We get it — sometimes, seeing the dentist can feel a bit scary. But hey, we’re all just human too! The staff here at Excel Dental in Ozark, MO are passionate for ensuring all of our patients feel cared for and comfortable. Part of that process is getting to know you better, and for us to share a little bit about ourselves with you, too.
As part of our two-part interview series, you’ll get to learn more about Excel Dental’s top docs who have made it their mission to bring out the best in your smile: Dr. Nick Matthews and Dr. Tracy Davis. Today, we round out the series by interviewing Dr. Tracy Davis.
Originally from Conway, MO, Dr. Tracy moved to 417-land in 2004 to be closer to family. Dr. Tracy graduated with distinction (in the top 10%) from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry in Kansas City. Dr. Tracy has also received national recognition as a dental researcher.
Dr. Tracy and her husband, Matthew, have been married since 1997. They live in Ozark, MO with their four children: Ethan, twins Elijah and Isabella, and Owen. With an obvious love for children, rest assured that Dr. Tracy will make your kiddos very comfortable at the Excel Dental office!
Read on to learn more about Dr. Tracy’s passion for her patients, love for Indian food, and her three “fur-kids,” Chipper, KC, and Oreo!
When did you know you wanted to become a dentist?
After graduating college with a Bachelors in Biochemistry, I began searching for a career that allowed me to use my science background in a health environment. I love science, but I missed interacting with people. I love being a dentist! It is the best of many worlds! The field of dentistry is a beautiful blend of patient care, science, art & business owner.
What is your favorite part about being a dentist?
It’s hard to choose my favorite part—so, I’ll tell you about my two favorites!
One of my favorite parts about being a dentist is interacting with patients. It seems like our office attracts so many interesting patients. I love finding out more about the patients and their families. Much can be learned by listening to others. Not only will one discover what they are wanting for their oral health, one can also connect with patients on a personal level and this makes life fun!
My other favorite part has been growing in the last five years. I love the art of dentistry. I have been taking many continuing education courses to allow my “art” to continue growing. It is the small details that really make the difference. More and more patients are coming to our office to have their smile transformed. Materials and techniques are constantly changing and improving and I love to attend courses that allow me to incorporate these into our office. There is something so magical about handing a mirror to a patient after finishing treatment. The smiles, the tears of joy, and the happiness that comes with a new updated smile is very satisfying to me. I love to watch how a smile can really impact how a patient interacts with the world and gives them more confidence.
What do you love most about Excel Dental?
Our Excel Dental Team is exceptional. It’s our team working together that really makes the difference. Our team works so well together and when one steps in the office, you can feel this camaraderie. The Excel Dental Team also attends many continuing education classes to improve our team care. We meet daily to prepare for the day, always tweaking little systems to improve patient care and their dental experience. As a team, we read a book monthly and review it at our monthly meetings. Book reviews help us to constantly grow together as a team.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
In this season of my life, being with my kids takes priority. We have a 15-year old son, 13-year old boy/girl twins and a 12-year old son. Whether I am playing the role of soccer mom, gymnastics team mom or running all over a field to cheer on the cross country field, I am found at a child’s athletic event many times a week. We are definitely a physically active family and also like to hike and swim. When time allows, I like to garden in our yard and enjoy learning about flowers, plants and shrubs.
Do you have any pets?
We love our little fur-babies! Chocolate Chip “Chipper” is a little grey Shih Tzu that has a lot of spunk! He knows many tricks and even plays hide-and-seek with the kids! Kitty Christmas “KC” is a sweet grey cat with an alter ego when people come over and becomes somewhat of a guard-cat! Oreo is our latest cat—she loves to play fetch and is black with a white stripe—just like an Oreo cookie.
What’s your favorite thing to do in 417?
I love to go out to eat and eating Indian food is my favorite.
What activities do you enjoy doing with your family?
Ooops…I think I answered above!
What is your most important piece of dental advice?
People with healthy lifestyles are the ones with the healthiest smile.There is more to a healthy smile than just your oral home care. In addition to brushing and flossing, drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet are very important to keep a healthy bio-friendly balance.
Getting to Know You
Now that you’ve learned a bit more about Dr. Tracy Davis, we’d like to learn more about you! Schedule an appointment today with the trusted team at Excel Dental. Find us in Ozark, Missouri — just a short 10 minute drive from Springfield.
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