With encouragement and support from her husband, Alex, she set out on the path to becoming a dental assistant.
“We thought that dental assisting would be a good fit for me because I was always on top of everyone about taking care of their teeth,” she said.
After attending Oklahoma Health Academy, Rocquel started her career with Dental Depot in our South Oklahoma City office. She worked there, side-by-side with Dr. Haffner, for eight years before moving to our Moore office.
“It was great to have the stability of working with one doctor,” she said. “But it’s also been great learning different things and different ways of doing things from different doctors.”
Over the years, Rocquel has helped to train numerous dental assistants. Now, with nine years of dental assisting under her belt, she has racked up a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“I noticed that I liked the slower pace (of the Moore office). It helps when it comes to training,” she said. “Sometimes change is good.”
Whether she’s getting to know patients, doctors, or other co-workers, Rocquel said that the opportunity to meet new people is one of her favorite things about working for Dental Depot.
But most of all, she said, her favorite thing about being a dental assistant is helping patients and seeing them smile when they’re done with their treatment.
“A lot of (patients) are especially nervous about getting numbed up and I always try to reassure them that they’ll be much happier once it’s all done. I always try to talk them through everything and make them more comfortable.”
That instinct to help and encourage people has been with her throughout her life and it does not stop when she leaves the dental office.
Rocquel is the second oldest of nine kids.
“All my family has always said I should have been the oldest because I was always looking out for everyone,” she said.
While Rocquel grew up in Oklahoma City, she spent the later years of her youth attending a tribal boarding school in Eufaula, Okla. When it was time for her younger sister to move away to attend school, Rocquel stepped up and volunteered to go with her, to help her sister feel more comfortable with the transition.
Now, Rocquel and her husband have seven children between them.
Although most of their kids are out of the house these days, family is still very important to Rocquel.
Her youngest daughter has her mother’s determination. The 11-year old set her sights on attending the Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City. Rocquel said that applying to the school was her daughter’s idea, and one she was persistent about.
“She had to audition,” Rocquel explained. “She wants to be in their visual arts program. She loves to draw and to make things. She doesn’t want to buy things, she wants to make it.”
On the other hand, Rocquel’s brand of quiet determination was bred during her youth as an athlete and during early adulthood as she served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and now it speaks louder than she does.
“I liked the feeling that I was doing something important, something that matters,” she said. “Something that my kids can be proud that I’ve done.”
“The routine and structure of boarding school and the national guard … it’s all helped me and factors into how I work now: being on time, making sure the rooms are clean and sterilized right, making sure patients are happy when they leave, making sure co-workers know where they need to be and what they need to do,” Rocquel said. “I take pride in my job and I want others to treat it like that. This isn’t just a job. This isn’t just a paycheck.”
“I’ve been asked about promotion, moving up to management,” she continued. But after having been asked – twice, in fact – she said that she realized that chair side, where she can interact with patients and help them achieve the smile they want to have, ultimately is where she wants to stay.
During her downtime away from the office, Rocquel said her life and passion is all about family. Together, their favorite pastimes include playing paintball and hosting family gatherings for WWE Wrestle Mania and Royal Rumble. Rocquel said she also enjoys watching OU softball.
Rocquel was nominated by Jessica Miller, office manager of Dental Depot Moore, and by Emily Smith, assistant manager of Dental Depot Moore, for Employee of the Month.
“She is ALWAYS a team player and helps where ever needed. She picks up extra Saturdays because she knows we are short and says she doesn’t want to leave anyone in a bind. She guides all of our new DA’s in the direction they need to go to be the best that they can be. She is full of knowledge and we lean on her for a lot! She is seriously one of the best employees that we have had the pleasure working with!” Jessica and Emily said.
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 March, we are proud to shine a spotlight on Employee of the Month Rocquel Davis.