Info

T-Bone Speaks Dentistry

T-Bone Speaks is a dental podcast dedicated to helping you achieve clinical, financial, and personal balance in dentistry. Dr. Tarun "T-Bone" Agarwal and his co-host Mr. Chuck McKee bring years of practical experience and a unique 'in the trenches' view of dentistry to the podcast. Thanks to their entertaining demeanor and down to earth approach, you’ll be looking forward to each episode. For more great resources on dental learning or to submit a question to the hosts please visit www.TBoneSpeaks.com .
RSS Feed Subscribe in iTunes
T-Bone Speaks Dentistry
2017
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: March, 2017
Mar 27, 2017

Alan Mead got T-Bone into podcasting. In this episode, they have a conversation about dental podcasts and connecting with other podcasters, along with chatting about numerous other aspects of their dental practices. You will enjoy this lively conversation that covers everything from patient flow to technology, from whether or not to take insurance to setting goals, along with great discussion about podcasting.

An honest conversation about changes and growth in dental practices

Alan Mead and T-Bone both have busy practices as well as doing dental podcasts. In this episode, they talk about what has been going great and what hasn’t, how changes they have made have affected their practices, what they’re proud of, and what they’re not. Listen to this fun and honest conversation - you’re sure to hear stories you’ll identify with and find some encouragement and tips along the way.

Dental podcasts provide daily continuing education

Dental podcasts have really taken off. There are a lot of them out there. Many dentists are turning to podcasts for free, ongoing continuing education. In this episode, Alan Mead talks about podcasting, where to find stats to know how your podcast is doing, and using podcasts to connect with other people. His two-day January summit, “The Voices of Dentistry,” was a meet-up for dentists who love to create, or listen to, dentistry podcasts. Recordings from that summit are available on the website.

How much time do you take off from your dental practice?

A dentist with a successful practice who is also involved in podcasting and teaching courses leads a very busy life. In today’s conversation, T-Bone and Alan Mead each talk about how much time they take off, and how they use it. Listen in to find out their perspective on vacation, spending time on your practice instead of just in your practice, and other things you can do with your time off.

Quick thoughts on big ideas for your dental practice.

How important is money to you? Do you need more or just want more? What are you doing in terms of new technology for your dental office? Are you setting goals? And implementing them? Are there areas of your practice that are behind the times? Join Alan Mead and T-Bone for today’s fast-paced conversation filled with short yet significant ideas on all of these topics, and more.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:13] Alan Mead’s thoughts on blogging and podcasting.
  • [5:20] Evaluating new patient flow.
  • [7:32] Dropping insurance as a provider, not as a practice.
  • [11:25] Digital appliances for sleep apnea.
  • [12:31] Putting the right people around you to implement your ideas.
  • [15:12] The Voices of Dentistry, a 2-day podcaster summit.
  • [19:22] Alan Mead’s thoughts about his Dental Hacks podcast.
  • [23:46] Adding new procedures and new technology to your dental practice.
  • [31:17] How much time do you take off from your dental practice?
  • [36:45] Upgrading your practice to catch up with the times.
  • [42:17] Thoughts about money, raises, and sponsors for podcasts.
  • [46:10] Voices of Dentistry - hanging out with people who listen to podcasts.
  • [53:54] Do you do Facebook Live?
  • [55:23] Thoughts on setting goals for your dental practice.
  • [58:20] Have you thought about dropping insurance?
  • [1:00:26] Kudos to Alan’s dad, who has been doing dentistry for 47 years.

Resources & People Mentioned

Listen to the entire interview

*********LIBSYN PLAYER CODE GOES HERE**************

Subscribe to the Podcast

Want to get T-Bone Speaks sent directly to your smart device when a new episode comes out? T-Bone would love that! You can do so by subscribing via iTunes or searching for “T-Bone Speaks” on your podcast player (don’t forget the hyphen).

Submit a question for T-Bone

If you’d like to have T-Bone address a question or issue you’re having in your practice he’d love to respond and answer your question on the show. You can submit your question by completing the contact form here.

Attend one of T-Bones LIVE events!

If you are interested in attending a LIVE event that T-Bone is hosting you can find one near you by checking out the map and event descriptions here.

Pro HTML Editor | Word to HTML | HTML Cleaner | HTML Tidy | HTML CheatSheet

– Please leave this line unchanged or subscribe for a premium HTML editor membership at htmlg.com

Mar 20, 2017

Are you feeling the chaos that comes with a growing dental practice? As you add patients, services, and staff, it can feel a bit overwhelming, and the hope for achieving balance in your practice can seem like an elusive dream. In today’s episode, T-Bone talks with Dr. John Yu about his growing practice in Oro Valley, Arizona. Together they hash out what it will take to find balance and achieve worthwhile goals of money, time, and satisfaction. Listen in to find out what steps you want to take toward reaching your goals and loving what you do!

