Meet Dr. Shin! - Stamford Moms

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have two boys, 5 years old and 2 years old. Very cute but a handful!

What do you love about living in Stamford?
There have been so many changes in town and I’ve seen so much growth over the past year. There’s always new and it never gets boring!

What are your favorite places to hang out in Stamford?
Whenever I have time to hang out with friends and my husband, I love to go to Barcelona Wine Bar. It has a nice warm, rustic atmosphere and great wine selection!

I like to visit Barnes & Noble with my kids! A lot of books and fun things to do. It is great place to grab coffee and read a book.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you need some “me time”?
Listening to podcast while driving. My favorite podcasts are Modern Love and This American Life. Modern Love has very personal, moving stories, while This American Life show highlights a different aspect of American society with a unique and thoughtful eye. They help me learn to understand others better by listening to other people’s life stories.

Tell us about your career.
I sincerely love my career as a pediatric dentist at Hello Dental Pediatric Dentistry. It is very rewarding. I see a lot of kids crying and anxious when they first come in, but I see them grow to love to coming to the dentist! It is definitely physically demanding. But, at the end of day, I love what I can do for children to improve their oral health.

What inspired you to become a dentist?
When I was little, I watched a documentary of mission trips regarding fixing cleft lip, palate, and cavities. I saw great changes the team brought to children’s life. I wanted to do something to help and improve others’ lives.  My other dream job was an artist. Being a pediatric dentist is perfect for me since I can help children and also it is very artsy job.

What is your #1 tip for kids when it comes to oral health?
One very basic thing. Brush twice a day and start flossing your child as early as you can.

When do you encourage parents to bring kids in for their first appointment?
Now, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing kids to dentist when they have first tooth. Our goal is to prevent children from having cavities and any injuries through education and good dental hygiene at home.

How do you make dental appointments more enjoyable for little ones?
We sing for them, we have a dental health puppet to educate them and create a kid-friendly environment.

How do you juggle your career with mommyhood?
There are times I feel like it is overwhelming, but I try to prioritize my schedule. I always put everything on my planner. I am lucky to have my mom to take care of my children. I am very grateful to have her there for my family. When I go to home after work I spend fun time with my kids and I always read a book before they go to sleep.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom?
“Take it slowly.” One of my patient’s mom told me to take it slowly and do things step by step. She has five kids but she looks so peaceful. I wanted to know how she manages all these things and that’s advice she gave to me. Every time I feel like I can’t control the situation, I always think about that advice! I try to calm myself and take it slowly. I remind myself that everything will be fine.





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