January 3, 2014

Cecelia MescainOne of the DALE Foundation’s learners and a Fellow in the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) received the Patterson Dental Scholarship last year.

Cecilia Mescain, FAADOM, says she was surprised and honored to be named one of eight recipients of a Patterson Dental scholarship to attend the 2013 AADOM annual conference.

“This is a passion,” Mescain says about her commitment to work as operations director for Smile Central Dental in Paterson, N.J. — a growing pediatric dental practice providing affordable dentistry for children.

While looking for educational opportunities, Mescain became involved with AADOM, attending conferences and eventually earning Fellowship with the class of 2011, which she says was a great way to keep educating herself while motivating other staff — “to lead by example and create more people who do what I do,” Mescain says. As part of AADOM’s Fellowship requirements, Mescain took the DALE Foundation’s Accounts Receivable for the Dental Office and HR Fundamentals for the Dental Office online courses. The courses were “awesome,” she says, and offered information she could relate to her everyday work.

In her role as operations director, Mescain now oversees four other office managers. She stresses her commitment to continuing education and the importance of leading by example: “You have to practice to build a practice,” she says. Keeping up with education makes you “more valuable not only to your practice but to the entire dental field.” ..

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