Elizabeth DuPlessis Waters, DMD, MS

Elizabeth Waters, DMD, MS

Orthodontist, DuPlessis Orthodontics

Hometown: Elizabethtown

Education: Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO), University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY).

Community Support: Elizabeth works with the Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s Heels Together program and works with Clarity Solutions.

Occupation: Elizabeth works as an orthodontist with Baptist Health Hardin.

Family: Elizabeth is married to her husband, Jason, and has two children.

Why is volunteerism important to the wellbeing of the community? My answer is summed up well by Luke 12:48, which states "To whom much is given, much will be required.” Working together to help others binds you together and makes you stronger. We are in this together. We found out through COVID how much this community cared for each other and continues to care for one another.

What is the role that healthcare has played in your life or the lives of your family, friends or neighbors? Many of us were born at this hospital, including my two sons, so I know firsthand how fortunate we are to have one of Kentucky’s most impressive healthcare systems right here in Elizabethtown.

How is gratitude different than being thankful? Thankfulness induces a "thank you." It could be a simple gesture - holding a door, offering a seat, or letting someone pull out in front of you. Gratitude, on the other hand, forces you to act, to return the favor, or pay it forward. It is when someone goes above and beyond, and it inspires you to do the same. My mother used to instill in us a saying: "an attitude of gratitude." Life gets tough sometimes, but keeping an attitude of gratitude changes your mindset and how you respond to the world. Today, I am most grateful for my family and my hometown. Raising my sons in this special community means so much to me.