Dental Influencers to Follow in 2019

Owning a dental practice is a work in progress. Even practices that run like a well-oiled machine can be improved and fine-tuned as the industry, patient expectations, and competition evolves and adapts.

One of our favorite ways to gather ideas is by following fellow dental professionals.

These dental influencers can help you…

  • Get ideas for your own practice 
  • Stay updated on trends in dentistry and practice management 
  • Make contacts in the industry and develop potential partnerships

We consider dental influencers dental and management professionals to be those with expert knowledge in their own dentistry niche. Dental influencers are podcast hosts, conference organizers, and content creators are thought leaders who can potentially help your own practice with their ideas. 

What to look for in a dental influencer 

  • Trust — Someone whose opinion you believe in
  • Reach — They have an existing following of dental professionals that also see value
  • Expertise — They should have demonstrable credentials in the niche they post about
  • Likeability — It’s hard to take advice from someone you don’t connect with 
  • Giving — Make sure they offer value. You’re investing time in them, so you should be getting something out of the relationship

Some advice before researching and following dental influencers

  • A good way to judge an influencer is whether you’d like to get a coffee with them. If you think someone is interesting and you’d be interested in having an enlightening conversation with them, then consider following. 
  • Don’t be afraid to unfollow anyone. If you follow an influencer who no longer offers you value, unfollow them! Make space for someone else who could be beneficial to your practice.
  • At the same time, be open to different ways of viewing ideas. You are following people to learn new strategies and skills to grow your practice, make sure you keep an open mind when learning about new things.

Our favorite dental thought leaders to follow

Howard Farran

Podcaster and founder of Dentaltown.

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In their own words: 

“Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, the founder and owner of Dentaltown.com and Dentaltown magazine, has practiced dentistry at Today’s Dental in the Phoenix metro area for more than 30 years. In 2017, Incisal Edge magazine ranked him among the 32 most influential people in dentistry.”

Dr. Nammy Patel

Holistic Dentist, best selling author, and entrepreneur. 

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In their own words: 

“Nammy Patel, DDS is a holistic dentist who is passionate about serving her patients’ health while running her environmentally-conscious dental practice.

Dr. Patel was instilled with the values of conserving, recycling, and respecting the environment as a child. She was born in India and moved to the U.S. with her family at the age of 5, and has maintained those values since.”

Dr. Craig Spodak and Dr. Peter Boulden

Dentists, authors, entrepreneurs, conference organizers, and podcast hosts.

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In their own words: 

Dr. Peter Boulden — “Georgia native. Married & father of 3 kiddos. Been practicing clinical dentistry for 15 years. Owner of Atlanta Dental Spa and Blairsville Dentistry.

I love being a dentist. I love my profession and industry. It allows me to work hard for my family but also provides a nice healthy work / life balance.

I love the BUSINESS of dentistry. Why do some practices fail? Why do some thrive? Why are some profitable? Why are some going bankrupt? These are the questions I was mesmerized with even as a dental student. I learned a ton throughout my career, and have a ton more learning to do. Maybe my knowledge base in the business of dentistry has a lot to do with the fact that mistakes are nothing but accelerated (and expensive!) learning.”

Dr. Craig Spodak — ”Excellence in the practice of Dental Medicine is a proud tradition in the Spodak family. Dr. Craig Spodak is a third generation dentist who earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the acclaimed Tufts University, graduating with high honors. He joined his father, Dr. Myles Spodak, in his practice in Delray Beach, FL in 1998 with a dream to change the way patients experience dental care. He inherited the practice in 2006 and immediately began to develop a new vision for the modern dental practice. Deliver comprehensive dental care from a team of general and specialty dentists in one convenient, 13,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, LEED Gold Certified facility.”

Teresa Duncan

Management consultant and podcaster.

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In their own words: 

“Teresa Duncan, M.S. combines her management experience with industry insight to consistently deliver results to her attendees and corporate clients. Whether she speaks to your association or provides personalized 1-day training sessions, you can rest easy knowing that you have hired someone who can deliver information in a fun and effective way!”

Dr. Tuan Pham

Dentist, consultant, author, and convention organizer.

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Events

In their own words: 

“My name is Tuan Pham and I am a practicing dentist just like you. You may have seen me on the cover of Dentaltown Magazine, on their message boards, on a podcast, or live in person as a speaker at Townie Meeting. Maybe you’ve seen my books on Amazon. Or maybe you’ve seen me as the host of Dental Maverick Summit. I have 15 years of experience and reproduction of success with results over hundreds and hundreds of dentists.”

