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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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Sep 25, 2017

While big eye-popping change is sexy, the slow process of incremental change takes time and patience to see results. T-Bone says that people need evolution not revolution when it comes to looking for a change in life and business. On today’s replay from the Dental Hacks Podcast, T-Bone shares lessons that he has learned in a professional setting and on a more personal note, lessons he learned on his weight loss journey. T-Bone’s case for a patient and gradual approach of incremental change is one that everyone can learn from and use to implement meaningful and lasting change in their life. You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode!

Teaching, the Ultimate Incremental Change Process

Think back to your time in an educational environment, did you learn concepts quickly and in big ways or did you learn over time as the concepts built upon one another leading to incremental change? On this episode, T-Bone opens up about his experience starting his teaching center and his passion for helping students learn to tackle new concepts in an engaging way. Teaching is the ultimate example of what T-bone wants people to understand, meaningful and lasting change often happens when we take the long and patient route rather than the flashy and popular one. Listen to this episode to hear T-Bone expand on this subject and much more!

T-Bone’s Weight Loss Journey

When it comes to incremental change, one of the hardest areas to have patience in is when it comes to personal transformation. If there was ever a time when people crave a quick fix solution, it’s when it comes to their personal health. On this episode, T-Bone talks about his weight loss journey and how he made intentional changes to his daily schedule to get the results he wanted to see. What lessons can you walk away with from T-Bone’s inspiring story? Find out on this episode!

Making Wise Investments

Where do you make your investments? Do you trust the markets and try your luck there? Should you pour money back into your business or your personal education? What are the wisest investments to make in a time where markets are unpredictable? On this episode, T-Bone explains his approach and why he believes that investing in yourself and your business it the best way forward. At the end of the day, everyone needs to answer this question for themselves but T-Bone gives very positive and helpful advice for leaders to consider as they plan for an uncertain future. Get more helpful insights like this one from T-Bone on this episode!

Chasing Your Dreams

Are you chasing your dreams? Seriously! What are the things that are holding you back? If you want to see your dreams fulfilled, you’ve got to step toward change. Most people never do this because they think they need to make a big splash and do all the work at once but that’s not the case! On this episode, T-Bone walks through examples from his life that illustrate how people like you can chase their dreams by moving toward incremental change. Find out how you can get started today by listening to this insightful episode!

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:16] Intro to the Dental Hacks podcast with Jason Lipscomb and Alan Mead.
  • [2:00] Introducing Tarun Agarwal (T-Bone).
  • [4:00] T-Bone talks about his his teaching center and how it operates.
  • [8:00] Alan talks about his experience attending the teaching center.
  • [12:00] Why T-Bone started his teaching center.
  • [16:30] T-Bone talks about his weight loss journey.
  • [25:30] Protecting yourself from a possible market crash.

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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.

Sep 18, 2017

T-Bone’s father was a dentist in India, but took the risk and came to America when Tarun was two years old to chase the American Dream. On today’s replay from the Dental Hacks Podcast, T-Bone shares the story of growing up in the hotel his dad owned and being inspired to become a dentist because of his dad’s work as a denture technician while he was waiting for the hotel business to become profitable. T-Bone followed the risk-taking example of his father as he went to dental school and opened his own practice. Listen and enjoy T-Bone’s inspiring story.

Dr. Tarun Agarwal: Serial Entrepreneur

T-Bone’s risk-taking and entrepreneurial mindset started young. In today’s interview from the Dental Hacks podcast, T-Bone tells the story of starting a billboard business in high school, running a t-shirt business in college, and moving on to open and develop his own dental practice and training center. Listen to this entertaining and inspiring story and get the “inside scoop” on T-Bone’s life!

You only get somewhere when you take a risk

Risk-taking has been a way of life for T-Bone. His father set the example by leaving India and coming to America, starting a hotel business, and working his way to success. T-Bone learned a lot from his dad about taking risks and appreciating what you have. On this episode, T-Bone shares the story of his early life, his journey through dental school, and how risk-taking has always been a part of his life and has led to his current success.

