Ashley Olson, D.D.S. said she spent six years in the business world before finding her true career calling in dentistry.
Olson, a native of Seattle, moved to San Diego 14 years ago to earn an undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego. She then joined the sales department for Stryker Medical Devices — cranial-facial division. Her position involved many hours in the operating room observing and assisting with head and neck surgeries.
“Every day was different; there was always a new challenge,” Olson said. “It was that exposure to those surgeries that inspired me to pursue a career in dentistry.”
She said that her lifelong interest in science and medicine helped.
“I was fortunate to work for Stryker where I had both the business and medical exposure, and I debated between enrolling in medical school or dental school. I finally chose USC School of Dentistry,” she said.
“I find I still use my business skills to show leadership and help run a business and manage a wonderful team in an office where we love working in this field every day.”
Olson has been teamed with La Jolla’s Joseph D’Angelo, D.D.S. for the past year. Throughout her day, she performs a range of dental services, including basic fillings and crowns, cosmetics and aesthetics, teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants and in-depth reconstructive cases — for patients of all ages.
“We offer a lot of different services, which is why I love working here with Dr. D’Angelo … I have the utmost respect for his clinical abilities,” she said.
Like most dentists, Olson said she takes continuing education courses to stay updated on the newest surgical techniques, including a recent in-depth implant course.
”I truly love that I get to make a difference in patients’ lives by enhancing their quality of life through my skills,” Olson said. “There is so much that is rewarding about dentistry; I love the patient interaction with unique people each day, knowing they’re going to be long-term relationships, and I love getting to create beautiful smiles.”