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Dr. Catrise L. Austin

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cosmetic Dentist
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/2/1970
Birth Location:
Flint, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Cosmetic Dentist
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/2/1970
Birth Location:
Flint
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Biography

Dentist and entrepreneur Catrise L. Austin was born on May 2, 1970, in Flint, Michigan. She discovered her passion for dentistry at age 15 while visiting the orthodontist for braces. Austin was voted prettiest smile in 1988 at Flint Central High School, where she received her diploma that same year. Austin went on to receive her B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991 and her Doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Maryland in 1996. Moving to New York in 1996, she completed her advanced dental training at Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center.

Working as a dental hygienist motivated Austin to start her own practice which she did in 1998, becoming the Chief Operating Officer of VIP Smiles, a successful New York cosmetic and sports dental practice. The practice boasts an impressive and loyal following, including such entertainment luminaries as Isaac Hayes, Toni Braxton and Missy Elliot. In addition, The Discovery Health Channel, The Queen Latifah Show, and The Ricki Lake Show have used her services.

Austin has broken gender and racial boundaries and established herself in a field traditionally dominated by men. She is one of the most well-known and highly regarded dentists in the entertainment industry. The Network Journal named her one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business in 1999. She holds professional memberships in the American Dental Association, New York County Dental Society, American Association of Women Dentists, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, and the Academy of Sports Dentistry. She also holds social memberships in the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, the Black Sports Agents Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Austin resides in New York City.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Catrise L. Austin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her mother's side of the family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her mother's side of the family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her father and her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her neighborhood in Flint, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers Dort Elementary School in Flint, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin recalls attending Flint Academy High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her activities at Flint Academy High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers her social group as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers her favorite high school subjects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers her younger sister's birth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers her calling to dentistry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her interest in dentistry and her part-time job
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers her family's move from Flushing to Flint
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes choosing the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her best friend, Darlene Tolbert
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her mother's support
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her ambitions as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin talks about her sister's pregnancy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers applying for dental school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her time at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her time at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes Dr. Oscar Wright's support
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin recalls her dental residency at Brooklyn's Lutheran Medical Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her decision to stay in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin recalls her early dental career in New York City, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin recalls her early dental career in New York City, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin remembers meeting Issac Hayes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her friendship with Isaac Hayes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin recalls meeting Toni Braxton and Missy Elliott
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her dental practice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Catrise L. Austin describes her plans for the future