In an update about her now finished dental studio, Irene Iancu explains how she made her vision of owning her own hygienist-run dental practice with a strong voice on social media come to life.
“I knew for a long time that I wanted to open a practice in my hometown,” says Dr. Carla Thomas. “I’m so passionate about this community and I want to give back.” Dr. Thomas didn’t cut any corners when designing her practice. She wanted to build something that the people of Inglewood would be proud of by investing in the newest technology, buying CEREC equipment and purchasing products that would allow her and her staff to perform the latest techniques.
Complimentary beverages, relaxing playlists and new patient office tours are all easy ways to improve patient comfort. But what about scent branding? Tapping into the sense of smell can elevate the quality of an interaction and the possibility of creating a loyal patient.
When planning to relocate and build out a larger office, Dr. Ricky L. Farmer trusted Patterson Dental to help him see his vision through. At nearly 8,000-square-feet, Lake Pointe Dental Care is now at 10 operational operatories with the capacity to go to 16, and the staff has more than doubled.
Dr. Ricky L. Farmer’s practice in Somerset, Ky., was successful, but patients couldn’t always be accommodated immediately in the 2,500-square-foot space. His vision was to transition to a larger group practice aligned with his philosophy of “contemporary, comprehensive, compassionate care.”
As a pre-law student and tennis player, Irene Iancu never initially planned to go into dentistry. Getting hurt on the tennis court, combined with other life changes, led her to the field of dental hygiene and she became a hygienist in 2007. Her work ethic […]
Does your practice struggle to attract, recruit, and keep top Millennial talent? With the Millennial generation expected to make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020, that means adapting to this new generation isn’t really an option – it’s vital to the success […]
Cheers to a successful 2016! You welcomed numerous new patients to your practice, performed countless restorations, and feel great about the beautiful smiles you’ve created. There’s no arguing that dentistry is an admirable profession that changes peoples’ lives for the better. But, as you (and […]
As a dental assistant at Children’s Smile Center in Ozark, Mo., Brooke Neill knows that her most powerful tool for improving patients’ oral health is not a prophy angle or scaler – it’s education. Brooke begins each appointment by getting to know the child and […]
At the Children’s Smile Center in Ozark, Mo., Carrie Burke understands that the fundamentals of a successful business include happy employees who have the resources and support they need to do their job, plus happy customers who refer other customers. It’s that understanding that makes […]
As product manager at Sirona, Joe Goldstone is responsible for knowing all the ins and outs of all of their platforms. Recently, he took the time to discuss the Schick 33 sensor. This is a two-part series, the second of which will be appearing on […]
One of the new tools in the 4.2 software is the new Incisal Variation tool. Not only can we get great looking anterior proposals with the 4.2 software, we also have the ability to enhance the facials of the software. I was playing around with […]
You have a website. This is good. But, there are questions that need to be considered in order to make sure that your site is doing the very best for your practice. If you haven’t looked over your website with the following tips in mind, […]
A few years ago, Patterson and Sirona started the 3D Summit program to educate the dental community about cone beam technology and its profound impact on the practice lifestyle and the patient experience. We’ve talked a lot about how this investment will increase the productivity […]
Have your patients posted reviews about your practice? A recent American Express Global Customer Service Barometer survey found that customers are telling more people about their service experiences – both good and bad. On average, people tell 15 others about their good experiences (up from 9 […]
By now, dental practitioners are likely aware that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued long-awaited changes to the Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. The Omnibus Rule was announced on January 17 and has been the “hot topic” for folks in […]
One of the great things about dentistry is the consistent opportunity we have to help people along their path to greater oral health and overall wellness. The most effective way to guide patients along the way is to first have an established relationship with them. […]
The typical dental office has several regular meetings that can help to keep the team on track. We hear from our members that as the staff gets bigger, the meetings get longer and less productive. It’s so important to have an agenda and a moderator […]
What is the main reason you got on board with social media? Social media has mainly been seen as a marketing tool – a way to attract new patients. However, social media plays a much more important role for practices. Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics, […]
New employees are typically hired and trained by office managers, yet managers are most often the busiest people in the office! We hear from our members often that this part of their job is time consuming and repetitive but it has to be done well. […]
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Charlene White’s article “Activate Practice Proaction to Prevent a Panicked Reaction” in the current edition of The Wave. Read the full article in that publication. Don’t have it? Contact a Patterson representative to find out how you […]
Have you ever heard the phrase “You can hear a smile”? These five words can play a big part in our telephone skills, especially when the day is not going so well. When we are face to face, it is easy to paint on a […]
I’m often asked by new and seasoned CEREC users how to decrease their appointment times for a simple crown procedure. This question has a number of different solutions depending on the individual office, but let me offer a couple of helpful hints that may guide […]
Moisture is the nature of the human body – especially the oral cavity. And while we’ve developed products to restore and protect our natural teeth, we’ve mostly only been able to develop products that work in dry environments. Look at dental sealants for example. Traditional […]
For most of us, spring cleaning means getting rid of the clutter that’s built up over the year and doing some serious scrubbing. While we’re accustomed to organizing our homes every spring, why not also take this opportunity to address how you organize while at […]
This week is the 36th Annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week and we want to make it a very special week for some of our Off the Cusp readers. That’s why we asked a few offices to tell us about their assistants and what makes them […]
How amazing are the dental assistants in your office? Next week is the 36th Annual Dental Assistant Recognition Week (DARW), and it is a great time to let them know how much you appreciate everything they do for your office. This year’s theme, “Key to […]
During root canal preparation, you have two major goals: prevention of periradicular disease and the healing of any current infection. The first step in achieving this goal includes removing affected tissue from canals and creating adequate space within the canals to allow for necessary irrigation […]
Join us in March for the following events! Arizona 3/8: Phoenix – Equipment Maintenance Seminar California 3/6: El Segundo – Surgical Esthetics Course 3/7: Sunnyvale – Equipment Maintenance Event 3/15: Santa Barbara – Sirona Cone Beam Event 3/22: Santa Cruz – Eaglesoft User Group Florida […]
Our local teams make it their business to know your business. When a tornado struck the town of Cullman, Ala. in 2011, our folks were immediately there to help Dr. Echols and others pick up the pieces. Patterson Territory Representative Joe Cooper and Equipment Specialist […]