One disadvantage of the military was the fact that Dr. Bönchendorf couldn’t establish a steady ongoing relationship with her patients, as soldiers typically didn’t stay at the camp for long. This has completely changed in her own clinic. “I like the idea of growing old together with my patients,” Dr. Bönchendorf explains. “And being able to plan with them for the future.”
She herself worked in five different military camps over the course of 10 years. This also meant that she was often working with different dental assistants. It made work life very impersonal and so the longing for stability grew. Today, she enjoys the cordial atmosphere of the clinic’s dental team: “The friendliness and openness that’s prevalent in our team works great. In the military it was more rigid. Here, we’re like a family,” she explains.
Another factor was that while dentistry basics in the military were excellent, the urge to become more specialized grew stronger and stronger, and the only possibility to accomplish this was in her own clinic. As a result, Dr. Bönchendorf has been working full time in her clinic since 2018, leaving her military career behind.