I was keen to start my own practice two years ago when I started noticing how' little' people actually knew and understood about dentistry. My patients really understood and appreciated how I explained everything and I guess I got a little bit of a reputation for it. I started to get patients coming in for second opinions; a problem that is born out of trust issues, and breakdown in communication. It was at that point, I made a decision to dedicate the next part of my life to writing and presenting everything I know about dentistry- I studied internet marketing in order to get my message out.
The purpose of ‘jamiethedentist.com’ is to add as much value as possible, in the field of dentistry, to as many people as I can- obviously, I hope to make a living along the way who doesn’t? As the son of two teachers, I guess teaching was in my blood and it was working with school children in their classes back in 2005, which led me to the idea of the ‘Smiles for Schools’ Project which is 'in'
I have heard it said that :
- ‘Motivation’ is when you get hold of an idea
- ‘Inspiration’ is when an idea gets hold of you.
Well, I was truly inspired to do this and I hope that we can have a positive impact on mouths and health across Australia.
As I see it, my job as a dentist is to get the patient to understand their problems, explain why they have certain issues and discuss the possible solutions - the advantages and disadvantages of their decisions - including doing nothing! I then aim to provide a service to the highest possible standard, should the patient ‘choose’ to go ahead. Now, every dentist will treat every patient slightly differently based on their own experiences depending what has worked best for their patients in their career, the courses and seminars they have attended, books and journals they have read etc. but the options and reasons for their decisions should always be openly discussed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank mum and dad for their unconditional love and support, and Russell, for his knowledge, resolve and helping to turn this idea into reality.