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Welcome to The Best Practices Show, hosted by Kirk Behrendt, founder of ACT Dental (https://www.actdental.com/) and a leader in dental practice coaching. This podcast is your gateway to discovering the hidden gems and tactics used by the most successful dental practices worldwide.

At ACT Dental, we have meticulously curated strategies that have consistently proven effective in elevating dental practices. Our podcast, The Best Practices Show, extends our commitment to sharing this wealth of knowledge. Each episode features interviews with renowned dental professionals and industry leaders who have made significant strides in their practices. They share their experiences, insights, and the challenges they've overcome, offering a unique perspective that you won't find anywhere else.

Why should you listen to The Best Practices Show? Whether you're a seasoned dentist, a new practice owner, or somewhere in between, this podcast is tailored to inspire and educate. Our goal is not just to provide you with information but to transform the way you think about and run your dental practice. We delve into topics ranging from advanced clinical techniques and practice management to leadership skills and personal growth.

Kirk Behrendt, a respected figure in the dental community, brings his vast experience and infectious enthusiasm to each episode, making complex topics both understandable and engaging. As the CEO of ACT Dental, Kirk has helped countless dental practices thrive by focusing on holistic development - professionally, personally, and within their community.

Our commitment to authenticity and practical advice sets The Best Practices Show apart. We don't just talk about theories; we dive into real-life applications you can implement immediately in your practice. Our community-centric approach means we're always listening to our audience and constantly evolving our content to meet your needs.

In addition to the invaluable insights from our guests, we also provide access to exclusive resources available through ACT Dental. These resources complement the podcast topics and give you a more comprehensive understanding and practical tools to apply in your practice.

By subscribing to The Best Practices Show, you're not just gaining access to a podcast; you're joining a community of like-minded professionals committed to excellence in dentistry.

So, are you ready to transform your practice and be the best version of yourself? Join us on this journey, and let's grow together. Hit subscribe and never miss an episode of The Best Practices Show – where we uncover the secrets to the success of the world's best dental practices, one episode at a time.

Subscribe to The Best Practices Show on Apple Podcasts

Join our community and start your journey towards a more innovative, more successful dental practice today!

The Best Practices Show with Kirk Behrendt ACT Dental

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    • 4.8 • 69 Ratings

Welcome to The Best Practices Show, hosted by Kirk Behrendt, founder of ACT Dental (https://www.actdental.com/) and a leader in dental practice coaching. This podcast is your gateway to discovering the hidden gems and tactics used by the most successful dental practices worldwide.

At ACT Dental, we have meticulously curated strategies that have consistently proven effective in elevating dental practices. Our podcast, The Best Practices Show, extends our commitment to sharing this wealth of knowledge. Each episode features interviews with renowned dental professionals and industry leaders who have made significant strides in their practices. They share their experiences, insights, and the challenges they've overcome, offering a unique perspective that you won't find anywhere else.

Why should you listen to The Best Practices Show? Whether you're a seasoned dentist, a new practice owner, or somewhere in between, this podcast is tailored to inspire and educate. Our goal is not just to provide you with information but to transform the way you think about and run your dental practice. We delve into topics ranging from advanced clinical techniques and practice management to leadership skills and personal growth.

Kirk Behrendt, a respected figure in the dental community, brings his vast experience and infectious enthusiasm to each episode, making complex topics both understandable and engaging. As the CEO of ACT Dental, Kirk has helped countless dental practices thrive by focusing on holistic development - professionally, personally, and within their community.

Our commitment to authenticity and practical advice sets The Best Practices Show apart. We don't just talk about theories; we dive into real-life applications you can implement immediately in your practice. Our community-centric approach means we're always listening to our audience and constantly evolving our content to meet your needs.

In addition to the invaluable insights from our guests, we also provide access to exclusive resources available through ACT Dental. These resources complement the podcast topics and give you a more comprehensive understanding and practical tools to apply in your practice.

