Maria Elena McCarthy
Being born in America, I had the opportunity to broaden my horizons by using my expertise. I was able to travel, so I came to Barcelona and I've lived and worked here for 20 years. I have dedicated myself to establishing with the help of my colleague, a Swedish-trained dentist a dental clinic in Sarrìa. We are concerned with treating people in a most humanistic and professional manner.
Where did the original idea come from?
When I met my colleague we decided to open a dental clinic.
How long did it take to get your business off the ground?
It has been a progressive process that requires constant revision.
What do you wish you’d known when you started?
How delightful it has been to discover how most of my patients have been so willing to learn and progress in their dental health.
How easy was it get the financing for your business?
Financing was made available from a dental depot and it was done on a progressive scale.
Did you find the paperwork difficult?
As a technician and an educator in dental health I would say it's a challenge.
Did you get help from any particular official organisations or associations (e.g. Chambers of Commerce)? If so, please describe:
Through perseverance I have been able to make contact with various committees, special organisations and set up programs for primary schools, giving group lectures. We continue to consider new areas of dental education.
What is your business experience / background / qualifications?
Guided by my father’s business knowledge I continued in his footste. As a qualified dental hygienist from the U.S.A. I worked 10 years in a specialized dental practice in New York City.
What are the positive aspects about having a business here?.
It is a wonderful challenge as a pioneer in preventive dental hygiene to motivate people.
And the negative aspects?
There is a saying: “ Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Positive things takes time.
Are there any other useful contacts, tips or information you think would be useful to other foreign entrepreneurs in Barcelona? Please describe:
We are constantly learning which requires an abundance of patients and fortitude to see positive results.