Featured Hygienist of the Week: Tonya Lanthier
Just recently I turned in my notice to my dental office after practicing for twenty-two years. The decision to leave was not easy, I cried five times writing the letter to my dentist who I worked with thirteen years. Thirteen years ago, I struggled with fertility and started temping in order to make time to start a family. This is when the idea for DentalPost was born. While temping in multiple offices, I saw a need to create a place for all dental professionals to make our lives better and to find jobs we love.
I built DentalPost while working at his practice part-time and temping in offices all over Atlanta. I gave birth to my twin girls Teagan and Ramsey in September 2003, and filed the papers for DentalPost in June 2004. The site went live in January 2005. By June 2005, the site was making a little money. I was putting all my dental hygiene dollars into building and marketing the website, so being able to help people was very exciting!
I continued to practice as long as I could after starting the business. Most will say too long, yet I loved everything about practicing dental hygiene. I held on for 13 years, shifting down to practicing one day a week towards the end. I felt so compelled to practice dental hygiene because the profession has given me so much that money cannot buy.
At the age of eight, I decided I wanted to work in the dental field after a bad bike accident. As a result, I knocked out my permanent tooth and fractured my upper anteriors. I went through numerous years of repairs and tooth loss from the trauma. The dental team in Gainesville, Georgia took excellent care of me at the ER. Dr. Busch implanted #8 back in my mouth after it had been knocked out for hours. I kept #8 for 18 years after implantation. The same Dr. Busch later saved my grandfather’s life by discovering cancer in his mandible. I am forever grateful for him.
The bike accident changed my life and directed me on a course to becoming a dental hygienist. I know I talk about this a lot, but it is who I am. I love what I do and when I hear someone complain about the profession my heart just sinks that they don’t get as much joy as I do in helping others. This profession is an amazing career.
The last year I stepped away from clinical because my team at DentalPost has grown and they need me fully committed. My twin girls, now fourteen, need more attention. Balance is the key to being happy and knowing when to shift. I have held on as long as I can and now it’s time with no doubts.
We now have almost 750,000 people registered on DentalPost. We have 39,000 dentists using our site to make a better hire using data obtained through personality matches, core value assessments and culture assessments to make a better fit. We dental professionals now understand ourselves better and make a better match with employers. When we pair the right professional with the right employee, everyone is happier.
My passion and heart belongs in dentistry and helping people. I plan to keep my toes in the water still temping occasionally. For now, I will shift to help our dental profession on a bigger scale. We are dedicated to helping you find a job to put food on the table, pay your bills, buy that car of your dreams, and go on that vacation with the kids. Helping you find that right team member that fits in and helps take care of your patients is our mission.
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