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2017 MKS From the Rear View Mirror

2017 MKS From the Rear View Mirror

Today is my first day back at work after the 2017 MKS meeting in Dallas.  The meeting was different for me this year.  Partially due to the fact that I was presenting, but mostly due to the content change that wasn’t intentional by the organizers.  In fact, one of the...

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The Economy Took a Beating and I Learned A Lot…..

The Economy Took a Beating and I Learned A Lot…..

I once saw a comment on Facebook stating that the golden age of dentistry is defined as any of the years prior to you starting to practice orthodontics.  Although I was amused when I read it, I admit that I graduated during those “golden years”.  My dental school...

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So You Want to Start a Practice?

So You Want to Start a Practice?

I recently received a private message from one of our members about starting her own practice. So, I currently work for a DSO but I would like to open my own practice soon. To do it right, I want to make sure I do my homework and check everything I should look for...

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What’s Your Office Culture?

What’s Your Office Culture?

It’s really common to get distracted with the day to day operations of running a practice.  How many patients today?  Did we submit payroll on time?  Did the lab deliver everything we need?  There are a million plus things swirling around in our head at every given...

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AAO COC Update

AAO COC Update

As many of you know, I have been a vocal opponent of the CAP for many years.  Watching a special assessment consistently raise my dues by almost thousand dollars per year combined with ineffective ads running on TV and in magazines made my blood boil.  I just couldn’t...

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Perfection or Torture?

Perfection or Torture?

When I graduated from the University of Michigan orthodontic program in 2004, I was armed with a solid education and a desire to create beautiful smiles with a great occlusion.  My first job was a corporate gig in the metro Detroit area.  I was incredibly grateful to...

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Please Don’t Mansplain

Please Don’t Mansplain

It’s an exciting time to be in orthodontics.  Not only are we discovering exciting new technologies, our demographics are changing rapidly towards an ever more diverse workforce.  It’s difficult to think about, but I submitted my applications to dental school 20 year...

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Be Aware – Don’t Ignore The Man Behind The Curtain

Be Aware – Don’t Ignore The Man Behind The Curtain

Social media is a funny thing.  We love it and hate it at the same time.  Slowly, the public has come to the realization that Facebook and Instagram are essentially an imaginary world (an online reality show), carefully edited by the author.  Real life isn’t so...

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Transfer Patients – Make It Easy

Transfer Patients – Make It Easy

I am writing this blog on the day my home is supposed to close, so I can definitively say that moving sucks.  You would think it is exciting because, we found our dream home.  The perfect size, a fantastic street, a big lot and it is completely new construction.  It’s...

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