featured Susan NguyenIn September of this year, Goldie’s Place welcomed Dr. Susan Nguyen as the new clinic dentist. Dr. Nguyen was introduced to Goldie’s Place through a volunteer dentist in a continuing education course as she was looking for an opportunity to return to public health dentistry. “Goldie’s Place is a hidden gem that gives individuals a helping hand when they need it most,” she says.

Dr. Nguyen grew up in Carbondale, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign with a degree in chemistry and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1998 from the University of Illinois, Chicago. In dental school, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. In 2000, Dr. Nguyen completed a two year hospital based general practice residency at the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky.

Following her residency she joined the National Health Service Corp and served as a staff dentist for two years at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. While on staff at the hospital, she taught senior dental students as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Nguyen then became the Dental Director of Primary Health Care, a federally funded community health center, where she provided dental care to homeless and underserved children and adults in central Iowa. After serving 5 years in the National Health Service Corp and community health, Dr. Nguyen joined a private practice in Iowa. She relocated back to her home state of Illinois and practiced in McHenry County for the past 7 years before coming to Goldie’s Place.

“I was happy and surprised to learn how many people and organizations in the community support Goldie’s Place and what it is trying to achieve,” says Dr. Nguyen. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, cooking and spending time with her adopted cats Lucy and Lily.