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The 4 Departments Every Front Office Needs

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

Release Date: 03/23/2022

The Top 3 Reasons Patients Aren't Accepting Your Treatment Plan show art The Top 3 Reasons Patients Aren't Accepting Your Treatment Plan

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

Ever wonder why patients often decline treatment and how you can address these objections effectively? In this episode, Michael and Sandy dive deep into the top three most common excuses patients give: fear, lack of awareness, and financial concerns. Sandy sheds light on why recognizing these objections is crucial and offers actionable strategies for overcoming them. Through compelling examples, she underscores the importance of educating patients about the benefits of timely care and mastering verbal skills, including the art of voice inflection, to present treatment plans compellingly. Sandy...

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How to Hold High-Impact Department Meetings in Your Practice show art How to Hold High-Impact Department Meetings in Your Practice

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

Are you struggling to streamline your practice’s front office operations while juggling departments, patients, and metrics? In this episode, Michael and Sandy delve into the essentials of managing a successful practice, starting with the highlights of Sandy's recent webinar and her upcoming seminar in Boston. The conversation quickly transitions into a focused discussion around a listener's question on maintaining consistent department meetings and tracking pivotal metrics. Sandy offers an actionable guide on conducting effective meetings, complete with tips on following up on assignments,...

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Trained to Thrive: Why This Boosts Your Profitability 11%+ Year Over Year show art Trained to Thrive: Why This Boosts Your Profitability 11%+ Year Over Year

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

How transformative can employee training be for your practice? In this episode of Dental Drill Bits, Michael and Sandy delve into the critical role of structured training programs and their immense benefits on profitability, employee satisfaction, and patient care. Sandy illuminates the stark contrast between trained and untrained employees, revealing how targeted investments in specialized programs can significantly enhance your practice’s performance and efficiency. The duo also shares a wealth of practical advice on implementing effective training within your  office, covering...

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Underperforming Team? How to Transform Underachievers to the Stars of Your Practice show art Underperforming Team? How to Transform Underachievers to the Stars of Your Practice

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

Underperforming team members in your practice? In this episode, Michael and Sandy dive deep into the intricacies of practice management, starting from upcoming seminars to managing underperforming team members without rocking the boat. Sandy shares her wealth of experience on the art of effective communication, setting realistic goals, seeking constructive feedback, and the crucial follow-up processes needed to help your team excel. Her emphasis on thorough training, meticulous documentation, and structured management will leave you equipped with practical tools to ensure your practice runs...

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Pro Phone Skills: Avoiding Common Front Desk Pitfalls in Practices show art Pro Phone Skills: Avoiding Common Front Desk Pitfalls in Practices

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

How can your front desk team transform every call into a positive patient experience? In this episode, Sandy draws from her recent speaking engagements at the Delivering WOW Summit to uncover key strategies for top-notch front office communication. She also previews her upcoming seminar, Front Desk Pro, set to take place in Boston on August 23rd, revealing the secrets to boosting front office performance. Michael and Sandy tackle real-world phone interactions, from handling insurance queries to managing cancellations, ensuring that your front desk makes a lasting impression. But it’s not...

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Why Dental Membership Plans Are NOT Only for Low-Income Patients show art Why Dental Membership Plans Are NOT Only for Low-Income Patients

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

Dental membership plans are only for low-income patients, right? Join Michael and Sandy in this episode of Dental Drill Bits as they sit down with Megan Lohman to debunk common myths surrounding dental membership plans. Megan dives into the core advantages of Plan Forward, a tool designed to streamline the creation and management of dental membership plans. She reveals how these plans are not just exclusive to low-income regions but can be effectively tailored to a wide range of demographics, including affluent areas and retirees without dental insurance. Megan busts myths and shares...

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Are You Asking the Right Questions While Interviewing? show art Are You Asking the Right Questions While Interviewing?

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

Can you really find the perfect fit for your practice through better interviewing techniques? In this episode of Dental Drill Bits, Michael and Sandy uncover effective hiring strategies that can transform how you build your team. They explore the essentials of preparation, from the types of questions that reveal a candidate’s true nature to the value of incorporating personality and intelligence tests. You'll learn how to uncover what candidates expect in terms of salary and work environment, and why having a comprehensive policy manual and organized systems are non-negotiable for running a...

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Top Innovations in Dental Software? A Deep Dive into Powerful Yapi Tools show art Top Innovations in Dental Software? A Deep Dive into Powerful Yapi Tools

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

How can cutting-edge technology streamline the entire patient journey in your practice? In this episode, Michael and Sandy sit down with Dr. Gina Dorfman, the visionary founder of Yapi, to explore how this comprehensive dental software solution is transforming the industry. Dr. Dorfman passionately discusses the latest Yapi updates, such as a sleek new interface, enhanced appointment reminders, and innovative tools like insurance verification, credit card processing by text, and two-way patient texting. Each feature is designed to streamline practice management, improve patient care, and boost...

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How to Get Patients on Board with Your New Membership Plan! show art How to Get Patients on Board with Your New Membership Plan!

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

Are you tired of complex billing structures and challenging patient finances? In this episode, we connect with Dr. Abby Neville, who has transformed her dental practice by leveraging the remarkable Plan Forward membership plan. This innovative package simplifies processes, cuts costs, and uncoils the often tangled world of insurance and payments for both patients and practitioners alike. Dr. Abby takes us on a journey of transformation—a success story wherein she harnessed the Plan Forward initiative for enhanced savings and preventive care. We delve into the nitty-gritty of how the plan...

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Tips to Becoming a Dental Ringmaster show art Tips to Becoming a Dental Ringmaster

Dental Drill Bits with Sandy Pardue

What is the KEY role front office staff play in a successful dental practice? In this episode, we dive into office management with Michael and Sandy. A conversation taking you behind the scenes of Sandy's recent Front Desk Pro and upcoming office management training seminar, this episode underscores the vital role live training and phone skills in your office. Sandy gives us an in-depth look into the weighty importance of answering calls professionally and demonstrating empathy. The strategic approach to scheduling appointments is another element under the spotlight in this discussion. The...

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When we have no specific departments and roles than we have less accountability (almost none) and that creates a ton of inefficiencies. You don’t just want to throw up anyone at the front and hope your other front office shares their duties. You want to specifically give them departments.

In this episode Sandy shares with us exactly which person should be in which department based on their personality. She also lets us know which departments should work closer together than others, when is it time to add another team member on your team, and how you should monitor each team member.

We also discuss what to do if you only have 1 person in the front doing everything and how these departments will fit in.