The Dental Economist Show
Hi, dental economists! I’m Mike Huffaker, and this is the Dental Economist Show, where you can join me and my guests in a conversation about the business of dentistry. Get ready to reconsider everything you think you know about growing your dental business as we exchange different ideas and meet at the intersection of profit and purpose.
Chelsea Myers’ Insights into Creating Open and Honest Conversations in the Workplace
May 16, 2024 • 39 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Chelsea Myers, Founder and CEO of Dental Life Coach. Join them as they discuss the importance of open and honest conversations in the workplace, giving people the benefit of the doubt, and practical advice on difficult conversations and preventing burnout.
Chris Salierno’s Insights into Balancing Profitability and Quality Healthcare in Dentistry
May 9, 2024 • 39 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Chris Salierno, Chief Dental Officer at Tend. Join them as they discuss creating a culture of improvement and accountability, the value of effective communication, and the delicate balance between profitability and quality healthcare.
Jan Jaffer on the Importance of Culture and Values When Maintaining a Strong Dental Team
May 2, 2024 • 44 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Jan Jaffer, CEO of TREC Dental. Join them as they discuss the importance of culture, different approaches to growth, prioritizing patient care, and the future of dentistry.
Dr. Sulman Ahmed on Why Putting People First is The Key to Success in Dentistry
April 25, 2024 • 41 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Dr. Sulman Ahmed, the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of DECA Dental. Join them as they explore patient-centered approaches, the value of calculated risks, and the key principles behind the success of Dr. Sulman's dental business.
The Importance of Effective Communication in Dentistry: A Conversation with Dr. Shahin Safarian
April 18, 2024 • 36 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Dr. Shahin Safarian, the founder and CEO of Lovebites Dental. Join them as they discuss the importance of simplifying communication with patients, building a robust sales funnel, and taking a patient-centered approach in the dental industry.
The Three Ps: The Importance of Patient, Parent, and Practice in the Dental Industry with Ray Caruso
April 11, 2024 • 49 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Ray Caruso, the CEO of Lone Peak Dental Group. Join them as they discuss the best hiring practices, aligning incentives, setting clear expectations, and prioritizing patient needs.
The Impact of Authentic Engagement and Effective Communication in Dental Sales with the Planet DDS Sales Team
April 4, 2024 • 40 MIN
In this special edition episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is live from Waikiki, Hawaii, and is joined by a panel of guests from the Planet DDS sales team. Join them as they explore their experiences in the industry, where they see dentistry going in the future, and why they love their work.
5 Game-Changing KPIs with Lorri Detrick: Without These, You Can Forget About Success in the Dental Care Industry!
March 28, 2024 • 43 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Lorri Detrick, the President and COO of Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry. Join them as they explore the integration of medical and dental insurance, the importance of culture in the workplace, and the value of data and technology in dental practices.
Meeting Consumer Expectations in Dentistry with Melissa Turner, Senior Executive Consultant at Cellerant Consulting Group
March 21, 2024 • 43 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Melissa Turner, Senior Executive Consultant and Chief Hygiene Officer at Cellerant Consulting Group. Join them as they discuss consumer expectations, effective marketing strategies, and the connection between oral and overall health, as well as the significance of inclusivity in dentistry's future.
Creating a Doctor-Centric Practice Model with Kerry Straine, Founder and President of Straine Dental Management
March 14, 2024 • 35 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Kerry Straine, Founder and President of Straine Dental Management. Join them as they explore creating a doctor-centric practice model, the importance of leveraging advanced technology to drive growth, and the importance of financial planning and data analysis.
Implementing a Smooth Succession Plan in Dental Practices with Ryan McCostlin, Founder and CEO of Tailwater
March 7, 2024 • 35 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Ryan McCostlin, Founder and CEO of Tailwater. Join them as they discuss prioritizing patient care over financial decisions, creating a positive culture within practices, and key performance indicators used to assess success.
Preventing Embezzlement in Dental Practices with David Harris, Founder and CEO of Prosperident
February 29, 2024 • 42 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by David Harris, Founder and CEO of Prosperident. Join them as they discuss the prevalence of embezzlement in dental practices and share insights on how dentists can protect themselves. David covers topics such as the importance of hiring the right people, conducting thorough background checks, and implementing software systems with strong audit trail capabilities.
Creating a Winning Culture in Dentistry with Kristi Casey of Rock Dental Brands
February 22, 2024 • 50 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Kristi Casey, CEO and COO of Rock Dental Brands. Tune in as they discuss how to build winning teams, emphasize the importance of setting big goals, and explore the challenges of leading at scale. Kristi also shares insights into growth, patient acquisition, and marketing strategy.
Maximizing Patient Engagement in Dental Practices with Ben Walling, CTO of Sage Dental
February 15, 2024 • 47 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Ben Walling, Senior Vice President and CTO at Sage Dental. Join them as they explore the challenges and opportunities of implementing technology in the dental industry, how to balance short-term and long-term value, and insights into driving sustainable growth.
Harnessing Technology for Dental Practice Management with Brandon Robert Halcott of Seva Dental Team
February 8, 2024 • 45 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Brandon Robert Halcott, Co-Founder of Seva Dental Team. Join them as they explore ways of creating profitability in a dental business, the importance of technology, and the valuable lessons Brandon has learned from his years in the field.
The Role of DSOs in Enhancing Patient Care with Rob Kolts of Premier Care Dental Management
February 1, 2024 • 38 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Rob Kolts, Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Premier Care Dental Management. Join them as they discuss empowering dental offices to focus on patient care, the integration of new technology in dentistry, and the changing reputation of DSOs.
Building Trust and Relationships in the Healthcare Industry with Jon Fidler of Fidler and Associates
January 25, 2024 • 45 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Jon Fidler, the Founder and CEO of Fidler and Associates. Join them as they explore the changing expectations of healthcare professionals, the importance of transparency in building relationships, and how to evaluate candidates for success.
Aligning Technology with Dental Business Needs with Will Alexander of Benevis
January 18, 2024 • 26 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Will Alexander, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Operations & CIO at Benevis. Join them as they discuss how to minimize friction for both patients and practitioners through the adoption of AI in dental call centers, explain how to navigate the evolution of call centers in a post-pandemic world, and explore the importance of flexibility within IT leadership.
Achieving Operational Excellence with Randa Seif, COO of CaliDental
January 11, 2024 • 31 MIN
In this episode of The Dental Economist Show, host Mike Huffaker is joined by Randa Seif, Chief Operating Officer at CaliDental and an experienced leader in the financial field. Join them as they discuss how to successfully leverage automation and centralization in aid of patient care, explore the current staffing challenges the dentistry industry faces, and examine the benefits of adopting a community-centric business strategy that can lead to greater growth.
An Introduction to The Dental Economist Show with Mike Huffaker!
January 9, 2024 • 10 MIN
Mike Huffaker talks about their goals for The Dental Economist Show, and what they want to offer you, our audience!