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The Future for Solo Practitioners
Inasmuch as it may seem like there is a groundswell of dental "groups", dentists of all ages looking to buy/own/grow their own practices should be viewing the prospective wave of Boomer retirees as a net-positive on every level.Yes, the economy has been poor. Yes, school-related debt is as high as...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Referrals and New Patients
Many new patients are referred by successfully handled new patients.When you start something new, you try to talk all of your friends into doing the same thing so you will feel you are doing the right thing. For this reason, the new patient is most interested in his dental care and more likely to...  Read More
Is Your Overhead Over Your Head?
As a follow up to my post regarding the next most influential factor on practice valuation is non-real estate overhead - i.e. your staffing, lab, and supply choices.Common Topics:Tenured Staff- It is not unusual to encounter practices with highly tenured staff that have received fixed wage...  Read More
Dental Practice Valuation Methodologies
The most common industry vernacular for expressing the valuation of a dental practice is as a percentage of annual receipts (collections) - e.g. "...I sold my practice for XX% of my receipts for the last twelve months..."Now, inasmuch as this is the long-standing tradition of discussing valuations...  Read More
Top 5 Ways to Grow Your Whitening Business
New Flash: People want whiter teeth! A recent USA survey reported that 85% of respondents said they wanted whiter teeth when asked what they would change about their smile. Embracing whitening is an excellent strategy to grow your practice today. Here are the top 5 ways to grow your whitening...  Read More
Practice Valuation & Equipment Decisions
We get it - doctors like technology! That being said, there is a not so delicate balance between equipment decisions and the valuation of a practice. Items to consider:- One of the common misconceptions is that building a practice awash in high-buck technology - e.g. CAD/CAM, cone beams, lasers,...  Read More
Distractions at the Dental Office Front Desk
Distractions at the Dental OfficeFront Desk Distractions at the front desk in dental offices can be common. Since this area is responsible for creating and maintaininga full and productive schedule for the practice,it is important to not have other team memberspulling front desk staff away from...  Read More
Owner Occupied Real Estate
For many doctors, owning your own real estate can be an effective tax strategy over the arc of a career. That being said, we encounter an endless number of practices involving owner-occupied real estate that becomes a stumbling block upon transition or retirement. Items to consider:- Co-location or...  Read More
Insist Upon High Ethical Standards in Your Practice
It is impossible to achieve your goals and dreams without also having high ethical standards in all operations of the office. Any staff member that exercises low ethical standards is like a team member who keeps fumbling the ball. The other team members have to fight like crazy to get it back and...  Read More
Reduce Broken Appointments
I believe that practices have a lot more control over broken appointments than they ever realized. Many practices are running on automatic and not taking time to educate patients and look at the patient's indicators before scheduling and during confirmations. 1) Educate the patients when the needed...  Read More
Oral Systemic Link in the Media as a patient education tool
While it has been common knowledge in the dental profession that there is a link between oral and systemic health, the really great news is that the public is beginning to get this message via mainstream media channels. Today, we know that if a patient has periodontal disease, they have a higher...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Key Computer Reports
Computer Reports tell you what ishappening in yourpractice and they willhelp you find missed opportunities based on facts.Knowing your score is important when it comes to managing your business.I recommend that you utilize the following reports from your computer software to keep your finger on the...  Read More
30 Leaders in Dentistry
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” -Isaac NewtonLike he was with so many things, Sir Isaac Newton was right on. Let me state from the beginning that I absolutely LOVE the dental profession! Pardon my enthusiasm, but the reason I love...  Read More
Practice Sellers - How to Maintain Practice Value Before a Sale
During my many buyer representation engagements I tend to see some common issues when it comes to practice valuations that sellers could have avoided to help maintain their practice values. Here are some of those areas.1. Clean Record Keeping:Remember, buyers and their advisors will be picking over...  Read More
Real Estate Choices - The Most Common Transition Challenge
Having analyzed countless dental practices, the most common theme among the more "challenging" valuation discussions we encounter is the relative impact of real estate decisions on practice valuation. Location and visibility, while very important, aren't often nearly as important as making the...  Read More
To Blog, or Not To Blog
This post is hopefully the first of many. Most doctors are involved in a practice sale (transition) maybe once or twice in their careers. We do it daily. The purpose of this blog is to share hard won, real world experiences - good and bad - with solo practitioners for purposes of assisting them...  Read More
 Consultant Tip: Actions and Words of the Dental Team Can Increase Cancellations or Prevent Them- Tip #3
Tip #3- Use Good Verbal Skills at the Time of SchedulingNot usinggood verbal and communication skills at the time of scheduling can contribute to patients not committing to an appointment. They may even schedule the appointment and call back later to say they are not coming. This is an indication...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Actions and Words of the Dental Team Can Increase Cancellations or Prevent Them- Tip #2
Tip #2- Know that a large portion of broken appointments begin chairside. As we evaluate broken appointments and track down exactly what was done prior to the appointment day, what was said andwhat was leftoff, we seethat many of the broken appointments should have never occurred. Most could have...  Read More
Consultant Tip:  Actions and Words of the Dental Team Can Increase Cancellations or Prevent Them - Tip #1
Tip #1- Stop making patients think cancellations are normal. Be more proactive. I think we all agree that broken appointments are not good for the practice. Through our investigations into the causes of broken appointments, we’ve discovered many times they could have been avoided if the...  Read More
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Increasing Your Bottom Line
The easiest way to increase your bottom line is to not have open time in your schedule which is achieved by eliminating broken appointments and controlling your schedule. For every broken appointment and time left open on the schedule, your bottom line decreases to that degree. This is true for...  Read More
Google Plus Is A Must For Dental Practice Success
It's no surprise Google owns the search game. We've known this for many years now. Unfortunately, Google changes the game too often for me to count on all my fingers and toes. This makes it a daunting task for you as a practicing dentist to keep up with. Unless you have a marketing person on staff...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Handling Patient Complaints
Since dental practices deal with all kinds of people, there will be complaints from time to time no matter how well organized you are and/or how skillful your team. Hopefully you hear about them so you can handle them properly and get the patient happy and coming back in the future. Ignoring...  Read More
Actions of a Successful Dental Office
I’m often asked what successful offices have in common...They have a good solid ethical team, with a great attitude. There is a strong leader, they are organized and have real world systems that give more predictability to their schedule. They run like a well oiled machine. There are few...  Read More
Building Your Practice with Emergencies and "Emergencies"
An emergency, according to the American Heritage Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary, is “an unexpected situation or sudden occurrence of a serious and urgent nature that demands immediate action.” When quotation marks (“ “) are placed around a word, it means the word is...  Read More
An Important Thing to Know
You do not win friends and influence patients when you use criticism, authoritative attitudes or high-pressure sales talk. You do win friends and influence patients when you really care about them and when you follow the rule be yourself. It is an interesting fact that people will respond to you...  Read More

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