Seen the August issue of Phoenix Magazine yet? It’s the one with the word “Water” across the front cover. Turn to page116, in the article on Phoenix Magazine’s top dentists of 2012 and take a look–Dr. Carol Ford is one of those top dentists! “It’s an honor to be chosen because the way Phoenix Magazine makes the decision is through a peer-review survey,” says Dr. Ford from her Phoenix dental office.
The magazine often interviews doctors and dentists to add interest to the list. Here are the questions as answered by Dr. Ford:
Q. Where did you go to school?
A. I graduated from Northern Arizona University, and went to dental school at the University of Washington. Hard to believe that next year will be my 30th reunion.
Q. What did you want to be as a little girl?
A. I wanted to be a concert pianist and dreamed of playing at Carnegie Hall in New York. I easily memorized music then couldn’t look at my hands and play. I had to play intuitively, feeling the keys and trusting my fingers to follow the music.
Q: Did you like going to the dentist as a child?
A: I loved my childhood dentist. He had one office assistant whom I also adored. I was always asking my mom if it was time for me to go visit them! I never felt a thing when they had to do fillings and I was fascinated with the instruments and equipment.
Q: Do you like going to the dentist now?
A: It is much harder for me to go see a dentist now. It is hard to just be a patient! I also have a sense that I probably would do a better job!
Q: What is your favorite tooth-ache inducing guilty pleasure?
A: I’m not a big sweets fan, but occasionally love dark chocolate.
Q: What is your biggest dental pet peeve?
A: Patients telling me things like, “nothing ever goes right with my dental work.” Talk about setting yourself up for a problem. Why not decide it will be perfect and painless ahead of time?
Q: What kind of toothbrush do you use?
A: I love my Sonicare Elite.
Q: Who would play you in a movie about your career?
A: Angelina Jolie, because we both have great smiles, right?
Phoenix Magazine reports that “dental professionals are best qualified to judge dental professionals.” The magazine mails over 1,000 surveys to randomly selected dentists. The survey asks for nominations for dentists who are best in their field. After the surveys are returned, the magazine’s fact checkers make sure the office contact information is correct. They also check the state’s dental board to weed out anyone who has had a malpractice suit filed against them or been the subject of disciplinary action.
There is no connection between advertising and the award. Like any reputable magazine, how or when a medical professional advertises is not connected to the peer review. The magazine reports that there is no patient feedback or voting because the article is not about bedside manner or popularity, but about medical skill and reputation, and patients are simply not well enough trained to answer those questions.
When you choose Dr. Carol Ford, you are choosing on of Phoenix’s top dentists.