When searching for the best dentists in Wichita don’t forget that the dental assistants and hygienists in offices can make all the difference for your patient experience. Linda, Karla, and Olivia are experienced dental assistants who work at Smiles by Design and with Dr. Kristyn Barker. This month we’re introducing them to you so you can get to know a little more about them and why they love working with patients at Smiles by Design!
Questions & Answers with Linda, Karla, and Olivia
Q: Why did you want to become a dental assistant?
Linda: A friend who knew I always had an interest in the medical field asked if I’d ever considered dentistry, and then connected me to her endodontist friend. The rest is history!
Karla: I entered the dental field initially as a translator and interpreter at the age of 17. I’m bilingual in English and Spanish.
Olivia: I love helping people and I’ve developed a love of dentistry that goes right along with my love of helping people. I think it’s really important to do what you love.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
Linda: My favorite part of my job is changing people’s experience at the dentist. I genuinely care about listening and providing a kind, positive dental environment where most people are usually nervous, anxious, and scared.
Karla: My favorite part of my job is interacting with my patients and building relationships with them. I am really passionate about making people smile and helping them love that smile!
Olivia: My favorite part of working in dentistry are extractions and hygiene appointments. I can’t decide what I love to do more!
Q: What is something you would never do after working in the dental field?
Linda: After working in dentistry, I’d NEVER go to bed without brushing my teeth.
Karla: After working in dentistry, I’d never want to be in management. I like being where the action is happening.
Olivia: I will NEVER forget to brush after working in dentistry.
Q: What do you like to do outside work?
Linda: My hobbies outside of work include snow skiing, hiking, and biking. I love the views in the mountains. Experiencing nature through outdoor activities is exhilarating to me.
Karla: I really enjoy working with my hands. So, I spend a lot of time doing yard work and crafting when I’m not working at the office.
Olivia: I’m still in school, so that takes up most of my free time. I really enjoy the challenges it presents, but it can be frustrating at times too!
We’re proud of our amazing team and the incredible culture they have helped us build at Smiles By Design. Thank you to Linda, Karla, and Olivia for sharing more about yourselves and why you love what you do here and for reminding us that brushing our teeth is a necessity!
Compassionate Dental Care
The best dentists in Wichita have great team members like Linda, Karla, and Olivia. Dr. Barker and the team at Smiles by Design believe in compassionate dental care in a comfortable environment. If you’re looking for a new dentist, Dr. Barker is taking new patients. Contact us to schedule an appointment.