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The Dental Head Start podcast is made to help dental students become great dentists. You can't google the path to dental success, but you can learn from those already there. We interview dentists who have achieved what you're striving for and get the story behind the struggles, the successes and the advice they want you to hear. Get the head start you need in your dental career.

The Dental Head Start Podcast Dr David Keir

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The Dental Head Start podcast is made to help dental students become great dentists. You can't google the path to dental success, but you can learn from those already there. We interview dentists who have achieved what you're striving for and get the story behind the struggles, the successes and the advice they want you to hear. Get the head start you need in your dental career.

    #31 – Dr Sahil Soni Gives Us Perspective and the Importance of Life Outside of Dentistry.

    #31 – Dr Sahil Soni Gives Us Perspective and the Importance of Life Outside of Dentistry.

    If you know Sahil, you know this is packed with useful advice, tips and stories to help you grow.



    But it is also a roller coaster of experiences. Some of the highest highs and hardest lows in his life are shared with a simple goal - "if it will help one other person, it is worth sharing".



    This philosophy has made Sahil one of the most respected dentists in Australia. And it is for good reason. He shares tips generously and openly, he shares his struggles and supports others going through the same. Along with Dr Steve Tiang and Dr Soo-wee Ong, he tirelessly gives his time to moderate and share our questions anonymously on DPR. And consistently, Sahil supports and fights for those of us in more vulnerable positions, often graduates.



    Sahil generously shares in this discussion. We learn about why he pushes to achieve the dentistry he does. He takes us on the journey that took him from India to New Zealand, into dentistry and then his first few experiences with private practice. He shares his path into private practice and out of it again as well as the life events that precipitated this. And a chat with Sahil isn't complete without discussing rubber dam and tips for graduates.



    This may be aimed at students and graduates, but for anyone in the Australian dental community, this is a must listen.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    #30 – Brett Churnin’s Lessons From Decades of Coaching Dentists

    #30 – Brett Churnin’s Lessons From Decades of Coaching Dentists

    All of the top level athletes have coaches. Many have multiple. But when it comes to our careers, our business and our lives we tend to take it all on ourselves without asking for the help we need.



    If we really think about this, it doesn't make sense. And talking with Brett Churnin really hits home for me in this episode.



    Brett has been coaching dentists with Prime Practice for over 17 years. His passion and effectiveness in what he does really shows through in this discussion. We even get into the weeds with something I've been wanting to change for a while, incidentally highlighting the accountability factor a good coach can provide.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #29 – Dr Dan Maryanovsky Wants to Change Dental CPD

    #29 – Dr Dan Maryanovsky Wants to Change Dental CPD

    CPD is exciting and motivating. Yet often we leave on a high and find ourselves a few days later doing the same dentistry having gained little for the thousands spent.



    Dan is on a mission to make dentistry CPD more accessible and supportive for young dentists. And with a mission like that, he is certainly a friend of the Dental Head Start Podcast!



    And as a graduate he is producing some fantastic dentistry. Check his work and tips out @dentist.dan on Instagram.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    #28 – Dr Sravan Chunduru Shows Rem Pros is Engaging

    #28 – Dr Sravan Chunduru Shows Rem Pros is Engaging

    When we think instagram dentistry and prosthodontics, we tend to think veneers and full mouth rehab. Tired teeth restored back to their beautiful original state. Little space is left for dentures and rem pros.



    Yet dentures and your first full mouth rehab. They are the path to a beautiful smile, effective function and increased self-confidence, which is so easily lost when a patient looses their smile.



    This critical aspect of dentistry has been generally made engaging by Dr Sravan Chunduru, an Adelaide based Prosthodontist I had the pleasure of chatting with of this episode of the Dental Head Start Podcast.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    #27 – Dr Dean Licenblat’s Path to Implants and Bone Grafting

    #27 – Dr Dean Licenblat’s Path to Implants and Bone Grafting

    From a simple tooth replacement to a full arch, implants can give a patient back their smile, their function and their confidence. An integral part of today's options for the missing tooth, implants and bone grafting are important to understand and offer. Yet at university, we generally get just an introduction to this critical dental field.



    So, many of us embark on significant education to learn more and provide more in this field. There are plenty of paths to implant competence however the options can be overwhelming and it is easy to spend a significant amount of money without the results you desire.



    Dr Dean Licenblat shares his path to implant success and what he recommends to young dentists who want to add implants to their repertoire. After being exposed to implants earlier than most, Dean recognised this is something he could passionately pursue and proceeded to expand his knowledge both here and overseas. This led him to a Master’s Degree from the Goethe University in Frankfurt with a focus on Oral Implantology and Bone Grafting. He now teaches internationally, mentors for the masters program and focuses his own private practice to implants.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #26 – Dental Volunteering with Dr Jelena Skovrlj

    #26 – Dental Volunteering with Dr Jelena Skovrlj

    We have a unique skill. Something that the majority of people in developing countries do not have access to. For those without access this results in pain, Systemic illnesses, a loss of confidence and in the most severe, can threaten life.



    Giving our time can have an enormous impact. Whether it's here in Australia or overseas, there are millions who could benefit from your skills.



    Dr Jelena Skovrlj is a recent graduate doing just that. Jelena has been giving her skills since well before graduation and consistently returns to a small village in the Philippines to help those most in need.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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