Paul McBratney-Owen’s patient care philosophy:
I became dentists because I wanted to help people.
I believe people should be free of pain, be able to speak, eat, and express themselves comfortably, and have a healthy mouth that contributes to the wellbeing of the whole body.
I believe our responsibility as dentists is to educate people about the health of their mouth so that they are able to play an active role in the care of their teeth.
I believe in using plain language to help people understand their options and to discuss all of the available options so that a patient can choose the treatment that best reflects their values and goals.
I believe patients are autonomous individuals capable of making their own healthcare decisions; I strive to provide information so that patients can make informed choices.
I also believe patients have a right to be listened to and to have their choices respected.
I believe patients have the right to know what materials are being used on their teeth.
I believe the role of a dentist is to form a partnership with the patient so that, as a team, they can achieve the best oral health possible.
I believe patients should be treated with the same care and consideration as a family member.
I also believe people have a right to expect their dentist to provide care with honesty and integrity.