Get to Know the Group: Kateryna Villanueva

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Kateryna and her husband
Role at The Silverstrom Group: Patient Care Coordinator

Where are you from originally and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. I lived there for 22 years and moved to the US in May 2012, so I have been “Americanizing” myself for only about three years!

Tell us about your family.
I am very close to my family–especially my parents and my brother. They are back in Ukraine, but thanks to today’s technology we constantly Skype and FaceTime. My husband and his family are very welcoming and nice to me. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs that make a family.

What made you decide to work in healthcare?
It’s actually funny…I remember being a small kid and always scared of going to the dentist. My mom had to hold my hand every time we would go for a visit. At the same time, my best friend was the opposite and she had always encouraged me. She said that the best way to get rid of your fears is to face them. That’s how I got a career in health care. Now my best friend is a dentist in Ukraine and I know she takes great care of her patients.

What do you enjoy about working at The Silverstrom Group?
It’s an amazing group of people under one roof. We have a great team of kind, bright and hard working professionals. I am grateful to work for Dr. Gary & Dr. David. They truly take care both of their patients and their employees. They are respectful, generous and fun.

Have you had any dental work done at The Silverstrom Group? If so, what and how was the process?
I had some basic work done at the Silverstrom Group which was amazing of course. I haven’t experienced any pain or discomfort. I am going to start my Invisalign soon and I am beyond excited. We’ve already taken x-rays and pictures of my teeth. My husband is making fun of me saying that I don’t even need Invisalign and that I am obsessed with my teeth…well that’s because I love dentistry.

Do you have any hobbies/special interests?
I am keen on languages and ever since I got my first Ukrainian-English translator I realized that the world is full of different cultures and people. The key to exploring them is language. I speak Ukrainian, Russian, English and Spanish. Also I can understand a bit of Polish and German. My dad always said that the more languages you know, the more of a person you are.

Favorite book or movie?
“Gone with the Wind” is my favorite book and I love the movie as well. As per Scarlett O’Hara: “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.

Dental hygiene tip you would like to share?
You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep (so floss them all, ha ha!).