So often, people think of service with dread rather than joy, as a duty rather than a privilege. We are grateful to work in an environment where the opportunity to serve is encouraged and modeled by our leader. Dr. Sanders’ community service is apparent to those of us who work with her week-in and week-out, but we’ve also discovered that it’s been noticed by at least one of our patients.
Dr. Sanders was recently nominated by our patient, Carol McCool, as a Leader in Christian Service through Milligan College’s Institute for Servant Leaders. She was selected as one of several local community members to be recognized this year, not with “an award, but an opportunity to set forth examples of those making a difference in their workplace and community through their Christian witness.”
Nominees are considered based on:
- Excellence of Christian character
- Strong Christian example through professional or vocational leadership
- Evidence of Christian leadership in the church and community
We may be biased, but we certainly agree that Dr. Sanders exemplifies these traits, both personally and professionally, and we’re pleased that her service impacts so many people and areas of her life. The New Testament admonition in 1 Peter 4:10 comes to mind on this occasion.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
Dr. Sanders was recognized during a convocation service at Milligan on April 7, 2015. David Beamer, a longtime supporter of Milligan College and father of the late Todd Beamer, who was killed on Flight 93 during the September 11 terrorist attacks, was the keynote speaker.
Our office was closed the morning of the convocation service so that our team could be there in support, wholeheartedly affirming Dr. Sanders’ servant leadership in our community.
It’s because we have the right people on the bus.
By Dr. Kathy Sanders
As I look ahead to the New Year, I can’t help but reflect on all that 2014 has been to me personally and professionally.
Just like in year’s past, 2014 was a year of much professional development — for myself and my team at the Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. As I thought about the changes and growth that we’ve experienced this year, I’m most thankful for the collective growth I see in our team, as a whole.
When I opened my practice more than 20 years ago, one of the most important decisions, if not the most important decision, was that of selecting the team members who would serve alongside me.
In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins evaluates some of the most successful companies of our times and one of the common principles he found among those companies was that they all determined “who” before “what.” Their leaders recognized choosing the right people to accompany them on their road to success, was even more important than choosing the destination. Collins says that when you have the right people on the “bus,” any problems with motivating and managing them largely goes away. He was so right!
I know from experience that my ability to create not just beautiful smiles but excellent patient experiences, has been dependent on the team members surrounding me. Every time that I’ve added a new team member or had to replace someone who moved on to pursue new dreams, I’ve sought Godly wisdom and guidance because I knew those decisions were mission critical to not just my success, but to the care and attention that my team would give our patients.
Recently, two team members who have been pivotal in building a foundation of diligent patient care, have moved on to pursue new dreams. Just this week, Vickie spent her last full day with us before heading back to school to pursue her dream of completing her college career.
As this year closes, I am forever grateful for the team members who have helped me build my practice and those who are, and will, help take our service and patient care from “better to best” as I continue to strive to have the right people are on our bus.
In closing, I’m excited to see what 2015 will mean for us and for our patients — and I’m happy we’re going to be experiencing it — all together.
We think it’s pretty exciting. And, we think you’ll think so too!
Our very own, Dr. Kathy Sanders, is the featured “VIP Spotlight” profile in the October 2014 issue of the VIP Seen Magazine. Throughout the article, “From Small Town Girl to Big Time Cosmetic Dentist,” the heart of Dr. Kathy Sanders is captured, and explored.
From her commitment to ever-refining her cosmetic dentistry skills (even when that means traveling the nation for hands-on teaching from the world’s leading cosmetic dentists) to her love for family and her desire to live out her faith, both inside and outside of her practice, you’ll see the heartbeat of Dr. Sanders.
We send out a very special “thank you” to VIP Seen Publisher Angela Baker, and her team, for not just highlighting our practice, but for all they do to make a positive difference in the Tri-Cities and beyond, drawing attention to not just the local business community, but to the generous non-profit and charitable organizations that impact our community.
Haven’t seen the article yet? What are you waiting for? Click HERE to read more about the woman behind the “truly remarkable smiles” of the Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
I admit that when I used to think of the Dominican Republic, I thought of the clear, blue Caribbean waters, sandy beaches and fabulous resorts with all of the amenities I could possibly enjoy. I’d never been to the Dominican before this summer but I’ve been to St. John many times and I envisioned it being very similar.
I think that’s what most people think of when they make their reservations for a resort in the Dominican too. And that’s definitely a part of that beautiful country. But outside of those resort walls, lies the reality of daily life there, a vast divide between those who have and those who have not.
