Last month, I had the incredible honor of receiving the Young Alumna of the Year award from Marquette University School of Dentistry. It was such an unexpected acknowledgment, and I felt deeply touched and grateful. My friend and colleague (and dentist), Dr. Angela Lueck, was kind enough to introduce me, and her heartfelt and humorous words added a personal touch to the occasion. The ceremony was attended by my amazing family, who made the event even more meaningful and memorable. It meant so much to have my loved ones there with me as I accepted the award - I'm truly lucky to have such a wonderful support system. As I received the award, I reflected on those who helped me along my journey and on how much I enjoy supporting the growth and development of others.
While onstage with the two accomplished and experienced dentists also being honored, I was also inspired by the decades of experience and hard work behind their success. Although I’m taking time away from clinical dentistry at this point in my life, I’m excited to someday return to serving patients in private practice or on a volunteer basis. Dentistry truly is an amazing career and a unique opportunity to change lives.
I’m so grateful for the incredible faculty members I encountered while at the dental school and count them among the most important mentors in my career. No one achieves success entirely on her own. Each of us has mentors and leaders who provide the support and guidance that enables our growth and progress as clinicians and leaders. This knowledge inspires me and motivates me to continue my work as a coach. No one needs to walk this path alone. Dentistry can be challenging and sometimes lonely, but there is no reason to remain isolated. The success my clients achieve is so rewarding, and I look forward to supporting even more private practice dentists in this amazing profession!