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Hidden Gems: Meet Charissa Wood & Brittany Simon of Bulletproof Hygiene

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charissa Wood & Brittany Simon. 

Hi Charissa & Brittany, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Basically, we were set up on a professional blind date, if you will. Our doctors/owners of our respective practices were good friends and business partners running Bulletproof Dental Practice. They were talking about their hygiene departments and hygienists and Dr. Boulden (in Atlanta, GA) was sharing that his lead hygienist was producing half a million dollars a year and had some great systems in place. Dr. Spodak (in Delray Beach, FL) then sent his lead hygienist, Brittany, as well as another of their awesome hygienists to spend a day with Charissa to see what and how she was doing things. That day was a catalyst to a beautiful friendship/partnership of passionate, like-minded hygienists that felt compelled to share their knowledge, systems, and love for patient care with the global hygiene community. Our first foray into coaching and educating was at our first Bulletproof Summit in Houston, TX right before covid got real in February of 2020. We came back from an incredible experience of teaching, growing, and connecting with other dental teams and hygienists; fired up and ready to share our message with the world. Then covid shocked us all and we found ourselves just weeks later sitting at home on furlough for 2 months wondering when or if we’d get back to taking care of our patients and what that would actually look like! So, in our downtime, drawing from our interaction and feedback from our Summit, we put our heads and hearts together and wrote a book – “Bulletproof Hygiene – The Guide for Finding Fulfillment Through Purposeful, Profitable Hygiene”. The book was published in March of 2021 and we realized we had more to say and do, so we started our podcast, Bulletproof Hygiene, and a group on Mighty Network to be able to have a place for hygienists to connect, grow and learn! We hosted our second Bulletproof Summit in Austin, TX in July of this year and are looking forward to our third in NASHVILLE, TN on June 3rd & 4th of 2022 at the Grand Hyatt! For more information and registration visit BulletproofSummit.com 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Though we have enjoyed the journey of becoming Bulletproof Hygiene it hasn’t been easy. Nothing worth it ever is. We both work as full-time hygienists in patient care 4-5 days a week, are team leads in our practices (meaning we coach, onboard new hires and products, run team meetings and help set goals and track progress for our fellow hygienists), maintain our household and family life on top of our Bulletproof responsibilities – weekly podcast, mastermind group meetings, coaching individual teams and developing content for our summits. Needless to say, the hardest part is balancing our time! Podcasting was new to both of us and it took some learning to get the hang of developing content and making it happen. There’s definitely a challenge in making each Summit new and exciting while keeping the basics at the core of our presentation for anyone joining for the first time. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Bulletproof Hygiene?
Bulletproof Hygiene exists to help hygienists find fulfillment within their careers by practicing ethically, providing the highest level of care to patients, cultivating healthy team culture, and connecting with the dental community. It was founded by Brittany Simon and Charissa Wood in early 2020. Brittany has been practicing hygiene since 2012 and joined Spodak Dental in Delray Beach, Florida in 2014. She is passionate about elevating hygiene professionalism via effective and empowering leadership, providing unparalleled care to her patients and enabling others to do the same by being totally well. Having received an incredible amount of mentorship and taking on new learning opportunities has accelerated her career. Gratitude for her mentors, colleagues and her amazing profession compels her to pay it forward by helping others step into the version of their careers they’ve always dreamed of! 

Charissa Wood has been practicing for 25 years clinically and joined Atlanta Dental Spa in 2009 where her passion for the oral-systemic connection was ignited! Getting to journey alongside patients as they cross from poor health to wellness is her calling. She loves to connect with hygienists to support, collaborate and help them practice hygiene at the top of their game! 

You can catch them weekly on their podcast, Bulletproof Hygiene, found wherever you listen to your favorite podcast. They offer an online comprehensive course, an annual live Summit, in-office, private team coaching or can be found through the Mighty Network app at Bulletproof Hygiene. They take deep dives into all things dental hygiene from knowing your worth as a practitioner, educating patients to understanding, leadership within the practice, how to run a rockstar hygiene department, how to set and track goals to facilitate practice profitability, and manage self-care in the process. 

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
We think anytime you put yourself out there, you’re taking a risk. We are both very real and transparent people who truly have a heart to help lift our profession and share what we’ve learned along the way – both the failures and successes. We tout “progress over perfection” because despite our desire to get it right every time, the reality is, doing something new oftentimes ends in more failures than wins. Failure opens us up for criticism and judgments and that feels risky and uncomfortable, but the reality is, we learn more from failure than success and we feel like because of that we are relatable and approachable. There’s always someone out there that’s done it longer, has more experience, knows more and dentistry is an ever-evolving profession when it comes to technology, systems, and research, so there’s always more to learn and keep up with. Putting ourselves out there to teach and instruct others is definitely a risk considering we don’t know it all – but we’re always willing to learn ourselves which is what makes it beautiful! 

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