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New Dentist Job Opportunity

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Mr. Jerry Davis of Galatia, Illinois just phoned The New Dentist looking for a dentist to practice in this small community. Galatia is a village in Saline County, Illinois and as of the 2010 census, the village population was 933.  The village owns a brand new dental office there but needs a dentist.  He said, “I figure there may a new dentist who is required to work in a rural area as part of their loan.”  Galatia is near Harrisburg, IL, which is the biggest nearest town.

If you are interested you can contact him at 618-926-8555 or

Here to help,

The New Dentist™

Careers with Purpose in the Beautiful Great Plains

Friday, April 29th, 2016

IHS_DEN_Blog_614x215_ScottsBluffNB_APR_NewDentistIf stress, traffic and high living expenses are getting you down, consider a career move to the Great Plains.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers dental health professionals extraordinary opportunities to provide comprehensive care to American Indians and Alaska Natives in hospitals, clinics and outreach programs throughout the Great Plains Area, which covers North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

The Great Plains Area Office in Aberdeen, SD, works in conjunction with its 19 Indian Health Service Units and Tribal-managed Service Units to provide health care to approximately 122,000 Native Americans in the four-state Area. Area service units include seven hospitals, eight health centers, and several smaller health stations and satellite clinics.

The dedicated providers at the IHS Division of Oral Health enjoy a work-life balance that offers ample time for recreational pursuits. Known for its awe-inspiring natural attractions and landmarks, the Great Plains Area boasts world-class fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing and more.

And the financial incentives can’t be beat. As an IHS clinician, you’re eligible to apply for up to $20,000 a year in loan repayment to fund your qualified health profession education loans.

You can choose from three distinct career paths — working in the civil service, in a Tribal/Urban Indian Program, or as an officer with the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.

Applicants are subject to a pre-employment background check, including a fingerprint analysis, and must be US citizens. Male applicants must be registered for the selective service. Veterans and American Indians and Alaska Natives are encouraged to apply and receive hiring preference.

Applicants for civil service and USPHS Commissioned Corps positions must submit their materials through Tribal hire applicants must apply directly through the Tribe with whom they are seeking employment.

Professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling — explore a world of opportunities at or contact a recruiter and upload a resume here. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The policy of IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies in the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.

INDIAN HEALTH CAREERS — Opportunity. Adventure. Purpose.

Defining Yourself in the Dental Community

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

In 2015, I, along with my wife Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty, was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Dentists—an honor only about 4 percent of U.S. dentists receive. The ICD is a worldwide dental organization that recognizes professional achievement, advancement and service to dentistry.

My wife and I graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago (7.5 years to be exact). We practice in Texas, but we aren’t from Texas and didn’t go to dental school there either. This isn’t common for ICD inductees, who are typically older than us and have long standing connections and friends in their communities.

So how did we make names for ourselves in our dental community and receive such a prestigious honor in such a short amount of time? I attribute it to three factors: participating in organized dentistry, moving to a city with a great community of dentists, and simply turning some disadvantages into advantages.

It was daunting to move to San Antonio in 2010. We didn’t know a single person. Texas is a welcoming, friendly place, and within a few months, we made friends and connections. By showing up to meetings, participating in committees, and valuing every relationship, we built a network.

When you’ve been part of a community for a long time, it’s only natural to stay in a small comfort zone of friends and associates. When you’re new and have no comfort zone, there’s a lot of freedom and opportunity that comes with that. There’s an opportunity to consciously define who you are. Before and during dental school, I wanted to become a dentist. That was such a big goal I didn’t really think about anything bigger than that!

After being a dentist for a few years, I recognized there was opportunity for so much more. I asked myself questions like, “What do I want to be known for?” and “How can I make things better for people around me?” I wanted to be known as someone who served others; this motivated a lot of my decisions about how I would spend my time. I’m not sure I would have been so introspective if I had stayed in one place. I’m not sure I would have taken advantage of every opportunity to give back if I felt it was always going to be there for me.

We wouldn’t be ICD members if it wasn’t for our sponsor and our generous friends who wrote letters to support us. Six years ago we moved into a community with many of the best dentists in the country. Whether it’s with service to the profession, contributions to advancing dentistry, or clinical excellence, there are so many shining examples in our own city. These are our  mentors and our friends. We’re very fortunate to be surrounded by great people.

