The HOPE Award — Tonya Chidester — Jeansonne & Spillers Dentistry

Published on June 8, 2016

The HOPE Award – Tonya Chidester, EDDA, Practice Manager, Jeansonne & Spillers Dentistry

“Helping Others Perform Effectively”Tonya Chidester

When Tonya was involved in a serious car accident as a teenager, she realized the importance of a healthy and beautiful smile, “I remember having to undergo various surgeries and being in and out of the dental office for a month. I kept telling my mom that I had to fix my teeth!”

Fast forward to 2015 and Tonya was offered the Office Manager position at Jeansonne and Spillers Dentistry, “I worked for Dr. Jeansonne for five years and only left because I was pregnant and needed time to focus on my family. It means the world to me to be invited back into this practice, working with Dr. Jeansonne and Dr. Spillers and the rest of the team. I feel like I’ve come home.”

Tonya has over twenty seven years’ experience in the dental industry and can even list educator on her resume, “In 2011 I taught an EDDA course through LSU School of Dentistry for three years. I love all aspects of dentistry and consider myself a people person who truly cares about helping others.”  Tonya says the most rewarding part of her career is contributing to the patient experience, “My main focus is on patient care and communicating openly and honestly throughout the beginning, middle and end of their treatment.  I treat each patient exactly how I would want to be treated during a dental appointment.”

Since working with Straine Consulting Tonya says she’s even more equipped to perform her job, “The practice as a whole runs very well and we’re achieving our goals with the coaching of Straine. I also learned a tremendous amount about practice management when I attended the 2016 Straine Client workshop. Everything just clicked in my head.”

Straine Practice Development Coach Lee Ann Burke nominated Tonya for The HOPE Award because of Tonya’s willingness to embrace change, “Tonya is the template of an Engaged Employee.  She is resilient, optimist and willing to learn and grow with the practice.  Her energy is noticeable and contagious!”

Jeansonne & Spillers Dentistry
1116 South Purpera Avenue
Gonzales, LA  70737

The HOPE Award recipient is the personification and spirit of hope and expects with confidence that others will passionately commit their hearts and hands in serving the organization: “While I breathe, I hope.”

The recipient:

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