Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA - March 1, 2022

Women Who Have Inspired Me

Joanna Bourke. She is a well-known social and cultural historian. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and outgoing Chair of its Modern History Section and a prize-winning author of 14 books, including histories on modern warfare, medicine, science, psychology and psychiatry, emotions, pain, what it means to be human. She is the author of The History of Dentistry, which we met. After watching the documentary, I reached out to her to say how much I enjoyed her presentation. She responded that same day. We have responded repeatedly over the years, and I have such high regard for her.

She said, and I quote, "The changing medical, scientific, moral, economic, and political meanings given to the material body have radical implications for human culture. Understanding these meanings tells us a great deal about what it means to be human."

Sometimes I think we forget that. I have always said dental assistants yearn for a practice where they can see a better picture of themselves now and in the future. They can see how a great practice can make them better in many ways and vice versa.

This betterment isn't limited to simply technical skills development; it is often more than that. It expands into every area of their lives; becoming a better mom, living a healthier life, feeling happier during the day, better utilization of their strengths, celebrating their creativity, feeling more spiritually aligned, and the list goes on and on. It has always been my belief that advocating on behalf of dental assistants elevates our profession by increasing respect and recognition.

- Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA

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