Changes: Good, Bad and Inevitable!

My daughter Emily just graduated from Wayland Union High School.  She had an outstanding high school experience.  Great grades, sports, student government, volunteer work, you name it, she did it.  Next, she is off to Dad’s alma mater the University of Michigan where she hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.  We couldn’t be more proud of her!  Since this is our last child at home, much of the talk with other parents has been about having an empty nest and the changes that will bring about.  I was going to write more about these personal changes when I got the invitation to Alisha’s grad party and realized that everyone experiences changes. 

Alisha is the daughter of Rachel, one of our office coordinators.  Rachel came to work for me when she was in high school.  She’d come in after work and help us get instruments sterilized from the day’s appointments.  She later got married and even moved away for a couple of years.  When she returned, I hired her to fill the first opening I had.  That was one of the best 10 decisions I ever made for our practice.  So now Rachel has a daughter older than she was when she started working for us.  Rachel’s job has changed since she started here.  Certainly her life has changed.  She is facing the graduation of her oldest and I’m facing the graduation of my youngest. 

The point is, we all face changes.  Some of these changes affect not only ourselves, but those around us.  Some changes are good.  Over the last 27 years, our practice has seen weddings, the birth of children and grandchildren, graduations, countless birthdays and anniversaries.  Bad changes also happen.  We’ve experience the passing of loved ones and the emotional struggles of divorce.  We’ve had some valued employees leave our practice.

However, we have always been able to replace all those who have left with someone equal or better.  We currently have 14 extraordinary people on our team.  6 of us have been here 15 years or longer.  3 others have enjoyed a 10 year anniversary.  The rest have been here three and a half years or longer.  Add it all up and we have over 180 years of experience in our practice.That kind of longevity and dedication leads to team harmony, increased dental knowledge and a better dental experience for our patients.  

Changes to that kind of office stability can certainly be frightening! Yet inevitably, they will happen.  Elizabeth is one of our hygienists who recently had some exciting changes.  Her new baby has led her to spend less time with us and more time at home.  (Go figure?)  Her change has led us to make changes as a practice as well.  You’ll now see Heather and Carrie more each week.  In addition, we have reached the conclusion that more help is needed in order to keep appointment times available in a reasonable time frame. 

Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we would like to introduce Jill Root as our newest hygienist.  She will be working Wednesdays starting this week.  She comes to us with over 15 years experience in a highly advanced and motivated dental practice in the Detroit area.  Their loss is our gain!  Jill is a very friendly, caring and knowledgeable hygienist.  I feel that we are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to add her to our dental team.  Once you get the pleasure of meeting her, let us know what you think.  We think we’ve made another change that is going to end up being just fine.

Thanks for reading!

Dr Bruce

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