GHDS MEMBER PRACTICE SPOTLIGHT:
DR. BRAD JENNINGS
Our GHDS Communications team happily features member specialist Dr. Brad Jennings for our Practice Spotlight Initiative, March 2022.
Brad Jennings DDS, MDS is a Board- certified orthodontist and owns a private practice in West Houston. He is a Diamond Provider of Invisalign and was asked to be a consultant for them. Dr. Jennings is an active member and has held membership on Board of the Greater Houston Dental Society. Residing near his office, Dr. Jennings gives back to the surrounding neighborhood schools through local programs. He and his practice has had recognitions with Texas Monthly’s Super Dentists and Living Magazine.
Please review our team’s interview with Dr. Jennings:
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DID YOU ATTEND COLLEGE, DENTAL SCHOOL, AND RESIDENCY IF ANY?
"I grew up in a tiny, redneck town in Tennessee called Grand Junction where my family had a hunting store called Dunn’s. I went to Ole Miss for undergrad where I met my future wife, Kristin, who was from Houston. I attended the “original” UT, The University of Tennessee, for both dental school and orthodontic residency. After 7 years in Memphis, my wife was ready to get back to some Tex-Mex, so we headed to Houston!"
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE?
"I’d have to say at this snapshot in my career that it’s my staff. I think I have the best team I’ve ever had in almost 18 years of practice. As you know, it only takes one cancer to ruin your office vibe. The right team will make the difference in whether you have a great practice that you enjoy going to everyday or one that you dread. Getting to listen to Guns n Roses and Van Halen all day in the office isn’t too bad either!"
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MISSION STATEMENT OF HOW YOU PRACTICE DENTISTRY?
"Our goal at Jennings Orthodontics is to blow you away with an out of this world experience, and if you’ve ever seen my office, then you know that it’s unlike any doctor’s office on the planet."
HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND PERSONAL LIFE?
"It took me a long time to know when and how to balance. As a new doctor and father of three early in my career, I was burning the candle at both ends. It’s a catch 22 because you’re as broke as the Ten Commandments and owe lots of money when you’re young, so it’s very difficult to balance the two. My practice is 7x bigger than where I started, but I’m a lot better at balancing the two now. The turning point for me was when I felt like I had to do everything on my office “to do list” even if it meant on weekends at home. I thought that doing more work meant a bigger and better practice. What I was doing was actually burning out, so I wasn’t able to ever give 100%. Eventually, I learned to bust my butt during work and leave it all at the office before going home. A pearl Dr. Woody Tottenham taught me was to always take off for Spring Break and two weeks at Christmas. Your children will only be home for so long, and your patients aren’t going anywhere. Later in life, I doubt anyone has ever said they regretted not working more."
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE TO CURRENT DENTAL STUDENTS?
"The biggest advice I have is to avoid debt as much as possible while in school. Dental school tuition is obscene these days so anything that you can do to keep the amount of money you borrow lower is a must. Live like a pauper now, so you can live like a king later. Avoid eating out, vacations, new cars, etc. It was hard to watch all of my friends buy houses and cars while in school, but you will soon catch up and pass most of them with your career decision."
Brad Jennings DDS, MDS
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