Practitioner's Credo: 10 Keys to a Successful Professional Practice

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By John B Mattingly

Publisher : Morgan James Pub

Practitioner's Credo: 10 Keys to a Successful Professional Practice

ABOUT John B Mattingly

John B Mattingly
Dr. John Mattingly, reflecting on 34 years as an orthodontist in Louisville, Kentucky, discusses his 10 Keys that determine the success of a professional practice. Now retired, he expresses concern about how insensitive attitudes and lack of two-way respect have crept into too many profess More...



As practitioners, it is easy to fall into the trap of exaggerated self-importance as we complete our education and move into the world of the professional. At that moment, the aura of being something special is there for the taking. We have worked hard, accomplished a major objective in life goals, attained the cultural level where respect has been secured with the potential to earn income such that we should never have to want for anything of a practical nature. Each of us during our training and schooling has striven to excel to demonstrate superior ability as we competed against other students for recognition of our accomplishments and our abilities. Yet, once we achieve the goal of becoming the professional that we aspire to be, we must step back and reflect on what we have and who we are. A successful practitioner is one who realizes that respect is a two-way street.
"Reading through this book I can see the life dedications of a man attempting to better serve all those around him, including his colleagues, his staff and, of course, his patients. John has put into words not only the important keys of being successful in a practice/business setting but also in life..." -- Jeffrey P. Okeson, DMD "Professor/Chair, Dept. of Oral Health"