GHDS MEMBER PRACTICE SPOTLIGHT
Our GHDS Communications team happily introduces Sheela Kudchadker, DDS, MS. Dr. Kudchadker specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, practicing in the Pearland area. She’s a member of ADA/TDA/GHDS, participating on the GHDS Diversity & Inclusion Committee & member with several allied dental organizations. We’re pleased to share our team’s interview with Dr. Kudchadker:
”My name is Dr. Sheela Kudchadker and I grew up in Arbutus, Maryland (a small suburb town just outside Baltimore). I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, and then attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (aka Baltimore College of Dental Surgery -first Dental School in the World). Upon graduation with my dental degree, I began a 3-year residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now referred to as Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Services). While doing my residency, I also completed my Master’s Degree in Oral Biology from Robert Wood Johnson, with the completion of an original thesis studying fluoride release and recharge from various dental adhesives used in dentistry. My husband and I moved to Houston, TX in 1999, when he accepted a postdoctoral position at MD Anderson Cancer Center. We immediately fell in love with the community and decided to make this city our home. I started my private practice, Pearland Orthodontics, in 2005 and am a Board-Certified Orthodontist.”
What is your favorite part about your practice?
“My favorite part of my practice are the relationships I am able to build- with my patients and their families; with my team members and their families; within the community where I both practice and reside for over 16 years; and amongst the dentists with whom I collaborate to help create beautiful, healthy smiles. I am a ‘people person’ and truly enjoy interacting and learning from everyone I meet.”
What would you say is the mission statement of how you practice dentistry?
“The mission statement for how I practice is simple- I treat everyone like they are a member of my immediate family. I respect and value everyone who walks through our doors, and I make them feel comfortable in approaching me with any questions or concerns throughout treatment. Furthermore, I thoroughly diagnose and treatment plan every patient, always asking myself “would I do this mode of treatment on my own child’. As a commitment to providing excellence in orthodontic treatment to my patients for over 20 years, Adults and Children, I am a lifelong student and stay well versed in the latest technology and modes of treatment from evidence- based research. “
How do you balance work and personal life?
“Striking a balance with work and personal life can be a challenge, given the demands of a busy private practice and a hyper schedule within your personal life revolving around kids’ activities predominantly. As a parent who believes in the hands-on approach with raising kids, this becomes even more tricky to balance. I found prioritizing was key to my happy balance- practicing 3 days a week with organic growth, allowed me to be ‘present’ with the rearing of my kids. My husband was also instrumental in making this balance a success by being a ‘hands-on’ dad. Furthermore, making time for ‘myself’ was just as important to allow me to ‘recharge’ so I could be effective in both my practice and personal life.”
What advice would you have to current dental students?
“My advice to current dental students is to LEARN as much as you can by asking your professors questions, rotating in different clinics during any free time, and reading the latest dental journals to keep up with science. While focusing on being the best dentist you can be, never lose sight of the patient and their needs - listen to the patient and treat them like family. Dentistry is a financially rewarding field, but even more rewarding is going to bed at night knowing you had the patient’s best interest at heart, and not your own. I love practicing orthodontics and truly feel blessed to be able to have a positive impact on the lives of others.”