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We know you didn’t get where you are by having delusions of adequacy. Pursuing a career and a life—as a dental professional, we know- you know what it takes to dedicate yourself to excellence.

With Ignite, you now have a partner who will help you find success, every step.

Are you a Yay or Naysayer?

When I was a young dentist, I moved back to Buffalo, NY after my residency. I knew I needed to network. And knowing that birds of a feather flock together…I knew I needed to network with the right people. So, I asked one of my mentors, Dan Duke, for his help. His answer was in the moment, oddly, a redirect. His answer was one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given. He said:

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Preparing for Success on Your First Day in Clinic

Your heart is beating a little bit faster than normal. You feel your hands are cold, clammy, and shaking slightly more than from the usual morning caffeine jolt. Your mind is racing at a million miles per minute trying to ensure that you have prepared for every last detail. After setting up your cubicle you anxiously await your first patient in clinic. With the summer semester right around the corner, many students are transitioning into clinic and getting their first patient experience. A desire to work with and treat people is why the majority of dentists go to dental school. All of our previous preclinical training has been in preparation for patient encounters. The purpose of this post is to discuss how to make your first clinical encounter with a patient a success.

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Ivoclar Vivadent: Why Company Culture Matters

Have you ever wondered if a company is “in your corner?” Sometimes, you connect with a company the same way you make a friend: instantly and completely. This is what happened over my weekend with Ivoclar Vivadent. Read all about how their culture changed my dentistry here!

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The Immortality of a Healthy Spirit: A tribute to the woman who raised the man I married

This post is so incredibly close to my family’s heart. This is us sharing a glimpse into one of our biggest points of pride, as well as one of our deepest sorrows. This is a tribute to the person who is our very definition of motherhood. We lost her to a battle against cancer in 2006. During a month when I am focusing on healthy and heartful living, I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to our Tayiji, Sardarni Gurjit Kaur, who embodied that spirit to the fullest.

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Investing in CE as a New Graduate

If you’re a self-proclaimed CE junkie like Erinne, Amisha and I – I think you will love this series on sources of free CE, as well as, tips for investing in expensive CE as a New Graduate!

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Podcasts

In grade school we are taught that interrupting people is rude. Yet, as adults, we do this all the time. I have found that tuning into podcasts frequently can improve listening skills.

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Let’s Caucus!

I attended the AAOMS District III caucus last weekend in Atlanta and had a great time taking part in our political process. Learn more about how you can ensure your voice gets heard in organizations like AAOMS, ASDA, the ADA, and more!

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The #1 New Dentist Obstacle… Pizza by the Slice or the Whole Pie

How many times have you delivered a great treatment plan to a patient only to have the patient and/or a team member look at you like you’re: 
Clearly not as good as the owner dentist
Out of your mind
Trying to scam them
In this episode, Dr. David Rice, founder of igniteDDS and Mr. Jonathan Miller, Executive Fortune Management Coach, show you how to deliver your treatment plan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. AKA, how to win the patient and the team, without pi#*ing off the owner doc.

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The Right Partnership

In a sea of dental vendors, who do you choose? Learn here what makes a dental vendor “enlightened” and understand which companies are there to help you grow…

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Top 15 Tips To Crush Dental School

We have compiled the Top 15 proven tips and tricks that will help crushing your dental school interviews. We know these worked because we are speaking from personal experiences and the perspective of a former predental student. You will not only learn how to dress professionally, but also other very important areas you might not be aware of. Ultimately, we want you to succeed and we believe you can do it! Click here to download the ebook now!

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Get Motivated, Be Dedicated, Stay Involved

Applying for dental school can be…. is a very stressful process. Of course your goal is to have the most competitive DAT score, GPA and excellent academic ranking. In light of all those factors, one must keep in mind the importance of maintaining your extracurriculars up to date.

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The Dental School Game Plan

How do you plan on achieving your dream of becoming a dentist? It no longer is an easy task. With almost 14,000 applicants to the 65 dental schools in the United States your grades will no longer solely set you apart. Much more goes into your application now-your extracurricular activities, leadership positions, DAT scores, and the very important personal statement. Because only 15% of applicants are called for an interview you need to use every opportunity you can put get yourself ahead of the pack and this book will help you do just that.

