Business Matters: What practicing is like for this dentist during a pandemic

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Like most dentists, Dr. Marlon Parato has had his fair share of one-way conversations.

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But as a self-described people person, that’s just fine with him.

“I like being around people and I like interacting with them,” said Parato. “That’s when I decided to become a dentist.”

When he first started practicing, he was interacting in a completely different language.

“I obtained my dental degree in the Philippines and I practiced there for a few years.”

He eventually came to Hawaii in the late 90’s to join his family which was no easy task.

“It was a big challenge for me because I had to start my life all over again,” said Parato. “Being in a different culture, in a different place, speaking a different language.”

He also needed to go back to school for three more years to get the necessary credentials to practice in the United States, all the while offering his services free of charge.

“Giving back to the community is always the right thing to do,” he said.

Parato finally opened his Honolulu practice in 2004. Soon thereafter, he opened …

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