Regardless of what profession you choose, there are valuable lessons to be learned throughout. In fact, in my career until now, I have gained many insights that go much deeper than a cavity. What have I learned and what makes me so content to see more patients at my dental practice every day?
My dentist journey began with earning my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Iowa in 1996. The same year, I joined a dental practice in Iowa and worked as an associate for more than two years. In 1999, not only did I get the chance to establish my own dental office but also was able to fulfill my dream of providing innovative, comfortable and affordable dental care to the people of the West Des Moines area.
Being committed to delivering superior patient care at my practice has helped me expand my loyal patient base and has supported me in establishing several other successful dental practices in Iowa. Also, I am blessed to be recognized as a dental business consultant in the industry for my approach to clinical management systems. Guiding other dental practices in setting up systems and culture to boost their practice efficiency and profitability has been a truly enriching experience for me.
As a dental professional, I have come to understand that the best rewards begin with caring for people. For me, this approach extends beyond patient care as I apply it in my interaction with every individual in my community. Thanks to the contagious energy that caring builds, it has become a vital part of our practice.
I firmly believe from my past experiences that easy communication is vital to maintaining a thriving practice. Improving communication has helped my practice provide a superior and more organized level of care. Managing an efficient and on-time dental practice will make your patients realize that you respect their time, too. Constant challenges and learning from your failures allow proper growth in both your professional and personal life. It offers you the self-confidence to stand out and lead effectively.
Dental school shapes you into becoming a skilled clinician. The basic education is essential, but you will gradually discover that everything cannot be learned in dental schools. You gradually pick up and understand several things during your career development. You should learn to be warm and caring to your patients and understand the best ways to make them feel comfortable during their visit. This will help bring down the number of patient complaints. Also, focus initially on developing your skills in general practice before you consider specialization.
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