I want to tell you about two things: BEYOND SPIT SUCKING and HACKS

I’m in the middle of some exciting projects and I want to share them with you!

  1. Remember when I told you that I created another company, Buckeye Dental Productions, with Mary Beth Bajornas? Last year we came out with the Front Desk Survival Guide and I’m happy to report that The Dental Office Survival Guide: Assistant Workbook BEYOND SPIT SUCKING is now being printed! I’m really proud of this new book. It’s been in production for many months and will be shipping soon. Here’s what it’s all about: 


    There is SO much more to dental assisting than just sitting in that assisting chair and holding suction. As a dental practice owner, I can so easily see what I want our dental assistants to be doing, and it’s SO MUCH MORE! Did I mention that a dental assistant is SO MUCH MORE than assisting? I look at our dental assistants as trusted and intelligent colleagues who play an active part of moving this business forward every single day.

    That’s what this book is really about. We want assistants to know that they are more than just “spit suckers”! Assistants are very important to the success of a business. As a dental office owner, I can EASILY see the direct impact a good assistant-one who promotes the practice and contributes to modern systems-has on a practice. The same as true in the reverse. I’ve worked with assistants who lacked confidence and who just didn’t want to try to contribute more to the practice. Those types of assistants do not last long in my office. This book is not about how to hold suction or how to put a patient napkin on a patient. This book is about changing the way you think about your role in a dental practice. Through this Survival Guide experience, our goal is to get you to think about how you can contribute BEYOND suctioning.

    We took a close look at our own practice and surveyed offices all over the country. We asked doctors to tell us what sort of skills they would like their assistants to improve upon. The most common theme amongst their responses was that they wanted an empowered team: one that could express value to patients, who could promote the business, who could be filled with superstar assistants, and who want to continue their dental knowledge.

    Necessity is the mother on invention, right? Now you know why we invented this Survival Guide. I’ve included some example pages of our new book in this blog so you can see what it’s all about. 

  2. I LOVE the Dental Hacks Podcast! You’ve heard it before, right? Have you seen the new update to their website? Dr. Alan Mead and Dr. Jason Lipscomb redesigned that website to include articles from dental contributors across the country. I am one of the contributors! In fact, one of my pieces is featured today! Let me know what you think!

Being involved in these other projects has really invigorated me. I think it’s important to look for opportunities to give back to the dental world. Actually, I think it’s our responsibility to give back when we’ve reached a certain point.

Please take some time to check out the Survival Guide pages included. Click on them to make them easier to read. I’d be willing to bet that there are lots of things on those pages you would like your assistants/rest of office team to know about!

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