As a student: She graduated with honors in June 2000 from Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, Wash. A native of China, she moved to the United States as a young adult. She said, “I noticed right away that so many people here had confident smiles with beautiful teeth. I wanted to know how the dental offices helped people get their smiles perfect. I started this learning journey as a volunteer in a dental office. Five years as a dental assistant led me to the realization that I love this field and I wanted to learn more. I then went to dental hygiene school. Today I am a dental hygienist with 13 years of experience.”
On a daily basis: She works in the dental practice of Drs. John Hoag and Michelle Dotsch in Shoreline. “I have not been here very long, but I enjoy meeting patients and learning from the doctors and our fabulous consultant, Janice Hurley-Trailor. This is truly a lifelong learning career, and I am working hard to make a difference in our hygiene department.”
About me: Her signficant others are her husband, Kelvin, and her sons, Daylan, 16, and Aidan, 9. In her spare time, Ming enjoys ballroom dancing, zumba, and yoga.
Cover photography by Lisa Hepfer of Lisa Monet Photography
Editor’s Note: This cover was donated to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s charitable organization, which assists victims of domestic violence. Janice Hurley-Trailer, a consultant known as “The Image Expert” was the winning bidder.
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