Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, DMD, has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees.
This accomplishment, along with many other great feats, such as graduating from the top of her class at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine (while also waiting tables at her local diner) and starting a new dental practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas, makes it clear that Dr. Salmeron is equipped with a ferocious and undying drive to succeed.
Just as everyone faces difficult times, Dr. Salermon had struggles of her own to overcome while trying to pave the path for a career in dentistry.
Dr. Yuliya looked her troubles straight in the eye and came barreling at them, determined to overcome all of the odds pinned against her.
This determination and endless perseverance is the reason Dr. Yuliya Salmeron is where she is today.
Hardships growing up
Coming to the United States from Russia as a child, Dr. Yuliya had a bit more to work through than the average child.
The key to her success? Constantly staying positive. Her good attitude is responsible for all that she has and will continue to accomplish.
“I was hungry for a better life. My family was still in Russia, and I wanted to help them tremendously. Honestly, I had no time to be negative.”Dr. Yuliya Salmeron
This survival instinct sparked a fire in Dr. Salmeron, and she knew that she would stop at nothing to bring her family the life they deserve.
Despite this unwavering determination, Dr. Salmeron still admits that there were a few moments of fear and stress that made her question the achievability of her goals.
“The fear of failure came over me several times when I was going through college in my twenties; it caused a lot of stress.”Dr. Yuliya Salmeron
Overcoming the struggles
By remembering all that she had on the line – both in her family life and professional life – Dr. Salmeron learned to overcome the stress and not let it bother her, no matter how intense things seemed to get.
“Without the safety net of my parents to back me up, I stopped doubting myself and realized that the only way I could go was forward.”
Soaking up the family time
Today, Dr. Salmeron soaks up every minute of family time she is blessed with.
“One of the best parts about my family life is being with my boys and watching them grow. They are incredibly smart, and sometimes the best memories are made doing something as simple as watching cartoons with them,” Dr. Salmeron said.
Prioritizing her practice
Apart from her family life, Dr. Salmeron also enjoys making memories in her professional career. She aims to make a difference in her patients’ lives every day.
“As an endodontist, I try to save my patients’ natural teeth, so seeing them right away is critical when they are in pain. I aim to create a relaxing, almost spa-like experience when I perform procedures that alleviate any discomfort they might be having.”Dr. Yuliya Salmeron
Future Plans for her Practice
In the future, Dr. Salmeron plans to continue building upon her professional successes. Since her practice, Edge Endodontics, has only been up and running for a little over eight months, Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there’s still a lot of work to do.
“My goals include things like providing infinite support to my fellow dentists, as well as offering immediate appointments for emergency cases to relieve my patients’ pain,” Dr. Salmeron said.
Juggling it all
With running a new practice comes its own difficulties. Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there are still some roadblocks ahead, especially as a single parent in the field of dentistry.
“Juggling motherhood, personal relationships and my professional career is sometimes exhausting and very challenging,” Dr. Salmeron said. “Most people say it’s important to find a balance, but I don’t think there is one.”
Dr. Salmeron realizes that it’s impossible to do all things well. Some days are more centered around her practice and other days around her kids. In the end, she has to remind herself of the sacrifices she’s making to ensure her kids have a good, solid future ahead of them.
Her advice to other doctors
In the end, Dr. Salmeron urges all others in similar situations to remind themselves that working hard doesn’t make you a bad mother, partner, friend, or anything along the lines.
Dr. Salmeron is looking forward to the challenges her future career will hold. The bigger the challenge, the better-suited doctor she will become.
“Opposition is good. Just as lifting heavier weights in the gym builds a stronger muscle, facing a harder challenge builds a better professional.”Dr. Yuliya Salmeron