I may not be a periodontal provider like our amazing hygienists or even a dentition detective like our clever dentist and his assistants. I may not be masterful in all things management like our spectacular practice administrator, or even as tenacious and tactful as our wonderful new treatment coordinator, but that doesn’t mean that my summer with Dr. Login’s office hasn’t been anything short of life changing.
As I was packing up my things and closing my collegiate chapter back in May, I stumbled upon a poem that I was given the first day of freshman year. Set in ancient Greece, “Ithaka” describes the journey of a young pilgrim with his heart set on a paradise, an end goal. In order to reach this oasis, the pilgrim, with his heart set upon the gates of his destination, must travel a long road. Along the way he encounters obstacles and challenges he had never imagined, but his heart was strong, his will: fortified. He forges on and gathers knowledge from the wise and learned—stopping at ancient market places and centers of novel discoveries. When the young pilgrim finally arrives to the gate of Ithaca he finds no pillars of marble, no gates forged in gold, no paradise that others once spoke of. First inclined to be disappointed, he realizes Ithaca had not deceived him—it wasn’t about the destination, but the journey along the way.
Like this pilgrim, I joined this practice with an end journey in sight. I knew that I would be transitioning as a recent graduate and had California on my mind. Just like the pilgrim, I was faced with challenges from misidentifying tooth numbers, triple booking our already booked schedule, all the way up to allying the fears of individuals who hadn’t been seen by a practitioner in some time. Yet I came back on Monday, my head held high, ready to correct Thursday’s mistakes while striving to be that much better tomorrow. Most importantly, like our good pilgrim, I learned from, was inspired by, and was motivated through, the stories of the beautiful patients we serve. Yes, it was just like the young pilgrim that I too realized it is not this place that makes us great, but we, you, our patients that makes it great.
I want to thank you for giving me a life-changing experience. For reminding us that without your smiles and voices we are just left with empty chairs and more tools than you can count. I thank you for being vulnerable, patient, understanding, and while I may have not been involved directly in your care, helping make you healthier and happier has led to a healthier, happier me.
This to-be lawyer with just a little bit more knowledge of dentistry will never forget the Gary Login family. I have been so fortunate to have been a small part of this ever-expanding enterprise with a revolutionary vision for our industry. We truly strive not just to be good at what we do, but great.
To my Kara and Christa, my Matt, Mary, and Minda; my Tom, Tina, Eliza, and Faith—you will always have a very special place my heart.
Finally to Dr. Login: there are many places where health and beauty meet, but your art, our art, of dentistry is truly one of a kind. Thank you for this opportunity and for letting me be a very small part of your very special vision. The growth I have experienced here is truly remarkable—please accept my endless gratitude.
Dear Dr. Login and Team,
Thank you so much for opening up your hearts and your practice by allowing me to come and shadow during these past two weeks. When I was searching for dentists in the Brookline area about a month ago, I had no idea that I would be given such an opportunity. However, from the moment I called your practice and spoke with Matt, I knew I had found a truly remarkable place.
The energy of the practice is one of motivation, care, joy, and diligence—and I am inspired by each and every person who works here. From the front desk of Matt, Tina, Tariq, and Faith to the dedicated hygienists, Christa and Mary, to the magnificent dental interns, Tom and Eliza, who never fail to answer my questions with a smile, to Kara who loves each person in this office as though they are a child of hers, and to Dr. Login who consistently brings an aura of creativity, diligence, understanding, and communication into each and every situation.
Dr. Login, you truly approach dentistry, and I would venture to say life, from a whole-hearted and holistic point of view. I am amazed by the effort and energy invested into creating a team dynamic—and I think it is something which makes your practice unique. The talent, concern, and insight of each team member is valued and considered throughout the course of treating a patient and it is a process which benefits every person involved.
The interaction and communication which I witnessed during my time in your practice will serve as models for me throughout my life. I have learned so much about honesty, about motivation, about discipline—and I have learned to stand firm in my ideals, strive for my goals, and know that through continued daily effort, I will succeed.
When I called your practice a month ago, I had absolutely no idea that I would be joining a team of such highly motivated, joyous, and caring individuals. Thank you for opening up your hearts, and for giving me both of your time and your advice.
I cherish the time I spent here, and I look forward to visiting again in the future.
Wishing each team member all the very best,
Thanks for everything for the past two months, especially answering so many of my questions in detail! I took great advice from you!
I am happy to have been assigned my internship to Dr. Login’s practice. It was truly a pleasure, and I am going to miss everybody on the team!
I will keep in touch and visit in the future.
I just wanted to thank you all for letting me shadow your office. It was a great experience and I appreciate you allowing me to see the awesome work that you all do. Being a part of the interactions with patients really helped to open my eyes to the patient aspect of the medical field.
Sincerely, Aleynna Quinones