I have had the pleasure of serving as the President of the Utah Dental Association over the last year. I’m proud of the honor, but appreciative of my experiences, and I think there’s benefit in sharing how this role has shaped the way we think about and treat our patients.
By serving on the board of the Utah Dental Association, I learned and grew so much. I became much more aware of the challenges that the dental industry faces from outside parties like insurance companies that take away the autonomy of dentists and make reimbursements more difficult for patients. I’ve been able to make some changes in our practice to help protect our patients and prevent insurance companies from forcing us to provide inferior service. These adjustments enable us to provide smoother and more efficient service while still maintaining the high quality our patients deserve.
I also have learned about some of the barriers to dental care that exist even in our own community, and I have taken steps to help the underprivileged gain much needed access.
On a personal level, serving on the board has been great for my wife and myself, allowing us to make so many new friends. When we recently married, she felt a little bit like an outsider in the dental world. During our travels with the UDA board, she was able to make friends with the other dentists and their spouses and forged some great relationships. She now feels very connected to the dental community.
Most of the board members are dentists in their twilight years and are rapidly approaching retirement. With their decades of experience, they have gained tremendous wisdom on how to run a dental practice. I have been fortunate to pick their brains and find ways to provide a better, more fulfilling experience for our amazing patients.
I’m excited for the end of this chapter, and the start of the next. Throughout my career, I’m always looking for ways to improve our patients’ experience and opportunities to grow and give back as a member of the communities I represent.