Most of us are absolutely terrified of going to the dentist….
This was not the case for thirty San Diego High School students, who got to chance “to go to work” at The Super Dentists for an interactive JA Job Shadow.
“Don’t be afraid of failure and taking risks. If you don’t like something, come up with a better solution,” said Dr. Kami Hoss, D.D.S, M.S. and Co-Owner of The Super Dentists. “Most people do not like going to the dentist. For this reason, my wife and I wanted to do things differently and create an environment that is fun and friendly.”
Dr. Hoss and his wife, Dr. Nazli Keri, started the pediatric dentistry in 1996 and have expanded their practice to five locations throughout San Diego.
When young patients walk into a Super Dentist office they are greeted by “Super Heroes” who fight cavities in a theme-park designed setting.
“One of things that really resonates with me is the fact that Dr. Hoss is not only a orthodontist but he is also an entrepreneur. I think he and his wife are very clever to create a theme-park environment where the kids feel welcomed, not afraid,” said Jimi Corrigan, a junior at San Diego High, who wants to be a nurse.
Students had a blast learning about the various jobs in the industry and touring the Kearny Mesa dental office. One of the favorite stops on the interactive tour was Dr. Hoss’ very own dental assistant school, Howard Healthcare Academy. During the tour, student got a rare “up-close” look at how the school uses dummies with “real teeth” to help prepare future dentist assistants on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The school inspired many of the teens, who are already studying healthcare and science, to pursue a career in this growing industry.
“It is really neat to be out of the classroom and interact with real business professionals”, said Rosy Rojas, a junior at San Diego High. “I have learned so much about the skills and education, I will need to be successful with a top dental company, like The Super Dentists.”
Students also toured and interacted with staff from the HR, marketing, call center, and events departments.
“It was interesting to learn more about the Call Center, and how the team juggles 1,000 calls a day and what skills they need to assist their clients in a timely fashion and provide quality customer service,” said Gabriela Sanchez, a junior at San Diego High.
As part of the JA Job Shadow, students had the opportunity to listen to career advice from The Super Dentists team.
“Have a positive attitude,” shared Dr. Hoss. “It is the number one trait I look for when I am hiring.”
“I appreciate Dr. Hoss and his team showing our class what a happy, fun, productive work place looks like. It is encouraging,” said Jimi.
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Kristi Zimsky | PR Manager
Junior Achievement of San Diego County