Dr. Sharon Hoffman wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl, when there weren’t very many “lady” veterinarians. She was told to be nurse, instead. But she persisted in pursuing her goal as she grew up and after eight years in college she became a veterinarian. That wasn’t the end of her training, however. While she was in small animal practice in the Carolinas and then in Ohio, she saw dental problems in pets every day. Dentistry was not a part of her training in veterinary school and there were only a few veterinary dental specialists in the country.
Dr. Hoffman decided to study to become a veterinary dental specialist so that she could relieve the pain and discomfort so many pets have with dental and oral disease. After several more years of training, studying and exams, Dr. Hoffman became one of just over 110 Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialists in the world.
“The most rewarding part of providing dental and oral care to pets is seeing how comfortable and happy the pet is after treatment and how pleased pet owners are to have their dog or cat back to normal again.” Some dogs that acted very old, due to pain, began acting ‘like puppies again.’ One cat that never played with cat toys, picked up her first toy and played after being treated.
Providing this specialized level of care has been very gratifying because the benefits of treatment, improving quality of life, are enjoyed by both pet and pet owner!
Each pet is different and precious in their own special way. Without words, they find a way into our hearts and lives that touch us forever. Dr. Hoffman and her husband, Scott Brewer, share their lives with two tabby cats, Mojo and Twinkle. She recently published a children’s book about their cat Lily and the important life lessons Lily taught during her 18 years with them.
Dr. Hoffman enjoys teaching veterinarians, students, and technicians about dentistry. She has spoken to kennel clubs, dentists, and veterinarians locally, nationally, and internationally.
She is an active member of Toastmasters International, a club devoted to developing communication and leadership skills. When she is not speaking, teaching, or treating dentistry patients, she is enjoying the local beaches and scuba diving. Her love of sea mammals has led to opportunities to help captive dolphins and orcas having dental disease.
Dr. Hoffman looks forward to working with your veterinarian and helping you and your pet have a pain free mouth and a better quality of life.