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President’s Message September 2016

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Kickoff!

September brings new beginnings for many of us.  Students return to school, the next round of new dentists enter the workforce, and many of us get to catch our breath after busy summers at work.  Fall activities get underway in many organizations, including our own, as we build new relationships and discover new ideas in various seminars and conferences.

If you’re a sports nut like I am, however, it also means the start of football season.  It is a time when hope springs eternal and everyone has a chance.  There is optimism and excitement among the teams and their fans, no matter what happened the year before.  Of course, reality checks us all throughout the season, but the excitement and thrill of our uniquely American sport is without equal.

In my practice, I use football analogies constantly.  While this undoubtedly is influenced by my own affection for the sport, it is also because there are many applications to the values learned and organizational structure of the team.  Here are few that you may find useful in your day to day conversation with your patients or staff:

  1. “I’m like the quarterback, and our specialists are the receivers.”  I use this often to help patients understand that our goal is to get them healthy (in the end zone), and this often cannot be accomplished without the help of a talented team.  Of course, in this analogy, the patient is the football!
  2. “Football is a game of inches, and dentistry is a game of microns.”  Patients sometimes have a hard time understanding why a small open margin could mean failure of a restoration, or how a tiny radiolucency can turn into an ER visit if not attended to.  This helps me put our small world into perspective for my patients.
  3. “We’re going to have to call an audible here.”  This can be helpful when explaining to a patient that treatment will have to be changed mid-procedure.  There are many variables in dentistry, some out of our control, which can require the plan to be altered at a moment’s notice in order to achieve the desired result.
  4. “I’m the head coach, and ultimately the one who is responsible.”  I find this to be very helpful with patients and staff.  When a case is not going as planned or there is a failure in systems, I think it is important for the patient to know that as the leader of the practice it is on me to take ownership of the problem, and take the steps necessary to fix it.  The same goes for missed assignments or mistakes made by the staff – although everyone may know who did it, I make a point to never single out the individual, and try to use it as an opportunity for the team to learn together.  As a football fan, there is nothing more aggravating than watching a coach throw one of their players under the bus for making crucial errors in a game.  As the leader, the onus of responsibility lies with us to get the job done.

I hope some of you can find use in these few examples in your daily practice, and of course, here’s to a great football season!

Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do. 

Attitude determines how well you do it.”   –Lou Holtz

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

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President’s Message August 2016

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Leading the Way

As I have become more active in organized dentistry, the one thing I continue to hear is: “How does CADS continue to have such great success?” To be honest, the Capital Area Dental Society is looked upon as a component society to emulate across the country. Our leadership across the Board is innovative and energetic, and it shows in every function they execute. Between the networking events put on by the Membership Committee, socials organized by the New Dentist Committee, regulatory efforts of the Legislative Committee, excellent speakers brought in for the General Meetings, and the incredible work done by CADF, our local society is truly leading the way as a grassroots organization. However, as I wrote in the July STAR article, the key to long-term success in any association is keeping a healthy balance of dedication of current best practices, and staying open to new ideas.
I would argue that the city of Austin reflects that concept perfectly. The core of what makes Austin, live music, valuing small businesses, progressive attitudes, keeping it weird, healthy living, excellent higher education – all of these are still alive and well as they have been for many decades. Our city has also been at the forefront of new technology, startup businesses, and growth of many industries that have kept it relevant and healthy. We believe that if CADS is going to continue to lead the way as a strong Society, we need to imitate this same balance. Our leadership is committed to maintaining the practices that has kept CADS a vibrant organization, but is also aware that members are looking for more value in today’s changing landscape.
After extensive effort and research, CADS has come to the conclusion that there are two areas our members would like to see more from us: mentorship and education. Of course, there are many opportunities currently in place for our members to network, but there are admittedly limited venues provided by CADS to foster mentoring relationships. Our focus this year will be to grow a program that facilitates these connections, primarily through forums on the CADS website and by enhancing our networking events. We all know that one of the most important benefits of membership in our organization is in the friendships we make here, and that includes those that are based on the sharing of experienced knowledge with those who are eager to learn.
The other area that we will focus on strengthening this year is in the education program. While CADS currently offers world class lectures at our General Meetings, these are short programs that are limited in their content due to time constraints and format. The response to this challenge will be twofold: implementation of CADS Study Clubs, and establishing an annual CE Meeting for the Capital Area. While there are some excellent study clubs across the Austin area, many of our members stated that the cost and location of these clubs were prohibitive. Our goal is to establish multiple, regional study clubs that are offered at a low cost to CADS members. We believe that this will offer a unique opportunity for members to collaborate and learn with each other, in a convenient and affordable venue.
We are all aware of the excellent Continuing Education Conferences held in San Antonio (TDA), Dallas (Southwest Dental Conference), and Houston (Star of the South). As Austin continues to grow rapidly, the need for a similar event is becoming more apparent. Our intent is to create a program that centers on a singular topic, and focuses on attracting high profile speakers. We anticipate that this conference, as well as the Study Clubs, become annual events that our members can count on every year.

