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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
    The Payroll Protection Program-- Brushing Your Way Out of PPP Debt by Maximizing Your Chances of Loan Forgiveness

    The Payroll Protection Program-- Brushing Your Way Out of PPP Debt by Maximizing Your Chances of Loan Forgiveness

    Whether you are a practice owner who has applied for PPP or is expecting to apply, you don't want to miss this concise overview of how to maximize your chances of obtaining loan forgiveness of your PPP loan.  We welcome Ryan Levy, CPA, CFP®, principal and owner of Ryan Levy, CPA, LLC (levydentalcpa.com).  Ryan is a dental specific CPA for dental practice transitions, business advisory and tax planning services.  He has advised dental practices in all things accounting for over 15 years.  He is a certified financial planner and member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants (ADMC), which is dedicated to the advancement of dental professionals.  Tune in as Ryan answers the most commonly asked questions through his dental lenses on subjects like: "Aside from monetary payment to staff potentially being forgiven, should I expect payroll benefits like health insurance to be forgiven?" "Will staff bonuses (including to associates) potentially be forgiven?" "Should I expect payments to my independent contractors to be forgiven?" And more.  Questions about this podcast?  To reach Ryan Levy, please visit www.levydentalcpa.com or email him at rlevy@levycpas.com.


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    • 23 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
    Walk Carefully! How to Navigate a COVID-19 Liability Minefield

    Walk Carefully! How to Navigate a COVID-19 Liability Minefield

    Join Your Smiling Lawyer, Natasha Gillis, Malika Azargoon your Dental Zorro and our **spotlight speaker, E. Andrew Gerner,** Certified Financial Planner and Vice President at R.K. Tongue Insurance  (endorsed by the Virginia Dental Association) for an engaging and informative discussion with practical insurance dental bites that you can easily digest and use in your everyday practice operations.  

    In this segment, Andrew provides a quick summary of the top 4 issues that most dentists are asking, now:  1) Should I expect my malpractice insurer to defend me if a patient claims to have gotten infected with COVID-19 when visiting my office?; 2) Why can't I use business interruption insurance for COVID-19 related losses;  3) Considerations for employers v. practices who contract out services; and 4) Navigating liability minefields in light of PPE shortages.  Like what you heard? Please visit www.rktongue.com for more information and a link to Professional Protector Plan and **risk management resources** (https://www.protectorplan.com/risk-management/)



    DISCLAIMER:  This podcast should not be construed as providing legal advice but should be considered for educational purposes based on insurers that R.K. Tongue commonly works with and policies that they often broker.  These tips are intended to serve as "food for thought" to allow you to review your own policy and ask the right questions of your own insurance team.  Naturally, if you want to work with the RK Tongue team, feel free to reach out to them. 


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    • 19 min

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