A leading Atlanta dentist and founder of Heavenly Dental Associates, Inc., Dr. Heavenly Kimes is an author, inspirational speaker, and business powerhouse. For over 12 years, Dr. Heavenly has been making her mark on the dental industry and the business world with her straight-talk style, strategic expertise, and proven credentials. She owns four dental practices in Metro Atlanta and has sold two profitable clinics.
She graduated at the top of her class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Military Science from Florida A&M University. Additionally, Dr. Heavenly — a native of Miami, FL — holds a real estate license, an insurance license and a Series 65 certification, and is a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, National Dentistry Association, and the Georgia Dental Society.
A “Who’s Who Among America’s Top Dental Professionals” honoree, Dr. Heavenly has received industry recognition for her work and achievements. She was selected as one of the 2010-2011 “Atlanta’s Top Docs” by On Common Ground News and, in 2004, she received the “America’s Top Dentist” award from the Consumer Research Council of America. Co-author of the best-selling series Wake Up. . .Live the Life You Love, Dr. Heavenly recently released the informative
Dr. Heavenly’s Business Prescriptions, a motivating advice guide that breaks down complex business concepts to their simplest forms and offers personal insight and strategies for building a successful business. Dr Heavenly has been happily married to Dr. Damon Kimes for 15 years and has 3 kids and 4 dogs.
How did you launch your career and get to where you are today?
I was always very independent, and I always wanted to be a doctor. One day, a recruiter came to my school, and talked to us about dental school. He told me that I could be a dentist, and still have the family that I wanted, make money, and have a flexible schedule. I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do, and I went for it.
What have you had to sacrifice along the way, if anything?
Time and money. You always have to give up something to get something. I lost money and time making mistakes along the way.
How do you define success?
Success is defined by having what YOU want in life. Success isn’t limited to money. Whether it’d your relationship, your business, your health, your marriage, having a relationship with God…if you’re doing what you want to do, if you’ve set goals and achieved them, that’s success, in my opinion.
How do you balance work and life?
People ask me that all the time, and there is no such thing as balance. Know your priorities. For me, it’s God, Family, Work. I’m home when kids get home from school, and I turn my phone off. After 5, it’s family time. Simple as that.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself having my own syndicated radio show/TV talk show. But I am absolutely living the life of my dreams right now. I won’t be retiring any time soon, and I’ll be doing a lot of traveling.
Who is your role model or mentor?
My mother. She taught me early that success does not come easy. You have to make sacrifices. She taught me to always have my own, and to work hard for it. Even though I have a great husband, who provides, I want to have my own. That’s important to me.
What advice do you give your fellow entrepreneurs?
You’re going to make mistakes. Embrace failure. Keep going…never stop. You won’t always be accepted by others…when you’re having success, some people will turn their back on you. I always think of Dora from Finding Nemo…keep on swimming…nothing is that bad. As long you have God.
What are you currently working on now?
Married to Medicine: What makes our show awesome and unique is that I’ve never seen a reality show with over half the cast having doctorate degrees, and the entire cast having degrees. We’re showing family. husbands, wives, children. We’re showing that people are people, no matter where they come from, or what they do. With all of our success, we still have real issues.
For more info on Dr Heavenly and her products, events, and services please visit DrHeavenly.com. You can also catch her on the new season of Married To Medicine 4/6/14 @ 9/8c. on Bravo TV!