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How one new dentist found his place through hard work and the power of community.

For Dr. Tysen Wood, the road to dentistry has been one great adventure after another. “I grew up in Idaho and after high school I served a 2-year service mission for my church. After that, I went to Brigham Young University – Idaho and graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology. During undergrad, I worked during the summer selling pest control door-to-door in New Jersey and Pittsburgh, and during the school year I worked as a server in a restaurant.”

During these years of honing his work ethic, Dr. Wood realized his true calling. “Growing up I always knew I wanted to be in the health profession. I shadowed and talked to a bunch of different providers and, after a while, I realized dentistry was the best for me. After college, I lived in Indiana and worked on an assembly line building motorhomes for a year before attending dental school in Las Vegas at UNLV.”

When the time came to find his first dental job, a bit of serendipitous timing lead to a position with Midwest Dental. “During my 4th year of dental school, I received a check-in text from a recruiter at Midwest Dental after having had given them my number a few years earlier during a lunch and learn. She was just seeing if I was interested in talking about a job and things ended up working out really well.”

Once installed in the Wausau, WI practice, Dr. Wood found it was a perfect fit, especially as a new doctor. “I have really appreciated the support during this first year as a dentist. It can be pretty overwhelming at times, and there has been just the right amount of support. One thing I really appreciate about working at Midwest Dental is that I have complete autonomy. I have never felt pressured to do anything that I don’t feel comfortable doing.” Most importantly, he’s able to do what he loves and take care of his patients. “I really enjoy the times when I am able to help people that come in while in pain and I am able to help relieve that pain the same day.”

When asked what advice he’d offer to other new dentists starting out, Dr. Wood encourages them to lean into community. “I think that having colleagues that you can talk to, get advice from, and be mentored by is very important.” You don’t have to do it alone, so don’t be afraid to seek out the support you need.

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