Finding Paradise - Dentist Discovers the Good Life

In a perfect world, we would all work in our ideal job in the ideal location. This doesn't always happen for everyone; many people wake up every morning despising their jobs and surroundings. However, with the proper persistence, ambition and positive mental outlook, great things can happen - paradise can be found. Case in point, take Dr. Ray Gutierrez. Dr. Gutierrez has used his drive and determination to find early success as a young, up-and-coming dentist. With his decision to join Heartland Dental Care in 2011, Dr. Gutierrez now receives the education, support and mentoring he needs to "live the dream."


"I would rather focus on dentistry, and Heartland has made that possible."


Ray Gutierrez, DMD
practices at Dental Associates of Walden Woods in Plant City, Florida. He joined Heartland in 2011.


Dr. Gutierrez studied micro/molecular biology at the University of Central Florida before venturing into dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. It was during this time that he was first introduced to the advantages of Heartland.

"I first heard about Heartland while I was attending dental school, and I was tremendously impressed with the high level of structure and organization within the company. However, there were no Heartland opportunities available in my desired market when I graduated, so I began working in a cosmetic-focused practice in Ocala, Florida," said Dr. Gutierrez. "In the back of my mind, I still remembered the benefits of Heartland though, so when they had an opening in the location I wanted, I took advantage."

In April of 2011, Dr. Gutierrez relocated to the Tampa area and officially joined Heartland the next month at Dental Associates of Walden Woods. "My recruitment experience was extremely positive. The Regional Recruiter and the Regional Director of Operations really exceeded all my expectations during the process. They were cordial, informative and helpful in addressing all of my needs," he reflected. "They were excellent representatives of Heartland and showed me first-hand how dentist and patient needs are top priority."

Since then, Dr. Gutierrez has prospered at Dental Associates of Walden Woods with the valuable support of Heartland. "The stress of miscellaneous, everyday burdens around the office is definitely lifted when Heartland is involved. I thought coming out of dental school that I would only have to worry about treating patients. However, after working in a private practice for awhile, I realized there are countless other issues that indirectly affect dentists, such as staffing and the business of insurance. I would rather focus on dentistry, and Heartland has made that possible," said Dr. Gutierrez. "The systems that have been implemented in our practice maximize our efficiency, allowing our patients to receive the highest standard of care possible. Heartland does everything possible to cater to practice needs and puts doctors in the best position to succeed."

Partnered with Heartland and Dental Associates of Walden Woods, Dr. Gutierrez seems to have found his paradise indeed.