Born and bred in Englewood, a neighborhood on the West side of Chicago, Dr. Ogbonna Bowden says his mother inspired him to become a dentist. With his mobile dental office, Ogbonna serves students who may otherwise have no access to dental care. We learn how something as simple as your smile can affect your mental health and Dr. Bowden shares how he’s inspired to give back to his community and society while staying fulfilled and celebrating the little wins. Empower • Educate • Entertain The Brave Files Podcast. Serving up smiles. Health Care.

Serving up Smiles: Giving Back and Creating Change

With Featured Guest

Ogbonna Bowden

Empower • Educate • Entertain

Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Giving back is crucial for a healthy community.
  • Mentorship is a wonderful way to support others. Giving back doesn’t have to be financial.
  • To be a good leader and mentor, one must always be learning and growing.
  • Inspiring and motivating other people is another way that to achieve self-fulfillment

Meet the neighborhood dentist

Dr. Ogbonna Bowden is a dentist who is obsessed, rightfully so, with giving back to society. In this heartwarming episode, he shares his Mother’s experience after a routine dentist appointment. She was so agitated and frightened that she said she wouldn’t go for another dentist appointment unless he became a dentist himself! 

Ogbonna says this is what sparked his interest and influenced him into becoming a dentist.

While he wasn’t born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, he does mention that his parents' sacrifices motivated and drove his success.

The importance of a support system

Having a strong support system is important for all people, in all ways. Ogbonna says his strong support system helped him navigate the hectic and stressful process of getting his degree. This same support is now being passed down as Ogbonna works to give aspiring dentists and doctors in his community. His goal is simple, to help these young folks achieve their goals and continue to give back to the community.

An avid learner, Ogbonna shares that he’s constantly improving and reading books to feed his mind. He is always striving to become a better mentor and help his mentees.

Unsurprisingly, his habits also influence his family. His six-year-old daughter has picked up the habit of reading 30 minutes before bed just like her father.

Speaking of influence

For most people, our parents are our first teachers and mentors. This is certainly the case for Ogbonna who admits that watching his father as a community mentor was inspiring. In fact, his father used to offer tuition to local kids so that they could perform better in their exams and compete at the state level. 

A mobile dental office!

Health care is a right and Ogbonna Bowden is committed to ensuring that all people, especially children, have easy, affordable access to dental care. That’s why he takes his dental office on the road! With his mobile dental office, he visits schools and offers free check-ups for school children and community members. His smile is one everyone looks forward to and he’s helping young people learn the importance of oral health.

Learn more about Ogbonna and his dental office, Smiles of Tomorrow, here. 

Giving is Good

Ch Gives Back is a non-profit organization focusing on homeless kids battered women who are living in a shelter. They also focused on educating teachers and providing them with better education for their students, despite limited resources.

Their Mission is to improve the welfare of their global community via innovative charitable experiences.

And Their Vision is to inspire, empower, and influence people in the communities to give back to others. They believe in paying it forward.

"Healthcare is a right. A necessity that you must have in order to live a functional fulfilling life."

- Ogbonna Bowden

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Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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