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 .
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May 29, 2018

On this week’s podcast episode of T-Bone Speaks, I continue my interview with Dr. Heath Brantley from “Wendall Family Dentistry”.

You can listen to Part 1 of this interview here

In Part 2 of our discussion, we talked about:

  • The many benefits of oral sedation
  • Importance of continuing education and why technology should be the focus of your next CE
  • The different ways you can use CEREC in your practice
  • Why you should build a practice based around YOU
  • Planning your vision for the future and how to prioritize your short-term, medium-term and long-term goals
  • The process of hiring a full-time associate
  • How to plan ahead and why you should take time to re-evaluate yourself

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May 22, 2018

On this episode of the T-Bone Speaks Show, I sit down for an interview with Dr. Heath Brantley to discuss the importance of connecting with your patients and what it means to give them HOPE.

Dr. Heath Brantley graduated from dental school in 2013 and began working as an associate for two years. He always knew that he wanted to buy his own practice and despite the discouragement he received from others along the way, he remained focused and worked hard to follow his ambitions. It wasn’t long before he bought his own dental practice, “Wendall Family Dentistry” in his hometown of Wendall, NC.

On the podcast we discussed:

  • Heath’s journey from finishing dentistry school to working as an associate and how he came to open his own practice in his hometown of Wendall
  • Important characteristics to look for when you’re looking to buy a practice for the first time
  • Why seeking advice from an attorney is necessary when buying or selling a dental practice
  • How you can connect with your patients
  • An insight into laser dentistry technology and how Heath uses it in his practice
  • Giving your patients hope should be one of your top priorities as a dentist

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May 15, 2018

On episode 10 of the T-Bone Speaks Show, I discuss the struggles of being a foreign graduate in the U.S with Dr. Ashish N. Kakadia.

Dr. Kakadia was born and raised in India and finished dental school in 2001. Ashish admits that he detested dental school in the beginning but that all changed when he relocated to the United States. He received his DDS from the University of Illinois at the Chicago College of Dentistry in 2008 and opened his private practice, ‘Modern Dentistry’ in Roswell, GA in 2009.

We discussed:

  • Ashish’s inspiring journey from studying dentistry in India to moving to the United States and opening his own private dental practice
  • Common struggles and hardships that many foreign graduates and dental practitioners face in today’s society
  • How to build a new practice from scratch and the importance of chasing your dreams
  • The importance of marketing and implementing an effective marketing strategy to help raise awareness for your business
  • Investing in high-tech machinery and equipment is worth the risk
  • Overcoming hardships and always striving to put your patient’s wellbeing and happiness before profit

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May 8, 2018

On the latest episode of the T-Bone Speaks show, I talk with Dr. Kristina Palmer.

Kristina grew up in Michigan and later moved to Milwaukee to attend dental school at Marquette University. She graduated in 2005 and immediately knew she wanted to own her own dental practice. In 2012, those dreams were realized when she bought Kristina Palmer DDS.

We discussed:

  • The evolution of Kristina’s practice and how it has changed over the years
  • How to get started with sleep apnea
  • Marketing tips and learning how to market new services to your existing patients
  • Importance of having ‘procedure champions’ in your team
  • Implementing sleep apnea and other sleep dentistry services to your practice
  • Transitioning from student to teacher in regards to new procedures at your practice
  • Sleep as a team driven process and the low overhead costs of getting started
  • When you should bring on an associate to help ease the workload

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May 1, 2018

In this week’s podcast episode of T-Bone Speaks, I welcome Dr. Suneet Bath to the show.

Suneet grew up in a small town in Washington State and graduated in 2001. He currently owns his own dental practice, Impressions Dentistry

We discussed:

  • The journey that led Suneet to buy his own dental practice and the challenges he faced as a new practice owner
  • Introducing modern technology to a dated dental practice and updating its procedures
  • Relocating and building a new practice
  • How to incorporate Invisalign to your practice
  • How to cut down Invisalign costs and deciding whether or not a fixed rate is for you
  • The health advantages of Invisalign
  • Importance of happiness if you want to achieve a successful practice

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