imag08851If there is ONE thing about ‘LIFE’ that I was reminded of, it is this: Don’t EVER think that the ‘little things’ that you do in your life are ‘little’ to those around you.

A month ago, I received a call from the Evansville Courier-Press, who informed me that I was the recipient of the Evansville Courier-Press “Readers Choice” award for “Best Dentist-Gold” for 2012!! I was in disbelief, thinking that it was a mistake. Surely they are referring to the other Dr. Joyce Ablog in town…oh, wait…there isn’t another. Wow, I thought, this was CRAZY!!

I was sworn to secrecy, as the awards were to be given out August 26, 2012, and here it was, at the end of July. So, I’ve had a whole month to process this award, this honor…

“What did I do ‘special’? Who would vote for me? I haven’t done anything,” I thought.

Then I remembered what I have always known- that dentistry was my ‘ministry‘, my ‘calling’. It was always my belief that the patients who enter my door are there by God’s design. Many people are so apprehensive about ‘going to the dentist’, and I thought “What can I do to make things better?”

God gave us two ears to listen, so that’s what I did, for 17 years and counting. I listened to my patients about their dental needs, about their concerns, and especially about their fears. After that, my first response is to quote this scripture from 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I wanted my patients to know that I wanted to treat the person, not just the ‘teeth’.

So, I’ve paid more attention to the ‘little things’…figuring out how I can make a dental appointment a little more pleasant for people. I provide to patients the use of pillows, stress balls, and distraction techniques when giving shots. There have been times that, on my day off, I have accompanied my patients to their oral surgery appointment or root canal appointment… because they were scared…and I wanted to be there for them. It’s the ‘little things’ that some people don’t think twice about that may speak volumes to others.

Thank you Tri-State, for voting me ‘Best Dentist-Gold, 2012’. Your ‘little thing’ of casting your vote spoke VOLUMES to me. I am forever humbled. Thank you.

~Dr. Joyce

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