My family had the privilege of taking a medical mission trip to Santo Domingo, and the village of La Victoria, this summer with Global Health Outreach, a ministry of the Christian Medical & Dental Association. We served with other medical & dental professionals from around the United States and provided medical and dental care for the “have-nots.” Our makeshift clinics were only able to serve a tiny fraction of the more than 10 million Dominicans, but through God’s grace and mercy, each person who received attention from a medical or dental professional also heard about the Great Physician… even if their dental chair was made from concrete blocks, a wooden pallet and a pool chair.
It was such an honor to serve and follow Christ’s command to clothe ourselves with His compassion to reach these beautiful people and to meet their physical and spiritual needs. We loved serving in the clinic but we also loved being able to visit in the homes of some of our patients who were unable to come to the clinic because of their physical limitations.
We were able to visit with Dolores in her home, fashioned from sheets of tin for the walls and dirt for a floor. Dolores only has the use of one of her 4 limbs due to complications from a surgery that was intended to help her. She isn’t able to use a wheel chair and spends most of her day in bed under the mosquito nets. Because Dolores is a believer, she still praises God every day despite her meager circumstances and has influenced the women from her church who care for her. They call her Esperanza, which means “hope” in Spanish.
During our home visits, we also gave fluoride treatments for the children in the neighborhoods. While I was tending to dental care, Erika and our interpreter talked with the children, and Michael and some other boys on our trip played some serious basketball and baseball games with the children. It reminded me that children there are much like children here. They so desperately need the attention of someone who cares about them! If you ever visit the Dominican, take a ball with you and you will have a swarm of children listening to your every word.
I personally had the chance to share my faith many times on our trip, but one opportunity stands out even now. Reiza, my assistant for the week, and I were telling a little girl about Jesus but she wasn’t ready to make a decision for Christ. We didn’t realize her younger brother was listening in on our conversation until he popped up and said “I want to!” What a joy to pray with that precious boy as he asked Jesus to be his Savior.
My family came home with so many new friends and so many stories. We were grateful that God would use us, average people who were just willing to go. Sometimes the Lord will take us out of our normal environments to stretch us and help us leave behind the things that weigh us down and usually prevent us from stopping to serve others. So let me encourage you, that when the opportunity comes for you to serve others, take it. The blessings of clothing ourselves in Christ’s compassion are meant for those we serve and also come to those who serve.
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life.” Michael Palin
Oh, the joys of summertime! At the Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we love summertime. Why? Because summer travel tops the list of our favorite summertime activities.
As Michael Palin so cleverly states, we’ve been “happily infected” and are thankful for the opportunity summer travel provides for much needed relaxation and time well spent with family and friends.
As we return to our office from most of our summer vacations, we thought we’d share some of our very favorite vacation spots with you. In fact, you may have already visited some of these places, but if you haven’t, you’ll know they come highly recommended and one of them may wind up being your next vacation destination!
I love Hilton Head Island! It’s my “happy place.” We enjoy riding bikes, and having dinner at our favorite restaurant, Skull Creek Marina, while watching the sunset.
One of our favorite vacations was the trip we took with the kids to Disney World. Abbey enjoyed having “Breakfast with the Princesses” and Noah loved the roller coasters and Tower of Terror. He begged to ride them even before he was old enough and big enough to ride them.
We usually visit family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we spend a lot of time outdoors. In the winter, we hit the slopes for downhill skiing or snowshoeing and in the summer, we go hiking, swimming and fishing. We love it there, but the very best vacation I ever took was a cruise to San Juan, San Martin and St. Thomas when I was 19.
We enjoy going to the US Virgin Islands. Brian and I go as often as we can because of the beautiful location and because it gives us a chance to relax. I can snorkel any time I want! The beaches, like Maho Bay, Cruz Bay, and Hawksnest, are all unique, so exploring the island never gets boring.
I’ve lived across the United States, from Alaska to Florida as well as abroad in Portugal. My husband retired from the Air Force before we were married but enjoys travel as much as I do! We have traveled together to China, Scotland, and the Caribbean as well many destinations within the US. Each vacation has been wonderful but there is something special about the Caribbean – we try to go on a cruise annually. It is almost impossible to pick my “favorite” because each destination has been so unique. Our next destination will be 6 days in Venice followed by a 12 day Mediterranean Romance Cruise on Holland America Line this October.
My favorite vacation destination may be the most recent! We visited Tybee Island early this summer with the family to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We spent the week with our two daughters, our sons-in-law and our two grandsons, making lots of memories. We played in the surf and sand, toured Savannah, and ate delicious dinners at the local seafood restaurants.
Where is your favorite vacation destination? We’d love to know! Maybe one of us will wind up there next year.
If you are still traveling this summer, don’t forget to send us a postcard from your vacation – whether it’s just around the corner or far, far away.
We want to hear from you! Our contest runs through the end of August and our winners will win a set of movie tickets. Mail your post card to us at:
4623 Fort Henry Drive
Kingsport, TN 37663
Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” At the Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we couldn’t agree more.
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