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Linda Curtis
I am a certified dental practice manager/dental assistant and I love to use the skills and knowledge that I have developed over 16 years to help other dental practices achieve excellence.
Interests: bicycling, reading, traveling, Tom Morris, James C. Hunter, L.D.Pankey, Gordon Christensen, Barry Polansky, Francis Mayes, The New York Mets, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, basketball, soccer, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, True Success, The Art of the Examination, Good To Great, The Most Important Leadership Principal-How To Be a Servant Leader, Under the Tuscan Sun
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We did it. And it felt great! We had our first guests this past weekend and they were so nice, they were the perfect first guests. I loved getting ready and making things special for them. I was once told I have the gift of hospitality and I think running... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Forge Mtn. Creature Comforts
Those were the words my son, Nick said to my husband, Mike and me one evening while we were happily drinking White Russians and playing Uno. It was Christmastime, hence the White Russians. Huh, not a bad idea. My dear Father-in-law, Jack, had passed away the previous March and moved... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Forge Mtn. Creature Comforts
The longer I manage dental practices, the more I realize that you have to deal with people and their feelings, before you can get anywhere. I manage a fairly large practice and I'm happy to say, our group has come... Continue reading
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Bullies intimidate. They induce fear in others. They have to be more important than anyone else. Bullies make life miserable for their peers, but often behave in an ingratiating manner to their superiors. They cause eyes to roll and stomachs... Continue reading
"Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it - what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone." Carlos Castaneda Barely a... Continue reading
"But all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time." ~Mitch Albom, from The Five People You Meet In Heaven Endings usually hurt, even the end of something that has been painful, emotionally or psychologically. Many... Continue reading
"Disney is just like every business, including yours, whatever it may be. It has to make a profit, it has to deal with serious business issues, it faces intense competition, and its strongest competitor is its own reputation." ~Lee Cockerall... Continue reading
"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." ~ William James We change our minds all the time. One minute we like something, and then come to think about it,... Continue reading
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Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything, but I'm still here. Life has been busy and there have been many changes; as usual, some good, some challenging. The most recent change is a change in my employment status.... Continue reading
I always thought I'd be good at teaching dental assisting since I've done it so long. Every time we'd get a new assistant I'd look forward to first, teaching her the basics and then, once she had that down, moving... Continue reading
Quick update: My friend has decided to stay in VA since her husband was re-hired by his company. So, now she needs a new job there as her former position has been filled. So, anyone in the Fairfax, VA looking... Continue reading
I have a friend who is relocating and looking for a position as a practice manager. Anyone in the Asheville/Hendersonville, NC area who would be interested in a practice manager with an assisting background can contact me at lvocurtis@gmail.com Continue reading
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love... Continue reading
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A reader of this blog passed along a neat chart that is posted on her site The Best Medical Degrees. You can find it here: http://www.bestmedicaldegrees.com/tooth-decay-index/ I plan to frame it and display it in our hygiene ops, and possibly... Continue reading
Happy Morther's Day! When I think back over the years I realize that my mother's words and advice still come to mind whenever I am trying to figure out how to do anything the right way. When I say the... Continue reading
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"When you assume, you make an ass of u and me." ~Oscar Wilde As managers, we try to avoid becoming the dreaded "micro-manager". I often suspect that particular phrase was coined by people who wanted to be able to slack... Continue reading
"If your self-belief is not strong enough to evoke and emote your passion, then others will not catch it, nor be convinced or persuaded, that your idea, or your product, or your way, is best for them." ~ Jeffrey Gitomer... Continue reading
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“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is... Continue reading
No one else has said they are experiencing this issue. I'll put on a post asking. Thanks for the comment. Linda
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Have you ever asked yourself that question, "What makes me so special? What makes my practice unique? What is it about my staff and the service we provide to our patients that makes them loyal, raving fans?" If you haven't... Continue reading
I just finished reading George Saunders Advice to Graduates for his commencement speech at Syracuse University. It was enlightening in it's simplicity. He said that one thing the older generation will always be willing to share is their regrets. His... Continue reading
I am very happy right now. We have a new store called Loft that just opened in Biltmore Park in Asheville. I love the clothes in that store, they are stylish, as well as comfortable and affordable, so what more... Continue reading
"When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat." ~Pat Riley First let's talk about losing through complacency. Sometimes you can have a team that works hard to... Continue reading
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The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it. ~Augustus Haire~ We've talked about employees whose mental capacity, or lack thereof, just don't work in a dental practice. I've saved the best... Continue reading
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~ Once you've read the above quote, read it again and put the emphasis on the word all. Many times it's... Continue reading