6 Most Important Lessons of 2014

with Gary Takacs

As we wrap up another year, Gary spent some time reflecting on his own practice and the offices of his clients to identify the most important lessons from the year.




Running Time: 38:06 min

In this Thriving Dentist Show Gary defines the 6 most important lessons he learned in 2014. They include; The importance of B.H.A.G’s (Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goals), the importance of constant team-building activities, marketing is more important than ever, developing a culture of adding treatment into your schedule each day, the need to audit your 24 practice systems on an ongoing basis and the fact that more CE = more enjoyment. Wishing you all a New Year filled with Good Health, Happiness and Prosperity!

Gary’s Email address: gary@takacslearningcenter.com

Takacs Learning Center always welcomes new clients and we’d enjoy working with you to help you develop your ideal practice!

The Most Interesting Topics in Clinician’s Report Dentistry Update Courses

with Dr. Gordon Christensen

Dental Podcast

Dr. Gordon Christensen is one of the most respected educators in dentistry.





Running Time: 53:49 min

In this inspiring interview Gary and Gordon discuss the most requested topics that Gordon presents in his 2014 Clinician’s Report Dentistry Update courses, the most common questions Gordon receives in his courses, Gordon’s views on the current and coming effects of the corporate dentistry model on techniques, materials, devices and concepts and current and future technology of interest to Dentists. You will really enjoy Gordon’s unbiased perspective and his thoughts on the future of dentistry!

CR Dentistry Update:  www.cliniciansreport.org/products/ce-courses

CR Clinicians Report:  www.cliniciansreport.org/products/dental-reports

PCC Continuum (2-Day Hands-on Courses in Utah):


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The Future of Digital Education in Dentistry

with Dr. Dhru Shah

Dental Podcast

As a regular listener to the Thriving Dentist Show, you know that Gary and I are quite passionate about technology and digital content. After all, it is through the magic of digital technology that allows us to bring you this podcast! And the truly amazing thing is that this technology means that Dentists from 102 countries have now downloaded the Thriving Dentist Show. Gary gets frequent emails from Dentists in remote countries saying they Love the Show and thanking his for providing this useful content. The world truly is shrinking and technology makes it easier to connect with people throughout the world.

Running Time 50:05

Today we have a very special guest on the Show who is as passionate as Gary and I about digital technology. Dr. Dhru Shah is the co-founder of Dentinal Tubules, an online community based in the UK that is a learning portal for all things dentistry. The site is truly amazing and we are very excited to have Dr. Shah on the show.

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Dentistry is Back!

with Gary Takacs

TDS Logo 600X600Gary recently returned from an absolutely incredible conference, the 148th Annual Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting. You’ve heard Gary discuss the importance of continuous learning and attending conferences. He has identified a spirit of learning as one of the characteristics of a thriving Dentist. In this episode Gary shares some of the amazing things he learned at the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting and why attending top conferences is such an important part of your business. It’s important to note that there was an energy level in Chicago that he hadn’t seen in quite some time. You’ll learn why some of the best learning at a conference happens in the exhibit hall and we also talk about why Gary encourages clients to stretch their horizons and travel to dental conferences outside their local area.

Running Time 29:48

Green Dental Conference:

We are thrilled to announce the first Green Dental Conference sponsored by the Eco-Dentistry Association May 3-4, 2013 in Sundance, Utah. Gary will be one of the featured speakers along with a host of other outstanding speakers.

Visit www.ecodentistry.org for more info.

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How Being Part of a Community Can Help You Develop a Thriving Practice

with ‘ACE’ Co- Founder with Dr. Mike Maroon

TDS Logo 600X600If you have been following Gary’s ‘Airplane Wing Photos’ on facebook, you recently noticed some stunning photos of Key West and the Florida Keys where Gary spoke at the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE) Mastermind Event. This event was a fabulous learning opportunity for Dentists and the entire Team and it was one of Gary’s speaking highlights of 2012. Two principles that Gary feels is necessary to become a Thriving Dentist is the concept of being part of a community and the idea of having FUN! Let me address the concept of community first. The truth is that dentistry can be hard work and it’s not unusual for Dentists to feel a sense of isolation as they practice their profession. Being part of a broader community of like-minded Dentists is SO important because that community can provide a connection to reduce the sense of isolation. Today we are very fortunate to have Dr. Mike Maroon (or Dr. Mike as he prefers) as a Special Guest on the Thriving Dentist Show. Dr. Mike is one of the founders of ACE and has been a leader in the dental profession for over two decades. Dr. Mike also provides a powerful example of someone who believes in the spirit of community and the idea of having fun.

Running Time 41:10

Providing Great Dentistry

with Imtiaz Manji: CEO of Spear Education & The Scottsdale Center for Dentistry

TDS Logo 600X600Developing a thriving practice requires assembling many resources. Mentors in your professional life can greatly accelerate your success and we are very fortunate today to have one of Gary’s Mentors as a Special Guest on the Thriving Dentist Show. In his current role as CEO of Spear Education and the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, Imtiaz Manji provides the strategic vision and corporate leadership behind dentistry’s premier destination education center. While IMTeeIZ has many talents, his unique gift is the ability to inspire others to action. Imtiaz has been inspiring Gary for many years and we are excited to have Imtiaz on the Thriving Dentist Show to help inspire our listeners.

We also discussed the Open Wide Foundation, whose mission it is to provide quality dental care to impoverished communities around the world. There is now a dental clinic in Peronia, Guatemala and you have created a way for dentists to get involved.

Running Time 45:39

Find our more from Imtiaz Manji at SpearEducation.com

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4 Things Dentists Need to Do Now to Thrive (Part 1)

with Dr. Howard Farran of DentalTown.com

TDS Logo 600X600It is no secret that the economy has been a challenge not only here in the US but internationally as well. The Thriving Dentist Show now has listeners in 54 countries and that number grows every day, so it is important for us to address dental topics on the local level and internationally as well. While the economy has been a challenge, it is still absolutely possible to have a THRIVING Dental Practice as evidenced by Gary’s practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Not only has Gary’s practice survived in brutal economic conditions, but they have figured out how to thrive in these conditions. We were honored to have a very good friend of Gary’s, and a fellow Arizonan, as a special guest on the Thriving Dentist Show. His name is Dr. Howard Farran and he is one of the most progressive minds in the Dental Profession Today.

Running Time 50:43

In the last episode of Thriving Dentist Show we discussed the importance of Tribes in Dentistry. Dr. Farran created one of the most incredible Tribes in Dentistry when he created DentalTown. Dentaltown is THE community for dental professionals. Dentaltown.com offers message boards with more than 140,000 members discussing all things dental (and some things not), online CE to keep you informed about the latest treatment techniques, classified ads to help you staff and stock your practice, monthly polls to show you what’s trending in dentistry and much more. One of the greatest benefits of being a member of the DentalTown Tribe is that you never have to feel like you are practicing alone!

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Hot Topics in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry

with Dr. David Hornbrook

TDS Logo 600X600Clinical Mastery is a requirement to having a Thriving practice. You simply must have the skills to deliver excellent clinical care. It’s important to pick your mentors carefully and today it has become difficult to find educators that have research and background to have command of their subject manner, and can present it in an interesting and entertaining manner. Dr. Hornbrook is precisely that clinician! Dr. Hornbrook is a prolific researcher and materials enthusiast and his warm and engaging style has made him one of dentistry’s most popular speakers.

Running Time 55:30

Find Dr. Hornbrook at http://www.DavidHornbrook.com

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