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