It's funny, I always knew I wanted to be in a health field. I started as maybe a pharmacy or dietetics and I thought of nursing, but none of those really stuck. Then somebody said, "Well you should visit this lady dentist. She really seems to like what she does." And I thought, not really for me, but sure I'll go watch.
I went and visited this lady 30 years ago and it still sticks today and it's still true, but she said, "It's like art and science and medicine, a little engineering, a little craftiness all rolled up into one. And to start with something that's broken and figure out how to fix it, make it work good, make it pretty and then done." It's still true today. I just love the craftiness of my profession.
I like to give people options and weigh the pros and cons with them; get to know my patient, make an honest assessment and then tell them, "You could do A, B, or C" and help them pick the thing that's right for them. That's what I love about what I do is giving people that ability, the education and then let them make the choice.
Maybe it sounds a little cheesy but I think the biggest compliment a dentist can get is when you've taken care of somebody and they feel well served. Then they refer ... They bring in their kids or a family member or a neighbor. To get a referral and say, "This is a person you should go see." It just makes me feel like a million bucks.
Dr. Scott always pictured herself working in the medical field. A native of Rochester, MN, Dr. Scott attended Rochester Community College and University of Wisconsin–Stout, graduating from Stout with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. So if you have a question about how diet can affect your dental health, Dr. Scott is the woman to address it!
The switch from dietetics to dentistry came after Dr. Scott met a dentist who showed her how dentistry fused medicine, health care, engineering, and art into one. Her passion is creating healthy, beautiful smiles for every person who walks into the office.
Dr. Scott graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1994 and has been improving smiles at Lakeside Dentistry ever since. She believes it’s important to listen to her patients, achieve a proper diagnosis, and provide education and the best treatment options possible. Oftentimes, there is more than one way to fix a problem. Her underlying treatment philosophy is simple: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”
Dr. Scott’s favorite part of her job is when patients are so satisfied with their treatment that they refer their friends and family to Lakeside Dentistry so she can improve their smiles, too.
Outside of work, Dr. Scott enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and gardening in the summer. She and her husband, Kenny, enjoy attending their children’s wrestling and drumline activities.