Dr Poretta: The road to success is never a straight line.

This year marks my 40th Anniversary of looking into patient’s mouths. People and patients alike have asked me what made me decide to become a dentist. What I tell them is that fate decided for me, as I am the first dentist in my family.

Here’s my story.

My mother wanted to make sure I learned to work hard, so when I was 13 she took me to work with her in a fruit market on Bathurst Street south of Lawrence Avenue in the city. A year later, she found me a job at Gryfe’s Bagel Bakery which was a block south of the fruit store. She would drive me to work at 4am on Saturdays and Sundays where I made and served fresh yummy bagels.

About a year after that Moishe Gryfe, the owner of the bakery asked me if I would work for his brother Dr. Bernie Gryfe, a dentist at Steeles and Islington which was closer to home. I worked after school and Saturdays for his associates.

I finished my last 2 years of high school at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute with my Grade 13 diploma and a Diploma in Dental Assisting where I graduated at the top of the class.

Then I was FIRED, that’s right fired, and it wouldn’t be the last time, so I spent the summer having fun working at Wonderland when it was in its infancy.

I then went to York University for 4 years while holding down a dental assistant job. That’s when tuition was $1000 per year, those were the days.

Moving along, I decided to become a dental hygienist and moved to Buffalo and graduated from Erie Community College. After graduation, a friend strongly urged me to become a dentist, so back to the University of Buffalo I went to get the required courses for dental school. Two years later, I was finally accepted at Boston University, Goldman School of Dentistry. I graduated in 1999 and opened my practice right out of school as I had learned all aspects of running a dental office.

This year marks my 20th Anniversary in Bolton and my Second Anniversary in Beeton. I opened the practice in Beeton because I was getting antsy and needed a new challenge.

Today, post COVID, we are following the new regulations and performing all dental procedures. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces, even if it is behind a mask!

Keep well and stay SAFE.

Author: LivingSpaces

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