American Ninja Dentist lives her dream, shares her story

This past June, North Carolina dentist Dr. Desiree Walker was a featured athlete on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, the heart-racing, extreme obstacle competition, and ran the course.

Caption: This past June, North Carolina dentist Dr. Desiree Walker, shown, was a featured athlete on NBC’s extreme obstacle competition, American Ninja Warrior.

By Desiree Walker, DDS (@sarahdesiwalker)

“A great dentist”, “a kind dentist”, “a gentle dentist” – these were the normal, positive phrases that I hoped that my patients would use to describe me.  Never did I think that one of the adjectives would be “Ninja” and never did I think that many of my patients would refer to me as the “Ninja Dentist”. But I am, at least locally, thanks to the NBC show American Ninja Warrior.

This past June, I was a featured athlete on American Ninja Warrior, the heart-racing, extreme obstacle competition, and ran the course.  Not only did I get to showcase what one of the hosts called the most epic fall this season, but also myself, as a dentist and an athlete. The opportunity was a thrill of a lifetime, but the biggest blessing was the chance to share my story of dentistry and fitness; two topics that are rarely blended together.  It was a chance to encourage females, dentists and professionals, that wellness, exercise and movement can be integrated into any lifestyle.

The events began unfolding back at the end of April. I was in my office on a Saturday afternoon, re-bonding ortho brackets on my husband Ash, when I got a call on my cell phone.  I never answer calls while in the operatory with patients, of course, but this was a different situation, especially with the patient being my husband and the call coming from Los Angles, the complete opposite end of the country.  I de-gloved and answered.
The conversation went as follows:  “This is Claire, one of the producers from NBC.  We received your application and tryout video for American Ninja Warrior.  Would you be interested in participating on the show in Miami?”

Wow – I wasn’t expecting that! Several months ago, I did a spur-of-the-moment iPhone video of one of my actual training workouts in my house.  It was the last day for submission of the application to the American Ninja Warrior Show, and we were snow bound in our homes.  I did a brief introduction and filmed the workout.  I sent in the video and application that evening, not thinking much about my chances of being chosen.  I was in the third full month of my ground-up construction, start-up dental practice. It was consuming most of my time, focus and energy.

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Show PRO-SYS™ your smile and win

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Just when you thought selfies couldn’t get any more viral, oral care brand PRO-SYS plans to deliver a prime selfie ProSys_selfie_contest_infoKelsiopportunity at the Greater New York Dental Meeting in November (November 28 to December 3), complete with a chance to win $500 in prizes.

Anyone attending should visit Booth #1734 at the GNYDM for a PRO-SYS@ Smile Shot and a chance to win $500 in PRO-SYS™ products.

If you’re not able to attend the GNYDM, no worries, your smile can still compete:

1. Take a selfie (double entry if you have a PRO-SYS™ product in the photo).

2. Post your PRO-SYS™ smile to the PRO-SYS™ Facebook page #PROSYSSMILE or email your entries to info@pro-sys.com

All images received by December 15, 2014 will enter you to win.

 

Begin November in Indian Wells, California

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in California will host the 2014 DTA Annual Meeting

Dinner featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian, David McCullough, Tesla test drives and sunrise yoga – activities aimed to welcome the dental industry to the 2014 Dental Trade Alliance Annual Meeting.

Hosted November 3 through 7 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California, the conference will begin with A Women in Business Network Dinner.

Opening the November 5 business meeting: Dr. Marc B. Cooper, private periodontist, and author of seven successful books, whose electronic newsletter reaches thousands of subscribers in 31 countries.

Find out more about the DTA’s program of  business speakers who aim to provide tangible take-home tools: https://www.dentaltradealliance.org/Annual-Meeting-Speakers/annual-meeting-speakers.html

Put your money where your mouth is?

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The Olympic Torch Cauldron. World’s lightest bicycle. The body of Apple’s PowerBook line. SR-71 “Blackbird” war plane. The Reinast toothbrush?

It was only a matter of time before a new use for the fourth most abundant, yet difficult to isolate metal came to light in the form of a luxury dental product.

Released in 2013 and touted by its creators as the “first everlasting hygienic toothbrush” this marvel of German engineering took more than four years to create and starts at  $4,320.

In an interview with gizmodo.com, Reinast designers explained the inspiration behind its curvaceously designed handle: a miswak branch, which presented as one of the earliest forms of tooth hygiene in ancient Egypt.

Reinast custom built a diamond-embedded version of the toothbrush for a Middle Eastern sultanate, according to gizmodo.com’s report, in line with the toothbrush creator’s vision for its ideal purchaser, as described by Chief Technology Officer Dr. Djorde Djokovic:

“The type of client we have in mind and are currently selling to are those with an incredibly high net-worth. People who have their own yachts, people who have their own private jets—it’s for people who can spend this amount of money on a product they deem beautiful. And one that doesn’t exist on the market elsewhere.”

To view an illustration of how many standard toothbrushes you could buy for just the initial cost of the Reinast Luxury Toothbrush, visit: gizmodo.com

Learn the hygienic and medical advancements of its antibacterial properties and experience the luxury of it presentation at: http://www.reinast.com/experience

DTA members and attendees of its annual meeting Bidding for Good

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The 2014 Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) Foundation Silent Auction is now open online until November 6, 2014. The live event (final 2 hours of the auction) takes place on November 6, from 6 – 8 p.m. PST at the DTA Annual Meeting. One hundred percent of the auction proceeds will go to the DTA Foundation to help fund these promising initiatives: broadening oral health care awareness and access for those in need; funding innovative programs designed to improve access to oral health care, recognizing academic excellence and a commitment to community service, among others.

DTA members can participate in the auction even if not attending the DTA Annual Meeting. With internet access, members can bid in the auction until it closes at 8 p.m. PST on November 6, 2014.

“Bank of America Practice Solutions’ sponsorship shows their commitment to the Foundation and its goal to broaden oral health care awareness and access for those in need,” said DTA Foundation Executive Director Laura Doyle.

FInd out how to become and participate at https://www.dentaltradealliance.org/foundation