New Face: Amy Tongsiri

Las Vegas native and UNLV alumna Amy Tongsiri, ’08 DMD, enjoys her brand-new instructor role at the School of Dental Medicine, and values how much she continues to gain from the university’s varied populations of trainees, personnel, and professors.


UNLV is my home and I am a Rebel at heart. I have actually enjoyed fantastic success due to the fact that of UNLV, and I wanted to be a part of the university so I can help others reach and surpass their capacity.

Exactly what about UNLV strikes you as different from other locations you have worked or where you went to school?

One of UNLV’s distinctions that I appreciate is the diverse culture among students, professors, and personnel. I like the range. Every day, I am connecting with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, ability levels, and cultural customs. Despite the fact that I am a trainer now, I am constantly gaining from these remarkable individuals.

Where did you grow up?

I am a Las Vegas native. I graduated from Palo Verde High School.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I utilized to fear going to the dentist, and I fulfilled many others who felt the very same way. It was that fear that inspired me to sign up with the profession. Dental professionals do fantastic work for their clients, and I wanted to change that fearful understanding. I love helping people, and in this function I am able to assist someone leave discomfort and offer them with a new smile.

What is the greatest challenge in your field?

Stabilizing work and domesticity is the biggest obstacle as a dental expert. After spending so much time throughout your education years and making every effort to reach the top of your career, you understand that the time to start your family is ticking away. I’m so grateful I was able to begin my family quicker rather than later. Of course, some days I still struggle with time; there’s never enough.

Inform us about a time in your life when you have been bold?

After finishing from dental school, I relocated to Charleston, West Virginia, to begin my very first job as a dental expert. I invested a year there on my own and had to adapt to numerous things including paying expenses, working longer hours, and a living in a different climate. I had a few of the best and worst times of my life throughout that year, but it was an experience I will always remember.

Complete this sentence, “If I couldn’t operate in my current field, I would like to …”

“… be a chocolatier! That just sounds incredible.

Tell us about someone you admire and why.

There are so many people I admire, all whom have shaped a part of me. Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is among the people at the top of the list. Her book about ladies in the workforce helped me understand that other individuals felt as I did about stabilizing profession and domesticity. It formed my long-lasting outlook.

Is there an item in your workplace that has significance for you? If so, what is it and why it is significant?

Among my buddies painted a picture for me when I opened my private practice. It reveals 3 kids with various laughing smiles. It embodies my concept of exactly what checking out the dental practitioner needs to be– a happy, fun experience with great deals of smiles and laughs.

Any tips for success?

I have a three-step suggestion for success: Don’t’ let the previous define who you are, learn from your mistakes, and move on. We have actually all made errors, however it’s exactly what you learn from them and how you progress that add to your successes in life.

Activities or hobbies?

My hobbies consist of any activity I can do with my kids. They’re finding out how to swim now, so we remain in the backyard every weekend. I enjoy doing anything outdoors with them, whether we’re swimming, going on walks, or playing at the park.

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