Look to our various media outlets for further details on these new programs in the coming months. Thank you all for your continued support!

By Matthew J. Heck, DDS

CADS President, 2016-2017

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President’s Message July 2016

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Exploration vs. Exploitation

Dr. James Mach, former professor of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, is best known for his work in organizational decision making.  His theory focuses on the notion that true success in any organization lies in a balance between exploration of new ideas and exploitation of proven principles.  Too much or little of either, he argues, can be catastrophic for a business or association.  When a group engages in exploration, there is an element of risk, but ultimately of high long-term reward if that effort is fruitful.  Conversely, exploitation of established practices can lead to increased short-term efficiency and better execution, but without adequate innovation there is the potential to become stagnant and therefore irrelevant.  Examples of companies that have thrived in this balance are Apple and Amazon, both of which have maintained their core identity but have embraced change to remain at the forefront of their respective markets.

This idea can clearly be applied to our clinical practices.  There are established principles in dentistry that must be adhered to within any case, including healthy joints, good occlusion, elimination of disease, proven materials, and sound technique.  Most would agree that those goals are essential to long-term clinical success, and have been established for decades.  What is not agreed upon, however, is how to achieve those goals.  There are many schools of thought regarding the best methods to achieve stable joints, what designates a solid occlusal scheme, how to eradicate periodontal pathology and caries, and of course what materials and methods are used to accomplish them.

If Dr. Mach was to analyze our practices, I believe he would suggest that we attempt to find equilibrium between the core tenants of traditional dentistry, and the many incredible advancements that are being made in dental materials and technology.  Too much reliance on the past can lead to a lack of efficiency and limit services we can offer to our patients, but many of those established principles are still crucial and cannot be ignored.  Excessive dependence on new products and techniques can lead to a sacrifice in quality in the name of innovation, but with proper utilization they can also provide drastic increases in clinical competence and productivity.

This theory of organizational decision making is also essential to our Association.  The ADA has devoted substantial resources to maintaining the relevance and vitality of the Association.  Much effort has been focused on membership value, which at the national and state levels is mostly manifested through policy.  It is crucial that our leadership at the ADA and TDA continue to fight for the integrity of our profession, as they have for many years, but it is also critical that those same leaders are advocates for those affected by new challenges that we are all aware of in our field.  The hope is that these continued efforts will not only give a voice to our members, but also allow them to provide the best care possible in an optimal environment for their patients.

At the local level, we at CADS are also working diligently to support our professional community and improve our own component organization.  This Dental Society has been in place for decades, and has always been looked upon as one of the best in the country.  The experience and knowledge at CADS is phenomenal, which has allowed us to provide sustainable benefits to our members that they can regularly experience.  However, we also have had an influx of new leaders and ideas, increasing our opportunities for member networking, continuing education, technological advancement, and charitable dentistry.  The CADS Board is committed to standing by the principles & practices that have made our Society so strong, and promise to be proactive in response to the needs of our members.  Thank you all for your support, and enjoy your summer!

By Matthew J. Heck, DDS

CADS President, 2016-2017

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President’s Message June 2016

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State of the Union 

“Organized Dentistry.”  What does that idea mean to you?  Why do we need it?  What value does it bring to our profession?

Those are the questions that every dentist faces when posed with the choice of staying involved, or leaving the organization.  Most of you reading this newsletter likely have, at least to this point, decided that it is still worth staying involved.  However, the data shows that the trend is not positive for Organized Dentistry: we are losing membership.  Not just in percentage of total doctors, but for the first time in Texas this past year, we are declining in numbers.  Although the total number of members continued to climb until 2015, which was primarily due to the large increase in population, the percentage was steadily declining.  Now, the data is sobering: we are at 57% market share, with the percentage & total number of members gradually declining despite the influx of new dentists to Texas.

