Q & A with Dr. Steven Holm
Q: What got you into this specific medical field?
A: Our next door neighbor growing up was a dentist. He had a dental lab in his office and I found it all very interesting. I wanted to have some type of professional career and he and his office made an impression on me.
Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?
A: After graduation from dental school I wanted to move back to the Auburn area where I lived when I was a child. I enjoy the outdoors and many recreational activities and this area offers so much. The people in the area are very down to earth it has a very small town feel.
Q: Where did you receive your undergraduate and professional degrees, and did you participate in any residencies?
A: Undergraduate Degree from University of California at San Jose
Dental Degree from University of California at San Francisco
Q: Do you belong to any professional associations?
A: Sacramento District Dental Society
California Dental Association
American Dental Association
Q: What year did you begin practicing?
A: I began practicing in Auburn in 1990.
Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?
A: Digital X-ray
CEREC (computer-assisted design and fabrication of porcelain restorations in-office in one visit)
Laser for tissue removal
Sidekick patient education software
Thyroid collars on lead aprons (as seen on Dr. Oz)
Q: What procedures do you feel your practice excels in above others?
A: We don't try to do everything, but what we do, we do it well. We excel at making the patients comfortable and feeling like they are among friends. Crowns, onlays and veneers, whether they be for functional or cosmetic reasons, are better than most I see coming from other offices.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: Mon 8:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 5:00
Tue 7:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:00
Wed 8:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 5:00
Thu 7:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:00
Q: What HMO or PPO providers are you in-network with? Do you offer financing?
A: Delta Dental Premier, Aetna, CIGNA, MetLife. We offer no-interest financing through CareCredit.
Q: Do you accept any government programs or discount cards?
Q: What are the most challenging parts of your everyday practice?
A: Giving the patients the time they deserve while trying to stay on schedule. Things don't always go as planned, and sometimes patients come in with questions or problems we hadn't planned on, and you want to give them your full attention, but you don't want to keep the next patient waiting. I dislike running behind and it is very stressful when it happens.
Q: What are the best moments that make it worthwhile?
A: When you make either dramatic or functional changes for patients that are life changing. Also, anytime you have made a patient happy.