Finding a dental office you like going to, or enjoy going to, is a challenge. It may sound impossible — that is, unless you are an Elite Dental patient.
Dr. Dudley and Dr. Hartman often hear from new patients and understand that a dental office is more than its doctors. Each team member is integral to a one-of-a-kind experience, that’s why Elite Dental hand-selects each member based on dental knowledge, skills and personality.
In September, Elite Dental introduced readers to their hygiene team and now they want you to meet their experienced dental assistants, Erika and Mo.
Erika was born and raised in Brazil where she studied dentistry and practiced as a dentist for 15 years before moving to Northern Virginia. She has spent the last 11 years working as a dental assistant, 10 of them with Dr. Dudley!
Mahmoud ‘Mo’ Qawari
Mo has been a dental assistant for the last four years. He completed dental school in Syria, where he practiced as a dentist for three years. Joining Elite Dental six months ago, he has already proven to be invaluable to the patient experience.
Why did you decide to become a dental assistant?
Erika: I decided to be a dental assistant because it was an opportunity for me to use my skills as a foreign trained dentist, and to continue doing what I love: dentistry.
Mo: I have always enjoyed helping patients regain confidence in their smile while simultaneously improving their oral health. I enjoyed practicing as a dentist and wanted to continue working in the dental field in the United States.
What is the biggest challenge of dental assisting?
Erika: Meeting and then exceeding patients’ expectations are the most challenging parts of my day.
Mo: The most challenging part of my job is that some patients come to us with fear and it’s up to us to find the best way to reassure and comfort them. It is also what becomes most rewarding.
What is your best dental advice?
Mo: My best dental advice is brush and floss your teeth as long as you want to keep them!
Erika: Preventive care is the key to maintaining your dental health. Periodic dental visits, daily care and investing time and effort in the care of your teeth pays off over time.
Call 703-991-5169 or email [email protected] to schedule a new patient appointment — Mention ARLnow and receive a free tooth-whitening kit!
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St. Charles offers a play-based curriculum in a welcoming, Christ-centered environment.
Our program focuses on socio-emotional development and kindergarten readiness through hands-on and engaging activities. Our programs offer different schedules ranging from 7:30 am-5:30 pm for students, ages 2-5. We feature a full-day Jr. kindergarten class for older 4’s/5’s. Our facility includes a full-sized gymnasium, school chapel, and library. All of our students enjoy music and physical education weekly. Children have an opportunity to participate in enrichment classes such as soccer, basketball, ballet, and science.
We offer Summer Camp with weekly themes and twice a week water play, including Fun Friday moon bounce. Please join us for our Open House Feb. 3 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. Click here to sign-up.
For more information or to schedule a tour, visit us at www.stcharlesarlington.org or call (703) 527-0608.
If you are a lifelong learner over 50+ who wants to make new friends, power up your brain, and enjoy a wide-variety college-level courses, Encore Learning is for you. An Arlington based nonprofit, Encore Learning offers courses in the arts, theater, literature, history, technology and more. This semester we offer our most popular course, Global Hot Spots as well as 25 new courses. Courses are presented either online or in-person at George Mason University at Virginia Square and other Arlington locations.
Join the free presentation to learn about courses and meet the instructors. This is Encore Learning’s signature event to highlight the upcoming semester with brief presentations by each instructor.
The Spring Course Preview event is Thursday, February 2nd at 9:30 AM via Zoom:
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