This is an incredibly alarming trend for those of us who feel that it is critical for us to stick together and stay organized in the face of many growing challenges to the integrity and autonomy of our profession.  It is my firm belief that if the organization we belong to becomes insignificant, we will lose control of the way we practice dentistry.  Look at the current trends in medicine: managed care companies dominate reimbursements and dictate treatments, physicians are severely overworked and unable to give personal attention to their patients, and yet despite recent federal efforts there is still a severe lack of access to care.  Now let’s examine the trends in Organized Medicine: In the 1950’s, the percentage of physicians that were active members of the AMA was at 75%.  Now, it has dropped to a meager 15%.  Most agree that their lack of cohesive voice has contributed to recent trends in medical practice.

So why does this drop-off continue to occur in dentistry, despite the correlation between lack of organization and decline in successful outcomes as we see in other health professions?  The answer given in most surveys: lack of perceived personal value.  Potential members look at that renewal form, and think:  “Why am I doing this?  What tangible benefit does this really bring to me?”  Sure, most dentists appreciate the advocacy and programs made possible by the ADA, but many know that this effort will continue (at least for now) without their membership.  It is no longer a given that most of our doctors contribute to our cause, in fact the fight for their support is harder now than ever.

With all of that being said, there is still reason for optimism.  The TDA and ADA are hard at work for our profession at the state and federal level, running a multitude of programs that allow us to continue to practice freely and give the best care to our patients.  It is our belief at the Capital Area Dental Society that our role at the local level is to provide more of the personal member value that our current and potential members are looking for.

How are we planning on doing this?  By listening and responding to the requests of our colleagues.  This past year, due to the hard work of the CADS Membership Committee, a survey was conducted to address this topic.  The feedback we received was incredibly valuable, and we plan to use that information to improve many of our current systems, as well as to create a series of new programs that will give our members new opportunities to network and learn with each other.  We believe that these new initiatives will significantly enhance our membership value, and when combined with the many existing functions and programs in place within CADS, we can provide a truly unique experience for our members.  Stay tuned to the August STAR for further information on these exciting new programs!

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

 

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President’s Message May 2016

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This Is Where We Begin

The end.  This year has been one of incredible growth for me and I have been privileged to serve as your President.  It has been our board’s goal to create a must-have membership for you.  What does that mean?  That we provide you, our amazing dentists, with what you ask for.  In our surveys and speaking to our members we know that opportunities for volunteerism, networking, social events and more local study groups are what you are hungering for.  And we have answered.

Let us reflect on these past 12 months.  We kicked off last summer with the New Dentist annual boat party.  It was a great time that reminded me dentists really know how to have good time.  Other new dentist events such as the pub crawl and UT basketball game are reasons alone to be members of CADS.  It’s not all fun though as we know it is important to help foster young dentists in their career.  The practice management round-table and the Wine and Wisdom events allow younger dentists opportunities to ask questions and develop their resources and network.  We so appreciate our newer members like Dr. Kacie Stair, Dr. Lacey Ferguson, and Dr. Amy Nguyen who are getting involved in our community.

On behalf of our community we fought to keep fluoride in Austin’s water supply.  Thank you Dr. Matt Heck and other supporters for joining me in front of the city council.  It is important to be an activist and to stop being a by-stander.  Change only happens when you make your voice heard!

Other members on our board have had your political backs.  We work with the TDA to give input and advocate on behalf of you and all of our patients so that we can provide the best and safest dental care.  Thank you to Dr. Jeran Hooten, Dr. Mark Peppard, Dr. Alan Moore, Dr. Lance Sanders and Dr. Ensy Atarod for being so active in the legislative process.  It is vital to support DENPAC which advocate on dentists behalf, protecting our freedoms and rights as healthcare providers.  This should be especially important to younger dentists since they have to look at practicing for the next 30 years.  Dr. Kelly Keith and Dr. Jonathon Kimes can help you get involved or simply donate in support of your profession.

