Category Archives: After Dental School

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 »

Knowing when to ask for help and refer

Fresh out of dental school — I can do anything! Quadrant dentistry — I got this! A molar root canal — no sweat! Crown and bridge — I can do this with my eyes closed! But that third molar distally impacted tooth #17 — ummmm…they didn’t cover that well in my oral surgery class. With student debt, bills… Read More »

To be or not to be…a dental practice owner

Being a new dentist, you’ve had to overcome the proverbial odds! You have had to work harder than most. Often being the first to show up and the last to leave, a dentist will sacrifice time with buddies and friends so that we can cram in one more anatomy lecture review, wax up one more canine, or even… Read More »

When thinking of what to be thankful for, dig a little deeper

There are times when expressing gratitude flows out of me like a waterfall, and other times when I feel squeezed out of the ability to be grateful like a dried-up sponge. Unfortunately, the ability to be grateful can be conditional, and 2020 has pushed us all to our limits. Growing up as a Christian we are taught to… Read More »