Empowering Today’s Dental Assistants

with Kevin Henry

Dental Assistants are often the unsung heroes of dentistry and they play a critical role is the success of a practice. Kevin Henry is regarded as the ‘Champion of Dental Assistants’ and he is passionate about helping dental assistants achieve their full potential.


Running Time: 59:35 minutes

In this Thriving Dentist Show interview Gary and Kevin discuss the changing role of today’s dental assistants and how they contribute to a thriving practice. Some of the topics discussed include; How dental assistants can become a bigger part of the practice, why dental assistants need to understand the numbers of the practice, how to develop a great relationship with your dental assistants and five specific recommendations for dental assistants to achieve their full potential. You will love Kevin’s passion for all things related to dental assistants and his practical, use-it-now recommendations!

Kevin’s website: www.kevinspeaksdental.com

Other websites mentioned in interview:


Kevin’s email address: kevin@kevinspeaksdental.com

Tips to Increasing Production on Tomorrow’s Schedule

with Heidi Mount

Keeping your schedule full and productive is one of the most important tasks in your practice. In this Thriving Dentist Show Gary interviews his friend Heidi Mount.




Running Time: 52:16 minutes

She has over 25 years of experience in the dental profession and is passionate about helping Dentists create a schedule that is both full and productive. In this interview, Gary and Heidi discuss; Some great tips to help patients accept your treatment plans, specific strategies to increase production on tomorrow’s schedule, marketing tips to get more new patients and strategies to keep them, how to avoid re-judging your patients and some great verbal skills to use to guide your patients to accept ideal care! You’ll love Heidi’s experience and passion.

Heidi’s website: www.coachingdentist.com

Heidi’s email address: heidi@coachingdentist.com

12 Steps to Grow a $5 Million Dental Practice

with Dr. Bill Williams

In an earlier interview with Dr. Bill Williams, Gary and Bill discussed his tips for staying in love with dentistry for over 40 years.





Running Time: 64:49 minutes

During that earlier interview Bill told his story about how he had to start from scratch at age 48 after some setbacks and how he went on to develop a $5M practice in less than 10 years. In this interview, Bill and Gary discuss the 12 steps that he followed to achieve these amazing results. While these business results are truly outstanding, the best part is that Bill has achieved these goals while maintaining a practice philosophy based on providing quality care and excellent customer service! You’ll be inspired by Bill’s story and find these 12 steps useful regardless of your practice goals.

Earlier Interview with Bill; ‘How to Stay in LOVE with Dentistry for Over 40 Years

Bill’s website: www.solsticedentaladvisors.com

Bill’s email address: drbillwilliams@gmail.com

Link to Bill’s $5M Masters Academy: https://pf114.isrefer.com/go/5M-preview/garytakacs/

How to Stay in Love With Dentistry for Over 40 Years

with Dr. Bill Williams

One of the very cool parts of the dental profession is the amazing people who have chosen to make dentistry their life work.





Running Time: 54 minutes

In this inspiring Show, Gary interviews his great friend Dr. Bill Williams. Gary has known Bill for over 30 years and they have shared time on the stage together and maintained a wonderful friendship over these years. In this interview Gary and Bill discuss; the events that resulted in Bill being virtually broke after 15 years in practice despite having a very successful practice, how he rebounded and started a new practice from scratch that went from -0- to over $5 Million in annual collections in less than 10 years, why Bill is still in love with dentistry after more than 40 years, his book Marketing the Million Dollar Practice, and the magic behind him 5M Masters Academy. This interview is filled with information you can use today to develop a thriving practice!

Bill’s website: www.solsticedentaladvisors.com

Bill’s email address: drbillwilliams@gmail.com

Link to Bill’s 5M Masters Academy (affiliate link)

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!

5 Tips to Reduce Hygiene Cancellations and No-Shows

with Gary Takacs

Dental PodcastIf your office is experiencing a high percentage of hygiene cancellations or no-shows please know that you are not alone! It seems like hygiene cancellations and no-shows have become an epidemic.



Running Time: 48:48 min

In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary provides 5 specific tips that will dramatically reduce your hygiene cancellations and no-shows. Gary has used these tips in his own practice as well as in Takacs Learning Center client offices with impressive results. In his own practice, Gary has seen his unfilled hygiene appointments metric drop to as low as 3% through the application of the 5 tips provided in this Show! Here’s to your success!

