RDH, continued her demanding work counseling dentists and dental practice team members on how to better do their work even as she was undergoing a difficult phase of cancer treatment.

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    Sheri Kay, RDH, BS

    Top 25 Women in Dentistry

    Sheri Kay was on a dental mission trip to Guatemala when she learned some news that would change her life forever. She got a diagnosis of breast cancer.

    Sheri, who is lead practice coach for ACT Dental and has a BS and RDH, continued her demanding work counseling dentists and dental practice team members on how to better do their work even as she was undergoing a difficult phase of cancer treatment.

    “I was making coaching calls while I was undergoing chemo,” she recalls. “I stayed anchored in my work.”

    Remaining focused on her job helped her get through her treatment. It also is an occupation she loves.

    “I am most passionate about mentoring the doctors and the team members to help them be the best they can be,” said Sheri, who knows a thing or two about every job within a dental practice. She has worked for 32 years in the field and has done stints as a dental assistant, dental hygienist and office manager.

    “I can relate to team members because I’ve been there,” Sheri said.  
    Overcoming cancer is just the latest of her achievements. She is married, a mother of two adult children and grandmother of one. She volunteers on dental mission trips about once a year and says having cancer has taught her some important life lessons.

    “My gratitude for the little things has grown,” she said. “I am more patient and the life-work balance is really important to me.”

    Sheri also strives to encourage others in the field to achieve the goals they seek.

    “I like to believe I inspire possibilities,” she said.
     

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