Dr. Kevin Groth on Episode #322 of The Best Practices Show: The New Dentist Movement and Lessons Learned
Kirk speaks with Dr. Kevin Groth, a dentist based in Bingham Farms, Michigan.
Dr. Groth starts by explaining how coming out of of the University of Michigan Dental School in 2013 was dizzying, and starting out in dentistry wasn’t easy. He realized that discovering his identity was key in jump-starting his career.
His expectation did not match the reality of starting a new practice, but the lessons he learned as a result are priceless. Over the last few years, Dr. Groth struggled to make his life as a new dentist line up with his core beliefs. But as he learned from mistakes and experience, he was able to turn dentistry into the dream career that allows him to live his life and spend the most time with his family.
Some of the specific strategies that Dr. Groth discusses are: the need to surround yourself with like-minded people, the patience required to work through developing your practice, and the commitment to hard work. These things all came together to help turn Dr. Groth’s practice into a top-tier operation. But beyond career success, Dr. Groth advocates for enjoying your life. As a family man, Dr. Groth has learned what true value is, and it is often not in working 14-hour days.
He encourages the listener to find what it is that you love and do that thing. This extends to your finances, your goals, and your family life. It’s possible for you to have the home life and the career that you want. It’s possible for you to work hard, make a good living, and still come home to have dinner withyour family every night. It just takes focus and determination.
Toward the end of the show, Dr. Groth and Kirk discuss the impact of the COVID pandemic on dentistry. In Dr. Groth’s case, it has enabled him to focus on his family. Having the right people on his team helped him to transition to a virtual practice that was actually quite successful.
But again—the key is finding what makes you happy and doing that. You can be a proud dentist and still do that.
“The happiest people I know have the simplest lives.”
“There is a dark place in dentistry that no one wants to talk about.”
“If you treat people well, everything else will fall into place.”
“Take a risk on you —it’s going to be worth it.”
“If I have a patient in front of me, I’m committed to giving them 100% of my attention.”
“It’s not about upping the numbers —it’s about getting those days down, now.”
“I’m living this life for...spending time with my family.”
“If you enjoy something, nothing should limit your being able to go out and find that joy.”
“When something happens to you, you need to be protected.”
“Pay yourself first...you need to survive.”
“Life has a funny way of reminding you of the things that are important.”
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