Q: How have you mentored or inspired others who are following in your footsteps?
A: Our partnership started through the mentorship of Dr. Amy Light and we wanted to provide the same opportunity to others. Team Harmony includes members of our internship program for those interested in a career in dentistry. Also, the process of starting up a new business as mothers during COVID was taxing but watching our daughters participate with us was both exciting and fun. Our patients can thank them for the Ms. Pacman machine and the cool prizes.
Q: How do you measure success?
A: At Harmony, we measure success by how much we can give back to our patients and our community. This is why we have partnered with a local non-profit called City Blossoms that develops kid-focused green spaces. At these green spaces, toddlers to teens can learn about pollination, composting, plant cycles and growing edible gardens. For every new patient we donate plants to help these gardens grow because we believe that health starts from the ground up!
Q: What changes or innovations are on the horizon in your industry? How are you preparing for them?
A: One innovation that we are passionate about is a shift towards a more team-based approach to care. Research has continued to confirm the strong link between oral and full-body health. Understanding that many factors influence how a child grows allows us to tailor treatment and help them reach their full potential. We have partnered with other local healthcare providers to create a study club that focuses on this treatment philosophy.
Dr. Goodman is an orthodontist and president-elect of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Heather is a pediatric dentist and a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They are both board-certified specialists and have been practicing together in the area for over 10 years.