I flew head-first – quite literally – into my love of dentistry and, ultimately, my long-time career as a hygienist. At the age of eight, I knocked out my permanent tooth and fractured my upper anteriors in a bad bike accident. A dental team took excellent care of me at the ER. Dr. Busch from Gainesville, Georgia implanted tooth #8 back in my mouth after it had been knocked out for hours. I kept tooth #8 for 18 years after implantation! That bike accident changed my life and directed me on a course to becoming a dental hygienist. I knew I wanted to help people in the same way that my dentist helped me.
About ten years after graduating from dental hygiene school I knew I wanted to start a family, but I had a struggle with infertility. I needed more flexibility in my schedule for fertility doctor visits. So, I started temping in offices all over Atlanta. This gave me little control over my schedule. I began to see there needed to be a better way for us to connect as dental professionals. I created a simple website called DentalPost, which has evolved over the years.
I continued working as a hygienist as long as I could while building DentalPost because I loved my job and patients. It was only last year that I turned in my notice to my dental office. The decision to leave was not easy. I cried five times writing the letter to my dentist after 13 years of working side-by-side. Still today, I miss it so much. 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.
My passion and heart belong in dentistry and helping people. The profession has given me so much that money cannot buy, and I’m grateful to be able to keep giving back to the dental community on an even bigger scale through DentalPost. We now have 39,000 dental offices 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. When we pair the right professional with the right employee, everyone is happier.
I am forever grateful for the accident that set me on my path in the dental profession, and the journey that has followed. I celebrate my dental hygiene “family” this month and every month, and maintain my commitment to helping improve the lives of my colleagues in the field – from helping find jobs 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 my mission.
Posted August 16, 2019
Cosmetic dentistry popularity is on the rise again. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), 96 percent of U.S. laborers feel a beautiful smile is very or somewhat important to your appearance. Psychology experts also suggest that nice smiles create trust, reduce stress, and helps us live a […]
Posted August 16, 2019
tick, tick, tick… Pop quiz for employers, when’s the next time you have a team member going away on vacation? Looking at the calendar, it’s probably Labor Day. You aren’t alone. Roughly 25% of Americans plan to be out of town for Labor Day. Check-in with your staff Always the first Monday in September, almost every […]
Posted August 07, 2019
Something feels different in the office. It’s hard to describe. The patients are happy, no complaints. The schedule is full, revenue is strong. Internal conflicts among staff are at a minimum. In fact, things are working so well that you’re answering fewer staff questions and requests. These are the situations we all work hard to […]