients are where I open my ears and listen. In this demographic of patients, I’ve found much wisdom, history, and insight on various things: like family vacations, how to be a fun grandparent, and even how to create a lasting marriage! My geriatric patients are direct and spunky – and each of them comes with his or her own needs.
It is an absolute pleasure to have you here with me! Please feel free to reach out to me – I love making new friends!