Growing up in Greenville, SC, Tonya understands what it means to live in a low-income family household. Her experience encouraged her to want more in life and accomplish her goals no matter how small nor how long it took her to accomplish them. As a child, Tonya had a passion for helping others. Her ambition led her toward the medical field which was perfect for someone with a big heart and a bright smile.
At age nine, Tonya fell in love with dentistry. She was determined to pursue a career in the medical field. Following high school, she earned her certification as a Nurse Assistant. Unfortunately, the certification was not her destiny after practicing for six years. Tonya followed her heart and enrolled herself into Greenville Technical College to pursue her career in the dentistry. She graduated with a diploma in Dental Assisting and later with a degree in Dental Hygiene.
Today, Tonya’s heart lies in the hands of her sweet “dental babies.” She is currently employed at a dentist office for children as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). Occasionally, she dresses up as a tooth fairy, visiting daycare centers and elementary schools. She began doing this to grasp children’s attention and fulfill their imagination during dental presentations.