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Maria Caldwell - 20 Years

Maria Caldwell

Restorative Sciences

Maria Caldwell
Caldwell in the removable lab.

Maria Caldwell likes everything about her job as a dental lab technician I in restorative sciences at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.

Her duties include processing complete dentures and partials, deflasking and placing names on dentures, fabricating bleaching trays, handling repairs and logging procedures in Axium. Additional responsibilities include doing wax partials, making surgical stents for the Implant Clinic, delivering cases to the PSCs and helping with other tasks, as time allows.

“I like all the new things I’ve learned and all the new things that are coming out that I’ll learn to make me a better tech,” says Caldwell, who began her career at TAMHSC-BCD as a dental X-ray technician.

Professionally, one of Caldwell’s favorite parts of her job is seeing students’ pride in their work. Being there when students see the end result of a denture or partial and the happy smile of a grateful patient is perhaps the greatest reward. The most significant change she’s seen in 20 years is the increase of that pride and the help students get from their mentors.

“I’ve stayed for the students,” Caldwell says. “They need help but I also learn new things from them, the faculty and the other staff members.”

On a personal note, dressing up for Halloween is one of Caldwell’s favorite TAMHSC-BCD memories, specifically the time male students dressed up as Hooters girls.

In her leisure time, Caldwell enjoys games that make her think. Playing with her three dogs also brings Caldwell and her husband, Charles, a lot of joy. The three canines make quite a brood: Mingle is a 22-year-old schnauzer, Blaze is a 3-year-old hound mix and Butch is a 1-year-old rat terrier mix. When Caldwell and her husband aren’t at home, you can expect to see them out and about, with the dogs in tow, of course.

Maria's dogs
Caldwell's dogs, from left to right: Blaze; Butch; and Mingle.