When I graduated from dental school and established my private practice in 1978, it didn’t take me long to realize that I really didn’t know very much at all. Just keeping up with developments in materials and technology was a daunting task, let alone the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about running a business!Fortunately, I have grown professionally in both clinical and managerial skills through the years. That growth is largely due to two outstanding organizations whose focus is on continuing education: the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
I first attended the Hinman meeting in 1976 as a junior dental student serving as a volunteer projectionist. I haven’t missed a meeting since. Through Hinman, with its reputation for excellence, I have had the opportunity to learn from the best and the brightest in the dental field.
In 1984 I made the financial and professional commitment to join the AGD and work toward Fellowship. That five-year journey was so beneficial and meaningful that I joined a ‘fast-track’ to Mastership and received that designation in 1994. Learning new clinical techniques and then performing, photographing, and presenting the results to my peers was an incredibly valuable experience, which contributed to my overall confidence in my ability to care for my patients. In 2011 I was honored to receive the Life-Long Learning and Service Recognition from the Academy.
Much of who I am and what I’ve been able to offer my patients diagnostically and clinically is the direct result of continuing education. It is my belief that, as health care professionals, we are obligated to remain current in our knowledge and skills. Investing in continuing education throughout your career is the key to both professional and personal success.
Posted October 09, 2019
No business is an island, and no dental practice can be successful without the right help. If you’re running a dental office, you need to make sure to cultivate certain relationships. Below are four professional relationships that every dental office needs to maintain. Marketing Professionals Marketing is the lifeblood of any business. Having connections in […]
Posted October 07, 2019
Have you ever called a company’s support number only to find yourself stuck navigating dial pad responses and arguing with a robot? These days, getting a real person on the phone at a business is nearly unheard of. Automated phone services, AI messaging, and other prerecorded voice systems have replaced traditional customer service portals. There’s […]
Posted October 04, 2019
It’s that time of year again – yes, it’s Dental Hygiene Month! For me, it’s an opportunity to reflect on my journey in the dental industry that began 25 years ago, when I first practiced as a registered dental hygienist. My mission of providing the best possible patient care has intensified over the years, and […]