An Interview With Dr. Coats (DDS) (MS) - My Dad
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Matthew Coats (my dad). It was a very exciting and insightful experience. We mainly talked about his upbringing and what helped him pick a career path, which was very neat because I was given the opportunity to learn aspects about him that I never knew.
Where are you from, and what's your fondest memory from there?
[MJC said:] Arlington, TX Working at Randol Mill Pharmacy during high school and college.
What is your favorite place you've lived, and why?
Carlsbad, CA It was a beautiful place with amazing restaurants, shopping weather. Mostly, my son lived with me during my time in Carlsbad. We had a ball.
Who have been some of your biggest role models in life and why?
[MJC said:] Gene Allen the owner of Randol Mill Pharmacy. He was a remarkable role model of a man. He was also a great teacher, mentor, and encourager. Orhan Tuncay the chairman of my orthodontic residency program at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was a great, teacher, mentor and encourager.
What's the most interesting job you've ever had, and what made it so interesting?
[MJC said:] Floor manager at Randol Mill Pharmacy. I enjoyed interacting with customers, making ordering decisions for merchandise and displaying it when it arrived at the store and watching it sell well.
What made you want to start your own business?
[MJC said:] I have always had an independent, entrepreneurial spirit. I like to birth ideas, and then work them to fruition.
What is your favorite and least favorite aspects of owning a business?
[MJC said:] My favorite aspects are patient interactions, birthing ideas and working them to fruition. My least favorite aspects are trying to make those few patients/parents pleased that have no intention of being pleased or happy in general.
What advice do you have for anyone who might want to start their own business?
[MJC said:] Play to win. Plan to win. Prepare to win. Presume to win.
What was the last play you saw? How was that experience?
[MJC said:] The Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas. Even though I have seen the play a few times prior, the grandiosity of a Las Vegas production made it an amazing experience!
Next time you get the chance sit your parents down and interview them, you might be surprised what you learn about them!