THE HEIGHTS SMILE Herald
Jason A . Schermer , D . D . S & Noor Almuda l l a l , D .M. D COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY
5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124
( 440 ) 483 - 1003
MY PHILOSOPHY ‘WHY DID YOU BECOME A DENTIST?’
Occasionally, when patients ask why I became a dentist, I’ll point to the “Top 40” music playing overhead head and reply, “So I could listen to ’80s hits all day.” This is a joke, of course. The truth is, I decided to be a dentist on the first day of ninth grade. Instead of doing roll call, my biology teacher instructed students to stand up, introduce themselves, and tell the whole class what they wanted to be when they grew up. As if having to stand up in front of everyone wasn’t bad enough, at 14, I had yet to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My mind raced as my teacher moved down the desks. When he got to me, I blurted out, “A dentist!” I couldn’t go back on my word after announcing it to the entire class, right?
dentistry aligned with my goals. I went to the same dentist from grade school through college and never had a bad experience. His office was always a welcoming place, and, after thinking about it, dentistry really looked like the best thing I could do with my life. My path to dentistry took me from my small town in Iowa to here in Cleveland, where I attended Case Western University School of Dentistry. The longer I’ve been in dentistry, the more I realize it isn’t the artistry of dentistry I love most — it’s the people. Yes, dentistry itself is fun, and I like what I do, but it’s my patients who make each day enjoyable. When someone sits in my chair, I have a unique opportunity to get to know them, while simultaneously helping them. I
understand something about a treatment, let them ask questions — and provide solid answers. It’s important to myself, my associate Dr. Almudallal, and our whole team that every patient feels comfortable and confident about every decision regarding their oral health. When we sit down and discuss their treatment plan, we factor in their life situation and their personal needs. If doesn’t matter if it takes a few visits or five years; I want to make sure the treatment is right for them. My job is to provide patients with the dentistry and care they deserve. When I’m able to achieve that, it reminds me I really did make the right call in ninth grade. - Jason A. Schermer
love those moments when I am able to just chat with a patient. I enjoy being able to help them get over any nervousness they may have developed over the years in a more “typical” practice.
“The longer I’ve been in dentistry, the more I realize it isn’t the artistry of dentistry I love most — it’s the people.”
Throughout my years as a dentist, I developed a philosophy to help guide my work and my practice. Among other values, any member of my team can say something I preach regularly is the importance of listening. If a patient is nervous, they deserve the opportunity to explain why. If they come in and say, “This is what I am feeling,” believe them, even if we don’t see anything in our tests yet. If they don’t
Okay, my life’s work didn’t come about quite so unplanned. Even back then, I knew I wanted to go into science, though I didn’t care to spend my days trapped in a lab. I also knew I wanted to help people. When I looked around at the options, I realized
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