Do you know anyone who’s been “bought out” or sold their practice to a Big Chain Dentistry chain (think: Dental ‘Cartel’)?
I bet you do.
I know a few.
There are several big names that have. Some might well shock you.
Recently, a Dentist I’ve gotten to know sold his practice and ran like h-e-double-hockey-sticks when the sale, although consummated, went south (bad) faster than an Indy Car. They treated him as sub-human and cared nothing for his welfare. They were sneaky, underhanded and greedy. They just wanted the cash flow. Patients? Ha, just a number to ‘em.
(Don’t tell me you haven’t seen a few Big Dentistry Cartel patients in your office. We have in ours. In fact, I’ve joked often that someone ought to run an ad that says, “We Fix $450 Dentures.”)
Are all Big Dental Cartel companies heartless?
I can’t answer that, personally, since I don’t know. But, what I can suggest is that you ask physicians or pharmacists you might know who became affected and disaffected by Big Medicine and Big Pharma. They didn’t rally to “save their professions” and neither will solo practice dentists.
Big Dentistry Preys On The Simple Fact That Solo Dentists Are Not ORGANIZED…
…and by their very nature, solo practice dentists cannot mount an effective counter-attack on Big Dentistry and compel Big Dentistry’s “friend,” Organized Dentistry to drop their self-interests for a bit and focus on those who fund ‘em!
Back to the physicians and Pharmacists…Neither story there ended well, did it? Physicians are now predominately employees. I know personally one independent physician and about 10 “employed” physicians.
How many independent pharmacists do you know? They all work for Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, CVS, etc.
Do you think it’s going to end well for Solo Dentists? How do you think it’s going to end?
Do you think someone from Organized Dentistry (the ADA, etc.) is going to ride in on their great white stead to help you?
You and I both know that’s not the case. They could careless about your personal welfare as long as you keep paying your “dues.”
(When was the last time the ADA sent you a patient? When was the last time they sent you a DVD or CD on how to run your practice better that wasn’t from a Big Finance company that just wanted your 10% of production to front you payment?! What have the “organized” goof balls done for YOU lately? Mine is no giant co. but I recently offered up my best, proven strategies – 7 in all – on DVD/CD for no charge and no obligation. What’s more, They don’t even know how to generate a patient! They don’t know squat about business or marketing…yet they want your dues money, don’t they?!)
When you graduated from dental school, you were given a license to print money. Big Cartel Dentistry knows that. They’re out to scrape and cobble together as many helpless docs who’re tired of the battle as they can to take advantage of them. They’re out for the hugely indebted graduates who can’t afford to open their own practice because Big Cartel Dentistry and the Dental Schools have the game rigged…to keep the young guns in debt for years so they have little or no choice but to go and work for the Big Cartel Dental “Man.”
I’m telling you, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Nearly 12 years ago, I opened my own “from scratch dental office” right here in Salem. Hell, I didn’t even have a doc to work in the office! But, I did it anyway. Why? Because, I wanted to find out what Dentists went through to run a business. I wanted to know their pain, their frustration, their challenges.
Today, well over a decade later, I’m fortunate that I’ve got an incredible team that runs that 3-doctor office (soon to be 4) – and our patient non-rigged feedback is over 99%! (Believe me, there are jerks out there who’ll shoot your office down on ratings and RIG the internet feedback systems!! Unscrupulous bast****!)
Basically, I put my money where my mouth is. I’m not like 99% of the advisors or consultants in dentistry running around theorizing and telling you what works or doesn’t. I put my money on the line and my livelihood to MAKE SURE what I recommend works.
Who else do you know does that?
(BTW, I know several consultants very, very well and have a long history of working with them…And, I admire what they do. Guys like Drs. Tom Orent, Chris Griffin, Bob Willis, Chris Brady, and a handful of others…THEY do have their clients’ best interests in mind and I know it because we’ve personally discussed it numerous times!)
At the end of the day, I don’t care what your challenge in dentistry is… if you’re sick and tired of the BS and hype and the empty promises Big Cartel Dentistry, Organized Dentistry, and the majority of “no skin in the game” consultants out there are spewing, and you want to experience success in practice – to grow your business and finally experience the freedom and income you deserve, join me in my pursuit to grow the largest group of independent (but commonly joined) dental practices in the US.
I’m doing it via my dental office franchise, Wellness Springs Dental®.
To learn more and see if it might be for you, just explore our website.
We also have regularly scheduled free, no-obligation Discovery Days . If you feel like you’re a candidate to join us, then go and learn more. Register for Discovery Day, here, and let’s make Solo Practice Dentistry Great Again!