Interview by Uriah Young
QFTD: Tell us about yourself. Who is Spencer Saint-Cyr?
Spencer: First and foremost, I am a father and a husband. I am a dynamic person, who wakes up every day with the goal of conquering my challenges. I am definitely a risk-taker, but I take calculated risks. I stick my neck out every day, but it’s worth it.
QFTD: Your practice, Infinite Endodontics, provides a variety of dental procedures in the South Jersey area. What has helped you establish your practice as one of the best around?
Spencer: A few things stick out in my mind. When I started out, I didn’t come from money, and I was not from South Jersey. I’m from New York, and I didn’t have a solid network in this area. So, what I created was out of sweat and blood. I had to hit it hard and push myself to be the best I could be. In the beginning, and even to this day, I constantly have to raise the bar. I have never rested on my laurels. At some point, you look at successful people, and there’s an emotion they point to for motivation; they run to that. For instance, some people never want to be hungry or poor. Some people work for the love of their children or parents. What helped me establish my practice was my drive.
QFTD: What made you want to become an endodontist?
Spencer: Originally, I wanted to become an investment banker, but my mom said I should be a doctor. Then, one day, while trying to figure out what kind of doctor I wanted to be, I looked at my orthodontist. I saw how happy he was, and it made me think. When deciding on colleges, I considered Harvard Dental School, but Boston wasn’t for me. I ended up at The University of Penn Dental School. Eventually, I figured being an orthodontist wasn’t interesting enough for me, so I decided on endodontistry. It didn’t come easy for me, but I found my passion while at the finest dental school in the world!
QFTD: I remember visiting one of your offices not too long ago, and it had such a modern feel, creating a very comfortable environment. Why is it so important for your patients to experience this kind of setting?
Spencer: Because we live in a modern world. Clean lines and equipment give the patient cutting-edge treatment. Plus, that kind of setting inspires confidence. It speaks to the eyes and is assuring. It’s vibrant, and ahead of its time. Let’s face it, Uriah, psychological confidence is so important for healing.
QFTD: In your field, I can only imagine how skilled you must be to perform the procedures that you do––giving someone a root canal is no Sunday afternoon picnic. What kinds of attributes does someone need to have to be an endodontist?
Spencer: Confidence it critical, but just as important, you have to be empathetic towards people. Then, you have to be able to convey that empathy through body language and words. You have to want to help people. In addition, you have to have imagination and dedication to improve your skill set. If you don’t, then you are doing your patients a disservice. Being open to continuous research is important for clinicians.
QFTD: As an endodontist, how do you measure your daily success?
Spencer: I am very reflective. I ask myself, Did I prepare myself to do the best I could? Did I move toward my goals that day? Did I go into my patient interactions professionally? Was I being dynamic enough? If I can admit to myself that I did all of those things, then I can find satisfaction in my measured, daily success.
QFTD: Do you have an inspirational story, where you overcame adversity or conquered a mountain?
Spencer: I remember just getting out of school, and I was 260 pounds. I was in bad shape. I recall seeing a woman in a marathon and watching her cross the finish line on her hands and knees. After that, I woke up every day at 5 o’clock and worked out. I ran around the block, and each day I would run just a little farther. I got a trainer, and I got stronger. Soon, I made a goal to be in a triathlon. One thing got in the way though: I couldn’t swim, but I didn’t make any excuses. I learned to swim, and I ended up completing my first triathlon that year.
QFTD: Would you say being a risk-taker is a learned trait or inherent?
Spencer: I’m not sure if it is a trait; it’s probably more so a product of character development. When I look at people I admire, I look at them at their peak––and it doesn’t matter if they’re into tennis, chess, or golf; I admire their drive and the risks they took to get there.
QFTD: Where do you see yourself in ten years? Where do you see Infinite Endodontics in that same time frame?
Spencer: Though I am proud of my business, Infinite Endodontics, like any brand, it has its limitations. I try to see the bigger picture. The possibility of expanding my horizons reminds me of Coke: they don’t just sell soft drinks; they have Dasani Water, too. I have an interest in management companies and other ventures driven by the same concept.
QFTD: Any advice you can give to anyone hoping to achieve success?
Spencer: Never doubt yourself. Every generation has its successful people. The question people should ask themselves is…why shouldn’t it be me? You must work hard, too. If you’re in the gym, and you’re unwilling to bench more than 200 pounds, then how can you expect to get stronger? Avoid being fearful, keep dreaming, and use your imagination!
QFTD: Any thoughts on your legacy?
Spencer: The bottom line is…I want my kids to have options. I want them to know that options aren’t necessarily inherited from your parents. It’s important for them to know that options come from within, and that it’s not okay to be complacent. I want my legacy to leave them with a natural curiosity of life.