Life as a New Dentist — Transitioning to Ownership

Dr. Tyler Scott

Dr. Tyler Scott

The ADA is made up of individuals—here’s one of them.

Who are you? I’m Dr. Tyler Scott. I’m a proud member of the Class of 2009 of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Currently I’m working as an employee in my father’s dental practice, and we are working with advisors to transfer ownership from him to me.

If you could have any job OTHER THAN dentistry, what would it be? That’s a tough one—this has been my dream ever since I was a kid, so I didn’t ever focus on a plan B that wasn’t dentistry. Although the thought of being a PGA teaching professional or a pro photographer has some appeal.

Biggest surprise so far about this career path? Practice management is such an underlying key to success. I’m working to learn the science of running a dental practice.

What’s your schedule like? I’m working in the office four days a week. For fun I like spending time with my family. I also officiate high school wrestling.

Any advice for someone considering your career path? My biggest influence has been my father. I would encourage everyone to find a mentor to help guide you and increase your chances for success at making your dream become reality.

Interested in sharing your experience as a new dentist? If you are fewer than ten years out of dental school we’d love to hear from you! Contact us at


  • I always enjoy reading new dentists’ stories- probably because i’m a new dentist too!
    Having a father that’s already in the business is definitely a good thing, but I think it’s not essential.
    In fact, my father has a corporate job and I decided to become a dentist anyway!
    Even though 2 years have passed since I graduated, I always try to learn more and to experiment new things everyday.
    Good luck Tyler!

  • Congratulation on becoming an owner of a dental office. it’s a lot of work, but as long as you have a good staff behind you it is very enjoyable. To a prosperous New Year!

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