Last month we put the spotlight on our founder, Dr. Roy Krengel, detailing all of his previous experience, education, hobbies and more to give you an inside look at the people who make our practice possible. This week, we’re highlighting another one of our fabulous employees, Dr. Heidi Pound! Anyone who has been a patient of Dr. Pound’s knows what an extremely valuable member she is to our team. Here’s everything you need to know about her!
About Dr. Pound
Dr. Pound received her undergraduate degree at Bethel University before attending dental school at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pound originally became interested in dentistry when her accompanying her father on several dental mission trips throughout South America while in college.
We asked Dr. Pound some questions about her job and here is what she had to say:
- What is a typical day like in your role?
My typical day includes getting to catch up with my wonderful patients who I may only see a couple times per year. I love the updates on what they’ve been up to since I last saw them. I get to do this either when popping in for their exam after they’ve had their teeth cleaned or before any restorative work for which they may be seeing me. I’ll typically perform a variety of dental procedures throughout the day, including fillings, crowns, veneers, etc.
- How did you get started?
I decided during college to follow in my dad’s footsteps and pursue a career in dentistry. I went to dental school at the University of Minnesota. It is a 4 year program after college. Time flies, and I somehow have been practicing in this field for over 12 years now!
- What is your favorite part about your job?
I can’t just narrow it down to 1 so I’ll name 2. I love meeting new patients and being able to put them at ease about any concerns they may have about dental treatment. I also love the variety of different procedures I get to do throughout a day.
- What advice do you have for anyone looking to enter the field?
If you like people, do it! Peoples’ teeth aren’t going anywhere and there will always be a need for dentistry. You’ll get to interact with a variety of people, perform a rewarding service for them, and have constant opportunities to learn and grow throughout your career.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It’s so rewarding when I can either get a patient out of pain or fix something they don’t like about their smile.
- Tell us about one of your favorite patient experiences – what did it involve, what made it so special?
Any time someone comes and is visibly very nervous about their appointment, I love when they leave smiling and commenting on how well it went. I often hear that it was so much easier than expected. It’s wonderful to know when they have a great experience!