DeW Dish with Kari Carter-Cherelus, RDH DA

In Print Issues by Kari Carter-Cherelus

What is the best part of your job?

It is encouraging to receive messages from clients and others who tell me how something I said or wrote motivated them to make positive changes in their life. Often I am told that someone left a job that no longer served them. I love being told that they started taking better care of themselves in multiple areas of their life and are reaping benefits.

Who has been the most influential woman in your life?

My grandmother helped instill the entrepreneurial spirit in me as well as my love of traveling. She had several successful businesses and traveled the world. My mother taught me the importance of loving your family unconditionally and to always give support to others even if that is in the form of just listening to others pouring out their hearts.

How do you measure your success?

I measure my success in the lives I have been able to affect positively in some way. My goal is to empower others to make positive changes within their lives and to get unstuck. When I hear others are doing this, I feel fulfilled.

What obstacles have you overcome in your career?

Unfortunately, I have worked in environments that were hostile. I faced bullying, microaggressions, gaslighting, and even racist behavior. I became burnt out and even dealt with PTSD. I now passionately speak about burnout and overcoming hostile work environments and wrote the book The Ultimate Guide For Dental Hygienist Burnout to help others.

What do you do to turn around a bad day?

I don’t often have bad days but when I do, I try to remember it’s only one day. The next day always holds the promise of a fresh start. My playlist to get over a bad day is to pray, meditate, listen to motivational compilations on YouTube, eat some comfort food, go for a run, watch a favorite movie, or call up a friend or my mom and tell them how I am feeling.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love good food, good movies, a good laugh, and a good long conversation. I also keep up to date on the gossip about the Royals of Britain. No Megan Markle hate tolerated!

What advice do you have for the new person in your office?

It’s important to take the time to get familiar with your new position and how the office operates. No matter how much experience you may have you still can learn from others, so ask questions!

What “DeW” leaders do?

Leaders see the big picture by recognizing that in order for an organization to be successful, the growth of all team members is necessary. Leaders inspire, support, and share their vision with all.

What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

I enjoy jogging because it helps me to practice self care. When I jog, I am able to release endorphins, various emotions, meditate, as well as think about my latest projects and my goals.