In fact, it’s the desire for pleasure, happiness, that is what you are after when you want a fancy, hot, gorgeous car/person on your arm or parked at your house - what you ”have”.
And, it’s that same desire for pleasure & happiness, that is what you are after when you work to “become or present or look” a certain way - who you “are.”
And, it’s the same desire again that is what you are after when you travel to exotic places and live in a certain neighborhood or frequent your favorite haunts - where you “are.”
And finally, you get the picture - what you are “doing” - same desire for pleasure or happiness.
But, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
~ Dale Carnegie
So now, you know. Change what you think about things, and get happier.
Be grateful for
- happiness, AND
- more of what you are grateful for - what you have, who you are, where you are, and what you do.
To an amazing little secret! Grateful for you!
With the new year just a few days away, we can look forward with optimism, confidence and new planning.
Wait a minute.
Did I say optimism?
Am I writing for dentists?
The dental world is changing. Big insurance, big corporations, big government -- pressures from every direction affecting American dentists.
There is something you can do about this — that’s where the plan comes in.
You already have the talent. After all, it took courage, intelligence and determination to graduate from dental school in the first place. Harness all of that to learn the skills to do more than just survive -- but to prosper!
Having a thriving orthodontics program in your practice is a great way to address these issues — and I put an emphasis on ‘thriving.’ I will teach you how -- not just the PRACTICE of orthodontics, but the BUSINESS of orthodontics and the LOVE of orthodontics.
Here's your opportunity to do just that. With the six-session ELEMENTS comprehensive orthodontics course, you can expect and get the best. The first session is January 11-13 in Longview, Texas. REGISTER for your course today - call (859) 806-0615.
For more than 25 years, I've taught many dentists from around the world -- Pediatric, GPs and Orthodontists -- about orthodontics. I've treated thousands of orthodontic patients, and served on faculties of three dental schools. This knowledge and outstanding results can be yours, too.
In 2019, start learning orthodontics for your practice. Start America's BEST comprehensive orthodontics course on January 11-13, 2019, in Longview, Texas. For more information or to register, all (859) 806-0615.
Comprehensive Orthodontics Course Session #1
Diagnostics, Treatment Planning and Conferencing
January 11-13, Longview, TX.
Dr Chris Baker, Instructor
20 Hours CE (ADA CERP)
° How to get a resounding 'YES' at every conference!
° What your patient wants, needs and how to help;
° Communication makes your relationship greater;
° Is it skeletal or is it dental, and why does it matter?
° The power of your health history;
° What to ask; how to find out.
° 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.'
° Getting to know your patient and their getting to know you through the examination and the conference.
° Learn complete, eyes wide-open orthodontic examination and diagnosis:
° The Looking - learn what is truly in the picture, and what is MISSING.
° See every patient in his/her every detail.
° What records? Why, how and when? How to charge for records? 2D or 3D radiographs?
° Diagnosing the Lateral, Frontal and Panoramic radiographs.
° 14 Secrets the panoramic holds, and that’s only the beginning.
° How the airway fits into your orthodontic diagnostics AND treatments
° How orthodontic diagnosis can be made MUCH easier and more complete.
...a system that WORKS and saves you MUCH time (and money!).
...how, by the time you finish diagnosis all the way through conferencing, you have a friend who wouldn’t go anywhere else.
...how to list your findings of the patient in a way that communicates and gets you on the same page as the patient and/or parent.
The conference is your reputation — and your referral base.
Orthodontics brings the patients to you.
...why almost every child has crowded incisors and what to do;
...possible treatment strategies of Ectopic Teeth;
...how orthodontics and self-view capture the patient’s imagination and confidence;
...how to sequence every detail of your treatment and when your sequence may need to change;
...How to alter things to fit patient needs.
(Yes - truly you CAN, and have even more fun providing your care.)
As always, there will be incredible Doctors’ Case Reviews.
The Learning Environment
• Meeting Hotel: Hampton Inn - Longview North, 3044 N. Eastman Rd, Longview, TX 75605 (903) 663-8670
• Driving distance from DFW and Shreveport.
• Near GGG airport, most major hotel chains nearby.
Our Suite of CE courses have unparalleled instruction and support. You'll end up ahead of the game. There is simply nothing else like it anywhere.
Come and let it blow your mind…
And coincidently, set the stage for your future!
Register today, call (859) 806-0615
Sending love and can’t wait to see you!!!
Dates and subjects of the other 2019
ELEMENTS Comprehensive Orthodontics Course sessions:
15-17 March, 2019: Bracketing and banding, appliances and wire sequences.
10-12 May, 2019: Sagittal Correction - Class II, Class III, Sagittal correction first. How to avoid problems.
28-30 June, 2019: Phase I and Treatment of the Early to Mid-mixed dentition.
26-28 July, 2019: Mechanics and Treatment Sequences from Beginning to End.
27-29 Sept. 2019: What is Success in Orthodontics? Retention.
The dream of being a dentist -- and the dentist's success -- depends on another dream -- to contribute, to help others, and to love. It's much more than just a job and you're much more than just a technician. It's a life that can make a difference.