By subscribing to The Best Practices Show, you're not just gaining access to a podcast; you're joining a community of like-minded professionals committed to excellence in dentistry.

So, are you ready to transform your practice and be the best version of yourself? Join us on this journey, and let's grow together. Hit subscribe and never miss an episode of The Best Practices Show – where we uncover the secrets to the success of the world's best dental practices, one episode at a time.

Subscribe to The Best Practices Show on Apple Podcasts

Join our community and start your journey towards a more innovative, more successful dental practice today!

    735: Unlock the Secrets to a Thriving Dental Practice: Mastering the New Patient Experience! – Miranda Beeson

    735: Unlock the Secrets to a Thriving Dental Practice: Mastering the New Patient Experience! – Miranda Beeson

    735: Unlock the Secrets to a Thriving Dental Practice: Mastering the New Patient Experience! – Miranda Beeson
    Patients don't love being in the office. So, how do you get them to come in — and to come back? There are two things you can focus on for that to happen, and Kirk Behrendt brings back Miranda Beeson, ACT’s director of education and amazing coach, to share those secrets. By mastering the new patient phone call and new patient visit, you will create raving fans who help your practice thrive. To learn how to give patients the “wow” experience, listen to Episode 735 of The Best Practices Show!
    Learn More About Miranda:
    Send Miranda an email: miranda@actdental.com Follow Miranda on ACT’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actdentalSend Kirk a recording of your patient phone call for feedback: kirk@actdental.com Send Gina an email: gina@actdental.com 
    More Helpful Links for a Better Practice & a Better Life:
    Subscribe to The Best Practices Show: https://the-best-practices-show.captivate.fm/listenJoin The Best Practices Association: https://www.actdental.com/bpaJoin ACT’s To The Top Study Club: https://www.actdental.com/tttSee the ACT Dental/BPA Live Event Schedule: https://www.actdental.com/eventGet The Best Practices Magazine for free: https://www.actdental.com/magazinePlease leave us a review on the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-best-practices-show-with-kirk-behrendt/id1223838218
    Episode Resources:
    Watch the video version of Episode 735: https://www.youtube.com/@actdental/videosACT’s 5 Success Strategies for Impactful New Patient Calls: https://23476641.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/23476641/PDF/New%20Patient%20Call%20Success%20Strategies%20-%20Final%20-%2004.pdfRead The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-power-of-moments-why-certain-experiences-have-extraordinary-impact-dan-heath/6707437?ean=9781501147760&ref=&source=IndieBound&title=
    Main Takeaways:
    You have one chance at a first impression.Give patients a “wow” experience with your call and visit.Strengthen your team culture. Patients can feel when there's tension.Make patients feel cared about with...

    • 1 hr 23 min
    734: Chronic Oral Wounds in Your Dental Practice – Tanya Dunlap

