One after another, as we attempted to interview Liz, teammates popped into the room to ask for help and advice. And one-by-one they left the room with clear directions and a hearty laugh.
“Who doesn’t love me?” Liz joked. “I can’t ever get any peace around here! Everybody wants me!”
Liz started with Dental Depot about two years ago as a dental hygiene assistant. She made the switch to the front-of-office as a patient care coordinator about five months ago.
“You don’t just get stuck doing one thing,” Liz said of working at Dental Depot. “They’re really open about letting you learn new things and do something different. They want to accommodate you because they care.”
Even with all this forward momentum, it’s the ability to help patients that she loves most about her job.
“When they come in and they don’t have a perfect smile, or they’re really self-conscious about their smile, then when they leave, they’re like ‘you guys made me smile again,’” she said. “I smile all the time. I love to pass on smiles!”
Liz got started in dentistry after realizing her original intentions – first to enlist in the Navy, second to become a physician’s assistant – were not going to pan out.
“I actually wanted to be in the Navy, because I thought they’d pay for school. And my dad was in the Navy,” Liz explained. “I wanted to do that until I was 17.”
Instead of joining the armed forces, Liz attended Tulsa Community College and played with a few possible career routes. In the end, however, she took a personality test that suggested dental hygienist might be a good fit for her.
In the end, she opted to make the switch to Community Care College to study dental assisting, noting that “school and me don’t get along.”
More of a real-world-learner, Liz has found her niche with Dental Depot, having the opportunity to engage, learn and thrive in a variety of dental care positions.
“I want to be an office manager someday,” Liz said. “I like to keep moving forward and growing – I don’t like to be held back.”
Going after that goal, Liz is now in the Dental Depot leadership program. The program helps develop up-and-coming leaders, coaching, motivating and inspiring them, and creating an inspiring vision of the future.
“I’m ready,” Liz said. “I’ll just keep climbing that ladder!”
A single mother of a toddler, Liz said she spends most of her time hanging out with her son instead of indulging in hobbies. Like many two-year-olds, Liz’s son likes to go to Chuck-E-Cheese and to swim.
“He likes to swim, but of course I have to make sure he doesn’t drown, so I can’t totally enjoy myself and just lay out,” Liz joked, true to form.
Like her son, Liz loves the pool. She also said she is a social butterfly, and if left to her own devices, you’d most likely find her out and about, engaging in social interaction with people – whether she knows them or not.
Elizabeth Burnett was nominated for Dental Depot Employee of the Month by Kassi Stokes, assistant manager at Dental Depot’s Tulsa Sheridan office:
“Liz is a hard worker and is always willing to help.” –Kassi Stokes
“Liz is always motivating her team. She’s very compassionate to all of our patients, and she’s always going above and beyond to help out in the office.” – Rebecca Sommer, director of office management
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 June, we are proud to shine a spotlight on Employee of the Month Elizabeth “Liz” Burnett.