This week Russell interviews Robert Duque from 3Disc. Robert came down from New Jersey to NOLA to show off the 3Disc Heron scanner to Russell, and overall it was a good week. Russell decided to wrap up the week with a podcast. One of the cooler features of the Heron is the ability to size Kinder zirconia crowns which can be found on YouTube. Also Russell was impressed that 3Disc paired all their scanners with a laptop that was spec'd appropriatedly with their scanner so that the dentist gets the right experience. If you are interested in learning more about the scanner, you can either go to 3Disc.com or call Robert and he gives his phone number in the last two minutes of the episode.
To watch my video review of the Heron, you can go to my YouTube page an see it.
Irene Iancu closes our Voices of Dentistry 2003 experience, discussing such topics as owning a dental office as a non-dentist, life in Toronto, and what duties she feels hygienists should have. Alan Mead even joins us to give an important announcement.
Pavlos Malonoukos, a lab technician out of Flushing, NY, goes Totally Oral to discuss all things digital when it comes to lab work, including AI. Pavlos gives his thoughts on AI taking over the world. His prediction: it's been a fun ride, human race.
This week Russ and Clint talk with Jeff Gladnick who is the founder and CEO of Great Dental Websites. We talk about how Jeff founded GDW and got into this dental advertising. Jeff ran through Clint's prospective practice and what potential marketing goals should be. He also outlines great tips for how to choose a marketer and what are some pitfalls for how to avoid black hat SEO scams so that Google doesn't black list you. It is a great podcast if you want to learn more about Google advertising and how some of the stuff works behind the curtain.
In the interest of full disclosure, Russ has been a client of GDW since 2016 but they are not advertisers on our show.
Russ Morrow joins Russell Schafer and Clinton Timmerman at the VoD after party to discuss all things lasers. Russell Morrow recently became the Cheif Dental Officer at Biolase and he tells us his journey from incorporating lasers into his practice into lecturing for a major company.
Russ is also on the Arizona Dental Board and he tells us some common pitfalls to avoid as well as some stories of what it's like to review cases of his fellow dental peers.
Check out our podcast then catch Russ Morrow at one of his courses.
Clint and Russ talk with Dr. Jared Christopherson this week. Jared is a dentist in Cheyenne, WY and talks about what brought him back to Wyoming after going to school in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. He also talks about his minor vice/passion of playing poker and how that brought him to Vegas to take Russell's course and learn how to start printing dentures.
Clint and Russell talk with Travis Rodgers about his elctronic referral system that is simple to use thorugh dental operating softers. Check out OneClickReferral.com and find out thow this system can benefit you!
At Voices of Dentistry, Russ and Clint met Derik Van Ness who owns Big Life Financial. We initially begin discussing the Employee Retention Credit which neither of us knew anything about and moved on to other topics in financial advice and tax strategy. While Derik is not a CPA, he works with CPAs to do a lot of the leg work to help make sure that you aren't paying more in taxes than you should. If you want to learn more about Derik and his company, go to Big Life Financial.
Dr. Kyle Shank used to own a dental office in Indianapolis but decided he needed a change of pace. He sold his office, and he and his orthodontist wife moved to Montana. He works as an associate in a couple different offices and runs a one person crown and bridge lab. We discuss the common issues that Kyle sees given that he understands the clinical, lab, and business aspects of dentistry. If you want to contact Kyle, you can find him on Facebook or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinton and Russell had a chance to meet Vanessa Vitagliano and Jared Parente of Dental Warranty at Voices of Dentistry.
Vanessa and Jared explain their business model that protects their client’s dental work by adding a fee for each procedure, similar to any other item a person may purchase and warranty. Listen to what they have to say and see if Dental Warranty could be an added benefit for your office.
Zach Meiners and Jason Lipscomb go Totally Oral at VoD 2023. Just like any good superhero movie, Jason gives the origin story of Voices of Dentistry and how it all came together. Jason and Zach discuss insurance companies and how dentists could take the power back if everyone joined forces like the Wonder Twins.
Zach laments how getting his dream car, a lowered GEO Metro, didn't give him the street cred he was seeking. If only he had taken up the keytar like Jason did.
Russell and Clinton talk to Assen Dobrikov, owner of Dani Dental Studio. Listen and find out how he went from Eastern Europe to the Grand Canyon State.
