The 60% Profit Practice

with Dr. Jonathan Afshari

Practice profitability continues to rise at alarming levels. A recent study reported that the average solo General Dentist practice had 74% overhead! If that is the case for you, then you are working too hard for too little.



Running Time: 58:48 minutes

In this Thriving Dentist Show Gary interviews his friend Dr. Jonathan Afshari on the topic of the low overhead practice. Jonathan is a self-made young Dentist who own 4 practices all built on the low overhead model. While Jonathan’s practices are low overhead, he takes pride in delivering quality treatment with excellent patient service. In this interview, Gary and Jonathan discuss; specific cost savings hacks and ninja tricks to lower overhead, the role that technology plays in the low overhead practice, how automation is an important key to a low overhead practice and how all of this leads to a quality lifestyle. Jonathan was kind enough to share a pdf document with listeners of the Thriving Dentist Show titled, ’10 Ways to Save $10,000 in a Dental Practice’ that you will find of great value as you reduce your overhead.

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Collectively, these tips will save you over $100,000! THANKS Jonathan!

Mastering the Business of Dentistry

with Bonnie Hixson

Dental PodcastThe business of dentistry is Gary’s favorite topic and in this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend Bonnie Hixson about how to master the business of dentistry. Bonnie is the founder of The Progressive Dentist magazine and she is recognized as a true thought leader in dentistry.


Running Time: 56:51 min

In this inspiring interview Gary and Bonnie discuss some of the most pressing challenges facing Dentists today on the business side. Among the topics they discuss are; the rising office overhead challenge and how to improve your profitability, some brilliant business resources for Dentists, the changing business climate for Dentists today, why amazing customer service is so important today, why mastering the people side of dentistry is so important today and will become been more important in the future, why the health & wellness of the Dentist and Team lead to a more profitable practice and why it is time to get serious about oral cancer screening. You will LOVE this interview and the wonderful energy that Bonnie brings to the profession of dentistry!

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Are Your Controlling Inventory Costs or Are They Controlling You?

with Kim Bleiweiss

Dental PodcastIt has become much more difficult for Dentists to control practice overhead to appropriate levels. If you are a regular listener to the Thriving Dentist Show you likely know that Gary’s goal for your practice overhead is no higher than 60%.



Running Time: 50:34 min

In this Show, Gary interviews his friend Kim Bleiweiss on the topic of controlling your inventory costs. This is a very important topic because many Dentists are wasting money by carrying too much inventory or losing money because very expensive inventory is expiring on the shelf. In this interview Gary and Kim discuss why an inventory control system is so important, an appropriate budget for inventory expenses, common inventory mistakes and how to avoid them, the benefits and features of the inventory system that Kim developed and how an inventory control system will bring you peace of mind and improved profitability.

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Best Ways to Cut Costs

with Todd Odasz

TDS Logo 600X600In previous episodes of the Thriving Dentist Show we have discussed the importance of marketing as a means of growing your practice. Growth is important in a thriving practice because increased income helps reduce the cost of your fixed expenses. We recently had Dr. Howard Farran as a guest on the Thriving Dentist Show and he said it very well when he said that a successful Dentist keeps one eye on practice income and the other eye on cutting expenses. This has become even more important as your costs continue to rise. It is becoming more and more difficult to control expenses as evident by a recent report citing the average dental practice overhead at 74%. Gary has defined success as overhead no higher than 60% and ideally 50%. The only way this is going to happen today is by keeping one eye on your expenses.

Running Time 37:22

Today we have two guests on the Thriving Dentist Show who are going to show you how you can save considerable money each year on an often overlooked expense. Today we have invited Todd Odasz and Ken Handy from Merchant Preferred Processing Network to help you reduce your costs on an overhead line item expense that is a mystery for most Dentists.

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Increasing Practice Profitability

with Dr. Charles Blair

This past August, Gary had the distinct honor of being invited to speak at a meeting hosted by Dr. Gordon Christensen. The panel included a selection of some outstanding speakers including our guest on today’s show, Dr. Charles Blair. In his presentation, Dr. Blair provided some of his insights on what he sees as the ‘Future of Dentistry’. His insights were so thought provoking that Gary decided that Dr. Blair would be an outstanding guest on the Thriving Dentist Show. In addition to sharing his insights on the future of dentistry, Dr. Blair will also share some tips with our listeners on practice profitability, fee analysis, insurance coding strategies and overhead control. These topics can each have a dramatic impact on your income and we are thrilled to have Dr. Blair as a guide on these topics for our listeners.

Running Time 49:06

Dr. Blair has authored and co-authored several business and finance books, as well as contributed countless articles in all the major dental publications. He currently offers two publications, Coding with Confidence and the Insurance Solutions Newsletter. Gary considers both of these resources as absolutely essential for every practice and he considers Dr. Blair as THE ‘Go To’ resource on all things related to insurance coding and fee analysis. Dr. Blair takes these complicated subjects and distills the information in a manner that you can use immediately to improve your bottom line.

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