Some major things happened on tonight's podcast. Our guest was none other than Jim Perry, the COO and VP of Affordable Dentures and Implants— plus a colleague of Justin's. He shared plenty of his insight and business acumen— how it relates to dentistry and how dental schools just do not prepare their future doctors properly. A bit of a bombshell was dropped when his departure from ADI was brought up. Looks like he's going to dental school!
From Affordable Dentures and Implants:
Since joining Affordable Care in 2001 as director of professional development, James Perry was promoted to vice president of dental placement and, subsequently, to vice president of practice operations before being named chief operating officer. Mr. Perry was responsible for conceptualizing and forming the COO Study Club among a group of his colleagues in the Association of Dental Support Organizations. Prior to Affordable Care, he worked in the executive search industry for a subsidiary of publicly traded company. Mr. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He is married with three daughters.
The other big reveal? After 28 episodes, Gabe Olson now officially has a cartoon of himself for our podcast website and promotional material. Welcome to the family, Gabe.
Now, if only we could get "The Worm" to appear on OUR podcast sometime...
Until next time,
JoAn Majors is a long-time colleague and dear friend of Justin's— and we had the excellent opportunity to have her come visit Podcast Studio 1-A for our latest episode. JoAn, as you will soon find out, has a firey sense of passion, drive and razor sharp wit. It was a lot of fun to have her on the show and to have her visit our office here in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Here's a biography about JoAn directly from her website at joanmajors.com:
JoAn Majors has figured out that having great information in a seminar today just isn’t enough. With on line availability consultants, coaches and business folks converging on the dental market, it takes much much more! It is about an experience. Entertainment and education backed by real research are bedrock to all her one day seminars as well as any DBC 2 day Signature Event. All programs start with an in-depth conversation and research on those attending as well as those co-sponsoring. One day events include a pre-lecture dinner meeting with the major players. This allows JoAn to personalize each and every lecture and highlight the unique information based on real research. Her quest to meet and exceed expectations is congruent with her talent to ask each and every audience what they want to walk away with. Much like they ask patient’s in their Texas practice.
Also, if you needed any further proof at how effective of a trainer JoAn Majors is— here's a few testimonies from some of her colleagues that attended her speaking engagements:
"We immediately put JoAns principles to work in our practice and noticed and overwhelming change in case acceptance. Each member of our team have commented on "loving their jobs again"- feeling as thought they have a renewed sense of purpose in our office and tin the field of dentistry. We are no longer treating mouths but developing relationships with our patients, offering them choices and ultimately offering them hope. It is refreshing to come to work everyday! Thank you, JoAn you have inspired us all and sparked a flame in each of us. We look forward to the time we meet again. We would travel twice the distance to learn from you and we encourage every dentist and team to do so..." - Andrea Legault: Dental Spouse & Manager, British Columbia
"JoAn has an exceptional spirit that is infectious and lifts those around her. As importantly, she possesses a wealth of dental practice know-how and experience that is provided to clients with ease and grace. Her systems and methods are useful, unique, accessible and proven through years of implementation and refinement. Over my 20 years in and out of dental practices, I have not met anyone that has more knowledge about what truly makes a successful dental practice. Unlike most, she quickly puts at ease both the dentist and their staff. In addition to access to her critical industry knowledge, she is a wonderful person to be around and makes anyone who meets her simile. She is a wonderful mother, dental spouse and friend. I highly recommend JoAn and hope those reading this are lucky enough to enjoy her services."
- James Dunn: VP – Corporate Development & Pentegra Dental Group, Inc.
You have to check out more about her services and products that can easily change the way JoAn can single-handedly change the way your team operates and grow your business. She's a truly inspiring force in the world of dentistry!
Thank you so much for spending a few days with us in Rapid City— and thanks for the great podcast, JoAn! Until next time— cheers!
It's time to go TOTALLY ORAL with The Worms... Oh, and Dr. Lance Timmerman too.
