Out Of The Comfort Zone with Dr. Russell Kirk

Out Of The Comfort Zone with Dr. Russell Kirk - Relentless Dentist PodcastDr. Russell Kirk is an old friend I met through podcasting, and someone I admire because of his views on leadership and how he carries out his life in such an impactful way. Dentistry needs more courageous leaders who are able to handle uncomfortable truths and face difficult things, and today we will talk about what it means to be a courageous leader and lessons learned from our mistakes.

Listen in as we discuss where leadership goes wrong, as well as how to be better leaders and practice owners through embracing and learning from the uncomfortable moments. You’ll hear wisdom learned on the Jiu-Jitsu mats that is applicable to our practices, why it’s important to leave behind that risk-aversion we picked up in training, and more.

Key Quotes:

  • “If I have presented a problem, I want to know about it and take care of it, rather than hear about it later.”
  • “You’ve got to get out of the comfortable. You’ve got to get into places where you’re fearful or feeling awkward, and that’s where growth happens.”
  • “We become risk-averse because of our training and that kind of cripples our growth.”
  • “What opportunity does that moment provide for you to grow?”
  • “What podcasting has done for me personally is providing an opportunity for me to practice by myself but not alone.”

Featured on the Show:

subscribe-with-itunes-buttonStitcher-Subscribe-Button

The Relaunch

The Relentless Dentist is back after a brief hiatus. This episode is all about what has been going on behind the scenes and what you can expect from the relaunch of the show. There will be a focus on bringing unique information and outside perspectives that can help you revolutionize your practice.

The list of things that have been in the works over the past summer include a new book and another podcast launch. Be sure to stay tuned to hear more on these new tools and get ready for a fresh, interesting and motivating new season of the Relentless Dentist.

Key Quotes:

  • I’ve gotten emails as to do we still exist? Are we still podcasting?
  • I want to make sure that we’re providing you with the best information on how to build an epic practice and an epic life.
  • The same kind of myths are passed around [The dental community] – those become limiting beliefs.
  • The thought that you should do things a certain way, one size fits all, is a little bit troubling to me.
  • I think dentistry is kind of stuck.
  • We’ll be consulting with and featuring some of the top minds in dentistry.
  • I realized I really, at that moment, had accomplished everything that I set out to do. I also realized that I felt like a hunger to do so much more.

Featured on the Show:

subscribe-with-itunes-buttonStitcher-Subscribe-Button

Bringing Interventional Care to Dentistry with Dr. Jason Campbell

I met Dr. Jason Campbell at the Voices of Dentistry Summit in Nashville, TN. He has a fascinating story and is engaged in groundbreaking work with patients at his clinic, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, in Prescott, AZ. From an early age, Jason’s always wanted to be a dentist. Since genetic problems with teeth plagued him from the beginning, he brings a sense of passion to working with patients who present unique challenges.

Jason is a general dentist, but he’s also engaged in complex surgeries and reconstructive dentistry. It wasn’t until he was 14 years old that he was able to get the reconstructive surgery he needed. This allows Jason to relate to patients with challenging cases that other dentist can’t or won’t touch.

Jason is an expert in biomechanical problems and can often bring people relief with minor treatments. He trains doctors to identify underlying causes that often generate a host of symptoms that can lead to an improper diagnosis. He specializes in helping dental refugees who haven’t found success resolving tooth-related illnesses. On this episode of Relentless Dentist, we’ll talk about how Jason is leading the pack in transforming the practice of dentistry. He’s helping patients who feel like there’s no hope and training other dentists to follow in his footsteps.

Key Quotes:

  • I feel like there’s this third thing in dentistry that we’re missing – the interventional care.
  • Dentistry is an act of charity. Charity brings good things into your life.
  • You hear of interventional medicine, but you don’t hear that term a lot in dentistry.
  • In dentistry, there really are only three things that we contend with. If we can help people avoid these three elements, we can stop 99% of dental problems.
  • Inflammation systematically increases your risk for type II diabetes. It increases your risk for pancreatic cancer.
  • When you have these three issues: biomechanical problems, acidity problems, and inflammation – that’s what really causing tooth issues.
  • You have to start peeling back the symptoms to get the cause to determine what’s the best course of treatment for the person.
  • There’s life beyond dentistry.

Register now for upcoming API Biofunctional Disorder and Surgical/Implant Courses: www.AdvancedProstheticsInstitute.com

Special Offers for Relentless Dentist listeners:

Save $150 on first course registration with coupon code TRD150

Save 10% on both course registrations with coupon code API10for2

 

 

subscribe-with-itunes-buttonStitcher-Subscribe-Button

Passion, Challenges, and Courage in Dentistry with Dr. Bilal Saib

Today’s episode is a little different. Instead of me interviewing our guest, Dr. Bilal Saib of The Passionate Dentist podcast, we interview each other about the highs and lows of our careers and the joys of podcasting.

Dr. B is a fellow dentist and podcaster based in North Carolina. He’s also a frequent missionary to the West Bank, where he performs free dental work in communities in need. In this episode, we talk about how our shows have given us a greater sense of community with other dentists, and dig into our careers.

Dr. B and I talk about the lack of confidence among dentists, which is exacerbated by our tendency to only talk about the good things happening in our practices. We discuss the self-reflection that goes into building your own practice and learning how to manage a team, and how it’s made us better people. Dr. B also shares some of his experiences with missionary work, a unique but meaningful challenge he feels compelled to undertake.

Key Quotes:

  • When you decide to own a dental practice, you have to step up to the plate and do what is required of you.
  • The thing that makes us more fulfilled and makes our practices grow is the psychology of you, the owner, and there’s nothing more powerful in psychology than confidence.
  • What the practice requires of me has made me such a better person.
  • I go on mission trips because I’m sharing my gift. And my gift is all these little tidbits of things that are lined up perfectly to create this perfect environment.
  • I chose to have a low volume, high quality practice even before I started my practice.
  • Dentists are sometimes so benevolent that we forget the time and energy that we put into our education, hiring and firing staff, and patient relationships – there’s a lot of equity there – either because we come from humble beginnings or because we come from a place of give, give give.
  • One of the first questions I ask dental students is: “why did you choose to become a dentist?”
  • The first check I ever wrote myself was $100. It was a symbolic gesture of my three year anniversary.
  • You learn a lot from practice management, because when you have a busy practice, you learn what you want and you learn what you really don’t want. And there’s huge value in knowing what you want.
  • Don’t treat insurance patients differently than non-insurance patients. Don’t cut your quality short. Do your very best with every patient, even if they’re on insurance.

Featured on the Show:

subscribe-with-itunes-buttonStitcher-Subscribe-Button