Dr. Emese Tokos is passionate about helping people overcome their fear
of the dentist—something she understands firsthand. She recognizes
that there are limitations to the amount of dentistry that has been available
to some patients. Due to lack of proper preventive oral health care in
socialist Romania, Dr. Tokos had recurrent abscesses and had a premature
extraction of a primary molar. After moving to the US at age six, some
of her most vivid memories involve the dentist. Due to the negative connection
she had between her mouth and dentistry, going to her first dental appointment
in the US was not exciting. However, the caring nature of her dentist
and friendly faces at his dental practice eased the fact that she had
17 cavities in her 20 primary teeth.
The praise she received each time she returned with healthy teeth, and
the joy of having a beautiful smile, made a huge impact on her desire
to become a dentist. Her goal has always been to help others understand
the importance of dental health and its connection with ones systemic
health. Dr. Tokos firmly believes that “the mouth is the gateway
to the overall health of the body.” She is excited to be able to
educate, help prevent, and eliminate fear of the dental field so that
our community can have excellent oral health.
Dr. Tokos is Hungarian, originally from Transylvania, Romania. She first
moved to the USA with only her mother and two suitcases when she was six
years old. She was educated in North Texas, graduating as Valedictorian
with an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Hirschi Magnet High School
in 2005. Due to her accomplishments, she received free tuition to Midwestern
State University where she started the pre-dental program.
After her first year at MSU, Dr. Tokos decided she wanted to learn more
about her Hungarian heritage and moved to Budapest, Hungary to attend
Semmelweis University Dental School. She practiced for a very short time
in Budapest before moving to the United States to get her American Dental
License. After graduating at CUSDM, she worked part time as an on-call
dentist in Summit County Colorado until finding a full-time associate
position in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. She worked in Colorado until
joining Brewer Dental Center.
Dr. Tokos feels very strongly about the importance of continuing education
as the field of dentistry continues to evolve so rapidly with new technology
and techniques. Since graduating, she continues to learn in order to provide
her patients with the most modern and best care to help achieve a healthy
and esthetic smile. Research and continuing education in order to advance
her knowledge and help solve current health related issues has always
been of interest to her.
Dr. Tokos is a member of the:
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Colorado Dental Association
- Denver Metro Dental Society
- Montana Dental Association
The importance of applying oneself outside of scholastic requirements led
to Dr. Tokos’ involvement in extracurricular activities as well
as community service projects. While in Budapest, she was very involved
in the student leadership. As the Chairwoman of the International Student
Association of Semmelweis (ISAS), she was able to help integrate the Hungarian
and Foreign students studying abroad. She was also a member of the Student
Senate and a student representative for all of Hungary’s Universities
Senate of Directors. During her time at CUSDM, she was also a member of
the Student Senate, the Women’s Dental Association, ASDA, and other
organizations. Since starting to practice, Dr. Tokos has been passionate
about giving back to the community by volunteering her time at community
health fairs and teaching children about proper oral hygiene.
Dr. Tokos is married to her husband Casey, and they have one miniature
shorthaired Dachshund named Rover, who is essentially their child. They
are very excited to be joining the Billings community and hope to be able
to start a (fur-free) family in the future.
When she is not working, you will find Dr. Tokos exploring new places,
reading books, trying to learn how to dance, and enjoying all the little
things in life. She also loves to travel the world and experience different cultures.