Yup, that’s right……..I quit!
My old life that is.
You see, for the last 29 years, I have been a Certified Dental Assistant. OMG that is a long time!
2 months ago I gave my notice to the most wonderful boss that I have had in a long time and this past tuesday was my very last day in Dentistry……..ever.
Believe me, it was not an easy decision. It means giving up my licence, never being able to practice as a CDA ever again.
I was already in semi-retirement 3 years ago, starting my career as a Personal Trainer, when a friend and fellow CDA called me up and asked if I could help out a Dentist that she worked for. All he needed was a CDA to work for him on tuesdays in a new clinic that he opened in Coquitlam. Well that sounded easy! Turns out said Dentist has a dual specialty in Perio and Prostho……..the only one in Western Canada and he needed someone good.
We decided to meet and I guess I fit the bill. At the time, I had no idea that I was going to open my own gym but I was honest with him from the start……..telling him about my long term goals.
We clicked right from the get go as he is a fellow body building and competitor, played semi pro soccer and liked to Box in his spare time!
I’ve been holding on to this job.
For one, I like him, the work is fascinating and lets face it, it helps me pay the bills. By quitting this job, it means that I have to fully immerse myself in the task at hand…….making a go at this gym/garage. I can’t believe how far the Garage has come in the past 5 months, more that I would ever thought possible. My mind goes a mile a minute and I have so many more plans for it.
When I first started out in Dentistry, someone said to me that being a CDA was a career………I think I snorted…….lol
To me, being a CDA was just a “job”, never a career. It was a means to an end. 5 years tops for me until I found what it was that I really wanted to do. Looking back, I realize that it really was a career. I love what I do! I get bored easily, so I am always taking courses to advance myself in my field and lets be honest………
It took me to Ireland in 2006 to work at the Dublin Dental School and Hospital at Trinity College for 4 years, helping teach the dental students how to use the new Digital Radiography equipment and design and publish the Irish Dental Nurses Journal and be the top in my field of Prosthodontics.
Am I sad? Yes!
Am I nervous? Yes!
Am I excited for what the future holds? Yes!
Let’s hope I made the right decision.