…a conversation with Dr. Dallin Evanson, dentalcorp Associate
In this month’s Associate Spotlight, we caught up with Dr. Dallin Evanson to discuss his journey into dentistry, finding a practice that nurtured his growth, and his mission to make a true and lasting impact in his patients’ lives.
Tell us a little bit about your journey into dentistry.
I went to dental school at the University of Manitoba and graduated with my Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 2007. I have been practicing as an associate at various clinics across Alberta ever since. Currently, I’m a proud member of the team at Scotia Square Dentistry in Edmonton.
What challenges did you face getting started in your career and how have you overcome them?
I struggled to find a practice where I felt I could really grow and progress as a dentist. I wanted to excel in dentistry and find an environment where I could develop my skills and become something beyond a “fill and bill” dentist. I yearned to work in a practice where I could make a true and lasting difference in people’s lives. It took over a decade to find an environment where I felt I could truly achieve that, but here I am.
What do you find most rewarding about practicing dentistry?
I am very passionate about temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment, neuromuscular dentistry, sleep apnea treatment and orthodontic treatment. Any time I can make a lasting difference in a patient’s life is incredibly rewarding for me. Whether it’s calming a child who comes into the office afraid and seeing them happy after a tough procedure. Or relieving a patient’s suffering from debilitating migraines or TMJ so they can have a more productive life, free from pain. Or helping transform a smile for a patient who was embarrassed about the way their teeth looked into one they want to show off.
What does excellence in patient care mean to you?
It means finding ways to really show your patients how much you care. It’s about making them feel like they are the most important person in the world and that you genuinely want to help them and make a positive impact in their lives.
Of all your accomplishments, what are you most proud of? What do you plan to accomplish next?
I am really proud of helping to transform a practice that only did a couple of Invisalign cases a year into a Gold Invisalign provider, with nearly 10 cases a month. I plan to build on this even further, so that I become one of the premier general dentist Invisalign providers in Edmonton.
What advice do you have for emerging dentists?
Find your passion. Discover what aspects of dentistry excite you the most and make you want to come to work everyday, then learn as much as you can in those areas and strive to excel.