Latest Posts

A fun trick-or-treating alternative

trick or treatTrick or treat?! Between extravagant costumes and as much candy as you can stomach, what kid doesn’t love Halloween? However, Halloween is more of a trick than a treat with the excessive consumption of sugary sweets increasing the risk for childhood caries. In an attempt to decrease sugar consumption while maintaining the joy associated with trick-or-treating, a dentist in Wisconsin created a fun alternative.

5 strategies to crush your career

thumbnailEver wondered how past ASDA members like Dr. Chris Salierno became editor of Dental Economics?  Or, how Dr. Colleen Greene rose to the forefront of organized dentistry SO fast?

Is it chance…or is there a recipe?

I’ve got friends who’d argue “it’s better to be lucky than good” , but if I’m a betting man…I’m betting on 2 things: Recipe and “CRUSH it.”

Keep reading for a sneak peak at 5 Amazing Mentors and 5 Incredible Strategies for your success.

How to handle the patient who hates you

murrell - photoLet’s face it – most people do not look forward to a trip to the dentist. While shadowing as a predental, I specifically remember a patient greeting the doctor with, “No offense, but I hate you.” Understandably so. We invade our patients’ personal space, we put instruments in their facial orifices that resemble torture devices, and some of our patients honestly have no idea what we look like under our 20 layers of PPE. It is our responsibility to ensure anxious or fearful patients have the best possible experience during their visits with the hopes that we can make the difference in overcoming their dental phobias. Here are few tips for when you inevitably encounter the patient who hates the dentist.

Social skill hacks with Vanessa Van Edwards

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 4.33.10 PMUnderstanding people is an important life skill to have. It can help you get a date, lead an organization, negotiate a deal, or influence others around you. Have you ever wondered about the science and psychology behind human behavior? Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator who runs Science of People, a human behavior research lab that aims to crack the code of human behavior. She was also a keynote speaker at ASDA National Leadership Conference 2014. Vanessa is a consultant and speaker and runs various online courses such as “The Power of Body Language” and “Master Your People Skills”. Her videos provide practical advice on people skills and human behavior with a touch of science to back it up.

Serving military veterans while in dental school

Ferrin DS2People always say that the first year of dental school will be hard. I was told I wouldn’t have time to do anything else other than studying for quizzes and exams. It wasn’t something I wanted to hear since I love extracurricular and volunteer opportunities. The one that stood out the most to me was the Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Veteran’s Dental Clinic. I grew up in a military family. My father, brother, husband and brother-in-law were or are still serving. Although I have never lived anywhere for more than 4 years, I’m grateful for what the military has given me. Being in a military family comes with many privileges – the ability to shop tax-free at the Exchange, free gym memberships, various opportunities for college scholarships, chances to travel and live all around the world, and many more. My family members have put their lives at risk so I can enjoy all of these things.

When I heard about the Ferrin Clinic, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.