There’s an interesting cultural phenomenon that happens in dentistry, and I wonder if it happens in other fields. There is an unspoken rule that we all have to love our jobs and have to constantly show the rest of the world how happy and successful we are. It’s a lot of pressure, especially when some … More Can Coming Out of the Closet Change the World?
With so many great holidays to celebrate this time of year, there is one holiday in the bunch that will forever be my favorite– my anniversary! It’s the anniversary of my farewell from a high intensity career in dentistry. It has been 4 years, and it is so hard to believe that so much time … More Can’t Buy Me Love or Happiness
This week I’m lucky to get to share some words of wisdom from the wonderful woman who had a huge role in helping me leave an unhappy career over two years ago. I know like many of you, I’m really hard on myself when I make a mistake, so it always helps to remember the … More Treat Yourself as You Treat Others
When you envision yourself years from now looking back on your life, what do you see? Do you see a life well-lived, or are you filled with regrets? In the book The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, author, Bronnie Ware, explores this very subject. As a palliative … More No Regrets
We’ve all heard that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, right? How do you turn the things you love into a career? I mean, I love food. I love eating. I love being healthy. I love sharing all of that with others. But how do you turn … More My Plan B… or is This C?
Back in March my blogging friend, Carrie, wrote a post titled The Great Dental Hoax: Why Twice a Year Cleanings Mean Nothing. Wow, what a compelling title! Did she know some secret that I’ve been missing all these years? I have to say that after reading her post, I was left speechless, digesting all that … More Challenging “The Great Dental Hoax: Why Twice a Year Cleanings Mean Nothing”
Most people are shocked to find out that as a dentist I’m a total germaphobe. They often ask, “how can you be in people’s mouths all day long if you hate germs?” Hmm, good point! Well, I’m not a dentist anymore, but if I were, remember that our whole existence as dentists is to fight … More 7 Tips for the Germaphobic Traveler
In recent decades the health care culture has changed from what it once was. It used to be one in which the doctor was the authority, and all of his patients blindly trusted his word. Now the culture has switched to one where we as patients have become independent thinkers. We have realized the need to … More How Much Do You Really Want Your Patients to Know?
Guess what time it is? Time for another guest post! My friend over at Brush or Die (don’t you think that’s a little dramatic, buddy?) invited me to share a few thoughts on his site. He is starting dental school this fall, so we decided that in honor of that, I would share some of … More Is Dental School Right For You?
For years I ignored the fact that I was unhappy practicing dentistry. A few times in my decade of practice, I seriously considered getting out. But each time, I convinced myself to stay. My biggest excuse was the economy. As luck would have it, right when I concluded I wanted to change, things started to … More 10 Signs You Need a New Job