40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Mark M. Dawoud

  • Palm Harbor, Florida
  • Specialty

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

Harp Pediatric Dentistry

Specialty:

Pediatric dentistry

Education:

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Why They Were Nominated

Dr. Dawoud became a board-certified pediatric dentist to provide care for kids including those with autism, Down syndrome and cleft lip or palate. He has training in laser, sedation and hospital dentistry.

Why They Became a Dentist

“My first week in dental school, I received an excited phone call from my parents telling me they found my eighth-grade yearbook. They told me that in the yearbook each student was asked ‘What is your dream job?’ and I wrote ‘dentist.’ I knew I wanted to go into health care to serve people who need it most.”

Biggest Challenge

Opening a startup practice. “I had to venture out of my dental comfort zone. I had to think like a CEO, HR director and manager, and be the dentist.”

Tool They Can’t Live Without

“Isolite.”

Sage Advice

Do what gives you a sense of purpose. “Don’t follow what everyone else is saying you have to do. Find the philosophy that gets you out of bed every morning and live it every day. Money will not give you that
sense of purpose.”

Something People Don’t Know

“I can make some seriously good jerk chicken and papaya sauce—even my wife agrees.”