Dr. Kerri Simpson is a three-time graduate of the WVU Faculty of Dentistry who practices at MMS Dental Implants & Periodontics, splitting her time between places of work in Morgantown and Bridgeport, West Virginia.
After incomes a bachelor’s diploma in biology from Boston College, Dr. Simpson acquired her bachelor’s diploma in dental hygiene (2013) and her Physician of Dental Surgical procedure diploma (2017) from WVU. Throughout dental faculty, she served as class president, legislative liaison for ASDA and helped launch a mentorship program on the Faculty, amongst different actions. One among her most cherished achievements was profitable first place within the American Dental Affiliation’s Pupil Competitors for Advancing Dental Analysis and its Software for her analysis on silver diamine fluoride, a primary for WVU. She then entered the Grasp of Science program in periodontics, beneath the route of Dr. Gian Pietro Schincaglia, and have become the primary resident to graduate from this system in 2020.
Along with serving on the SOD Alumni Affiliation Board of Governors, Dr. Simpson is the brand new dentist consultant for the West Virginia Dental Affiliation and the primary feminine ADA delegate in West Virginia’s historical past. She additionally belongs to the American Academy of Periodontology, American Affiliation of Osseointegration, Mon Valley Dental Society, Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American School of Dentists. A Morgantown native, she continues to reside there together with her husband, Matt. She proudly serves as a member of the Nationwide Ski Patrol in her spare time.
Be taught extra about Dr. Simpson in our Q&A.
A: To be trustworthy, I didn’t discover my love for dentistry till late, regardless of coming from a dental-oriented household. My grandfather was a dentist, grandmother a hygienist, oldest sister a dentist (graduate from WVU SoD), and my father a microbiologist and adjunct professor in Periodontics at WVU; nonetheless, I believed I had a special path and took the great distance round to seek out my real love in dentistry.
A: In fact, when talking about one’s alma mater, all of us could also be somewhat biased, however I actually consider the WVU Faculty of Dentistry has some attributes which can be one among a form and makes us distinctive. The most effective attributes we’ve is our small class sizes. This profit permits our college to be extra interactive and fascinating with every scholar and offers our college students extra time spent “fingers on.” Throughout my time spent in ASDA, we’d all the time focus on our dental faculties with different college students, and time and time once more, they had been all the time shocked at our class dimension and our scientific necessities. Class sizes had been half, if no more, and necessities had been double. I all the time felt proud discussing this with college students and nonetheless do to this present day. On the opposite aspect of the coin, what units us other than different faculties is our alumni and dental group assist. WVU SoD is the one dental faculty within the state and the vast majority of our state’s dentists are alumni. This creates an infinite collective that has an adoration for the varsity they went via and in addition an understanding of the place the scholars are actually.
A: Every time I inform somebody that I ended up in Periodontics, the standard response is “Oh, that is smart,” due to my hygiene background and my father being a microbiologist; nonetheless, it goes additional than that. I fell in love with Periodontics as a result of I consider it’s the excellent mixture of dentistry, drugs (general well being) and surgical procedure. Sure, each my background and schooling in hygiene and my idolization of microbiology helped form my inclination, however the mixture of all my loves collectively was irresistible. I nonetheless get to follow dentistry, carry out surgical procedures and assist somebody’s general well being by getting their periodontal conditional steady. I’m in love!
A: I completely love interacting with individuals. Attending to know them and listening to their tales. I really like serving to individuals with their issues and issues, however most of all I really like serving to individuals recover from their concern of dentists and extra importantly their anxiousness/embarrassment of their oral well being. I’ve been within the dental chair period of time and have felt that disgrace that typically is embodied when within the chair, and I really like sharing this empathy with the affected person and watching their complete demeanor change. A few of my most rewarding moments are when the affected person tells me how comfy they’re with me within the chair or that they don’t have anxiousness when they’re with me.
A: I would like the alumni to suppose again to once they had been in dental faculty and bear in mind what it was like throughout these occasions: What helped you throughout tough moments? What do you would like you’ll have had throughout these occasions? Or, what had been a few of your favourite moments throughout these 4 years? I do know that occasions are always altering, and issues could also be totally different than once you had been in class. However the foundation is similar, and now could be the time you can also make a distinction and make an impression. I do know I might not be the place I’m at the moment with out our alumni and superb mentors. We turn out to be so centered on what’s between the partitions of the varsity that we lose sight of the large image. We lose sight of the longer term and what our occupation is about, and because of this the skin mild and knowledge from our alumni is so vital. A quote said by one among my mentors is one among my favorites when talking about our Alumni Affiliation and our occupation, “Standing on the shoulders of giants.” We’re all the time shifting ahead and want the help from these earlier than us to forge forward and to enhance the place we’ve come from.