Today I sat down with Dr. Nahed Lakkis, to learn a little bit more about him, as both a dentist and a lifelong learner.Dr. Sean Langton, to learn a little bit more about him, as both a dentist and a family man.
Tell me a little bit about your dental background/experience.
I graduated with Magna Cum Laude from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) in May 2017. After graduating, I completed a year-long hospital fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Jamaica Plain. It was there that I was able to become proficient in restorative, endodontic, and surgical procedures. My dental journey has included a mix of corporate and private practice experience. I’ve brought all of these experiences with me as I grow and learn, and most recently, I’ve had the luxury of practicing dentistry at Belmont Dental Group.
What are some of the procedures you enjoy doing most?
I enjoy the process of restoring a tooth back to function. It sounds simple but there are so many factors that play a role in restoring teeth with minimal pain and post-operative sensitivity. That being said, I pride myself on being a general dentist with the ability to perform a multitude of procedures. I love creating bonds with all of my patients, and have found that those emotional connections improve treatment.
What made you want to become a dentist?
My love for dentistry stems from my uncle. I spent countless hours in my uncle’s office as an orthodontic patient. After my appointments, I would normally stick around the office and observe everything that was going on, and there was always so much going on! It seemed so interesting and exciting that your day-to-day experience as a dentist could vary so much depending on what the schedule had in store for you. Best of all, you were treating patients and helping them overcome their barriers to a healthier and more radiant smile.
If a patient is experiencing a dental emergency, when should they be contacting you?
They should attempt to contact the office as soon as possible. Delaying treatment will do nothing but cause unnecessary discomfort. Our amazing office staff will get you to the right dental assistant, who will help get you in for an emergency appointment.
To reach me personally, email me at email@example.com. Once you’re a patient here, my cell number is available for true emergencies.
What do you like most about being part of the Belmont Dental Group family?
My favorite part by far is the culture. Employees at Belmont Dental Group know how to work hard, but have fun while doing it. The attitude toward helping patients is outstanding. Every day, everyone is happy and excited to be at the office to provide the best care possible to every patient. We all know it’s the little things like small chocolates from Dr. Nager or jokes between patients and our staff that make working in such a fast-paced environment most enjoyable.
When not working on teeth, what do you like to do?
Free time, what’s that? Honestly, most of my free time is spent trying to stay active, in one form or another. When it’s warm out, I can be found playing a variety of sports (volleyball, basketball, football, baseball), or going on hikes and running through local trails with my wife. When Boston’s long winters hit, I try to catch up with friends over dinner or by watching a game. As a Patriots and general football junkie, you will definitely find me watching football all day on Sundays in the fall and winter.
If you could learn to do anything at all, what would you love to learn?
I’ve always wished that I knew how to play the piano. I think like most parents, my mother made me take piano lessons when I was about 12 years old. Being a child, I didn’t really appreciate learning the piano, and I only ended up taking the lessons for a year. As an adult, I wish I had stuck with it back then, since finding the time to learn now is so hard.
You know, with all the other sports I enjoy, I think I’d also love to learn how to golf!
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Boston, MA, but my family is originally from Lebanon. Both of my parents spent most of their adolescence in Northern Lebanon, in an area known as the Koura District. Growing up, I had the opportunity to visit Lebanon almost every summer vacation. It was during those summer vacations that I became fluent in Arabic. I still visit Lebanon as often as I can. Actually, I will be there for a week this summer  to attend a family member’s wedding and I couldn’t be more excited!
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
It’s okay to be uncomfortable and to fail. If you are not constantly changing and trying to advance yourself, then you will never grow. Growth often requires failing at something several times before getting it right.
What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
First, I’d say Quality > Quantity. This is the biggest one for me. When quality starts to go down, it puts a strain on the relationship we have with patients. Their trust and faith in us stem from the quality of our work.
Second, is the importance of honesty with patients, especially when discussing treatment plans with patients at their initial appointment. You have to be as transparent as possible when discussing plans with patients. They are relying on you to help transform their smile in a way they can afford.
The third is reliability. You have to be present and available for patients when they need you. This may mean staying late or coming in on a day off to help fix an emergency.
And one extra lesson for good luck, consistency. It’s all about bringing the same effort and work ethic into the office every day. First and foremost, you have to lead your staff by example. Creating a great culture that everyone, both employees and patients, wants to be a part of is all about consistency.
How do you define success?
I believe success is something that can be measured daily. It’s important to develop habits and routines that enable you to be successful each day. Having new goals and expectations, and trying to accomplish each of them, is what I view as a successful day. At the same time, it’s important to remember that real success requires patience. Success is not earned in a day, but rather by stringing all those consistent days together.