I'm passionate about improving the confidence in my patients. Many patients are afraid of smiling; they hate looking in the mirror or they never take photos. The thought of carrying this shame for your whole life feels heavy & burdensome. No one should ever feel uncomfortable in their own skin. Therefore, my goal for every patient is to transform their smile along with their self-esteem. I want all my patients to stand up a little taller, smile a little wider and be free from embarrassment.
Like many of you, I hated my smile. However, after going through orthodontic treatment in high school, my personality blossomed. Finally, I was proud of my smile. Those emotions resonated within me and led me to pursue a career in orthodontics.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
The key to orthodontic success is teamwork between the orthodontist and the patient. Therefore, I bring my warmth & joy to the office every day to make the environment comfortable for my patients. Because every individual is different, I personally diagnose and treatment plan a case based on the specific needs and concerns of the patient.
Since technology is always evolving, I continue to adapt to new techniques to ensure that my patients are receiving outstanding care. With increasing demands for "invisible" treatment, I continue to learn about the philosophy and technique behind clear aligner therapy using Invisalign. Our office is extremely proud of becoming a Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider. Diamond Plus status is only given to the top 1% of Invisalign providers. I'm willing to treat most bites with Invisalign, including crowding, impactions, open bites and overbites. If I have a complex case, I will use limited Damon braces with Invisalign to get the job done. Furthermore, I utilize temporary anchorage devices (TADs) for certain cases to help assist in tooth movement. TADs are tiny little screws that are placed in the bone to help anchor or move the teeth.
A Little About Me
I was born and raised in western New York state. I grew up with many animals including dogs, chickens, and goats. Currently, I have the cutest kitty named Lily, who is my absolute pride and joy! When I'm not spending time with my loved ones, I enjoy baking and cake decorating. I also enjoy yoga and nature walks to help burn off all the calories from the cakes I bake!
I received my Orthodontic Certificate and Masters in Oral Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020. Living in Chicago was one of the best experiences of my life! By far it is my favorite city, and the food was amazing! However, I missed the small town feeling and decided to move closer to home.
Even after all this schooling, I still love to learn and grow within my profession. I find the best way to continue learning is through teaching younger generations. Therefore, I volunteer time to teach orthodontics to the dental residents at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, SUNY Oswego, 2011
Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, 2016
General Practice Residency Certificate, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2017
Master of Science in Oral Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2020
Advanced Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2020
American Association of Orthodontics
American Dental Association
5th District Dental Society
Making Patients Smile Even When They Aren't in the Office
Our office is extremely active on social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram @bassinandhessionorthodontics. I want to be a part of the community and continue to make my patients smile even when they aren't in the office!