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Go “Outside the Op” for a Wellness Break with Dr. Kimberly Hubenette

by Kimberly Hubenette

From Brain Surgeon Aspirations to a Thriving Dental Practice, Meet Kimberly

In an insightful interview with Dr. Kimberly Hubenette, a seasoned dentist, she shares the story of how she decided to pursue dentistry instead of her initial dream of becoming a brain surgeon. She also discusses her biggest challenges as a practice owner, her unique approach to work-life balance, and her diverse range of interests outside of dentistry. Kimberly exemplifies the pursuit of personal fulfillment and embracing life’s adventures amidst the challenges she’s faced along the way.  

Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well-preserved body…but rather to skid in sideways totally worn out, shouting “WHAT A RIDE!”

Choosing Dentistry over Medicine: 

During her junior year in high school, Kimberly experienced a transformative realization. Inspired by her father, a dedicated dentist practicing for over five decades, she recognized the unique benefits dentistry offered. The ability to enjoy family vacations together and the realization that patients under dental care seldom face life-threatening circumstances motivated her to pursue a career in dentistry wholeheartedly.

Kim and her dad

Challenges as a Practice Owner:

As a practice owner, Kimberly emphasizes the importance of building an unstoppable team. She acknowledges the significance of finding the right staff members, particularly those who share her high expectations. While she has been fortunate to have a dedicated and committed team, she admits that finding suitable hygienists and dental assistants has been a challenge, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the hiring process.

Kimberly and her team

Balancing Work and Personal Life:

Kimberly takes a unique approach to maintain a well-balanced life and career. Drawing inspiration from her late husband, who lived an active life despite battling a rare genetic disorder, she embraces outdoor activities and seeks anti-aging and health optimization techniques. Her passion for the outdoors, including hiking, fishing, shooting, and camping, allows her to decompress from the demands of her dental career. Additionally, writing novels and spending time with her beloved dog, Dakota, bring her joy and fulfillment.

Kimberly with her late husband, Mark adn their dogs Loki and Rosco

On Finding “Your Thing” and Following Your Passions:

Kimberly advises other dentist-owners to explore various interests and not limit themselves. She encourages dentists to try new activities, pursue their passions, and embrace life to the fullest. By continuously seeking experiences and challenges, one can discover their true calling and find fulfillment beyond their dental career.

Unveiling Hidden Talents:

Beyond her professional achievements, Kimberly shares some lesser-known aspects of her life. She enjoys trap shooting with clay pigeons and has a passion for bird hunting, aligning with her belief in the circle of life when she consumes what she shoots. Additionally, she surprises many with her background as a ballerina for 12 years, demonstrating her diverse range of talents and interests.

Pheasant hunting

Memorable Experiences and Inspirations:

One of Kimberly’s most memorable achievements is hiking Half Dome, an impressive feat that embodies her adventurous spirit and determination. She draws inspiration from a quote she holds dear: “Character is when you do the right thing even when nobody is watching.” Furthermore, she openly shares her regret of not taking more vacations with her late husband while he was still in good health, underscoring the importance of cherishing meaningful experiences with loved ones.

HIking Half Dome in Yosemite

Admiration for Family Resilience:

Kimberly deeply admires her great grandmother’s resilience and perseverance. Overcoming numerous obstacles in her life, including separation from her husband and enduring torture during Japan’s invasion of China, her great grandmother’s sacrifices for her family exemplify strength and love. Kimberly’s great grandmother’s remarkable journey serves as a constant source of inspiration in her own life.

Dream Dinner Guest:

Kimberly would have loved to have dinner with Elvis Presley! 

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