Coming out of dental school, Dr. Uppasna Chand thought she knew all there was to know about being a dentist, but she soon realized that she couldn't have been more wrong. “Only half of my job is dentistry...the other half is learning how to run a dental practice.” After being an associate for several years, Dr. Chand took hours of continuing education courses which gave her the knowledge and confidence to open her own practice, McLean Family Dentistry.
With the support of her husband, together they worked countless hours to build the foundation of her business. “I'm proud to say we are getting stronger every day! With a strong staff which is dedicated to providing only the best care to our patients, I'm excited to see what the future brings us!”
Describe yourself in three words:
Honest. Funny. Loyal.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
To me, the thought of opening my very own dental practice was no different than climbing Mount Everest. It was though motivation from my family and friends that I really started thinking, ʺYes, I can do this!ʺ I walk into my practice every day just in awe of what we have done as a team.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
In the next few months, I have a great ambition to grow our practice and get our name out there in the community. I want people to know there is a friendly dentist behind the doors of McLean Family Dentistry.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
We are active on Facebook and Twitter. We've also started a new blog on the McLean Patch.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I love food... maybe a chef! Also, I've always had an interest in theater and acting. Maybe you'll see me on the big screen someday :)
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
When I come home, any talk about work stops. We love watching movies and tv shows together as well as trying new restaurants. Reading is always a great escape. If you know of any good book recommendations, please let me know! I'm always up for a great read.
What websites do you visit every day?
Oh online shopping...how I love you so! Much to my husband's chagrin, I visit the following sites on a daily basis:
and of course, www.cnn.com.
What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it in Northern Virginia?
My favorite drink in Northern VA? My house...I make an amazing coffee latte. Ask me for the recipe!
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia?
1. I love my nieces and nephew and spending any time I can with them. They are at a fun age where everything is magical and exciting. So even a trip to the local Barnes and Noble is a very eventful occasion for us.
2. I really enjoy downtown Vienna. It hasn't been taken over by massive chain restaurants and still has an old town feel to it. A walk down Church Street can be very refreshing on a Sunday afternoon.
3. Honestly..my house. I love lounging on my couch and catching up with my Real Housewives. Yes..it's my guilty pleasure. :)
What is your goal for retirement?
Oh boy..retirement is such a distant thing in the future that I can't even imagine it. Ask me again in 20 years and I may have an answer.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
You will never feel ready...but you are. Trust me, it only gets harder if you wait. If you really want to do it, you can!
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