Dr. Charles Lekic is proud to be a pediatric dentist at Misericordia Health Centre.
Lekic – whose credentials include Section Head Pediatric Dental Surgeon at MHC (with the WRHA Oral Health Program), Pediatric Dentist at Children’s Dental Worldand the Head of Pediatric Dentistry in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba – has true passion for his profession. “Since Day 1 of entering the program, it’s been the happiest time in my life,” he said. “Kids are special because they’re honest and trustworthy. Deep inside I feel a great gratitude to hear where they’re coming from, and I try to be as honest to them as they are to me.”
Getting down on the same level as the children, Lekic makes sure that his patients understand their health conditions. “I explain to them that they’re not alone and it makes them feel better. This is the first ingredient to success when dealing with kids: to not be enemies.” He finds that the toughest part about treating children is when they have health conditions that we don’t yet have a cure for.
After working as a pediatric dentist for 25 years, Lekic is still thrilled to be doing his work. “I’ve had four back surgeries and my thought is always, when can I go back to work? When your heart is in something, how can you be taken away from it?” He comes from an entire family of dentists, too: his father, his wife, and his two children are all dentists. They each have an infectious passion for their work.
“It’s all about the kids,” Lekic said firmly. “Their smiles after getting treatment are worth a million dollars. The warmth and joy that their smiles bring is overwhelming… this is what makes me a happy person, proud to call myself a pediatric dentist”