Dr. Kent Macaulay and Dr. Kavin Kelp are on the board of the Capital Area Dental Foundation and have worked with CADS in supporting the donated service programs like Goodwill and HAAM.  Fundraising events like the CADF golf classic and the CADF Round Up & Gala are great social events that support these patients in need.  Either volunteering with CADF or just having a wildly good time you too can contribute!

Behind the curtains, our webmaster Dr. Trisha Kimes has spent countless (unpaid) hours further developing our website so that it is user-friendly, esthetic, functional and can support our future endeavors such as a HIPPA compliant chat room where dentists can discuss cases both hypothetical and real.  We have saved you time by now providing on-line registration for meetings and other events!

We appreciate our members and to show that, we organize an annual new member dinner and membership appreciation picnic.  Legacy is important in every culture and this year we honored our members that have been with us for over 50 years.

This 2015-2016 Capital Area Dental Society board has you, our members, in the forefront of our minds.  We give of our time and energy to create a tight-knit dental community that can be the foundation of professional growth by creating opportunities for volunteerism, mentorship, education, advocacy and friendship.  This is our goal.  This is where we begin.

By Elyse Cronin Barron, DDS
CADS President, 2015-2016

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President’s Message April 2016

 

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April is going to be a fantastic month for the Capital Area Dental Society.  You have two opportunities to visit with old friends, forge friendships and expand your circle.

Who is looking forward to the Foundation’s Gala this year?  All of you should be raising your hands wildly. I have a strong suspicion that the “Boots and Bling” will bring some faces and some giving that will top all previous years.  Just yesterday in a Bible study group we were talking about giving.  Looking at what I just wrote this is what our dental society and the foundation is doing for you.  April 16th is the night to give (and have a night out)!

April 23rd is the CADS Membership Appreciation picnic.  It will again be held at the Zilker Polo Picnic Tables with Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ catering the event.  Please bring your families.  It is often challenging to balance work and family life.  There never seems to be enough time in the day.  The kids will have a blast with the jump houses, games and face painting.  Feel free to bring any other activities you would enjoy!

Cheers to reminiscing and cheers to making new memories!

 

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President’s Message March 2016

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Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air.  Smell the flowers and grass waking up from the winter slumber.  Cedar is leaving and it is a beautiful time here in Austin, Texas.  The weather is perfect and it’s time to enjoy our not-so-quaint anymore but definitely quirky city.

Zilker Park Kite Festival March 6th

Start by going out to the Zilker Park Kite Festival!  What child (or adult) doesn’t enjoy kite flying?  Or at least watch the kites.  I have never been very successful at piloting my own but I love to lay on a blanket and watch them dance and dive.  It is the nation’s oldest kite festival and features hundreds of kites in the air and is free to attend for people of all ages; complete with kite flying contests, food, games and more.

SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival March 11-20th

The Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media.  We are all influenced by media, music and film.  Why not go check out what is at the forefront in our own backyard?

Rodeo Austin is Where Weird Meets Western 

Events start as early as the first weekend in March.  The cowboy breakfast at the Long Center is March 4th and features pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, and live music.  Fun for all ages and fun for free!  There will also be a new event, BBQ Austin, which is scheduled for March 4th and 5th at the Fairgrounds.  The BBQ teams will be competing and as usual the public is invited to sample the mouthwatering food.  The Rodeo itself extends from two weeks around spring break from March 12th through the 16th.  Come watch the rodeo events, concerts and livestock shows!

Capitol 10K April 10th

Run from Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores with your fellow Austinites in this classic romp through our city.  It is Texas’ largest 10K race that brings not only neighbors out but runners from all over the country.  Lace up those trendy minimalist shoes and come for a run!

CADF Gala April 16th 

Bring out your Boots and Bling on April 16th for the Capital Area Dental Foundation’s Round Up and Gala.  Not only will you be supporting the patients but also appreciating the volunteers who give of their time to help raise the oral health of our fair city.  Dale Watson and his Lone Stars will be playing and who can resist a fun casino night.  See y’all there!

CADS Family Fun Picnic April 23rd

April 23rd is the much anticipated date for our Family Fun Picnic at Zilker.  There will be jump houses, face painting, games and food!  Come out and meet some new friends or reconnect with old ones.  Play with your kids and socialize at the same time.  Pretty awesome multitasking for working parents!  More information and updates to come so keep an eye on your CADS weekly update email.

