Spotlight on… Dental Assistant Maria Vineis

Today, the spotlight is on Maria Vineis. She is a Dental Assistant at DentalWorks Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina. She joined the DentalOne family five years ago. Let’s dive into her Q. & A.!

Q: Why did you choose to join the DentalOne family?

A: After graduating, I applied to countless places. After being shot down twice, because I was new to the field, my office hired me with open arms.          

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

A: I enjoy meeting new people every day, and I have a few patients who are close to me as well. I also love making people feel better about going to the Dentist and informing them on why they should not be afraid.

Q: What are the benefits of being supported by DentalOne versus working at a private practice?

A: Great health insurance, a bonus system, organized budget and widespread advertising.

Q: What’s the most memorable moment you’ve had while working for a DentalOne supported practice?

A:  Every day is a memorable moment, because I learn new things every day!

Get to know Maria on a personal note!

Q: What’s your hidden talent?

A: My organization skills! Plus, I am a computer wizard.

Q: What’s the best way to start the day?

A: A kiss from my husband and a nice, warm blonde vanilla latte with coconut milk from Starbucks!

Q: If you could only choose one vacation destination, where would you go and why?

A: I would choose an entire country, and it would be Europe. It’s beautiful, full of traditions and a melting pot of people. Plus, there is food from many different countries there. My husband and I never got to go on a honeymoon. Going to Europe would be what we would want to do.

Q: Who was your favorite cartoon character as a child and why?

A: My favorite cartoon character when I was a child was Ariel from the Little Mermaid. My life growing up always had the beach in the background. My parents were a part of the Surfrider Foundation. My dad was a surfer, and I loved the ocean. I loved it so much that I studied marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. My favorite marine species is sharks.

Q: What’s something no one would ever guess about you?

A: I am a plant-based vegan!

Q: What’s the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?

A: I read a lot of books. I read almost three a week: two audio books and a paperback.

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