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Life! Outside of Dentistry

Meet Dr. Army, a passionate dentist whose love for the great outdoors has taken him on thrilling adventures, climbing peaks, and exploring diverse landscapes. In this exclusive interview, Dr. Army shares his experiences, the impact of mountaineering on his professional life, and how he seamlessly blends his adventurous spirit with patient care.

Dr. Army’s Thrilling Adventures: Scaling Peaks and Nurturing Smiles

A vacation break from routine work is a wonderful way to clear your mind and to de-stress myself.

-Dr. Army Empol

From a young age, Dr. Army’s connection with nature and outdoor activities set the stage for his love of mountaineering. Growing up amidst the scenic trails of Sarawak, he developed a deep appreciation for mountains, waterfalls, and high-altitude scenery. The challenging terrains, such as those encountered while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Rinjani, provide him with a holistic workout that complements his total patient management approach in dentistry. Dr. Army reflects on the profound impact of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, especially the challenging ascent to the peak. The mental and physical endurance required during the 18-hour round trip serves as a constant reminder of the strength and determination needed in both mountaineering and dentistry. The parallels between facing challenges in the mountains and dealing with patients in a demanding and often anxious dental setting resonate deeply with him.

For Dr. Army, striking a balance between his adventurous hobbies and professional commitments is key. Since becoming a dentist in 1999, he has made it a point to embark on an adventure holiday every year. Supported by a group practice, he efficiently manages his time, allowing for a month-long outdoor pursuit annually, providing a much-needed break from routine work to clear his mind and de-stress.

Dr. Army’s adventurous spirit doesn’t just stay on the mountain; it influences his patients too. Sharing holiday photos on social media inspires his patients to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle. He firmly believes that maintaining good oral health, combined with a positive attitude and physical activity, is the key to living life to the fullest.

Drawing parallels between mountaineering challenges and professional hurdles, Dr. Army emphasizes the importance of staying calm, positive, and strong in both domains. Respecting nature’s unpredictability has helped him manage patients’ expectations and navigate through challenges in his dental practice.

NAVIGATING PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGES

Drawing parallels between mountaineering challenges and professional hurdles, Dr. Army emphasizes the importance of staying calm, positive, and strong in both domains. Respecting nature’s unpredictability has helped him manage patients’ expectations and navigate through challenges in his dental practice.

Three specific trails hold a special place in Dr. Army’s heart—climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, hiking in Sikim, and exploring Bhutan. The unique experiences, from dancing with the Masai community to playing archery with Bhutanese locals, have left an indelible mark on his life, creating priceless memories that he cherishes.

Dr. Army underscores the importance of teamwork in both mountaineering and dentistry. His love for the outdoors has heightened his appreciation for collaborative efforts, reinforcing the values of love and mutual support within his dental team.

When it comes to outfits, Dr. Army prioritizes comfort and functionality over style. Brands like Patagonia, Khatmandu, Salomon, and North Face provide the durability and practicality needed for his outdoor pursuits. Locally sourced or overseas, he recommends focusing on the essentials.

Recognizing the financial aspect of outdoor pursuits, Dr. Army advises fellow professionals to plan their budget wisely. Stressing the importance of taking breaks from routine stress, he highlights hiking as an excellent way to recharge, emphasizing that even local hikes can offer enriching experiences without breaking the bank.

It reminds me to be strong and determined in what ever I do.

-Dr Army Empol

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