What Comes Next?
I’ve spent the last six months blogging about my first 30 years in dentistry. It’s been a long, wonderful journey and I’ve enjoyed reminiscing. But you can’t look back without also looking forward. If I’ve learned one thing over the last 30 years, it’s the fact that things will change. So what changes do I foresee?
The most visible changes will come to our clinic area. We hope to revamp this portion of our office very soon. It will not be the total renovation we did in the reception and business area, but I do hope for new paint, carpet and wall décor. We also wish to recover our clinic chairs and change our theme color to something new and fresh. We will be sprucing up our exterior in the spring. After 25 years a little change is definitely needed.
Not all changes are welcome. In 2015 Jeannette will celebrate 20 years with our practice and then retire. I fear there are a couple other retirements that will come in the next few years. It’s never easy to have good team members leave our practice, but after 20 years together, it’s hard to imagine not having these friends around every week. Finding quality replacements to these vital pieces of our team will be an important part of our future.
One thing for sure is that dentistry will change in the years to come. Products and materials keep getting better and better. The sky is the limit when it comes to technology. I will continue to evaluate anything new and incorporate anything appropriate into our practice. We offer the very best dental experience available. This will continue to include the best materials and the newest technologies.
I cannot imagine coasting into my golden years. I have always had a passion for growing and learning that I hope will continue until I retire. I will do my best to keep up with latest techniques and equipment. My team will be excellently trained, and we will always do everything we can to make every visit to our office as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
So, that brings up retirement. Yes, someday I hope to retire and spend quality time enjoying life away from the everyday stresses of running a business. By the end of the year I will be 56. So many things will influence when I decide to retire. Health is always a concern. Right now I’m in good health and hope to stay that way. My dad is 80 and doing well, so my hope is to follow his lead.
Some days the stresses of broken equipment, dissatisfied patients, difficult procedures, or employee issues make me think about retirement. But then I spend some time just chatting with my patients or watching how hard working and dedicated my employees are or complete a challenging restoration and I can’t imagine leaving all this.
Right now the long range plan is to work 10 more years or so. Somewhere along the line I would like to find an associate who can begin working with our team, getting to know our patients and learn to love living and working in Wayland the way I do. I can’t imagine a better place to have spent the last 30 years or better people to apend it with.
Thanks for Reading,