Name: Whitney DiFoggio RDH, BS (aka Teeth Talk Girl on YouTube).
Where/when did you graduate DH school? I graduated from dental hygiene school in 2015 from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. Before that, I graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
What are you doing now? I’m currently working in private practice at two offices part-time…the goal is to become a full-time YouTuber/Filmmaker one day, but like Jasmin Haley reminded me, as I was listening to her amazing podcast “Beyond The Prophy” today… I won’t quit my day job just yet. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love working in a clinical setting. I just love creating health videos on YouTube slightly more! If video creating ever becomes an actual hustle, I can’t even explain to you what my level of happiness would be…
Any funny stories from school or practice? I feel like everyday is a funny story. I used to be super involved in the acting scene, and each day when I’d show up at my office, my co-workers would notice glitter in my hair, or something like that …and they knew I was up to some acting gig the night before. They would always joke that I was living a double life. We’ve had some good laughs.
What is one reason you love being a hygienist? I know it may sound naive, but I truly enjoy helping people. I love going to sleep each night knowing I’ve done my ultimate best to help each person I’ve seen throughout the day, in one way or another. Whether it was scaling away tenacious calculus, or being a good listener when your patient needs to vent about a hardship in his or her life - it all counts.
What is one piece of advice you'd give a new dental hygiene grad? My best advice is to of course be professional, but never too professional. Just be genuine and be yourself. If you’re sincere and want to help others, then by doing your honest best, you will shine as an outstanding clinician and a kind & thoughtful human.
To check out Whitney online, check her out on social media!