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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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Jul 24, 2018

Join me on another highly anticipated episode of T-Bone Speaks. In this episode, I interview Dr. Leslie Holmes-Leach from Rocky Top Dentistry about working in a small-town dental practice and why you should value your dental hygienists.

Dr. Leslie Holmes-Leach is from Anderson County and has worked in the dental profession for 20 years. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine and then completed a one-year residency at Advanced Education of General Dentistry Residency. There, she trained in placing dental implants, working on complex cases and learning how to attend special needs and anxious patients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family on the lake and volunteering with Remote Area Medical and her local Volunteer Ministry Center.

On the podcast we discussed:

  • Why dentists should value their hygienists
  • How to increase productivity in the dental hygiene department
  • The importance of developing trust and respect in the office
  • The pros and cons of working on commission
  • Deciding whether or not it’s time to bring on an office manager
  • What it takes to be a “leader” and how to develop leadership skills
  • Benefits of working in a small-town practice
  • Why work shouldn’t be at the top of your priority list

For more information or to watch this episode click here

Jul 17, 2018

Episode 18 of the T-Bone Speaks podcast is now LIVE! For this episode, I invited my good friend and CEREC expert, Dr. Dhaval Patel, back onto the show.

Dr. Dhaval Patel is a practicing dentist at Pleasant Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Roseville, California. He graduated from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in India and had been practicing dentistry since 2005. He’s well known as the “CEREC Guru” and is the founder of the popular Facebook group, “Keep CERECing,” which is dedicated to helping dentists learn and grow as CEREC users. 

Dhaval takes a very personal approach towards dentistry and always works to build a good relationship with each of his patients. He focuses on removing the fear that many people experience when visiting the dentist and always strives to provide quality dental treatment with the utmost patient satisfaction.

On the podcast we discussed:

  • [03:35] Creating a clinical culture of excellence within a DSO environment and the benefits of working with one
  • [07:17] A typical day in the office as a practice owner partnered with a DSO
  • [09:47] Working with CEREC and Zirconia
  • [12:26] Aesthetics of a Zirconia Crown and how to improve it
  • [13:07] Dr. Dhaval Patel’s advice for young dentists
  • [21:00] Overcoming common challenges of owning a dental practice
  • [23:27] How to attract the right associate
  • [30:10] The importance of having a personal savings plan to achieve economic flexibility and freedom
  • [41:35] Setting expectations with your associates and how to hold them accountable

 For more information click here.

 

Jul 3, 2018

Join me on episode 17 of the podcast to listen to my discussion with Sandi Hudson from “Unlock the PPO” about how to negotiate with PPO insurance companies.

Sandi is the co-owner and founder of “Unlock the PPO,” which specializes in analyzing the relationship between dental practices and PPOs and helping them to implement a successful negotiation strategy. Sandi has spent over a decade in dental office management overseeing dental insurance participation and negotiations. She’s passionate about helping dentists manage insurance participation in a way that’s right for them and their practice.

On the podcast we discussed:

  • How to negotiate with PPO’s
  • Why you should negotiate with insurance companies every two years
  • Avoiding the common pitfalls that come with negotiating with PPO insurance companies
  • The advantages of hiring a professional to help your practice negotiate with PPO’s
  • What a shared network agreement is and what it means for your fee schedule
  • What to look for when you want to get into an insurance network
  • Determining a strategic plan for successful negotiation
  • The importance of getting “demographic specific” when searching for the right insurance company
  • How to reduce your reliance on insurance companies
  • How to transition out of insurance and everything you need to know about split participation

For more information on this podcast episode click here

 

 

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