Publisher Lisa Moler says that persistence, like that of the lotus flower, can help you to rise out of the muck of everyday obstacles and bloom into a successful business.
In an array of colors, blue, white, purple, red, or pink, lotuses are touted as symbols of peace, beauty, and longevity. I love lotus flowers. Earth.com describes them as extremely strong with the first one estimated to have sprouted millions of years ago. For all of its breathtaking beauty, the lotus flower grows out of the mud, rising above the water. As a result, it also has gained a reputation as a symbol of persistence. What does this flower have to do with anything dental, anyway? Well, like the lotus flower, on our professional and personal journeys, we may have to find the strength to grow out of somewhat messy circumstances or humble beginnings. How do we do it? Persistence, innovation, and constantly reaching for a higher standard.
One way to get out of our rut when we are stuck in the mud is by purging – getting rid of old perceptions, equipment, or materials that hold us back from growing. After freeing up some space, invite future growth by researching and adding new things that can improve life around your office and for your patients. Imaging, 3D printing, AI software, instrumentation – you name it – dental visionaries and entrepreneurs are introducing amazing inventions every day. You just have to find the ones that fit your own space and needs, and maybe even help you grow outside your comfort zone. We hope to be able to help you on your journey.
We have lots of ideas in this issue to help you expand your mind and office. Our Cover Story looks at technology that has made it possible for Dr. Paul Sauget to provide efficient treatment in his Guam-based practice using the latest techniques. uLab has played a significant role in delivering the quality experience that defines his practice philosophy. In our CE, Drs. Ryan Robinson and Carly Jacobs take a look at how myofunctional therapy and orthodontics can be integrated for more successful retention. In our other CE, Drs. Tyler Orehek and Troy Roeder write about how maintaining air quality in the dental office can affect the spread of illnesses. In our Clinical Column, Dr. Gabriela Aurora Asensi discusses conservative treatment of a special needs patient when orthodontic treatment is not feasible.
At MedMark, we don’t want your practices to be stuck in the mud of mediocrity. Ora Nadrich, life coach and mindfulness teacher said, “On the path of self-realization, there is no one big awakening, but many along the way of varying degrees: some small, some big; and each one of them is like the lotus flower, which grows out of muddy waters.” So my message this issue is: No matter how small or big your practice, be a lotus; keep growing, changing, and reaching for whatever it takes to make you blossom.
To your best success,