How are you doing? Lately, this simple question has been weighing heavily on my mind. We ask it of each other all the time, but it’s one of those little acts of engagement that I think carries even more importance in our current situation.

Seriously … how are you doing?

I hope you’re taking this time to reset your mind and body while also keeping an eye on your future and the future of dentistry. We do know that there are a lot of unknowns, but the good news is that we have had the opportunity to pull back and reflect. COVID-19 is like nothing else we have ever experienced, so there is no right or wrong. There is only what is in this moment.

Deep breath. It’s going to be OK. Better than OK if we prepare for the new normal by understanding what we want when we get there.

Our Cover Doc, Bianca Velayo, dreamt about what she wanted way before the worldwide pandemic struck, and even though it hit us all right before this edition of Dental Entrepreneur was set to publish.

I appreciated her moving ahead to deliver a heartfelt and inspirational message to you. I can’t wait to visit her in Vegas someday.

Similarly, Dr. Luke Shapiro and Dr. David Rice switched gears, but I know their timely articles will connect you in ways you never knew were possible, especially now. Their thoughts on how to reach your potential, no matter what’s going on in the world, will help keep you focused during these uncertain times.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our authors and sponsors featured in these pages. They are here to help and would be happy to answer your questions and concerns by sharing their experiences and connections. If I could impart some advice, don’t pass up a good opportunity when it is offered. That’s a key to success.

We’ve included several articles in this issue that are evergreen, and if you save them in your Dental Entrepreneur folder (I hope you have one!), you can reference them at any time. In addition, as we expand our digital library, we’ve archived even more content that will serve you well as your career progresses. Always stay engaged in the process. Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom is here to help.

So, how am I? Well, one emotion I’m feeling is compassion for our senior dental students who have had this epic disruption amidst graduation. But through disruption and fear, you will find growth. You wouldn’t be where you are today if you didn’t have grit and determination. Now is the time to see it through.

Wishing you the best as you maximize your careers by enriching your lives and the lives of others. Stay safe and healthy. We need you!

Anne M. Duffy


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