Meet the TRTeam: Sirin

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... reading different experiences and blogs written by other moms helped me, so I thought it would be cool to be involved with one myself.

Hello hello, it's Natalie from the TRTeam!

Thanks for tuning in to another week of That’s Real Talk! For the month of March, we’re introducing each contributor in a form of a Q&A.

I had the honour to interview Sirin and I hope you have as much fun as I did reading about her! Onto the interview!

Hi Sirin, I’m so glad we finally got to meet each other over our team meeting! Could you re-introduce yourself to all the readers of thatsrealtalk?

I like to think of myself as a tooth fairy, but let's be real here, we all know those don't exist LOL! I'm a dentist with a sweet tooth who loves trying new foods and sweets.

I'm also a mom to an 18 month old girl who keeps me on my toes all day long! When I'm not making her a meal, playing with her, or doing chores, you'll find me fixing teeth or trying to catch up on the latest in dentistry.

I also have an obsession with baby gear and all things baby. I always find myself frequenting baby websites to see the latest products on the market. Sometimes I think, if I wasn't a dentist, I would have loved to have a baby boutique shop!

How did you initially find this platform and what made you want to apply as a contributor?

I think I was browsing different women related hashtags for inspiration when I came across the instagram account "That's Real Talk".

I contacted Dahye and after speaking to her and getting to know a little more about her vision and plan for the blog, I really liked the idea! One of the things that helped me after I had my daughter was reading different experiences and blogs written by other moms so I thought it would be cool to be involved with one myself.

What inspired you to do what you love?  

I actually struggled when I was in undergrad and changed my major about four times before I finally settled on pursuing dentistry.

I always loved to teach chemistry and thought I would be a teacher. My grandfather is an organic chemistry professor and he was my biggest role model. I wanted to be like him for the longest time. I was studying biochemistry in university and decided to complete a thesis in my undergraduate years to see if doing a masters and a phd was the right route for me. This basically meant a LOT of lab work and a tremendous amount of dedication to experimenting and research. I found that I really didn't enjoy it at all and I really missed human interaction when I was alone in the lab.

Growing up I loved assembling furniture and etching on glass, I was really good at working with my hands and loved to focus on small things in that way. My mother suggested I shadow dentists to see if I liked the profession. And that's when I fell in love with a paediatric dentist who let me shadow her weekly. I decided that it was what I wanted to do and just went for it!  

Were there any uncertainty or risks towards going into your dream job?

I think the biggest fear of any student applying for further education or professional school is the uncertainty of acceptance or success. I

t was hard at times to keep going towards my goal with the fear that I may not get in to dental school due to its competitiveness, but isn't that something we go through while trying to achieve any of our goals?

I also worried about being accepted into a school that wasn't local and how I would manage living alone far from my parents. That turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me and I am so thankful for the opportunity I got!

I read in your recent blog post that your daughter has taught you how to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. I love that! Is there anything else that motherhood has taught you that you’d like to share?

I think any mother will probably agree that their kids teach them more about themselves than they ever knew possible. I think I changed a lot once I became a mother. I had to be a lot more patient and less of a perfectionist. Babies aren't perfect, and they don't come with manuals. They cry a lot, make messes, poop all over you as soon as you've gotten ready to go out, and decide to be fussy at the worst times possible!

Figuring out how to care for her and managing my day with a baby has taught me to just "go with the flow" a lot more than I used to. While I still like to have a general plan for my day, I'm a lot less worried if things don't go as planned and don't stress as much anymore LOL.

What’s a day in the life of Sirin like? What do you love winding down to after a long day at work?

I usually wake up to my daughter's tugging and whining for milk. Somedays I don't put an alarm on because I know she will wake me up right on time! If it is a day that I have work (I work part time only), I quickly get myself ready while she has her breakfast then I get her ready and out we go! I drop her off at daycare or my family depending on who is watching her that day then continue to my work.

My day at the office revolves around seeing patients and treating them. I am a general dentist which means I do a little of everything. Fillings, root canals, extractions, dentures, you name it, if I'm comfortable with it, I'll do it! I usually finish around 5 pm, sometimes later. I pick up my daughter after work and we head home for dinner and bedtime.

On my non-working days I go at a much slower pace. I prepare her breakfast and sit down with her to have something myself. If we have any grocery shopping to do we usually do that in the morning before her mid-day nap.

Otherwise we read, play, or I try to do chores while she messes another corner of the house nearby. I cook during the evening and make enough for at least two days, because who has time to cook every day right? Sometimes when she's being cooperative and lets me cook longer I will meal prep for the whole week. I love meal prepping, it really makes my life so much easier!

She's usually tired and ready for bed by 7 or 8 pm. After I put her to sleep I have about 2 to 3 hours to myself when I either watch something online (I love crime shows!) or read up on a topic in dentistry that I am interested in (usually cosmetic dentistry).

That’s all from our interview! You can check out Sirin’s instagram at @sirinchakerdds to see what she’s up to. See you next month!

Stay real, 

Natalie