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Marie Vela

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Marie Vela – Periodontal Therapist

Marie has worked for Drs Papa and Haskins for 36 years. Before joining the practice, she spent a summer as a dental assistant while studying at dental school. She also worked in real estate sales before going to dental school.

What would you say most motivates you to do what you do? What are you most excited or passionate about? What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your work? Not so much the goals that are in your job description, but the goals you hold personally?

What motivates Marie is treating dental diseases, but, more important to her is preventing it. She likes to emphasise and educate patients on the connection between dental health and general health and wellbeing. Marie also likes to find out more about the causes behind diseases.

Her proudest moments come when she sees the children and grandchildren of her first patients come in for appointments.

What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time?

I love spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking and biking.

What are three things you are thankful for?

My family – three daughters and my husband, my group of girlfriends and my good health.

Four words to describe you?

Patient, positive, hospitable and compassionate.

What do you love about your profession?

Having the opportunity to meet so many people, hearing their stories and helping them stay healthy.

What are you happiest doing when you aren’t working?

Spending time with my family!

Personal motto?

Treat others as you would like to be treated.