Michelle McDaniel

Michelle McDaniel

Clinic lead worker, VCU Dental Care

Michelle McDaniel happened into dentistry by chance, but wound up finding a lifelong calling in assisting dentists with patient care.

“I have always enjoyed working with people and making a difference in their lives, so I thought I would give dentistry a try,” McDaniel said. “Little did I know how much I would love it.”

As the clinical supervisor in the private practice of VCU Dental Care Link opens in new window, staffed by full-time Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry faculty members, McDaniel ensures that the clinic runs smoothly and on time, while also helping dentists with various services and treatments. A VCU employee since 1994, she truly enjoys the atmosphere of the VCU Dental Care.

“We really take the time to educate our patients, to really care about how they’re feeling,” McDaniel said. “Our dentists are used to teaching their students, and that’s what they do here for our patients. I think that’s something our patients really appreciate about us.”

She believes patients seek out VCU Dental Care for the excellence of care, state-of-the-art facilities and multispecialty offerings.

“We offer all the dentistry specialties,” McDaniel said. “If it’s not in this practice, it’s two floors down, so you never have to leave this building to receive treatment. People come from all over the state to receive our services.”

McDaniel understands that patients may experience anxiety and fear when receiving dental services, and she relishes the opportunity to help them feel comfortable and relaxed. She also likes witnessing the transformative power of successful treatments.

“What I enjoy most about my job is helping a person improve their smile, which will also improve their self-esteem,” she said. “I also get to help people overcome their fear of dentistry. That is huge.”