Create zones in your office space for smoother workflow

Are you building out a new facility? Or ready to make some changes in your old one? In this episode, T-Bone talks with Dr. John Yu about the choices he made in designing his new workspace so that it would function more efficiently and help him toward his goals. You’ll want to listen to this conversation to get ideas for location, zones, and more! Find out how the design of your clinic can contribute to achieving balance in your practice!

How to determine the procedures your practice will focus on

What procedures does your dental practice currently include? Are these procedures helping you reach your goals for money, time, and satisfaction? In this episode, T-bone and Dr. Yu talk about the variety of procedures that can help grow your practice, what procedures to delegate to an associate, and how to implement new procedures that will bring growth. Listen to their conversation to find out how achieving balance in the procedures you offer can help you reach your goals.

Is the increase in income with a growing practice worth the headaches that come with it?

What determines whether increased income is worth the headaches and struggles needed to get there? In this episode, T-Bone talks about when the increased income is not important, and when it is very much worth the struggle. Do you need more money? Or do you need more time, or more satisfaction from your work? You’ll want to hear this conversation and get motivated to achieve balance and accomplish what is important to you.

Managing the chaos of a growing dental practice

There is a sense of chaos that can come with expanding your dental practice, as you attract more patients and add procedures. Today’s episode will help you achieve balance out of the chaos. Listen in to beat the chaos--learn how to bring an associate into your practice, how to effectively use block scheduling, create zones in your office space, and more!

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:27]Intro to this episode with Dr. John Yu.
  • [7:29] Dr. Yu describes his current practice and some of the challenges he faces.
  • [11:27] Dr. Yu’s move to a new office space -- what he did and how it affected his practice.
  • [26:10] What procedures have transformed Dr. Yu’s practice.
  • [33:18] Dr. Yu and T-Bone talk about the challenge of managing the chaos.
  • [40:37] Determine your direction: Is it worth the headaches and stress?
  • [44:52] Decisions about PPO’s and hygiene affect the profitability and the balance of your practice.
  • [55:30] T-Bone addresses the fears about hiring an associate.
  • [1:01:05] Define what growth means to you.
  • [1:05:26] How to find an associate who will work well with you.
  • [1:12:34] Adding sleep apnea to the procedures you provide.
  • [1:18:07] How to find time for building the relationships that will help grow your practice.
  • [1:21:9] Effective block scheduling: A worthwhile tool for reducing the chaos of your busy dental practice.

Resources & People Mentioned

Subscribe to the Podcast

Want to get T-Bone Speaks sent directly to your smart device when a new episode comes out? T-Bone would love that! You can do so by subscribing via iTunes or searching for “T-Bone Speaks” on your podcast player (don’t forget the hyphen).

Submit a question for T-Bone

If you’d like to have T-Bone address a question or issue you’re having in your practice he’d love to respond and answer your question on the show. You can submit your question by completing the contact form here.

Attend one of T-Bone’s LIVE events!

If you are interested in attending a LIVE event that T-Bone is hosting you can find one near you by checking out the map and event descriptions here.

Mar 13, 2017

Are you living under the illusion that advanced dentistry is just a big-city thing? That your success is limited because you’re in a rural area? You’ll think again after hearing Dr. Bryant Birch’s story in today’s episode. The nation’s mentality is changing, and technology is being welcomed and expected. Listen to T-Bone’s conversation with Dr. Birch for the inside scoop on how to expand your dental practice in a small town.

Dr. Bryant Birch: Small town dentist attains big success

Dr. Bryant Birch grew up as the son of a dentist, in Green River, Wyoming, population just under 1300. He took over his father’s basic dental practice and has taken it to the next level. In this episode, Dr. Bryant talks about the process of developing and expanding the practice, and a life-changing event that changed his attitude and the way he thinks and looks toward the future, including investing in dental technology. Listen in to this compelling and inspiring conversation about overcoming the odds and growing a highly successful dental practice.

Why do dental implants in-house?

One of the advanced dentistry procedures that Dr. Bryant Birch added to his practice is dental implants. In this episode, he talks about his journey of learning the skills, educating his patients, and eventually growing his practice 30% per year through offering implants. Listen in to find out why people love getting general and advanced dentistry from one doctor, and to get the tips and resources you need to grow your own dental practice.

Sleep Apnea treatment and other great ways to expand your dental practice

An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. In this episode, find out how you can help your patients get a restful night’s sleep by offering a dental appliance for sleep apnea, and what you can do to incorporate this into your practice with a sleep apnea champion on your team. This is just one of the great ways you can grow your business. As you listen to Dr. Bryant Birch talk about the expansion of his dental practice, you will discover many great ideas and resources that will encourage and inspire you to move your own practice into the future.

Tbone talks about training the team at your dental practice

How do you train your team to have the same direction? This is Dr. Bryant Birch’s question for T-Bone in this episode. T-Bone offers a number of valuable insights into the process of getting your team to share the vision, be empowered, and accomplish goals. These ideas and many more are part of this conversation. Listen in and find out what you can do to take your dental practice to the next level!

