I actually began my career in dentistry as a dental assistant. My father-in-law is a dentist, so I had the opportunity to work with him for a couple of years, and I enjoyed getting to see the different aspects of dentistry. Then I had another opportunity to work with a younger dentist, and I guess I pictured myself more being able to work in the dental field when I worked with the younger dentist and just was ready to finish my bachelor's degree. I had taken a little break from college, and that's how I started thinking more about pursuing a career in dentistry.
I really enjoy being able to help patients regain their smiles. Sometimes people are very embarrassed or shy to smile. They don't know how things can be corrected, and so when you get to educate them and take them from a place of having a very unhealthy mouth and possibly maybe they don't even feel good about themselves physically or emotionally, to help them both regain health and well-being and then also function – that’s very rewarding.
Native Texan Dr. Valerie Sperry became a dentist after working as a dental assistant and seeing the tremendous impact that dentistry could have on patients’ lives. She graduated cum laude from East Texas Baptist University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, then earned her DDS from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in 2013. She provides compassionate and quality care to patients of all ages at Sabal Dental. She also enjoys getting to know about their lives and sharing information about her life with them.
Dr. Sperry is married to her college sweetheart, and they have two boys. Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially if it involves traveling together or going to the beach. She also enjoys watching her kids play sports, decorating, and reading.