Dentist and Orthodontist Baton Rouge

02/06/2017 02:22 PM
Get in the Mardi Gras Spirit! What’s Happening: February 6-12, 2017

Here’s a look at what’s happening in Baton Rouge this week. Wednesday, February 8 – Chocolate Cooking Class with Red Stick Spice Company The Red Stick Spice Company will be hosting a cooking class focusing on chocolate starting at 1 p.m. There are two different times for the class you can take advantage of. Sarah

02/06/2017 10:15 AM
It’s a new world out there: Preparing for a transition into practice ownership

Dental schools do a wonderful job of preparing students to enter dental practice. The students can accomplish most of the procedures that are asked of them. What dental schools don’t do is generate the ability to pick the right practice, take over a business from the senior dentist and guide a team toward excellent patient care. Yet these things are essential to provide quality care.

Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 10.10.46 AMHere are important planning strategies that can help young dentists transition smoothly into dental practice. Obviously, there is a lot to learn about a dental business, and some strategies will inevitably need to be absorbed in the practice itself over time, but the time spent before making big commitments can really help.

Once a dental student sees a live patient, he or she begins to formulate a philosophy of practice. If the student considers the patient as mainly a vehicle to get to graduation, that’s a philosophy. If that first patient becomes the student’s first effort to make the person feel as comfortable and calm as possible, that’s a philosophy. These beginnings can often be transferred directly into practice. Is the patient an opportunity to maximize the production per mouth? Or is the patient a fellow human who needs VIP treatment to ensure that he or she enjoys his or her time in the office? The first thing a new dentist needs to do is spend some time in introspection, deciding what his or her philosophy of dentistry really is. I don’t mean level of quality, because every dentist should strive for the utmost quality. I mean, do you enjoy treating children? Does the city or the country seem more interesting? Are you looking forward to a cosmetic, perio, endo or simple suburban general practice? What are your reasons for providing dentistry? How would you like to treat your patients? What is the value of the dental team? How important is community involvement? What do you envision as great service? Your philosophy needs to be written down so that you can use it to see if there is a match with a potential employer. If the philosophy of the practice and the new associate match, the likelihood of success increases significantly. And the opposite is also true.

The second and an equally important effort should go toward the study of dental business. There are volumes of information available to help a new dental businessperson get started. Dental school should have given you a base of information in practice management. Reopening those notes should give you the subjects to delve into more. Look at every meeting with a dentist as an opportunity to ask about the business aspects of care. How does the practice follow the patient from the initial phone call to the completion of treatment? How does the practice ensure that he or she will return? Who talks money with the patient and who works with the patient’s insurance? Make an effort to shadow dentists at every opportunity. Try to establish a relationship with a mentor, not necessarily an employer, but someone from whom to ask questions of and get answers. Overall, new dentists need to realize that they are going to be the leaders whether they want to be or not. The more leadership skills the dentist acquires, the better the practice will run. One very good book on leadership that has been a virtual bible for business leaders over the last 30-plus years is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As much as the world has tried to expand on the work of its author Stephen R. Covey, his book still distills the essence of leadership into seven simple (but often difficult to achieve) rules, including put first things first and begin with the end in mind.

In some instances, a dental mentor is not enough and the new practice owner could benefit from a competent dental consultant. A consultant can often give a new dentist a much wider perspective of the decisions that need to be made early on to achieve having a successful practice. Taking over an existing business or starting a business from scratch are both great opportunities to take care of people, provide a lifesaving and changing service and earn a decent income. The more time the new dentist spends focusing on becoming a leader, learning to run a business and absorbing information from others, the better he or she will be able to accomplish all these things with fantastic success.

Learn what senior dentists can do to ensure a successful transition out of practice, coming Look in the Spring 2017 issue of Dental Practice Success.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of Dental Practice Success. It was written by Dr. William van Dyk, a general dentist in San Pablo, California, and teaches in the department of Dental Practice at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He has been lecturing on practice management issues since 1985. He served on the ADA Council on Dental Practice and was instrumental in the development of the ADA Success Seminar Series that has been giving dental students real life information on the business of dental practice for over 30 years. He can be reached at or at  


02/03/2017 05:51 PM
Easy Bacon Cheddar Dip

Whether you’re getting together with friends, bringing something to the office or just watching the big game (yeah, that one) this easy bacon cheddar dip is a can’t miss. We brought Lee Ann Miller from Walnut Creek into the kitchen to teach us how to make it. Enjoy! Easy Bacon Cheddar Dip What you’ll need

02/03/2017 05:50 PM
Timelapse: How to make a ‘Snackadium’

We kept hearing about these “Snackadiums” that are popping up all over the country, so we brought in Karri Perry from Blue Ribbon Kitchen to make one in front of the camera. Here’s nearly 2 hours of work condensed into a 1 minute timelapse. Learn more about Blue Ribbon Kitchen. You might also like… 6 Recipes

02/03/2017 05:42 PM
A Look at Kalurah St. Grill with Eat. Love. BR.

By Rebecca Lusk, Eat.Love.BR. When Chef Kelley McCann begins talking about his new endeavor as Executive Chef of Kalurah Street Grill, you can feel the passion resonate from within him. He loves what he does and you can see that love in every plate that leaves his kitchen. Clearly this is what co-owners Brad Watts

02/03/2017 11:13 AM
6 Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party

02/03/2017 11:00 AM
8 insights for practice leaders on the way up

They say leaders are born, not made. Fortunately, they’re wrong. Countless entrepreneurs and professionals — including dentists — become outstanding leaders based on learning and determination rather than on natural talents.

