2017 Dr. LEADS Helps Dentists from Around the Country Advance Their Skills and Knowledge

Globe Newswire –

From July 26th – 28th, Heartland Dentalwelcomed 166 newly supported dentists representing 44 dental schools from around the country, to the company’s Home Office in Effingham, Illinois, for the 2017 Dr. LEADS course.

Each year, Dr. LEADS offers supported dentists three days of valuable learning experiences in a wide variety of clinical and leadership topics. This year’s lineup of speakers included Dr. Mark Hodge, a nationally recognized speaker on topics including Invisalign, patient communication and team engagement. Attendees also learned from international speaker and author on micro-endodontics and endodontic technology, Dr. George Bruder. Featured speakers also included Dr. Rick Workman, founder and executive chairman, Patrick Bauer, president and CEO, and other Heartland Dental leaders. Align Technology CEO, Joe Hogan, also attended and presented.

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Gentle Dental Partners Honored with Top Dentist Distinction by Boston Magazine

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Gentle Dental Partners, a leading multi-specialty group dental practice in New England, is excited to announce that 18 affiliated dentists have been awarded the honor of Top Dentist by Boston Magazine.

“This distinction from Boston Magazine speaks to Gentle Dental’s intense focus on providing outstanding care to all patients. We’re proud of our affiliated doctors, the care they provide, and their stellar reputations in the community,” says Gentle Dental Partners CEO Geoff Ligibel.

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Aspen Dental to Offer Free Dental Work for Veterans

The Missourian –

The Washington Aspen Dental location will offering free dental work to veterans Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3155 Phoenix Center Drive.

Of the more than 21 million veterans across the U.S., fewer than 10 million are enrolled for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, which for many does not include dental care benefits, and more than 1.2 million lack health insurance altogether.

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Veterans Of All Ages Offered Free Dental Care On Day of Service

Forbes –

Nearly 450 dental offices throughout North America will honor an estimated 7,000 veterans of all ages with free dental care during the fourth annual Day of Service event on Saturday, June 24.

Hundreds of participating dentists and their teams from Aspen Dental are offering free routine cleanings and exams. But they’re also seeking to treat the most urgent needs of veterans of all ages who are suffering from dental pain. On the Day of Service, veterans will receive everything from fillings and extractions to basic denture repairs at no charge.

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Houston Dental Support Organization Provides Free Service for Low-Income Women

The Heartland Institute –

More than 80 dentists and dental team members have provided free of charge $47,000 worth of services to 50 disadvantaged women in Houston, Texas, an average of $938 per patient.

The patients were chosen by Dress for Success Houston, a nonprofit organization furnishing professional attire and career education to low-income women.

Dental teams provided “exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, fillings, and same-day crowns,” according to a May 2 press release from the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate of Pacific Dental Services (PDS). Smile Generation, a patient/dentist referral provider supported by PDS, helped supply the volunteer dentists, the release states.

PDS is a dental support organization (DSO) performing administrative tasks for dental practices whose owners outsource nonclinical functions.

DSO-affiliated practices cost 32 percent less per Medicaid patient to operate than standalone practices, yet in recent years, various state dental boards have “sought to restrict or limit a dentist’s ability to contract with a DSO for non-clinical support services,” the American Legislative Exchange Council reported in February.

Kool Smiles’ 3rd Annual “Sharing Smiles Day” Brings Dental Care to Hundreds of Children Without Insurance Coverage

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More than 500 children received needed dental treatments at no cost during Sharing Smiles Day, a national day of free dental care hosted by Kool Smiles on Sunday, May 21.

“We began Sharing Smiles Day in 2015 as a way to bridge the access gap for children without dental insurance coverage,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. “Kool Smiles is proud to provide dental care to families with various forms of insurance, including Medicaid, but we also recognize there are many children in our communities who do not have adequate dental insurance coverage and whose families cannot afford regular trips to the dentist. This free care day is one of the ways Kool Smiles doctors and staff work to ensure every child has access to high-quality dental care.”

