Keshni Govender, Beautiful Smiles

2017-08-09 06:03

• Tell us a little bit about your business.

Beautiful Smiles is a dental clinic at Victoria Medical Centre. Our focused fields are family, paediatric and aesthetic dentistry.

HOW DID YOU COME TO OWN A BUSINESS?

The decision to work full-time in my own clinic came when I discovered I was pregnant. Having my own business allows me flexibility so I can be there when my family needs me.

• What was your dream job as a child, and why?

I honestly had no idea what career path I wanted to follow. I knew that I wanted to work with people and I wanted a job that was hands-on. As it turned out dentistry is the perfect fit for me.

• What kind of obstacles or barriers do you face as a woman in the business world and how do you overcome them?

Many patients had not been treated by a female dentist. At first some patients were apprehensive and patients who did decide to give me a chance were pleasantly surprised.

• Who is the most inspirational woman in your life, and why?

I am surrounded by many remarkable women but if I have to choose one person, it is my mother. My mom is a woman of God and has always inspired me to live a faithful life.

• What is the best and worst decision you have ever made?

Best decision: leaving the security of my full-time job to open my own dental clinic.

Worst decision: not studying Classical Indian dance.

• What do you do when you’re not running your company?

If I am not at work I am home with my family, mostly chasing after my toddler.

What is your favourite dish to prepare for you or your family?

Crab curry - everyone loves it.

• What is your perfect example of ‘me time’?

Being a mum to a toddler, “me time” at the moment is a good cup of chai tea and a few minutes of the Big Bang Theory.

• What is your message to the female youth of today?

Life is ultimately the pursuit of happiness. Find happiness in your situation. If you are not happy, use small measurable goals to change your situation. Women are inherently strong, we care, we nature, we grow and we forgive. Find your happiness, be yourself - you are magnificent.

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