How I Successfully Opened a Practice From Scratch in Southern California

with Lincoln Parker DMD

Conventional wisdom says that you cannot open a dental practice from scratch in a hyper-competetive market like Southern California.

Well, don’t tell that to Dr. Lincoln Parker because he successfully opened a practice from scratch soon out of dental school in the Tustin Ranch area or Orange County, California! Not only did Lincoln open this practice from scratch but he has done so with minimal insurance participation.

Running Time: 54:56 minutes

In this inspiring interview, Gary talks with Lincoln about how he was able to open the practice of his dreams in precisely the area where he wanted to work and live. In this Show, Gary and Lincoln discuss; what inspired Lincoln to buck conventional wisdom and follow his dream, how he overcame the challenges of getting his bank loan, some of the most important lessons Lincoln has learned throughout this process, tips for other Dentists opening a practice from scratch, how Lincoln was able to reduce his insurance dependency, the importance of a strong team and some of the Mentors that have influenced Lincoln. You will love Lincoln’s can-do perspective and his passion for the dental profession!

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Startup vs Acquisition: Which Option is Best for You?

with Jayme Amos

There are some so called experts that will tell you that it is no longer possible to open a dental practice from scratch. However, our guest on this Thriving Dentist Show has helped hundreds of Dentists successfully open a dental practice from scratch and these Dentists have discovered that a startup was their best path to practice ownership.

Running Time: 65:54 minutes

In this interview Gary and Jayme discuss; Why Dentists should consider a startup, how to evaluate your risk in starting a practice from scratch, the exact formula you can use to determine if you can afford a startup, how to determine if you are better suited to a startup or an acquisition, the first steps you should take when considering a startup and how to choose the right practice location. You will love Jayme’s knowledge and passion for helping Dentists become practice owners via the startup process!

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Free Book: Choosing the Right Practice Location

The New Dentists Guide to Real World Dentistry

with Dr. Neha Garge

Making the transition from Dental School to the real world of practicing dentistry can be a challenge. To help Dentists succeed in that transition Gary interviews Dr. Neha Garge in this Thriving Dentist Show.



Running Time: 59:34 minutes

Neha is the author of the book; The New Dentists Guide to Real World Dentistry. In the interview Gary and Neha discuss; Why Neha wrote the book, her experiences in transitioning from Dental School to a practicing Dentist, excellent resources so you don’t feel like you are practicing alone, awesome CE resources, the importance in investing in yourself even when it seems like you can’t afford it, the importance of understanding the business side of dentistry as early as possible and a host of other recommendations to help launch your career. You’ll enjoy Neha’s honest, straightforward approach of sharing her challenges and successes!

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How to Stand Out as a Dentist

with Dr. Alex Shalman

This Thriving Dentist Show is divided into two distinct parts.






Running Time: 65:19 minutes

In the first half of this Show, Gary interviews his friend Alex Shalman about his experience transitioning from Dental School to private practice. Alex has accomplished a great deal in his first two years in practice. In this interview Alex and Gary discuss; Alex’s experience as a 5th generation Dentist, How he has been able to accomplish so much since graduating from Dental School, the challenges Alex faced transitioning from Dental School to private practice and Alex’s goals for the future. In the second part of the interview Gary and Alex switch roles with Alex interviewing Gary using a ‘speed round’ format of rapid fire questions.

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How to Win Your Team & Positively Influence Patients

with Dr. Daniel Cheung

Dental PodcastIf you are a regular listener of the Thriving Dentist Show you know that Gary is bullish on the Dental Profession! It’s his perspective that NOW is a fabulous time in dentistry. Dr. Daniel Cheung share’s Gary’s passion for dentistry. He is an amazing young Dentist who is living his dream of helping more patients have great oral health.


Running Time: 53:12 min

In this inspiring interview, Gary and Daniel discuss what Daniel enjoys most about dentistry, the secrets to developing a world-class Team, tips for Dentists thinking about buying or starting a practice, and specific things to do to stand out from the crowd. Daniel also discusses the mentors that have been his biggest influence. This is an interview you’ll want to share with the entire Team.

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Be Successful, Wherever You Are

with Dr. Todd Franklin

TDS Logo 600X600Successful dental practices are located in a variety of settings. One of the most common questions that Gary gets from young dentists when he is speaking is; ‘Where should I buy or start my practice?’ Many successful practices are located in large cities, like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, or in cities like Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Cape Town, Zurich, Milan, Dubai, or Sydney for our International listeners. However, there are many successful dental practices that are located in small towns and other less likely places. Gary’s recommendation for young Dentists is to go where they would like to live and that is precisely what our guest on today’s show has done.

Running Time 43:42

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Todd Franklin on the show. Dr. Franklin is a very good friend of Gary’s and he practices in the small California central valley town of Lodi, CA. For those of you not familiar with Lodi, this area has been very hard hit by the downturn in the economy, yet Dr. Franklin has not only navigated the tough times, but has developed a thriving practice in spite of the down economy. We are excited to have Dr. Franklin on the Show to share his experiences.

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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.

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