Allison Broadstone Bergdoll

(Valparaiso)

The Smile Maker  | 40 Under 40 Class of 2020

GET TO KNOW ALLISON

“The day the braces come off is the absolute best!” Analytical, persistent and compassionate — that’s Allison Broadstone Bergdoll! Scroll down to read more about this confident woman of character who owns and operates an orthodontic practice in Indiana. 

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    Red
     

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    Sunshine

EXTENDED INTERVIEW

 

What inspired you to go into this line of work? 
I had orthodontic treatment as a teenager, and it was life changing for me. It helped me develop a lot of self-confidence, and I wanted to be able to create a positive experience like this for other people.

What challenge did you overcome to get where you are today? 
I went through 11 years of post-high school education, had to be at the top of my class, take on an extraordinary amount of student debt and a loan for my practice, figure out how to run a business and grow my practice. I am learning something new each day.

Did someone help you get to where you are today, like a mentor? 
I have had help from more people than I could possibly name. My mom always provided my sisters and me with excellent educational opportunities and supported us along the way. My husband encouraged me to take on the challenge of owning my own practice and continues to help me with all the responsibilities that come along with it. I could never have done it all on my own.

What do you love most about your job? 
The day the braces come off is the absolute best! I love making it a memorable experience for each of my patients. 
 

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Describe yourself in three words. 
Analytical, persistent and compassionate

Your life philosophy is…
You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

What is the best piece of advice you received?
My mom taught me that I could be anything I wanted to be if I put in the effort, and I am so thankful that I believed her and persevered through the hard times.
 

If someone handed you an airline ticket to a place of your choosing, where would you go and why? 
I would love to travel to New Zealand for the adventures and beautiful scenery.

What’s something you cannot live without?
I live for the summer months and a healthy dose of vitamin D.

Name a book you read that positively shaped you.  
“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (and It’s All Small Stuff)” by Richard Carlson. It’s a quick, easy read but essential for someone like me who is a constant worrier.

 

If you weren’t working in the industry that you are, what would you be doing instead?
I think I would have enjoyed a career in engineering, something that involves problem solving.

 

How do you unwind or relax after a long day? 
I snuggle with my dog, Pixie.  

 

The most rewarding aspect of your job is… 
I love being a part of such an important time in my patients’ lives. It is unbelievable how much some of them change during the course of orthodontic treatment.

 

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?
“Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile and start again.”

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
I used to try to do everything myself. I’m slowly learning how to delegate or hire out the things that I don’t need to do myself.  

 

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
I think of my kids and some of my favorite moments with them. They help me keep everything in perspective. 

 

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be money, time, energy, etc.) 
The best investment I made was in my education, which involved money, time and energy. 

Name a confident woman of character who you look up to? Why her? 

There is a female pediatric dentist in my area who gives me great advice on issues involving being a female dental specialist, practice owner and a mom. She has helped me navigate some tricky situations and is always so supportive.