Question and Answer: Gibson
A. Why are you applying for this position?
It is my desire to excel and give back to the profession that I have dedicated my life to serve– general and cosmetic dentistry. As you have reviewed in my condensed biography, I have overcome obstacles but have been able to achieve success in dentistry as well as in other endeavors through hard work, dedication and a strong desire to make a difference. I strive daily to reach the next level of service representing the AACD.
Serving on the Board of Directors of AACD in 2009--‐2011 as a general member has provided me insight on AACD’s governance and committees. It has helped me to understand bylaws and policies, operations of the AACD, and the AACD’s mission and strategic goals. With that understanding, it is my desires to be able to continue to serve the Academy in helping the academy’s strategic plan, growth, as well as assist in promoting the organization’s image and in serving its members. I have had the opportunity to serve on the Strategic Alliance Subcommittee, Liaison to the BOT, and served as scout/host during the Scientific Sessions. I served as an accredited member of the BOD for the 2012--‐2013 remaining term and on the Protocol Committee. I am currently an Accredited Member of the Board of Directors and on the Professional Education Committee and Affiliate Relations Committee for 2013. I enjoy working yearly with the new member mentor program as that is where my journey started with AACD. I am actively involved in the newly formed Midwest Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (formerly the Chicago Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Affiliate of AACD) as the current President/Founder. I am dedicated to seeing this new affiliate become successful by reaching potential dental professionals in the Midwest region for AACD membership, education, and leadership.
As a general dentist, I have enjoyed the past 18 years in making my patients’ lives more enchanting with healthier and more beautiful smiles. As a member of the AACD and through my continuing education, that has never been truer than it is today with the technologies and tremendous continuing courses available.
It is with great pride that I am proud to be an active member of the AACD, an accredited member in 2012, and to continue working in a leadership position within the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
B. We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.
Often times I would say that a good leader has to have the quality of being a great listener and a unifier, which I do believe I possess. It is necessary to listen and understand the concerns and issues being brought forth by members of our academy in order for proper direction and resolve. It is important to be able to unify people rather than create separation in the workforce and in any organization. Leadership skills also include my abilities to understand complex issues and my ability to explain my position clearly and directly, being able to give and receive respect amongst my peers and associates, obtaining trust from those looking to me to accomplish the goals set before me, and perhaps having the intangible leadership qualifications that good leaders exemplify.
My organizational style involves detailed planning and execution. Throughout my professional career, both in dentistry and other ventures, I have always been able to create a detailed plan based on proper preparation and knowledge of the task. My organizational style combines both my own knowledge and confidence with working well with my team members and co--‐workers. A great organization or company not only has a strong leader, but also a great team held together by the respect and support it needs of one another. My efforts to succeed and achieve positive outcomes stems from a strong work ethic and the desire to “get things done”.
I believe also in being a “team player”. Being a team player is very much a part of any success. Those who are not team players, I do believe, will fail at some point in their journey, as their abilities are limited to their own talents. Being a board member requires also the wisdom to turn to those who can help inform and guide, in addition to the ‘team player’ philosophy.
C. Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.
I believe that success is not only in the goals we set for ourselves but the process to which it is achieved. I was raised with a strong work ethic to continue what I start as well as to strive for excellence and not disappoint. Proper delegation and follow through are necessary to achieve positive end results. I have the insight to listen, focus, and follow through. I have accomplished many projects both personally and professionally. These honors and accomplishments were not without dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work.
As a teenager, I was chosen as Washington’s Junior Miss amongst 200 young women. This honor was based on a young woman’s educational and leadership qualities in the community. In college, I was chosen 3 years in a row to be highly coveted University of Washington cheerleader from over 2000 auditioning. Both required public appearances, speaking engagements, promotion of the organization’s image and fulfilling a yearlong obligation. As a dental professional, I traveled nationally promoting ‘Dental Health and Wellness’ as Mrs. United States. I continued my service to the Mrs. United States Organization as well as juggled a family and private practice. Similarly, the AACD requires the same dedication and follow through necessary for the organizations’ success. Being a leader within this academy allows me to focus on the needs of the membership, help the AACD’s mission and strategic goals, and to help brand and promote the organization.
As an owner of my own corporation, I have had the experience of working with many individuals of different personalities and have properly delegated and listened to staff members and patients in order to achieve my current success.
My accreditation journey is also a testament to my work ethics in accomplishing specific goals. I started my journey in 2008 with the examination process. During that time, I had a new baby boy and had just started a new private practice. I submitted my clinical cases in a two year window and had the honor of celebrating my 2012 accredited status in Washington DC. I have been published in the JCD in the Accreditation Essentials section during that two--‐year window while achieving accreditation.
Having a focused driven approach, dedication, self-motivation, ambition, persistence and having a strategic plan are all important to achieving my goals. The aforementioned qualities are what I can provide the academy while serving as an AACD leader.
