Title: One Womanís Story of How Her Smile Increased Her Confidence Author: Kathleen Gage Email: Kathleen@turningpointpresents.com Word Count: 1394 Copyright: © 2004 by Kathleen Gage Web Address: www.kathleengage.com
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One Womanís Story of How Her Smile Increased Her Confidence By Kathleen Gage
For one who takes pride in being involved with different community organizations, possessing a high level of confidence is essential. Especially when that involvement includes speaking to large and small groups requesting donations for numerous non-profit organizations.
Such is case with Teresa Bock, Assistant Vice President of Wells Fargo Bankís Olympus Hills Office in Salt Lake City. Not only is confidence a key to her success with all community work she does, it is vital in her professional position.
When one first meets Teresa, they encounter a woman who is constantly smiling. This wasnít always case. Before marrying media personality Tom Bock, Teresa overcame numerous obstacles in her life.
At age seven, Teresa became completely deaf in her right ear due to Scarlet Fever. During that same period she lost most of hearing in her left ear. Teresa has so beautifully conquered command of her ability to communicate, most people would have no idea she is a master lip reader unless she tells them.
Another obstacle Teresa overcame was her struggle to make ends meet with two small children from a previous marriage. With food and shelter as a priority there were many things that were put on back burner until they became absolutely necessary. Things like visits to a dentist. During those trying times dental visits were strictly for emergency and maintenance purposes. Although Teresa secretly desired a smile that would turn heads, with incredible financial pressures that come with being a single mom, she wondered if obtaining a beautiful smile would ever be within reach.
With a strong drive to succeed, Teresa began her career in banking in 1987 as a teller. Taking on her career challenges with same zest that she took on her physical challenges, Teresa found opportunities to move up in banking industry as well as continue her involvement with non-profit organizations. During her employment, she learned that Wells Fargo has an ongoing commitment to giving back to community. Seeing an opportunity to develop a career and contribute to her community, Teresa knew she had found a great match for her lifeís passions.
It was during this time she met Tom Bock. What started out as two single parents enjoying each otherís company blossomed into love and marriage. In 2000, they married, bringing together a combined family of five children eight grandchildren. A strong tie for their marriage is love and respect for their individual interests and fact both Tom and Teresa are actively involved in giving back to community.
Not being one to settle for giving her energy to one organization, Teresa has been involved with Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Living Planet Aquarium, Audiologist Association, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and various Chamber of Commerce organizations. She is absolutely convinced that being able to communicate both in one-on-one and public situations is critical to achieving greatest outcome when it relates to raising money for an organization.
Not one to let go of her dreams, Teresa was also convinced that an improved smile would directly impact her confidence level. Although she had desire to have her smile cosmetically improved, cost was still a huge consideration.
What first sparked Teresaís interest in a smile makeover were pictures of people who didnít have obvious black lines near their gum lines. She also had a distinct taste of aluminum in her mouth. Having been to countless dentists over years not one of them ever took time to explain what this was about. That is until she was introduced to Dr. Scott Kiser.
Teresa was referred to Dr. Kiser by a friend. She was so confident in his recommendations she didnít bother with a second opinion even though he recommended she do so. She knew he was fair and would do right thing.