Bilal beckles



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Description: Prosthodontics is the dental specialty with a definition that includes technical terms like maxillofacial tissues and biocompatible substitutes. The one specialist we know, L. Bilal Beckles, sums it

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty with a definition that includes technical terms like maxillofacial tissues and biocompatible substitutes. The one specialist we know, L. Bilal Beckles, sums it up like this: "We restore what is broken down and/or replace what is missing." It was through a science program sponsored by the Urban League that a teenaged Beckles received a reluctant introduction to the industry and developed an affinity for fixing snaggle-toothed smiles. "The program placed me in a dental clinic," Beckles explains. "I was a little apprehensive because I knew nothing of it, not to mention my fear of and general dislike for dentists." The set of artistic skills that were required intrigued him, and he continued to volunteer long after the initial program was over. Today, he's only one of two registered prosthodontists in southern Maryland. He treats mainly cosmetic dentistry cases, although he is often referred patients with complex issues. "You can only imagine what comes through the door," he muses.

Beckles and his business partner are currently growing WoodView Dental Specialists into a 3,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art "spa" dental practice in Largo, Md. in between trips to the Caribbean volunteering his services for some of the region's neediest patients. Here, the fixer-upper talks inspiration, accomplishments, and a little advice for the President.

DIVERSIONS: Reading now: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Conversation by Hill Harper, and Palestine: Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter. I'm not much of a reader, so have to I move around different books so I don't lose interest. * Reading next: I want to learn the business side of dentistry, so probably a business and marketing book. * Recently discovered: I met Dr. Keith Black, a world renowned neurosurgeon. His life is inspiring.

REFLECTIONS: First job: A large dental practice in Maryland * What keeps him up at night: Work! * Words to live by: "There is ALWAYS something to accomplish everyday!" P. Larosiliere (business partner) * Advice he would have given himself 10 years ago: Be yourself for yourself, and not for anyone else. Don't be a "pleaser." * Three people he'd have over to dinner: My grandmother (so she can try my cooking), Malcolm X (for focus), and President Obama (so he can get advice from my grandmother).






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