Hey there, beautiful souls! It's your girl, Dr. Catrise Austin, and today I'm taking you on a trip down memory lane, back to the beats and the vibes that have shaped my life in more ways than one. As we celebrate the 50th birthday of Hip Hop, I want to share with you my journey – a journey that began with fan letters, brought me face-to-face with hip hop legends, and led me to become the "dentist to the stars."
Picture this: a 12-year-old me, utterly captivated by the rhythm, the lyrics, and the energy of Hip Hop. My passion ran so deep that I decided to write a fan letter to the icons of the time, Run DMC. But I wasn't content with just any fan letter; I had the audacity to slip it under their dressing room door. Can you believe it? That fearless act paid off, and I found myself having an encounter that only Hip Hop could conjure – face-to-face with Russell Simmons, then their manager. He asked, "Who wrote this letter?" And that was my entrance into the world of the Hip Hop legends, an experience that would shape my path in ways I couldn't fathom at the time.
Fast forward a few years to when I was 15, and my smile was my battleground. I spent most of my childhood hiding behind my smile, feeling embarrassed about my teeth. It was the era of the schoolyard taunts – "There's bugs bunny!" they'd say. The pain of those moments was no laughing matter to me. But then came a pivotal dental visit, one that forever changed my life. At the age of 15, I was surprised by my mom with braces to correct my smile. Little did I know that this transformation would spark my passion for empowering others through their smiles.
Today, I stand here as Dr. Catrise Austin, a celebrity dentist and a trailblazer who has walked the Hip Hop path since I was just 12 years old. Entrepreneur Magazine featured my audacious hustle in its January 2022 issue, spotlighting how I turned my dream into a reality – becoming the "dentist to the stars." Imagine being crowned "The First Lady of Hip Hop Dentistry" by none other than rap legend N.O.R.E, the host of the Drink Champs podcast. This recognition solidified my journey as a true Hip Hop visionary.
So, how did this Hip Hop journey lead me to dentistry? My own smile transformation instilled in me the power of a smile – a power I wanted to share with the world. From Run DMC to Grammy-winning artists, I've dedicated over two decades to transforming smiles and boosting confidence. My work is a reflection of the resilience and authenticity of Hip Hop culture.
If you want to learn more about my journey, my celebrity clientele, and the magic of a confident smile, hop on over to my websites: www.vipsmiles.com and www.drcatriseaustin.com. Let's keep the Hip Hop spirit alive as we groove through life, one smile at a time.