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Happy fall, you all! It has been so rewarding traveling across America to meet with dental professionals while attending the plethora of meetings and conferences autumn brings. It is the face-to-face connection that stimulates me to keep pushing forward with our mission to help young dentists maximize their careers as successful businessmen and women, serving their profession and finding fulfillment in their life goals. It is an honor to meet you and discuss your future and the future of dentistry. I wish I had more time to meet all of you! Thank you for reaching out to me via social media, texts and email. I so appreciate your invitations to visit you in your academic homes and will continue to seek out those opportunities.

You know how I always say, “Good DeWs find Good DeWs.” Well, guess what? “Good DeWds find Good DeWds,” too. That is how I was introduced to Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz! Our resident columnist, Dr. Lucas Shapiro, mentioned to me that I should reach out to Dr. Ortiz as he would make a good cover doc. Not running in his circles, I had no idea that he was being followed at the time by 170k Instagram followers. Wow! By the time Dental entrepreneur lands in your hands, he will be up to 176k followers and growing. What struck me on our first call was his humility and appreciation for being considered for the cover of our fall issue. We asked him for his personal story that had nothing to do with his clinical skills. We wanted to know about his journey. He had never shared his story before the real story how he reached such a place that even he could not have imagined. It is our honor to share it with you. And it’s not just his story, it is their story. Colleen and Miguel’s story. As he states, it takes two; and, when you have that kind of honest, loving partnership, magic happens!

If you don’t already follow him on Instagram, you will now. You can find him @Dr_Miguel_ Ortiz. I am not a dentist; but, gosh, do I love his posts, pics, funny sense of humor and dental lit. This is one of my all-time favorite cover stories. We thank them for sharing! Please enjoy.

Not only will you learn about Colleen and Miguel, you will also get great insight from Lynne Leggett on coaching your teams. Mary Fisher-Day is an expert at finding the right associate- ship or practice to buy and the importance of partnering. You’ll see why you need to own your own practice in the first place, from the always practical and guiding Dr. Gene Heller. Plus, there is a great deal of sound advice on pitfalls, communication and leadership from our esteemed authors.

As always, the amazing Dr. David Rice will leave you with some inspiration to carry on and continue to soar. He is the perfect example of what happens when you travel the country to meet face-to-face, learning and connecting with this incredible profession.

How about we continue this conversation! Hit me up at anneduffy@dew.life.

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