We Are All In This Together!

 

The countdown is on. Come November, Dr. Lori Cockley, owner of East Berlin Dental in East Berlin, Pennsylvania, and her devoted team of dental professionals will leave for Belize. Thanks to help from International Health Outreach, they’ll be lending their skills to the local villages and towns that need it most. Helping men and women of all ages, the team will focus on preventative and restorative care while working alongside local dentists to encourage a more tooth-conscious culture. “We aren’t just shuckin’ teeth,” Dr. Cockley explains. “We want to leave them with something more. There’s a huge educational component.” The trip to Belize isn’t the first time the East Berlin team has volunteered internationally. The six-some also spent 16 days in the Vietnamese jungle helping and educating local people just last year.  Volunteer efforts like this are hardly cake walks, and they don’t happen in a vacuum. There are countless fundraising events leading up to the November trip, and Dr. Cockley knows better than anyone how much legwork and dedication is behind the adventure. The entire team convenes regularly outside of work hours for unique forms of fundraising, like handcrafting jewelry to sell at open house events, to make the trip possible.  The fundraising doubles as team-building, and the Madows’ teachings have shown Dr. Cockley that the best type of team is a cohesive one. It was at TBSE that she learned that a feeling of community – whether around the office or around the world – is the foundation of success in life as well as business. “It’s not just a job. We don’t just clean our instruments and go home. TBSE has taught me that we’re a part of something bigger.” Case in point: on the return flight from TBSE in 2011, Lori and her whole team had their noses buried in copies of “Get Off Your ‘But:’ How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself,” a powerfully motivating book authored by one of the weekend’s premier speakers. While reading, the group noticed that one of the flight attendants had a particularly abrasive attitude. In response, one of Dr. Cockley’s team members handed her a heartfelt note that made her demeanor do an instant 180. It simply read: “You are fabulous.” If this wasn’t a life lesson about the power of positivity and engaging encouragement, nothing was. Hardships and negativity can be shattered with less effort than your brain might let on, and as a dental professional and a humans being, Dr. Cockley operates strongly under the notion that “we are all in this together.”

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