The DentalHacks New Dentist Extravaganza (DHP26)

CaitlynnWe’ve talked about dental school and being a new dentist a bunch of times. We’ve offered advice about what we might do differently as a student and new dentist. Now…we hear from some dental students and new dentists!

This episode features two senior dental students, Caitlynn Haas of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and David Jacobs of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. They talk about what brought them to dentistry, their education and their debt in the first installment of this interview.

David JacobsThis week’s Brain Trust features six “new dentists” that have graduated within the last three years. You’ll hear from DentalHacks listeners and new dentists Dr. Scott Kollen, Dr. Josh Carpenter, Dr. David Scardella (www.cormierdds.com), Dr. Will Parrell, Dr. Dennis Frazee (www.frazeefamilydentistry.com) and Dr. Rich Weber (www.hamiltonfamilydental.com). In our first installment of this “new dentist extravaganza” each of these dentists shares a bit about the journey they’ve taken since finishing dental school and how things are looking for a new dentist.

So join us for this listener driven episode of the DentalHacks!

The DentalHacks Podcast episode 25: Dr. Mike Melkers on patient communication and continuing education speed dating

Mike MelkersDr. Mike Melkers returns in today’s episode to talk about an eclectic variety of topics! First, we finish our discussion of innovations in materials science and how the more things change, the more things stay the same. Then we move into a discussion about “soft skills.” Mike teaches a lot of patient communication techniques that are second to none! He boils down a topic that seems complex into some very simple and useable tips. Finally, he discusses some clinical research on different isolation techniques (aka: the Isolite vs. rubber dam smackdown).

The Brain Trust continues it’s discussion of continuing education. Dr. Tarun Agarwal describes using shorter courses (for instance, at state dental meetings) as CE speed dating. They discuss treatment planning, endo, surgery, online resources as well as inexpensive CE options. Finally, they discuss DentalTown as the ultimate search engine for continuing education as well as a source of solid and inexpensive CE. If you want to hear about CE…this is your episode!

Some links of stuff featured in today’s episode!

Dr. Melkers’ website: www.michaelmelkers.com

Dr. Melkers’ Facebook page

Francis B. Vedder Society

notes from Dr. Terry Donovan lecture on attrition/erosion from 2009 fall Vedder Society meeting

The Dawson Academy

Spear Education

Kois Center 

Las Vegas Institute

The Pankey Institute

Buchanan’s courses

Ruddle’s courses

Dentaltown

DentalHacks Holiday Extra: Dr. Tarun Agarwal on In-house Financing


TBoneHeadShotIt’s the holiday season and the DentalHacks are in a giving mood! Feast your ears on this terrific DentalHacks extra!

Could you use a way to help patients make excellent treatment more affordable? Would you like another easy way to create cash flow in your office while doing the dentistry that you’ve trained to do? Dr. Tarun Agarwal has a great suggestion for your office!

T-bone has been using this in-house system for 3 years. He’s offering interest free financing to his patients with little to no risk of default by patients. He describes the system he’s using IN DETAIL in this podcast! There’s no sales pitch, just helpful and tasty knowledge!

So make yourself a leftover turkey and cranberry relish sandwich, sit back and enjoy this holiday gift from the DentalHacks!

Some links of stuff featured in today’s episode!

The Passionate Dentist podcast episode 41 featuring Tarun Agarwal

Tarun’s 3D dentist blog/website

Tarun’s financial options “menu” as discussed in the episode.

The DentalHacks Podcast episode 24: Dr. Mike Melkers can quit learning any time he wants

Mike MelkersIn today’s episode, we begin a discussion of continuing education. We bring together all kinds of CE junkies and talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of dental continuing education.

In our interview segment, we talk to Dr. Mike Melkers. Dr. Melkers is a published researcher, teacher and admitted CE junkie. He’s not ready to stop learning, but he assures us he can stop any time he wants. We discuss how new dentists (and experienced dentists who want to send their career in a new direction) should start their CE journey. What do you want to become? Where do you want to end up? What is the appropriate CE provider for you?

In the Brain Trust segment, we bring together Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Tarun Agarwal to talk about their experiences for CE. How do you choose what you need to know? What’s the best bang for your buck? GPR/AEGD? Or is T-bone’s suggestion of a “PPR” (private practice residency) the best way to go. This conversation is really funny and really informative. If you’re a CE junkie or only aspire to be, this episode is for you!

Some links of stuff featured in today’s episode!

Dr. Melkers’ website: www.michaelmelkers.com

Dr. Melkers’ Facebook page

Francis B. Vedder Society

notes from Dr. Terry Donovan lecture on attrition/erosion from 2009 fall Vedder Society meeting

The Dawson Academy

Spear Education

Kois Center 

Las Vegas Institute

The Pankey Institute

 

 

The DentalHacks podcast episode 23: “Two addicts walk into a podcast…” featuring a conversation with Dr. Brett Kessler

Brett imageAlcoholism. Addiction. Chemical dependence. Whatever you call it, we don’t talk about it much. Even though upwards of 15% of dentists are directly affected, it’s something we don’t talk about. Until now, that is.

Today’s episode of the DentalHacks podcast is a bit of a departure from our typical format. In this episode we present a conversation between two friends (Alan and Dr. Brett Kessler) who have direct experience with addiction. Both of us have multiple years of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and you probably have never heard two dentists speak so openly and candidly about what we’ve been through and what we’ve seen. If you have any questions about the conversation I hope you’ll email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

 

Some links of stuff featured in today’s episode!

