We’re shining the spotlight on Dr. Gray, Principal Dentist at Warman Dental in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Dr. Gray tells us about her inspiration to start her own practice, the benefits of being a member of dentalcorp’s Partner Advisory Council, and her love for cooking and an active lifestyle.
Please share a brief summary of your professional experience in the industry.
After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Dentistry in 2001, I worked briefly in two practices as an associate. Later on, a colleague invited me to their practice in Warman, north of Saskatoon, where I had the opportunity to work with an amazing staff to provide exceptional care to patients in the community. This experience inspired me to start my own practice, despite being only nine months out of school. We have since tripled in size.
What excites you about being on the dentalcorp Partner Advisory Council (PAC)? What areas of dentistry are you passionate about?
I feel privileged to be on the Council with other industry-leading professionals with hands-on experience in dentistry. I enjoy the ability to connect with individuals who have different careers and perspectives than myself. It makes me feel less isolated. The area of dentistry I am most passionate about is emergency and urgent care. It is extremely rewarding to attend to a patient in pain and build a rapport with them, thereby earning their trust.
How does the PAC impact patient care in Canada?
With the help of the Council, dentalcorp can provide professional development and continuing education through DC Institute. These courses are exceptional and help build more confidence in all dental professionals which results in the delivery of optimal patient care.
What do you feel is the council’s greatest accomplishment to date?
The council offers a platform for dentists in the network to stay connected. Our members listen to the needs of the practices and regularly contact dentists not on the council to ensure their voices are also heard.
How has organized dentistry positively impacted our industry in Canada?
Dentistry can be siloing, however, being in a network makes you feel less alone. There are also some mental health benefits. In fact, I have made some good friends through our network. Moreover, during the struggles of COVID-19, it was helpful to have the support of experts within the organization in understanding the various regulations and how to implement them. This is one of the benefits of being a partner, along with the constant network of support.
Do you see any big disruptors on the horizon in dentistry?
There will be some integration between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and radiology and other influences from AI; however, people choose their healthcare providers for trust and deep personal connection. Some people just want to feel known – something AI will likely struggle with.
What do you do in your spare time, how do you relax?
I take care of my health a do a lot of fitness activities. I love the outdoors and enjoy camping, paddleboarding, travelling and cooking. I also love taking care of my rose garden and my two dogs.