WRITTEN BY THE COPY MAVEN
When I imagine the apocalypse, I envision mass pandemonium. Utter destruction with people freaking out, everything on fire and buildings crumbling down.
Insert a shockingly gorgeous woman who in the midst of it all doesn't seem to give a damn. As the world burns to ash and hysteria ensues, her coined phrase “I'm not available for that” echoes beyond her lips as she strolls through blazing streets and blinding chaos.
Her confident gate leaving behind the destruction, she silently rallies her troops who are simultaneously mesmerized by her nonchalant prowess yet pensively asking themselves “Who the hell is this boss?”
It's at this precise moment, when the film screeches to an abrupt halt that we're all left asking “Will the real Davina please stand up?” And stand up she did.
Dr. Davina Detrik is the larger than life COO and Co-Founder of The THRIVE Dentists. A dentist herself, elite power coach and consultant, wife, mother and Jedi mental master, simply put she's an intellectual badass with the fashion sense of Karl Lagerfeld meets Yeezy.
With her charming personality, distinct fashion sense and bold attitude, Dr. Detrik has made revolutionary strides in the dental industry, reinventing what most never thought was possible.
She has been on the TEDX stage 38 weeks pregnant, lectured at conferences inside and outside dentistry like the prestigious AACD, appeared on podcasts, and has even been published in magazines among a slew of other accomplishments too numerous to count.
It doesn’t stop there though. She and her husband Dr. Galen Detrik are well on their way to transforming the very topography we walk on as they continue to detonate each dated blockade along the way - all the while creating a path for others following their lead.
“A long time ago now, we decided to give up the attachment to what people thought about us and what we did... primarily because that's an enormous burden you will carry with you the rest of your life if you're not careful. We committed ourselves to designing a business and life we could be unapologetically proud of and entrusted the process to God. In the end, MY job is not to submit to the opinions of others but to His calling on my life. If I'm good there, I'll always be at peace.”
This was the mindset back of how THRIVE was born, shared by one helluva dynamic duo.
THRIVEis an elite continuing education, coaching and consulting firm created as an empowered answer for dentists who know they don't belong, challenging them to rise to their fullest potential and THRIVE.
Dr. Detrik states “We created THRIVE exclusively for those who are seeking to give up a life of the mundane, for the extraordinary. That's as simply as I can put it.”
A dentist now turned elite power coach and consultant, she was prompted to explain her decision in making a career shift most would never dream of - I mean, who gives up their DDS?!
She answered as you'd imagine she would... boldly:
“The truth is, I've always been into hacking the mental game. Since I was a kid, I was fascinated by how others think, and consider myself blessed, having refined my gift of seeing a person's blind spots with the very best high-performance coaches in the world on a personal level. Yes dentistry has given me so so much. AND I know for a fact that coaching is my higher calling, my legacy to leave.”
She explained further:
“When we started THRIVE I told myself ‘I want to work with the coolest dentists on the planet’ and that is exactly what has happened. I still get excited when I witness my clients reach a growth edge. My role is to live in POSSIBILITY and to push them past the barriers that stopped everyone else who came before."
Growing up as an only child in small town New Mexico, Dr. Detrik identified as a nomad passing through. She boldly decided that the lifestyle she was born into wasn’t the same she'd depart this world with.
“Growing up we didn't have much and I'm thankful for that. In my opinion it gave me a monumental advantage - nothing scared me. I didn’t need the comforts others did. To me, comfort never equated to safety, it represented a handicap. Where I come from is one of my secret weapons actually!”
At the age of 16, Dr. Detrik graduated high school and blazed a trail of her own, becoming the first in her town to receive a professional degree. Then in dental school, she met her counterweight and now husband, Dr. Galen Detrik, a man she claims to be the most fascinating person she's ever met.
"Sometimes I tell people, 'dentistry doesn't deserve my husband'. I think his creativity is genuinely unmatched, and his patience in teaching, listening and guiding others in this field still amazes me."
After graduating dental school, Drs. Detrik quickly found themselves disenchanted by the lack of vibrancy, autonomy and growth in their career of choice. “We knew that wasn't the life we were meant for. So we made a tough choice to go to the mat and completely re-engineer our lives.”
This did not come without substantial risk and sacrifice on their part.
They drained their savings and opened credit cards to work with some of the best coaches, CEO's and strategists in the world, wading into 6-figure debt in pursuit of freedom from the rat race.
“The journey was arduous. We had two kids at the time and next to nothing left in the tank to give. We recorded our first Masterclass in our tiny closet, taking turns holding our baby. There were times when our bank accounts were zeroed out, cards were maxed and crushing responsibilities mounted higher. But we never let that stop us. We trusted that God hadn't led us this far just to leave us stranded. So we kept pushing, working diligently, and took it one step at a time.”
What started off as painfully slow progress has since ignited into an explosive movement we now know as THRIVE, a revolution that has left their audience in a tailspin, marveling at their liberating results.
Truthfully, their life has become a creative statement, one they'd envisioned back in dental school!
“I look back and am just amazed at all that we have accomplished. What began as a seed of thought is now an ever expanding reality. I think we were just dreamers who never stopped long enough to be terrified by the enormity and gravity of what we're doing! ”
Their influence continually grows, now global in it's scope. But so does their impact, having long had a heart to work closely with survivors of human and sex-trafficking in THRIVE's charitable dentistry program appropriately named SURTHRIVE, where Drs. Detrik gift survivors of human trafficking brand new smiles so that they can once again look and feel valuable, confident and loved.
“I want my work to propagate, to have a ripple effect - each one, teach one."
When asked if she feels she's close to accomplishing what she initially set out to build, Dr. Detrik rests her head back and quietly recites a providential verse from Genesis 26:4 - “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky.”
And to that I say "Amen."
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