Hi, I’m Mike Overend, DVM, a 1983 graduate of the University of Minnesota and currently a member of the board for the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS).
I am writing this monthly blog contribution for the AVDS website to reach out to those members of the AVDS ( and those that are considering membership) that are non-credentialed general practitioners like myself.
My dental history goes something like this.... In 1987 my wife, Lucy Grina, DVM, MN ’86, and I bought the affordable, but very spartan, Lake County Veterinary Clinic in a rural area of Northern Minnesota near the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. We got married that year and started the adventure of our lives trying to develop our skills as veterinarians, practice owners and eventually new parents.
As time went by, I came to the realization that I was a perfectionist, and this did not fit well with being a general practitioner in a very large, sparsely populated and economically depressed practice area. I decided that maybe I should just try to get a little more competent in one area of practice, and leave perfection to some other super-vet.
In 1991 our second child was born and we were entering the really, really, lean years. Student loans, house loans, practice loans, payrolls to meet, equipment to buy, day care, groceries and diapers, costs of living; most of you all know the scenario. If you have lived through it, you are tougher. If you are just getting into it, you will make it, but it isn’t the most fun you can sign up for.