Gary’s email (for Guest and Show topic recommendations): gary@takacslearningcenter.com

LEAP website: www.LEAPFoundation.com

Increasing Productivity at Every Stage of Your Career

with Dr. Bruce Baird

Dental PodcastThe focus on this Thriving Dentist Show is about how to increase your productivity and maintain quality dentistry!





Running Time: 52:24 min
In this Show, Gary interviews his good friend Dr. Bruce Baird. Bruce has practiced dentistry for over 34 years and he’s the founder of the award-winning Productive Dentist Academy (PDA). One of the great aspects of Bruce’s experience is that he practices in the small town of Granbury, Texas population 6,800, with an oversupply of Dentists, making the practice climate very competitive. If Bruce can achieve remarkable success in this small, competitive town, then you can replicate his concepts in your area. In this inspiring interview Gary and Bruce discuss specific strategies to increase your productivity at every stage of your career. Bruce explains how to ‘link’ with your patients to create an unbreakable connection, the verbal skills to guide your patients to accept ideal care, tips to help you master diagnosis, treatment planning and case presentation and how to ‘frame’ your practice growth with the ultimate motivation of helping more people. You’ll find this interview to be very inspiring and loaded with use-it-now tips!

Productive Dentist Academy website


Bruce’s email address:  bruce@productivedentist.com

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Inspired Hygiene for the Thriving Practice

with Rachel Wall RDH

Dental Podcast

If you are a regular listener to the Thriving Dentist Show you know how strongly Gary feels about the role of the hygiene department in a thriving practice.




Running Time: 58:18 min

In this interview, Gary interviews Rachel Wall, an expert with over 23 years of experience and the founder of Inspired Hygiene. In 2012 Rachel was voted the ‘Most Effective Hygiene Educator’ by Dr. Bicuspid and in 2103 she was selected as ‘One of the 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry’ by Dental Products Report . In this inspiring interview Gary and Rachel discuss the most common obstacles that keep teams from creating a thriving hygiene department, specific benchmarks of a thriving hygiene department, how Dentists can help their hygienists develop a ‘healthcare provider’ mindset and some immediate action steps that Dentists and Hygienists can take to improve efficiency, productivity and service in the hygiene department. This is an excellent interview to play for your next Team meeting!

Rachel’s website


Rachel’s email address


Link to Inspired Hygiene’s Perio Percentage Calculator Tool


Link to Hygiene Profits Mastermind


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Dental Assistants ROCK

with Tija Hunter

Dental PodcastDental Assistants play such a vital role in the success of a thriving dental practice.





Running Time: 53:31 min

In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend, Tija Hunter on how dental assistants contribute to a successful practice. Tija is a true champion of the dental assistant and a role model of dental assisting as an amazing career path. Tija is an office manager and a dental assistant with over 32 years of experience. She hold 11 advanced certifications including being certified as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA). In this interview Gary and Tija discuss the importance of continuing education for dental assistants, the benefits of belonging to the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), the value to the dental practice of an educated dental assistant and how dental assisting can be such a rewarding career path. Dental Assistants are often the ‘unsung heroes’ of a thriving practice and Tija’s interview helps us all have greater appreciation for these amazing Team members!

Tija Hunter’s email address: tijaefda@gmail.com

Connect with Tija on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tijak/

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What Every Dentist Needs to Know About Their Hygiene Team

with Heidi Arndt RDH

Dental PodcastThe hygiene department is the backbone of a thriving dental practice. The success of your hygiene department is directly related to the success of your practice.




Running Time: 52 :53 min

We are very fortunate to have Heidi Arndt RDH as a special guest on the Thriving Dentist Show. She is a recognized authority on the high performance hygiene team and passionate about helping Dentists develop their hygiene departments to full potential. In this interview, Gary and Heidi discuss the metrics you should expect from your hygiene department, the opportunities for growth in hygiene, the necessary steps for getting your hygiene team re-energized and re-focused, and specific things you can do today to grow your hygiene revenue. This interview is a must-listen for the entire team!

Heidi’s website:                               www.enhancedhygiene.com

Heidi’s email:                                  heidi@enhancedhygiene.com

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