I was very fortunate early on to make a decision that I wanted to be able to help people. And part of the career choices was either medicine or dentistry. And that in looking at both of the careers, I felt that dentistry was my best choice. I enjoy working with people, and it's always been that for me, and I'm good at what I do and continue to enjoy it.
The most rewarding part for me about dentistry has been the ability to make changes in people's lives. That some of the work that we do is, actually changes their view on how they see themselves, how they see the world, and the choices that they make, and that it's always rewarding to see somebody walking out of here with a big smile and feeling good about the treatment that they've received.
My educational background is, a long time ago, is that I was graduated from the University of Manitoba, and I've been practicing dentistry for 42 years. And the biggest part of the education comes from the work, is that the school is foundational, but I've had the great opportunity to work with many people from many different facets, and I've enjoyed that aspect of learning and the education that it brings.
Education has always been one of the ways that makes you feel better, but it also gives you a wider skill range in order to deliver to the patient. It gives us a better product and a better outcome, both from the standpoint of the quality of the clinical dentistry, but also from the aspect of … the interpersonal aspects of it that allows us to be not just somebody who's gonna take care of their teeth, but somebody who's going to take care of their well-being as well as the dentistry part of it.
Dr. Doug McDermid, a Winnipeg, MB dentist at Lakewood Dental Centre, graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry in 1977 and hasn’t stopped learning since. He has completed advanced dentistry courses in dental implants at McGill University, studied aesthetics at the New York Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, studied occlusion and temporomandibular dysfunction with Clinical Research Associates, and completed courses in periodontal therapy.
So, it’s no surprise that Lakewood Dental Centre, a Winnipeg, MB dental practice that Dr. McDermid established 40 years ago with his wife Cheri, continues to thrive with his expansive dentistry knowledge. Lakewood Dental Centre is a well-respected pillar of its community. By providing excellent dental care, the dentists have realized their vision of contributing to the overall well-being and total health of patients of all ages.
When Dr. McDermid isn’t by his patients’ side at the dental chair, he spends his time remaining an active member of the Manitoba Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association, the International Association for Orthodontics, and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.