At this point in my life, I do not think I can separate my profession from who I am as an individual. The interaction that pediatric dentistry provides is as much a part of my growth – personally and professionally – as it is part of the kids’ growth.
I have been practicing for over 40 years and every day am thankful for my career. It is a privilege to spend my days in the company of such wonderful young people. The kids make me laugh and remind me to recognize the importance of youth and being a role model for them. And each day becomes a new adventure – or adventures – that is filled with learning and new perspectives!
Every day I hope that the love I feel is transmitted in a positive way to the kids I have the privilege of caring for.
Education and Professional Affiliations/Activities
Growing up in Norfolk, Virginia, and considering career options, I knew I wanted a path that could develop my passions and talents. I found that I loved the creativity, science, and purpose associated with the field of dentistry.
I attended Goucher College, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. Next came my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) and then my Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, both obtained at the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University).
Dental school and my residency gave me a solid foundational understanding of oral health and the specific concerns of children’s dentistry. However, dentistry and the pediatric dental specialty, are constantly changing. Research leads to new technologies, techniques, materials, as well as new ways to enhance the patient experience and results.
I believe every professional must be a perpetual student: in order to provide patients and parents the best available options, I must first understand and evaluate each development. I pride myself in thoroughly evaluating the latest changes and emerging research, in order to provide the highest level of care for patients.
Throughout the year I complete many hours of continuing education, participate in study groups, and study the latest journals in order to stay current in the specialty. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists, a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (local and national), and the American Dental Association. I also volunteer with and teach through Lehigh Valley Hospital Network GPR and volunteer at Head Start for children’s dental screenings.
Beyond the Office
My husband David A. Gordon, who is a physician, and I have been married for over 40 years. We have three wonderful sons, who are all now married and make me proud every day.
I tend to keep busy when not in the office and enjoy walking, time at the beach, and cooking and gardening, along with traveling.
Volunteering and giving back are core to who I am, personally and professionally. I volunteer with many local groups and participate in numerous walks and drives (Downs Syndrome, Autism, Lehigh Valley Council for Independent Living, Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley, etc.). Making our community stronger and healthier benefits everyone, and I find volunteering to be deeply rewarding.