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       Both of my parents and my             were looking for kids my age to fill
       grandfather were dentists, but as I   the roles. This was my ticket to the
       grew up in the Philippines, my future   limelight — or so I thought. Through
       wasn’t always set in stone. I knew I   a series of events, I actually ended
       wanted to be involved in the medical   up auditioning to be an anchor on a
       field in some capacity, but it wasn’t   children’s news show and got the job.
       until way down the line that I knew   It was all going to be fast cars and big
       dentistry was the profession I would   city lights from here on out. At least,
       be proud to take up for myself. What   that was what I thought. However,     For the last 17 years, I have been able
       I did know early on was that I wanted   destiny didn’t see it that way because,   to turn my interest in medicine into a
       to help people. Today, I realize I made   as fate would have it, the very first   wonderful career in my field. Through
       the right choice and then some. My    day I was supposed to start my new     dentistry, we are able to not only fix
       journey in dentistry has led me to    career in the lap of luxury was also   teeth but also to help our patients by
       realize that I am the sum of all my   the day we moved to America.           addressing ailments from insomnia
       eclectic interests and experiences                                           and heart disease to diabetes. In this
       rolled into one, and that the zest I feel   One dream was quickly replaced with   way, I have been able to make a real
       for my profession allows me to offer   another, and I continued my passion   difference in our community while still
       the best care to my patients. This    for entertainment by dedicating        indulging in a little showmanship every
       journey is exemplified in the countless   myself to the arts. I’d always loved   once in a while. When I’m not in the
       smiles of satisfied patients with whom   dancing, so I threw myself into that   office, I’m watching my 16-year-old
       I’ve been lucky enough to share my    avenue headlong and acted in high      daughter, Katie, and 12-year-old son,
       gift throughout the years.            school plays. There was something      Matthew, live out their dreams on the
                                             about showmanship that always          dance floor, just like their mother. I also
      As you can imagine from my family      attracted me. So, when I moved on      do quite a bit of lecturing, both in and
       history, I grew up in a dentist’s office.   to college, I took a position at the   out of state, maintaining my passion
      That’s where I learned to walk and     Liberty Science Center, where I        for learning by staying up-to-date on
       where I spent my time when I wasn’t   spent my days showing exhibits and     the latest practices in the field and
       in school. Some might even say I      covering myself in all kinds of creepy-  all the different ways we’re able to
       was born into the business, but that   crawlies for the entertainment of     improve your health through dentistry.
       doesn’t mean I didn’t explore my      our patrons. I loved every second of
       options. In fact, I had a very brief   it. Yet, throughout those days, I kept   To learn more about how we can make
       career in show business as a child.   my head down and kept pursuing my      you smile here at Great Smiles NJ, give
       When I was 10, I snuck off without    real-life goals of practicing medicine. I   us a call at 908-561-0225 or visit our
       my parents knowing and decided        wanted to be involved in people’s lives   website anytime at
       to chase my dream of being a big-     in a meaningful way and treat their
       time actress. I remember seeing       ailments with meaningful care. As a
       ads on TV for a new show that was     dentist, I have been able to do just that.  –Dr. Michelle Weddle
       about to start production, and they

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