Larry DoughertyLarry Doughtery, DDS, is a 2008 graduate of Nova Southeastern University. He has chaired a number of committees on new dentists, has taught at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry, and now owns Rolling Oaks Dental, a start-up practice in San Antonio, where he practices with his wife who is also a dentist.

IHS Careers in Dentistry

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016


The Indian Health Service (IHS), a nationwide organization of dedicated health professionals working to meet the health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives, is offering a unique opportunity for dentists who seek a variety of dental health specialties in addition to personal and professional fulfillment in their careers.

Our dental opportunities go beyond providing one-on-one patient care. Indian health dental careers offer opportunities to become involved in community prevention programs that can improve disease rates, including water fluoridation, dental screenings, sealants, fluoride varnishes and distribution of Xylitol gum to school-age children.

Key to an Indian health career is eligibility for repayment of health profession education loans through the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The LRP provides up to $40,000 to cover qualified health profession education loans in exchange for a two-year service commitment at an approved Indian health facility. After completing the initial two-year contract, participants may request (annually) an extension of their IHS LRP contract in exchange for an additional one-year service commitment until all qualified loans are paid.

IHS offers three distinct career options for dentists — working in the civil service, for a Tribal or Urban Indian Program or as an officer with the US Public Health Service (USPHS).

Join us for the IHS 2016 Virtual Career Fair! Meet one on one with IHS recruiters, learn about Indian health career opportunities for dentists and dental hygienists and chat with Loan Repayment Program (LRP) analysts to learn more about the LRP. In addition to real-time feedback and advice about general recruitment and specific health profession disciplines, you can also learn about IHS LRP eligibility and how to apply.

Register now for our 2-hour live chat from 7:00 p.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday March 16, 2016

Professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling — explore a world of opportunities at  or contact a recruiter at                              Applicants must be US citizens, board eligible and board certified.

The policy of IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.

INDIAN HEALTH CAREERS — Opportunity. Adventure. Purpose.

The Profitable Associate

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Can an associate generate a profit? The answer is in the size of your patient base. If you have a saturated practice with an abundance of patients, you can keep your associate busy and generate a 30-35% profit margin.

The first step after accurately measuring the size of your patient base is to perform a cost benefit analysis to determine the likelihood of profitability, as well as to gauge the non-monetary benefits such as improved quality of life, which may be equally important. The following steps will help you analyze the economic sense of hiring an associate, and will help you set realistic expectations about the return on investment you are likely to attain.

Step 1: Determine Production Goals

Step 2: Assign Direct Expenses to the Associate

Step 3: Apply the Formula and Get the Answer

Associate Profit Analysis Summary

Daily Collection – $950
(Assume 95% Collection/Production Ratio on Daily Production Goal of $1000)
# Days Worked Per Year X 196
Projected Annual Revenue $186,200

(Assume 34% Collections) Associate Compensation – $63,608
(6% Dental Supplies) Associate Payroll Taxes – $4,843
(8% Lab Expenses) Associate Lab Expense – $14,896
Associate Supplies – $11,172
Assistant Salary (inc P/R tax) – $21,620
Uniforms – $200
CDE Allowance + $1,100

Projected Annual Revenue: $186,200
Less TOTAL EXPENSES – $117,439
Associate Profit: $68,761

($68,761 PROFIT / $186,200 ANNUAL REVENUE)

Once you’ve assured yourself that the economics make sense for your associate, proper planning is key. Most importantly, if this associate is a candidate for your long term transition plans, make sure that you properly think about your exit strategy so that once you begin interviewing candidates, you clearly spell your vision for a successful relationship.

To read the original article in its entirety please visit: The Dentist’s Network Newsletter #100

Dr. Thomas L. Snyder, Director, Practice Transitions for The Snyder Group, a division of Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions.

Job Opportunities and Resources for New Dentists

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Perhaps you have considered looking for a new job as an Associate but haven’t found the time or don’t know where to start. Job-hunting can be time-consuming and often fraught with anxiety.