How will you feel WHEN your dream comes true?
I remember realizing as a young mother that I had often waited for “when”.
When I started junior high school. When I went to high school.
When I graduated.
When I started nursing school.
When I graduated.
When I got married.
When I delivered my baby.
When my baby began to walk…
One day it dawned on me that I was always looking forward to…
That’s a good thing. Looking forward in happy anticipation.
Now I know the way to make it the best, to make it drive my life the most successfully, is to feel what I imagine I will feel when it happens.
Those imaginings of feelings and the feelings themselves are called imaging. Those energies in our subconscious mind, propel the dreams toward fruition.
Those energies help you to do what you can do — and it will be good enough. It will turn out that it is very very good! No matter how it seems, you will have enough time to do what you can do and you’ll do even better than you thought and life will be even more spectacular than you pictured!
“Begin to live as though your prayers are already answered.” ~ Tony Robbins
Remember to feel, to live, to be as you will, WHEN.
When you think about a legacy, it is much more than the words they put on your tombstone. How did you make life better for others? How did you change the world? As we consider what the word 'legacy' means, it is time to put things into perspective. Here are some thoughts.
Utilizing a bonded RPE (Rapid Palatal Expander) can be a little bit challenging if you don't know much about it. Why would you even be using one? Here are some thoughts.
We post photos, comments, thoughts, stories to our social media.
We leave our footprints everywhere, and on the internet, those footprints will indeed be there many, many years.
We also leave our footprints in the lives of the people around us. We are crafting and creating our legacy.
Before we ride on the beams of sunlight and coast on the water droplets in the clouds, we will leave heirlooms of our love, an endowment of our spirit, benefaction of ourselves to those who are still in their earthly lives.
Take part of your social media time and post IN PERSON. Call, talk to, make eye contact. Give them ALL messages of love and caring.
Post love. Post messages. Post YOU, every chance you can.
AMA, BTW - HTH*.
* Ask Me Anything, By The Way - Here To Help.
** Don’t Forget To Be Awesome,
The first of Dr Chris Baker's ELEMENTS Comprehensive Orthodontics course for 2019 begins Jan 11-13, 2019 in Longview, Texas. There are six ELEMENTS course weekends, each providing 20 hours ADA CERP credit to participants.
The course is designed to encourage collegiality, with catered meals and receptions provided.
It’s a series of orthodontic courses like none other. Personal, professional, scientific, yet practical.
The ELEMENTS Comprehensive Course is taught by Dr Chris Baker, RN, DMD, one of the world’s best-
known teachers of orthodontics to GPs and Pediatric dentists.
As Past President of the American Orthodontic Society and of its Board of Examiners, Dr Chris is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools and author of five books. She practices orthodontics in Texas, USA, and Abu Dhabi, UAE (an 8,000-mile commute!).
At ELEMENTS, we care about your success in your dental practice and in life. Our curriculum has invaluable instruction on both the PRACTICE of orthodontics and the BUSINESS of orthodontics.
For information or to enroll, call Claude Hammond, administrator: (859) 806-0615
The ELEMENTS course is designed to get the dentist out from between the “crush” created by insurance companies, giant corporations and Medicaid. Dentists are taught to practice orthodontics by providing what is best for the patient, and to do so profitably.
ELEMENTS courses can be taken individually or combined to make the best comprehensive orthodontics course available. The quality of instruction, course materials, instructor experience and follow-up are unmatched, anywhere.
ELEMENTS Course Dates and Subjects for 2019:
* $2485 (US) doctor tuition for each ELEMENTS weekend;
* 3 Session Package available: $6255 (2485 for first weekend and 1885 each for any 2 more ELEMENTS weekends)
* $1885 tuition for each dental and / or orthodontic assistant and / or hygienist;
* $900 for each spouse and / or guest enjoying seminar learning center facilities and attending meals and receptions. (Spouse and / or guest attending lectures will be charged 1885 tuition.)
Meeting hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 8 a.m. until noon Sunday. Additional discussions held during receptions and dinners.
Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner on Friday; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday; Breakfast on Sunday.
To Register for ELEMENTS Comprehensive Orthodontics Course, call Claude Hammond, orthodontic seminar administrator, at (859) 806-0615.
Success comes to those who tolerate what 99 percent of people avoid, and who avoid what 99 percent of people tolerate. In dentistry -- in fact, in ANY profession, you can become a legend. You've got the talents. You have a gift to rise above the 99 percent. Here's how to use that gift to become legendary, indeed.
Research shows that beautiful people find better jobs -- and find them more easily. Beautiful people are smarter, considered more trustworthy and earn more money. By practicing orthodontics, you can help make this happen in the life of your child patient.
The effects of orthodontics on facial beauty cannot be underestimated. This is especially true with early treatment orthodontics, and there's lots of research backs it up.
Dr Chris Baker
America's most-trusted teacher of orthodontic continuing education, Dr. Chris Baker has practiced and taught for more than 30 years, and is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools. She is a pediatric dentist, author, blogger, dental practice consultant, and mentor. Dr. Chris is also Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society. She is based in Texas, USA, but lectures around the world.
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