A ghost from the world of dentistry's past walked through the doors of the Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit and we were lucky enough (and honored) to sit him down for a tell-all interview. Ryan Swain is the founder and former CEO of Six Month Smiles. He has not been in the world of dentistry for at least the last four years and has in the process become somewhat missing in action. Suddenly he showed up for the Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit and we just had to hear his story and see what he's up to.
Ryan speaks about his history with Six Month Smiles and also goes into the gut-wrenching divorce that has forced him to audit his life and his priorities. He has a simple warning for all dentists, businessmen, businesswomen— people who work hard and are extremely driven by nature— "slow your ass down and learn to say no sometimes." This is a piece of honest advice that all dentists, businessmen and women should take to heart.
To find a balance on this hamster wheel of life— that is truly the key to finding peace and happiness.
Along with Ryan Swain and the usual suspects, Justin, Gabe and Jeff, we were also joined by Danny Domingue. We wish Ryan Swain all the luck and good fortune as he continues his journey on the hamster wheel. We would definitely love to have him back!
At the Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit, we had the chance meet a group of really enthusiastic dentists who have recently decided to get into the dental podcast world. Life and Dentistry is the dental podcast where real people, real stories, and real life come together. It's a brand new podcast hosted by Matthew Whitson, John Wesley, Joseph Blalock and Cole Hackett. Thanks, guys for the great podcast and we are so looking forward to seeing where your new podcast takes you!
Check out their podcast on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-life-and-dentistry-podcast/id1211941390?mt=2
Back again from the Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit in Nashville, TN as Gabe and Justin interview Jonathan VanHorn, CPA/ABV, the Chief of Accounting, Tax, and Coaching at DentistMetrics, about the financial side of dental practice management. Jonathan shares his thoughts and advice on starting a dental practice, financial mistakes, loans, interest, and taxes.
To learn more about Jonathan VanHorn’s company DentistMetrics, visit: http://dentistmetrics.com/
Listen to Jonathan VanHorn’s podcast “Start Your Dental Practice here: http://dentistmetrics.com/category/podcast/start-your-dental-practice/
Dr. Nicholas is a Maryland area dentist who is part of a tradition of dental comfort and care. Dr. Nicholas, a 1987 graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, has dedicated his professional career to providing you with the best that dentistry has to offer. He continually educates himself and his staff on the latest techniques and advances to provide advanced, antiseptic, comfortable and personalized dental care for you and your family.
Dr. Nicholas has completed courses in cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, implant dentistry, periodontal (gum) therapy and infection control. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Bradley F. Bale, MD
Bradley F. Bale, MD co-founded the Bale/Doneen Method and the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center. He is a principal instructor in the Bale/Doneen Method, training other medical providers across the country. He has a private clinical practice in Nashville, Tennessee. He also serves as the medical director of the Heart Health Program for Grace Clinic in Lubbock, Texas.
Thomas Larkin, DDS
Dr Larkin is a native of Omaha Nebraska and a graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry.
In October of his senior year, Dr Larkin leased a space, designed an office and obtained a construction and equipment loan. On subsequent weekends, he and his roommates remodeled the space. Shortly before graduation he received an offer to join a prominent crown and bridge practice in another state. He sold his newly built office to a fellow classmate. When most senior students were preoccupied with passing their national board exams, Dr Larkin had already built and sold his first office. He has built several practices in his 17 years of private practice and his practices have consistently been in the top 5% of profitability percentages nationwide.
In 1995 he began to teach part time at the Creighton School of dentistry and authored a practice management handbook for a lunch and learn series that he gave.” Starting and Building a dental practice in the 21stcentury. He received the outstanding teacher award in his first year of teaching. The first and only time a part time instructor had received that award.
In 1997 he assisted in developing specialized financial and management services for dental clientele of one of the leading healthcare centered accounting firms in the Midwest.
In 1998 He developed and eventually sold one of the first dental e-commerce web sites on the internet, Dentalauction.com. At the same time he completed the first Web Development and e-commerce curriculum offered at the University of Nebraska.Since that time he has done practice management and Internet marketing consulting.
Most recently he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry from 2009 to 2013. For 2 years he was co-course director of the practice management class and developed the curriculum entitle "The Business of Dentistry, A Mini MBA".
In 2016 his MBA course became a part of the pre-launch curriculum for Idealpractices.com, a dental start-up company. He also made several presentations on entrepreneurship nationally for Idealpractices.
In 2017, He is the newly appointed clinical director for "Oral Systemic Practice" at the Productive Dentist Academy and continues to advocate for the independent practice of dentistry.
