Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dental Health Awareness Week: Poster Contest

Every March the “Dental Poster Judges” from the Ninth District Dental Society meet to evaluate submissions from children all over Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties. This year the topic for Dental Health Awareness Week was “Sugar, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. Two awards were given for each grade category. Here is the committee with the winners. Dr. Judith Okun is seated on the right side of the front row.

You're a Star

I received a thoughtful gift from a happy patient today.  She said that she noticed I have a lot of fish hanging from my treatment room ceiling to entertain my patients and that she was looking for an addition to my collection.  She told me that she wanted to buy a starfish because “you’re a star” but since she couldn’t find a starfish she bought this cute dolphin. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's More Than Just a Job

I heard two interesting quotes on the radio this morning. The first was, “The fact that Pope Benedict retired shows that even being Pope is a job.” But a job serves different functions. It can be the way one makes a living, it can be the way that one helps others, it can help create ones’ identity, and it can help create a sense of self fulfillment. For the Pope it is even a spiritual journey. Another report on the radio today reported the frustration of Female CEO’s. Now that they have made it to the top they are still asking, “Is this all there is? Where is the sense of self-fulfillment for which I sacrificed my personal life?

My role as orthodontist and effective CEO of Okun Orthodontics is more than just a job. I “put my heart” into the care of my patients. I make an effort to establish a personal relationship with each patient so that I am not only creating a beautiful smile with a functioning bite for my orthodontic patients and helping “TMJ patients” to eliminate their “head and neck pain”, but I am often acting as a life coach. I frequently find myself guiding young patients to appreciate their siblings, helping college students figure out their life goals, or enabling frustrated parents to vent their frustrations. Conversely my patients have taught me a lot about handling life as I watch them in their family interactions and jobs. Many of my patient- families have become my friends, and many of my friends have become my patients. I am very fortunate that my job is more than just a job.