TMOM May 20th-21st Fort Worth, TX

What is a TMOM?  An amazing opportunity to serve and volunteer.  TMOM, or Texas Mission of Mercy is a mobile dental clinic that travels around the state providing basic dental care, free of charge to uninsured Texans.  These events occur all throughout the year in different areas around Texas but this is the next one!  New Dentists interesting in getting a group together please contact Kacie Stair.

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By Elyse Cronin Barron, DDS
CADS President, 2015-2016

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President’s Message February 2016

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

So February is the month of love… or at least of chocolates and roses.  It is also Black History Month, American Heart Month, apparently the Great American Pie Month and the National Children’s Dental Health month. Although pies are always a good topic I thought it might be more appropriate to write about how we can educate, motivate and serve the children in our community through dentistry.

National Children’s Dental Health observances began with a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio and a one-week event in Akron, Ohio during February 1941. Since then, the concept has grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. The single day observance became a weeklong event in 1955. And in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month. (copied from the ADA website)

Did you know that every year the American Dental Association puts together an outreach plan and activities around this month?  This year they tied it in with the iconic fight between the light and dark side and have themed it Sugar Wars.

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On the ADA website they have calendars, word searches, coloring pages, crossword puzzles, posters in English and Spanish and other ideas on how to reach out to not only your patients but into the community.  These are great for school speaking events or health fairs.  You can sponsor a coloring contest, sponsor a dental health essay contest, sponsor a display at the library or museum, and organize dental health screenings at schools, churches or community centers.  The ideas are numerous and the ADA has provided fantastic resources to help you.

There are those of us who volunteer our time once a year or for marketing purposes.  Then there are those who give back routinely because of a deep passion for serving others.  This quarter the Capital Area Dental Foundation (CADF) is recognizing Dr. Danny Watts, a practicing pediatric dentist for the past 38 years. Dr. Watts is a past president for the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a long-time supporter of Ronald McDonald House, personally, and has made that the primary philanthropy of his practice. Dr. Watts volunteers his services for international patients flown into Dell Children’s Hospital for care. He has worked with the Foundation’s newest partner, HeartGift, for several years and will continue as a CADF provider for years to come. Dr. Watts says that his reward is helping kids with special needs but his contributions are for the families. “They get torn apart with these medical crises and so the best way to help them is to keep them close together… during those trying times… and it is our honor to be able to help them.” His practice, Pediatric Dental Professionals won the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation of the Year in 2015 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Lindsay Askew, his office manager had this to say about him. “I have worked for Dr. Watts for over 15 years, and can honestly tell you that narrowing my thoughts about him down to a few words has proven to be an impossible task.  Parents come in all the time, and ask us if he is as wonderful to work for as he is to be a patient of.  Our answer is always “YES!”  It is no surprise to any of us that he feels honored to give back to the community.  Dr. Watts is truly one of the most caring, compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.”

It is my honor, and I am not alone, to know Dr. Danny Watts.  He has the privilege of taking care of children and has taken his gifts and skills to the highest level of service.  Thank you Dr. Watts, for making your life about children’s dental health.

If you would like to know more about getting involved with HeartGift or other philanthropic opportunities please contact the Capital Area Dental Foundation.  512-992-1217

By Elyse Cronin Barron, DDS
CADS President, 2015-2016

 

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President’s Message January 2016

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New Year’s Resolutions

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year! There is nothing I like more than wiping the slate clean. A fresh start, the feeling that anything is possible and the future is unwritten. How can we be improve ourselves, make work less stressful and enjoy life more? Some of you may make New Year’s resolutions because you are goal setters. Some of you may despise New Year’s resolutions because they aren’t accomplished, so why make them? In any case, here are a few ideas.

Turn off your smartphone during dinner. Enjoy the peace.
Shop locally, eat locally. Be involved in supporting our community.
Help strangers.
Develop time management strategies so you have more time for you.
Go someplace you’ve never been, travel!
Volunteer and serve the least among us (get in touch with CADF; they’d be happy to help)
Be outside more, breathe that fresh air!
Learn one new thing a week; it doesn’t have to be about dentistry!
Be more open and honest, let your life be a window and not a wall.
Wear a flower in your hair (or on your jacket lapel)
Live more minimalistically.
Have more gratitude and teach it to your kids.
Drive less, stretch your legs.
Attend the CADF Gala April 16, 2016 (shameless plug)
Make an effort to respond to emails quickly so they don’t fall through the cracks. (This will be a hard one for me)
Actually DO some of the DIY projects you’ve pinned.
Develop closer relationships with your patients.
Fire the most time consuming and mentally exhausting patient from your practice.
Write a handwritten thank you note. In an era of digital communication, this has a huge impact.

