Category Archives: Community Outreach

Consider doing more this Black History Month

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog after the death of George Floyd. In it I talked about wondering what my great grandmother, who lived to be 92 and died in 1997 would have thought of what has come to be generally accepted as his killing by the police, and I extrapolated that to how she… Read More »

With patients, meet them where they are

As the saying from my previous article goes: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This quote was more evident in how I treat patients. More than a patient, I treat them as family members. I enjoy coming into work with a… Read More »

From Google University to Facebook Dental School: Are we too dependent on instant internet knowledge?

When I was preparing to start my practice in 2008, Facebook was just in its toddler stage. I started with a basic profile and I shared some family photos. I searched for, and found some long-lost friends from childhood. To me, Facebook was merely a channel to share my personal life with a small trusted circle of friends; a place to… Read More »

Dentist or therapist? In our profession, compassion is an inescapable part of our job

For most of us, the reasons behind becoming dentists are fairly common across the board:  we like working with our hands; we like creating beautiful smiles; we wanted to own our own business (for the business owners of the group); and the catch all, we wanted to help people. For those of us who didn’t grown up in… Read More »

A reflection during a pandemic

My name is Dr. Peter Markov and I am a pediatric dentist and the owner of VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, Virginia. I shut down my practice for three and a half months starting in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing during my dental school education, pediatric dentistry residency, or private practice experience could have prepared me for… Read More »

The power of care calls during uncertain times

I remember the transition I went through after I purchased my dental practice. That was a time of uncertainty for patients of the practice because, well, they just didn’t know what they were getting. Who was this new guy taking over the office? Through the first few weeks of my transition, my team updated me on the many… Read More »