Dr. Marc Craig
Since starting my practice in 1981, I have always believed that quality care should be accessible and affordable to everyone. I am fortunate to work with a wonderfully talented and dedicated staff to help make that goal possible. Every day is a gift and all of us are committed to give you something to smile about.
What I enjoy most about my profession is the relationships we develop with our patients. Having watched the practice grow from the first patient chart put in the wall, I take great pride in never forgetting that a patient’s trust is a gift we work just as hard to earn now as we did in the beginning.
I decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene after working 10 years assisting in a specialty practice. While interesting, I did not enjoy the fact that patients were seen only for a limited number of referred appointments. I am grateful for the opportunity to treat individuals and families over time to help them achieve their oral health care goals.
Many of my friends could not understand how I could leave the warmth of the southwest for an education in Bridgeport, CT… and on that first cold morning in October I shared a similar wonderment. But I have grown to love this part of the country and I am grateful for a kind of east coast family that I have with my coworkers.
I started my career in dentistry 8 years ago as an orthodontic assistant, always with the idea that my goal was to provide direct patient care. After getting my dental hygiene degree, it was very special for me to join this practice since Marc was my dentist from the time I was a child. It is easy when I ask our patient’s to trust what we do here, because I have my entire life.
My decision to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene was based on my experience working with Dr. Craig throughout high school as a dental assistant. I am looking forward to providing direct patient care and have learned how oral health is a reflection and extension of someone’s overall wellness.
I retired from community banking to raise a family, but I missed the daily interpersonal relationships I found so rewarding. Going back to school to become a certified dental assistant has allowed me another way to help people. And because of the practice’s high school assisting program I have been blessed with having two of my coworkers call me “Mom”.
Not many people can say they were exposed to something at fifteen and enjoyed it so much they never left. I started with Dr. Craig as a high school dental assistant, a program he has run his whole career. After I took some time away raising a family, the opportunity to come back to be with him and his staff again, has been a pleasure and brought a great balance to my life.
Having previously worked in retail management, I hope to apply the principles of customer service by listening to our patients concerns and then making sure they know they were heard.
As I start my career in dentistry, I am excited to help the practice better serve those patients for whom English is a second language. The first steps in anyone’s care is for them to know that we listen and understand their needs.
Having enjoyed a wonderful career in early childhood development, I welcomed the opportunity for a new challenge in health care practice management. A different set of skills for sure, but I have learned that whether you are working with big people or little people…before you can guide them…they need to believe you are listening.
I came to the practice after a career managing small to medium size construction businesses. While the materials are different many of the challenges are the same. An added bonus, is the pleasure and pride of getting to work with my favorite hygienist, AmyKate.