Heather LaVigne – Dental Assistant
Heather has been working in dentistry, with Dr Papa, for almost 16 years now, since she was a high school senior aged 17.
What motivates Heather is the patients. She has an intuitive ability to connect with them and to build up a strong rapport and sense of trust. Heather is able to help patients to feel confident and comfortable in the dentist chair, even the nervous ones!
By far the best aspect of this job for Heather is developing relationships with patients as they grow from being small children to graduating from high school.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love kayaking and take to the water whenever possible. I also love catching up with friends, sampling different wines and travelling.
What are three things you are thankful for?
My health, my family and my friends.
Four words to describe you?
I just texted my best friend and she said: funny, smart, thoughtful and fun.
What do you love most about your profession?
I love how every patient is different, both in terms of dentistry needs and in personality. I’m never doing the same thing every day, which also means I’m always learning new things. The human body is fascinating to me!
What do you like doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my two girls, Brooke, who’s nine and Alayna, who’s two. I also enjoy the occasional glass of wine!