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263: Interview with General Dentist & Practice Owner, Dr. Laura Cox Williams


Join us this week as we welcome Dr. Laura Cox Williams, a general dentist and practice owner, who opens up about her journey filled with challenges and discrimination on the path to practice ownership. Dr. Williams sheds light on the hurdles she faced and the resilience it took to overcome them, offering insights into the realities of the dental industry. Episode 263 is available for download now on all of the top podcast platforms or listen now by clicking the player above!

Episode highlights:

-Dr. Williams shares challenges she encountered as a woman in her previous dental practices

-Discussion on what it was like to acquire and run her own business

-Exploring how Dr. Laura’s experiences as an associate influenced her leadership in fostering a supportive workplace

-Dr. Laura discusses the importance of recognizing and valuing your worth

Meet this week’s guest:

Dr. Laura Williams did not come from a dental family, but by the age of 12 she knew she wanted to be a dentist. Growing up in rural West Virginia, Laura and her family did not know any female dentists to serve as a role model, but her parents valued higher education and encouraged her on this career path. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Concord University, the local state college where both her parents worked, and was accepted to the West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 2001.

Upon graduation, Dr. Williams returned to her hometown where she spent the next 16 years working as an associate in four different dental offices, having babies and learning as much as she could about how to successfully run her own practice. Finally, in 2021, the opportunity to purchase a thriving dental practice only 5 minutes from her house presented itself and Williams Family Dentistry was born.

Even though the path to ownership seemed bumpy and discouraging at times, Dr. Williams is grateful for every hardship, heartbreak and crazy experience because they helped hone her into the dentist and boss she is today. When she’s not fixing teeth, Dr. Williams enjoys quilting, reading and traveling with her husband, Gary, and their 4 children.

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