Meet Dr. Sheri Watson-Hamilton, DMD, our Dental Health Partner of the Month. Dr. Watson-Hamilton is passionate about dental health and provides care to uninsured and underserved patients.
Based in South Florida, Dr. Watson-Hamilton works at the Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center. This full-service facility provides dental care alongside urgent care, primary care and more. It’s part of the nonprofit health care organization Community Health of South Florida, Inc., or CHI, which offers affordable, quality health care services to local residents.
Why did you decide to become a dentist?
I’ve always wanted to practice in the medical field. As a child I would always ask anyone I was close to, “Let me see your teeth!”
What really helped me decide on dentistry was when I volunteered at a dental office during undergrad. I saw how a patient would come in with pain and receive immediate relief. Patients would come in with self-esteem issues and once their teeth were restored, they’d leave the office smiling confidently — no longer hiding their teeth.
How long have you been practicing?
For 24 years.
Tell us one of your funniest stories from the dental office.
During one of my appointments, I had a set of twins as patients. One was a really great patient — the other was really dramatic. At one of the visits, the dramatic twin was hesitant about the visit, as always. Once the anesthesia was placed, she looked up at me and said, “If you do that again, I’m gonna call 991!” — meaning 911.
What do you consider dentistry’s biggest challenge?
Getting patients to value their teeth and their smile.
What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy spending my free time with my immediate family.
Congratulations, Dr. Sheri Watson-Hamilton! Thank you for your work.