So often it is easier to get swept up in the daily routine and go with the flow -not to mention that most of us are hard-wired to resist change! Regardless of how good or bad your current situation may be, we owe it to ourselves in this “new age of technology and information” to explore options for the lives we want to lead. Other possibilities exist. We know this.

What are you waiting for? Take a few minutes out of your day today to dedicate some small amount of thought – even for just a few minutes – to focus on how you might prefer to live…the type of practice you wish to have or where you would prefer to work. You could be ready for a chance to make a change.

Start your job search process by talking to some of the professional resources available to you on the New Dentist Website Resources page – this link will get you right to it –

Several opportunities are listed and they are not all the same. Where there is an opening, there is a caring professional on the other end waiting to talk to you and to explore the factors that are most important to you to determine if there is a better fit for you elsewhere.

Should you decide that owning your own practice is the way to go…we also have resources available for you on that too!


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Managing Your Micromanaging Doctor

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Dentists by their nature are high achievers, and thus more likely to be micromanagers. They didn’t get through dental school by leaving the details to someone else. These doctors are accustomed to doing it all, and handing over responsibility for even those seemingly insignificant tasks can be a struggle.


Consequently, these micromanaging doctors are stressed out – working and working, yet never able to actually get ahead. Forget quality of life, forget balance, these docs are living their jobs. Like most micromanagers, they tend to confuse activity with accomplishment and consequently create bottlenecks of inefficiency. Even more frustrating for these dentists and their staff is the fact that they are quite capable of thinking strategically, but they simply cannot bring themselves to relinquish control. They will not allow others to problem solve, and they consistently second-guess decisions. However, if the practice is going to grow and truly succeed, the doctor simply must let go. But how do you bring your micromanaging dentists to relinquish a few of those tightly held responsibilities?


Number one: Don’t try to change them, only they can do that. Instead, work with what you have. One of the greatest needs your micromanager has, outside the need to feel needed, is the need to know. Perhaps your micromanaging dentist really wants more time for treatment planning to encourage greater case acceptance, but at the same time insists on giving all patients their post-op instructions, which only puts everyone behind schedule. Develop a detailed step-by-step plan that outlines how you could help the doctor with this duty. Explain to the doctor that you would like to handle this for her/him in a way that s/he will be completely comfortable and confident that patients receive the post-op information they need.


Valuable Associates Reactivate Patients

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Busy practices that may be the right fit for you to join usually have a patient retention problem. Ideally a patient reactivation program should be implemented to coincide with your joining the practice. This allows the practice to reactivate patients that have not been seen on a regular basis in hygiene. This is often the case in offices that have more than enough patients; however, there is not enough capacity for one doctor to handle the entire patient base. Your joining the practice is the perfect opportunity to solve that problem.


When patients are reactivated, they should be scheduled for a hygiene appointment with the associate. The hygiene appointment is probably the most non-threatening appointment in the dental practice, making it the ideal way for you, the associate, to get to know several of the patients. It also allows patients an opportunity to get to know you, and hopefully you will form a long-term dentist/patient bond with all of them.


Once you’ve completed their reactivation hygiene appointment, future hygiene appointments should be schedule with the practice’s hygienists. Your employer should schedule you for no more than four reactivation patients a day so that you have time to perform other clinical procedures.

Dentistry Ranks #1 Top Jobs

Monday, January 28th, 2013

It’s nice to know when you’ve made a good decision, and your decision to go into dentistry was perhaps among your best. According to U.S. News you have chosen not only a great profession but one of the very best.


U.S. News ranks the top 100 jobs every year to help job seekers in determining their best moves. Practicing dentists have long touted the profession as being the very best, but how did U.S. News come to the decision it was the number 1 job in America?


The report is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The initial search is for jobs with the greatest hiring demand from now until 2020. Then U.S. News scores each of these jobs based on the following criteria: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.


As you might expect, dentistry ranks high in all of these categories. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 21% for dentists between 2010 and 2020. This is good news for new dentists as well as dental students.


Here are the Top Ten of 100 Jobs on this list:


#1 Dentist
#2 Registered Nurse
#3 Pharmacist
#4 Computer Systems Analyst
#5 Physician
#6 Database Administrator
#7 Software Developer
#8 Physical Therapist
#9 Web Developer
#10 Dental Hygienist