Choi Chung, RPh, BSc Pharm
One of the values that we believe in is helping patients make informed decisions through health promotion and education. One of our goals with this interview series is to bring awareness to the different healthcare professionals and health advocates around the world and explore how they’re actively involved in bettering the lives of others!
We had the opportunity to interview Dr. Kristina Horvat, a practicing dentist. Check out the interview below as she talks more about her profession and how she’s actively involved in health advocacy!
#1 Thanks so much for taking the time Dr. Kristina Horvat. First off, tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Dr. Kristina Horvat, and I’m a dentist in a private dental clinic in Zagreb. In addition to making new smiles, I like Thai-boxing and travelling in my spare time. I also always strive to be better and learn new things, so after finishing my Master’s degree in Esthetics dentistry, I’m now working on my PhD.
#2 What was it that ignited your passion for dentistry?
It was the impact you can have on someone’s life. In dentistry, you can get amazing results in a very short period of time. What makes me happy about my job is being able to see that smile on people’s faces when they look into the mirror and see their new teeth for the first time.
#3 What does a typical day-in-the-life look like for you in your practice?
I like to come to work much earlier than my first patient to prepare, so I start my day well before 8 am. I like to have enough time for each of my patients because I want them to feel comfortable in my chair, so my patients are quite spaced out in the day. I like to think that in my practice, there is no place for pain and fear, and I try to make my patients feel as comfortable as they can in my chair. I still get excited waiting for new makeovers. Some days, I even work as late as 7 pm, but I try to manage my time as much as possible.
#4 What is one of the top pieces of health advice you’d like to share with the public?
Take care of your teeth, and even more importantly, teach your children from an early age how to do it on their own. Teaching them good dental hygiene habits will have a huge impact on their lives; a beautiful smile can open many doors in life. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of using dental floss every night and having regular follow-ups with your dentist.
#5 Where can our audience reach you if they have any further questions for you?
Aside from my Instagram profile (@drkristinahorvat) and Facebook page (Dr. Kristina Horvat), I have a web blog at www.drkristinahorvat.com where they can book an appointment with me or ask me questions.
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