Just Wish I Had Known

A Guide to Opening a Dental Practice

by Joy N. McDaniel DMD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/29/2019

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 70
ISBN : 9781973646709
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 70
ISBN : 9781973646693

About the Book

Dr. Joy McDaniel graduated from dental school knowing how to make beautiful and clinically ideal crowns, bridges and dentures. She could also fill and extract teeth as well as anyone.

But she had no clue how to manage and run a dental practice—that was something she had to learn on her own.

This guide for dental students and dentists who want to open their own practice provides a blueprint for tackling the tasks they don't teach you in school. Learn how to:

  • determine if you should remain an employee or strike out on your own;
  • hire the right office manager and other key personnel;
  • pick the right dental equipment and work with the right vendors; and
  • motivate and empower your team.
  • Dr. McDaniel also highlights the importance of rewarding staff with continuing education opportunities, ways to provide excellent customer service, and how to connect with potential customers.

    No matter what you do, there will be some things you learn by trial and error, but you'll get actionable insights on how to open and operate a successful dental practice in Just Wish I Had Known.

    About the Author

    Dr. Joy N. McDaniel was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She completed the country’s first dental post-baccalaureate program at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Dentistry and completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, in 2004, at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2009 Dr. McDaniel earned her Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. After opening her first dental practice, Oasis Dental, she met and married an active duty soldier. As a dedicated military spouse willing to relocate across the country when duty calls, Dr. McDaniel has had the opportunity to work in a variety of dental settings throughout the United States. This experience has given her valuable behind-the-scenes insight she is willing to share about owning and operating a dental practice.