Get to know Dr. Marianna Kovitch and why she's a GDA member
This column features members talking about their path to dentistry and the value they find in membership. This month, we hear from Dr. Marianna Kovitch in the Northern District, pictured with her husband Sam, son Benny, and daughter Maya.
Don't forget to renew your GDA membership this year to participate in the benefits Dr. Kovitch describes.
Q: How did you become a member of the GDA?
A: I first learned about the GDA in dental school at MCG. LAW Day was always an exciting event and the importance of organized dentistry was very well explained and featured throughout dental school. Being a member was thought to be the norm. I believe it is every dentist's duty to be informed as well as participate within their local and national branch in order to maintain and better the business and legal side of our profession.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked at Chick-fil-A at age 14 as a cashier.
Q: Why did you become a dentist?
A: My senior year at Roswell High School, I did a co-op program where I was allowed to work from 1-5 p.m. instead of sitting in classes. There was a dental office close to my parents' house so I figured that would be a great desk job. Dr. Bob Smith welcomed me into his office and my job was to file all the letters and insurance claims into paper charts. I quickly became more interested in the back of the office than the front. I observed the dental hygienist and saw the dental assistants making bleach trays (an extremely new procedure at that time), but I was most interested in seeing Dr. Smith work. I became efficient at my front desk job so I could jump back and observe daily. I quickly gained a passion for dentistry.
Q: Can you talk about someone who was a mentor for you?
A: I attended Georgia State University for my Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry. I was in the pre-dental club, Honors program, and conducting research in biochemistry. I was working nights and weekends bartending at a family entertainment facility. One evening at the bar, a lady asked for a chardonnay, followed by “Why do you have an organic chemistry book under the register?” After an evening of talking, Dr. Laura Braswell became a great friend and mentor. I spent many days at her office observing and learning about periodontics. She shared her passion for animal dentistry with me, and brought me to do dental procedures on a sea lion, tiger and chimpanzee.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of dentistry?
A: I used to do competitive ballroom dancing, and miss it all the time. I would go out dancing every weekend now if I had the time. With a 3-year-old and 6-month-old, my typical weekend includes activities with my kids and house chores. I enjoy traveling and once my kids get a little older, my family will hopefully start to travel again.
Q: What is your all time dream vacation?
A: I don't have a dream vacation yet. At this time in my life going on any long vacation is a dream. I am looking forward to taking the family to Disney World. I never went as a child due to finances and have always loved the Disney Magic!