The Dental Leaders podcast takes you on a behind the scenes journey with emerging leaders in dentistry. Success leaves clues, and these conversations uncover the depth, detail, and backstory behind our guests.
The show is hosted by dental entrepreneurs Payman Langroudi & Prav Solanki. Let the conversation flow.
Find out more at https://www.dentalleaders.co.uk/
#147- Líder Dental! Sandra Garcia Martin
Since landing in London via Madrid and New York, Sandra Garcia Martin has made a name as one of cosmetic dentistry’s leading lights.
Sandra chats with Prav about the challenges of learning a new language to study dentistry, training with some of dentistry’s greatest in New York and why engaging with good causes should be on the curriculum for every clinician.
In This Episode 02.05 - Technics and artistry
11.50 - Cosmetics, composites and kudos
18.48 - Deciding on dentistry
26.34 - New York
32.51 - London
42.37 - Promotion and pricing
49.40 - Charity work
01.05.12 - Happiness and holidays
01.13.34 - Launching a course
01.22.55 - Women in dentistry
01.28.34 - Connecting with Sandra
01.30.34 - Blackbox thinking
01.36.12 - Fantasy dinner party
01.39.35 - Last days and legacy
About Sandra Garcia Martin Sandra Garcia Martin graduated from Barcelona University in 2007. She completed master’s degrees in periodontology and dental implants and later in aesthetic dentistry at New York University. She has also trained with Larry Rosenthal and Mike Apa.
Sandra now practices in London, where she recently launched the Veneer School cosmetic dentistry course and online community.
#146- Return of La Sape - Shiraz Khan
This week sees the return of dentist, educator and breakdancer extraordinaire Shiraz Khan.
Shiraz reveals how he almost chose a career in medicine before setting on dentistry. He describes starting on the first rung of the ladder as a receptionist and the joy of discovering he’d been accepted at dental school.
He also chats about family life, overcoming career challenges, and the inspiration behind his trademark sartorial elegance.
In This Episode 01.11 - Backstory
09.32 - Discovering dentistry
13.48 - Break dancing
19.28 - Dental school
22.38 - First job and taking off
36.13 - Family life and work-life balance
58.35 - Fashion
01.04.41 - Teaching
01.08.10 - Blackbox thinking
01.11.00 - Last days and legacy
About Shiraz Khan Shiraz graduated from Birmingham Dental School in 2013 and went on study restorative dentistry at Croydon University Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas.
He has won various awards, including Best Young Dentist 2017, Rising European Star in Dentistry 2018 and best restorative case at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2019. Shiraz has also won the Fast Track 4 award, recognising the profession’s future leaders.
He is director of the Young Dentist Academy and a prolific trainer and lecturer with IAS Academy, whose appearances include EXCIDA’s 75th national congress in Tehran, Iran.
#145- Alfonso Rao - Why Not?
Alfonso Rao has never let the lack of a big plan get in the way of success. He’s the owner of a succsesful chain of clinics and Delta training academy—one of the UK’s leading implant training facilities.
Alfonso sits down for a chat with Prav about moving to the UK from his native Italy, his journey from associate to entrepreneur and how he is passing on his family’s medical heritage to the next generation.
In This Episode 01.00 - Background
06.33 - Coming to the UK
13.03 - First jobs
21.34 - Practice purchase and growth
31.43 - Teaching and Delta Academy
41.19 - Teaching Vs dentistry
44.42 - Children, family life and fatherhood
51.25 - Definition of success
55.08 - State of the profession
59.02 - Blackbox thinking
01.03.59 - Last days and legacy
About Alfonso Rao Alfonso graduated from the University of Chieti in Italy in 2007 and moved to the UK in 2009, where he took up associate positions in London and Lincoln.
He is the owner of the Queens Square group of dental practices and Delta Academy, a leading centre of excellence for implantology and restorative training.
