Since her first participation in The Winner Awards 2019, hosted at the Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, NY, Anaida Deti, who was one of Canada’s promising businesswomen in dentistry, also became in 2020 one of the most awarded and successful.
As an Albanian, she immigrated with a few hundred dollars and a big dream, which with dedication and love has become a modern, sophisticated, spa-like oral health center. “I worked seven days a week while going to school full time. After a few years of finishing school and getting my licence as a registered dental hygienist, I founded DentalX in 2013. DentalX started with only me, booking appointments in my car and seeing patients in the late afternoons or Sundays after I worked all day for other dental offices. Now I have about 12 staff members and we work Monday to Saturday” shares Anaida Deti.
She has also participated in projects to help kids in need of dental care, was a speaker in several conventions and seminars, is a blogger for three media vehicles, was honoured in awards around the world, featured in television and magazines articles and has many more projects ahead.
With everything being said, we conducted an exclusive interview with Anaida Deti, who gave us more details about her thoughts on female entrepreneurship, and the experiences that made her an inspiration for women in the dental industry.
What made you fall in love with the profession?
I wanted to be a dentist since I was a little girl. The dental profession somehow fascinated me and that feeling grew a lot more as I got older. On the other hand, I was also terrified going to the dentist. Let’s say going to the dentist back home was not fun at all. My first dental appointment was when I was 7 years old and what I remember from that appointment is I was scarred for life. My next dental appointment was a decade later and I went only because I was in extreme tooth pain. I always used to say to myself that when I become a dentist, I will make sure that the patients look forward to their dental appointments. And that was the biggest thing for me all these years, making sure that my patients look forward to their dental appointments.
How was it when you realized that you were being a source of inspiration for other people, especially women?
It is an amazing feeling! I have worked very hard to be where I am, so I really appreciate when people tell me that I inspire them. I really believe that you can achieve anything with hard work and determination. I try to help whoever asks for my help as much as I can with my experience and
What is the importance for you in having a team of women and the space that female entrepreneurship has been conquering in the business world?
I am a big feminist and I love women power. I think all together we can change the world. I really believe that women have a special power in them. We can multitask so well that it is unbelievable. We do not have it easy, we have to take care of the family, house and business that is not an easy thing to do, even though we make it look like it is nothing and we do it day in and day out without getting tired. I have had some good examples of strong women in my life, starting from my mother and my mother in
law that have shown me that women can do anything. We need to love each other and support each other.
Do you have any professional wishes or experiences that you have not yet fulfilled? If so, which one?
My big dream is to open more offices throughout the province. Actually, I am in the process of opening my second location. I want to help as many people as I can to beat the scare of the dentist.
Which clinical case performed by you has a special meaning and why?
I love to help the community as much as I can, so I think the free dental work we have done in the community has a very special meaning for me. Helping people smile is the best thing I can do.