Our doctors and staff at Smiles for Life are highly trained individuals dedicated to providing the best care and service for all of our patients. Part of being a high quality practice involves staying educated and involved. Recently, Dr. Whiting traveled to Guatemala with his wife Jenny in order to learn third molar extractions, aka wisdom teeth removal. Shortly after he returned home, our team prepared for the 28th Annual VAGD Dental Conference to attend a two-day Continuing Education Seminar in Richmond. Both experiences offered us the opportunity to learn and grow in meaningful ways not only within our dental practice, but in our personal lives as well.
Dr. Whiting and Jenny Whiting in Guatemala
The journey began with Dr. Whiting and Jenny eagerly boarding a plane, excited for their chance to learn and grow together in a new country.
Jenny worked hard the entire trip sorting sterilized instruments for the doctors.
Dr. Whiting learned from some amazing doctors as well as his own first-hand experience.
Dr. Whiting got a lot of practice staying perfectly focused on his patient and his work.
The doctors who traveled to Guatemala were assisted by translators (the lovely ladies in the vests) who helped bridge the language gap between them and their patients.
Jenny Whiting explained that a lot of the work she and Dr. Whiting did in Guatemala was for children. She remarked that many of the kids had teeth in far worse of a condition than she could have ever imagined. It is easy for us to take our blessings for granted, especially concerning dental health. Unlike many of the people in Guatemala, most of us have running water, and most of us have been taught proper dental care since early childhood. Count your blessings, and take advantage of your opportunity to treat your teeth right on a daily basis.
28th Annual VAGD Dental Conference—Continuing Education Seminars
Day one of the conference began with our team up bright and early! We were the first group to arrive at the seminar and happily enjoyed our breakfast while we awaited our educator.
We had the privilege of learning from Dr. Jerry Teplitz on this first day. He helped us to recognize our own communication styles and taught us how to better communicate with each other and our patients. He also taught us the importance of staying positive each and every day in order to create an environment in our office that is welcoming, safe, and anxiety-free for anyone who might stop in.
One of the best things about these Continuing Education Seminars is the chance for all of us to get to know one another better. (Although, if you ask Dr. Whiting, the food is the best part!) The front staff was able to spend some quality time with the doctors, hygienists, and assistants, something that doesn’t get to happen every day. We really have an exceptional team—we all get along and enjoy each other’s company as not only coworkers, but friends as well.
On day two, we got to learn from Dr. Steve Rasner. Dr. Rasner has a personality that is larger than life, and it was an invaluable experience to hear about how he runs his own practice. It is nearly impossible to sum up all of the information Dr. Rasner shared with us on this day. To be very general, he taught us how we can turn our great practice into an even more exceptional one. Dr. Rasner puts a big emphasis on serving his community, patients, and staff in incredible ways. He inspired our office to be even more involved with our community, and we are so excited to implement his advice in the near future.
We are so lucky to have these incredible opportunities for learning and growth. We believe that we owe it to you, our patients, to be the greatest practice we can be. Thank you for being a part of our dental family!