Team Members: When To Develop & When To Let Go

First, Kudos to Dr. Kyle Fagala for putting on one heck of a TDO Live meeting at his house with some of the most dynamic speakers around. They covered a ton of topics and if you didn’t get to watch it, you should go to and register. One of the topics they covered was […]

  • April 11, 2021

Why Do Orthodontists Get So Little Training In TMD/Occlusion?

This past week in Orthopreneurs included a great thread about a patient who presented to an orthodontic office with occlusal issues related to their use of an NTI appliance. As the discussion evolved, there was a back and forth related to occlusion, TMD, splints and the management of patient symptoms/joint health before, during and after […]

  • March 14, 2021

What’s The Answer To Staffing Issues?

Thankfully, our three practices have seen nice growth and we’re proud of the product that we turn out. We try to get better each day and at the same time realize how much more we have to learn. However, there is one problem that we can’t seem to get around; the shortage of great team […]

  • March 7, 2021

Have You Made Ortho Your Side Hustle Yet?

How many orthodontists do you know who practice entirely for fun while they make way more money from their investments? You can be one of them. I remember sitting in the audience at an ortho business meeting about 3 years ago when two doctors from Canada showed the crowd of orthodontists how they built a […]

  • February 21, 2021

How to Protect Yourself From the Real Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

This week, I reached out to one friend who is taking his family to a resort and another who is spending the week traveling in warmer weather. These sorts of trips would have been unimaginable only a couple of months ago. We’re at a weird crossroads. While infections are near all time highs, people are […]

  • February 7, 2021

How We Get (and continuously learn to get) Better Clinical Outcomes

I was so frustrated that I actually couldn’t sleep at night. It’s 100% true and anyone who REALLY knows me finds it hard to believe. Until now, I’ve only shared this with a few friends, but I figured you’d appreciate where I’m coming from. I was in my third year of ortho residency and ortho […]

  • January 24, 2021

Why Are Good Team Members So Hard To Find?

If you’ve had a practice for even 1 day, then you’ve probably had to hire a team member and if you went through that process, you’re probably already pulling your hair out. Yes, I have team members whom I absolutely adore, but gather 10 orthodontists in a room and they will inevitably settle upon the […]

  • January 17, 2021

4 Ways To Change Your Practice/Life In 2021

For some, owning an orthodontic practice is about having the means to a great home, a great car or boat or fancy vacations. For others, it’s about the freedom of owning their own business and to “steer their ship” in the manner of their choosing. No matter the reasons, owning a business (practice) is tough. […]

  • January 10, 2021

How A Win From 40 Years Ago Is A Great Lesson For Our Practices

I was thinking about goal setting for 2021 and thought about about a crazy event from a winter almost 40 years ago. In about 6 weeks, we will celebrate the USA Men’s Hockey Team’s legendary victory over the team from the USSR. That USA team epitomizes a team of “nobodies” coming together to achieve greatness. […]

  • December 27, 2020
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