    734: Chronic Oral Wounds in Your Dental Practice – Tanya Dunlap

    734: Chronic Oral Wounds in Your Dental Practice – Tanya Dunlap
    Getting patients healthy is your number-one role. But are you focusing on the disease that matters most? It’s time to address the most undiagnosed and untreated condition — gum disease — and now there's an easier way. To help you start the conversation, Kirk Behrendt brings in Tanya Dunlap, vice president of Perio Protect, to showcase Perio Tray, a convenient way to treat, prevent, and manage gum disease. To learn more about Perio Tray and how it can improve your patients’ lives, listen to Episode 734 of The Best Practices Show! 
    Learn More About Tanya:
    Join Perio Protect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PerioProtectFollow Perio Protect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perioprotectLearn more about Perio Protect: https://www.perioprotect.comRegister for a free product demo of Perio Protect: https://www.hatchbuck.co/NTUeJL
    More Helpful Links for a Better Practice & a Better Life:
    Subscribe to The Best Practices Show: https://the-best-practices-show.captivate.fm/listenJoin The Best Practices Association: https://www.actdental.com/bpaJoin ACT’s To The Top Study Club: https://www.actdental.com/tttSee the ACT Dental/BPA Live Event Schedule: https://www.actdental.com/eventGet The Best Practices Magazine for free: https://www.actdental.com/magazinePlease leave us a review on the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-best-practices-show-with-kirk-behrendt/id1223838218
    Episode Resources:
    Watch the video version of Episode 734: https://www.youtube.com/@actdental/videos
    Main Takeaways:
    Patients need better home care.Brushing, rinsing, and flossing is not enough.Systemic antibiotics are not long-term solutions.Perio Protect makes home care easy and convenient.Be honest with patients about their gum disease findings.You have the opportunity to change patients’ lives for the better.
    Snippets:
    0:00 Introduction.
    1:32 Why this is an important topic.
    6:24 The problem of diagnosis and treatment planning.
    10:10 How to be honest with patients about gum disease.
    12:46 Health benefits of treating gum disease.
    15:04 Put periodontal disease into remission.
    18:03 The Perio Protect process.
    19:32 More about Perio Protect.
    Tanya Dunlap Bio:
    Tanya Dunlap, PhD, is the vice president at Perio Protect, where she has worked since 2005. For several years, she served as the research liaison for the company, working with researchers and investigators who were testing Perio Tray® therapy in...

    • 22 min
    733: Health Habits to Wind Down for Deep Sleep – Dr. Uche Odiatu & Loren King

    733: Health Habits to Wind Down for Deep Sleep – Dr. Uche Odiatu & Loren King

    733: Health Habits to Wind Down for Deep Sleep – Dr. Uche Odiatu & Loren King
    Are you exhausted before the day is done? Do you wish you had more sleep? Better health, a better life — even being a better dental professional — is tied to a more restful night. To help you be your best self at home and the office, Kirk Behrendt brings back one of ACT’s favorite health and wellness gurus, Dr. Uche Odiatu, and Loren King, an international speaker, life coach, and dental hygienist, to reveal a few simple hacks and habits to start sleeping better today. To learn the foundation for better sleep, listen to Episode 733 of The Best Practices Show!
    Learn More About Dr. Odiatu & Loren:
    Join Dr. Odiatu on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UcheOdiatuFollow Dr. Odiatu on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitspeakersLearn more on Dr. Odiatu’s website: http://www.druche.comRegister for the 2024 Bulletproof Summit (June 14-15, 2024): https://reg.bravuratechnologies.com/events/47000020/ae8c3cd7-475c-2bb7-92f0-2pqr33700290/openFollow Loren on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lorenthecoachforhumansSchedule a call with Loren: https://calendly.com/thehumanexperiencecoach/schedule-a-call?month=2024-05·   Watch Loren’s Human Trafficking and Dentistry course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNnOI7eGpd4
    More Helpful Links for a Better Practice & a Better Life:
    Subscribe to The Best Practices Show: https://the-best-practices-show.captivate.fm/listenJoin The Best Practices Association: https://www.actdental.com/bpaJoin ACT’s To The Top Study Club: https://www.actdental.com/tttSee the ACT Dental/BPA Live Event Schedule: https://www.actdental.com/eventGet The Best Practices Magazine for free: https://www.actdental.com/magazinePlease leave us a review on the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-best-practices-show-with-kirk-behrendt/id1223838218
    Episode Resources:
    Watch the video version of Episode 733: https://www.youtube.com/@actdental/videosTry the Oura Ring: https://ouraring.comRead Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari:a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/sapiens-a-brief-history-of-humankind-yuval-noah-harari/15277101?ean=9780062316110"

