Editor’s intro: Mastering endodontic skills and saving patients’ natural dentition are just two of Dr. Mark Anthony Limosani’s passions. Read more about his quest for providing a positive impact for his patients, his team, and his community in this profile.
Mastering his skill set at Weston Endodontic Care
What can you tell us about your background?
I’m originally from Montreal, Canada, where I spent the first 26 years of my life. I’m of Italian descent; however, both of my parents were born and raised in Canada. I attended one of the two French dental schools in Quebec, the University of Montréal. Interestingly enough, my hometown is where the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) 2019 Annual Meeting was held.
When and why did you become a specialist?
I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful mentor, Dr. Raphael Garofalo, who showed me just how high of a standard one can strive for in any discipline in dentistry. I really got hooked on the level of precision necessary to perform endodontics at the highest level.
Is your practice limited solely to endodontics, or do you practice other types of dentistry?
I am a believer that saving the natural dentition is a very intricate art to master both from an endodontic and a restorative perspective. For the time being, I am focusing on mastering this skill set prior to integrating any other procedures to my armamentarium. I have, however, added various levels of sedation to my practice. I provide moderate IV sedation to patients who request this service. For pediatrics or patients requiring deep sedation, we work with a dental anesthesiologist.
Why did you decide to focus on endodontics?
I believe saving the natural dentition is a noble art, and I have a passion to continually refine my skill set to provide the best care to my patients.
Do your patients come through referrals?
Primarily, yes; however, I have seen an increase in patients who have been referred to us by other patients or choose our practice because of our online presence.
How long have you been practicing endodontics, and what systems do you use?
I graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s specialty program in 2011 and have been practicing with microscopes and CBCT technology ever since. I have recently integrated the GentleWave® System to my practice, and I am very pleased with the procedural as well as the patient-centered results I’ve seen thus far.
What training have you undertaken?
In order to have a better understanding of treatment planning, I’ve engaged in both Spear’s and Dawson’s curricula. I have also completed my IV sedation training at Georgia Regents University. I have also completed more advanced training in sedation through Dr. Bill Gottschalk’s Alpha Anesthesia Seminars.
What is the most satisfying aspect of your practice?
The impact that I feel I can provide to my team and my community by striving to set the standard for excellence in my profession.
Who has inspired you?
My parents have inspired me because of their resilience and passion. My wife continues to show me how much one must enjoy life and just how precious it is. My two boys’ thirst for exploration and learning never ceases to amaze me. Last but not least, the late Dr. Leon Lemian taught me to embrace the life lessons that can gleaned from our beautiful profession.
Professionally, what are you most proud of?
The first answer that comes to mind would be becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. However, upon deeper reflection, I would argue that professional growth is a lifelong process, and I’m proud just to be on the journey.
What do you think is unique about your practice?
I constantly strive to instill a growth mindset within my team members. I believe this creates a sense of serenity and comfort within my practice that puts patients at ease. This is something that is difficult to achieve with degrees and qualifications alone, in my opinion.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Creating a sense of work-life balance.
What is the future of endodontics and dentistry?
I believe the next step toward achieving more predictable, patient-centered outcomes is clinical decision-making and therapy that is very patient-specific. In endodontics, this would involve making recommendations based on host response and possibly creating an environment within the root canal system that is well tolerated by that specific individual.
What are your top tips for main-taining a successful specialty practice?
Set a high standard and communicate it effectively.
What advice would you give to a budding endodontist?
Fear is only a precursor to growth. Growth is an integral part to fulfillment. Don’t let anyone stifle your dreams of practice ownership if you have them. The only regret you will have is not having done it sooner.
What would you have been if you didn’t become a dentist?
Good question! I’m fascinated with anesthesiology; I believe that could have been another calling.
What are your hobbies, and what do you do in your spare time?
- Nonfiction audiobooks
- Spending time with the family
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