“Not to sound corny, but I like making the patients happy,” Dani said. “Especially all of the parents. They get so happy when we can get their kids in the same day, sooner than other places.”
Dani told us a story about one of her most memorable experiences helping patients – a family whose son got hit in the face with a baseball. As if getting pelted in the mouth with a baseball weren’t painful enough, the young man also had braces. We can only imagine how excruciating his pain must have been.
“When they called, they were panicking because nobody else was open for same day appointments on a Saturday,” Dani explained. Luckily, Dani was able to help the family, getting the boy in to see a dentist almost immediately. “The whole family came in to support him,” Dani said. “His sisters were still dressed in their softball gear. It was obvious the whole family had been out at the field and needed to be seen immediately.”
A Chicago native, Dani left home after high school and made her way south to Tuscaloosa to earn her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Alabama. It was in Alabama that Dani discovered her love of helping others, working with non-profit organizations, and working in smaller, family-oriented organizations.
During college, Dani interned with Make a Wish as a marketing and communications intern. There she worked on the organization’s social media pages, press releases, online events calendar, and more.
One piece of advice, “Don’t give up,” Dani said. “I didn’t get my internship till my junior year and so many people had already had multiple internships at big companies, but I wanted to work in a small office, not for a major corporation.”
Later, when her boyfriend, Matt, was admitted to nursing school in Oklahoma City, the couple made their way to Oklahoma, where Dani found a new professional home with Dental Depot. And, while Dani now gets to flex her helping muscles daily with Dental Depot patients and team members, she still holds true to her volunteerism roots.
“I volunteer at Cancer Camp for kids in Wisconsin every summer. I’m a camp counselor. I’ve been doing it since 2015,” Dani said. “My cousin had cancer and he was supposed to go to the camp but he couldn’t because he had treatment. My uncle and two of my other cousins got involved and I heard about it through them.”
And, if you were wondering, Dani’s Cousin beat his cancer but was told that he wouldn’t ever be able to have children. “Now he has a two-year-old daughter,” Dani explained with a big smile.
This all just goes to show that even the smallest things, like a timely doctor’s visit, can make a world of difference to those in need.
To Dani we say, keep up the fantastic work, and to everyone else, lend a hand and give back to those in need!
Away from the office, Dani enjoys indulging with plenty of television, running, hanging out with her boyfriend and her three dogs, and exploring Bricktown – especially spending time at Put a Cork In It. Dani Sullivan was nominated for Dental Depot Employee of the Month by Amanda Lagunas, manager of our Northwest OKC office:
“Dani is a rockstar. She does the work of three people and could run the front desk blindfolded! Her customer service is what every business office associate should strive for. She is the model business office associate!” said Amanda.
“She’s an amazing employee, I wish we had 40 of her,” said Brian Bowling, Director of Business Office Operations. “She has an outstanding work ethic. She’s one of a kind.”
Dental Depot is a locally owned and operated family company. As such, we believe that the incredible group of doctors, hygienists, assistants and staff that make up Dental Depot are more than their job titles; they’re members of our extended family. In our family, we like to recognize when someone goes above and beyond, living the Dental Depot values. This April, we are proud to shine a spotlight on Employee of the Month Danielle “Dani” Sullivan.