We welcomed Dr. Kristen Templeton to our office in September 2016 and thought you would like to get to know her a little better! Our Business Manager, Marie, has kindly put this together!
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Edina, MN. My family is Canadian. They moved to Minnesota for my Dad’s residency and never left! I loved growing up in the cities, so moving to Rochester has been a little bit of an adjustment for me, although I am growing to love the smaller city atmosphere.
Do you have any siblings?
I have an older brother who is getting his MBA at Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis and wants to do hospital administration. I also have a younger sister who is currently applying to medical school.
Tell us about your parents.
My parents met in dental school. My mom taught prosthodontics (replacing missing teeth with bridges or dentures) at the University of Minnesota. My dad is an oral surgeon, currently the chief at the VA hospital. It has been such a gift to “talk shop” with them. I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents!
What was your favorite activity when you were growing up?
I was a synchronized swimmer and loved it. What is better than wearing a sparkly swimsuits and dancing in the water?!
What was your first job?
To be honest, I never had a real job. I was a babysitter/nanny up until I went to dental school. Kids just bring so much joy to the world. It was a perfect job for me.
When did you realize you wanted to be a dentist?
It was when I was in high school. I always told myself I didn’t want to do what my mom and dad did, but I just couldn’t stop looking at people’s teeth! I have two parents that are dentists, so it must be in my genes….
How did you meet your husband?
On the first day of dental school, Nick introduced himself to me, and we have basically been together ever since. He is my best friend, and I could not imagine life without him.
What first attracted you to Nick?
It was his intelligence. Nick is very smart, but he also knows how to have a good time. He was that student who always got the top grade but didn’t have to try very hard.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love working outside in the yard. I find it so relaxing. When I was younger, I never wanted to work in the yard. Now that I have my own yard, I find it more fun.
What is something you are really proud of and why?
To be honest, I am really proud of making it this far. I have a wonderful life, and I feel so blessed. I am just happy to be able to do what I love.
Tell us about a memorable time in your life – a time you will never forget.
I will never forget my wedding. It was so special to have my dad walk me down the aisle, and to have all my close friends and family there to celebrate. I wish I could do it all over again because I had such a good time.
When people look back at your life, how would you like to be remembered?
I value my friendships so very much. I would like to be remembered as someone who was always there for my friends. I couldn’t have gotten this far without them.
We are thrilled to have Dr. Templeton as part of our team, and she loves getting to know all of our wonderful patients! Please feel free to ask for her to do your next exam or any dental work you or your family may need!