My favorite thing about being a dentist hands-down are my patients. I get up every day and I come into this office and I look forward to seeing the same people that I have seen over and over for 30 years, okay, 31 years. But I look forward to that. I also look forward to meeting new patients, new people, because every day when I have a new patient in the practice, it’s like celebration, but it’s always a celebration when I see all my old familiar patients and that’s the same thing for everybody in the office. We’re, I think we’re all about our people and I also think that’s what makes us special, probably makes us different. We really enjoy, but that gives me my greatest pride and joy is to see people every single day.
One of my biggest goals when I was in high school, I wanted to go to Carolina, Chapel Hill. I love Carolina blue, but beyond that, I went to undergraduate there. I got a bachelor of science in dentistry and then I got a DDS, but my senior year of undergrad was my first year of dental school because I knew after the end of my sophomore year, my second year of undergrad that instead of going to medical school, I really, really wanted to be a dentist. I just loved it. I started working at the dental school. I made partials and dentures, I poured up models, I sat in on classes, I got to know professors.
After I got my doctor of dentistry, I went on to do a one year residency program at Chapel Hill under Dr. Frank Brantley, who has been an amazing mentor to me and I got a degree in advanced education in general dentistry and it has really allowed me to be everything I wanted to be, to start out doing so many different things for my patients in the beginning that I would have probably never done had I not had that extra education. Dentistry is a profession kind of like medicine. You have to constantly educate yourself. You have to constantly go to school. There is not one thing that I do the same way I did when I was in dental school.
Everything is different and I’m continually learning and after doing this for 30 years, you realize you’re a devoted student. You learn how to do things and you bring new therapies into your practice, things that you think will benefit your patients most. You read everything and you go to classes and you do seminars and you do extra training. All these things that you have to learn, these components, you have to go through everything and you have to bring the best back to your patients. And so we’ve been devoted to doing that all these years.
Dr. Lisa Mayes Protects Healthy Smiles in Cary
Dr. Lisa Mayes and her husband, Dr. Greg, have been offering healthy smiles to their friends and neighbors in Cary, NC since 1989. Dr. Lisa is a a lifelong Carolinian. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and dental degree from the University of North Carolina. She also completed a one-year postgraduate residency program before entering private practice. She and Dr. Greg enjoy spending time with their wonderful daughter, Kathryn.