Category Archives: Health

‘Dental Olympians’: Moving forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato As I watch the New Year’s Eve ball dropped, I embraced the memories of 2019 and waited for the year to end in hopes that 2020 will be even better. But no one could have predicted what the past six months have been like from… Read More »

Hitting the pause, reset buttons during COVID-19

When COVID-19 emerged as a global threat, we learned very quickly that now is not the time to sit back and wait for direction but to use our own resources and internal compasses to guide us in making difficult decisions. We realized we were all learning as we go, so to speak. There was no time to gather… Read More »

Uncharted times: First week of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic

What if I told you that I had lived a lifetime in one week — would you believe me? As of May 17, there are forty states open for dentistry in the United States. Last week, my home state of Nevada reopened dentistry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After a six-week pause, we were able to open our doors.… 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 »

Moving forward in the age of COVID-19

This is weird. Do you remember when your biggest frustration used to be getting the perfect contact for that class 2 restoration? Many weeks into COVID-19, we still find ourselves in the upside down with a brand-new vocabulary of “social distancing” and “shelter in place,” and my mom asking me about PPE. The industry ramifications and impacts continue… Read More »

Implementing new safety measures before reopening our dental practices

When I put finger to keyboard three weeks ago I was sitting in my office after having seen an emergency patient at one of my company’s two Federally Qualified Health Center clinics in central Indiana. Two days later we decided to close that location and only see patients at the larger of the two clinics and cut back… Read More »