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Yoshii Orthodontic Clinic

President Kenichiro Yoshii

Message to young people
People say there are no dreams or hopes nowadays. They say many negative things about us having difficult times in the future. But I don’t think so; I believe people’s dreams and hopes will come true and can be accomplished some day. You may ask yourself if you are doing things right, as you, because of your youth, think others are doing things better than you are. Or, you may give up on things as you think you cannot do them. But, based on what I have done in the past, I want to tell you to stay on the path you choose, with a determination and without questioning it. Then, think hard about things every day assuming you can live forever, and live your life every day as if you have only one day to live. If young people can do this, Japan’s future will surely turn out to be a promising one.

I was born into a family of dentists. Because I grew up watching my parents and my grandfather working as dentists, I dreamed of being one since I was little. When I was a child, I remember I was passive and cried a lot, and I was also restless and had strong curiosity. When I was interested in something, I was deeply into it and just continued doing it. I was good at physical exercise and ran around and played in the great outdoors on holidays, spending many happy days of my childhood doing that. I really thank my parents, who let me do a lot of things.

I was very active during my school days, but one thing that I believe now is that I should have experienced and learned a lot more things while I was young.

When I entered high school, I was already thinking about going to dental school right after high school. I sometimes thought about having a different job, but I thought I should take over the clinic built by my father and the grandfather. When I was training at the dental university, I attended an orthodontics class at the same time I was engaged in clinical work. I remember being so busy that I didn’t have time to sleep.

I took over the clinic when I was 30. I had planned, should something happen at the clinic, on asking my father for help. But soon after I took over, he fell ill and was unable to run the clinic. I was suddenly the head of the clinic and had to take on all of the responsibilities. Thanks to my hard work at the university hospital, I had no concerns over the clinical work, but I was worried about running the clinic, as I had no experience doing it. I spent many sleepless nights, but one day I switched gears and changed my way of thinking. There is no point in worrying about it, and I realized that I had no choice but to do it. Since then, I have acted with strong determination.

As I am the one running the clinic, I am responsible for lives of many people, including the patients and clinic staff, and I am working every day to meet my responsibilities. So, in treating my patients and staff, I use all my knowledge and experience to sincerely deal with them. I have been doing it until now and will keep doing the same thing from here on. It may be too much to say this, but I want to turn this precious clinic, inherited from my father, into the best orthodontic clinic in the world.

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Yoshii Orthodontic Clinic
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