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Tenkumo Dental Clinic

President

Takenobu Tenkumo

医療法人社団天雲会てんくも歯科医院 天雲丈敦
Energize Japan with total medical care
Year of Birth
1981
Birthplace
Kagawa
Name
Tenkumo Dental Clinic
Headquarters
Ekiniwa Kitayamata 2F, 1-9-3, Kitayamata, Tsuzuki-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Founded
2012
Type of business
Dental care
url
http://www.tenkumo-dental.com/
Since I was a child I wanted to work in a profession where I could "engage with people", and I vaguely thought that that would mean I would become a doctor. My father's business went bankrupt and he had billions of yens of debt, when I became a sophomore at the dental school. Our lives turned upside down and our family went separate paths. I hopped from address to address myself, and thought on many occasions that my life was over. I can never forget when I only had light coming from a single light bulb, in the room of a dirty building. I really was at the bottom pit of life.

However, I was still young at that time, and I thought, "There is nowhere to go but up. Just do it.” I can also say that there were some experiences I was able to have only because I experienced rock bottom. People and relatives who had been friendly until now turned their backs on me. On the contrary, some people encourage me, telling me to work hard because I was different from my parents. Maybe I was just looking for somebody to lean on, but I felt warmth. At the end of the day we are all people. From that point on I always tried to keep in mind to "take care of people". In order to make that a reality, I opened a dental clinic, and I now try to treat each patient as closely as possible. For example, if you really should have your tooth pulled out but you do not want to go through with it, I will try to treat it with a different method so as long as it's not a life or death situation. Even if it is eventually withdrawn, the patient is fully accepting due to the fact that I tried to grant his/her wish at first. Patients obviously feel pain, but it is also that they simply want someone to hear them out. Just by listening to the story, the pain subsides and their complexion becomes better. That the patients feel joy is more important than anything.

I am strict with the staff when it comes to treating patients as closely as possible. Manuals do not apply as if there are 100 patients, there are 100 different cases. I try to teach them that what is important is "how they thought". No matter how much of a career or skill set you have, it is useless if you are rotten as a person. I emphasize how to live as a person, compassion, and other such invisible things. Of course, technology is necessary, and although we have to build up our experience, it is meaningful only if the thought of "I would like to help more patients" is at the core basis.

Whether you can polish yourself in face-to-face interactions with each patient. How to grow as a person. Humans become stronger by confronting themselves in these processes. There will definitely be a strong organization if there are many staff with this mindset. I am also working with the staff at the front line, so when I notice staff who are troubled, I will approach them. I am nosey. But I think that it a good quality that the Japanese have always had. Furthermore, since I am responsible as a manager, I think that I have to grow the most. I participate in a study group of various industries during the weekends, not limited to dentistry, and share the new knowledge and experience I gain there in the next week with all the staff. Although I do not have any days off per se, I feel that the happiness and joy of my staff and patients are my own happiness. That I experienced rock bottom in the past may be playing a big part. We cherish the spirit of the unity of the self and others.

How will Japan overcome the current crisis, in which our population is aging at an accelerated pace, even when compared with other developed nations? The world is paying attention in this regard. In Japan, medical expenses for the elderly continue to become more expensive, and while the hot topic is on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we have also begun to learn that a balanced Japanese diet and lifestyle correlate with a longer healthy life expectancy. However, no matter how much you better your eating habits, you cannot eat satisfactorily unless your teeth are functioning. Likewise, for example, temporomandibular disorder is also often caused by distortion of the pelvis, and it will not be cured simply by examining the jaw. It cannot be treated by dentistry alone. That is why we believe that medical care in the future should be aimed at total medical treatment, in which various fields cross the barriers of the industry and are linked to each other. I want to initiate that change, as a dentist. In order to create a healthy body, it is important to be able to eat first, so I think that it is the dentist who can take the leadership role of total medical care. I would like to take on this challenge for the dental industry as well as for this country. The staff is also comprised of good members, and we are close to having a proper foundation. We are preparing to be able to realize it within a few years. If total medical care initiated by dentists can be established as measures against Japan's aging society, it will be a good precedent for all other countries in the world. Make Japan healthy, and make the world healthy. This is what I consider to be the future of medicine.
医療法人社団天雲会てんくも歯科医院 天雲丈敦
医療法人社団天雲会てんくも歯科医院 天雲丈敦

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Tenkumo Dental Clinic

President
Takenobu Tenkumo