Nurturing relationships and not sweating the “small stuff” are two ways today’s Real Life Wonder Woman pushes through challenges and tough times. And a little ice cream helps, too!
Meet Dr. Docia Hogan, Dentist and Owner of dh Dental Care in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
KR: Please tell us about what brings you joy and fulfillment.
DH: As a young high school woman, I knew 3 things: I loved science, and learning about the human body, and I was intrigued with people and their personal stories. Dentistry helps me combine all of these passions every day. The unexpected part of my job that I love so much is the personal connections that I am privileged to have with my patients. They become a part of what we call our “dental family.”
KR: We all have inner superpowers. What are some of yours?
DH: My husband teases me that I am “hardened.” (No, really, like he used that as a pick up line!) Seriously, though–I think that this is from my experience as a Captain in the US Army. I served four years on active duty at Fort Riley, Kansas. In the Army, you find out real fast that change is constant. So, I tend not to sweat the “small stuff” and can keep most things in perspective. I strive to keep forward momentum even in the hardest of times. Now is the perfect example. We are living in an unprecedented time during the COVID-19 pandemic. My business is temporarily closed. And, yet, I know that this is all going to bring us to a better place in the end. I continue to reach out to my team, reassuring them that we are in “this” together. I remind them that we need to take on our challenges one day at a time. We are now preparing and planning for our new normal when we return – because we will return to dentistry, it is only a matter of patience and keeping our vision strong.
KR: If you could have one super-human power, what would it be?
DH: I wish I could remember everyone’s name the first time I met them! I think using someone’s name creates a stronger connection and value to each relationship. I try to remember one unique thing about everyone I meet!
KR: Knowing what you know at this stage of your life, what words of wisdom would you give to your 20-year-old self?
DH: I would tell that young, boisterous, and spirited lady – Use your voice with authentic intention and ice cream is not one of the major food groups!
Be the reason somebody smiles today!