Specifically, in 7th grade when she accompanied her father to his tooth extraction appointment… The rest is history.
Many years later, she graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. She then received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Rutgers University School of Dentistry, formerly, the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey in 2009.
In 2010, soon after graduating, Dr. Ellis established her own practice from the ground up—Smile Design Studios in Houston, Texas. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, she had a more niche office, as cosmetic dentistry was not as popular as it is today (only for the elite doctors). Many told her that as a woman of color in such a specific field, she wouldn’t succeed, but she quickly proved them wrong.