Today I’m a little bit reflective and introspective because it’s the 4-year anniversary of my dad’s passing. I was doing dentistry when I heard the news and for anyone who doesn’t know me, he was my business and practice partner and just a few days before he passed we were doing dentistry together.
Why I Became a Dentist
I was thinking today about why I chose to be a dentist and the reasons I’m happy with my choice and what I love about being a dentist. The thing I love most is my patients. That might sound cliche because most dentists love their patients, but mine are special. Some of them have known me since I was born, some of them were my teachers, some of them grew up with my brother, some of them pass me on the Centennial trail weekly, some of them I’m just getting to know and some are bringing in the next generation! I really like knowing my patients.
I saw a patient this week that, when I broke the news to her shortly after my dad’s death, she could barely make it through the rest of her appointment. I sat there with her as she grieved and while it was really hard to compose myself in that professional setting, I couldn’t help but gain a deeper understanding of how much she loved my dad. It’s an honor to be able to continue to be there for her.
Smiles of Joy in Post Falls
I saw a different patient this week who’s new to our practice. She was so happy to see that she had back teeth again, she didn’t want to put down the mirror. It brought a smile and joy to everyone who saw her joy.
I’m grateful to my dad for introducing me to a career that is so fulfilling. I’m grateful for the patients that he passed on to me and the legacy he left as an excellent and caring Post Falls dentist. There are lots of other things I love about being a dentist: my team, bad dental jokes, taking x-rays of my mom’s finger when she jams it, the inevitable dental questions I get asked at parties, free floss for life). But the opportunity to influence and be influenced by great patients is by far the best part of my job. Thank you to all my patients, old and new, for giving us the opportunity to know you!
Yours in oral health,
Whitney M. Frank, DDS