Kathryn Peterson, Featured Dental Hygienist

Kathryn Peterson Virginia Beach dental hygienistHello, my name is Kathryn and I am going on nine years of employment with one of the best and most caring dental practices for both patients and staff that I have encountered in my 24 years as a dental hygienist! Can you tell how excited I am to be a part of Dr. Abbey Horwitz & Dr. Dorfman’s team? I chose this profession because I am very much a people person and I enjoy building relationships. A dental hygienist builds both professional and personal relationships with their patients. We laugh, cry, grieve and when necessary we are very serious with our patients regarding their health.

We understand not everyone is excited about coming to the dentist and there are even those that have a true fear of the dentist such as my husband! It is extremely important for me to develop a good relationship with my patients so they will gain trust in me and have confidence in the care that I provide, just as I have trust and confidence in the care that our dentists Dr. Horwitz and Dr. Dorfman provide.  My professional goal is to tailor each patient’s treatment plan to fit their individual needs and to make every patient comfortable during their visit while providing excellent care.

Kathryn Peterson on dental missionI graduated in 1990 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and since that time have kept up with continuing education making sure that I am practicing with the most updated technology and knowledge of my profession.

I have had the opportunity to go on a few dental mission trips in my career.  My last trip was to Guatemala where we set up a dental clinic in a very poor area.  It was very rewarding helping these people meet their dental needs and it is my heart’s desire to do more of these trips in the future.

When I am not at work I am very busy at home with our family.  Together Gary and I are blessed to have five children who have given us seven grandchildren and another on the way. Our youngest child, who is the only one left at home, is 16 years old and keeps us extremely busy with crew and all the other socializing events that teenagers are involved in.

Kathryn Peterson Dental MissionOne thing that makes me a happy hygienist is to see new people come in to our office that have been referred by other patients!!  Keep them coming and I look forward to seeing you soon!

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