My father was a dentist. Initially I was supposed to go to medical school, real story, but I couldn't decide what type of medicine I wanted to go into. I was leaning toward cardiology, but I would probably still be in school. Really, I just started peeking around the corner in his office. And every once in a while I would go on the weekends and help him. And it was something I was used to, it wasn't something that I thought I would be interested in. But I was also an art major at one point, I have an artistic background. So we had a little powwow and decided that was a good direction for me to go into. You can use the art background along with, I'm kind of like a people person so it goes together.
I think that over the years I've noticed that the biggest issue that people have with going to the dentist is fear. And they've been trained to be fearful. They've been trained to just go and get it over with, it'll be fine. But for me, I've always had this thing about, if you could come to the dentist and be comfortable. I try to create an environment where, yes, you're at the dental office, but maybe you can forget you're at the dental office for a minute or make it as pleasant as possible. So we talk a lot over our procedures, me and the assistants and the patients, we talk a lot. I try to take them away from it. And most importantly, I try not to hurt them. That's the main thing. So when we're doing the injections and things like that, that's always the thing that people are really, really, really nervous about. And I feel like if we can get them past that and have the best experience you can with the actual numbing part, then the rest of the procedure is not as bad.
Dr. Terrilyn Reynolds received her Bachelor of Science from Spelman College and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Howard University College of Dentistry. She began practicing dentistry in 1996. Eight years later, she started serving our patients here at McRae Family Dental.
Dr. Reynolds was a high achiever from an early age. She was awarded a college scholarship as Miss Jabberwock through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and two full scholarships for track and field.
Dr. Reynolds decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a dentist. Her patients love that she is gentle and calm, which puts them at ease. Her favorite part of her job is when a patient leaves pleased with their visit.
Dr. Reynolds still stays active in her free time. You might find her running marathons, skiing, fishing, or traveling.