Lessons from Competing in the 2018 Ironman Triathlon World Championships

with Dr. Brett Kessler

Gary enjoys taking things he learns outside the dental profession and then adapting and applying these concepts to dentistry.

Running time: 62:39

This interview with his friend Dr. Brett Kessler is a very good example of this concept. Recently, Brett competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii! This was the 40th Anniversary competition of the Ironman Triathlon World Championships and Brett did extremely well. The Ironman Triathlon starts with a 2.4 mile open water swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race, followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon!

In this interview Gary and Brett discuss; Brett’s experience with substance abuse (alcohol and drugs) and recovery, the recent celebration of Brett’s 20 years of sobriety on October 21, 2018, Brett’s message and example of life after recovery, his true reason and driving force for competing in the 2018 Ironman Triathlon World Championships, the five important lessons Brett learned in training for and successfully competing in the 2018 Ironman Triathlon World Championships, which are;

1) The importance of mindset; whatever you believe is true,
2) Bad days happen; everything is an opportunity to learn,
3) Discipline is so very important,
4) The things you focus on will improve and grow,
5) How to use visualization to achieve your goals,

The interview concludes with a discussion of what’s next for Brett including more involvement with organized dentistry. You will enjoy Brett’s story of this incredible athletic challenge and how the things he learned can be applied to dentistry!

Links for the ‘Let’s Ask David’ segment with Dr. David Hornbrook:



Website for Gary’s New ‘Less Insurance Dependence’ podcast:

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Link to previous Thriving Dentist Show interview with Dr. Brett Kessler (Avoiding the Risks of Substance Abuse with Dr. Brett Kessler):

Link to Thriving Dentist Show interview with Dr. Bob Frazer (The Power of Applied Strategic Planning with Dr. Bob Frazer):

Link to Brett’s Blog post about his Ironman experience:

Avoiding the Risks of Substance Abuse

with Dr. Brett Kessler

Statistically, somewhere between 10-20% of Dentists will experience an issue with substance abuse at some point in their career. In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend Dr. Brett Kessler on the topic of avoiding the risks of substance abuse.


Running Time: 62:34 minutes

Brett is a practicing Dentist in Colorado, a past President of the Colorado Dental Association, President-Elect of the Colorado Prosthodontic Society and a Consultant to the ADA Dental Well Being Advisory Committee. While these are impressive credentials, perhaps Brett’s ultimate credentials on this topic is that he is a recovering substance abuse addict himself. In this interview, Brett shares his personal story of addiction, recovery and life after recovery. In addition to his personal story, Brett and Gary discuss; the stressors that can lead to addiction, warning signs of addiction, the possible consequences of substance abuse to your career, how to get help, why substance abuse is a disease and not just a weakness, why the success rate in treatment via a Health Professionals Treatment Program is 70-90% and the interview concludes with a discussion of how to help a colleague in trouble. This is a very important topic and the content of this powerful interview with Brett might just save someone’s life.

Brett’s email address: bipods@gmail.com

Brett’s Cell phone number: 720-989-7960

Alison Bramhall MPH Manager ADA Dentist Health and Wellness Council on Dental Practice contact info:

Email: Bramhalla@ada.org

Phone: 312-440-2622