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 4.01.57 PMIf you want to lead your dental business to a higher level of success, master these eight insights that have guided the best practice leaders to the top of their fields.

Vision: answering the question, “Where do you want to be in three years?”

What’s your idea of the perfect practice? If you haven’t figured this out yet, take the time to do so. Give it some serious thought. Talk it over with your spouse, mentor, best friend or a trusted colleague. As the practice leader, you need to have a destination in mind to help you focus your energy and resources and make the right decisions. And don’t keep it to yourself. Write a vision statement of where you want your practice to be in three years (when you fulfill the vision, you’ll be ready to write a new one for the next three years). Explain it to your team so they’ll understand what you’re all working toward. And remind yourself and them about the vision every day.

The best teams are the best-trained teams

By the same token that true leaders are made, not born, the best teams are made, not hired. Instead of trying to hire ready-made administrative stars, find people with the right attitude and prepare them to excel by training them well. Establish a staff training program that will equip them with outstanding skills. Use scripting to help them say all the right things to patients. And, to stay ahead in a changing world, commit to an ongoing program rather than a one-and-done approach.

Delegate almost all nonclinical responsibilities

Many dentists feel frustrated because they’re overworked and underpaid. How, they ask, can they increase revenue if they’re already working at full capacity? The problem is that they’re micromanagers, doing too much of the wrong kind of work. If you make this mistake, you’ll never reach your potential. Leaders don’t do, they delegate. In your case, that means just about everything that isn’t actual dentistry. If your schedule is clogged with nonclinical (that is, nonbillable) administrative tasks, let go of it. Your well-trained team (see no. 2 above) can handle it much more cost-effectively than you can. Of course, you’ll need to make higher-level decisions and maintain financial oversight, but team members can take responsibility for almost all routine office tasks.

Targets … powerful motivational tools

Which do you think will work better: giving your front-desk coordinator an assignment (such as scheduling as many first-time callers as possible) or giving her a target (for example, schedule 90 percent of first-time callers within seven days)? If you know anything about human nature, you understand that targets inspire team members to do better and to do more. Targets should be specific and measurable, written down and monitored. Include them in job descriptions. Report actual performance versus targets in staff meetings. In short, put the motivating power of targets to work in your practice.

Set the bar higher than the practice down the street

The leader is the standard bearer. Train team members to have exceptional skills. Motivate them with assigned targets. And let them know that, for your patients, nothing less than excellence will do. You want your practice to succeed from a business standpoint, but the overriding priorities are to provide the best possible clinical care and maintain the highest standards of customer service.

Walk the walk

Talk is cheap. Rather than merely telling your staff to make the effort to WOW patients at every opportunity, show them by your own example. You may not realize it, but members of your team pay close attention to how you behave. As their leader, you have tremendous influence, so be mindful of what kind of example you’re setting.

Resist change at your peril

Flexibility is essential for today’s practice leader. In our challenging economy, you need to be a nimble leader, ready to respond quickly as conditions —some beyond your control — change. You may be surprised to learn that great leaders don’t control situations as much as they adapt successfully to them. Look at changes as opportunities to innovate.

Climbing the learning curve to the top

I’m an avid proponent and practitioner of lifelong learning. It’s especially valuable for practice leaders who want to improve their performances and their bottom lines. Fortunately, the educational resources for leaders are broad and deep. Depending on your objectives and personal schedule, you can put together an excellent long-term curriculum for leadership development. You’ll find numerous books, seminars and courses on the subject. Take advantage of as much as you can, from now until retirement.

Great dental leaders are made, not born, and the eight principles discussed here will be instrumental in helping make you the best leader you can be. Use them as a foundation for upgrading the skills you need to build your ultimate practice.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of Dental Practice Success. It was written by Dr. Roger P. Levin, founder and CEO of Levin Group, a dental consulting firm. Attend one of Dr. Levin’s new seminars to learn the latest practice-building strategies. See the complete seminar schedule here.

02/03/2017 08:00 AM
Super Bowl 2017: 4 Tips to Turn Up Your Game Watching Party

02/02/2017 02:11 PM
Explore The Rosa Parks Museum

In 1955, Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger helped spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and a Civil Rights Movement.  Today, a museum in Montgomery, Alabama honors the courage of Parks and other passengers who stood up to segregation in the fight for equality.

02/02/2017 01:24 PM
Where to Watch the Super Bowl In Baton Rouge this Weekend

01/25/2017 09:42 AM
Dental Dance Crew x DIVERSITY

12/23/2016 12:36 PM
Singing Dentist - Brush Twice a Day (parody of Stay Another Day by East 17)

10/22/2016 03:41 PM
Singing Dentist - Teeth Like (parody of Girls Like by Tinie Tempah)

07/20/2016 12:58 PM
Singing Dentist - I Like Your Molars (parody of I Like To Move It by Reel 2 Reel)

06/08/2016 12:31 PM
Singing Dentist - Return Of The Plaque (parody of Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison)

04/15/2016 12:32 PM
Singing Dentist - This Is How We Brush Teeth (parody of This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan)

04/05/2016 07:12 AM
Singing Dentist LIVE appearance on Lorraine!

03/11/2016 02:23 AM
Singing Dentist on Lorraine! Daytime ITV!

03/11/2016 02:16 AM
Singing Dentist on ITV London News!

03/11/2016 02:13 AM
Singing Dentist on BBC South News!