I Don’t Want it to Be Me.

When my uncle passed away from Parkinson’s disease, I didn’t think too much about it. I thought about him but not the disease. When another uncle passed of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, I felt bad...

Yesterday’s Protocols Don’t Work for Today’s Oral Cancer

I’ve spent decades teaching my dental colleagues to perform traditional head and neck cancer screenings and to use fluorescence devices to enhance their visual screenings. My passion for the early detection of oral cancers...

SpouseTales Snippet #14: I grew up without a seat belt!

Seatbelts? You might be thinking, what could this have to do with SpouseTales?  Well, it’s really about the disruption of wearing a mask or not. Truth is, I grew up without a seatbelt and survived...

Rich in Traditions

Families have all sorts of traditions and things that make them tick. Often times the matriarch, or Mom in my case, designed the traditions. Whether it be holidays, events, or just cooking special meals...

The Call to Connectedness

He stood tall & erect. A classic, older gentleman whose eyes seemed to pierce right through you with an air of authority that could almost read your thoughts.  He looked down at me, shoulders...

Purpose Changes Along Life’s Path

For most of my life, I focused far too much on what I thought my flaws were. It took a lot of years and being loved by the right people to finally learn that...

Facing Fear Factors

If you are a practice or business-owner pondering the difficult decisions on how to move forward since Covid-19, it is imperative to make sound, rational decisions, in the absence of fear. While the long-term...

Hygienists and Dentists: Caring Enough to Confront

My mother has a saying: “Care enough to confront”. If the issue and the person are important to you, you will find the courage to face the issue head-on. To see confrontation as an...

Finding my Passion and Purpose

During the day, I went to work, proud to be a dental hygienist improving the oral health of my patients. At night I would come home to my child who was struggling to breathe,...

Leading in the Community: Dr. Carla Thomas

In Inglewood, California there used to stand an empty building that was destroyed by a fire. It was an eyesore to the public, but Carla Thomas, DDS, was able to visualize its potential. As...

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