Women who motivate me – usdentistsdirectory

March is Women’s History Month, which celebrates the many achievements and contributions women have made to our society over hundreds of years. International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world earlier this month on March 8.

Photo of Drs.  Patel and Maranga

drs. Patel and Maranga

I can easily name many recognizable women in the present day that many of us look up to. But today, in this blog post, I’m going to take the opportunity to highlight two that so many of us know and love: Dr. Maxine Feinberg, a former ADA president, and Maria Maranga, our current ADA vice president.

Being a relatively new member of our profession, I knew there was a lot I didn’t know, and I really struggled finding resources and mentors as I walked my path. As they have done for so many others before me, Drs. Feinberg and Maranga have helped me narrow my focus on my goal, and have always been there with friendly advice and wise counsel.

One of the best lessons they both shared was the importance of being deliberately thoughtful with both my actions and my words. Navigating the world of practice property, organized dentistry, advocacy and leadership can be difficult and confusing. This was something I struggled with. Stepping back and looking at things with a 30,000-foot view of a situation is often the best way to determine a smart path forward. And as dentists, we are often short-sighted in the things we do. I have learned to be aware of both and am now able to use the decision-making skills of both Drs. Feinberg and Maranga in many of my daily life decisions.

Photo of Drs.  Feinberg and Patel

drs. Feinberg and Patel

Mentors have this way of seeing the world through a lens differently than we might see it, giving advice and offering thoughtful opinions to promote and nurture future progress for generations to come. They both did just that. dr. Feinberg has accomplished so much as an ADA president and continues to inspire and guide countless dental students, residents, and new (and experienced) dentists on their path. Dr Maranga does exactly the same. They are the women I refer to so many times when I get questions about path and purpose.

The best advice I can give from where I am right now is to find your people: your team, your cheerleaders, your mentors, your circle. Strong women (and men) are some of your best supporters. Remember that the guidance you receive from those who have gone before comes with the wisdom of many successes and also many failures. Be eager to learn and you will continue to grow and learn.

dr. Amrita R. Patel grew up in Chappaqua, New York, and graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 2011 before completing a residency in family practice at Nassau University Medical Center. dr. Patel is a general dentist in a private practice with her father, Dr. Rohit Z. Patel, in Westchester County, New York. She chaired the New York State Dental Association New Dentist Committee, is the International College of Dentists – USA Section Fellow Ambassador of Social Media, and currently serves the new dentists in the American Dental Association Council on Dental Benefit Plans for 2020- 21. She is also one of the recipients of the 2021 ADA 10 Under 10 Awards.

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