1. Dr. Tijana, how did you choose a career in dentistry? What inspired and encouraged you in arriving at that decision?
I was interested in science even during elementary and high school and noticed that I like to learn meaningful and logical things, while everything else that had to be memorised and learnt by heart frustrated me. Over time, I developed manual dexterity and a fascination with things that could be created with our hands, especially high-precision work that requires a certain amount of patience. Dentistry aligned these components for me and, considering my perfectionism, it was my best choice.
2. Can you single out a moment in your career that defined you as a human and professional?
I think I am still growing and changing as a person, and my hope is that I won’t stop that process. Looking back a decade or so, I think I’ve made a big shift in both professional and personal growth. I would say that by facing all kinds of challenges on a daily basis, both privately and professionally, my personality is growing and being strengthened.
3. What does Dentorium mean for you?
For me, Dentorium is a place that allows me to practice the dentistry of my dreams. Perfectly precise, without compromising on the high standards of our profession, following the world’s leading trends, while nurturing a full commitment to the patient and an approach based on humanism, which is very highly valued and extremely important to me. This is a place that enables us to fully commit to a single patient, using all the space and time we need. More often than not, people have a hard time talking about their teeth, let alone starting the process of fixing them, which is a big emotional and financial investment. We embark on that process with tremendous fear, even with tears, but with each appointment it gets easier and more relaxed, until we get to a point where the patient falls asleep during treatment. That is essentially showing us that the patient developed a high level of trust in us and feels safe in our arms. And it’s a huge, huge reward for me, alongside all the beautiful smiles we create every day that have the power to change people’s lives!
4. What has been the biggest challenge in your career?
Perhaps, being a woman in this business, the most challenging part was to develop work-life balance. To go back to work with two small children, a remote place of residence, and without grandma’s “backup service” was a really challenging period, especially since this private aspect of life is extremely important to me. However, with understanding and support from the Dentorium team, we managed to overcome that challenge.
5. Who was the biggest inspiration in your career?
I joined Dentorium right after college, as an intern, with a huge desire to learn and gain experience, and a strong sense of the type of dentistry I wanted to practice. Dr. Daniel selflessly and enthusiastically passed on all his knowledge and experience to me and essentially offered me the opportunity to grow with him, as a professional and as a human. I am immensely grateful to him for that experience.