Jovanna Lacayo

March 22, 2023

By Kristie Marsden

I became a dentist because I was always interested in the medical field as I grew up, I saw what it meant to work in different medical fields and realized that a lot of these professions didn’t offer the work/life balance that I sought after. I was able to shadow at my own dentists office for a few years in high school and realized that he was able to make an instant difference in people’s lives by giving people their smile and confidence back. I knew that dentistry would be a great vocation and I would still be able to have the family life balance I also wanted. I began dental school at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in NJ in 2014 and graduated 2018. I completed a 1-year General Practice Residency in Bethlehem, PA. I moved to NC in the summer of 2021 with my then boyfriend of 6 years. We got our puppy, Luna, February 2022; bought a home summer of 2022 and are living in Smithfield, NC. We are so happy to have put roots down here. We got married December 2022 and are looking to have our first child this year. Life in NC has been wonderful, we enjoy going on hikes on weekends with Luna, going out for brunch/dinner and hanging out at home to “Netflix & Chill”. We don’t have very many friends here as we don’t know very many people and that is something I would like to change in the future! I have moved six times since 2014 and I am so happy to be done with moving for the foreseeable future!! Also, I just like to go by Dr. Jo.