At Phoenix Endodontic Group, we believe that our staff is what makes our practice successful. This month, we highlight one of our endodontists, Dr. Susan Wood. Joining Phoenix Endo in 2014, Dr. Wood shares her experience about winding up where she is today.
Q: What led you to dentistry? More specifically, what led you to become a Phoenix endodontist?
A: I became interested in dentistry during my first year of college when I had a summer job as a dental assistant in my hometown in Florida. Once I knew that I definitely wanted to become a dentist, I worked again as an assistant at a large endodontic practice before attending dental school at the University of Colorado. I knew I was hooked on endodontics.
Q: Have you always lived in the Phoenix area?
A: After growing up and going to college in Florida, I moved to Colorado to race mountain bikes professionally for a few years, and then I went to the University of Colorado. I moved to Boston for my endodontic residency immediately following dental school but then returned to Colorado, to the same practice in which I had assisted a few years previously. Because of a few unforeseen personal obstacles there, I decided to move to Arizona, and it was the best decision I have ever made.
Q: What is your role at Phoenix Endo?
A: I am an endodontist, and that is about it! I love every minute of my job!
Q: Have you ever had a root canal?
A: No, but if I needed one, I would certainly choose my partner, Dr. Allen, to perform it!
Q: What is the most common question that your patients ask you?
A: The most common question I receive is about pain during a root canal procedure. Root canals, contrary to popular belief, do not cause pain. They actually relieve the patient from pain, preventing the occurrence of future pain and/or a possible extraction.
Q: What is the most common myth about endodontics, and what is the truth?
A: The most common myth is that root canal treatment does not work. However, studies have shown that when treatment is done properly by an endodontist and then restored properly and in a timely fashion after treatment, endodontics is 98% successful! That is the truth!
Q: Have you won any dental awards or volunteered at any dental events?
A: I have volunteered at several Missions of Mercy in different states, I have also volunteered in various clinics for the underserved and indigent populations. I received numerous awards in dental school and was also voted a “Top Dentist” in Colorado and in Arizona.
Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of dentistry?
A: I enjoy spending time with my son, Oliver, more than anything else. He is the light of my life, and—apart from my patients, my staff, and my profession—my reason for striving for success. I enjoy golfing and despite not being very good at it, try to go as much as possible. I am also very active in several AAE committees and serve on a few boards of trustees, which affords me some travel time outside of the office. Although it is technically still related to dentistry, I do enjoy traveling.
Stay tuned for our next employee spotlights to meet the whole team of Phoenix endodontists!