Dr. Collins believes being an orthodontist is the greatest job in the world because it combines her love of science, the arts and teaching with her passion for patient care.
She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame and then entered the Masters of Education program at John Carroll University in Cleveland, seeking to combine her interest in the sciences with teaching. It was there that she realized that patient care was the missing element she wished to include in her career. Dentistry, she believed, would combine all the fields she truly loved, into a career she would truly love. She attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and then received her degree in orthodontics from the Ohio State University. In her practice, Dr. Collins continues to focus on patient care, continually learning new techniques and treatment technology to provide the best possible patient experience.
Growing up in Ohio, Dr. Collins could usually be found on a playing field or court.She excelled in soccer and basketball, playing both sports in high school and college. She was selected as a high school and collegiate soccer All-American, was invited to try out for Women's US World Cup Soccer and was elected into the St. Mary's Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Collins believes that the skills she learned as an athlete helped her accomplish her goal of becoming an orthodontist and remain present in her practice. She admits that soccer edges out basketball as her favorite sport and today carries on her love of the game by coaching her children's soccer teams.
Away from the office, Dr. Collins spends time tinkering in her garden and playing sports, board games and Wii legos with her husband and three children. She and her family love active vacations with their favorites being those spent shrimping and crabbing along the beautiful Carolina Coast.