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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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
Dental Practice in Oregon and Washington
We are going back to our old pattern of covering specific states in our webinars.  This week we talk about the demographics of Washington and Oregon.  I am trying to keep these fairly short without losing content. Hey, be patient!Webinar on Washington and Oregon Locations  Read More
The Winter Tour of Promising Places
Rather than watch another re-run of "It's a Wonderful Life," why not take a drive to a place that has potential for a start-up or practice purchase?  Hey, you might even find a place to expand your current practice.  I have organized ten tours you may want to consider.  You can see them this week...  Read More
Dental Demographics in Canada
This week I interviewed my demographic expert-friend on all things site related in Canada, Matt Bladowski.  True, the dental market in Canada is small and it is also "different" from what we have in the States.  Matt is a true expert.  In the world of demographics, site selection, and market...  Read More
New Consultation System
I am trying to raise the bar on site selection for dental offices locations.  The thing is, we are finding that video conferencing is working SO MUCH BETTER because we can show maps and data.  I was reluctant for years because of complaints by doctors that they didn't have the technology.  Well,...  Read More
Changes in our Telephone Consultation and Video Consultation
I am changing the way we do telephone consultations (going to a video conference format) for lots a good reasons. And, of course, I am talking about our free book for dental practice site selection. Improved Consultation  Read More
Contrasts in Coasts: Video Blog
I am finding that some Townies prefer the audio podcast.  Others want to see the video.  This is an episode taken from our weekly webinar of dental demographics and marketing on locations that are growing and shrinking, their impact on the dental marketplace, and just WHY these trends are...  Read More
Study in Contrasts: Idaho v. New Jersey, Nevada v. Connecticut
When it comes to the consideration of where to put a practice, it is wise to consider the trends but it is also worth considering the reasons for the trends.  This session deals with WHY some places are growing (and developing) making them a better place to practice and why some are NOT.  I have...  Read More
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