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The Fee For Service Dentist Podcast is a podcast where dentist and dental professionals come together to share their best ideas on how to grow high quality dental offices. With the rising tide of corporate dentistry and dental insurance companies, FFS dental practices are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Tune in as Dr. Drew Byrnes interviews everyone from industry leaders to average FFS dentists in your own backyard to find out what works for them and what he can do to keep his own practice FFS for years to come.

The Fee for Service Dentist Podcast Dr. Drew Byrnes

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    • 4.9 • 86 Ratings

The Fee For Service Dentist Podcast is a podcast where dentist and dental professionals come together to share their best ideas on how to grow high quality dental offices. With the rising tide of corporate dentistry and dental insurance companies, FFS dental practices are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Tune in as Dr. Drew Byrnes interviews everyone from industry leaders to average FFS dentists in your own backyard to find out what works for them and what he can do to keep his own practice FFS for years to come.

    Going FFS In 2021 with Dr. David Eshom

    Going FFS In 2021 with Dr. David Eshom

    Dr. Eshom converted a practice that was insurance dependent within 3 years of purchase in San Diego. He is an accredited cosmetic dentist via the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has taken/applied the entire Spear curriculum.
    He has appeared on several other podcasts speaking on importance or photography, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, treatment presentation, marketing and FFS.
    He mentors pre-dental students at UCSD, on campus in their pre-dental club and has been selected as host cosmetic dentistry resident for the AACD.
    He currently lectures 2-3 times per year on the topics above.
    For info visit: www.EshomDDS.com
    This episodes covers how young and old practitioners can also convert to FFS if they have the “right stuff.”
    He discusses practicing FFS doesn't feel like work because "providing dentistry is my hobby."
    Dr. Eshom describes the freedom he enjoys by doing the right thing in his diagnosis because insurance doesn’t prejudice judgement.
    He discusses profitability differences in FFS vs in-network and how you slow down to speed up.
    Lastly, he dives into who should consider FFS and how you have to be dedicated to convert and what you give up in the beginning to enjoy FFS for your practice life.
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    About Dr. Sonny Spera
    Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
    Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. 
    Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
    Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
    Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
    607-624-2962 (Cell)
    Sonnyspera@gmail.com
    Www.progressivedentalny.com
     
    Do you have a FFS practice? Would you like to be interviewed? Fill out the FFS Stories request form here:
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Empathy, Care & Enhancing the Patient Experience with Dr. Jessica Bertoglio

    Empathy, Care & Enhancing the Patient Experience with Dr. Jessica Bertoglio

    Jessica Bertoglio, DDS, graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2002. She continued her education with a hospital dentistry residency at the University of Iowa Hospital. During her residency she completed rotations in oral surgery, anesthesiology, and internal medicine. Treating medically compromised and geriatric patients during her residency expanded her knowledge and skills as she moved forward into general private practice.
    She has worked in private practice since 2003 and in 2014 opened The Toothery.   Dr. Bertoglio is confident in all aspects of general dentistry. Specifically, she enjoys embracing the latest technologies and innovations in dentistry, including restorative procedures with Cerec CAD/CAM technology as well as placing implants.  Mostly, however, she enjoys meeting and taking care of people. Getting to know her patients and their families is a highlight of her job. She maintains her license in good standing by regularly attending continuing education classes and meetings. As a member of the Illinois State Dental Society, The Chicago Dental Society, and the American Dental Association, she maintains the highest standards of continuing education to treat her patients in the best way possible.

    When not seeing patients at The Toothery, Dr. Bertoglio is likely to be found riding horses with her daughters or training for her next triathlon event. Dr. Bertoglio also volunteers at the Willow Creek Dental Clinic.
     
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    About Dr. Sonny Spera
    Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
    Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. 
    Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
    Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
    Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
    607-624-2962 (Cell)
    Sonnyspera@gmail.com
    Www.progressivedentalny.com
     
    Do you have a FFS practice? Would you like to be interviewed? Fill out the FFS Stories request form here:
    https://goo.gl/forms/7TaUF9Nqi49l1RFF2

    • 56 min
    What is FFS Dentistry & Why FFS?

    What is FFS Dentistry & Why FFS?

