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How Do We Face Life’s Challenges? CHAPTER ONE
At the end of my second year at Columbia Dental School, I started an elective externship at Mount Sinai Hospital with the Oral Surgery team. It was an operating room day, and the residents were going to fix a man’s broken jaw. After scrubbing in, which I had never done before, I entered the operating room. The roomwas foreign and a little intimidating, but “Carolina on My Mind” by James Taylor was playing. There was something about seeing an amazing surgery performed coupled with the music that got me hooked. I knew then that this was what I wanted to do. SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHAPTERS IN MY LIFE INVOLVE “
Thankfully, it all turned out well in the end. Today, both my girls are happy and healthy. My wife and I have welcomed two more children into our lives since then. Juggling my responsibilities of being a father of four and running two practices can be challenging, but it’s a challenge I’m happy to have. My family means the world to me, and after a long day at work, there’s nothing I love more than coming home to spend time with them. This isn’t to say I regret those long days at work. I love running a practice with my partner, Dr. Graffeo. After being an associate for a few years, learning surgery and the business side of dentistry, I felt it was time to start a practice. When I met Michael, I knew I’d found a partner to help make that dream a reality. It was an overwhelming mix of excitement and nerves as we set out on our own. There were obstacles we didn’t see coming, but we didn’t give up. When Michael and I started our second practice, the learning curve was not quite as steep. We knew the ropes by then, and things were certainly much smoother. That being said, adding a second practice requires a tremendous work and time commitment. Definitely worth it though. Life is an ongoing journey, and each new chapter brings changes that can help us grow, as long as we are willing to face those changes head-on. No matter what the new year brings, what chapters start and end, it’s important to put our heart and soul into what we do and always strive to learn and improve. Nothing in life worth having ever comes easy. It’s only through strength and persistence that we can make each chapter in life worthwhile. –Dr. Harrison Linsky Westchester Office • 914-251-0313
The new year is a time of beginnings, and I’ve been reflecting a lot on the many new chapters I’ve experienced in life. There are times when you don’t realize you’re at the start of something huge until much later. When I first walked into
BECOMING A DAD AND STARTING MY OWN PRACTICE.
the operating room at Mount Sinai, I didn’t realize it would be the start of my career as an Oral Surgeon. But most of the time, when you are starting a new chapter in life, you can feel it. Something shifts, and there’s no going back. You can only march forward and rise to the challenges as they come. Some of the biggest chapters in my life involve becoming a dad and starting my own practice. The first few days of parenthood were trying, to say the least. No number of parenting books or courses could have prepared me for what my wife and I had to deal with right out of the gate. My firstborn children are identical twin girls, a challenge in and of itself, but they were also born prematurely. At first everything was great, but a few days later, one of my girls became sick. She ended up spending seven weeks in the neonatal ICU while our other daughter came home. It was a rough couple of months as we worried about our little girl and split our time between our new babies.
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