#144- What Katie Blake Did
Implantologist Katie Blake couldn’t have picked a better time to purchase her first practice.
Shortly after buying Cairn Brae dental practice in Witham, Essex, Katie and her husband Alex had their first child just in time for the COVID pandemic.
She sits down to chat with Payman about her implant journey, training with Malo in Portugal, life as a new mum and practice owner, and much more.
In This Episode 01.51 - Backstory
09.59 - Women in dentistry
14.05 - Surgery and implants
20.30 - Practice ownership & NHS to private
25.58 - Vision and processes
40.10 - Implant journey and inspiration
43.21- Building happy teams
47.16 - Blackbox thinking
56.38 - Finding associates
01.03.36 - Working within your competency
01.05.15 - Future plans
01.08.36 - Fantasy dinner party
01.10.41 - Last days and legacy
About Katie Blake Katie Blake graduated from St Bartholomew and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
She has completed training in implant dentistry with the Eastman Institute and gained the MFDS in dental surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.
Katie is the principal dentist at Cairn Brae Dental Practice in Witham, Essex.
#143- Impact! Loven Ganeswaran
This week, dentist and entrepreneur Loven Ganeswaran talks to Prav and Payman about his Chairsyde patient communication app. But it’s his impromptu hip-hop performance that really impresses!
Loven talks about the challenges of building teams, raising funds and balancing time between clinical work and running a successful start. Plus, he reveals why his busy schedule will never get in the way of making music.
In This Episode 01.42 - Chairside and visual learning
16.19 - Purpose, passion and impact
26.47 - Building teams
33.49 - Equity and fundraising
54.03 - Hip-hop, impact and legacy
01.01.17 - Chairside - pricing and platform
01.16.31 - The working week and sabbaticals
01.21.32 - Impact and performance
01.36.24 - Last days and legacy
01.39.43 - Fantasy dinner party
About Loven Ganeswaran Loven Ganeswaran graduated from King’s College London in 2005 and went on to general practice in Oxford before becoming a partner and principal at Ascot-based Sunninghill Dental Practice.
He is the founder and CEO of Chairsyde, an interactive patient communication app designed to help mitigate risk and boost case acceptance by explaining using simple, visual treatment explanations.
#142- Both Sides of the Coin - Neil Gerrard
Neil Gerrard got an early start in dentistry, helping out at his dad’s lab, where he first started making models aged just 13.
But after spending some time as a clinical dental technician, Neil enrolled in dental school to scratch his itch to work more closely with patients and see the fruits of his labour pay off first-hand.
And dentistry is still very much a family affair for Neil. He now practices alongside his wife and brother, who continues their dad’s CDT legacy.
Neil chats about how it all started, the origins of his hard work ethic and gives his perspective on technical and clinical dentistry drawn from his years of unique experience in both disciplines.
In This Episode 02.55 - Backstory and work ethic
12.39 - Switching to clinical
24.50 - Business culture and structure
31.57 - Team training and motivation
42.53 - Neil’s patients
52.55 - Clinical-technical tension and tech
01.05.50 - Guarantees
01.13.41 - Surprise and delight
01.19.21 - Black box thinking
01.26.47 - On employees and associates
01.39.54 - Charm Vs clinical skills
01.44.37 - Fantasy dinner party
01.47.39 - Last days and legacy
About Neil Gerrard Neil Gerrard is a former clinical dental technician turned dentist and one of only a handful of UK dentists to hold British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) accreditation, for whom he is also an examiner.
Neil is the author of There is No Perfect Dentist—a consumer guide to choosing dental professionals.
Can’t get enough of it.
One of my ‘must listen to’ podcasts every time I see a new episode pop up. Brilliant guests and fantastic hosts.
Best of the best !
I would love to thank you guys for the wealth of information and knowledge you provide on a daily basis !
Straight talking and egoless
Great to listen to. Just dentists talking normally about life and dentistry. Especially enjoyed the cast with Simon Chard.