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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 .
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Jun 26, 2017

Dr. Dee Dee Meevasin is a dentist with her own practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her contemporary style and approach to dentistry have set her apart and led to her success among young professionals who value their dental health. On this episode, Dr. Dee Dee shares her story and talks about some of the key principles that make her practice work so well. Listen in to gain ideas for your own practice related to technology, team culture, effective planning, and making patients comfortable.

How is contemporary dentistry different than that of the 1990’s and early 2000’s?

Contemporary dentistry (from about 2012 forward) is not just about clinical skills, but more about the environment in which you practice. For Dr. Dee Dee Meevasin this includes engagement with technology, for both the dentist and the patient. On this episode, Dee Dee shares her love for Cerec and also talks about how she uses iPads, charging stations, and other technology for her patients’ convenience when they are in the office. Listen to learn not only how Dee Dee uses technology, but also to learn about other creative ways that she intentionally builds the culture that she wants for her practice.

Dee Dee Meevasin’s story - How mentoring paved the way for establishing her dental practice

Dee Dee Meevasin always had the dream to own her own business. For the first few years out of dental school, she worked in her mentor’s practice. On this episode, she shares how her mentor set things up so that working in his practice would prepare her for moving on to her own more contemporary dental practice. Dee Dee is also a mom of two young children, and shares her mindset and her challenges with being a mom and owning a practice. Listen in and be inspired by her story of working hard to accomplish what is really important to her.

How to empower and motivate your team

Do you want to have a motivated, empowered, and upbeat team? Dr. Dee Dee Meevasin has created that kind of a team in her dental practice, and shares on today’s episode how she has accomplished it. Listen in to find out how she has engaged her team in training and goal-setting, and how she has used unique rewards as well as daily encouragement to motivate them to work toward their goals and to have fun together. Learn Dee Dee’s secrets and then use them to motivate your own team!

Making your dental practice more successful: Some words of advice

Success in contemporary dentistry requires a different approach than it did in dentistry of the past. But when T-Bone asks Dr. Dee Dee Meevasin for advice to help others make their practice more successful, her answers are not about adding new technologies or specific business practices. Instead, she shares the secrets to her own success: making solid plans from thorough research, and building and supporting a strong culture within her practice. Listen to this interview to hear Dr. Dee Dee’s insights on these topics and more, and discover what it takes to become successful in contemporary dentistry.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:16] Introducing Dr. Dee Dee Meevasin from Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • [3:26] The difference between contemporary dentistry and that of the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
  • [5:07] The realities of owning a dental practice when you are a mom.
  • [9:29] Dr. Dee Dee’s story of opening her practice.
  • [11:05] How working with her mentor prepared Dee Dee for running her own practice.
  • [12:44] How Dee Dee is intentional about attracting a specific demographic.
  • [15:45] Caring about patient comfort - with procedure-specific care packages.
  • [17:29] Procedures available in Dr. Dee Dee’s practice.
  • [20:13] Dee Dee’s thoughts on balancing work and family.
  • [20:41] Dee Dee’s Continuing Education recommendations.
  • [22:18] How Dr. Dee Dee markets her practice through social media.
  • [25:50] The dynamic of Dr. Dee Dee’s team, and how she empowers and rewards them.
  • [34:54] Annual meeting and goal setting for your practice.
  • [36:26] How Dr. Dee Dee’s bonus system works.
  • [40:20] Dr. Dee Dee’s Advice for your success in contemporary dentistry
  • [41:20] The structure of Dee Dee’s practice day.
  • [42:55] Practice technology Dr. Dee Dee doesn’t think she could practice without.
  • [45:26] Dr. Dee Dee’s big goal.
  • [47:18] Current focus: how to make the day run more smoothly. Block scheduling.

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Jun 19, 2017

In this episode, T-bone begins a series of interviews with outstanding female dentists. He's doing so because he feels there’s not enough recognition of the fact that more than 50% of dentists graduating today are women. This episode features Dr. Mona Patel, a private practice dentist who has worked in two types of environments - what she calls “corporate dentistry” and private practice. This wide-ranging conversation covers Mona’s path into dentistry, how she got her education and experience, and the move into private practice and the development of a thriving office. You’ll enjoy her inspiring story.

Learning the dental ropes in a corporate environment.

Dr. Mona Patel spent more than a few years working for a company that owned many dental offices - it was an environment she describes as “corporate.” The owner was never in the office, there was little in the way of team identity and company culture, it was a job. She says there were definitely advantages to the position but in time, it wasn’t enough for her. She found herself eager to open a practice of her own and found the ideal opportunity. You can hear about the opportunity she found, how she seized it, and what she has done with it on this episode of T-Bone speaks.

