Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Sharon Dickerson, a holistic and biological dentist based in Denver, CO, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a biological dentist focusing on assisting individuals in achieving ultimate health. I provide state-of-the-art, holistic dental care in an environment that fosters well-being, collaboration, and comfort.
Tell us about yourself
I was introduced to dentistry at a very young age by my father, who was also a practicing dentist. As I pursued this career, it was my own personal dental health that motivated me to seek innovative answers to oral disharmony. As a result of this journey, I became dedicated to helping others in similar situations. Being able to support patients in transforming their oral vitality and whole-body health brings me unmatched joy.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I believe that my most gratifying accomplishment relates to starting my own practice in Denver, CO, in 2019. Up to that point, I had practiced for about 30 years in my birthplace, Michigan. Not many of my colleagues would embark on the process of starting a brand new practice in another state when they are nearing 60 years old. However, to me, it is a story of honoring my intuition. I felt called to share my healing modalities with a larger audience and had faith that my business model would resonate in Denver. It feels like a beautiful, collaborative accomplishment to have successfully grown our practice and to be thriving 4 years later.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Personally, I feel that being both a small business owner and a primary dentist is the greatest challenge. Not only are you tasked with managing all the aspects of running a business, but you are also responsible for providing comforting patient care and high-level dentistry. It is certainly rewarding but would be nearly impossible without the support of a wonderful team.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Take time to truly consider what you are offering your target customer. How will your services solve a problem for them? The more specific you can be, the better!
- Seek the advice and support of those who are already running businesses in your industry. Having solid mentors is priceless!
- Remember to breathe! At any point in the process, being a business owner can feel all-consuming. For me, it is critical to take time to care for myself and keep my perspective.
Where can people find you and your business?
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