I immigrated to Canada from Albania 17 years ago with my husband. We had only a few hundred dollars with us and a big dream of building something ours but not much else. I spoke no English and my school meant nothing here so I had to start everything from scratch. I worked seven days a week while going to school full time. After a few years of finishing school and getting my licence as a registered dental hygienist, I founded DentalX in 2013. DentalX started with only me, booking appointments in my car and seeing patients in the late afternoons or Sundays after I worked all day for other dental offices. Now I have an award winning dental office with 12 staff members.
I remember thinking: one day I will have my own clinic. People around me called me a dreamer and said I was crazy, but guess what, they were wrong! Never give up on your dreams, no matter what others may say!
After opening the doors to my very own dental office, the honeymoon feeling however was short-lived. If I thought the problems were now over, I was very wrong, they had not even started. I waited for the phone to ring and the door to open, and waited…and waited… And then there was the issue of finding the right staff. It was a huge risk especially when you know there is a dental office in every single corner and your competition is dentists that pay thousands of dollars in marketing and advertisement. Luckily, patients and staff believed in my vision and saw something that in other dental offices did not exist, a relationship between me and them. My passion for the dental field and taking care of patients was transferred in the best way possible that made them believe in us.