30 years ago, I started this practice in beautiful Greensburg. Boy, what a wonderful, thrilling 30 years it has been. To have met so many people and to have had the chance to help them is something that is truly providential, and it has been a blessing to me and my family beyond what I ever imagine.
Not everyone has the chance to touch so many lives. I am a just a dentist and there are so many other people who leave such a bigger positive mark on this world than I have, or ever will, but I’m still quite proud of the little contribution I make to this world.
I’m often asked what made me want to become a dentist. Why do I get up in the morning and do what I do?
“Because of the money, Dr. Kovacevic.”
A lot of people would think that, and they’d be surprised to find out how untrue that answer is. There are so many things we can do these days to make money, and dentistry is not even the best choice.
What is it that drives me?
Patients like Gloria do. This stunning woman has been my patient since we first opened our office in Greensburg. I would be hard pressed — it may even be impossible — to think of someone as kind, impressive, and big-hearted as Gloria. To know that I have been a positive enough influence in her life for Gloria to keep returning to my office is what gives me purpose in life.
It shows me that I’m doing something for the world. And it transcends me and what I do.
There’s something greater than me, a whole greater the sum of its parts, and I feel like I contribute to it.
I have patients like Gloria to thank for that.
There’s a feeling you get when someone smiles at you and you can see the happiness in the light of their eyes. That emotion, to me, is unique, beautiful, and utterly addicting.
Many peoples’ experiences with the dentist boil down to their dental exams and, at some point, a filling or another ‘small’ procedure that we hardly think about twice. It’s an inconvenience to come to the dentist, even.
This is such a small part of the big picture.
There are so many people that are genuinely unhappy with their smile and it really affects them. A deterioration in dental health can spread and it can cause physical pain, and that doesn’t speak to the fact that dental problems also severely impact self-confidence and can cause anxiety, as well as depression.
I’m not just saying this, these are topics of intensive and ongoing scientific research, so it’s not something to take lightly.
You can imagine what kind of joy someone gets when those issues are corrected and when they can finally feel comfortable, and proud, smiling. It’s almost like magic and it really is amazing. It can bring tears to their eyes. It can change their life forever.
Being able to have that kind of impact on someone’s life is the real magic and it’s exactly why I do what I do. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here’s to another 30 years of giving and helping.