Dr. Mira Albert (DDS MS FAAPD) is the owner and founder of Brush Pediatric Dentistry (brushforkids.com) In addition to being an American board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Albert is a national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and an examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has been featured in multiple TV, print, and radio interviews as an expert pediatric dentist. She is also a pediatric dentist contributor to PEAR, a social media parenting app founded by Bill and Guiliana Rancic. When she’s not advocating on behalf of better dental health, she’s a busy mother of two boys and training for the 2018 New York City Marathon. She and her husband Dr. Sherif Albert (owner of Esplanade Dental Care and Atrium Family Dental) lived in Chicago for five years prior to making their home in Hinsdale in 2010. Here are some of Dr. Albert’s favorites from around country and town:
Mantra? Roll with the punches.
Best routine for health and wellness?
I’ve been training for the 2018 NYC Marathon since April. I am not a runner and was terrified to tackle this bucket list item. But I’ve found that running has blessed me with so many unexpected gifts. My other favorite workout is reformer Pilates. I’m a big fan of Energie Pilates Studio in Hinsdale and I’ve been working one-on-one with Megan Sullivan to counteract all the running.
It’s hard to choose, but currently it’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which I will be supporting when I run the NYC Marathon. This is a summer camp organization founded by Paul Newman and staffed by volunteer medical professionals to provide regular camp experiences to seriously ill children. As Newman himself put it, “this is a way for kids to escape the fear and isolation of their medical conditions and, in his words, ‘raise a little hell.’”
Best advice I’ve given?
You cannot control what happens to you; you can only control your reaction to it.
Best advice ever given to you?
Eighty percent of decisions are insignificant and shouldn’t be dwelled upon. Spend time focusing on the 20 percent of decisions that are significant to avoid getting bogged down in the noise.
Something I would tell my younger self? Most people are fighting some sort of battle; don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.
Favorite foods? Mediterranean and dessert
Music you love? Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, U2
Most meaningful memory? Learning that life can change in an instant when my best friend passed away tragically as a teenager.
When you wake up, you? Hit snooze. Terrible to admit, but I also do a quick scroll of missed messages and emails that might need attention prior to getting my day in full swing.
Before bed, you? Snuggle with my two boys to chat about our days and what we have to look forward to, then catch up with friends and fam on Instagram.
Local nonprofits you love to support?
I once heard that there is a season for giving time and a season for giving money. I think this is a great way to think about how we all support various causes. While significant financial donations to various causes tend to get the most accolades, it’s so important to remember that the time devoted to these causes is equally as important. I am devoted to supporting as many local causes as I can—schools, charities, churches, and nonprofit organizations. For example, we were recently involved with Scoreboard Charities’ Wine Women & Shoes event. That organization benefits Camp One Step, which has a similar mission to the other camp that I support. I also look forward to supporting HJWC again for the 8th year.
You can’t live without?
My family. My husband is beyond supportive and understanding. The fact he too is a dentist makes it a little easier to understand our day to day adventures and challenges. Love to escape to? Anywhere, really, but primarily to our little place on an inland lake in Michigan. We have created some of our best memories with friends and family barefoot and on the water!
WHEN IN HINSDALE / COUNTRY
Your focus is? Work and family
Can’t leave the house without? Coffee and my phone
Transportation? Like so many kid-carting moms, I drive an SUV that fits my boys and a friend for each. My five-year goal is no car though; fingers are crossed for Uber and Lyft memberships.
Driving music? The MIX and podcasts
Place to eat? Nabuki, Fuller’s, Roka Akor. By the way, who else is completely grieving over the closure of Neat Kitchen?
Much of my volunteer time is spent doing a variety of things related to Pediatric Dentistry. My role as a National Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has kept me busy in my spare time getting the word out about the importance of preventive oral health care for children. It is also a requirement in my office to give back each year so we coordinate charitable activities for the entire staff to take part in. My hope is to organize a dental mission trip to a third world country sometime in the next two years. In addition, I try to take every opportunity I can to help at my children’s school and enjoy presenting to classrooms on tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded sugar bug!
Best thing about country? Predictability and amazing friends
Worst thing about country? Not being by water
The perfect day is?
I like sitting down with my family for breakfast with
a great cup of coffee in my favorite mug, getting my boys off to school, a workout of some kind, checking work items off the list, and maybe something fun with my kids followed by an adult dinner out with good friends.
WHEN IN THE CITY / TOWN
Your focus is? Taking in all the sights and sounds
Can’t leave the house without? My phone
Driving music? Chatting with whomever I’m with
Place to eat? The struggle is real getting into the latest hot spots but we absolutely had the best meal at Aba recently; great food and a fantastic vibe. I love all the new poke bars and ramen places (Strings is SO yummy) that have popped up too.
Volunteer? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and its foundation
Best thing about town? The constant evolution and change … it’s never the same twice, yet I also love that classic Chicago is maintained.
Worst thing about town? Traffic
The perfect day is? A bubbly drink at a rooftop with a view; shopping or a show; dinner at a new restaurant; and a great night’s sleep at one of the countless amazing hotels