Meet Marty Bautista – A Masterpiece at Pacific Dental Services
Have you ever met someone with the ability to instantly put a smile on your face? Marty Bautista is that person.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting an amazing individual last week during the Lead Assistant meetings at Pacific Dental Services®’ National Support Center. Our introduction came about as a result of a chance encounter; I was busily snapping photographs of the meeting that Marty happened to be speaking in, when I suddenly found myself enthralled by her story. Marty had been unexpectedly called up to the stage at the front of the packed room by PDS® Founder, President and CEO Stephen Thorne. Steve had caught wind of Marty’s recent promotion to Regional Back Office Trainer (from Lead Dental Assistant) for the Desert Mountain Region and wanted to congratulate her in person. It should be noted that Steve knew of Marty because she emailed him directly to thank him for her promotion!
It quickly became obvious that this would be no ordinary speech. Marty had her trusty notebook with her, like she always does, and she began to pour her heart out to the over 200 dental assistants (and yours truly) in the room. It wasn’t long before most people were crying right along with Marty as she shared one of the most moving stories you’re likely to hear in your life. Her gratitude and humility were not lost on the audience, and she repeatedly thanked Steve for the opportunity and said it was a “dream come true” to be on stage with him.
Marty’s story is a truly amazing tale of dreams, determination, perseverance and ultimately success. Marty was born to a financially disadvantage family in El Salvador. Growing up, she saw that the women around her were not afforded many opportunities in life; they were expected to marry, have children and support their husbands. Marty had bigger dreams than this, and at 18 she embarked on her own to the United States. Throughout the next few decades, Marty compiled a notebook of aspirations and personal reminders to help her find her way on her journey. Marty’s notes are beneficial to anyone who ever has feelings of self-doubt:
I am special.
I am unique.
I have the potential to do great things.
My situation is not permanent. I have the ability to change my future.
What you put in is what you get out.
Stay grateful. Stay humble.
The one that really struck me though, and the thought that Marty cherishes most, is:
I am a masterpiece.
Marty recognizes that she was created as a unique individual, with talents only she possesses and with the ability to achieve anything she sets out to do. Now, 25 years into her dental career, Marty can proudly say that she has surpassed her wildest expectations and dreams from her childhood. Lest you think Marty hasn’t had time for life outside of working hard towards her goals, she is happily married with two grown children and recently started riding motorcycles. Marty told me she has “a bit of a wild side”.
She is indeed a masterpiece.