Author Archives: dentalsherpa

A Cause For Optimism

This past week was my first time treating patients in a little over a month and a half and here are a few observations to hopefully lift your spirits: Things are different, yet so much is the same Orthodontics doesn’t change. Teeth move in the same way they always have. Yes, it was weird jumping […]

  • May 10, 2020

How "The Pumpkin Plan" Can Help Your Practice

This week, I share a few insights from “The Pumpkin Plan” by Mike Michaelowicz to hopefully help you with your practice. [wpvideo uDzn4jXx] Wishing you the best, If you want to be a part of a geographically exclusive Facebook group (OrthopreneursRD) where we come together to help each other build better practices and lower stress, […]

  • May 3, 2020

Imagine The Practice Of Your Dreams When We Go Back To Work

Being home is getting frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE spending time with my kids and wife and things like longer workouts and 3 meals with my family every day. However, I want to be an orthodontist again. Well, I guess I am an orthodontist but I want to be a practicing orthodontist again. […]

  • April 19, 2020

Which Patients Should We Market To? Simon Sinek Can Help Us.

There’s been a lot of discussion about competing on price or lowering prices for limited cases. It leads to the question of which patient population is the one we should market to and which one is most likely to refer us more patients afterwards. I was just reading Simon Sinek’s classic Start With Why and […]

  • April 12, 2020

You Have Four Options: Which One Will You Choose?

Our current crisis will end at some point. How long will it last and how tough will it be, nobody knows, but it will end and we will be practicing again. So, the question is: what are you doing now to get ready for when we do go back to treating patients in a regular […]

  • April 5, 2020

Technology and Overhead: Can They Coexist?

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused us to shut down the face to face interactions we’ve been used to. As a result, many new (and older) technologies have moved to the forefront. Many have changed the way they’re practicing and the conversations have turned to things like virtual exams and teliomedicine options. Moreover, the discussions have […]

  • March 29, 2020

How Will You Emerge Stronger…?

At the time of this writing, most orthodontists in the US are either “closed” to routine care, or headed in that direction for anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months and in some cases, “indefinitely” . A lot of the recent discussion has been around what to do with teams, governments, loans and the now […]

  • March 22, 2020

Folks, Let's Be Smart…

Let me start with as much clarity as I can convey that I AM taking this Covid-19 virus seriously. This week, I spent 2 hrs on the phone with my parents who are both in the highest risk group. They’re both over 75, my mom has multiple sclerosis and my dad is 5 weeks removed […]

You Can Be Right Or You Can Be Healthy

Your front desk just said “ummm” 37 times in a new patient call after intensive call training. Your assistant just dropped her 4th instrument today after you asked her to “slow down”. A mom, who has been shown her child’s poor brushing 3 times with documented paperwork blames you for her child’s white spots. A […]

  • March 8, 2020

We Need To Spend More Time Together

A couple of nights ago, I was a guest on Dr. Kyle Fagala’s live stream show, “The Digital Orthodontist Live”.  It was great because he does an awesome job interacting with the at-home audience who chime in through the Facebook chat side of things. We had a lot of fun and got to see a […]