When she found the perfect opportunity, Dr. Patel didn’t hesitate to purchase her own practice.

When the time came for Dr. Mona Patel to purchase and run her own dental practice, she came upon an opportunity that turned out to be the perfect situation for her. It was an established practice with a dentist-owner who was willing to sell the practice and continue working in the office as an associate underneath Mona, the new owner. She found it to be a perfect situation because the relationship she was able to develop with the long-time owner (as her associate) enabled her to learn the business side of the practice while benefitting from owning the practice herself. Listen to the entire story on this episode.

Moving to a new facility and upgrading absolutely everything to create a 1st-rate dental practice.

The practice Dr. Patel purchased was well-established and doing well, but it was housed in an older building and was in a rented space. She knew the day would come when she’d want to renovate or purchase a building of her own. What wound up happening was even more - she built her own office and outfitted it with top-of-the-line equipment and amenities for her clients. But the monetary impact on her business has more than justified the expense. Mona goes into great detail about how she pulled it off, on this episode of T-Bone Speaks.

Knowing her niche has enabled Dr. Mona Patel to become one of the leading female dentists.

Dr. Mona Patel has not integrated all of the technologies T-Bone speaks about and advocates into her practice - yet. But she knows that she’s already working in her areas of strength and is content, for now, to be building the kind of practice she envisions. From her team-building and management of an already-successful practice to the vision for and construction of a brand new location, she’s shown her creativity and care go a long way in creating a dental practice to be proud of.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:17] T-Bones welcome to this 1st installment in his “Women in Dentistry” series.
  • [1:47] Who is Dr. Patel, where does she practice, why did she choose dentistry?
  • [8:30] How dentistry provides much more than many other professions.
  • [13:00] Mona’s observations of how dentistry happens in Germany compared to the U.S.
  • [17:11] What Mona would tell her daughters about dentistry as a profession.
  • [18:38] Mona’s education and path into dentistry.
  • [24:00] How Mona wound up in Milwaukee.
  • [33:09] Mona’s opinion on the CE classes she took.
  • [38:50] The first step into private practice.
  • [43:53] Mistakes Mona made early on in her career.
  • [49:09] Insurance, fee for service, PPOs, etc.
  • [51:50] Why Cerec was the first thing Mona invested in and how it changed her practice.
  • [58:13] The risk Mona took completely renovating her office.
  • [1:03:05] The Cerec equipment Mona purchased and the addition of an associate dentist.
  • [1:08:55] Why Dr. Patel decided to purchase a Conebeam machine.
  • [1:13:04] The impact of a new facility on her business.
  • [1:14:43] How Dr. Patel got started speaking and the goals she has for it..
  • [1:23:19] Adding another associate dentist to the practice.

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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.

Jun 13, 2017

Do you want to keep your practice up-to-date and competitive in today’s market? Adding implantology to your dental practice is a great way to do it. On this episode, Dr. Justin Moody, world-renowned implant educator, talks with T-Bone about everything to do with dental implants. Listen in to learn about what implants do for your practice life and for your patients, how to determine if implants are indeed a good choice for your practice, and how to find the training program that will be best for you.

Implant dentistry in a small town practice?

Many small-town dentists make the mistaken assumption that adding implantology can only be done in a bigger city where there are more resources and people. On this episode, Dr. Justin Moody describes how he brought implantology to his previous clinic in a small town in Nebraska, and the benefit that he was able to provide for patients from miles around. Before you decide that implantology is not for you, listen to this podcast and then follow Dr. Moody’s instructions for how to determine the effect that adding dental implants could have on your practice and on your patients’ lives.

Issues to consider when adding implantology to your dental practice

If you want to do tooth replacement therapy instead of extractions, there are a number of issues to consider. On this episode, Dr. Justin Moody and T-Bone discuss many of the details surrounding dental implants, including dental insurance, lowering the cost to the patient by using technology to decrease the time needed for the procedures, and what size implants are appropriate for different situations. They also talk about the value of surrounding yourself with like-minded people in your practice, and how the future of dental implants is in immediate placement. Listen in for all the details you need to make a good decision about adding implantology to your dental practice.

First steps for dentists who want to add implants to their practice

The first step to take if you want to add implantology to your practice is to take a course. There are many different trainers and courses available, and it important to choose the one that will be best for you. On this episode, T-Bone and Dr. Moody provide multiple criteria for what to look for in implant education. Listen in to learn the important difference between speakers and trainers, why it is worth paying for the quality of training that you want, and the one criterion that is the make-or-break decision about the course that you choose.

