With so much change rippling through orthodontics, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of why we entered the profession. No matter what you do, orthodontics is a people profession. It’s about interacting with people, getting to know their hopes and fears and ultimately, helping them solve at least some their problems. Unfortunately, most of us are too busy to appreciate this.
Ever have one of those days where you’re so busy doing work that you don’t get anything accomplished? The truth about today is that we are more accessible than ever before. Even the most carefully planned day is one phone call or text message away from spiraling out of control. This always-on mentality means that we are multi-tasking all the time. While it may feel productive, it’s probably not. Too many people confuse action with accomplishment, motion with movement.
The question is how do you stay grounded, be productive and keep in-touch with what really matters? For me, joining the 4:30 Club has made all the difference in the world. What is the 4:30 Club? I’m glad you asked. Continue reading “The 4:30 Way to Win the Day”
With the announcement that Amazon is buying up Whole Foods, the online retailer is again flexing its muscles. In Whole Foods, they are getting a true market innovator who almost single-handedly drove the crunchy, feel-good food craze. The question is what comes next? We’ve speculated that Amazon is eyeing up dental products. As dentistry goes, so goes orthodontics. Will patients be logging in to their Amazon account to buy Whole Food fair-trade coffee, Guatemalan hemp dental floss and gluten-free, organic buccal tubes? Is orthodontics about to get crunchy? Continue reading ““Excuse Me, Is This Buccal Tube Organic?””
With more than 10 years of experience working as an orthodontic assistant, Ashleigh brings with her a wealth of knowledge about the day-to-day operations of an orthodontic practice. If it has to do with ortho, she knows it well! Her professional background also includes working within a multi-office setting, giving her firsthand experience of the challenges and opportunities that come with managing inventory for multiple offices simultaneously.
Ashleigh also had the opportunity to work in a product development environment. This unique experience gives her an acute understanding of how subtle product changes or enhancements can deliver markedly improved clinical performance.
For all of these reasons, we are confident that Ashleigh will be a fantastic addition to the MidAtlantic Ortho family as our newest Customer Service Representative!
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Here’s an interesting follow-up article by Dr. Giacobbi about Amazon’s upcoming role in the dental marketplace. With the rise of DSO’s and the potential for real savings, the smart money suggests that bottom-line savings will edge out the long-running relationship between Dentist/Supplier. With unmatched distribution infrastructure and digital tentacles touching on more and more aspects of daily life, Amazon seems like a logical entity to initiate this kind of change. It’s not a matter of if, but when, right?
Not so fast. Continue reading “The Future (of Orthodontics) Remains Unwritten”
A few months back, The Progressive Orthodontist ran a story about maximizing your practice’s profitability through inventory management.
I have identified many ways to manage inventory more effectively and reduce costs. And you can’t just focus on the big stuff. The little things add up very quickly in Orthodontic practices but are typically given little attention, which can cost you big. Following are five easy but effective tips to better manage your inventory.
There’s some good information in the story that every orthodontist should consider. However, there are two places the article comes up a little short. Continue reading “Supply Side Economics for Your Orthodontic Practice”
When it comes to running a small business, the assumed effectiveness of existing systems can be a real threat to the bottom line. Even systems developed a few years ago are being made obsolete by technological innovation. In orthodontics, the threat of assumed effectiveness often manifests itself in the ordering and inventory systems many practices currently employ.
There are many reasons for this. Between chasing promotions, the challenge of forecasting and, let’s face it, sales representatives who are by rewarded through commissions, it’s easy for the average size practice to wind up with tens of thousands of dollars of losses from inventory obsolescence. One prominent groups practice admitted (in confidence) that they wind up eating a quarter of a million dollars in unused inventory each year! The threat to the bottom line is real.
Of course, on the flip side of every threat is opportunity and this is no different. Continue reading “Are Antiquated Inventory Processes Bleeding Your Bottom Line Dry?”