Your dental school and grades are not as important as how you treat people

No one in dental school would have thought T-Bone could ever do what he is doing now. But despite not having great grades or motivation in school, T-Bone has gone on to build a successful practice as well as a training center where he connects with people and passes on the things that he has learned. On this episode, T-Bone talks about how it’s not what school you go to or the grades you get that make you successful in practice. Rather, it’s how you treat people and how they perceive you that makes all the difference.

Why being an “insurance-free” dental practice is not necessarily the best choice

T-Bone entered dental practice at a time when talk about being an “insurance free” practice was all the rage. So T-Bone tried it for a year and discovered that it wasn’t the best idea. When he added insurance at the end of that first year, his practice grew exponentially. Listen to T-Bone’s story on today’s podcast and learn why taking insurance, even though lots of dentists complain about it, may actually be the way that your practice grows and thrives.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:16] Intro to the Dental Hacks podcast with Jason Lipscomb and Alan Mead.
  • [2:49] Introducing Tarun Agarwal (T-Bone).
  • [5:30] How T-Bone grew up in a room in his dad’s hotel.
  • [11:36] How T-Bone’s dad taught him risk-taking and inspired him to become a dentist.
  • [13:56] Dr. Tarun Agarwal: Serial Entrepreneur.
  • [19:11] You only get somewhere when you take a risk.
  • [21:04] Why teaching and training don’t have anything to do with how long you’ve been out of school.
  • [22:12] Your dental school and grades are not as important as how you treat people.
  • [26:46] T-Bone’s journey from dental school to private practice, and getting hooked on CE.
  • [29:32] Why being an “insurance-free” dental practice is not necessarily the best choice.

 

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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-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.

Sep 11, 2017

T-Bone winds up his series on Millennial dentists with today’s interview of Dr. Baron Grutter from Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Grutter graduated seven years ago. He has fully embraced Continuing Education and dental technology, which has resulted in his practice growing by over 70%. On this episode, Dr. Grutter shares his story, explains the role of technology in expanding his practice, and talks about why he was willing to invest in expensive technology so early in his career. Listen to discover how dental technology empowers you to add services and advance your life and career.

Debt, Continuing Education, and Investing in Dental Technology

Most students graduate from dental school with huge debt which can create, in their minds, a roadblock that holds them back from further education and investing in their dental practice. On today’s episode, Dr. Baron Grutter tells his story and explains why he didn’t let his school debt get in the way of his goals. Listen in and learn why debt doesn’t have to hold you back and how further investments in dental technology and Continuing Education can move your career forward very quickly.

New Dentists: Look for a practice you can build on

The dental practice that Baron Grutter purchased was pretty much a “bread and butter” practice - restorative dentistry and not much more. On this episode, Dr. Grutter describes how he was able to take what was there and build it into a modern thriving practice. T-Bone encourages young dentists to look for a practice they can build on, not one where they just do more of the same. Young dentists are taking much less time than their predecessors to learn and add new technology and procedures. Listen in as Dr. Grutter and T-Bone discuss specific ways you can learn and grow as a dentist and take an existing practice to the next level.

Dental technology that pays for itself is worth the investment

It might seem a little crazy for a graduate with $250,000 of school debt to purchase a dental practice and then spend money on Continuing Education and expensive dental technology. But on this episode, Dr. Baron Grutter explains why he did just that, and how the technology has paid for itself. Listen in to hear how these investment decisions have allowed Dr. Grutter to accomplish his goals and build a thriving practice.

