Keep Up with Life's Changes

Recruited doctor finds the life balance she’s been searching for

Meet Dr. Tamara Bailey. She’s one of the nation’s top female dentists, a wife and a mother to seven children. In other words, she’s a modern day Superwoman. Rewind to where her dental career first began at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While in dental school, she served as class president and a mentor. She also had her first child and thus her balance between work and family began. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Bailey opened her first practice in Ohio, where she remained for four years before moving to Wisconsin with her family. While in Wisconsin she started another practice. After seven years, Dr. Bailey realized she needed more time at home; she didn’t want to worry about the non-clinical side of the business when she was home with her husband and children. Dr. Bailey ended up selling her practice and joined a local support organization in Wisconsin. “It wasn’t a good experience for me,” she said. “There were too many restrictions and I didn’t feel I could practice dentistry the way I wanted to.”

“The reason I sought out Heartland Dental is because life changes. When I was building my practices, that’s what I wanted to do, but my priorities have changed. My kids are getting older and I don’t want to miss out on their lives. With seven kids, I’m a better mom because I’m a dentist, and I’m a better dentist because I’m a mom.”

Tamara Bailey
Tamara Bailey, DDS
practicing dentist at Quirt Family Dentistry in Schofield, Wisconsin

Ultimately, Dr. Bailey decided it was yet again time to look for other career options. She considered starting another private practice, but knew that would take away more time from her family, something she didn’t want to give up. Knowing other dentists who were supported by Heartland Dental, she decided to do some research. “I met with a recruiter and she had my attention when she said, ‘You run the practice.’ The reality is I know how to market and take care of the administrative duties, but I don’t want to. I’m an expert on the clinical side, and that’s what I wanted to focus on.” After meeting with a Heartland Dental recruiter, Dr. Bailey knew joining a Heartland Dental supported office was the right career transformation for her.

In January 2015, everything fell into place when Dr. Bailey became a part of the Quirt Family Dentistry team in Schofield, Wisconsin. She felt that her visions directly aligned with that of her new partner, Dr. Christopher Klabo, which made Quirt Family Dentistry the perfect fit for her. The dynamic of her new practice is the way she always envisioned it. She craved a challenging environment where she was able to perform a mixture of procedures and learn new things, but she also wanted it to be fun. Now that the uncertainty has disappeared, the staff is thriving and laughter has been restored in the office.

Many benefits have accompanied Dr. Bailey’s transition to a Heartland Dental supported office. She appreciates how the new patient flow is effortless and the convenience of taking continuing education courses. Continuing education is one aspect of practicing that Dr. Bailey finds most important with practicing dentistry. Previously she was not able to find the time and it was often difficult for her to attend courses. Now, she is thankful that the courses are offered at a variety of times and locations so that she is able to attend more classes and gain the knowledge she desires to be successful.

She also said this mid-career transition has helped her become re-energized about her career in dentistry. Her biggest advice to other doctors is to make this leap with an open mind and to accept change. “With all transitions comes change. Be willing to examine yourself as a doctor, and be open to learning new things and try what is different, because it could only enhance what you do.”

For Dr. Bailey, this has been an ideal growth opportunity. “The reason I sought out Heartland Dental’s support is because life changes. When I was building my practices, that’s what I wanted to do, but my priorities have changed. My kids are getting older and I don’t want to miss out on their lives. With seven kids, I’m a better mom because I’m a dentist, and I’m a better dentist because I’m a mom.”