A (Bon)Fireside Chat with Dr. Meg Bradley
“We’re always solving a problem for the patient–whether that’s pain, a spatial problem, or form and function issues. Oral surgery is very satisfying because we develop and execute a clear solution to a clear problem.”
Dr. Meaghan Bradley joins SMOMS in August 2022, after completing her residency at Boston University/Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In honor of her summertime debut, we’re moving our “Fireside Chats” to the “Bonfire-side”! So grab a s’mores and read on about the newest SMOMS Surgeon:
Q: What inspired you to enter the oral surgery field?
Dr. Bradley: I took a summer job for an oral surgery practice in college and was really interested in the procedures, so I asked to shadow one of the doctors during a surgery. The operating room setting was so inspiring that when I came back the next summer, I asked to be trained as an assistant.
Q: What was the first surgery you performed?
Dr. Bradley: Just a basic tooth extraction. I feel like that’s everyone’s first surgery.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Dr. Bradley: Patients always have their own ideas about what a surgery and recovery will look like. Our job as the doctors is to make sure that we communicate the reality of their particular surgery and recovery, and manage their expectations. No matter if a procedure is big or small, sometimes it’s challenging to get everyone on the same page–but that’s essential to things going well.
Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Dr. Bradley: We’re always solving a problem for the patient–whether that’s pain, a spatial problem, or form and function issues. Oral surgery is very satisfying because we develop and execute a clear solution to a clear problem.
Q: What is your favorite surgery to perform?
Dr. Bradley: TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) surgery is pretty fun, but I like it all. At my residency in Boston Medical Center, we saw a lot of facial trauma cases, with the busiest emergency division in the region. It was my first choice for a residency program for that reason: because I really wanted to see everything.
Q: How does your career impact the way you see the world?
Dr. Bradley: I do actually look at people’s oral situations when I meet them. They’ll be talking with me, and I’ll be thinking, ‘you could really benefit from some orthognathic surgery.’ I tend to analyze that sort of stuff all the time.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in joining SMOMS?
Dr. Bradley: I got to know (SMOMS Surgeons) Dr. Doss and Dr. Mitchell as my instructors in dental school, so I’m pretty excited to work with them. SMOMS is a private practice with a huge scope, and a great mission of providing good care in the community. That’s something I definitely want to be a part of.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone from history or alive today, who would it be?
Dr. Bradley: Abigail Adams. She seems like such a fascinating lady.
Q: What is your favorite vegetable?
Dr. Bradley: Loofah! I had no idea you could eat them until I was at a market with my fiance and we saw some. They’re actually really tasty.
Q: What is your favorite cookie?
Dr. Bradley: Oatmeal Raisin. It’s always living in Chocolate Chip’s shadow and deserves more love.
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