     Dr. Steinberg’s achievements span a wide range of professional and personal activities. Most recently, he was voted again as one of Philadelphia’s top dentists (2010, 2014, 2016-2019)
              After attending Temple University for just three years, he was accepted into their School of Dentistry where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In 1980, he received his Doctorate Degree in Dental Surgery and continued his formal training with post-graduate education at West Jersey Hospital’s residency program before entering private practice in Center City, Philadelphia.
              In 1997, the Academy of General Dentistry honored Dr. Steinberg with their prestigious Mastership Degree which only 1% of practicing dentists had historically achieved. Again, in 2013, Dr. Steinberg was presented with the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition award from the Academy of General Dentistry (Only 300 other dentists in the country have received this award). In addition, Dr. Steinberg has been educated at both Pankey Institute and Spear Education where he currently teaches as a visiting faculty.
              Outside dentistry, he is a caring husband, father and grandfather who is active in his community and several charities. His hobbies include music (guitar, bass and piano) and sports (golf, baseball and Tae Kwon Do). Yet, his favorite hobby is spending time with friends and family, especially his two grandchildren.
     
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    About Dr. Sonny Spera
    Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
    Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. 
    Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
    Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
    Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
    607-624-2962 (Cell)
    Sonnyspera@gmail.com
    Www.progressivedentalny.com
     
    Do you have a FFS practice? Would you like to be interviewed? Fill out the FFS Stories request form here:
    https://goo.gl/forms/7TaUF9Nqi49l1RFF2

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Discussing FFS with Dr. Greg Winteregg

    Discussing FFS with Dr. Greg Winteregg

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    About Dr. Sonny Spera
    Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
    Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. 
    Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
    Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
    Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
    607-624-2962 (Cell)
    Sonnyspera@gmail.com
    Www.progressivedentalny.com
     
    Do you have a FFS practice? Would you like to be interviewed? Fill out the FFS Stories request form here:
    https://goo.gl/forms/7TaUF9Nqi49l1RFF2

    • 53 min
    Practicing without a Hygienist

    Practicing without a Hygienist

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    Do you have a FFS practice? Would you like to be interviewed? Fill out the FFS Stories request form here:
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    About Dr. Sonny Spera
    Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
    Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. 
    Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
    Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
    Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
    607-624-2962 (Cell)
    Sonnyspera@gmail.com
    Www.progressivedentalny.com
     
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Patient Experience

    The Patient Experience

    Dr. Chad Duplantis & Dr. Sonny Spera discuss the patient experience and discuss 6 key touch points:
    Capture Intro Diagnosis Treatment Recall Retention You may reach Dr. Duplantis below:
    www.fossilcreekdental.com
    drduplantis@gmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/365320961113815


    About Dr. Duplantis:
    Dr. Duplantis has been in practice for the past 20 years in Northeast Tarrant County. Dr. Duplantis and Dr. Kirkham began their partnership in September of 2003. Together, their practice consists of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Their practice caters to patients of all ages.
    Dr. Duplantis takes several hours of continuing education each year to improve his clinical skills. Dr. Duplantis has completed both the Advanced and Masters series at the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. He also served as teaching faculty for the course for a few years following. This course was very intensive, yet very rewarding. Dr. Duplantis hopes that the knowledge he has gained will benefit the oral health of his patients. Dr. Duplantis has also served as a consultant and key opinion leader for several dental manufacturers. In this capacity, Dr. Duplantis is privileged to stay ahead of the curve and learn about the latest developments in dentistry. Recently, Dr. Duplantis has been lecturing nationally on various aspects of Digital and CAD/CAM Dentistry, Restorative Implant Dentistry, and other topics. He has been published in numerous dental journals.
    Dr. Duplantis is a participant in the Save-a-Smile dental program, a volunteer at Mission Arlington, Christina’s Smile Dental Program, and White’s Chapel Dental Charity Dental Clinic. These programs all provide dental care to underprivileged children and adults in Tarrant County and beyond.
    In his spare time, Dr. Duplantis enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellen, son, Austin, and daughter, Ava. They are all very active in their local church and various other activities. Dr. Duplantis is an avid cyclist. He rides both recreationally and competitively.
     
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    About Dr. Sonny Spera
    Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
    Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. He currently serves as a part-time faculty member at the college.
    Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
    Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
    Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
    607-624-2962 (Cell)
    Sonnyspera@gmail.com
    Www.progressivedentalny.com
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

MacDeeMarie ,

Not a dentist, but learn something every episode

I have thoroughly enjoyed the FFS podcast. I am in another healthcare field facing similar cuts from insurance plans and in the process of going FFS/OON with my own practice so the info presented, though focused on dentistry, has been extremely helpful. Keep it up!

triggidy trey man hanna ,

Great! But…

Y’all need to get rid of that ding-da-ding stock sound deal in the middle of episodes. It’s super annoying!
Enjoy the content though!

Amanda_Michelle_ ,

Great Podcast!

I highly recommend The Fee For Service Dentist Podcast! Great informative content, you really learn something from each podcast episode.

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