The significance of dental technology now and in the future

Dental technology like CAD-CAM, 3D imaging, and 3D printing are not yet mainstream in dentistry but are well on their way. Dentists who use these technologies have quickly realized their significance, in terms of both patient experience and practice growth. In today’s podcast interview, T-Bone and Dr. Baron Grutter talk about the role of technology in dentistry both now and in the future. Listen in to learn why dental technology is something to be embraced and not feared, and how it can transform your dental practice.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:16] Today’s guest: Dr. Baron Grutter from Kansas City, MO.
  • [2:39] Dr. Grutter’s story from graduation to owning his practice.
  • [9:03] Does school debt matter?
  • [10:30] Why it is essential to take Continuing Education, even the first year out of school.
  • [12:33] Dr. Grutter’s practice in Kansas City.
  • [15:33] New dentists need more tools on their tool belt than dentists of 30 years ago.
  • [19:47] How Dr. Grutter educated himself so he could move on to advanced procedures. [22:24] The significance of dental technology, now and in the future.
  • [33:56] What are the legitimate things that can be done with a 3D printer?
  • [42:05] Dr. Grutter’s path to speaking and training.
  • [45:40] Don’t be afraid of technology and learning about it.
  • [46:00] The CE course that Dr. Grutter recommends for everyone.
  • [48:37] The steps Dr. Grutter took to increase his practice by 70%.
  • [53:21] How to start doing dental implants.
  • [55:08] Dr. Grutter’s 5-year goals include hiring two associates.

Resources & People Mentioned

 

Listen to the entire interview

 

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.

Sep 4, 2017

Implant dentistry was not Dr. Peyman Raissi’s original plan. He wanted to be a general dentist and assumed he would work in corporate dentistry. On this episode, T-Bone’s series on Millennial dentists continues as Dr. Raissi shares the story of how he ended up doing implants almost exclusively in the practice that he built after just two-and-a-half years in corporate. Listen to this incredible story and learn some ways that you can take your own dental career to new levels.

Continuing Education is the key to being the best dentist you can be

Dr. Peyman Raissi always wanted to be the best dentist he could be. He found that Continuing Education courses were exactly what he needed for implant dentistry and many other aspects of his dental practice. Dr. Raissi encourages others to take CE, not only for the education received but also because of the huge difference that can be made through connections with other dentists and potential mentors. Listen to today’s interview to learn why CE is well worth your investment of time and money.

The challenging and worthwhile journey to owning your own dental practice

Dr. Peyman Raissi had not intended to build his own dental practice. But when a potential deal to become the owner of the corporate practice where he was working fell through after months of negotiation, Dr. Raissi decided to head out on his own. On this episode, he describes the challenges that he faced, the surprising amount of work that it took, what he would do differently, and what he has done to make his implant dentistry practice successful. Listen to his story on today’s episode of the T-Bone Speaks Podcast.

Should a practice that primarily offers implants also offer general dentistry?

Implant dentistry quickly became Dr. Peyman Raissi’s specialty. Ninety percent of his patients come in for implants. But he also wants to broaden his scope by offering general dentistry for the trendy upstart community he serves in Nashville. In this interview, T-Bone and Dr. Raissi discuss the pros and cons of adding general dentistry to what is currently available in his practice, and explore possible ways to make that happen. Listen in to get a perspective and ideas for blending specialty and general dentistry.

How Dr. Raissi uses social media to advertise implant services

Dr. Raissi has completed over 1000 implants. In answer to T-Bone’s question about how he gets implant patients, Dr. Raissi explains how he uses extensive social media for his marketing and stays current with what others are doing as well. Listen to this interview to learn how all forms of social media can help bring in patients through advertising, video before & after testimonials, blogging, posting your cases online, and more.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:16] Welcome to T-Bone Speaks! Today’s guest is Dr. Peyman Raissi.
  • [1:19] Dr. Raissi’s story, from 2014 graduation through two years in corporate dentistry.
  • [4:34] Continuing Education is the key to being the best dentist you can be.
  • [10:48] How many implants has Dr. Raissi completed?
  • [12:09] How hard was the decision to own his own practice?
  • [14:00] Facing the work and financial challenges of opening your own practice.
  • [15:45] Why Dr. Raissi would plan further ahead to put his team together.
  • [17:33] The hardest part of owning your own business.
  • [19:51] Why you need to learn the business side of dentistry.
  • [21:37] Dr. Raissi is building a practice that will be a hybrid between an affordable model and a clear choice model.
  • [23:31] Should a practice that primarily offers implants also offer general dentistry?
  • [28:03] Using social media to increase the number of implant patients you serve.
  • [40:40] Focus on what’s working. Don’t try to do too many things.
  • [42:13] You may need a good marketing team.

Resources & People Mentioned

Listen to the entire interview

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.

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