It's true... the landscape of dentistry is changing rapidly. What once was, will never be the same. But such is life, right? The tragedy lies when we refuse to accept the change, that indeed "the obstacle is the way” and always will be.

In times like these, we seek the rogue, the innovator. An individual who can pivot, leap and take a sledgehammer to the stonewalled doctrines of the past, leaving a macabre behind without apology.

This is the story of Dr. Galen Detrik, a lone ranger in the trenches with an army of free thinkers at his back, carving a new way of doing things.

What one may not recognize right away, however, is his labyrinth psyche and what truly makes him stand out as a prodigy in the world of dentistry.

Dr. Detrik, a gentleman, scholar and aficionado of Gin & Tonics, is the COO and Co-Founder of the company The THRIVE Dentists.

THRIVE stands for Time, Happiness, Relevance, Income, Value & Experiences.

When asked what makes THRIVE different, Dr. Detrik casually explains that “More often than not, we find ourselves pandering to the crowd, forgetting our values and who we really are. True freedom comes when you can be who you want to be, no matter the audience - an energetic way of not giving a fuck.”

He further explains that when we settle for "good enough", "fine" or "better than most", it says something about us - that we haven’t made a decision to pursue excellence - ultimately resulting in a life without excitement & creativity.

THRIVE was founded on a burning desire to challenge dentists who have always wanted to go against the grain, to do just that and become wildly successful in designing a life around their truest desires. End result - zero fucking regrets.

Born and raised in New Mexico, Dr. Detrik embodies an unquenchable, almost provocative thirst for life. He’s a classically trained Spanish guitarist, writes, directs and stars in his own music videos, is an incredible vocalist, a rabid athlete, master businessman and the list goes on.

He credits his “bold as brass” existence to the influence of his parents, both of whom are wandering souls, immersed in their craft of craftsmanship & artistry.

However, he adds that in large part, it was his wife Davina who gave him the permission to be free to be who he is at core - a rebel seeking excellence and beauty in all that he strives to accomplish - be that a present husband and father, a zealous entrepreneur or a muse for his dental patients & colleagues.

His career as a dental entrepeneur began in 2014. Tired of his lackluster routine, Dr. Detrik made the decision he was no longer going to entertain a life of lack, an all too familiar story to a new generation of dentists.

He gave himself the permission to dream and chase after a life worth living.

This was when THRIVE was born. He unabashedly made the choice to leave conventional dentistry, take risks, invest in his greatest self and learn from the best - some of which include Mike Dillard, David Neagle, Vishen Lakhiani & Stephen Lovegrove, industry leaders in their own rights.

Many know already and continue to discover that he has created an incredible virtual platform which is a host to a myriad of unique and unconventional dental courses and masterclasses that challenge the CE status quo.

What most don't know, is that the relentless and unparalleled beauty in the aesthetic and design of these courses is largely him as well, because as he's often quoted as saying - "how you do one thing, is how you'll do everything."

He achieved the cover of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry just 4.5 years out of school with a de novo technique for composite artistry, followed quickly by a cover in Inside Dentistry and many more articles in various publications.

He has lectured and led hands-on workshops at the AACD as well as The Center for Esthetic Excellence in Chicago, and has been interviewed on many of the largest podcasts both inside & outside dentistry.

He has also personally coached dozens of his colleagues, most of which he now calls friends and life long students.

Admiring all that he has accomplished, I realized that Dr. Detrik must have had a lot of courage to attain that which he desired. He went all in on his vision - full offense, bold faced, zero tolerations for bullshit.

As Admiral Halsey of WWII once said "Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble.”

Now he stands atop a mountain, sweaty, bloodied and battered...but with a huge grin on his face, proud of what he has built and the future leaders on his task force. Knowing him though, I highly doubt it will stop here.

“I never want to get to the end and never want to stop running. I believe that no matter what stage of life you are in, you are to keep growing, keep seeking and never stop living a life uninhibited.”

Well done, sir.


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