Dr. Gloria Clarke Shows Caring Spirit in Business and Volunteer Work
Dr. Gloria Clarke broke the cliché about girls not doing well in math and science, but never wanted to become a physician. However, with the encouragement of an aunt who was a high school counselor, she found her true calling serving patients as a dentist with her own practice, Greenbriar Dental Care.
“Dentistry offers the best of both worlds,” she says. “I enjoy the rewards of serving patients, being an entrepreneur, and having a balanced personal life.”
She majored in biology at Hofstra University prior to graduating from Howard University College of Dentistry and says one of her greatest accomplishments is acquiring a 20-year-old business and producing consistent growth. She was also awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Clarke is also a believer in volunteer work. “I believe we all have something to offer whether it is in our field or just offering our time to the elderly or to children,” she says.
When Dr. Clarke lived in New York, she volunteered at dental clinics in Harlem, as well as working with drug addicted newborns at Harlem Hospital. Since arriving in Atlanta 12 years ago, she volunteers at Ben Massell Dental Clinic, which provides free dental services and hosts an annual event at her office, Dentistry From The Heart, rounding up dental providers to give free dental services to the community.
Dr. Clarke’s favorite quote is: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” She demonstrated that caring spirit while dealing with two parents suffering from Alzheimer’s. “It takes a lot of prayer, strength, and a small village of support,” she admits.
Dr. Clarke continues to show that same caring spirit both in her dental practice and volunteer work. “Simply providing excellent customer service will always set you apart,” she says.