Annie Spalding never really set out to have a mission — she was a dental hygienist with a fulfilling career when her life took a terrible, tragic turn. “I lost my brother and grandparents to cancer in a five year period,” she says. Spalding and her mother were cancer survivors, too — and that, coupled with the losses put her in a slump. “I had to figure it out, “ she explains, “I needed to know why I was still here. Instead, I asked myself a different question —‘What is it that I love?’ You have to follow what you love to do, otherwise our life is pointless.”
For decades, many of Washington’s dentists have expressed concern, angst, and frustration over the corporate dental practice model. These emotions have arisen over concerns about quality of care and the often clandestine nature of these entities. Many dentists, including several who have worked for corporate dental organizations as associate dentists, do not completely understand their ownership structure, business relationship with the management group, and ultimately where the buck stops. Without transparency and clarity, there are very legitimate questions about whether corporate practices operate legally in Washington state.
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