Dawn Patrick

Dawn Patrick

Dawn has 30+ years of dental experience spanning all facets of dentistry including pediatric, cosmetic, complete health, and sleep.

During her career, Dawn enjoyed 25 years in practice management including marketing, team training, and consulting.

She joined IgniteDDS in June 2022 as Director of Operations.

Dawn enjoys working directly with teams and customers to create a win-win. She is passionate about creating systems and processes that allow teams to excel.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys time with family, her two Goldendoodles, and traveling with her husband, Jon.

starting a dental practice

10 Steps to Starting a Dental Practice

By: Dawn Patrick Are you a dental student with dreams of one day starting a dental practice?…

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Cultivate Leadership within Your Dental Team

Cultivating Leadership in Your Dental Team: Empowerment Strategies for Practice Success By: Dawn Patrick A successful dental…

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Powerful Connections: How Morning Huddles & Monthly Team Meetings Supercharge Dental Practices

By: Dawn Patrick As a dental practice, the key to success lies not only in providing excellent…

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dental patient communication

Dental Patient Communication: Tips for a Successful Outcome

By: Dawn Patrick In the realm of dental care, effective communication between dental teams and patients plays…

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building relationships with patients

The Key to Building Relationships with Patients & Practice Growth

By: Dawn Patrick In the ever-evolving landscape of dentistry, one thing remains constant: the importance of building…

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10 Key Performance Indicators Your Dental Practice Should Track

By: Dawn Patrick Measure, monitor, and make go right, but what should you measure? As a dentist,…

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Empowering Dental Teams: How To Inspire & Develop Leadership In Your Practice

By: Dawn Patrick In today’s shrinking workforce, many practice owners either struggle with high team turnover or…

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What is Fremitus and Why Should You Check For It?

By Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS | June 21, 2024

By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDSClinical Director, The Dawson AcademyThis article originally appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com, Dr. Hess allowed igniteDDS to share with our readers. What is Fremitus? Fremitus is the vibration or movement of a tooth when teeth come into contact together. If you were to take your fingernail and put it on the front surface of a…

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Navigating the Challenges of Team Building in Dental Practice Management with Irene Iancu RRDH

By Irene Iancu | June 19, 2024

Host: Dr. Tanya Sue MaestasGuest: Irene Iancu RRDHEdited By: Candy Velez CRDH Building and managing a dental practice team encompasses many challenges, learning opportunities, and moments of unexpected growth. Irene Iancu, a seasoned dental professional and restorative hygienist, shares her journey and the lessons learned in creating a dynamic team within her practice. This article…

three-dimensial printing in orthodontic and restorative treatments

Three-Dimensional Printing in Combined Orthodontic & Restorative Treatment

By Dr. Julia Latham | June 17, 2024

By: Dr. Julia Latham, DDSThis article originally appeared on DentistyToday.com. Dr. Latham gave igniteDDS permission to share with our readers. The past 3 years of experience in our practice have made it clear that 3D printing provides numerous benefits for patients and practices alike. The digital impression-taking process is far more comfortable for the patient…

Increase Case Acceptance by Listening More to Your Patients

By Dr. Elizabeth Kidder | June 14, 2024

By: Elizabeth Kidder DDSThis topic originally appeared on Pankey.org. Dr. Kidder gave igniteDDS permission to share with our readers. The first few years after dental school are pretty difficult, and most dentists feel lost. It’s the time you have to turn that theoretical part of your studies into practical work, without having a mentor to…

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Conquering the Financial Labyrinth of Dental Practice Ownership: Insights from Irene Iancu RRDH

By Irene Iancu | June 12, 2024

Host: Dr. Tanya Sue MaestasGuest: Irene Iancu RRDHEdited By: Candy Velez CRDH Embarking on the journey of dental practice ownership transcends the mastery of dental care. Diving deep into savvy business and financial management, Irene Iancu, a trailblazing dental hygienist-turned-practice owner, unveils her raw and enlightening expedition through the economic intricacies of establishing a dental…

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A New Era in Dental Aesthetics: 3D-Printed Bleaching Trays and Micro-Invasive Solutions

By Dr. Anna Babczyńska-Staszewska | June 10, 2024

By: Dr. Anna Babczyńska-StaszewskaThis topic originally appeared on dmg-connect.com. Dr. Anna gave permission to igniteDDS to share with our readers. [click to open PDF] A female patient (age 25) with chalky white opaque areas covering the middle and incisal thirds of upper central incisors was looking for aesthetic treatment. (Fig. 1). Fig. 1: Initial situation…

improving the quality of life for patients with sleep apnea

Improving the Quality of Life for Patients with Sleep Apnea 

By Steve Carstensen, DDS | June 7, 2024

By: Steve Carstensen DDSTopic originally appeared on Pankey.org: Dr. Carstensen allowed permission for igniteDDS to share with our readers Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing stops and restarts many times while sleeping. This will result in not enough oxygen taken by the body, so these patients sleep with their mouths open…

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The Importance of Year-End Tax Planning for Dentists: Maximizing Financial Health

By Todd Doobrow, CFP | June 5, 2024

By: Todd Doobrow, CFP “Why does my accountant tell me in March what I should have done last November?!?”  It is a common complaint we hear from dentists when it comes to their tax planning, and it needs to change now. Tax planning is a critical aspect of financial management for dentists. As the year…

things dentists should stop saying

3 Things Dentists Should Stop Saying

By Savanah Craig | June 3, 2024

By: Dr. Savanah Craig The language we choose to use is incredibly important. Unfortunately, if your dental school was anything like mine, you spend years learning all the technical parts of treatment planning and diagnosis but were never taught how to properly share that information with your patients. Unless we are fortunate enough to have…

prepping second molars

Dentist Education: How Do I Predictably Prep Second Molars?

By Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS | May 31, 2024

By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDSClinical Director, The Dawson AcademyArticle originally appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com, Dr. Hess allowed igniteDDS to share with our readers. When delivering a single crown, probably the toughest tooth we can prep for is the second molar. Things to be Aware of When Prepping Second Molars 1. Limited Opening One, usually, there’s…