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Personal Finance Books for Dental Students/New Dentists

One of the best things about graduating dental school is finally having time to read for pleasure again! Recently, I have been devouring books on personal finance. Seriously, they're addicting! 🤓 I have provided a synopsis of these books below, extracting the gems for you to takeaway! If you're a bookworm like me, be sure…

Dental Anxiety: More Than Meets the Eye

Treating anxious patients is a daily norm in dentistry. I sometimes joke that I’m half dentist, half therapist. (Speaking of therapy, see my post on Motivational Interviewing for enhanced patient communication). But in all honesty, a large portion of our patients is terrified of the dentist! I have come to learn that different patients have…

Why I Left Corporate Dentistry

A long overdue update! I recently left my corporate dental (DSO) job for private practice. For those considering corporate (or considering an office transition), here is some insight into my decision: Background: I was an associate dentist for a large, national DSO. This was my first job after graduating dental school. I helped open a…

The Dos and Don’ts of Observing

We recently hosted two student observers in our dental office. It was a surreal experience to come full circle! I remember observing my mentor (Dr. Stephen O’Brien) chair-side in 2012, praying that I had what it took to gain admission into dental school. Now, I am hosting student observers myself! Having been in the shoes…

Managing Pediatric Patients

Today's post is all about managing pediatric patients! Some of my colleagues love PEDS, while others admit that treating children is not their cup of tea. Personally, squirmy patients with high pulp horns aren't my favorite! 😜 BUT, PEDS rotations are a dental school requirement, and treating pediatric patients can be a great practice builder.…

Motivational Interviewing

Today's blog post features my favorite interviewee yet...my younger brother, Jason! Jason is currently studying at Liberty University's Clinical Mental Health Program to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). He is super passionate about counseling, and has the most empathetic heart. Jason's future patients are fortunate to have his expert guidance. ❤️ What…

Dental Dish 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Cocofloss: My FAVORITE (especially, the coconut scent)! Receive 20% off your first order with code DENTALDISH20.Moon Stain Prevention Teeth Wipes: Reduce surface stains after indulging in holiday coffee/tea/wine. Tooth Fairy Pillows: The best dental aunts/uncles gift tooth fairy pillows!Titans of Dentistry: Titans will undoubtedly get you pumped for life after dental school (there is such…

The Associateship Rollercoaster

Well, here I am! In the midst of a global pandemic, searching for an associate dentist position! 🙃 In all seriousness, my search for an associateship was nothing like I envisioned. For starters, it takes a LONG TIME to be fully licensed and registered. I completed my CDCA board exam on 7/2/2020 and was first eligible to…