March/April 2021

Click Here to Read the current issue (w link to PDF download) Download Here Cover Story – Women Leaders in Dentistry The Way Forward – Charting a course for more women in industry leadership roles Tender Care – How one group practice owner’s desire to provide opportunity has empowered young women in her community A Watershed Moment for the Dental Industry The Sweet Spot – Mary Pham has built her group practice from the ground up by tackling tough clinical cases and a saturated marketplace Company Culture – 5 core areas of culture you might be missing Benefiting the Community …

Sponsored – Dentrix Enterprise: All in One Place

The benefits of centralization within a DSO In his role as CIO of Thinc Forward, Tom Barberio has helped numerous DSOs navigate just about every obstacle related to onboarding technology solutions for their business. He often finds that organizations are afraid of changing to a centralized practice management system because it will be too difficult and costly. Some DSOs realize they have problems caused by using multiple systems, but they worry that consolidating them will cause significant operational disruption.  Fortunately, Barberio says that with the right technology partner and a well-established implementation method, centralizing a DSO can create efficiencies, savings …

Sponsored – Solmetex: Inspection-Ready

A maintenance program can help your dental group practice always stay in compliance when it comes to amalgam separation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, dental practices are the number one contributor to the discharge of 5 tons of mercury to Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) each year, which can ultimately contaminate the water supply.  Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that bioaccumulates in fish and shellfish. Mercury pollution is widespread and a global concern that originates from many diverse sources such as air deposition from municipal and industrial incinerators and combustion of fossil fuels. What’s required? Because of this, the EPA …

Best of DSO Secrets: Question and Answer

Better Business Models Editor’s note: The DSO Secrets: Dentist Entrepreneurs Growing Dental Organizations Facebook page is a place to find resources, networking opportunities, information about upcoming industry events, and a forum to ask fellow dentist entrepreneurs questions you may have about running your business. The following was a recent discussion among DSO Secrets Facebook page members. Praveen Gudipati asked: Which business model is better? 1. Five $1 million offices 2. One $5 million office What is… 1. More profitable 2. Less stressful 3. Easy exit-able 4. Pros and cons of each model DSO Secrets Facebook page members responded: “Five $1 …

Publisher’s Note: Paving a Path of What’s Possible

By Jake Puhl March was Women’s History Month – a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to history, culture and society. Within the dental industry, there has definitely been a trend of more women entering the profession. For instance, according to the Survey of Dental Education, in 2019-20, 13,314 predoctoral dental students were female (51.6%), and 50.6% (3,215) of graduates of the class of 2019 were female. In comparison, the percentage of graduates who were female was 46.2% in 2009, 35.3% in 1999, 27.6% in 1989, and 11.7% in 1979. While we’re seeing some progress in diversity, we …

Know How to Grow

Implementing systems that scale with practice growth By Amber Collins There is a world of difference between operating a single dental practice and running a successful multi-location organization; a truth that many organizations who failed to shift their mindset as they grew learned the hard way. Fortunately, the Peak Dental leadership team had that insight at the very start of our expansion efforts. Expanding a small dental practice starts by implementing systems to grow just that one practice. When Peak was still a small practice, our biggest focus was on supporting the doctors and learning everything that we could about …

Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Boom in Healthcare Consolidation

Strained finances are set to accelerate mergers and acquisitions in the wake of Covid-19. By Michael Brookshire, Joshua Weisbrod and Erin Ney, MD Editor’s note: This article is part of Bain’s report US Healthcare Trends 2020: Insights from the Front Line. Explore more insights from the report: www.bain.com/insights/topics/us-healthcare-trends-2020-insights-from-the-front-line. Providers have been consolidating over the last decade as organizations pursue economies of scale and expand vertically and horizontally. Post–Covid-19, we expect that larger healthcare groups and investors will accelerate their acquisitions of smaller hospitals, physician practices and alternative sites of care. Strained finances and a sharp drop in procedure volumes have …

Generational Growth

With two daughters on her staff, Dr. Robin Reich’s group practice blends the best of career and family. By Daniel Beaird Dr. Robin Reich wanted to be a dentist since high school. It was the health care path she thought provided the best lifestyle for a career and family. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she received her D.D.S. from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. She has been a practicing dentist in the Atlanta area since 1984. “It was a straight-line path from high school to undergrad to dental school,” Dr. Reich said. Starting her dental career, …

Five Keys to Supporting Growth of Women Leaders

By Alan Cherry Women comprise the vast majority of the workforce in the dental industry, yet they are disproportionately underrepresented in leadership positions at all levels. This needs to change. A recent webinar hosted by The DEO explored the obstacles to progress as well as ways that each of us can turn the dial on this issue and be an agent for change. Women are highly intelligent, driven, and capable individuals and they want to show up and perform in an authentic way.  How can organizations give them the platform to be their best selves, be confident, show their strengths, …

Women Are a Powerhouse at 42 North Dental

Over one-third of its 80-plus supported practices are female led Among the more than 200,000 dentists working in dentistry in the U.S. today, 34.5% are female according to the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI). That percentage is growing as the demographics of the dental industry continue to shift.  Forty years ago, just 7% of dental school graduates in the U.S. were women, according to HPI, and that percentage is up to 49% in recent years. So how do dental groups and practices recruit, attract and retain female dentists and female leaders?  42 North Dental, a DSO supporting dental practices in …