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Welcome to Pierce County Dental Society!
Pierce County Dental Society is a component society for current members of the American Dental Association and Washington State Dental Association.
September President's Message - Dr. Stuart Hersey
As we transition into September, basking in the pleasant days and extended daylight, we find ourselves engaged in various activities and catching up on long-delayed household chores. As I work around my yard, I often catch myself observing the admirable aspects of my neighbors' yards that mine lacks. This mindset is not exclusive to our personal lives; it often extends to our professional practices as well. With a multitude of dental journals and advertisements showcasing different approaches, it's easy to fall into the trap of comparing our own offices and methods to the glossy photos of dental magazines. However, following Jordan Peterson's rule—compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today—can lead us to a more productive and fulfilling path.
In a world filled with dazzling dental magazines and enticing advertisement booklets, the allure of comparing ourselves to other dental practices is ever-present. We are constantly exposed to images of impeccably designed clinics, cutting-edge equipment, and innovative techniques. It's natural to feel a sense of inadequacy or envy in the face of what others seem to have achieved. However, this focus on external comparisons often detracts from recognizing the unique strengths and growth opportunities within our own dental practice.
Every dental office is as unique as the individuals behind them. Embracing our individuality and setting our own goals becomes crucial. What are the core values and aspirations that drive your practice? Do you strive for exceptional patient care, nurturing relationships, or implementing the latest technological advancements? By defining your own objectives and measuring success based on personal growth, you can cultivate a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Comparing ourselves to others hampers our personal growth and stifles innovation. The field of dentistry is constantly evolving, with new ideas and techniques emerging regularly. Instead of fixating on what others are doing, we should focus on continuous learning and staying informed about advancements in our field. This mindset encourages us to explore new avenues for improvement within our own practice, fostering innovation and creativity.
By adopting Jordan Peterson's advice and shifting our focus from external comparisons to internal evaluations, we can ignite personal growth and progress. Assessing our own development and evolution enables us to stay true to our vision while adapting to the changing landscape of dentistry. Remember that success should be measured by our individual journey, not by comparing ourselves to the achievements of others. By doing so, we create a dental practice that reflects our unique values, passions, and aspirations, ultimately providing the best care and experience for our patients.
As September ushers in pleasant days and extended daylight, let us appreciate the beauty of our own yards—both metaphorical and literal. Celebrate the distinctive qualities that make your dental practice special and nurture a growth-oriented mindset. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, acknowledging the progress you've made and the areas where you can improve. By following this path of personal growth and self-evaluation, you will build a dental practice that not only thrives but also remains authentic, fulfilling, and dedicated to providing exceptional care to your patients.
Dr. Stuart Hersey
Register now for the September 19, 2023 GMM, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.
WSDA Visit and Legislative Update with WSDA President Elect Dr. Nathan G. Russell. Sponsored by Carestream Dental, Nakanishi Dental Laboratory and Washington Dentists' Insurance Agency ~ WDIA. CE Credits: 2, AGD Approved #212501
5:30 to 6:00 Registration & Hors d’oeuvres , 6:00 to 8:00 Presentation. PCDS member benefit ~ this meeting is no cost for PCDS members, must register for accurate food count.
We are dedicated to furthering education, mutual support and better communication with the general public for the purpose of their better dental health. The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. Our goal is to provide this website as a resource for dentists, patients, and the community. If there is information that you feel would be helpful to other patients or dentists, please email your suggestions to email@example.com.
We provide free referrals to our Pierce County dentists for those patients who are looking for a new dental home, and we also have a download-able list of multi-lingual dental offices located in Pierce County
The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. We have one full-time staff person. The Central Office provides no-cost referral and mediation services for the public. Mediation is done for member dentists only.
The Pierce County Dental Society is proud to honor the many dentists who have participated in volunteer activities over the years. Together dentists in Pierce County donated $1,000,000 in care to low-income individuals in dental need, and participated in several oral health educational activities throughout the County.
100% Of the proceeds stay in Pierce County to help those in dental need.
All proceeds for the “A Day for Smiles” goes to the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment fund. The fund has a goal of $1,000,000. Once the fund reaches $500,000 it will start disbursing the proceeds for oral health care for those in need, oral health education, and to support education for dental professionals. Currently the fund has over $430,000 in donations.
The Foundation has supported several community events to support improved oral health such as: Pierce County Dentists Care Program, Bates Free Dental Day, Tacoma Rescue Mission Free Dental Day, Pierce County Veteran’s Resource Fair, Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day, and oral hygiene supplies for schools in Pierce County.