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An Entrepreneur and Army Captain’s Practice Toolbox: How To Build a Mentally Resilient Team

Building resilience means getting out of comfort zones. Mental resilience enables us to accept challenges and to persevere. It isn’t an on/off switch. It’s a learned pattern of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and can be shaped by how we interpret the adversities we face.

How many of your team members are perfectionists? Moving out of comfort zones can be challenging because it means mistakes may be made. Making mistakes may be hard to accept, but it can also help an employee gain knowledge for the future.

In this give-and-take session, learn how to develop and nurture team mental resilience. Get ready to increase productivity, apply more adaptive responses to stress, and create excellent employee wellbeing in your practice!


  • Identify the components of mental resiliency and understand how to apply positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity
  • Develop the focus on what we can control rather than what we can’t
  • Gain the tools to develop a team mental resilience plan to increase productivity, apply more adaptive responses to stress, and create greater employee wellbeing in the practice

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Dan Espinal

Dan Espinal

Daniel Espinal is a first-generation American, the son of two immigrants, both scientists and entrepreneurs. His father came to the US from the Dominican Republic to attend military school and work as an electrical engineer. His mother, a chemist, was a political refugee from Chile fleeing the Pinochet dictatorship. Later they built a small environmental testing lab based on hard work and dedication to the best service. As a perpetual tinkerer, his father had several patents and created a radon-mitigation system that became the practice's bread and butter. Daniel learned from them to respect education, entrepreneurship, customers, and employees.

Daniel also served in the military, which shaped his belief in human ingenuity, and in allowing and empowering people to solve problems to unleash our innate creative genius. He applies this to his management philosophy. Although we have a long way to go, he believes we must become more inclusive of all in the business equation: employees, customers, shareholders, the environment, the community, and vendors.