This Dentist Creates Healthy Smiles In Zumba Class, Too

Jamila (Amie) Mangondato’s typical Zumba class size was 72 prior to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, and she was the first group fitness coach to launch and teach Strong By Zumba in San Jose in 2016. But leading dozens of sweaty, smiling people through dance- and martial arts-inspired workouts is just a really successful side jam for her: She’s also a dentist with her own practice, and a busy mom.

We asked and Mangondato told us how she stays strong for so many, and more.

What inspires you to keep going every day?

My kids and business are what inspire me. I see my kids, and it makes me want to improve and be a better person.

What is your favorite way to practice self-care?

I practice self-care by working out, teaching group fitness classes, and eating healthy. Also, I enjoy taking our dog on walks. Last but not least, I like going out and trying new restaurants.

Is there a particular moment in your life you are proud of?

As a dentist, I am very proud of the day I opened my own dental clinic. The clinic opened in 1998, and our doors are still open to this day. I am proud of the care I provide to my patients, most notably, giving them a healthy and beautiful smile.

Who’s a female trailblazer you’d want to meet? What would you do if you did?

I would love to meet Gal Gadot, the [actor] who portrayed Wonder Woman. To me, she represents strength, intelligence, and empowerment for women everywhere. I would probably work out with her!

Favorite song?

“This Is Me,” by Keala Settle.

Favorite class format to teach? Favorite class format to take?

Zumba is my favorite group fitness format to teach, and I love taking Les Mills BODYPUMP.

What advice would you give to other women?

Never consider being a woman or your age a limitation. Anything you want to achieve in life, you can attain through hard work. Have confidence in yourself and never lose hope!

Photo credit: Jamila Mangondato