Doctor Demographics
Doctor Demographics
I write about where to put a practice, the market conditions that are influencing the places where dentistry works best, and the trends that are helping or inhibiting practice.
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Your City Is Killing Your Practice (Maybe)
There is a trend going on that is hurting dental practices in cities both large and small by a practice called "Road Diets."  It eliminates street parking, two-way roads (in favor of one-way roads) all in the name of Global Warming and Anti-Car Culture.  You should be aware of this whether your...  Read More
Population Density, Site Selection, and SB50 (California)
California is trying to deal with its homeless crisis and it is making finding a reasonable place to practice more difficult.  While the bill was defeated, other big cities may try something similar and it is going to have an impact on existing and proposed practice sites for dental offices.  The...  Read More
Woes of the Single Dentist Site Selection
Married dentists don't really have to think about it.  But single dentists (those who are not married) have to think about what type of social life they are likely to have if they have to live near their office. Research (and experience) are telling us that dentists are graduating single like never...  Read More
Implications of Declining Birthrates on Dental Practice
There is a significant decline in the United State birthrate.  It has the potential of changing the locations that are viable to those who specialize is pediatric and adolescent practices as well as ALL practices due to direct and indirect implications of site viability.  This is an important...  Read More
Places with Promise for Practice, 2019. Where to Start-up
Every year about this time we present research on locations that indication some of the best places to put a start-up practice.  This year, we have decided not to be quite so specific in where these places should be.  In stead, we have selected regions, states, and cities that show where the growth...  Read More
Practice Locations with the Kiss of Death
Every year we  publish a list of places that are going to be especially difficult to create a start-up practice.  The list changes every year as we track the potential of various parts of the U.S.  Admittedly, the list has become a little less specific (in a few cases, we actually list several...  Read More
Iatrogenic Dentistry and Media: Response to "Truth About Dentistry" Article in Atlantic
As a communications professor teaching public relations and having represented the dental profession in many forums, I have a take that might be useful for dentists and patients regarding the Ferris Jabr article in The Atlantic called "The Truth About Dentistry."  It is important to understand how...  Read More
Perfect Cities in Which to Live: A Critique in Methodology
There are lots of lists that are coming out right now regarding where you should consider living, moving an office, or setting up practice.  This is a critique of the methodologies used in the creation of these lists. Specifically, this one deals with the U.S. News and World Report list on the best...  Read More
Socialism and Dental Site Selection
I admit that this might be an unpopular topic amount some.  In fact, there are folks who are going to HATE what I have to say.  That doesn't make it any less true: There are some locations around the U.S. that are friendlier to start-up practices and small businesses than others.  In some places...  Read More
The Legacy Practice (Parents and Children in Practice Together)
There is a long and successful (and stressful) tradition of working in the same practice with a parent or child professional.  This session addresses some of the non-accounting/non-legal issues of making a successful transition.  We discuss practice image and brand, locations, and various issues...  Read More
How the Trump Tax Cuts and SALT Changes Are Influencing Practice Locations
We have noticed an interesting relationship to the Trump Tax Cuts and the reduction in the Tax Deductions of State and Local Taxes (SALT) on practice locations throughout the United States.  You don't have to be trying to start-up a practice for this to matter!  Read More
Video, Start-up and Market Segmentation (Psychographics Update
We do a weekly webinar and discussion on site selection and marketing.  This was a recent effort on segmentation and start-ups.  It is meant to be fun and informative.  Read More
"All The Good Places to Practice Are GONE!"
This episode is an audio file (I have to keep reminding myself that some folks prefer to just listen.)  I think you will find it detailed and amusing.  It is all about finding the perfect place to put a practice when no obvious choices are available. All the Good Spots are Gone  Read More
Micropolitan Areas and Small Towns for Start-up Practices
We get lots of questions on where one can do a start-up most easily.  Small Towns and Micropolitan Areas are the answer. This webinar session gets into the specifics of where to look.   Read More
Intangibles of Dental Success
In examining the factors that make a practice successful, as a demographer I see and hear many of them.  But in this podcast episode, I go into some of the "intangible" factors that I want dentists to know.  Read More
Where Did Everyone Go? - The New Migration of Dental Patients
Parts of the country are growing rapidly.  In others, it seems like the population is rushing for the exits.  This episode discusses these trends and their causes.  It might be a good idea when you are determining where you want to practice to have a good idea of where people are headed and why.  Read More
How Far is Too Far, Part III. Where the Commutes are Longest and Shortest
While we cannot tell you every place in the U.S. where the commute times for dentists are growing and shrinking, this session CAN share with you how to determine the aspects of a site that are getting longer and shorter.In Part 3, we are going to discuss the places with the longest commutes and...  Read More
How Far is Too Far, Part II of the Dental Commute
This lecture is on the factors that are influencing how long it takes to get to your office.  We will also discuss the things you should know in deciding what will make a reasonable dental commute.  Part III will be on the locations that are showing a longer commute (and a shorter commute) to get...  Read More
How Far is Too Far? The Dentist Commute
We are in the business of helping dentists determine where the best, most fertile places to practice can be found.  That is not really so difficult.  But when it comes to determining how far is "too far" to consider a place to practice relative to your home or other office sites, it can be...  Read More
Earl Douglas, Dental Practice Broker Pioneer
Earl Douglas is a Practice Broker Pioneer.  He founded ADS and currently works in ADS South.  This man wrote the book on practice valuation and acquisition.  In this interview with Scott McDonald of Doctor Demographics, he discusses when a broker is useful for BOTH a buyer and a seller, the nature...  Read More
Bribes and Promises: City and State Inducements to Move to their Area
Bribes and Promises: Choosing a City to Start a PracticeHello, this is Scott McDonald and Welcome to the Perfect Place to Put a Practice Podcast.A bright young dentist who seems to have been doing his homework called to ask about a “deal” that he had heard about Tulsa, OK.  There are stories out...  Read More
Practicing in Pennsylvania
As part of our series on which states to consider for practice, we offer this video.  Don't forget to like us on Facebook.  We are starting up our Twitter account at @drdemographics whenever we have a new state we are considering.  As an aside, I think my staff is having fun putting the worst...  Read More
Practicing in Florida Video
Looking for a state with everything? FLORIDA! And check out our new research product: the Site Viability Report that will be available for Christmas!  Read More
Practicing in Florida
We have gone back to our features on specific states that have either good potential for growth or are developing well.  I think Florida has got something for lots of situations.  This episode gets specific about where they are.  Check out the whole series as we build it at .Practicing in Florida  Read More
Practicing in Colorado and North Carolina
As part of our ongoing series that explores the places to look (and avoid) in several states, we offer this episode on Colorado and North Carolina.  Both sites have potential when it comes to practice purchase and start-ups (de novo) areas.  But there are some notes of caution as well. Practicing...  Read More
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