His relocation to Lexington fulfills a life long dream to be located at the center of the horse world. His hobbies include thoroughbred racing, home improvements, and fishing. His Daughter is a graduate of Centre College and lives in Louisville.
We're back with another episode from the Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit (we recorded a total of 15 podcasts there!) and this time Justin was running the ship by himself due to two-thirds of his team being casualties of early morning Fireball. Justin's guest on this episode was none other than Bilal Saib, DDS, commonly known as Dr. B of The Passionate Dentist Podcast.
The Passionate Dentist is a weekly podcast, hosted by Dr. B (Bilal Saib, DDS), interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring dentists and industry leaders. Our podcast launched in January, 2014.
The Passionate Dentist is all about helping and informing Dentists and dental staff members. We want to help you find the inspiration you’re looking for to help you connect, grow, and thrive in your field.
Learn what millennial dentists are doing to exceed patient expectations, enjoy dentistry more, and take more vacations! This is how generations collaborate to make an unstoppable dental team! Check out The Millennial Dentist Podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-millennial-dentist/id1191495068?mt=2
From his practice's website at http://www.tenneseedentist.com/ :
"I graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2011 with honors and received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2015, where I received the Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence.
As a dentist, I have the unique opportunity to truly impact people’s lives. When I’m relieving discomfort, straightening teeth and restoring function, or providing a beautiful and confident smile, I’m helping my patients look and feel better.
I am honored that patients come to me and trust me with their oral health. The lifelong friendships we build and strengthen during their visits are immensely rewarding. I love our conversations and what each person chooses to share with me. Not only does this create a bond, but it gives me insight into the best way to approach their oral healthcare needs.
I’m proud to be a fifth-generation dentist and to be joining my father in our family practice. Growing up in a dental family, seeing the fulfillment my father and grandfather found in their days, and witnessing the friendships they made with their patients; all these made dentistry the logical path. I have no doubt I made the right decision.
My formal schooling provided a great foundational knowledge with regard to dentistry. However, oral healthcare is a constantly changing discipline. With developments in techniques and technology, as well as new materials, it’s essential I remain current on the changes. By participating in multiple continuing education courses and attending meetings and lectures through the American Dental Association, I stay up to date with the developments.
I’m particularly excited by my continuing education in Six Month Smiles®, an accelerated, cosmetic braces solution that creates incredible smiles. I also completed Pinhole Rejuvenation with Dr. John Chao, and I am a graduate of Alabama Implant Education. In addition, I am a member of the American Dental Association, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Most recently I have spent quite a bit of time furthering my education with implants. I am currently a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
I grew up in and have now returned to Brentwood, TN, following my four years in Memphis for dental school. It’s exciting to be home again, serving my friends and neighbors.
I married my amazing, beautiful, Godly wife Caroline in 2013. We met in our senior year at the University of Tennessee in social dance class. After several years of long-distance romance while I was in dental school, we were married on Kiawah Island in her home state of South Carolina. Caroline is extremely talented, having graduated in the top of her class at UT’s business school. Right now it’s just the two of us at home, but you never know what the future holds!
When we’re not working, you’ll often find Caroline and me walking at Radnor Lake or cooking an amazing meal. On weekends, we’re either wake boarding and waterskiing with friends and family or heading to Knoxville to cheer on the Volunteers!
Personally, I’m committed to my relationship to Jesus Christ and thankful for all I have been given through him. He is the rock in my life, my family, and my hobbies."
It's time for some Practice Pearls with Gary Takacs and Shawn Van De Vyver, DDS! We're back again with another podcast from the Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit in Nashville, TN. Both are returning guests for The Worms, so we'll catch up with them and discuss some content that can only be described as Practice Pearls!
"Gary Takacs is one of the most recognized dental practice management consultants in dentistry today. His knowledge of the Business of Dentistry has helped thousands of Dentists develop a Thriving practice in any economy. With Gary as your coach you can develop your ideal practice that provides you with the economic success that you deserve. Imagine the joy of practicing dentistry because you want to, not because you have to!" http://www.takacslearningcenter.com/
"Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver is located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Our gentle dentist and dental team look forward to serving all of our family, friends, and neighbors in our community, as well as the surrounding towns of Clawson, Sterling Heights, Troy, Ferndale, and Berkley, Michigan. Dr. Van de Vyver and his friendly team are always happy to welcome new patients, and we hope you and your family will give us a call if you are interested in learning more about how we can transform both the health and beauty of your smile. We look forward to helping you achieve a smile you can be excited to share!" https://gldentistry.com/