Vera is a dentist who graduated in 2008. She works four days in a private practice and one day as a clinical instructor at the University of Oslo, spreading some dental love.
As a people-person, she enjoys working with people, and because many of her patients are anxious or have odontophobia (dental fear), psychology and good communication are a big part of what she does.
In her spare time she loves to travel and dance salsa. During the Norwegian winters, when it is cold and dark, salsa is her remedy; a social antidepressant, both for the body and soul.
In addition, she also enjoys reading crime novels and books about psychology.
Let’s go and chat with her!
- [1:33] – Making people smile – What Vera does for a living
- [3:23] – A usual day at work as a dentist
- [5:01] – Treating people with dentalphobia – Different types of dentists
- [06:09] – What Vera loves about being a dentist
- [07:42] – Everyone becomes a child in the dental chair – Dealing with challenges
- [09:42 ]– Why Vera chose to become a dentist
- [11:03] – What the study period was like
- [15:24] – Skills that can be useful for a dentist to have
- [16:57] – Differences between dentists among countries
- [20:24] – Getting funny requests at parties- The everyday life for a dentist
- [23:35] – Books and resources recommended by Vera
- [25:34] – Salsa dancing around Europe- Vera´s hobbies
- [29:13] – Never having to brush your teeth again? – The future of dentistry
- [30:52] – Vera´s advice when choosing a career path
Books and authors mentioned in the interview
- Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian lyricist and novelist who has sold over 200 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Links and other useful resources
- Study.com has a great article that has more information about dentistry and on how to become a dentist.
- What is the salary of a dentist? On Money US News you can read more about the salary of a dentist and their working environment, including factors such as stress, future growth, and work-life balance.
- Are you still not sure whether or not you want to become a dentist? See this article by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) about the benefits of becoming a dentist!
Meet dentist Marissa Zoladz. Here she explains what she loves about her job and why she decided to study dentistry.
In this video we meet Katie, a 4th year dental student, who describes a typical day in the life of a dental student
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