Originally from New Providence, Raquel Skippings is Diamente Dental’s newest staff member and hygienist. Raquel began working at Diamente Dental in September, but her passion for becoming a dentist was fostered back in junior high school.
Her mom encouraged her to work for their family dentist, Dr. Michelle Major of Rainbow Dental, thinking it would discourage Raquel, but the experience only fueled her passion for a career in dentistry.
Raquel went on to earn an associate’s degree biochemistry at the College of The Bahamas before heading to the University of the West Indies (UWI) to complete a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry/chemistry.
With two younger sisters all attending college at the same time that she was, the prospect of attending a dental school was an expensive one.
Raquel decided to fall back on her Plan B to become a hygienist, so she enrolled in Palm Beach State College to study dental hygiene and she graduated at the top of her class. She is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honour Society as well as the Phi Theta Kappa Honour Society.
After graduation, she worked at a third-generation family practice for a year before returning home. Soon after, she applied both privately and publicly to dentist offices in New Providence and throughout the northern Bahamas.
It was Dr. Denise Archer-Sands from Diamante Dental who called her in June. She came over to Abaco for her first visit in Sept. 8and immediately knew she had found what she was looking for. Raquel began working on Sept. 21, and is available at Diamente DentalMonday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
As a hygienist, Raquel performs cleanings on adults and children, deep scaling, oral exams, periodontal charting, sealants, reading of blood pressure, X-rays impressions of the mouth, oral hygiene instructions and oral health education.
Over the years, her love for hygiene as well as the patients has grown by leaps and bounds.
“I like the people the most,” she affirmed. “I like that light bulb moment when people finally get why you brush your teeth this way or why you change the angle of your toothbrush.”
She added that children are a big draw in particular because they are always so excited and receptive to learning new things, and they oftentimes remind family members about the correct way of doing things.
Raquel said that visiting the dentist isn’t only for when patients are in pain, but recommended visits between three to six months depending on the patient.
Raquel Skippings is CPR certified, and dually licensed in the United States and The Bahamas to perform non-surgical periodontal therapy better known as deep scaling.
Located above Auskell Medical Centre in Marsh Harbour, Diamente Dental is owned by Dr. Denise Archer-Sands. Telephone number: 1 (242) 367-4968.