Lance Timmerman was Podcast Studio 1-A's latest guest and, man, was this episode irreverent as hell. We think some dental topics may have been discussed...??
Jeff was notably missing from this episode due to hurt feelings after being called a Pasty Gangsta on the previous podcast. Tune in next time to see if he was fired or not.
Definitely give Totally Oral (totallyoral.libsyn.com) a listen on iTunes. This is the podcast where "Dr. Lance Timmerman discusses the OTHER side of dentistry. Warts and all. Current materials, current methods, old people." It's pretty good, but it's no Dentists, Implants and Worms.
Oh, and here's a cheap plug for Dr. Timmerman's professional website, www.DrTimmerman.com
Thanks for the laughs, Timmerman! We'll work on getting you back here in due time. Cheers!
It's the 25th episode of Dentists, Implants and Worms! How time has flown by... Remember in our first few episodes we included a shout-out to a fellow dentist who sent us three lovely mugs with our logo and characters on it? Well, that was Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver from Great Lakes Dentistry in Royal Oak, Michigan and he happens to be our guest for this milestone episode of the show.
Not only is Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver (Dr. SVDV?) known for his excellent work in the world of dentistry (just check out his Google reviews for proof of that!) but he also runs his own, very unique podcast portal specifically for dental podcasts. It's called Practice in a Pod and it is just a small example of how passionate Dr. SVDV is about dentistry.
We discuss a wide variety of things... the normal BS, some dental stuff, podcast shop-talk, etc. You'll just have to listen. We also pay respect to the late Prince with one of Jeff's song choices. Feel free to skip that. Too many drinks that evening.
Check out Practice in a Pod at http://practiceinapod.com/ and also check out Shawn's dental practice at https://gldentistry.com/
Thank you so much for being on the show, Shawn! We'll be sure to have you back in the next 25 episodes. Cheers!
Podcast Studio 1-A was recently graced with the presence of local pharmacology expert and Medicine Shoppe owner, Dr. Curt Rising— who also happens to be a lifelong friend of Justin's. Curt gives us some insight into the best practices for prescribing medication in relation to dental work, implant placement and also talks about the recovery process behind oral surgery. Justin and Curt also discuss the pros and cons, and what their preferences are for certain steroids used in the recovery period after oral surgery.
Definitely check out the Medicine Shoppe in Rapid City, SD if you are looking for a new pharmacy for your personal prescriptions or if you are a local dentist looking for an experienced pharmacist that knows pain management when it comes to dentistry.
Thanks, Dr. Rising, for the awesome time in the studio. Great information!
When you purchase an expensive 3D printer for your practice, there is no doubt that it will change your practice's productivity and offer some amazing solutions for your patients and staff. However, it can also be really fun to play with— as we've learned on our recent episode with Dr. Michael Scherer. He has spent many, many hours perfecting his craft with his office's 3D printer that has actually become quite the 3D printer master. He knows the open source code... he creates fantastic surgical guides... and, most importantly, he makes rubber duckies!
Dr. Michael Scherer: Board Certified Prosthodontist, Industry innovator and expert in the field of dental implants, dentures, and digital technology. Michael Scherer, DMD, MS maintains a practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Sonora, California. Dr. Scherer is an internationally recognized expert on dental implants, dentures, and digital technology and has published numerous articles in leading dental journals. Over the last five years, his love of education and awareness of the newest practices and products has allowed him to personally teach and coach thousands of dentists, both nationally and internationally, how to replace teeth with dental implants and how to use dental implants to anchor loose dentures. Dr. Scherer is a Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University, a Clinical Instructor at University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine, and is a board-certified prosthodontist—an accreditation held by less than 1,000 practitioners worldwide.
Check out Dr. Scherer's beautiful website at http://www.michaelschererdmd.com/
Thank you so much for hanging out with us, Dr. Scherer! We'll see you next time!
Dr. Susan Maples is a Lansing Area native and has practiced dentistry in Holt for 27 years.
“Dentistry is a blessing to me.” Says Susan. “I can’t imagine anything I’d rather be doing than this! It’s a joy to make such a positive difference in the lives of my patients and team members.”