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The Benefits of Interdisciplinary CE

I recently attended AAOMS’s Dental Implant Conference, an interdisciplinary conference that presents a holistic approach to dental implant treatment plans. Find out more about the benefits of interdisciplinary conferences in the article.

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Let’s Caucus!

I attended the AAOMS District III caucus last weekend in Atlanta and had a great time taking part in our political process. Learn more about how you can ensure your voice gets heard in organizations like AAOMS, ASDA, the ADA, and more!

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The 3 Killer Be’s of Succeeding as a New Dentist & Life

Having walked in your shoes, I know how difficult it can be at times to survive dental school, yet alone thrive there. I remember wondering when I’d sleep…how I’d fit it all in…and at times, what the heck I had chosen? Today, after a lot of reading and several incredible mentors, it’s never about surviving…it’s all always about the 3 Killer Be’s of Success…

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The Books You Should Have Read in Dental School – “Good To Great” by Jim Collins Part II

In my last book review blog post, I introduced Good to Great by Jim Collins. As this book has so many valuable lessons, I believe it justifies a second post. One of the overarching themes of the book is leadership and the qualities the CEOs of the ‘Great’ Companies. For the majority of us dental students and new dentists, we may not become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies but the qualities these leaders exemplify also apply to leading a dental team or your ASDA chapter.

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Ivoclar Vivadent: Why Company Culture Matters

Have you ever wondered if a company is “in your corner?” Sometimes, you connect with a company the same way you make a friend: instantly and completely. This is what happened over my weekend with Ivoclar Vivadent. Read all about how their culture changed my dentistry here!

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Finding an Associate Position… a glimpse into the process!

Hello readers! This blog post is written in hopes of giving you a glimpse into the process of finding an associate position after dental school/residency. I am originally from Albany, NY, but after attending SUNY Buffalo Dental School and meeting my fiancé – decided to stay in Buffalo. Buffalo is a city of just over 250,000 with some nice surrounding suburbs. I had been told that Buffalo is difficult to find a full time private practice position, as the area is saturated with dentists, has a large presence of corporate dentistry, and not to mention a dental school. To this I thought – Challenge Accepted.

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Moving Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Complacency is the enemy of growth. Move outside of your comfort zone with your continuing education to prevent yourself from plateauing and to lead to even greater professional and personal success!

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How to Setup an IN-OFFICE INSURANCE PLAN…the easy way

How do you avoid INSURANCE FEEs and PPOs in your practice…WHILE getting patients the right care…even without dental benefits?

Dentists across the country want to set up simple In-Office insurance plans.

Today, you’ll learn the easy way to address this.

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Dentists Are The Front Line

Dentists are in a unique position to identify and help treat some potentially life threatening conditions. On days where you may feel like you are not making a difference, read this article and see just how untrue that is!

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Inner Dialogue

Ever wonder just how powerful your thoughts are? Well, here we talk about how they can change your reality, your future and your world. Are you harnessing their power?

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The Immortality of a Healthy Spirit: A tribute to the woman who raised the man I married

This post is so incredibly close to my family’s heart. This is us sharing a glimpse into one of our biggest points of pride, as well as one of our deepest sorrows. This is a tribute to the person who is our very definition of motherhood. We lost her to a battle against cancer in 2006. During a month when I am focusing on healthy and heartful living, I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to our Tayiji, Sardarni Gurjit Kaur, who embodied that spirit to the fullest.

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The Cost of Doing It All

This is the most real post I have ever written. It is also the hardest to write because it hits very close to home. These are the demons I battle on a daily basis. And I am willing to bet, they are your demons too.

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Married to medicine

On Valentine’s Day this year, I spent 12 hours at school during the day (from 7 AM – 7 PM) and less than 5 hours with my boyfriend. At this point, it would be appropriate to change my relationship status to: married to medicine.

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NBDE I: How-To

Getting ready to study for NBDE part I? Not sure what to expect? Read on for advice on how to pass the first time around…

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Why NOT to Cut The Dental Umbilical Cord

Retraction. There are many instances it makes our lives simpler. There are many strategies for success. That said, as a young dentist, it’s all too tempting after the daily clinic beatings in dental school to cut the dental umbilical cord from one’s armamentarium. Before you do, experience has taught me this…great habits deliver great results.
Great result deliver great success. So before you cut that cord, here’s a simple 5 step process to CRUSH your Restorative Success.

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