My commitment for the community is to create a space for minorities where they could get healthcare access.
Dr. Karen Fields-Lever, DDS
Owner, 28 to Brush Dental Studio
Bank of America customer
I am Dr. Karen Fields-Lever, and I'm a general dentist. I own 28 to Brush Dental Studio. I went from Spelman to Howard and then migrated to Yale for residency. That transition was a bit challenging. I was the only little Brown girl, and the only woman, too, on top of that. I truly had to prove myself.
So, my mom – she was about business. Creating the business, being the business, and being about business. She opened up her own school. Lord, I’m gonna get emotional. Lord. [Laughter]
She was the one that kind of laid it out for me, you know, that path. All of our principles that we have at the office – integrity, being purposeful, being a hard worker – that was my inspiration. She was so essential in me being a business person, a business woman.
Any time that you are starting something new, you're going to doubt yourself. That’s natural. For us women, I think it’s important to keep going, don't give up. And to remember that it’s okay to ask for help.
Bank of America was integral in helping me start my practice by truly holding my hand. They helped me with the financials, and that was important. We don't know these things as dentists, so they were really good at filling in the gap business-wise.
People that are service-oriented – that was all around me. So I think it kind of rubbed off a little bit on me. I got a chance to create something for our people – for our community – and something that was healthcare-based.
So the mobile dentistry project is where we go to schools in the Chicago area, and we bring dentistry to them. We also wanted to show the children that there were other careers in STEAM that they could do.
My purpose is to create a legacy, and to take hold of the torch that was passed on from my mom to me – as a Black woman entrepreneur in business – and to pass that torch on to my kids so that they can carry it on.
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