    • 39 min
    732: Empowering the Owner-Associate Synergy – Dr. Sean Bahrami

    732: Empowering the Owner-Associate Synergy – Dr. Sean Bahrami

    732: Empowering the Owner-Associate Synergy – Dr. Sean Bahrami
    For a practice to be successful, it needs great owner-associate synergy. But how do you find the right owner or associate? To guide both sides through this process, Kirk Behrendt brings in Dr. Sean Bahrami, founder of Dental Wellness Society, to share his strategies for becoming and finding the ideal candidate. To learn the secrets to a successful owner-associate relationship, listen to Episode 732 of The Best Practices Show!
    Learn More About Dr. Bahrami:
    Send Dr. Bahrami an email: bahramidds@gmail.com Follow Dr. Bahrami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drseanbahrami Learn more about Dental Wellness Society: https://www.dentalwellnesssociety.com 
    More Helpful Links for a Better Practice & a Better Life:
    Subscribe to The Best Practices Show: https://the-best-practices-show.captivate.fm/listenJoin The Best Practices Association: https://www.actdental.com/bpaJoin ACT’s To The Top Study Club: https://www.actdental.com/tttSee the ACT Dental/BPA Live Event Schedule: https://www.actdental.com/eventGet The Best Practices Magazine for free: https://www.actdental.com/magazinePlease leave us a review on the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-best-practices-show-with-kirk-behrendt/id1223838218
    Episode Resources:
    Watch the video version of Episode 732: https://www.youtube.com/@actdental/videos
    Main Takeaways for Owners:
    Have a clear vision for your practice.Find associates that believe in your vision.Choose associates who have drive and motivation.Test associates early to decide if they are the right fit.Empower associates through teamwork. Let go of your ego.Involve your team and associates in the decision-making process.Be open to new ideas. There will always be something you can learn.
    Main Takeaways for Associates:
    Identify your area of interest in dentistry.Seek out mentorship. It is crucial in dentistry.Find a practice you want to make your dental home.Show up early, be an active member, and be a role model.Respectfully introduce new ideas, systems, and procedures.Do follow-up calls to show patients that you care about them.Focus on elevating the practice that you join, not just the money.
    Snippets:
    0:00 Introduction. 
    5:24 The owner-associate relationship, explained. 
    7:57 Dr. Bahrami’s background. 
    9:08 A tale of two dentists: Dr. Ben and Dr. Sean. 
    13:53 The challenges of owning a practice. 
    19:02 The challenges of DSOs. 
    20:57 Things that make dentistry...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    731: Turning the Numbers into Dollars: Data Mastery in Your Practice! – Dr. Barrett Straub

    731: Turning the Numbers into Dollars: Data Mastery in Your Practice! – Dr. Barrett Straub

    731: Turning the Numbers into Dollars: Data Mastery in Your Practice! – Dr. Barrett Straub
    Do you hate tracking numbers? Are you confused about what to track and why you need to track them? To help you change that, Kirk Behrendt brings back Dr. Barrett Straub, ACT’s CEO, with another framework for mastering the key data in your practice. Start making better business decisions with the help of data! To learn which numbers to track and countermeasures to improve your profitability and culture, listen to Episode 731 of The Best Practices Show!
    Learn More About Dr. Straub:
    Send Dr. Straub an email: barrett@actdental.com Join Dr. Straub on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barrett.d.straubRegister for Dr. Straub’s live workshop (August 23, 2024): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/act-dental-gaps-method-the-formula-for-financial-freedom-tickets-776572418007Send Gina an email: gina@actdental.com 
    More Helpful Links for a Better Practice & a Better Life:
    Subscribe to The Best Practices Show: https://the-best-practices-show.captivate.fm/listenJoin The Best Practices Association: https://www.actdental.com/bpaJoin ACT’s To The Top Study Club: https://www.actdental.com/tttSee the ACT Dental/BPA Live Event Schedule: https://www.actdental.com/eventGet The Best Practices Magazine for free: https://www.actdental.com/magazinePlease leave us a review on the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-best-practices-show-with-kirk-behrendt/id1223838218
    Episode Resources:
    Watch the video version of Episode 731: https://www.youtube.com/@actdental/videosRegister to access ACT’s PPO Roadmap: https://www.actdental.com/free-resources/ppo-roadmap/Register to access ACT’s Say This, Not That resource: https://form.jotform.com/221665137804153
    Main Takeaways:
    Know your gross production and net collection numbers.Assess, categorize, and track all of your write-offs.Evaluate and maximize your schedule.Improve your communication skills.Upgrade your hand-off system.Rework your financial policies.Reassess your AR system.Don't do this on your own.
    Snippets:
    0:00 Introduction.
    2:07 About ACT’s TTT Study Club and BPA.
    6:06 Why this is an important topic.
    10:06 Data point #1: Net production.
    13:54 Countermeasure #1 for low...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    730: The Alliance of Independent Dentists: Why and How to Remain Independent – Dr. Christian Coachman & Dr. Jill Tanzi

