When I came to this country, I was a foreign dentist. I was a female. English was not my first language. So, there is a lot of things that I had to overcome. We as a female dentist, have a different perspective. A lot of people expect a lot of things from us. You have to be a great mom. You have to be a great daughter. You have to be too many things that it could be very overwhelming. So, to all my female colleagues, I can tell you that you can do it. You can do what makes you happy.
A lot of people say, "oh, you have to do everything. Once you open your practice, if you want to make it, you have to do the root canals. You have to do the crowns. You have to do extractions. You have to do everything.” But I can tell you, you don't. When I opened my practice, I didn't like root canals, so I didn't do it. I still don't do root canals. I didn't like surgery at that time, so I only concentrated on doing restorative dentistry. And I made it. I opened a practice from scratch, no patients. I remember October 15, 2005. I was the only one in my dental office, with one assistant—right out of school. And I grew my practice. Six months later, I have a full-time hygienist. Twelve months later, I had two hygienists. Nine years later, I moved to a bigger building with nine operatories.
For me, success is being able to share my accomplishments with family, for my loved ones. And being able to make changes in people's lives. That's my goal on an everyday basis.