A friendly relationship with her own childhood dentist helped inspire Neighbors' career. "Math and science was always my thing," she says. She considered engineering but picked dentistry because it provides more contact with people. And she believes that when people feel connected to a particular dentist they are more likely to keep their appointments. When passing a downtown bench where homeless people often spend time, she smiled when she heard one man tell another, "Look, there's my dentist."
[Originally published in November, 2012.]