Dr. Lori Trost named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2013

Dr. Lori Trost named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2013

Dr. Lori Trost | Top 25 Women in Dentistry 2013As the founding dentist at Smiles of Distinction, Dr. Lori Trost is proud of the constantly evolving business she built in Columbia, Ill. As a dental veteran with 27 years of experience under her belt, Dr. Trost has built her practice on the ideals of answering to patients, their needs, and a dedication to providing exceptional dental care that spans from minimally invasive dentistry to placing implants.

“I am grateful to work with a positive and creative team who bring incredible energy and passion to each and every patient,” she said.

For the last 10 years of her career, Dr. Trost also has taken on the role of educator, lecturing on topics ranging from clinical dentistry to minor tooth movement and team productivity as well as knowledge of dental materials.

She loves both roles for different but equally enjoyable reasons. As a dentist, the act of meeting and exceeding her patients’ expectations for their lifelong dental health is an experience that is indescribably rewarding. As an educator, she is endlessly grateful for the ability and opportunity to continually learn, change lives, educate patients, and see her knowledge and influence translate into success for others.

“Growing up in a small town in southern Illinois, my parents and grandmother always gave me and my siblings the encouragement to believe we could enter any profession we so desired,” she said. “They instilled in us a work ethic that I continue to follow today.”

At an early age, her father, a master carpenter, inspired Dr. Trost to work with her hands, examine detail and look at situations in different ways. These lessons are what she feels set her up for success as a dentist because they gave her the tools she would need for early assessment. Though she’s learned many other lessons along her journey from a young carpenter’s daughter to a dentist and a business owner, one lesson sticks out in her mind as most important.

“Surround yourself with good people who are supportive and have your best interest in mind,” she said. “They will allow you to believe in yourself and to practice the abilities you have been taught, and more importantly, to enjoy life.”

She learned many of her business practices from observation and reflection. Her advice to any woman fresh on the dental scene is to seek out successful practices and learn to identify what makes them run smoothly, be productive, and work in harmony.

Dr. Trost believes women are able to be successful on many levels cohesively. Personally she juggles a dental practice, business and family. But at the end of the day, knowing that you have renewed a smile, gave words of encouragement, or made a difference is what truly matters. These acts of skill, kindness, and caring transcend personally and professionally.

“Integrating career and family is challenging and takes incredible energy, resilience and perseverance,” she said. “Realize that detours may show up along your journey. Do not let stereotypes discredit you. Women are more capable than ever today and can transform expectation into opportunities.”

Source Article from:  Dental Products Report

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