Dr. Desiree Walker has a firm grasp on the competition, literally.
The Lumberton, North Carolina dentist made her national-television debut on American Ninja Warrior, NBC’s extreme-obstacle challenge, which aired in June of 2014.
The 35-year-0ld’s nemesis back then: her faltering grip on a rope, which led to what has been called by the show’s co-host Jenn Brown, “one of the most epic falls in the history of American Ninja Warrior.”
Invited back to compete in the seventh season (filming May 10 and 11 at Universal Studios in Orlando), Dr. Walker joked in an interview today with thedailyfloss.com, “I’m seeking revenge on the course.”
The lifelong fitness enthusiast demonstrates that in her audition video, which she shares with loyal Flossers.
In addition to installing a rope climb in her private workout space at her practice, Dr. Walker is devoting the same level of commitment to her training regimen as she does to her dental patients.
“I have built more training obstacles – quintuple steps which I have stationed the parking lot of my practice – to train at lunch and after work- as well as get staff involved in the fun!” she said.
While everyone can view the Ninja Dentist’s performance on the big screen, members of the Lucy Hobbs Project® will have an opportunity to meet her in person.
Dr. Walker will be in the spotlight again this summer as she takes the stage to inspire attendees as a guest speaker during the The Lucy Hobbs Project® Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Members in the Dental Community. Hosted by Benco Dental on June 4 and 5 in Baltimore, Maryland, the awards, named for Dr. Hobbs, who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, will be presented to eight honorees who help lead the charge for women in dentistry and embody the project goals.
“I’m so very excited to represent the dental community and female empowerment,” said Dr. Walker.