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Dr. David's Authors Corner

February 17th, 2020

Dr. David’s Book Recommendation:
Range by: David Epstein

I love to read.  My love of reading led to my authoring my first children's book; Dentists Are Monsters  (available on Amazon or direct through our office).   I thought I would share my thoughts on some of my favorite books.  This month I review Range.

Before I do that, let me share a few photos of class room visits I've made this month.  Contact me if you would like to arrange a visit.

Although I love what I do, I admit that I have interests outside of dentistry. I enjoy writing, visiting art museums, and running, among other things. Shouldn't I just concentrate on dentistry?  Malcolm Gladwell would suggest that I need to focus on getting my 10,000 hours of practice to be any good at dentistry.  If practice makes perfect, why should I do anything other than dentistry?

First of all, my wife Erica may object.  We have only been married a year and she still likes to spend time with me.  Secondly, life would be boring!

So, what does David Epstein have to say?

Ah, good, he thinks we need some diversity in our lives.  He challenges this notion that repetition and specialization is the only way to achieve success. In his book, Range, Epstein makes the argument that generalists, not specialists, are the ones primed for success. He makes the case that professionals who cross domains and have range are more likely to thrive.

Epstein begins with a couple of stories. This first one, you probably know well.  See if you can guess who these athletes are:

The boy's father could tell something was different. At six months old, the boy could balance on his father's palm as he walked through their home. At 10 months he could climb down from his high chair, trundle over to a golf club that had been cut down to size and imitate the swing he'd been watching in the garage. At two—an age when physical developmental milestones include "kicks a ball" and "stands on tiptoe"—he went on national television and used a shoulder-height club to drive a ball past an admiring Bob Hope. That same year he entered his first tournament and won the 10-and-under division.

At eight, the son beat his father for the first time. The father didn't mind, because he was convinced that his boy was singularly talented, and that he was uniquely equipped to help him. The boy was already famous by the time he reached Stanford, and soon his father opened up about his importance. His son would have a larger impact than Nelson Mandela, than Gandhi, than Buddha, he insisted. "He has a larger forum than any of them," he said. "I don't know yet exactly what form this will take. But he is the Chosen One."

This second story, you also probably know. You might not recognize it at first.

His mom was a coach, but she never coached him. He would kick a ball around with her when he learned to walk. As a boy, he played squash with his father on Sundays. He dabbled in skiing, wrestling, swimming and skateboarding. He played basketball, handball, tennis, table tennis, and soccer at school. "I was always very much more interested if a ball was involved," he would say.

Though his mother taught tennis, she decided against working with him. "He would have just upset me anyway," she said. "He tried out every strange stroke and certainly never returned a ball normally. That is simply no fun for a mother." Rather than pushy, a Sports Illustrated writer would observe that his parents were "pully." Nearing his teens, the boy began to gravitate more toward tennis, and "if they nudged him at all, it was to stop taking tennis so seriously."

As a teenager, he became good enough to warrant an interview with the local newspaper. His mother was appalled to read that, when asked what he would buy with a hypothetical first paycheck from tennis, her son answered, "a Mercedes." She was relieved when the reporter let her listen to a recording of the interview. There'd been a mistake: The boy had said "mehr CDs," in Swiss German. He simply wanted "more CDs."

The boy was competitive, no doubt. But when his tennis instructors decided to move him up to a group with older players, he asked to move back so he could stay with his friends. After all, part of the fun was hanging around after his lessons.

By the time he finally gave up other sports to focus on tennis, other kids had long since been working with strength coaches, sports psychologists and nutritionists. But it didn't seem to hamper his development. In his mid-30s, an age by which even legendary players are typically retired, he would still be ranked No. 1 in the world.

If you have not guessed, these are the stories of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  Two athletes who have achieved success by completely different paths.

"Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.”

For those looking for a great non-fiction book, I highly recommend Range by David Epstein. It gives hope to all of us who have ever struggled, changed careers, or have interests outside of our immediate field.

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we offer a diverse range of dental services. We provide comprehensive adult dentistry and children's dentistry.   Whether you need a dental cleaning, crowns, root canal, implant, cosmetic dentistry, filling, or denture, we deliver exceptional patient experiences each and every time you visit our office.  What sets us apart is our superior team.  Contact us for an appointment or questions.

