Amanda Hardesty

Massachusetts United States

Amanda Hardesty

Massachusetts United States

Working in the dental field for 12 years has opened my eyes to many things; what I was born to do, what I am passionate about, and the inspiration I hold nearest to my heart. For the last 7 years, I've had the opportunity of working for an amazing dentist who caters to the special needs of patients with Autism. Initial visits might just involve introducing ourselves at the patient's car. We do whatever it takes to put our patients at ease. We encourage weekly visits so that we can build positively off the prior appointment. It may take time until the patient is ready to sit in the chair, but nothing puts a smile on my face more than succeeding at doing so. The most amazing feeling in the world is seeing that I have made a difference, even if that difference may be very small. Individuals with special needs face a lack of qualified dentists with advanced training, and often go underserved. The rather diverse group of children and adults with disabilities require more than a routine approach to care. The greatest challenge practitioners face is a lack of understanding what those specific needs are, which has inspired me to further my education and career. Currently I am studying Occupational Therapy at Bay Path College. From there I plan to apply to dental school. Occupational therapy works toward enhancing the lives of those who face physical and/or psychological challenges by increasing daily life function for achieving optimal independence. My goal is to combine the training in the two fields by merging the skills to provide quality dental care to those with special needs and disabilities of all types and all ages. My focus on behavior management versus standard sedation protocol will make home care more effective, office visits more efficient, decrease the patient’s anxiety and increase trust. Dentistry is the window to your health, and no one should be limited or denied adequate care. While I may only be one person, I believe small steps make big changes. By having joint degrees in my education, my career plans will progressively move the future of health and dental care forward. I know this is my life's calling and what I was born to do. I'm excited to be on this journey and can't wait to see what the future brings.

  • Education
    • Bay Path College