As a life-long student under some of the most renowned teachers in her field, she has successfully blurred the lines between work and play. Enhancing her education is not just a responsibility she holds dear, but a passionate hobby!
Susan is a graduate of East Lansing High School, Denison University (BS), University of Michigan (DDS) and Madonna University (MSBA) Her extensive post-doctorate training in advanced dental studies includes:
As an active member in two advanced study clubs she studies with peers who are also leaders in advanced restorative, relationship-based dentistry:
She is an active member in the following organizations:
In 1999 Dr Susan was recognized as a leader in professional ethics and was tapped into the honorary society of the American College of Dentists. She participates in the ethics and practice management curriculums at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Susan speaks to dental groups throughout the country in the areas of leadership, team-building, advanced case planning and acceptance, relationship-based target marketing, and growing healthy kids in your dental practice.
With all of her work in advanced dental restoration, Dr. Susan has never outgrown her love for working with children. She is the author and originator of the Hands-On Learning Lab ™ Kit for children, and is being recognized nationally for making a significant difference in children’s oral and physical health.
Susan feels it is also important to give back to our community. Our entire team donates time and care for people who are vulnerable, disabled, medically compromised or financially distraught. She is eager to speak before services organizations or promote children’s health with hands-on learning in our schools. She writes a monthly dental column in Healthy and Fit Magazine and is published in several nationally recognized dental journals including Dental Economics and the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association.
When she’s not practicing dentistry, Susan enjoys leadership coaching, team building and organizational development for several businesses outside of dentistry including Trinity Church.
In her free time Susan loves to hang with her 18 year old son, Hunter. She enjoys skiing (on snow and water), snowboarding, running, weight training, cooking and art.
Find out more about Dr. Maples by visiting her website at http://www.drsusanmaples.com/ and you can also purchase her book "BlabberMouth!: 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life" on Amazon.com by clicking this link.
Just remember to skip to CHAPTER EIGHT of her book— that's the sexy part!
Thanks, Susan, for being apart of this awesome episode of our show!
"Faster than a speeding jet plane! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!"
Okay, well I don't know about the two parts of that catchphrase, but there is no doubt that burs move faster than a speeding jet engine. I mean, they have enough power to slice through ZIRCONIA as if it were butter. Not bad, not bad at all.
Kathy Allen rocks. And she's from Michigan (go Wolverines!) She came prepared for the podcast with one of the classiest beers out there— Michelob Amberbock. While it's no vodka soda, it seemed to have done the trick for a highly entertaining podcast. We'll forgive her this time!
Kathy is an employee of Kerr Dental (http://www.kerrdental.com), which is understand the strong ideology that dentistry is a science. And an art. They also believe that being a successful dentist is something much more. Being a dentist means mastering an ever-advancing science. Embracing new tools of technology. And steering a growing business in a rapidly changing healthcare market.
We discussed everything from suggested preps for eMax and CADCAM, best protocols for adjustment and polishing porcelin, eMax and Zirconia what dentists can use to remove a Zirconia, eMax and PFM, composite adjustment and polish techniques and finally DO NOT treat your working tool that make you money as a commodity. Learn invest and organize them— it's key to your success as a dental practitioner.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Kathy on our show. She was tons of fun.
Until next time— cheers!
After a long day of installing a brand new 3-D printer from 365 Printing in our office, Bryce Servine and Holly Tolbert joined Justin and Gabe in Studio 1-A for the 20th episode of our podcast. It sounds like a great time was had! Since this is our second 3-D Printing podcast (with one more on deck), you have to admit that 3-D printing must be the next big thing in the world of dentistry.
You can check out more information about 365 Printing by visiting their companies' website at http://www.365printing.com/
Also, fun fact: we learned something new about Gabe in this podcast... Gabe likes the goo. Yep, you read that correctly. Gabe likes goo.
Thanks for hanging out with us after your hard day of work, Bryce and Holly! Cheers.