The E-T is hosting a contest in which residents were asked to nominate their favorite local Everyday Hero, involved in any capacity of everyday life — from healthcare workers to community volunteers to grocery store clerks and everything in between — who have made an impact on others. The overall Everyday Hero winner, to be decided by vote of E-T readers, will receive a $100 gift card.
The final nominee being spotlighted by the E-T is Stephenville native Stephanie Cervetto.
Even after the COVID-19 restrictions began to be loosened in Texas, dentists like Stephanie Cervetto were not obligated under the law to go back to work if they felt it was unsafe.
But Cervetto had no doubt she wanted to get back to doing what she loves — helping people.
“We were closed six weeks but we could still treat emergency cases,” said Cervetto, who is a business partner of longtime Stephenville dentist David Stanphill at Stephenville Family Dentistry on the Northwest Loop.
She said she and Stanphill “both felt compelled” to resume their work, under the safety guidelines set by the governor as well as the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, and using all of the recommended protective equipment.
“I knew what my responsibility was as a dentist,” said Cervetto, who will mark her seventh year in the profession this July.
The person who nominated Cervetto said of her, “She has a lot of compassion, especially for her patients. She’s very committed with things she’s involved in.”
Cervetto is an alumnus of Leadership Stephenville, and has been a member of the Stephenville Optimist Club for about seven years. She was a Stingerette caption in high school, a two-year member of the Texan Stars Dance Team at Tarleton, and currently sings in the Valley Grove Baptist Church choir.
Cervetto and her husband, Kellen Cervetto, have two daughters — Caroline, 5, who just completed Kinderbridge Preschool, and 8-month-old Charlotte. Kellen will be the new athletic director and head coach at Morgan Mill High School starting this fall. He had been the head baseball coach and an assistant football coach the past seven years under the Lions’ head coach Bob Cervetto — who is his father and has long been a widely known and highly popular Erath County personality.
Bob Cervetto coached and taught in Stephenville schools for 30 years before being named Dublin’s head football coach and athletic director in 2011. In 2019, the name of Dublin High School’s football field was changed to Bob and Norma Cervetto Stadium. Norma, Bob’s wife, is a Stephenville ISD Administration Department staff member.
BACK TO WORK
“I went in every day,” Stephanie Cervetto said of resuming work, noting that the office is open Monday through Thursday each week, as well as one Friday per month. “Now we’re open back up fully.”
Cervetto described the office atmosphere as “very quiet” during the emergency-only days, when they were limited to treating only dental infections and pain. They have three dental assistants who have worked on a rotating basis when needed during the precautionary period.
“Not all of the hygienists were there,” Cervetto said. “We have wonderful assistants. It was definitely a team effort.”
When asked if she had been afraid to go back to work amid the virus concerns at first, she said she “didn’t have a lot of fear,” but added, “It’s such a new disease, there’s always a little fear.”
After graduating from Stephenville High School in 2005, Cervetto majored in biomedical science at Tarleton State University. After graduating magna cum laude from TSU in 2009, she went on to dental school at the TU Health Science Center in San Antonio where she received her degree in 2013.
“I knew I wanted to do something in health care,” Cervetto said of her career path. “I enjoy helping others. I’m very happy with what I do. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I enjoy being able to help others, getting them out of pain, connecting with them.”
During all four years at Tarleton, Cervetto worked for a local orthodontist, Dr. Greg Hubbard. Not only did he become her mentor, Cervetto said, but he also happened to be a friend of Stanphill, who has been in business for about 25 years. “He (Stanphill) contacted me my senior year of dental school. He was looking for a business partner.”
Cervetto said she feels that her hometown is “a great community. If there’s a need, I feel like people pull together to meet people’s needs.”