Meet Whitney D. Weiner, DDS, MS | CEO & Founder! She’s a mom of 3 boys under the age 8 (that’s enough to keep you busy) but she also is the women behind Whole Dental, right off Woodward. Learn all about Whitney her practice Whole Dental and her amazing family. She’s an adventure queen and the first I’ve ever heard of Great White Shark Diving and Helicopter Skiing!
Thank you Whitney for sharing your family and business with us.
How many children do you have and what are their names and ages?
Three beautiful boys: Jake – 8 yo, Max – 4 yo and Wes – 3 yo
Where do your kids go to school?
Jake (2nd grade) & Max (PK4) – DCDS, Wes – The ECC at The Community House in Birmingham, will attend DCDS for PK3 in the Fall
You own Whole Dental Wellness, right off Woodward and Maple Rd. Tell us all about your practice. What makes Whole Dental Wellness different from other dental practices?
At Whole Dental Wellness, we are committed to providing a one-stop oral health solution for your entire family. Our providers are experienced and trained in practicing dental care for all ages. From early childhood, through adolescence and beyond, we are an experienced team that wants to be involved with your family’s oral health care needs. We believe that oral health is intrinsically connected to our overall health and we know that parents want what’s best for themselves and their children. Having a trusted dental office with those same goals for your entire family is not only convenient, but it saves precious time.
At Whole Dental Wellness in Roseville family dentistry also comes with the added benefit of gaining a long-lasting relationship with dental care providers that know your family’s dental history. We find it most helpful to gain familiarity from the start. Pediatric dental care is paramount, as it helps to establish a better and more comfortable experience for our younger patients. We are thrilled that so many families entrust Whole Dental Wellness with their oral care and we look forward to being your trusted family dentist in Roseville as well. So call to schedule a consultation today and discover the advantages of a family dentist. Achieve “Whole Wellness” for your whole family.
What made you get into dentistry and what’s your favorite part about it.
Growing up watching shows like “ER” and “Nip/Tuck,” I dreamed of being a surgeon even before I could drive a car. And not just any surgeon, but the best of the best. World-class. As I entered the world of US based private practice after over a decade of advanced education and working for two years as a locum surgeon in Australia, I thought I had made it. I was positioned to become a partner in a modern, cutting-edge boutique periodontal office in the heart of Birmingham. The glitz. The glam. But something was missing. I longed for the personal connection and collaborative approach to patient-centered care that I felt while working in Australia. As background, my specialty focuses on the treatment of periodontal disease – a non-curative ailment that needs to be treated over a lifetime. I strive to focus on the continuity-of-care and emotional connection with patients. I believe that helping people is not just about having the best technique; it’s also about creating lasting relationships of trust with my patients. The magic for me is when a patient comes back and gives you that smile and hug where you know you really made a difference. I truly believe that what I do makes a difference and if being a surgeon is part of that, I am proud of it. My real love is people and I realized that I wanted to build something larger to effectuate more change. To take control of quality of care and treat each patient as a person, not a mouth or cavity. This was the philosophy that my company, Whole Dental Wellness, was born from. “Whole dental care for the whole family.” To me, what we do for the communities we serve is so much more important than the letters after our name or diplomas on our wall. So, after leaving that small Birmingham surgical practice and spending six months soul searching and studying market trends, I purchased and merged our first two dental offices in the Fall of 2018, launching our great company. When I look in the mirror today, I see myself as a devoted wife, a loving mother, a grateful daughter and sister, a loyal friend, an adventure seeker, a world traveler, and yes…a talented dental surgeon. I view my role as that of a Visionary driven to help improve the quality of and access to dental care by providing world-class service to every patient that walks through our doors. Because they deserve it.
Tell us a fun fact about you?
I am an adventure seeker! I’ve been great white shark diving and helicopter skiing – I was even buried in an avalanche one time (cut to Eliot “saving my life” 😉). I toyed around with DJing while in Australia and am thinking of getting back into it – who says your 40s is too old to get back on the turn tables?
What made you decide to raise your family here?
My husband! The best decision I ever made was marrying Eliot – he truly is my partner in every sense. He is the fourth generation of family business headquartered in metro Detroit so we knew we would eventually end up here. We had a lot of fun along the way – living in so many different places together – my favorite of which was a beach town just south of Sydney, Australia for two years before kids (and immediately prior to moving here).
What are you looking forward to this summer? Anything fun planned with the family?
Bring on the sunshine! We are so excited to be outdoors this summer! The boys have a smattering of camps all over the area and in July we will take a family trip to Jackson Hole – a special place to us and where Eliot and I got married. Eliot and I both turn 40 in May so our big present to each other is returning to Australia – where we lived for two years prior to moving to Michigan – and exploring New Zealand and Fiji. We will be leaving the boys home for that trip but landing back stateside the day before our son Max turns 5 and just before the 2023-2024 school year kicks off!
What do you do to balance your own life and motherhood? What do you do for “me” time? Juggling your own business and kids is always hardwork.
I am deeply focused on finding harmony in life. At my core I am a grinder – I run hard and charge through goals and obstacles, helmet on. Yet I have found – through failure – that excelling professionally comes at the expense of something. A relationship. One of my son’s events. I have worked harder building my company than on anything professionally in my life, yet I have, and continue to do it not at the expense of myself or of my relationships.
Eliot and I both are running and building our companies while focusing first on each other and our families. We spend a lot of time talking with our kids about quality time. We have family dinner as much as we can, at least three to four nights a week. My husband and I, since having our second kid, have a date night every Tuesday. Saturday night we try and go out with friends. We try and focus on the kids, and then also on one-on-one time, with our boys and with each other. II try and have one-on-one time with each of my three boys at least a couple times a month, and that’s really special.
I focus not so much on the quantity, but the quality of those experiences. My Google calendar is crazy, but I’m a big believer in optimizing time. I will put on the calendar time for my kids and for my husband. We have the different color codings for kids, sports and things like that. It helps to make sure that we have that balance. I want to have the same intention that I have going into a meeting, negotiating the refinance of practice with the bank as I have showing up for my son to take him to go paint some pottery.
I also owe so much of my happiness and love for life to my tribe. My girlfriends. The people who inspire me. Push me. Support me. Catch me when needed. I have built and incredible team of brilliant, compassionate, loving, successful, women around me here in Birmingham and it has made all the difference.
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
I grew up in an environment where I was surrounded with excellence every day – my mother is a double PhD and my father, who suffers from MS, has defied the odds ever since his diagnosis when I was just three-years old – he has run marathons, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and proven to many that there is life after such a diagnosis. I grew up in a household where I got to see the technical and emotional side of brilliance converge daily to personify ‘defiance’ and ‘courage’. My upbringing of constantly being surrounded by people that pushed themselves to reach further, find more, and stay-the-course of excellence in life has propelled me along my own journey and shaped me into the mother, wife, daughter, friend, surgeon, employer, philanthropist, and community member that I am today.
On the real, I love my tribe and owe so much to my girls. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by a group of women supporting women. We uplift each other and celebrate each other’s successes. None of the petty BS that is so prevalent in female culture (sorry if this is too much – just a realness from me 😊)
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