The Winchester Dental family welcomes our new dentist, Stacey Good, DMD! Dr. Good, who has been working in the dental field for nearly 20 years, lives in the Stephenson area with her husband and young daughter (who likes coming to Winchester Dental to get her teeth cleaned!). In this interview, she tells us about her path to becoming a dentist and her simple—yet powerful—philosophy of dentistry.
Tell us a bit about your background and training—where did you go to school and how long have you been practicing?
I’ve been working in the dental field for almost 20 years, having started as a dental hygienist before becoming a dentist. I went to hygiene school at Loma Linda University in California, and later realized I wanted to be a dentist. I graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston in 2011.
As far as daily practice, do you have a favorite area or areas of dentistry?
I enjoy general dentistry, doing different procedures and mixing things up during the day. It’s especially rewarding when a nervous patient comes to trust me and we can work on a plan for a healthy mouth together.
What is your personal philosophy of dentistry?
“Take care of the patient in front of you.” In other words, be sure to treat each patient as an individual, with their own needs and concerns.
What made you feel that Winchester Dental would be a good match for you?
I had worked in a few other practices before this, and I liked that Winchester Dental is a group practice that gives everyone the opportunity to collaborate. Dr. Gio has a lot of technology, and I was excited to experience and use it. I have experience with some of it, and I know he values giving team members the chance to expand their knowledge base.
Do you have any plans in the near future for continuing education courses?
I enjoy placing implants, and I plan to do some refreshers with the system that Winchester Dental uses. That’s my next goal.
Is there an aspect of dentistry or dental health that you think patients should know more about?
Not everyone realizes it, but cavities have a genetic component. Other than “brush your teeth more frequently,” there are other ways to prevent cavities, and when patients come in, we discuss personalized ways to seek oral health.
What’s been the biggest surprise so far of working at Winchester Dental?
I’ve never worked with such a large team! It’s a sizable practice and it’s very well organized. I really appreciate the support I receive from everyone. That part is not a surprise, but it’s really nice. It still feels small and personal.