Our mission is to serve you. Often this requires multi-tasking and being willing to do things beyond what we have been taught to do or that are in our specific job description. We are cross-trained to help each other. Kim, at our front desk, helps process X-rays. Justin, our full-time hygienist, maintains our film processor. We work as a team helping each other to bring you the best. And we often do this by doing more than one thing at a time – like rocking a mother’s baby while we clean mom’s teeth! Justin, your skills as a dad show at work. You’re the best!
People love stories about those who may be picked on, weak, poor and disadvantaged, someone lesser than the other guy who overcomes all odds and reaches heights never expected. These stories present the classic dilemma – not good versus evil but underdog versus the rest of the world.
We love rooting for the underdog. Have you ever watched a sporting event where your team is not in it and when asked, “Who are you rooting for?” you reply, “Who’s the underdog?”
One characteristic of an underdog is that he/she must be someone to whom we can relate – someone of our own fabric. They also always have a tenacity to become better, to persevere and overcome. An underdog stands up to society, trying hard to become stronger and better no matter what others say. They face great obstacles and eventually overcome them against all odds.
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky…Rudy, the Notre Dame football walk-on…The 1980 “Miracle on Ice”…Remember the Titans…The Little Engine that Could…David and Goliath…Even the cartoon character, Underdog – We love these stories because they offer us a chance to live vicariously through the triumphs of another even if it is just in a movie or book or cartoon. These stories allow us to witness something we can often only dream of for our own lives.
Let me introduce you to our underdog – our office mascot – Chili Bean. He is my dental assistant, Annie’s, mother’s dog. One of Chili Bean’s teeth abscessed and he had to have part of his jaw removed. He is a survivor and our underdog. He came to one of our staff meetings the other day and met us all for the first time. Chili Bean teaches us when to get back up and keep going, to act in the face of poor odds. He demonstrates courage perseverance and faith that no matter what the outcome, you will give it your best. We’re proud to have Chili Bean as our official mascot. Step aside, Underdog!