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Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us. I love and dread this season at the same time. Read more

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President’s Message

The need to stand together to help our fellow dentists became evident
this past September when Hurricane Harvey blew on to our Texas coast. Read more

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President’s Message September 2017

I hope that everyone has had a chance to travel this summer. I am not talking about a trip to the beach, river, or mountains. Read more

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President’s Message August 2017

It’s summer in Austin. This means sun, water, and fun! CADS celebrated the sunny season with a social event at Dr. Dale Gallagher’s house. CADS members spent the evening socializing to a backdrop of Lake Travis and the sounds of the band Swimming With Bears. Read more

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Why I Became a CADS Member

It has been 10 years since I moved to Austin and became a part of CADS. I now think of it as my dental family and have felt welcomed from the start. Read more

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President’s Message May 2017

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President’s Message March 2017

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The Power of Mentorship

Every year, approximately 5,200 dental students graduate from 66 programs across the country.  Some enter residencies, others join family members in their practices, and handful commit to community health programs.  Of course, many enter the general dental workforce as part one of the various models available, ready to take on the world.  We all remember that feeling on graduation day, basking in the accomplishment of surviving the rigors of dental school, and gaining a doctorate in one of the world’s great professions.

However, the first year out can often be quite humbling.  We realize quickly that we don’t have all the answers, and that there is a lot more to practicing dentistry than what we learned in those four fast years.  This is not to diminish the efforts of our faculty, but there is only so much you can pack into two years of classes, and two years of supervised practice.  Most of us graduate with little knowledge of practice management, investing, budgeting, human resources, taxes, and of course the insurance industry.  There is also the incredible amount of advanced clinical skills and knowledge required to practice at a high level, which takes years to acquire and refine.  

It is my firm belief that the majority of those in our profession are committed to excellence at their craft, no matter the practice model or specialty.  We all feel the unique satisfaction of healing our patients, many of whom choose us to be their doctor for the rest of their life.  Dentistry is a truly special field, one in which we still have the ability to develop genuine relationships with our patients and staff, while being able to enjoy evenings and weekends with our friends and families.  

That being said, none of us can achieve our goals alone.  This takes a lifetime of learning from our teachers and mentors, who pass along their knowledge and skills acquired from a combination of their own experience and information gleaned from their own predecessors.  These people may be instructors in residencies & continuums, community leaders, colleagues, or even those non-doctors who have supported the dental industry.  We can make some progress on our own, but it is through sharing ideas and staying humble students that we can really thrive as practitioners.  

Here at the Capital Area Dental Society, we are working on facilitating these relationships within our new Mentorship Program.  We have developed a section within our website devoted to this program, with volunteer mentor profiles and contact information available to all members looking for guidance.  Additionally, we will be organizing various events in the coming years to allow for face-to-face interaction among members who are hoping to learn and share knowledge with their colleagues.  I encourage all those interested in becoming a part of this new initiative to attend the first Mentorship Mixer of 2017, which will be held on March 23rd at the Flying Saucer.  Thank you to all those mentors out there who give back to those who are still finding their way, and for those who are in need of that guidance – please reach out to the Society, we are all in this together!

By Matthew J. Heck, DDS
CADS President, 2016-2017

 

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President’s Message February 2017

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President’s Message January 2017

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Giving Thanks

As we move past the Holiday Season, I think it’s important for us to pause and appreciate all that we have.  While there are many differences between our members (which is part of what makes our Society so strong), there are some universal influences that we all share:

Our Families – We all have people in our lives that share our blood and are the foundation for everything we do.  Through all of the hustle and bustle of professional life, let’s all remember that when it’s all said and done, these are the people who matter the most.

Our Friends – While we all love our families, our friends are the balancing influence that keeps us grounded.  We lean on them, laugh with them, and share countless memories with them.  Without our friends, our lives would be incomplete.

Our Home – We are so fortunate to be living in a city like Austin.  This place is so physically, culturally, and financially healthy.  Most of us are also very proud to be Texan, and of course we are blessed to live in the greatest country on the planet (despite the recent political circus!).

Our Practice – Whatever model you work in, the opportunity to be a healer every day is so fulfilling.  We are so fortunate to be practicing in a field that allows us so much reward, and yet also gives us the time to be with friends and family.

Our Staff – These people are the engine that keeps us moving.  They enable us to practice in this incredible field, and without them we would not be able to treat our patients.  Remember to tell your staff how much they are appreciated (frequently!).

Our Mentors – We have all gone in many different directions within dentistry, but certainly all have those who have significantly influenced the way we practice.  Let these people know how much they have meant to you and your career.

Our Patients – This may be the most unique relationship we have with anyone in our lives.  In the words of our friend and fellow Austinite Dr. Simon Garza, “this relationship should be cherished”.  Our patients are our lifeblood, and it is such a privilege to be caring for them.  I hope we all work hard to develop this relationship into one based on trust and honesty, and thank them regularly for the opportunity to be their doctor.

From all of us at the Capital Area Dental Society, thank you all for being a part of our organization.  Here’s to a fantastic New Year!

By Matthew J. Heck, DDS
CADS President, 2016-2017

 

 

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