For those of you who don’t do New Year’s Resolutions or can’t get past the 3 week mark of “I’m going to exercise more” consider just doing One Word. One Word that will focus your efforts and goals for the next year. We used to write our short and long-term goal every year as part of our annual office planning meeting. We have now gone to One Word to hone ourselves as individuals and also for our team and practice.

Determine what your One Word is going to be. Well first you may want to read the book One Word. Two years ago my word was “Serve”. It helped me to get involved with my church, CADS and at my kid’s schools. I vowed to serve others more than myself, that included my patients, my staff, my family. This past year was “Breathe”. Those of you who know me, know I’m not the calmest or most relaxed individual. For me, Breathe, meant to take more time in the moment, to be present in whatever situation I was in. Take a breath, calm down, there’s no hurry, no reason to get worked up. This ended up applying to difficult dentistry situations or taking the world’s slowest walk with my children. For 2016 my word will be to “Listen”. My husband thought that was hilarious and asked if he was included! A perfect example of how there is always room for improvement. I certainly want to learn to listen to my family better. My friends, the pastor at our church, God, the list goes on and on. Sometimes I listen to my patient’s best because I pay attention more. They tell us so many things with their words, body language and even by what they don’t say. I want to be like that with everyone, even you. I want to listen. So if there are things about CADS that you want to see changed, or have comments of appreciation please let me know. Your elected board of this society and our executive director, the fabulous Nancy Nisbett, is here to serve dentistry in this community and more importantly support and serve you. We are here to listen.

Good luck in 2016!
By Elyse Cronin Barron, DDS
CADS President, 2015-2016

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President’s Message December 2015

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The Show or The Why?

 

So I am walking around HEB and it’s not even Halloween yet but the displays already have holiday themes.  Not only is it disconcerting, it’s October and I’m still coercing my kids to decide on a costume, but it’s still 95 degrees out.  I was raised in Colorado and Washington and it should be cold, and there should be seasons (San Diego never makes any sense to me).
Every store, advertisement and sale is now being geared to the shopping extravaganza that will ensue over the next two months.  We will get prepared for the decorations, the feasts, the lights, the out of town guests… the show.
It doesn’t just happen at the holidays though.  We get caught up on in our daily lives and practices of how we think our neighbors, family and friends perceive our successes.
At our practices we are inundated by the newest products and gadgets – ipads for health history, laser dentistry, digital everything.  That somehow these new materials and devices will serve our patients better and that we will be better dentists.  True, there are some advantages to an esthetically pleasing office and good equipment but patient’s care about themselves first and foremost.
How they feel when they walk into the office and when they are in the chair.  Are you trustworthy?  Will you hurt them?  As Simon Sinek talks about in his book, Start with Why, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.  And what you do simply proves what you believe”.
Why did you want to become a dentist?  Why do you go to work every day?  What brings you the most joy in your day?  For me, it’s helping the very anxious patients.  The patients that can barely open the office door let alone allow you to start running the drill in their mouth.  Helping those kinds of patients be at ease when they sit in the chair and no longer require sedation.  What else brings me joy?  The small victories – the ideal filling, the beautiful single anterior veneer, a kid who finally starts brushing his braces, the final acceptance of a treatment plan you’ve discussed for the past 5 years.  The moments when I feel like I have served my patients well are Why I do What I do.

“Instead of asking, “WHAT should we do to compete?” the questions must be asked, “WHY did we start doing WHAT we’re doing in the first place, and WHAT can we do to bring our cause to life considering all the technologies and market opportunities available today?”
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The gizmos and gadgets help us to have better results but let’s all try and recognize each day what brings us the joy – The Why behind the dentistry.  Is it the science, is it the art or is it serving your patients, the patients that trust you.
Enjoy the holidays and family time, travel safely.  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!  My prayers are with each of you to be joyful and kind.  We serve others, that is our blessing and may each of you be blessed in doing so.

 

By Elyse Cronin Barron, DDS

CADS President, 2015-2016