Practice Management, HR and Accounting

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by Arselia Gales, assistant editor, Dentaltown magazine
After he was diagnosed with oral cancer in July, this Townie had less than two weeks to find a locum who could help keep his practice open for months while he recuperated from surgery. Over eight hours, five surgeons removed half his tongue, transplanted skin and the radial artery from his left hand to his left tongue, and grafted skin from his thigh to cover his arm. The ordeal left him with “a burning desire to make the best of my second chance in life,” he says.
November 2019
by Paul Edwards
Office technology is great— if what it’s doing is legal. This recap explains how to make sure you are using your timekeeping software correctly.
November 2019
Each month, Dentaltown magazine will publish some of Composite CE’s picks for the most intriguing and appealing live dental courses.
November 2019
With our monthly poll you can see how other practices operate, what works, what doesn’t and how dentistry is evolving. The information we gather each month helps us measure trends in the profession. Take a look at this month’s topic and results.
November 2019
by Dr. Manu Dua
The subject of this issue’s Office Visit, Dr. Manu Dua, was diagnosed with oral cancer in July 2019. Here, he shares his innermost thoughts about his journey: receiving his diagnosis, his extremely complicated surgery, and how he’s handling his road to recovery.
November 2019
by Dr. Howard Goldstein
Dr. Howard Goldstein, Dentaltown’s director of continuing education, shares the latest CE offerings released on dentaltown.com last month.
November 2019
When crowns aren’t an option, what is?
October 2019
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran has met a lot of dentists who want to get into the real estate business but aren’t sure how or where to begin. He suggests taking a look at not just the franchise model but what the biggest DSOs are doing, and modifying that to a smaller, more doable scale.
October 2019
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, discusses the risks of buying dental supplies off the internet, including variations in sales tax regulations and the danger of gray-market goods.
October 2019
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran discusses what he would’ve done differently if he were starting as a dentist today, with all of the knowledge he’s learned over the years.
New Grad Edition 2019
by Arselia Gales, assistant editor, Dentaltown magazine
This Townie’s practice in Buxton, Maine, won the 2018 Dental Office Design Competition for Outstanding Design Innovation for the new, free-standing barn-inspired building that kept a small-town feel while giving patients confidence they’ll receive top-notch care.
October 2019
by Corey Johnson
Front desk staffers need to know answers to common questions asked by patients that lead to booking an appointment. Call Box executive Corey Johnson recaps the top questions and some suggested templates your practice can customize to provide answers.
October 2019
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran, who’s seen the fields of dentistry and technology change significantly since he began practicing in 1987, discusses what he believes will happen with the rise of Big Data and artificial intelligence.
November 2019
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, recently was a guest judge at a debate between two dental schools that focused on in-office immunizations and DIY orthodontics. In this month’s column he shares what he learned from this unique experience.
November 2019
by Dr. Derek S. Williams
Dr. Derek S. Williams shares some of the lessons he learned during his first years of practice, and some of the most common challenges he sees other new dentists facing.
New Grad Edition 2019
by Kyle Patton, associate editor, Dentaltown magazine
This Townie’s Minnesota practice includes five general dentists, an orthodontist and an oral surgeon, and he’s tricked it out with the latest technology, which he calls the “easy button” to increasing the quality, quantity and experience of care.
September 2019
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran explains the importance of staying organized and up-to-date with a management information system and a comprehensive chart of accounts.
September 2019
by Gary Salman
Gary Salman, CEO of Black Talon Security, discusses the perils related to your practice’s digital privacy and piracy, and shares some surprising ways that hackers might be able to squirm into your system.
September 2019
by Tija Hunter
Tija Hunter, director of the Dental Careers Institute, discusses some of today’s most promising and popular technologies and how they can best be put to use in practices to boost profit margins.
September 2019
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, discusses the importance of maintaining a paperless practice. How do you measure up?
September 2019
by Dr. Suzanne Gilman
Dr. Suzanne Gilman, a licensed dentist and a licensed attorney, explains what associate dentists should consider during the employment negotiation process.
New Grad Edition 2019
by Dr. Anum Ali
Dr. Anum Ali discusses how to develop communication skills and styles that help young dentists gain respect and authority from patients and practice staff members.
New Grad Edition 2019
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, shares some insights and observations he’s collected during his 25 years of practicing dentistry.
New Grad Edition 2019
by Dr. Cari Callaway-Nelson
Dentaltown editorial advisory board member Dr. Cari Callaway-Nelson explains how important it can be for new dentists to ask for help when they need it.
New Grad Edition 2019
by Jeff Kirshner
Jeff Kirshner, a CPA and personal financial specialist, discusses what new dentists need to know about disability income insurance: the fundamentals, the policy design options and the top mistakes he sees young dentists make.
New Grad Edition 2019
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