To start with, Dr. Brightleaf practices a holistic approach to dentistry that takes into account a number of factors: Your overall health, your oral health, the latest developments in traditional dentistry, and the most current information on scientifically substantiated natural health and dental practices.
Dr. Brightleaf’s background is firmly grounded in science. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major in Math and Chemistry. When she ultimately decided to become a dentist, she started dental school at Emory University where she was ranked #1 in her class. After two years she transferred to the University of Florida dental school where she graduated ahead of schedule and in the top 5% of her class.
The Path to Dental School
Life did not flow from undergraduate school right to dental school, however. During Dr. Brightleaf’s undergrad years, she had become interested in natural health and healing and had become a presenter for the innovative MD, John McCamy. He had developed a health program involving nutrition, ecological awareness, exercise and stress reduction that impressed her. To this day she follows much of what he taught, including eating a healthful natural, largely vegetarian diet and leading a lifestyle that is compatible with her beliefs about natural and whole body health.
With this background, Dr. Brightleaf became a nutritional counselor in a dental office where she discovered that she loved dentistry. In particular she appreciated its focus on prevention and health. It satisfied a deep desire to support and assist people in gaining better health, and it also allowed expression of my own artistic talents.