• Dr. Yvette Godet

    Dr. Yvette Godet

    Sole Proprietor, Yvette Godet D.M.D., PA.

    Yvette Godet moved to Gainesville to attend dental school at the University of Florida after receiving her bachelor’s from American University in Washington, D.C. Since her move to Florida, Godet has remained in Gainesville practicing comprehensive and restorative dentistry. Godet was the recipient of a 2016 Leadership Award from the Florida Dental Association in recognition of her role as 2015 Scientific Chairperson and protocol chair for the FDA Conventions. In 2009, she was recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Year through the university’s dental school in recognition of her community service, contributions to the profession and support of the college. She currently serves on UFCD’s ethics panel, admissions committee, the FDA’s Convention Planning Committee, the Alachua County Dental Association and the Santa Fe College Dental Program Board of Directors. She actively volunteers her time providing dental services to the underserved community.


    “Persevere, always tell the truth, work hard, strive for excellence, do what is right even when it’s costly,” said Godet. “And treat others with respect and kindness regardless of their circumstance or plight in life.”

    What does it mean to be Fierce?

    Confident. Strong. Principled. Accomplished. Disciplined. It means to be a woman who is well balanced spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and economically.

    What does success, achievement and accomplishment mean to you?

    Success may be defined in different ways for different individuals. For me, success means steadfastly walking that path that was designed specifically for me. I feel most gratified when I have an affirming moment that reminds me that I am doing the work that I love.

    What motivates you in the morning?

    My close inner circle of family, friends and incredibly gifted employees who make it possible for me to accomplish the mission to which I am called. I consider each day that I am alive and in good health as a gift for which I am incredibly grateful. I have been granted yet another opportunity to impact lives and create beautiful healthy smiles.

    What or who is inspiring you right now? Why?

    On a personal level, my mother inspires me. She is a strong, compassionate woman of faith who has engrained in me from my youth that, “A good name is to be treasured above riches.” She taught me how to be a lady and instilled in me the value of hard work, good character and civic-mindedness – always putting her community above herself. With each passing day, I am thankful to have her in my life and am inspired by her faith, character, strength, dignity, beauty and grace. Without her, I would not be who I am today.

    What was the best decision you’ve made? What’s the worst?

    To submit my life to the Lord. Everything honorable and good in my life can be attributed to a life anchored and grounded in my faith. I am also thankful to have and consider myself blessed to have the unconditional love and support of a husband who challenges me and grounds me. I certainly have made my fair share of mistakes in life, but my biggest regrets have come from making major decisions without seeking wise counsel. I’m all for independent and varied points of view; however, I do believe that at certain times it is important to seek advice to help put things into perspective.

    What has been your biggest obstacle and how have you overcome it?

    Fear, doubt, unbelief and the battlefield of the mind. To overcome my own inner struggles, I remember past successes, regardless of how seemingly insignificant, and remind myself that all things are possible for those who believe.

    How do you address negativity in your life and in business?

    I choose not to take it personally and respond with deliberate contemplation, humility and kindness, believing that a gentle response deflects anger and realizing that that individual must be troubled or hurting for some unknown reason. When the negativity persists and infiltrates into the work environment, corrective measures must be implemented to stamp it out.

    Is there a particular instance or occurrence you credit for building your confidence and self-esteem?

    A defining moment for me was when I received a phone call from the Florida Board of Dentistry after completing dental school and the Dental Board Exams. The caller said, “Congratulations doctor.” I was elated and moved. One of many lifelong dreams had come to fruition. That moment was particularly moving for a young woman who struggled with self-esteem and confidence. There have been so many moments that have shaped and molded my thought processes and built my confidence. Most importantly, I have come to the realization that I was created fearfully and uniquely and that I do not have to strive to be anything other than the best version of myself. I firmly believe that the purpose I was created for is specific and designed for me, given the unique gifts and talents that have been bestowed upon me.

    How do you empower other women?

    By modeling a strong work ethic. I believe in hard work, service above self, embracing change and being honest and humble.

    What change do you want to see in your industry?

    I would like to see more dentists actively involved in Organized Dentistry. Our profession, like many others, faces challenges that have the potential to negatively impact the doctor-patient relationship and the way we practice. Organized dentistry works to positively impact the way we practice. I would like to see less third-party influences on the dentist-patient relationships as it pertains to treatment recommendations and fees. Patients often make treatment decisions not based on the optimal therapy, but on the insurance company benefit. I am astounded by the rapidly escalating cost of attaining a dental education and running a private practice. Student loans debt places a heavy burden on new graduates – many of whom launch their careers with a Corporate Dental Entity. The emergence and influence of the Corporate Dental Provider, particularly on young dentists, cannot be ignored.

    Do you have any advice for young women as they try to achieve their goals?

    Persevere. Always tell the truth. Work hard. Strive for excellence. Do what is right, even when it’s costly. Treat others with respect and kindness regardless of the circumstance or their plight in life.

    What do you want to be remembered for?

    I would like to be remembered as a kind and gentle soul. One of the phrases that I hear reverberating in my ear by those who know me and work closely with me is: “Doc, you always see the good in people.” I honestly believe that each of us has intrinsic value, and I allow that to become a focal point for individuals despite any negative attributes that may manifest.

    How do you defy the current stereotypes, stigmas and double standards that women have today?

    I do not focus on it, and instead, choose to focus on being competent, capable and the very best I can be in the profession I am called to. I firmly believe that your reputation precedes you and I choose to focus on the elements in my life that are within my realm of control.