Dr. Justin Moody’s Implant Pathway training course

One of your many choices for training in implantology is Dr. Moody’s Implant Pathway course. On this episode, Dr. Moody describes the different aspects of his course which includes online training, in-person training, and three days of live implant training. Listen in to hear more about Dr. Moody’s course as well as how to determine whether or not you would benefit from adding implants to your practice, and why it is a value to your patients.

Outline of This Episode

  • [4:16] Intro to Dr. Moody and the training he is doing for Affordable Dentures and Implants in Raleigh, NC.
  • [6:55] Goodwill dentistry for people who can’t afford it.
  • [09:48] The impact of dental insurance on the industry.
  • [12:20] Implant dentistry in a small town?
  • [20:33] What would implants do for your practice life?
  • [21:53] Making tooth replacement therapy more affordable
  • [29:34] Restorations are about aesthetics, not just tooth replacement.
  • [31:55] Considerations about implant size.
  • [37:08] There is nothing new under the sun - not even dental implants.
  • [39:20] The important differences between speakers and trainers.
  • [45:46] A few thoughts about dentists and their patients.
  • [49:43] Dr. Moody’s offices and how he decides when to open a new one.
  • [56:28] An overview of Dr. Moody’s Implant Pathway course.
  • [1:07:29] First steps for dentists who want to add implants to their practice.
  • [1:12:56] Edentulism is not going away.
  • [1:14:05] How do you double the number of implants you are doing in a year?
  • [1:18:17] Technical information about what size implant to use.
  • [1:21:32] Just do it.
  • [1:22:50] A word to dentists over age 40.

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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.

Jun 5, 2017

It’s not your grandpa’s dental practice. The world of dentistry has changed and continues to change. In today’s episode, T-Bone is interviewed by Dr. B. Saib on The Passionate Dentist Podcast and gives practical advice to today’s dentists, both new and experienced. Listen in to learn about how to define success, why CE is so important, practical resources you can use, the most important habit that contributes to success, and much more!

If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards.” These words, spoken by T-Bone’s father, have defined much of T-Bone’s approach to his dental practice. In this episode, he shares a little of his background, the things he has done to keep his dental practice moving forward, and the key things he recommends to help other dentists succeed in the ways that mean the most to them. Listen to this interview and get ready to move forward in the changing world of dentistry!

How is dentistry in 2017 different from dentistry in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s?

The world of dentistry is not the same today as it was in the 1980’s, although there are many who teach and practice with the same mindset as that of the 80’s and 90’s. In this interview, T-Bone addresses the changes in dentistry and talks about the mindset change that is needed for dentists to be successful in 2017. He also gives practical advice on a wide range of topics, from continuing education to taking insurance. Listen to this podcast to get sound advice for growing your dental practice in the 21st century!

T-Bone’s advice for new dentists

New dentists who are preparing to establish a practice have a unique set of challenges. In today’s flashback episode where T-Bone is interviewed on The Passionate Dentist Podcast, T-Bone gives specific advice for these dentists who are starting out. From how much continuing education to take, to how many operatories you need and what habits will contribute to success - on these topics and more, T-Bone offers helpful insights that can help you get established and succeed in the world of dentistry.

Digital Photography and In-House Financing: T-Bone’s top clinical and practice management advice

T-Bone has lots of practical advice for both new and experienced dentists. In this interview, Dr. B. Saib asks him to share his top piece of advice for clinical and practice management. Listen to this episode to find out why photography with digital SLR cameras is the most important thing T-Bone has done in his practice. And hear his surprising advice regarding in-house financing and the impact it has had on his bottom line.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:03] T-Bone’s bio.
  • [4:29] “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards.”
  • [6:56] How do you define success?
  • [10:14] T-Bone describes his practice and his training center.
  • [15:07] How is dentistry in 2017 different from dentistry in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s?
  • [17:32] Things that worry T-Bone about the younger generation of dentists.
  • [18:34] Advice to new dentists on debt and practice growth.
  • [22:09] Break and sponsor thank-you’s
  • [23:13] The best advice T-Bone ever received (about taking insurance)
  • [24:55] Flexibility and the ability to integrate: The habits that contribute to success.
  • [26:18] Why digital photography is the most important thing T-Bone has done in his practice.
  • [27:29] Why T-Bone believes in self-financing his patients.
  • [34:33] Why dental implants are what is exciting to T-Bone right now.
  • [37:42] Why Dental Town is T-Bone’s favorite internet resource.
  • [39:32] T-Bone’s current book and online resource recommendations
  • [43:24] Why you should let the professionals negotiate your fees.
  • [45:13] How much continuing education should a new dentist take?
  • [49:07] Should I drop my website and just use Facebook?

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