Dr May Chan
More than looking after patients’ teeth, dentistry for me is really about making a difference in people’s lives.
It’s something I strive for with every person I see. It is great to be working in a dental practice where you’re encouraged to care for patients this way.
May’s back story:
I’m from Malaysia and came to Australia to study. Although I’ve travelled widely since, I am pleased to say I now call Australia home. It’s helped me realise my professional goals in ways I didn’t imagine.
After graduating from the University of Queensland with Honours, I didn’t want it to stop there. So I continually love to keep at the forefront of knowledge with an abundance of continuing education, which for me, will never stop.
Unlike a lot of kids growing up, I always knew I wanted to work in healthcare. Dentistry held a special appeal for me because without knowing a whole lot about it before starting, I felt it would allow me to incorporate science with practical hands-on work with patients. Having now been practising for a while, I can report that it has definitely done that.
The thing that’s surprised me most is how attached to the patients you become. I didn’t realise the kind of satisfaction you’d feel when you help them achieve their goals. They definitely don’t teach you this in dental school!
What May wants for Define Dental patients:
I truly understand that many people have had negative past dental experiences and just getting to the front door is a challenge. What I want for our patients is to have the experience of coming to see us and getting through their visit feeling pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as bad as they imagined. I see it as my role to help them do that.
Why we love May:
We love that May is like a sponge when it comes to understanding a patient’s needs. Pint-sized she may be, but she has a big heart that places patient care and concern front and centre. For her, making a positive difference is where it’s at.