Danine Fresch Gray, DDS
What women inspire you, why and how do you incorporate this into business?
Michelle Obama and Melinda Gates have recently written books about becoming their best selves and lifting up other women. They write about contributing to positive social change and encouraging people to pay it forward. Part of paying it forward in business is creating mentorship opportunities for those starting out and encouraging my own team’s professional development so that they not only are better providers of dental care, but better individuals. My values encourage self-worth through education, relationship building, excellent customer service and outreach to the community.
What are your top priorities for women patients?
Helping women live healthier lives! Women tend to be the gatekeepers to their families health and many times my female patients have had their health and well-being take a backseat. Our motto, Mouth, Mind and Body, promotes integrative dental health so that dental solutions are created based upon real life challenges, genetic risk factors and science. Healing is for a lifetime, not just the next six months.
What do you love most about doing business in this area?
We’re lucky to live in an area that encourages health and social service integration. Serving in numerous Arlington organizations over 25 years, I’ve been humbled by the example we’ve been setting for the rest of the country. My passion for oral systemic health has recently blossomed at the Arlington Free Clinic where the new dental clinic is a U.S. model for public/private health and dental integration. Whether it is through affordable housing (Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing), feeding the hungry (Arlington Food Assistance Center)
or health education with Virginia Hospital Center’s Women’s Health Circle, I feel blessed to be part of the Arlington community.
“My values encourage self-worth through education, relationship building, excellent customer service and outreach to the community.”