I have always wanted to be a dental hygienist. Sounds strange. Granted. At 18 years old, not many people can say they want to clean people’s dirty teeth. Doctors, therapists, nurses, and PA’s, but hygienists? Absolutely not. I did though. I really did. I wanted a college degree in something important, but definitely didn’t want to sit in school for that long. I weighed in on my options and was super stoked to finalize my decision. My parents were amazing, figuring out all my courses I needed to take while I was in my Israel year, and when I came back in June, my schedule was already made. It was a long and hard three years with early morning clinics three days a week, grueling labs and anatomy classes, but in the end I graduated with a high GPA and made it on the honors list. I started working immediately after I passed my boards and certifications, learning from pretty incredible dentists all along the way. For the last 15 years, I worked with amazing, kindhearted people in a positive environment and never dreaded a day of work.

I wouldn’t say that I left dental hygiene for personal training. As a hygienist, I worked both full and part time. When my hours at the dentist became less frequent, I had more time for myself. My kids, b’H, were getting bigger and were in school for longer hours, giving me more time to focus on my health and fitness routine. I started running and biking a lot, training for the half marathon, and taking Peloton classes. After about 18 months of heavy cardio, I was introduced to an incredibly inspiring woman who offered strength classes in her beautiful studio. And that’s where the magic happened for me. On the days I wasn’t working as a hygienist, I would take a strength class, and then go home and do the research on all the exercises I just did. Within months, I was on top of the class, getting stronger by the day.

At this point I wanted people to be as in love with strength as I was. I finally decided to take this professionally, contacting ACE and plugging away at my books. All this time, I still went into work, never for a minute thinking I would end hygiene. When SWS really started to grow, I only went into my office for 9 hours a week, leaving that one day for my body to rest from the heavy activities. After about 6 months, I walked into my boss’s office, telling her it was time for me to go.

People go through a growing process, learning about who they are and what they want in life. In order to be consistent, we need to be happy with what we do, in every way. I was always happy as a hygienist, and my license is up to date and I won’t give that up. My passions changed, so eventually my career path took a turn. Not necessarily for the better or worse, just different. I have so many people calling me and asking me about both professions, seeing what makes sense for their own children. My main response is do something you love. What you love today, you may not love down the line, but that’s ok. We need to find true happiness in our everyday life, and a career change can be something that can make the difference. Follow your heart, put in the effort, and trust yourself.

Remember, always be you, only stronger

Peace out


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