DeW Dish–Questions with Grace Yum

In My Story, Print Issues by Anne Duffy

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my career is watching my patients
grow and become real people. I feel so honored to be a part of their lives and to be
a part of their support team. I love connecting with families and taking care of them.

Who has been the most influential woman in your life?

My mom is the most influential person in my life. She is in her 70’s and still runs marathons all over the world. She taught me the art of negotiation and gave me my entrepreneurial spirit. She has always lived with passion and happiness and taught me to beat to my own drum. Most importantly, she taught me to be independent and strong.

What do you do to turn around a bad day?

I find a way to get the frustration out of my system whether that means venting to my husband or friends, or working out, or finding a way to relax and get my mind off of things.

What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is chocolate. I am pre-diabetic and diabetes runs in my family. I had gestational diabetes with both my kids so I have to watch what sugars I eat.

What “DeW” leaders do?

I think leaders are a combination of inspiring yet firm. Leaders help other people to get them to where they need to go and get them to perform at a high level. I think leaders attract people to them for different reasons. Leadership can be lonely because sometimes you need to make executive decisions and not be “popular”.

What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is to go to the Seychelles!

What is first on your dental bucket list?

I feel that I have achieved most of my dental bucket list. I started working in dentistry at the age of 18. I sat at the front desk and answered phones, filed folders, and insurance, collected payment, I cleaned the office, did the sterile, stocked the rooms, assisted the doctor, you name it-I did it. I am now an owner of 2 dental practices and now am at a place in practice that I am learning new procedures. I just bought a laser and so that is my next bucket list item.

What does balance look like?

Balance is not always achievable at every moment in life. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. And there are times when life is really perfect. I think you need to let go of perfect and just do the best you can. Find your tribe and accept help when offered, it doesn’t mean you are weak.

How do you take your coffee?

I take my coffee BLACK. Ever since college and especially dental school, there was no time to add anything to my coffee. As soon as it was done percolating, off I went, and I had to get used to drinking it black!

What is your motto?

Live by the Golden Rule

What scares you the most?

What scares me the most is losing my kids. I was once on vacation and the adult watching my children was on her phone (family member) and lost my 6-year-old at the mall. It was the longest 10 minutes of my life.

Share something about you that someone would never guess.

My birth name is Suzy. I changed my name in the fourth grade to Grace. I went to City Hall and had it legally changed when I was 18 years old. My parents did not come with me. They gave me directions on how to get there and I sat in a courtroom and waiting until the
judge called me up. Since my last name is Yum I had to wait until the very end.
People were there to change names because of adoption or getting married and the
judge asked everyone for a reason as to why. Finally, when it was my turn, I think
the judge was hungry for lunch because I showed up alone without any lawyers and
he just looked at me and said that I could go. I was surprised and just left quickly
before he could change his mind!