D. The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.
Being in a private practice and working with people with different personalities and management styles have helped me to communicate and handle differences well. The approach of resolving conflict can be difficult if an individual cannot properly select appropriate communication and management methods. I believe in selecting appropriate words to articulate with calm and sincerity. Providing positive words of encouragement and praise even during disagreements is important to me. I believe in treating one with respect, as it is how I would want to be treated should a conflict arise.
I have developed friendships in my work environ, through the AACD, and other dental organizations and have separated these relationships from business matters necessary for the success of the business. In all businesses as a whole, it is necessary to separate personal agendas from business goals. I have never had an issue separating these two important responsibilities. Therefore, such a potential conflict, if I serve on the board or in any AACD leadership position, is not an issue.
E. What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?
I consider myself unique in various ways. I am an Asian American immigrant who came to America in a family with no financial means other than a desire and a dream. Hard work ethics and respect were qualities that were instilled early in my childhood. I became a naturalized citizen in 1986, which allowed me the opportunity to achieve higher education through scholarships. I attended the University of Washington in Seattle for a Bachelor’s Degree and Tufts School of Dental Medicine for my Doctorate. Furthermore, I became Mrs. United States in 2005 being the first Mrs. Illinois and the first dentist to capture this national title. I have been featured on numerous international telecasts and exposed to many cultures and languages to include Taiwanese, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, and English. I have also been featured on the Woman Dentist Journal. I have been published as a dental author and a columnist for a large Chicago area newspaper. I have written a bi--weekly column on dental health and wellness.
My unique qualities will help bring attention to the AACD through opportunities and media exposure. Public speaking and communication skills have allowed me to make a difference in my personal and business endeavors, to which I hope to do the same for AACD. More importantly, serving on the board of directors, the professional education committee and on the affiliates relations committee this year, has allowed me to understand the needs the academy has to better serve its members.
I would like to note that through my husband’s company, Big Talk Media/ Publishing, (he specializes in media marketing and social media specialties), I have the direct resources where the AACD may also benefit.
F. Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.
The AACD is known as the premier organization dedicated to advancing excellence in cosmetic dentistry with the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. Similarly, my interest has been in advancing my clinical abilities and knowledge of cosmetic dentistry and to deliver quality care to my patients in private practice. I believe in the AACD’s mission, vision for the future and core value as I have committed myself to providing this. I have encouraged many of my colleagues to join the AACD and to attend the AACD conference, as the educational opportunities are exceptional and have made me a better clinician.
Not all general dentists seek to further their education nor do they want to be a leader in our profession. However, it is my desire to do both. It is also my desire to help these general dentists challenge themselves, so that the quality of services they provide is not just profitable, but excellent. I would encourage my peers to have continuing education through the AACD.
In alignment with the Academy’s core purpose, I would encourage the exchange of knowledge about cosmetic dentistry, to inspire excellence amongst my colleagues with focus on health, beauty, and function. I believe that having study groups or affiliates like the Chicago Midwest Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, each member can be encouraged to reach their greatest potential, share information with peers and the public, and provide a service of responsible esthetics. I am a proud member, founder, and leader of the Midwest Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to support the advancement of the AACD Strategic plan, and in alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.
I choose to act with integrity and accountability, value people and provide a service to the public and membership with the highest moral character. When you believe in something whole-heartedly, it is much easier to support, campaign, and be proactive for the organization or cause. I believe in the AACD. Thus, I will continue to be an active member of the Academy and hope to serve on the board as an officer to serve its members.
Aside from providing exceptional dentistry, my interest is also in improving people’s lives and giving back to the community. I have chosen to participate in the AACD Charitable Foundation’s “Give Back a Smile” Program and currently have two patients that I can transform and restore and provide a level of self-confidence back.
On an personal level, my dental office team and I select on an annual basis an individual who has overcome an obstacle or hardship and we help to restore his or her smile, to allow them the self--‐confidence to pursue their personal and business endeavors. I find personal satisfaction in restoring smiles like that of a 28 year old cleft lip/cleft palate patient, a former teacher who was a survivor of domestic violence and more recently, a cancer survivor, who came to us through The Billy Graham Organization. It’s my personal and business mission on a clinical realm.
Furthermore, the vision of the AACD is to be globally recognized as the pre‐eminent resource for cosmetic dentistry information and credentialing. I began my journey in the Accreditation process one year after attending my first AACD conference. I was amazed with the scope of the leaders and educational opportunities available.
I will promote and support the credentialing of the AACD, as I know it is the highest honor bestowed to any dentist for their exceptional dentistry in conjunction to the academy’s core purpose. I had the honor to stand on stage in Washington DC as a newly accredited member 2012. I am now actively pursuing Fellowship.