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:17] Intro of this episode with Dr. Bryant Birch.
  • [0:43] Bryant’s story of taking over his dad’s dental practice in Green River, Wyoming.
  • [6:27] How Dr. Birch chose to make changes to the practice.
  • [8:39] How Bryant Birch went from simple general dentistry to high-tech.
  • [14:09] Bryant’s journey to doing dental implants in-house.
  • [20:29] Dr. Birch’s plans for building a new facility.
  • [22:26] The changing mentality toward technology in dentistry.
  • [24:19] Dr. Birch’s thoughts about taking insurance.
  • [27:16] T-Bone and Dr. Bryant on trying new things.
  • [29:28] Sleep apnea in the medical practice
  • [32:22] Dr. Bryant’s story of a life-changing experience that altered his attitude and the way he looks at the future.
  • [40:06] How do you train a team to have the same direction?
  • [45:35] Using community events to educate.
  • [46:32] The pre-requisites to taking it to the next level.

Resources & People Mentioned

Listen to the entire interview

*********LIBSYN PLAYER CODE GOES HERE**************

Subscribe to the Podcast

Want to get T-Bone Speaks sent directly to your smart device when a new episode comes out? T-Bone would love that! You can do so by subscribing via iTunes or searching for “T-Bone Speaks” on your podcast player (don’t forget the hyphen).

Submit a question for T-Bone

If you’d like to have T-Bone address a question or issue you’re having in your practice he’d love to respond and answer your question on the show. You can submit your question by completing the contact form here.

Attend one of T-Bones LIVE events!

If you are interested in attending a LIVE event that T-Bone is hosting you can find one near you by checking out the map and event descriptions here.

Mar 6, 2017

Meena Barsoum has built a thriving and growing dental practice in just six years. In this episode, he and T-bone talk about the various factors that have made him successful. Listen in to find out the steps Barsoum took, from right out of school to now having an established practice and speaking and teaching around the country. You won’t want to miss this practical, honest, and sometimes entertaining conversation about building a successful dental practice!

The Advantages of Participating in a PPO

Some dentists believe that participating in a PPO means they will be stuck doing just fillings and crowns for the rest of their career, and that they want to stop taking insurance so they can do more complex dentistry. Barsoum and T-Bone have a different perspective. In this episode, they will talk about the benefits of PPO’s and how not taking insurance could be suicide for your business. Listen in to learn how PPO’s can help your dental practice to grow.

What makes a dental practice successful?

Do you want your dental practice to grow and be successful? Meena Barsoum wanted his practice to stand out. In this episode, he talks about what makes his practice different, and how the technology he has invested in and the team he has built have contributed to his success. You’ll want to hear this very practical conversation, filled with dynamic principles for building a practice that stands out from the rest.

The do’s and don’ts of hiring a dental associate

Is hiring an associate a good move for your dental practice? What things should you consider and address in the process of bringing someone on? These questions and more are addressed in this honest conversation between T-Bone and Meena Barsoum. If you’re thinking of bringing on an associate or have done so recently, you won’t want to miss this practical discussion.

Continuing Education for dentists -- the value and timing

Continuing Education plays a significant role in the development of your dental practice. When is the best time to participate in CE classes? How many should you take? In this episode, Meena Barsoum talks about the value of getting CE right from the beginning of his practice, in spite of how busy he was starting out. Listen to this conversation to find out why Barsoum places such great value on Continuing Education, and how it contributed to building a successful practice.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:15] Intro to the podcast and this episode with Meena Barsoum
  • [8:36] Meena Barsoum describes his practice and why he was motivated to start it.
  • [13:08] Why not taking insurance could be suicide to your business.
  • [17:47] How do technology and his team make Meena Barsoum’s practice different?
  • [26:34] Keeping the practice open and generating income even when you are not there.
  • [32:40] What gets sent out, and what is done in-house?
  • [36:46] The hurdles (financial and otherwise) that Meena Barsoum faced when starting his dental practice.
  • [40:41] How Meena grew from doing just fillings and crowns to more complex dentistry.
  • [44:11] What is going well in Meena Barsoum’s dental practice?
  • [47:11] What areas in Barsoum’s practice are not meeting his expectations?
  • [48:52] How Meena Barsoum got into speaking and training, and how he balances that with his dental practice.
  • [57:01] Meena Barsoum asks T-bone what he could be doing better in his business.
  • [59:48] Reasons that associates do or don’t work out.
  • [1:04:35] Meena’s short-term and long-term goals.
  • [1:11:15] How home sleep tests (HST) can grow your business
  • [1:13:38] Concluding conversation -- “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

Resources & People Mentioned

 

Subscribe to the Podcast

Want to get T-Bone Speaks sent directly to your smart device when a new episode comes out? T-Bone would love that! You can do so by subscribing via iTunes or searching for “T-Bone Speaks” on your podcast player (don’t forget the hyphen).

Submit a question for T-Bone

If you’d like to have T-Bone address a question or issue you’re having in your practice he’d love to respond and answer your question on the show. You can submit your question by completing the contact form here.

Attend one of T-Bones LIVE events!

If you are interested in attending a LIVE event that T-Bone is hosting you can find one near you by checking out the map and event descriptions here.

 

1