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Comparing Two Models of Dental Care for Aboriginal Communities in New South Wales, Australia

It was early morning in Sydney and it was a great pleasure for me to meet Dr. Kylie Gwynne, Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney in Australia.  Dr. Gwynne co-authored an article in which they cost compared two models of dental care that were provided for Aboriginal communities and concluded that co-designing care initiatives and involving local Aboriginal community members could reduce cost and contribute to the success of the initiative.  She spoke about much more in the below interview which I hope you enjoy watching! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Aboriginal ...

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The Importance of Goodwill in the Valuation and Appraisal of a Dental Practice

Timothy Brown, CEO of ROICorp, returns to Oasis Discussions to shed some light on goodwill. Highlights Goodwill is an important aspect of a dental practice and contributes to the valuation or appraisal of the practice. However, do we really know what factors weigh into determining the goodwill of a practice?  Goodwill is comprised of hidden value. ROICorp uses ~250 various components (eg. # of bathrooms in an office, etc.) Traditionally, goodwill has been calculated as: # of patients x “n” amount of $. Then, it moved towards a set percentage of billings and may still be calculated this same way ...

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Tips on Transitioning into a New Practice

Transitioning into a new practice as a new buyer or as a new owner after owning other practices has its unique challenges. In this video, Timothy Brown, CEO of ROI Corporation, discusses with Dr. Suham Alexander the strategies to make this transition easier. It is important to understand that patients also need time to adapt to this change along with the dental team. Helpful Tips Gain the trust of the new employees Try not to make any significant changes in the first year Initial changes that are required should be “invisible” to the patients and move slowly If new policy ...

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Dr. Carol Martin: Designer of the Official Tartan of the Office of the Governor General

The morning of her visit to CDA’s headquarters in Ottawa was one of the bright moments in my Oasis journey. Dr. Carol Martin joined the CDA Oasis and CDA Essentials Magazine teams to tell us the beautiful story that led to her designing what has now become Canada’s Governor General’s official tartan.  She is a dentist from Beaverlodge, Alberta; and like many other dentists I have had the pleasure to meet and work with, Dr. Martin is an artist who loves arts, sculpting and working with colors. We now know that there is more beneath the white coat, and her ...

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How Important are Employee/Associate Contracts?

Timothy Brown, CEO of ROICorp, joins Dr. Suham Alexander to speak about the importance of employee and associate contracts in dentistry.  Highlights Contracts are important for the ongoing business of the practice and they help to avoid misunderstandings at the outset. The contracts package the rights and privilege of the employee and owner and helps to mitigate issues around termination. Additionally, when a business is appraised and is presented for sale, the purchaser and his/her advisors (banker, accountant, lawyer) generally view a practice more favourably if employee and associate contracts are already in place. Important elements of employee and associate ...

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Dr. Janet Leith on her Presidency of the Ottawa Dental Society

It was a great opportunity for me to meet Dr. Janet Leith in person at our CDA headquarters. Dr. Leith is the immediate past president of the Ottawa Dental Society and she joined me to tell me about her experience leading the ODS board of directors.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager    

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Tell It Like It Is: Positive Dentistry with Dr. Miguel Stanley

Two years ago, I invited Dr. Miguel Stanley for an interview about his participation in one of the international dental conferences. I very much enjoyed my talk with him then; and I did again, this time around, when I invited him to share his experience speaking about dentistry on the TED stage. There aren’t many TED talks about dentistry, so when I found his, I thought it should be featured as an incentive for other dentists to share their experiences and thoughts about dentistry on such a prominent stage!  Miguel is a renowned international dentist, speaker, author, and TV host. He ...

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Competency-Based Learning: ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competencies in Dental Programs

I had the pleasure to host Drs. Anne Charbonneau and Leandra Best, respectively from the Université de Montréal and the University of British Columbia. Our conversation was about the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry’s revised document: ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competencies in Dental Programs. Dr. Anne Charbonneau greatly contributed to the development of these new competencies and Dr. Leandra Best actively participated in the implementation of this new educational framework in the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. They shared their experiences with me and I hope you enjoy watching the conversation! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA OAsis Manager Resources ...

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