The holiday season is here and we are closing in on the New Year. It is a good time for reflection and gratitude.
January 2nd, 2024, marks my 40 years of practicing dentistry in Richboro. Although I am still actively working, the approaching anniversary causes me to think of the many people who have made my career in dentistry so fulfilling.
First, of course, are the patients. I am grateful for all the patients who have put their trust in our dental office.
I’ve had the pleasure of treating the third generation of some patients. Many patients have been part of the office for decades and have become like family.
I’ve played golf with some, celebrated with many and sometimes cried with patients. My patients have added depth and meaning to my life.
I am so grateful for the wonderful women who make up our team. They have integrity, incredible work ethics, excellent technical skills, and they are fun.
Members of my team amaze me every day. One special woman, Phyllis, was beside me from the first day.
She retired in 2021 but will always be a part of our team. A career highpoint was when my son joined us, after his graduation in 2012, and became my partner in 2020.
He has dragged me (sometimes kicking and screaming) into new technology and ways of doing things. His ability to embrace change, and his commitment to excellence, assure me that our dental practice is in good hands for the future.
Finally, I am grateful to have been born in the USA, to have had the opportunity to live and work in beautiful Bucks County, to have spent 40 years in a career about which I am passionate, and to be surrounded by a family who loves me. Who could ask for anything more?
I close with the words my mother-in-law used to end her many letters to her family.
For a happy 2024, I suggest “Be good, say your prayers, brush your teeth and love one another!”