Dr. Paxson joined this office in January 1999, when she was married to John A. Paxson. Her husband passed away in 2003. She re-married and today shares her life with her husband, Joel Flower, and six children, Sam, Caroline, Madeline, Samantha, Rachel, and Elizabeth. The family enjoys running, downhill skiing, traveling, reading, and hiking.
She also loves everything about her career, from the constant opportunities to learn to the patients to the staff. “Each patient is unique and has unique needs. I hope to serve those needs, whether it be the emotional need to get over obstacles of fear or anxiety or physical limitations that require accommodations during treatment.” Her staff enjoys each other’s company and creates a supportive atmosphere. “I have a lot of respect for each team member.”
What attracted you to the field of dentistry?
I love working with my hands and being able to serve others with my skills. As a child and adolescent growing up, I loved to work with my hands. My mom encouraged this by getting me involved with art as varied as sketching, watercolors and oil painting, crocheting, sewing, wood carving, and calligraphy. I also played the guitar for 8 years prior to having a family. I also like the ability to establish one-on-one relationships with patients. They are the foundation for everything I am able to do and accomplish.
What’s something about you that surprises people?
I am a huge Harry Potter fan! My dad was an avid hunter and believed in “living off the land,” so I have had such delicacies as venison, frog legs, turtle stew, rabbit, muskrat, and smoked fish.