    730: The Alliance of Independent Dentists: Why and How to Remain Independent – Dr. Christian Coachman & Dr. Jill Tanzi

    Do you feel stressed from running your practice? Are you ready to give up ownership? Before you do, listen to this episode! Kirk Behrendt and Dr. Christian Coachman bring in Dr. Jill Tanzi, president of Alliance of Independent Dentists, to explain the importance of staying independent and to offer solutions for struggling dentists. If you're feeling overwhelmed, help is out there! To learn more about Dr. Tanzi’s organization and how they can support you, listen to Episode 730 of The Best Practices Show!
    Learn More About Dr. Coachman & Dr. Tanzi:
    Join Dr. Coachman on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christiancoachmanFollow Dr. Coachman on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chriscoachmanLearn more about Digital Smile Design: https://digitalsmiledesign.comRegister for DSD Residency 1: https://digitalsmiledesign.com/dsd-residency-1-on-demandJoin Alliance of Independent Dentists on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AIDUnitedStatesLearn more about Alliance of Independent Dentists: https://www.dentistalliance.org
    More Helpful Links for a Better Practice & a Better Life:
    Subscribe to The Best Practices Show: https://the-best-practices-show.captivate.fm/listenJoin The Best Practices Association: https://www.actdental.com/bpaJoin ACT’s To The Top Study Club: https://www.actdental.com/tttSee the ACT Dental/BPA Live Event Schedule: https://www.actdental.com/eventGet The Best Practices Magazine for free: https://www.actdental.com/magazinePlease leave us a review on the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-best-practices-show-with-kirk-behrendt/id1223838218
    Episode Resources:
    Watch the video version of Episode 730: https://www.youtube.com/@actdental/videos
    Main Takeaways:
    Having ownership gives you more freedom.Staying independent is also great for patients.Independent dentists CAN compete with DSOs.Identify and leverage your strengths and advantages.Selling to a DSO won't make dentistry more enjoyable.Don't sell your practice out of frustration and desperation.If you're stressed from practice ownership, help is out there.
    Snippets:
    0:00 Introduction.
    4:05 Dr. Tanzi’s background.
    4:59 Why this is an important topic.
    6:58 Learning from trends in medicine.
    8:34 The need to center patients.
    14:23 Quality dentistry is not scalable.
    16:19 You have choices in...

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Shadworth ,

Come back

I’m not calling this a come back, I am saying if you’ve tried this show in the past, you need to come back now. Kirk has done an amazing job improving the quality of this show and he has emerged as a go-to dental owner podcast to listen to.

lmpdds ,

Making me a better leader!

I just wanted to say thank you to Kirk for making me a better leader by opening my mind to all these great thought leaders in dentistry. Every single one I listen to points out areas for growth(deficiencies!) in my leadership. I only wish this had been around 20 years ago! I wouldn’t have made all the mistakes I have made! But I deeply appreciate all this, it gives me fuel to fan the flame of a leader that everyone wants to follow. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

HKT ,

Act Dental Things I wish I learned in Dental school with Dr McKee

As always thank you for some great content and perspective from Kirk Behrendt and Dr Jim McKee! Thanks so making the drive to Milwaukee fly by and get me energised to be an even better leader for my team!

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