It is obvious that every one of our authors in this issue cares about the profession of dentistry. I hope you will read every article with intention. Soon, you too will be in the business of dentistry, regardless what route you take upon graduation.

I acknowledge it’s a bit out-of-the-ordinary for us to feature a DSO owner on our cover, but after meeting Dr. Shalin Patel through multiple colleagues, we opened up to the idea. After all, good people find good people! His story is compelling and familiar. He has a heart for the business and for the new dentist. If you open your minds a little bit, you’ll get a little insight as to which path to take. It’s never too soon to evaluate your options and plan for your future.

Ryan Brengman certainly makes a case for ownership and speaks from experience. As you will note after reading Dental Entrepreneur’s latest edition, there are many different ways to proceed. Ask yourself, “What do I want for my future?” Then, as Dr. Jason Watts and Dr. David Rice advise, go out and make it happen!

Moving further, Debra Nash and Gary Kadi have seen much success with relationship-building. They lay out systems to make slight degree-shifts to gain results. I particularly appreciated Bob Spiel’s hiring piece, as I am in the process of looking for a new managing director to join our DeW Life team. His blueprint will save me from wasting time, and it’s just what I needed to “ace the hire,” as he puts it. Bob’s wise words will benefit you more often that you can imagine.

Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom’s main objective is to give you the assistance you need to maximize your careers as successful men and women serving the dental profession. No matter if you start from scratch, join as an associate, buy a practice or begin with a DSO, you will be fully engaged in the business of dentistry. Quickly, you will be squarely in the business of total health and wellness. This is one of the big reasons being a dentist is such an exciting and fulfilling career path. Congratulations on your choice! And thank you for making us a part of your impending success.

Cheers to your success,

Anne M. Duffy Publisher

PS: If you would like to write for us, please reach out. Read us cover-tocover, and please do us a favor – share this on your social-media pages with your dental teammates and classmates.

How about we continue this conversation! Hit me up at anneduffy@dew.life.

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