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Contact us to get started at the Markiewicz Dental. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

 

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, We are Always Working to Improve!!

November 17th, 2019

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, We are always working to improve!!

After 34 years, I remain excited about being a dentist.  My career in dentistry has been so much more rich than I could ever have imagined.  My passion must be contagious as I have had two children and a nephew who also make dentistry a career.

When I am asked what I have enjoyed the most about my career in dentistry, my answer has been the same for decades:

  • The relationships we develop with our patients:  We are privileged to share in the lives or our patients.  I cherish the relationships we develop with our patients.
  • Change: I love learning and implementing new stuff.  I am always looking to find a new twist on a tried and true idea.  I also love to learn something brand new.

Over the years, I have sought to improve our practice and my skills by finding the highest quality Continuing Education available.  I was lucky enough to have great mentors while I served in the United States Navy.  After college and four years of dental school, I have to admit, I wanted to forget about school.  That was not an option while in the Navy. My mentors taught me the value of continuous learning.

Upon leaving the Navy, I struggled a bit.  I had spent three years training under some very skilled dentists who guided my development as a clinician.  I soon realized that Dentistry is so much more than clinical procedures.  Much of Dental Continuing Education is technically focused and I needed to learn so much more.  In hindsight, I needed to develop a philosophy of practice.  I won't bore you with the details of my journey, but I found my way and it has been exciting.

I have been lucky enough to be taught by some of the best our profession has to offer at the Pankey Institute, Pride Institute, and Spear Education, among others.  I learned the things that Set Us Apart.   I am now excited to share these experiences with Dr. David Markiewicz.  

Dr. David and I spent three days in a workshop at Spear Education.  Three exciting and very tiring days.  Yes, we learned valuable technical skills, but it is the mentoring by visiting faculty that is the most valuable.  Dentists come from all over to volunteer their time to teach.  Often, the most valuable insights are learned over a glass of wine after a long day in the clinic.

Trust that at Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we are always working to improve your experiences at our office.

Tony Markiewicz

 

Our team members are well trained and dedicated to make a difference for each and every person we are privileged to serve. No question is too small or insignificant for us to answer.  Call our office anytime at 224.358.3454.

Please browse through our website for more detailed information on the many dental services that we offer.  Whether you need a Crown or Bridge, Cosmetic Dentistry, Implants, Root Canals, Dentures, or a dental cleaning, schedule an appointment by contacting our office at 224.358.3454 or request an appointment. You can also

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Dental Crowns and Bridges

June 22nd, 2019

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns are restorations that allow us to restore a damaged tooth to full function.  When a tooth is too damaged to restore with a filling, a crown is often the restoration of choice to create a functional and aesthetic restoration.  These days, most crowns are tooth colored, although we at Markiewicz Dental do fabricate gold crowns when appropriate. Tooth colored crowns are not only very strong and durable, but also very aesthetic, so they can be placed on both front and back teeth.

At Markiewicz Dental use only the highest quality local dental laboratories.  Because we care for your health, we also require our laboratories to certify the materials used in the restorations we place.  We use only high noble metals in crown, and bridges and use sophisticated crowns such as zirconia and e.max  (non metal/ all ceramic crowns). You will never find any toxic materials in crowns or bridges or any prosthesis that we place in your mouth.

We at Markiewicz Dental also pride ourselves in matching crown color to your teeth.   Among the various cutting-edge pieces of technology we use is the VITA Easyshade®.  This tool is a “spectrophotometer”, which measures the spectrum of light that passes through a tooth—or, in layman’s terms, identifies a tooth’s color. This handheld device helps us match the color of our treatments to the color of your natural teeth. Using a sensor and innovative software, it identifies your tooth-shade, and aids in the creation of new restorations.

 A Dental Bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth/teeth.  In addition to Implant Crowns and Removable Partial Dentures, Dental Bridges are one of the options we at Markiewicz Dental offer to replace missing teeth.  Dental Bridges are fabricated with the same high quality materials as our Dental Crowns.  A consultation at Markiewicz Dental will help you decide which restoration is appropriate for your situation.

We at Markiewicz Dental are Mundelein Dentists who are committed to helping our patients improve the quality of their lives through quality dental care.  Contact our office to find out how we can help you by calling 847.566.2811.

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