Born and raised in rural Wilson County, NC, my first jobs were cropping tobacco and pulling weeds from peanut fields. After graduating from East Carolina University in 1995 with a B.S. in Secondary Science Education with a Biology Concentration, I taught science for five years total at North Mecklenburg High School and New Hanover High School. My husband, Dave, and I were married in 1998, and we are blessed with two amazing daughters. In 2003, I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Cape Fear Community College, and began my employment as a hygienist with Bush Family Dentistry in 2004. At work, I enjoy getting to know my patients, treating them as I would my own family, and providing customized care and oral health instruction. For enjoyment outside of work, I love singing and playing the piano, church choir and teaching Sunday School, kayaking, boogie-boarding, camping and hiking on mountain vacations, raising backyard chickens, and supporting my daughters in all their pursuits.