They say first impressions are everything! Well we know a Doctor who can help make your first impression, an unforgettable one! Boss Up Magazine spoke with the amazing Dr. Simone A. Ellis, so if you’re needing or wanting an amazing smile, Dr. Ellis is just the right Dentist for you!
Originally from Kansas City, KS, but now residing in Houston, TX, Dr. Ellis is a Dentist and owner of the Smiles Design Studios in Missouri City, TX! (Nicceee!) For Dr. Ellis, she believes that it is her duty, in this world, to try each day to be the best version of herself, and to make those who love her proud. It’s no wonder why she is such a BOSS!!
So what made Dr. Ellis decide to become a Dentist? Dr. Ellis tells us that her Father took her to one of his dental appointments to get a tooth pulled, and she fell in love with the procedure at the age of 7. Dr. Ellis later learned that because her Father came from a low socioeconomic status, Dental care wasn’t regular for him, which unfortunately cost him his teeth as an adult.
“I decided to turn her curiosity into purpose! I decided to help educate those who may not have the resources or means to understand the importance of dentistry!”
Dr. Ellis attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry, now known as Rutgers, located in in New Jersey! She has been a Dentist for 8+ years and specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry!
“Changing the way someone smiles is such a beautiful thing. It gives people such great confidence and the investment that every time you smile you receive back!”
Dr. Ellis tells us that the most exciting moments in her career, was getting to treat a huge superstar very early on. She was over the moon and says that It made her realize that what she was doing was good enough for a celebrity to request her services. Dr. Ellis tells us that she gets the opportunity to work on great people every day, but you don’t forget moments like that.
Dr. Ellis tells us that in Dental school, the business aspect of opening a practice is not discussed thoroughly. Consequently, you receive a large sum of money to open your practice, but are inexperienced on how to manage it. Just like any business there are metrics and systems that need to be understood and put in place in the beginning.
“Since I got out of school and opened my practice one year after graduation, it became apparent to me that I needed to focus on the business of dentistry, so that my practice could thrive.”
Not only is Dr. Ellis a phenomenal Dentist, she is also an amazing Motivational Speaker! Dr. Ellis speaks on Practice Management, and focuses primarily on the practice owner. Dr. Ellis also talks about topics such as Team Building, Marketing, Million Dollar Mistakes, and Practice Systemization are a few topics that are heavily sought out, for her to discuss. Not only does she do motivational speaking, she also goes out to offices and train doctors and their team, so that everyone is on board.
Dr. Ellis tells us that she feels that the information she shares is beneficial for the Dental student as well as the Associate doctor. Dr. Ellis also tells us that on some of her Facebook we series, she has come to find that other businesses find the information and contact she delivers is useful!!
“I have spent countless hours of investing and studying on things that help practices to be successful, as well as continue to be very candid about my failures in owning a practice. Many times, people want to hear from someone who has experienced the same trials and tribulations, and I’m able to offer that.”
“In my industry unfortunately, there are not that many faces that look like me. African Americans in dentistry is still unfortunately underrepresented and to me I wanted to combine my passion with purpose. I love dentistry and I also have had to become passionate about practice management, so I have combined both. I started speaking at local dental chapters and quickly moved to speaking at conferences. It is amazing to educate others on how to run a successful practice.”
During her last year of dental school, Dr. Ellis was asked to speak at the SND conference in 2009. It was her first taste of understanding the importance of educating people on something that you have become an expert in. From that moment on, she knew that if she got the opportunity to continue to speak at conferences or events, and discuss her life lessons and success stories, she would be able to change the world in a much bigger way than she ever imagined. (Amazing!!)
“What an amazing feeling it was to be on stage with aspiring peers who were so interested in advice that I could offer now that I had graduated.”
Make sure you keep up with Dr. Ellis, as she hoping to release her first book sometime this year, as well as find the land for her expansion practice! (Get Excited!!) Not only that, but Dr. Ellis may add another podcast to her current “Docs” podcast, which will be titled “The Ambitious Dentist.”
If you’re interested in becoming a Dentist, Dr. Ellis has the following advice,
“So one of my favorite bible verses is First Corinthians 9:26 – “So I run like someone who has a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something, not just air.”
If you’re interested in becoming a Motivational Speaker, Dr. Ellis has the following advice,
“Continue to be diligent and centralize your message as much as you can. Also do events for free in the beginning, so that you can continue to get traction and build up your confidence.”
If you’re interested in having Dr. Ellis give you an amazing smile, you can visit her at:
Smile Design Studios Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
6130 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
“We do have individuals fly to come and get their dental work done so don’t hesitate to look us up online.”
Be sure to follow Dr. Ellis and her Dentistry on:
Instagram: Dr. Ellis Ellis
Facebook: Simone Ellis
For speaking engagements, check out her website at:
Until next time…
“Boss Up and Be Blessed”