There’s a new dentist in town, but getting to know local residents won’t be an issue. In fact, Dr. Matthew Woods can barely make it down one aisle at Safeway without running into someone he knows.
Woods was born and raised in Grass Valley and attended Union Hill Elementary School and Nevada Union High School. He grew up playing team sports before going off to college at Humboldt State University.
“About halfway through college, I decided I wanted to go into dentistry,” said Woods. “I got a summer job in Manteca, working as an assistant to a family friend who was a dentist. That really gave me a chance to see the dental field from the other side — I had a realistic view of what I was getting into.”
The Manteca experience paid off in more ways than one — it was there that Woods met his wife, Veronica, a registered dental assistant.
After graduating in 2006 from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Woods got his feet wet for a full year working in the Manteca office before taking a job at the Chapa-De Indian Health Clinic in Grass Valley, where he stayed for the next five years.
“The experience at Chapa-De was rewarding, and I was eager to get back to Grass Valley,” he said. “I had some challenging cases and got experience working with children — I really enjoyed that — working with children helps the soul.”
With six years of dental experience under his belt, Woods jumped at the chance to open his own practice upon learning of Dr. Howard Brown’s retirement. Woods took over the Nevada City practice in November of last year and said his patients have responded well to the transition.
With Veronica running the front office, along with assistants Leanne Lundell and Teresa Lee, the team hopes to bring in more children and foster a family-friendly atmosphere.
“It’s rewarding to finally have my own practice,” said Woods. “It’s been exciting and rejuvenating to meet new patients and run into old acquaintances — almost on a daily basis.
“There’s nothing like making someone smile and allaying their fears.”
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