Cammarata DDSOur Communications team is pleased to feature this month GHDS Member Specialist Rita M. Cammarata, DDS.  She is a Pediatric Dental Specialist and Founder, Owner of Cammarata Pediatric Dentistry Group. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow in the College of Diplomates, & received many awards for professional accomplishments. Dr. Cammarata has been active in organized dentistry for many years, holding numerous positions on the local, state & national levels, was President of the Greater Houston Dental Society and Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association Council on Dental Practice and both TDA & ADA House of Delegates and Chair positions for the Star of the South Dental Meeting, as well as, held leadership roles with allied dental groups.  Dr. Cammarata participates in organized dentistry’s community outreach, including Give Kids A Smile programs, and is involved in the local community supporting many youth activities, as well as, is a committed advocate for children’s dental issues. 

We happily share this interview with Dr. Cammarata:

Cammarata team 1Where are you from and where did you attend college, dental school, and residency if any?
I am from Port Arthur, TX and went to Lamar University in Beaumont, TX and UTSD Houston for dental and Pedo.

What is your favorite part about your practice?
Establishing relationships with my patients and their parents and watching my little kid patients grow up into remarkable teenagers and young adults. 

Also, having a private group practice I have enjoyed developing relationships with the doctors in our group who I consider not just esteemed colleagues, but friends as well.

Cammarata practice with patientWhat would you say is the mission statement of how you practice dentistry?
Our mission has always been to provide our patients with dental excellence in a professional and caring environment.  We strive to be a respected member of the community that we work to support every day.

I truly believe if you do what is right for the patient, success will follow.

How do you balance work and personal life?
That’s tough because I don’t have much balance there, my vocation is my avocation.  I have always loved what I do and dentistry has never been a grind for me, so the balance is easy because the load is always even. 

But I do prioritize my tasks well and my friends are in organized dentistry, so after hours commitments are fun because I enjoy the people I am with.

What advice would you have to current dental students?
Keep your options and your mind open, absorb all you can now while in school and never stop learning and asking what can you do better or different. Remember - you are in a servant profession and it’s not about you,
it’s about your patients.
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