Gio Iuculano, DDS
Profession/Passion: Dentist/Whole Body Health
Business Name: Winchester Dental
Location: Winchester, VA
“He provides the community access to advanced dental care.... Gio is a curious individual and always tries to develop a better understanding of dentistry and treating patients; he always works on his game. The opposite is stagnation, and in environments where that is the case, it's reflected in the staff demeanor. Gio promotes a team concept.”
Gio Iuculano, DDS by Frank Mitchell
How did you first encounter this mentor, and what made them stand out?
His was the first practice at which I interviewed, and his uncharacteristically friendly demeanor stood out. He's genuinely a warm individual; anyone who meets him is taken by his empathy. He's one of those individuals who you can immediately tell is honest, and he has a very high character. That much is evident. He was welcoming; we went to lunch that day, and he just had instant appeal.
What continues to make this mentor stand out? About what are they most enthusiastic?
He has a very curious mind and an active mind. Not every dentist who owns a practice is as progressive as he is. He's willing to obtain cutting-edge technology and work with it. That's the kind of practice I want to work in, and [when I met him] I immediately felt that I wanted to work with him. That kind of mindset carries through an entire organization. It's reflected in the practice personality. Behind the scenes, it's like a family atmosphere. Behind the scenes is where you get the best read on an individual, and with Gio, the face our patients get is the same one we [within the practice] get. He's a very warm individual.
How has/does this mentor made/make a difference in your life and/or the community, locally and/or globally?
He provides the community access to advanced dental care, and he pushes his local peers to be more cutting-edge and to take advantage of the modern advances in dentistry. Personally, it's a comfortable place for us to practice. He lets me and my colleagues use our preferred materials. He's always willing to let us do this, even if he's not familiar with the materials, because of his open-mindedness.
Which core values does this mentor apply personally and/or professionally?
He's an A-plus individual! I trust him and his patients trust him. He is intelligent and progressive, insightful, and sensitive to the needs of his patients. It's a common thread that runs through the practice. We all try to pick up on any kind of discomfort or concern on the patients' part. He's a good listener. There are many times I'll hear a patient's story concerning a previous practice and it frequently involves the previous providers' ineffectiveness in listening to the patients' concerns.
Does this mentor further your creative/innovative thinking? How?
He never stands in the way of my thinking creatively and innovatively. The opposite of that would be a smothering, oppressive management style, but [ours] is an environment that promotes creativity. We have a free exchange of thoughts. Gio is a curious individual and always tries to develop a better understanding of dentistry and treating patients; he always works on his game. The opposite is stagnation, and in environments where that is the case, it's reflected in the staff demeanor. Gio promotes a team concept. In our practice, we're all active in continuing to study, and we all enjoy it. We push one another in a good, positive way; in the way an ideal team would function. There's a lot of assistance among everyone in the practice. That's a key sign of an effective team.
How does this mentor influence others to be the best version of themselves?
He allows them to freely express themselves and grow at their own pace; he encourages rather than disparages. He's not one to fence people in with a rigid structure. The practice runs very efficiently. We have guidelines and we're always reviewing. The management style is effective but not oppressive. Creativity flows from one area to another, with a sense of nurturing and encouragement. I think it's also important that behind the scenes there's a lot of laughing and kidding around. I like to have that as part of my professional life. When you meet Gio, there's a positive aura. From the top down, this is what makes Winchester Dental special; he's just a genuinely good individual.
How does this mentor exhibit humility in elevating others?
He thinks of others first. He's not an individual who displays a large ego. That's a quality that he has an abundance of. For a group practice owner and a successful dentist like him, he has an unusual amount of humility. I think that too often we see a group practice owner who is the opposite. Gio puts others above himself, and he has genuine concern about his staff. They pick up on that!
In which areas would you recommend this mentor as a mentor?