Category Archives: After Dental School

Everyone Matters: Seeking leadership diversity in organized dentistry

It has been a long but fulfilling 10 years of hard work in organized dentistry – or “dental-land,” as I like to affectionally call it. I often talk about losing my community of colleagues and friends once dental school graduation happened, and how my work in the associations has brought me a new community. They are the support… Read More »

Is residency worth it?

In my senior year of dental school, I was at a crossroad between pursuing a year of general residency and job opportunities. The opportunities were attractive positions that promised continuing education and a competitive salary. Despite the heavy recruitment efforts, I decided to forgo another year of income to pursue an advanced education in general dentistry program. Like… Read More »

Making the case for the simple case

When I graduated from Tufts University School of Dentistry in 2010, some of the requirements to graduate were, as far as I can remember, doing 25 restorations, 10 crowns, and three arches of dentures. I met those requirements – right on the nose, no more, and obviously not less. My first experience in private practice was working one… Read More »

I wish I had this financial guidance

I graduated with a lot of educational debt. It was stressful. Now as a new dentist 6 years out of school, I am excited to help bring some guidance from financial experts who are addressing the challenges new dentists face. Join me on Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. CT while I sit down with financial experts to… Read More »

Let’s talk transitions: From clinical work to academia

New dentists have had it rough this past year, am I right? Not to negate the struggles of ALL dentists, but those of us who are under five years in practice probably never envisioned a global pandemic drastically affecting our career goals. Job security felt like it was at an all-time low for us, with even some established… Read More »

It’s not about the price, it’s about the experience

Almost every business owner would agree – growth is essential. Without new customers, a business cannot grow. As a private practice owner and pediatric dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, Virginia, I am intimately aware of just how important and necessary new patients are. But with a dentist at every corner, I find myself asking what are… Read More »