We had the good fortune of connecting with Min Hee Oh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Min Hee, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important (and most challenging) factor behind the success of Avenue Dental was cultivating a positive team culture. At Avenue Dental, we take our hiring very seriously; having a team that understands the mission, vision, and core values of our brand is paramount. With a team that is aligned and can work together like a well-oiled machine, we are able to provide a perfectly curated dental experience for our patients.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I knew I wanted to go into Dentistry from a young age. I had mentors who had been in the industry that I looked up to. My journey to becoming a dentist was unique. I am Korean, but my parents worked overseas and I attended international schools all my life. After graduating high school, I started my undergraduate program at UCLA. Around the end of my 2nd quarter at UCLA, I was accepted into an accelerated program of earning a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree at Seoul National University. I would become a dentist in 6 years right out of high school. Growing up in Singapore, attending International Schools throughout my life, I was not sure if it was the right decision to make as I had never actually lived in Korea although I was Korean; but I made a decision to skip undergrad and go straight to dental school because I knew I wanted to be a dentist. It was the most challenging schooling of my life, but I graduated with a DDS. My Korean license limited me to work only in Korea. After 2 years of working, I decided I wanted to learn more. I did not want to be limited so I looked into programs in the US to get licensed. Dental schools in the US have programs for international dentists to be integrated into the last 2 years of dental school to obtain a license, so full circle back, I joined the program at UCLA Dental School to obtain my second DDS degree. It was very challenging and expensive, but I never questioned my decision because I knew what I wanted and I ran full speed to achieve my goals. Going through a second round of dental school was very valuable, because learning the same material over, I understood everything with more depth. Through this journey, I learnt that Dentistry is constantly changing, and no one dentist will know how to do absolutely everything. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and knowing and acknowledging these weaknesses and constantly going back to learn the skills is what makes you a better. To this day, I dedicate at least 2 months of the year to attend continuing education courses to hone my skills. I would like my patients to know that I really am passionate about what I do and that I work with specialists to provide them with the best care possible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Los Angeles for it’s diversity. I would take my best friend to all my favorite restaurants from omakase sushi places to food trucks with my favorite bagels. I live in West LA, where we have Santa Monica Beaches and Malibu a short drive away to amazing shopping at Rodeo Drive. I would take a day or two to drive up to Mammoth for a short getaway or Joshua Tree for some camping.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my story to all my colleague dentists. Working alongside amazing dentists has shaped me to become the dentist I am today. There is always something to learn from our colleagues, whether they have more or less experience. We become more seasoned from experience and from working together with other experts in our field. I have been blessed with many colleagues who I can call mentors. Dentistry is not a game to find out who is the best; every dentist is talented in their own way.