Meet Dr. Higginbotham
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Well, I chose dentistry as a career kind of as a backdoor process, so I knew I wanted to do something in health care. My mother was a nurse, and so I had always kind of been around health care. I had worked in a hospital some but decided I didn't really want to do the hospital setting. So, freshman in college, I became a dental assistant and fell in love with dentistry. It combined the science that I loved and then also the art that I was very interested in, so it combined art and science together, and so it was kind of a combination of several things where I was able to take my love for medicine that I'd started when I was really young and put that in a setting where I could have one-on-one time with people when I saw my patients and help take care of them every day.
I went to undergrad at a small liberal arts school, actually, close to Lexington, at Georgetown College, and that's where I received my bachelor's degree, and then I went to dental school at the University of Kentucky.
Our whole office is very big on staying up to date on the newest technology and the newest treatments for our patients. So, we spend a lot of time doing continuing education. We enjoy all kinds of dentistry. That's one thing that's, I think, is a little bit unique about our practice is that we really do enjoy a lot of different aspects of dentistry. So, we offer Invisalign here in our office and also another type of orthodontic system called Fastbraces, but then we also spend a lot of time investing in how to best take care of our patients who need removable partial dentures or removable complete dentures and implants.
A lot of times I'll take a class if there's any new techniques on root canals or how to best bond the filling material to the tooth, and so a lot of times we'll get continuing education on either the newest products or newest techniques in those types of areas of dentistry as well.
I think the most rewarding part about being a dentist is the patient interaction that you get with people and also the interaction I get with my staff. I've had really great staff members over the years, and so you are with those people for long periods of time every day, so you get to build a relationship with the staff. Then you also get to build relationship with patients, and I've had some patients that have been my patients for 15 years, and so not only have I treated them, but now I'm treating their kids, and so just the connection that you get to make with people every day and being a part of their lives and they being a part of yours is just really neat to see the longer that I've been in the profession.
Dr. Erica Higginbotham is a native Kentuckian who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in biology from Georgetown College. She later graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2003, where she was honored with the Quintessence Award in Periodontology and the Award for Oral Diagnosis.
Dr. Higginbotham has been very active in organized dentistry over the past 10 years. She has served as an executive board member for the Kentucky Dental Association, secretary for the Kentucky Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and board member and vice president for the Bluegrass Dental Society. She is a Fastbraces® affiliate and also a Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has also volunteered her time serving underprivileged areas in Kentucky and Mexico.
Dr. Higginbotham and her husband, Patrick, enjoy spending time with their three children on their farm and equine boarding facility here in the Bluegrass.