This year’s Sharing Smiles Day event involved the volunteer efforts of more than 700 Kool Smiles dentists and team members who hosted free dental care days at 43 dental offices in 12 states.

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Dental Associates’ Green Bay Dental Center Named Best of the Bay

Dental Associates’ Green Bay and Howard dental centers have been chosen as Best Dental Facility and finalist for Best Orthodontic Facility in the 2017 Best of the Bay Awards. Readers of the Green Bay Press Gazette selected the winners.

“Our focus is to create the best experience possible for our patients.” said Jenny Jandrin, practice manager for the Green Bay and Howard dental centers. “With our recent expansion to Howard, we are showing our patients that in addition to providing the highest quality of dental care, making access to care convenient is important as well.”

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Dental Associates Adds Key Personnel to Focus on Education and Retention

For Immediate Release
Contact: Darin Schumacher
Email: [email protected]

As part of its ongoing focus on patient satisfaction and staff retention, Dental Associates is adding key personnel to its training department. The company has hired Alexandra Sielaff, PhD, as Director of Instructional Development, and Pam Brilowski as Corporate Trainer.

Dr. Sielaff has more than 25 years of experience in higher education at Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University and Waukesha County Technical College. She continues to teach as a university professor and has served as a graduate and professional education administrator, developer of curricula, and program evaluation coordinator.

Brilowski has 20 years of dental hygiene and leadership experience, and is credited with coordinating the success of the dental hygiene program at Waukesha County Technical College.

“Training is an integral part of an organization,” said Anthony Vastardis, Chief Executive Officer at Dental Associates. “It is a major influence on employee performance. I believe Dr. Sielaff will build on the patient-centered care model we have in place.”

This summer, Dr. Sielaff will begin a comprehensive professional development and continual customer service initiative at Dental Associates. Through building and revising the company’s training programs, her focus will be on enhancing a culture of caring, and helping team members continually develop their skills on the job.

“We believe that if learning is a core value, employees will be motivated and excited about their future at Dental Associates, and this will filter down to a more positive patient experience,”

Dr. Sielaff said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of something that activates and grows the talent that’s already here. Pam is a great addition to the team and is a well-respected dental hygiene educator known throughout Wisconsin. She has trained many of the hygienists at Dental Associates and will be a crucial part of implementing our new training initiatives overall.”

Dental Associates employs over 800 Wisconsinites. Before each team member begins their first day in a clinic, they must go through an extensive training program.

Dental Associates has 14 clinics in Wisconsin and hosts all dental specialties, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, and more. To meet the needs of children, teens, adults and seniors, the 800-member team consists of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, patient care coordinators, clinic management and a corporate support team.

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Founded in 1974, Dental Associates is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice with 14 clinics throughout the state and nearly 850 staff members, including 85 doctors and 629 operatories. Dental Associates provides complete family dental services, both general and specialty dentistry, under one roof, from pediatric dentistry to specialized dental services for older adults, with a focus on excellent care that is affordable, accessible and personalized. Dental Associates is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Dental Associates is the exclusive provider for CarePlus Dental Plans, which provides affordable and high-quality dental health care insurance options to all Wisconsin residents. For more information regarding Dental Associates, visit www.dentalassociates.com.


Healthcare Has Lost Its Soul by Dr. AJ Acierno (TEDx 2017)

Dr. Alan J. Acierno is the CEO of DecisionOne Dental Partners, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL. After receiving his DDS from Creighton University, he practiced dentistry in both corporate and private environments, where he discovered the benefits and challenges of each practice.

Compelled with a vision to make a difference in the way dentistry is practiced, Dr. AJ and his brother and fellow dentist, Dr. Michael Acierno, founded DecisionOne Dental Partners in 2011.

Over the past five years, DecisionOne has grown to 19 dental practices. As the company continues to grow, DecisionOne remains dedicated to the mission of changing the way dentistry is done to improve lives.