When I graduated from dental school in 2009 I was excited to be a dentist. I wanted to educate patients about their oral health and change the world one smile at a time. I became an Associate dentist and immersed myself in anything dental related. I went to every continuing education I could afford (I was over $250,000 in debt from dental school). I found other colleagues with more experience and learned everything I could from them.
Fast forward to 2013. I was rethinking my life’s choices. I would come home from the profession I loved so much back in 2009 and I realized it was no longer enjoyable. Quitting dentistry was not an option. I had astronomical school loans and two small children. I could not, I would not give up. After all, I had loved it once and just needed to take a step back and figure out why I was no longer satisfied. I eventually had that “ah-ha” moment. It wasn’t dentistry; I didn’t enjoy it was the environment I was in. It was sucking the life force out of me.
I decided to branch out on my own because I wanted to create a different kind of dental office. I wanted to deliver quality dentistry while creating an environment where patients enjoy coming to the dentist. I wanted to get rid of that sterile ambiance where nobody remembers who you are. Working for someone else allowed me to figure out how things should not be done. I would just have to change everything I had been exposed to over the first three years of my dental life.
In the last five years we have added more dental services to better serve our patients. My staff and I have been to countless trainings to keep current with the latest information. We continuously update and add new technology to minimize the amount of time patients must sit in a dental chair and increase patient comfort. While we may not be perfect, we are constantly evolving. As a team we are creating more efficient systems and reassessing what works and what could be improved.
Now, I can honestly say I love what I do and the crew I do it with. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
–Dr. Cassie Fede