How women can lead in dentistry, life

25 02 2010

Dr. Stephanie Houseman had it all, or so it seemed.
She had just expanded her practice into a beautiful, high-tech five-op facility and everything seemed to be in place. But the Jerseyville, Ill., dentist found herself dreading her daily trips to the office. She was working too hard, loo long and the stress was getting to her.
At Thursday’s sold-out “Leadership Fundementals for Women in Dentistry” course, she explained the importance of positive attitude and of following through with one’s life values. Dr. Houseman offered three key tools: Know Thyself, Relationship Management and Communication. “I was working too hard at working too hard,” said the daughter of a dentist who followed her “best friend and mentor” into a career in dentistry. “What I’m telling you today is that you have to get clear on your values and vision.”
She told a room full of dentists, hygienists and assistants to work “on” your business and not just “in” it. “Things that matter most should never be at the mercy of the things that matter the least,” she said.
After a morning lecture that covered the importance of taking charge of your choices, Dr. Houseman focused on tips and steps to help simplify your space, maintain helath of mind, body and spirit, and how to “choose” positive thoughts over “negative” ones that can be pursuaded by emotions and beliefs.
“Think you can’t and you won’t,” she said. “The more you dwell on positive, the more you attract positive in your life.”
The course, designed to awaken leadership potential, also helped attendees understand the importance of balancing their professional and personal lives, a lesson Dr. Houseman learned the hard way. For more information, course “handouts” are available on the Chicago Dental Society Web site and Dr. Houseman’s Web site at




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