Dr. Pollaccia grew up in Macomb Township, Michigan. After she completed four years of graduate school, she felt the call toward home. She took that opportunity to relocate to the west side of the state, where the beautiful scenery captivated her. When Dr. Dennis offered her the chance to work with her team, Dr. Pollaccia jumped at it, feeling it would be a marvelous opportunity for her to work at an office where patient care is a top priority as well as having the expertise of Drs. Dennis and Fichter nearby as she grows in her field.
Growing up with a mother in the medical field sparked Dr. Pollaccia’s interest in health care. However, it was during her junior year in high school that the spark of interest turned into a roaring flame with a love of dentistry. Her high school offered a medical dental class. Dr. Pollaccia said, “I soared through the material, fascinated by the many details of the mouth, teeth, facial nerves and dental diagnoses. To me, it became very clear that I would pursue the journey of becoming a dentist.”
Her Treatment Philosophy
I believe patient education and communication are the most important factors in dentistry. The patient and I are a team. Both need to be highly involved in the treatment and understand the reasoning behind each procedure in order to achieve excellent results.
When asked about her treatment philosophy, Dr. Pollaccia says, “I believe patient education and communication are the most important factors in dentistry. The patient and I are a team. Both need to be highly involved in the treatment and understand the reasoning behind each procedure in order to achieve excellent results.”
Understanding the fear many patients face when going to the dentist, Dr. Pollaccia considers it an honor to be their provider. As a result, she makes it her number one goal to help them feel as comfortable as possible during their appointment, slowing down when necessary and taking all the time her patients need to understand the procedure.
One of the things she loves about her job is that the most minute details can carry the largest weight when dealing with the oral cavity. Having a team that works around the care of the patient, while maintaining efficiency, makes for a calm and enjoyable working environment as she carries out her passion. She particularly enjoys aesthetic work due to the powerful impact it can have on a person’s life. After all, our smiles are the first thing people notice.
Family and Fun
Dr. Pollaccia’s family keeps her grounded. Her mother is not only the inspiration for her career, but also her best friend. “I am beyond blessed to have such a supportive tribe who catches me when I fall and is always looking out for my best interest, “she says. “Though we are all so different with our personalities, we share the same type of humor. I know each time I visit home my belly will ache from laughter.”
As the youngest of three children and with two older brothers, Dr. Pollaccia learned early on how to keep up. When she’s not spending time with her family and their pit bull, Guido, she loves to work out, walk nature trails, read thriller and mystery novels and listen to new music.
Dr. Pollaccia has a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Concentration of Pre-Health Professionals from Oakland University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois. She is especially proud of earning the Student Prosthodontic Achievement Award from the American College of Prosthodontists.
Dr. Pollaccia is a member of the following professional organizations:
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Chicago Dental Society
- Michigan Dental Association