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Ties and ribbons that bind

Oct. 1, 2004
One of Woman Dentist Journal's main goals is to better connect women dentists.

One of Woman Dentist Journal’s main goals is to better connect women dentists. In an effort to do so, I am very excited to announce a new learning and networking format. The “First Wednesday Women’s Study Club” will be a live educational and interactive web­cast featuring leading women den­tists. Mark your calendars!

As many of you are aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Women den­tists share the unique ability to connect with team members and patients concerning breast health. Take this opportunity to wear pink ribbons in your practice this month to display your support. In this issue of Woman Dentist Journal, we will not only provide you with updated breast cancer information, but we are also honored and privileged to showcase a courageous survival story. Read on and become inspired!

Patients and team of Dr. Trost in the Komen Race for the Cure.
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Speaking of inspiration … I recently had the pleasure of listening to our featured dentist - Dr. Virginia Hughson-Otte - lecture. She is one of the most engaging, dynamic, and knowledgeable speakers on women’s health today. You certainly don’t want to miss her energy and passion.

Our clinical features revolve around orthodontics: new techniques, alternate approaches for malocclusion treatment, functional occlusion as it relates to the body, and the cosmetic relationship with “straight teeth.” Orthodontics is an excellent practice-builder. Women dentists need to take advantage of the various continuing-education courses offered in this growing field.

Where would our offices be without our dental team members? Personally, I practice with seven incredible women who dedicate themselves daily to excellent, nurturing patient care. Keeping your team together is critical for the success of your practice. Once you have established your “team,” it’s time to show them your appreciation! Start by considering a team retreat. You will be amazed at the rejuvenation and commitment that “getting away” pro­duces.

Year-end is just around the corner. As women dentists, we must develop a sound financial plan, especially with regard to year-end pur­chases for the practice. Yes, women love to shop, but in the dental/business world, remember to do so wisely. Learn in this feature article what tax benefits to consider before you drop!

And finally, the Xtreme Dental Practice Makeover launch was an incredible success, with 31 practices from 19 states submitting their desires to become selected. Kudos to all of the applicants for their honesty, courage, and desire to grow! Watch for the January issue of Woman Dentist Journal as we reveal the winner.

Improving connections,
Lori Trost, DMD

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Dr. Trost is the managing editor of Woman Dentist Journal. She can be contacted by email at [email protected].

We welcome letters to the editor. Please email your letters to Dr. Trost. Include your name and the city and state where you practice.