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A quick podcast (bites) designed for busy dentists who want to practice smarter, not harder, by tackling essential topics necessary to run a successful, for-profit practice. This isn't your typical dental podcast. We'll explore current events and issues that are hot and relevant to the business-side of dentistry with industry-respected guests. Tune in with Malika Azargoon, dental practice consultant (our Dental Zorro!), and S. Natasha Gillis, Esq. (the Smiling Lawyer) for a fun, informative and protein-filled program.

Dental Bites with Dental Zorro and The Smiling Lawye‪r‬ S. Natasha Gillis

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A quick podcast (bites) designed for busy dentists who want to practice smarter, not harder, by tackling essential topics necessary to run a successful, for-profit practice. This isn't your typical dental podcast. We'll explore current events and issues that are hot and relevant to the business-side of dentistry with industry-respected guests. Tune in with Malika Azargoon, dental practice consultant (our Dental Zorro!), and S. Natasha Gillis, Esq. (the Smiling Lawyer) for a fun, informative and protein-filled program.

    Voices in Dentistry--Young Voices that Inspire

    Voices in Dentistry--Young Voices that Inspire

    Our first Voice showcases Shohreh Ghassemi, a fourth year dental student at VCU School of Dentistry.  Tune in as she shares her experiences as an Iranian-American woman whose family fled religious persecution to find refuge in the United States.  Shohreh talks to us about hurdles she overcame, her inspiration to pursue dentistry and her passions.  If you are a D4, you absolutely don't want to miss it.  If you are an experienced, practicing dentist, tune in to see how you may be unexpectedly inspiring someone like Shohreh. For more about Shohreh Ghassemi and to get her email address, check out our Facebook Page: "Dental Bites with Dental Zorro and The Smiling Lawyer" (https://www.facebook.com/DentalBitesSLZorro/ and Instagram #DentalBitesSLZorro.  To join us on our virtual business study club group, find us at "Empowering Business Women in Dentistry on Facebook" (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2335189716581443/). To listen to previous episodes, look for us on iTunes, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Anchor!  


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    • 29 min
    NOW HIRING! Attention Employers and Dental School Grads-- How to Recruit Top Talent (for Employers) and How to Painlessly Navigate Your Employee Agreement (for Grads)

    NOW HIRING! Attention Employers and Dental School Grads-- How to Recruit Top Talent (for Employers) and How to Painlessly Navigate Your Employee Agreement (for Grads)

    Join us as Malika Azargoon, our Dental Zorro, plays a little game of devil's advocate with Natasha Gillis, The Smiling Lawyer, as we explore one topic with 2 perspectives.  Malika leads the discussion for dental practices who are looking to add associates-- when is the right time to expand and how do you position your practice to bring on top talent?  For employees (mainly dental school grads), Natasha will share her secret to an easy contract review using 2 highlighters and a pencil.  Tune in for this extremely informative conversation as we welcome our graduating dental students into the job market.  Do you have questions? Contact Malika at malika@zardentalconsulting.com and Natasha at natasha@thegillisfirm.com 


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    • 22 min
    Lights, Camera, Action--Should You Follow The Trend of Using Videos in Your Practice?

    Lights, Camera, Action--Should You Follow The Trend of Using Videos in Your Practice?

    Welcoming Kat Azima, owner and principal marketing consultant at Denteo Marketing Group!  Kat has almost 20 years of brand-building experience and has worked for big corporate giants like Johnson & Johnson in a variety of roles including corporate communications, public relations and brand management  She has helped manage many well known dental consumer brands like REACH and ACT and founded Denteo Marketing Group in 2011 to help dentists, specifically, with their branding and marketing needs.  In this episode, we dive into video marketing:  should you be using video?  Do you risk "de-professionalizing" your practice by using it?  What is the best way to film video?  How can you effectively pivot video during COVID-19 as a team building opportunity with staff and to teach patients what to expect during their next visit? Questions about this podcast?  To reach Kat Azima, please visit www.denteomarketinggroup.com or email Kat at kat@denteomg.com. 


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    • 24 min
    Overcoming Stage Fright-- Getting Ready to Re-Open Your Practice's Doors

    Overcoming Stage Fright-- Getting Ready to Re-Open Your Practice's Doors

    Join us as our dental consultant and Dental Zorro, Malika Azargoon, gives some practical insight on how to effectively open your office doors as dental offices plan their re-openings after COVID-19.  She provided a comprehensive presentation with the Virginia Academy of General Dentistry which we dive into, summarize, and focus heavily on the unique challenges specifically facing pediatric and orthodontic practices.  For a copy of your own sample protocol and re-opening roadmap, please contact Malika at malika@zardentalconsulting.com or visit her website www.zardentalconsulting.com. 


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    • 18 min
    3 Simple Steps You Can Take NOW to Plug Holes & Keep Your Practice Afloat During COVID-19

    3 Simple Steps You Can Take NOW to Plug Holes & Keep Your Practice Afloat During COVID-19

    Tune in to our first episode with your Smiling Lawyer, Natasha Gillis, and your Dental Zorro (dental consultant and superhero) Malika Azargoon as we explore three simple things you can do TODAY to plug in the holes and keep your practice afloat during COVID-19 (and no, it does not involve spending more money on services you really don't need!).  It's time to cut the fat off,  ration and cook with what you have to weather this storm.  


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    • 16 min
    Welcome to Dental Bites with Dental Zorro and Your Smiling Lawyer!

    Welcome to Dental Bites with Dental Zorro and Your Smiling Lawyer!

    Are you looking for another dental podcast that talks about the same things in the same ways?  If so, this isn't for you.  Are you looking to hear about new and current topics with one of your hosts wearing a Zorro mask?  Then listen in.  Join Natasha Gillis, your Smiling Lawyer and Malika Azargoon, your Dental Zorro, as we take a big bite into current events and topics crafted around running a dental practice as a successful business.  We'll provide a lot of food for thought with legal bites, business bites and consulting bites that you can take away and use NOW.  

    About your hosts: Natasha, principal and owner of The Gillis Firm is a practicing attorney in Virginia whose work focuses on healthcare professionals, mainly dentists. Natasha works with practices throughout their lifespans including associates, start-up practices, partnerships, and buyers/or sellers in existing practice acquisitions.  Malika Azargoon is the principal and owner of Zar Dental Consulting. Her and her team are in and out dental client offices every day providing a range of services including operational consulting/management services,  insurance credentialing/negotiations, staff placement services and staff training.  Natasha and Malika have joined their efforts to provide you with a fun but educational series that you can tune into and finish by the time you've finished your breakfast.  


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