Though I have accomplished a journey toward accredited status, I have also made it a goal to listen to the members of the academy to see how I can better serve them as a leader within the academy. I desire to give back to a profession I am proud to be a part. My involvement in the AACD over the years as a general member, accreditation candidate and as an accredited member, to serving on the board of directors, strategic alliance sub- committee, liaison to the BOT, protocol committee, host/scout, professional education committee, and affiliates relations committee have all given me different insights and perspectives to how I can better serve this academy. I have resurrected a Chicago affiliate now known as the Midwest Academy. As the AACD continues to grow and change, the responsibilities of a board will also increase. The terms I served on the board and committees have allowed me to learn more about governance, policies, and bylaws of the academy and how this organization operates. It would be a privilege to continue to serve the membership as I dedicate to advancing the strategic goals of this academy.
Many of the strategic goals of the academy have been re-established this year with attainable goals amongst the joint boards of the BOD, ABCD, and the BOT. The most important process moving forward is branding AACD as an external objective. I am aware that AACD has a strategic goal of increasing consumer awareness, increasing membership, increasing the state recognition of the AACD credential, increasing lab tech and other dental specialist participation, increasing team member courses, creation of new revenue streams for profitability, and much more.
The Academy has limitless opportunities for those interested in serving as a volunteer leader. I understand the Academy’s needs and would love the opportunity to advance AACD as Vice President. I have great respect and admiration for those who are a part of the AACD. As my dental profession is my life, so is the AACD now, and in the many years ahead.
G. Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.
Being a member of the academy has its advantage. I continue to excel in my clinical skills as a dentist and I can still relate to the new dentist seeking to network with members of the AACD. I desire to learn from leaders in our profession so that I can provide the best care possible to my patients. This holds true to all members. The expectations and desires to further advance in the area of cosmetic dentistry or to challenge one-self to be an Accredited member are varied in the membership.
I enjoy speaking to new members as well as engaging with them to get an idea of their long‐term expectations and desires. I have had the opportunity to reach out to new members with the AACD’s new member program that exists. I enjoy networking, socializing, and encouraging others.
As a point of interest, in my 18 years of practice, I have been in both small and large practices, as well as an owner. I have worked in multi disciplinary offices, fee for service offices, and PPO offices. In these various settings, I have experienced the complete gamut of dental offices as a whole. Therefore, I can relate to any and all members regardless of their professional experience and position.
Having good communication skills, being a good listener, and being able to unify people are qualities of a good leader. I am a gregarious person who enjoys working with people, and I enjoy enriching the lives of others. These are the qualities I possess which are a benefit in allowing me to form great relationships between the Board and the membership I serve.
H. Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.
I am aware of the time commitment and dedication in serving the AACD and its members. I have attended leadership and management workshops in Dallas, TX called BOOST Leadership. I spent the 2012 year with Pinnacle Leadership Academy. It is educational, rewarding, and helpful to my personal and business endeavors. I plan on attending the AACD Leadership Academy as well as any recommended leadership training the AACD requires for its volunteer leaders. Though leadership courses are highly recommended, I find that my national exposure and direct experiences requiring leadership skills in front of
a small or large audience to my communication skills in public or in a small private environ to the handling of the media from television to radio to print are all invaluable. The many life experiences in leadership have helped me refine my leadership skills that are not easily attained from taking courses or webinars alone. My experience spanning 27 years with television, radio, pageantry, modeling and commercials have also allowed me the opportunity to excel in leadership positions from local to international levels. I am grateful and indebted for the experiences and training at the national level from America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program, The Miss America Organization, The Miss Universe Organization, The Mrs. United States Organization and Lily’s Talent Agency Chicago.
I. What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?
One of my great honors as a dental professional was the 1998 appointment by Donald Trump/CBS – TV, to be the Official Dentist of The Miss Universe Organization. In that document, Mr. Trump states that “… Because of Dr. Gibson’s dedication to the profession … she has that ability to create that perfect smile. Her appointment was a natural”.
I am presently working with my husband, who serves on the Board of the American Institute of Performing Arts (AIPA) in creating cultural exchange of concerts between the Chinese Government and China’s massive cultural talent and the United States, which includes the possible performance of the Beijing Orchestra on a PBS television special. It would be my desire to assist the AACD in bridging the International Asian Market to go beyond Japan and Korea to include China and Taiwan. I was born in Tokyo, Japan and of Taiwanese descent. I am fluent in Taiwanese.
I am part of a documentary team that recently published the book, “Six Rings From Nowhere”, and the upcoming documentary movie. (The true inspirational story of Don Beebe’s NFL career). Don Beebe was featured in this years’ Super Bowl pre--‐game telecast.
I am part of a Practice Based Research Network in conjunction with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The Practice Based Research Network helps to answer community--‐ based oral health care questions in order to improve the oral health of all Americans and to help contribute to the expansion of evidence--‐based research in dentistry.
I am currently the official dentist of the Chicago Bears Pre‐Game show on WNID 560 AM with Mike North.
J. Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?
K. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or
under investigation? If yes, please explain.