Alborzi Orthodontics - March/April 2019

235 N. SanMateo Drive, Suite 300 SanMateo, CA 94401-2672 Tel: (650) 342-4171

705 Purissima Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1934 Tel: (650) 726-6321

The Alborzi Standard

March/April 2019

THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY Making Any Place Feel Like Home

The other day, my son and I were in a café when I heard someone a few tables over speaking in French. Much to the chagrin of my embarrassed son, I excitedly started conversing with these patrons in their native tongue. This exchange made me think about how important learning new languages can be and the value of diversity overall. When I really think about it, there is a lot of diversity in my life. I am Persian, my husband is Chinese, and my son is half- Mexican, half-Persian. But in addition to this diversity within the four walls of my home, the team at Alborzi Smiles comprises various nationalities and backgrounds. We have team members from El Salvador, Mexico, Italy, Ukraine, and several who were born and raised right here in California. “Because Cantonese, Spanish, Persian, French, Russian, and Ukrainian intonations fill the office, I have yet to experience a moment when my team and I haven’t been able to build relationships with our patients through conversation.” Since our staff is so diverse, patients often hear multiple languages spoken here at any given time. Because Cantonese, Spanish, Persian, French, Russian, and Ukrainian

intonations fill the office, I have yet to experience a moment when my team and I haven’t been able to build relationships with our patients through conversation. While being bilingual certainly isn’t a requirement to be able to work here, I’ve noticed how big of a difference language can make in a patient’s experience. There is something beautiful about being able to speak to someone in their own language. It’s more comfortable; it can make any place feel like home. More and more businesses are making strides in incorporating and seeking out a more diverse workforce. Bringing a variety of different people together not only fosters a culturally distinctive office, but also joins hands with multiple viewpoints — because two heads are better than one. When it comes to working with a myriad of backgrounds and personalities, I have known since my early years that a group of people with different thoughts and

While I understand that spending time with people who see the world through the same lens as you might make life easy in certain ways, that’s simply not reflective of the real world. More diversity allows you to grow socially, globally, and interpersonally. It helps you acquire vital perspectives and build relationships with people who can offer you knowledge that you might otherwise be unable to obtain.

experiences will be far more productive than one filled with duplicates.

Growing up in Iran, I navigated a homogeneous

Diversity empowers you to gain a better understanding of others and a better understanding of yourself.

environment in life. It seemed that everyone I met had the same experiences and perspectives.

–Dr. Alexa Alborzi

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