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.
This week Russ and Clint discuss Clint's job at a unicorn practice as well as how we handle staff bonuses. We talk about patient management while Lucas is barking in the background. We finish off with an interesting ethical case that Russ had.
This week Russell gives his final interview from Smile Con 2022. He was fortunate to have Ayush Bagla CEO of Ackuretta and Ryan Axelson CRO of Ackuretta on to discuss a lot of the non clinical aspects of 3D printing such as R&D of new resins and printers as well as which directions 3d printing is going in. Good interview especially if you want to see non-dentists talking about dentistry.
So Clint is on the road and Russell has been busy so we created an episode last minute. Russ debates whether or not to replace his desktop scanner or upgrade whereas Clint talks about his trip to Pueblo, CO to pick up his old crap and either move or remove it. We have an in depth conversation on how should one equip a dental office as well as the importance of seat belts. Russ discusses his plans to put his dog into witness protection if needed and Clint explains what Kelly isn't excited about him bringing home.
This week Russell releases an interview hot off the press. He has not editted this one at all and literally just finished this one with his new friend Brian Schweers. Brian was kind enough to take Russ's course this weekend on how to do dentures and 3d printing.
Brian is an RDH turned DDS. He talks about how he learned to give anesthesia because Texas board doesn't think Hyg can give injections combine with his experience of working in God's country of West Texas to the naugty dirty east of Dallas. All that being said, we shared good bourbon and just discussed dentistry in general. Give it a listen.
Another midweek episode with Russ and Clint just shooting the bull. Clint is in Spokane, WA working for the man while Russell does the last minute prep for his course discovering how messy his dental office is. Spoiler alert, his office is very messy. We discuss what are the most important parts of a CE course and of course we both come to the logical conclusion that asking the question "Do you like music?" to all CE participants followed by playing a song is the most necessary part of any CE course.
This week Clint and Russ interview Dr. Brian Stoute. Brian is a dentist in DC who focuses on doing implants. We discuss his dental journey such as dating and marrying his now wife whom he taught while she was in dental school. We also discuss how CE has changed in the past two decades.
Another bonus episode this week: Clint and Russ talk about dealing with patients in general and ask the tough questions. When refunding a denture should you break it in front of the patient? Should we maybe give out more narcotics? Where was Lucas in this episode? Will Clint take over Lance's practice in a Game of Thrones-esque way? These tough questions might be answered in this podcast.
Also if you want a bit of lagniappe, stick around at the closing for Russ and Clint discussing different practice models.
This week Russell interviews Dr. Robert Hubbard and returning guest Dr. Brad Keener the president and president-elect, respectively, of the Flying Dental Association. We start out the interview with Erin's mom but end up discussing the history of the FDA, how two "competing" dentists wind up being the head of the FDA, and finish up with some HR discussions. We also talk about their amazing upcoming continuing education courses that everyone is invited to join. Find out more information at www.FlyingDentists.org.
Russell Schafer talks with Dr. Nakul Rathi after SmileCon 2022. While this was the last interview he did of the weekend, he still has two more that will be released in the next few weeks. Nakul owns an implant company and teaches implant placement in Houston, Texas at Get Implant. We talk about his journey from India to New York where he studied under the illustrious Dr. Tarnow and then went to The Ohio State University to study Prosthodontics. We discuss the importance of trying to make implants affordable for all of our patients whether they live in the US or in India.