Dr. Brett Kessler’s website

Dr. Brett Kessler’s blog

Michigan’s Health Professional Recovery Program 

Alan’s speaking dates in Arizona

The DentalHacks podcast episode 22: Dr. Rob Ritter and the $86 website

img-meet-dr-robert-ritterLast episode, Dr. Rob Ritter explained what it’s like to be a speaker on the dental CE circuit. This episode we get down to business. We discuss his DIY website for his speaking business and how almost anyone can have an amazing web presence for next to no money. Take digital photos and show the world what you’re doing for almost next to free. Then we talk about who dentistry has transitioned into an almost completely digital experience. He discusses digital impression scanners in depth (he’s tried all of them) and gives his recommendation as well as what we should be looking for in the near future. Rob is a font of knowledge on materials and techniques and we’ve only just scratched the surface! Look for him to be a guest again!

Then we pick up where we left off with the Brain Trust’s marketing round table. What are the keys to having a successful direct mail campaign? Can Facebook marketing work for dentists? How about TV and radio? Magazines? The Brain Trust weighs in on all of this. Join previous DentalHacks interview guests Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Ryan McCall as well as Brain Trust regulars Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Matt Garrison and Dr. Melissa Zettler as they continue discussing what works and what doesn’t in dental marketing!

Some links of stuff featured in today’s episode!

Dr. Rob Ritter’s website for his speaking

fiverr for logos

moo.com for business cards

LAVA COS machine

Itero

3Shape Color Trios scanner

3M True Definition Scanner

Dr. Matt Garrison’s website (The Online Practice)

Dr. Melissa Zettler’s website (Sesame Communications)

Dr. Matthew Standridge’s website

Dr. Lance Timmerman’s website (Firegang SEO)

Dr. Ryan McCall’s website

Dr. Alan Mead’s website/blog (designed by Matt Brett, written by Dr. Mead)

Jay Geier Call Tracker

New Patients, Inc.

MyDentistCalls

 

 

The DentalHacks Podcast episode 21: Dr. Rob Ritter on the life of a CE speaker and the Brain Trust Marketing Round Table

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This week, the DentalHacks podcast features Dr. Rob Ritter. Rob is a dentist in Jupiter, FL that focuses primarily on cosmetic dentistry. He’s got a lot to share on both clinical and practice management issues, but today’s episode went off on an interesting tangent. Rob has been speaking to dental groups for quite some time and at one time was doing 40 or more presentations per year! So we talked to him about how get got started being a featured CE speaker, what he loves about it and what he doesn’t love so much about it. Anyone who’s ever thought they’d like to get into speaking to dentists will find this interview very enlightening!

Also in episode 21 the Brain Trust turns their incredible intellect and experience toward dental marketing. We welcome back our first two interviewees, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Ryan McCall as well as Brain Trust regulars Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Matt Garrison and Dr. Melissa Zettler! Have you ever wondered what marketing works the best? How important is your location and sign? How can you track the ROI of any given marketing? Should you try direct mail? These guys have tried it all! The good, the bad and the ugly. And they might just save you from an expensive marketing mistake! DO NOT MISS THIS EPISODE!

Some links of stuff featured in today’s episode!

Dr. Matt Garrison’s website (The Online Practice)

Dr. Melissa Zettler’s website (Sesame Communications)

Dr. Matthew Standridge’s website

Dr. Lance Timmerman’s website (Firegang SEO)

Dr. Ryan McCall’s website

Dr. Alan Mead’s website/blog (designed by Matt Brett, written by Dr. Mead)

Jay Geier Call Tracker

New Patients, Inc.

MyDentistCalls

 

 

The DentalHacks Podcast episode 20: Kevin Henry on how to sell to dentists

Kevin HenryThis week’s show picks up with the second half of our interview with Kevin Henry. Kevin is the Group Content and Editorial Director at Advanstar Communications. Kevin spends some time talking about dental publishing, its history and its future. For instance, he thinks that there will always be a place for print (magazines) as most people won’t take their iPad in the bathtub. We talk a little bit about how selling to dentists has changed and also how an aspiring dental writer could have their writing published. Finally, Kevin weighs in on who’s up and coming in the dental education world. Another DentalHacks interview not to be missed!

In today’s Brain Trust segment we continue talking about the question: “if you could only do one procedure for the rest or your career, what would it be?” They talk about new patients and delivering bad news along with the near universal love of immediate dentures. Then the Brain Trust moves in a different direction. If you could choose a procedure to NEVER do again, what would it be? You can get to know Dr. Matt Garrison in today’s episode along with veteran Brain Trust members Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee for another legendary segment!

 

The DentalHacks Podcast episode 19: Kevin Henry on dental teams, illicit rubber dam clamps

Kevin HenryThis week’s interview features Kevin Henry. Kevin is the Group Content and Editorial Director at Advanstar Communications. What that means is he’s involved (and has been involved) with the production of online content as well as dental magazine publishing. Have you heard of “Dental Products Report?” Yeah…that’s him! In today’s episode Kevin shares what he’s learned about dental teams. And it’s a lot! We talk about dental office managers and what they can do for your practice as well as finding the best training for dental teams!

In today’s Brain Trust segment we’re asked the question: “if you could only do one procedure for the rest or your career, what would it be?” The answers from our Brain Trust are enlightening and hilarious! We get down to the nuts and bolts of extractions and direct composite restorations. This is “can’t miss” content for anyone who takes teeth out or places composites! We introduce a new member, Dr. Matt Garrison, in today’s episode as well. Matt joins veterans Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee for an entertaining and informative segment.

 

Some links from the show:

American Association of Dental Office Managers

Dental Assisting National Board

International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany

Mead’s dream rubber dam clamp

What the hell is a 301?

Luxators

Karl Schumacher Proximators

Triodent Supercurve matrix (V3 and V4, too)