Five years ago (almost to the day!) I started a new adventure. I got a call in late Fall 2008 from my sister. She said that the doctor she worked as an Associate for was retiring at the end of the year, she was buying the practice and she needed a new Office Manager. She asked for me to join her. At the time I was working on my fourth year at another company and liked it. But with no hesitation, I said, "Yes!" Family comes first.
We went to visit our parents in Michigan that Christmas. I went a few days before everyone else. Right before I left, she gave me a binder to start reading on the plane about how to be an office manager for a dental office. That is when I started feeling a little overwhelmed. I was a 27-year-old about to become a manager for a well established practice. I was going to be the youngest of the staff...who was going to take me seriously?
I would love to tell you about my first day; however, I do not remember the first, second, or even first month! It was so much information to take in! In the first year we upgraded from dial-up internet to DSL, changed the office decor, went from paper to electronic charts, from x-ray films to digital x-rays, and can communicate with patients via emails and texts.
Even though we've gone through all those updates, we still follow Dr. Jones' primary vision: "Education, prevention and early intervention in a warm, caring, friendly atmosphere where YOU and YOUR choices matter." Each one of us really like and enjoy working here.
Thank you to all of those patients that have stuck with us through the transition five years ago. Thank you to all the new patients that have joined us along the way. And thank-you to all those that are currently seeking a new dentist and considering becoming part of our dental practice family.
My personal thank you to my sister, Ali: Thank you for letting me a part of your practice. When we were younger, I always knew that you would be doing something big and important and that I would have the opportunity to work for you (although, I thought it would be as your personal chef). Simply put, I love working here. I love the staff. I love the patients. Even though I grumble at parts (cough-insurance-cough), I love helping people!
Happy 5-year Anniversary!
Ali Jones, D.D.S. - Dentist