This week Russ and Clint talk with Paul Lowry about dental membership plans. Paul created The Dental Menu to help a practice create dental membership plans with common sense bookkeeping techniques that offer an alternative to adjusting production/collections, while also adding ways to build value with your patients. While Russ will admit he was skeptical of Paul initially as we've heard a lot of dental membership companies with similar services, Russ was pretty impressed by the end of the interview and thought that Paul had some great points especially with the ideas from a business perspective. Give it a listen.
Russell Schafer and Clinton Timmerman find out just how soon-to-be Doctor Lisa Nelson makes her mark in the dental field and Doctor Kelsi Lewis discusses her scratch practice in Austin, Texas and how Texas is surprisingly behind the times in not letting hygienists anesthetize patients. The magical wonders of freeze dried Skittles is mentioned and everyone also wonders why Donald Ducks has no pants but puts a towel around his waste when stepping out of the shower.
This week Russ and Clint interview Dr. Lane Ochi. Lane discusses his "retirement" and how he is transitioning out of dentistry. We talk with him on debt, Fee For Service offices, Rolex ownership, and buying bikes. He educates us on planning for retirement and where he sees dentistry moving towards. Overall a great episode.
Another VOD 2023 podcast where we interviewed Mr. Jay Glazer. We discussed the company he works for Crazy Dental and DC Dental. We talk his journey into dentistry and how the dental supply business has changed in the past few decades. We talk about the business model of dental supply business from customer service to overhead to supply management and the cost of free shipping. If you want to find out more about his company, go to www.crazydentalprices.com.
This week Russ talks with Dr. Joshua Wyatt. Josh owns and runs a seven office DSO in Tampa, Florida call My Dentist Group and we talk about the challenges of ownership from ordering supplies, marketing, and staffing both hygienists and dentists.
Clinton Timmerman and Russell Schafer chat with Steven Dold of Wichita, Kansas, at Voices of Dentistry 2023 and ask him all the hard hitting questions we've all wanted answers to, such as giving Septo for blocks, if CR is a myth and if Han really fired first (he did).
In this episode, Russ and Clint interview Dr. Natalie Ballas. Natalie is a dentist in Portland, OR who is crushing it. We discuss her journey from West Virginia to Cleveland back to WV for dental school to Oregon to buy a dental practice. We discuss managing patients as a more or less FFS office in a strong PPO market but also the importance of just doing what you love and living where you want to live. While our discussion went all over the place, we think that it is still a cool story. Give it a listen!
This week Clint and Russ do a small prequel to Voices of Dentistry 2023 and interview Matthew Yu and Brian Schweers. We talk about each of their practices and how they incorporate digital dentistry into their offices. We finish up talking about work life balance.
Due to some setbacks our intended episode did not work out, but we tried to salvage what we could of our interview with the Patient Whisperer himself, Paul Homoly, at Voices of Dentistry 2022.
Check out all of Paul Homoly's materials and come also say hi to Russell Schafer and Clinton Timmerman at Voices of Dentistry 2023 in Scottsdale.
This week Clint and Russ talk with Dr. John Ha out of Honolulu, HI. You might know John from his guest appearance on Hawaii Five-O or from his posts on Facebook. John runs a practice focused on implants and full mouth rehabs in an area with a dentist to population ratio of around less than 1:150. You read that right, not 1:1500 which is around the average but 1:150. We talk about extensively about marketing as well as discuss John's niche.
This week Russ is in Miami while Clint braves the cold in Washington and they talk with Dr. Joshua Austin. Josh lectures on mental health both for dentists and for patients in his presentation Chamfered Psyche. Everyone shares a bit of their mental health journey as well as talking about the importance of mental health care in day to day lives. If you want to learn more about when and where Josh is speaking next, go to his website Austin Dental Seminars to learn more.
Rich Rosenblatt and Frank Clayton return once more to discuss end of year scheduling and staff payouts. Rich also discusses the real reason it's best to work for his company at this time of year.
Happy holidays and merry freaking whatever!
This week, Russell interviews Jessica Knott, Damien Bonner, and Matt Newman. Jessica is part of Ackuretta and both Damien and Matt are from Cad-Ray. We discuss how new 3D printed materials will be recognized under the ADA as ceramic crowns and how to incorporate them into your practice. Coupled with Cad-Ray's new software Clinux, the goal of Ackuretta and Cad-Ray is to be able to design and fabricate a crown in a comparable time as a milled crown to work well in a dentist's office.
We also discuss how meeting come back and how great IDS in Germany is.