When patients travel across Arizona to see Katherine Lee, D.M.D., M.S., they know it is well worth the trip. Dr. Lee, who earned her masterís degree and certificate in prosthodontics at the Health Science Centerís Dental School, is not only a highly skilled prosthodontist, but also the first and only female practicing this specialty in the state.
"I went to the number one prosthodontics program in the world," Dr. Lee said. "It was a turning point in my career. The Health Science Center prepared me for the extremely difficult cases that others canít and donít want to do."
On an average day, Dr. Lee sees about seven patients and works on implants, veneers and full-mouth reconstructions. "A lot of times, patients cry tears of joy when they see the results," she said. "Itís a gratifying feeling to know I really helped make a difference in their lives."
But Dr. Leeís work does not stop when she leaves the office. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Arizona Dental Association, which provides programs that offer free dental care to people who otherwise could not afford it. Among the patients she has worked with was a Sudanese immigrant who had never seen a dentist. "Those are the most rewarding cases," she said. "It makes all the years of hard work and studying worthwhile."
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