Meet Dr. Jessica Smith
Your New Chester Dentist Loves Treating Children
Dr. Jessica Smith is the newest member of the Walter D. Felton, DDS dental team. Born and raised in Midlothian, VA, Dr. Smith is a graduate of Manchester High School. She studied chemistry and received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She then graduated from the VCU School of Dentistry in 2009.Doctor Jessica Smith on why she became a dentist and her education Read Transcript
So when I was in 12th grade in high school, I was in braces and so I visited my orthodontist, and he had kind of gone over kind of what the process was gonna be. And he had explained to me all about braces, and I got really... as far as the aspect of orthodontics. And I really wanted to kind of explore more. So I volunteered at his office and kind of learned more about dentistry. And so at that point when I was in 12th grade, I started really liking the aspect of dentistry. So at that point, I decided I wanna be a dentist; not only just due to me being in braces but also just fixing someone's smile or making someone have a better day.
The most rewarding part of my job is just actually making a person smile. I have patients who come in pain and they come in the office and they can't chew. So getting them out of pain and allowing them to smile again and being more comfortable with just doing with daily activities that they have to do everyday as far as chewing, eating and being able to smile.
So I went to VC for four years and then I went to VCU Dental School for four years. And then as far as continuing education, we have 15 credits so continuing education and I do all aspects of dentistry. I learn more about cosmetic dentistry, restorative. I would say continuing education is important because everything changes in dentistry daily. So you're constantly struggling with getting up to date and being up to date on the latest technology. As of now, we have scanners to scan impressions, different things; that wasn't how it was eight years ago when I graduated. So keeping up to date because everything is changing, impression materials change. Just everything in dentistry changes so keeping up to date is the best thing to do because nothing stays the same.
Dr. Smith has been practicing dentistry for almost a decade and enjoys helping people meet their dental needs. Her passion is helping each patient achieve and maintain a beautiful smile. She also enjoys teaching, having taught dental assisting courses at Fortis College.
Dr. Smith and her husband, Allen, have two kids, Rilynne (age 8) and Jackson (age 4). In her free time, she coaches the minor cheer team for the Clover Hill Bulldogs and sings on the worship team at Clover Hill Church.
She loves to spend time with friends and family, play outside with her kids, watch movies, go to the beach, swim, and sing. Dr. Smith has a special love for children and looks forward to treating your entire family.