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Need an escape from the stresses of dentistry? Try yoga

See the full story here written for the ADA by Kimber Solana
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It didn’t take long after becoming a dentist when Alex Barrera, D.D.S., began to experience the starting stages of burnout.
Working at a community health center, while fulfilling, took a huge mental and emotional toll. Most of his patients often come from communities that are disenfranchised in health care, including those who are HIV-positive with a multitude of medical comorbidities and those who are homeless, institutionalized and incarcerated.

“I not only act as the dentist, but also take on roles similar to a counselor and social worker as I take the time to listen to the daily struggles that my patients experience,” Dr. Barrera said.

In search for some relief from the high-stress world of dentistry, Dr. Barrera found it in yoga — a practice rooted in Indian philosophy that has become a popular way to help foster physical and mental well-being.