Category Archives: Community Outreach

The only wrong answer

A police officer has never asked me to step out of my car. . . That is a truth for me that, in 31 years as a white American male, I’ve never thought twice about until now. It has just always been another part of my life that was unquestionably. . .normal. Normal because I grew up in… Read More »

In response to civil unrest, ask yourself the hard questions

A couple days after the brutal killing of George Floyd, I was watching the world news with my mother and I said to her, “If Grandma Vi was still alive today, I wonder what she would say about everything going on?” And my mother replied, “She wouldn’t be surprised because she lived through the Jim Crow South and… Read More »

Q&A: Discussing protests, supporting black community as dentists

The past few weeks have been challenging. Many dentists went back to work after a tough two month-break, dealing with PPP loans, concerned team members, and (shortage of) PPE availability. Dentistry began to appear bleak to a lot of us. Then, came the death of George Floyd that shook us to our core. Those of us living in… Read More »

Pride 50th anniversary: Five ways you can be a better ally dentist

At 1:20 a.m. on June 28, 1969, eight policemen arrived at the Stonewall Inn and announced “Police! We’re taking the place!” At the time, police raids at gay bars were nothing new — for years, the police would overtake queer establishments to make arrests, extort money, and blackmail LGBTQ+ individuals seeking safe spaces, but this time was different.… Read More »

‘Weird but familiar’: Back to practicing full time

It was May 8, my first day back to work full time after Florida lifted the mandatory emergency only dental order put in place mid-March. I felt strangely nervous to be back, even though I had been rotating in for emergency services for the past six weeks. However, we only had four people in the office, and getting… Read More »

The unique impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ community

In a matter of several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on the way we interact with each other. With fear and unanswered questions, the world has been forced to take a deep look into the way our political and healthcare systems work. Throughout history, the LGBTQ+ community has always been disproportionately affected during changes… Read More »