Pictures on the Wall. . .

I love art. I’m not sure exactly when in life it became important to me, but it is. The walls of my study are covered with it, and each piece tells a story. Some reflect photos of special moments in family history, some are gifts from friends, and some are purchases made to commemorate meaningful life events. Having immersed myself into a world of science throughout life, I find that art...
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Three Tips for the Successful Practitioner

If you’ve been following my recent blogs, you knew I couldn’t help but write this one with three tips for the successful practitioner. 1. Maintain the status quo. It’s quite common for the successful dentist enjoying peak productivity to slow down and refer out procedures he or she no longer wishes to provide. What’s critically important to recognize, however, is that a...
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Three Tips for the Mid-level Practitioner

If you read last month’s blog (Three Tips for the New Practitioner), you know I was asked by my good friend Timothy Brown, CEO of the ROI Corporation (Toronto, Canada) to share those comments. He didn’t stop there, however, and asked for three tips for the mid-level practitioner. Here they are: 1. Begin each day with a team huddle. Confession: It took me several years in practice to...
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Three Tips for the New Practitioner

A good friend of mine, Timothy Brown, CEO of the ROI Corporation (Toronto, Canada) recently asked me what three tips I’d share with someone just starting a practice, someone who’s growing a practice, and someone with a practice in peak productivity. Beginning this month is the first of my three answers. 1. Calculate your “break-even” point. If you don’t know how...
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Interrupted Hygiene

In his best-selling book, Becoming Remarkable, author and CEO Fred Joyal cites research by his company, Futuredontics, that seating patients on-time has an enormous impact on whether a patient returns to the practice. Why is it, then, that so few practices take the steps necessary to be on-time? I’ve previously shared the simple scheduling formula to facilitate on-time practice performance...
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In Honor Of. . .

My wife’s father was missing in action the day she was born. Lt. Col. Ray Davis and his Marines were busy rescuing Fox company from certain annihilation during the legendary battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean conflict. Happily, her dad not only rescued Fox company, survived, and came home, but was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Truman for his fearless leadership and...
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