Category Archives: Leadership

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 »

‘Be careful not to drown’: A simple reminder on our responsibilities as dentists

During the last year, we have been swamped with the preparations for our newly built office in San Antonio. Various office design concepts, construction details, OSHA compliance requirements, and numerous systems to improve patient flow and comfort have been our everyday issues these days. This is a dream come true! We have been planning for this major step… 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 »

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 »

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 »

New dentists can change dentistry

Young people are the heart of society. They are the leaders and architect of the future in any field and the more important the field they lead, the higher their responsibilities are. There is no doubt that today’s dentistry does not look the same as it did 50 years ago, and our generation faces more challenges than previous… Read More »