Category Archives: After Dental School

Making the case for the simple case

When I graduated from Tufts University School of Dentistry in 2010, some of the requirements to graduate were, as far as I can remember, doing 25 restorations, 10 crowns, and three arches of dentures. I met those requirements – right on the nose, no more, and obviously not less. My first experience in private practice was working one… Read More »

I wish I had this financial guidance

I graduated with a lot of educational debt. It was stressful. Now as a new dentist 6 years out of school, I am excited to help bring some guidance from financial experts who are addressing the challenges new dentists face. Join me on Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. CT while I sit down with financial experts to… Read More »

Let’s talk transitions: From clinical work to academia

New dentists have had it rough this past year, am I right? Not to negate the struggles of ALL dentists, but those of us who are under five years in practice probably never envisioned a global pandemic drastically affecting our career goals. Job security felt like it was at an all-time low for us, with even some established… Read More »

It’s not about the price, it’s about the experience

Almost every business owner would agree – growth is essential. Without new customers, a business cannot grow. As a private practice owner and pediatric dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, Virginia, I am intimately aware of just how important and necessary new patients are. But with a dentist at every corner, I find myself asking what are… Read More »

The butt of the joke

There is an old joke that goes:  “What do you call the person who graduates last in medical/dental school?” Pause for effect. “Doctor!” Usually laughter ensues. But it’s not nearly as funny for those of us who were actually in that bottom tier of the class. I had a couple family members who, while I was in dental… Read More »

Business side of dentistry: Finding your WHY

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series exploring the business aspects of the dental profession, from starting a practice and marketing to hiring staff and finances. Why are we starting a series on business? Who is getting into business right now, when the world around us seems to be going crazy? Why is the first… Read More »