Dr. Bethany Piziks

Leadership consultant, speaker, retreat organizer, and entrepreneur.

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Facebook

In their own words: 

“Dr. Bethany is deeply committed to inspiring dentists who desire to achieve balance, peace, and prosperity within the challenges of working in a dental practice. She practiced as a clinical dentist for over 20 years, 6 of them in a partnership.  In 1997 she started a practice from scratch and immediately realized she was enrolled in the “school of hard knocks,” and experienced the frustration that being a dentist entrepreneur can bring. After hiring a coach and seeing exponential progress in leadership, profitability, and personal growth, she discovered that helping others find the same satisfaction was her true life’s calling.”

Debbie Seidel-Bittke

Management consultant, podcaster, and dental hygienist.

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Podcast

In their own words: 

“Debbie Seidel-Bittke has become a well-regarded voice in the dental profession. Her strategies for practice growth through the dental hygiene department have been transforming practices worldwide. As the founder of Dental Hygiene Solutions and Dental Practice Solutions, Debbie is devoted to helping empower dental professionals to reach their goals.”

Art Wiederman

CPA, podcaster, and consultant.

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Podcast

In their own words: 

“Art Wiederman, a co-founder of the ADCPA, hosts a podcast called ‘The Art of Dental Finance with Art Wiederman, CPA’. This podcast will help you to meet your personal and business financial goals through saving taxes, investing and planning wisely, and managing your dental practice to be as profitable as possible. We highly encourage you to listen to Art’s Podcasts!”

Ashley Latter

Dental sales coach.

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In their own words: 

“Ashley Latter started his business coaching career working for the legendary Dale Carnegie Training Organisation, joining them in 1993. He had three roles for them in sales, he was a four course instructor and also an International Master Trainer. Ashley and his team have a passion to help forward thinking dental practices develop world class communication skills so that they can create the ultimate patient journey, allowing them to fulfil their full potential and reach their goals.”

Jacob Puhl

Conference organizer, entrepreneur, author, and speaker.

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Facebook

Events

In their own words: 

“Jake is passionate about establishing thriving dental groups and DSOs by building executive teams, executive leadership, culture, operational systems, recruiting, retention, and financial structures. As current partner and CEO of the Dentist Entrepreneur Organization (DEO), Jake works exclusively with emerging-market group dental practices by building a community of like-minded group practice owners.”

Chuck Blakeman

Conference organizer, podcaster, entrepreneur, author, and speaker.

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Podcast

In their own words: 

“Chuck built 12 businesses in 8 industries on 4continents and wrote the #1 Business Book of 2010. He is a regular Inc. Magazine contributor and an internationally acclaimed dental speaker and dental business advisor. His books are used in both undergraduate and MBA courses. His next book, Rehumanizing Dentistry By Giving Everybody Their Brain Back, will be released soon to help dentists and their teams create Participation Age practices.”

Dr. Jennifer Plotnick & Grand Street Dental

Dentist.

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In their own words: 

“Dr Jennifer Plotnick, a native New Yorker, has been in private practice for more than 10 years, serving the greater Brooklyn area. She has an extensive following that includes moms and dads, toddlers and grandparents, New York’s revered artists, musicians, architects, actors, olympic athletes, and more. Always an artist at heart, Dr. Plotnick found the perfect balance of medicine and design when she founded Grand Street Dental in 2016. She practices with a discerning eye for detail and ambition for patient satisfaction.”

Dr. Leila Haywood

Dentist.

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In their own words: 

“Leila Haywood has 21 years of experience as a general and aesthetic dentist in Brisbane, and is a graduate of the University of Queensland. She has expertise in cosmetic and family dentistry, with a focus on excellence in care.” 

American Dental Association

Member organization for practicing dental professionals.

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In their own words: 

“The American Dental Association (ADA) exists to power the profession of dentistry and to assist our members in advancing the overall oral health of their patients. Together with our 163,000+ members, we’ve been driving dentistry forward for 160 years.”

Dan DelMain

Dental marketing expert and entrepreneur.

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In their own words: 

“As a small business owner himself, Dan DelMain knows firsthand many of the struggles dentists face when it comes to online marketing. Since 2009, Dan and the Delmain team have helped dentists around the country increase website traffic, attract new patients, and achieve real results through their online marketing efforts.”