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Hardship Defines Us by What We Choose to Make of It
Life is incredibly difficult and unpredictable for many people right now. The effects of COVID-19 are far-reaching, and many have suffered more than sickness because of it. Businesses and schools have closed, jobs have been lost, loved ones are separated from one another, and events like weddings have been postponed. Times of hardship can be difficult to see through, but take it from me when I tell you: We will get through this. I’m not unfamiliar with hardship myself, but I am also not unfamiliar with the incredible outcomes that can result from it. One of the first and perhaps most impactful hardships I had to face in life was when I was just a toddler. My dad died, leaving me to grow up without a man in the home. But I did know my father had been the first Eagle Scout in St. Lucie County, so to feel connected to him, I sought to follow in his footsteps. On my journey to earn the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, I found incredible father figures and mentors in some of Ft. Pierce’s finest men. They taught me many valuable principles I hold dear today. Had my dad not passed, I may not have persevered to become an Eagle Scout and would likely not be the person I am today.
Gardens Dental Care. It needed a lot of work in terms of upgrades, systems, and quality of team members, and for the past 10 years, the team and I have relentlessly put in that hard work to create a state-of-the-art dental practice. Because of the 2008 economic crash, Gardens Dental Care serves our patients today. Now here we are and another hardship strikes: COVID-19. In mid-March, Gardens Dental Care stopped seeing our regular schedule of patients and remained open for emergency services for nearly two months. Our business, just like many other small businesses, has faced a lot of challenges. We’re still working our way through this adversity, but if past experience has taught me anything, it’s that things will work out. They always do. Often, events that are out of our control dictate our paths in life. And often, those events are incredibly difficult to navigate. But what matters most is how we choose to navigate them. If you can see silver linings and work to find opportunity in these moments, you can create true meaning from the hardship. So, what relationships will begin or end? Where have you been more creative in your life — at work or at home? How much more important is boosting your immune system now? And what have you learned most about yourself during these days? We wish all of you safety and encouragement knowing we WILL get through this together and be stronger because of it. –Dr. David Yates
Fast forward many years later. I had grown up, and my wife and I were living in Georgia with our two young sons. I had built a successful dental practice in Marietta. The next hardship I faced was when my mom back in Florida was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and I made it a priority to visit her as much as possible before she passed away.
It made me wonder what I was doing living so far from family, and when 9/11 occurred, it was the final catalyst I needed to move us here to be near the people we love and who love us. Because of my mom and 9/11, we raised our sons closer to my brothers and sisters. I worked for a few dental offices once we moved and considered opening my own practice or buying an existing practice. But the next hardship to strike was the 2008 housing market crash. The economy became so rocky, especially in our area, and many people suffered financial difficulties. As part of that time of reflection, I more earnestly searched to find the perfect practice, and in 2011, I found and purchased what we all know today as
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