150 episodes

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 • 84 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.

    Generational FFS Dentistry: Like Father, Like Son

    Generational FFS Dentistry: Like Father, Like Son

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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
     
    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

    • 40 min
    Gordon Christensen: Current Trends in Dentistry Today & Advice for FFS Dentists

    Gordon Christensen: Current Trends in Dentistry Today & Advice for FFS Dentists

    Dr. Christensen talks about his humble beginnings and his rise to become what i call "the Godfather of dentistry." He's too humble to say it but his independent research and associated organizations all have to do with dentistry and helping dentists stay on top of their games!!
    Included here are links to companies or products he mentions, he will also include a coupon for a free clinicians report edition.
    He tells us some of the more recent technologies to keep an eye on in materials, equipment and technology. Also talks about how current radiographs miss 50-67% of decay.
     
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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
     
    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

    • 38 min
    Team Building for your Front Office Business Team Part 2

    Team Building for your Front Office Business Team Part 2

    FFS Podcast Promotional Links: 
    ONLY $397: Dental Membership Master Course with Dr. Chris Phelps
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    www.dentalfinancingdirect.com
     
    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
     
    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

    • 46 min
    Team Building for your Front Office Business Team Part 1

    Team Building for your Front Office Business Team Part 1

    FFS Podcast Promotional Links: 
    ONLY $397: Dental Membership Master Course with Dr. Chris Phelps
    www.membershipmastercourse.com
    Dental Membership Direct
    www.dentalmembershipdirect.com
    Dental Financing Direct
    www.dentalfinancingdirect.com
     
    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
     
    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

    • 31 min
    COVID's Impact on the Industry & Preparing for the Future Part 2

    COVID's Impact on the Industry & Preparing for the Future Part 2

    Dr. Roger P. Levin is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with over 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is one of the most sought-after educators in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth.
    Through extensive research and cutting-edge innovation, Dr. Levin is a recognized expert on propelling practices into the top 10%. He has authored 65 books and over 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing.
    Dr. Levin sits on the editorial board of 5 prominent dental publications and has been named as one
    of the “Leaders in Dentistry” by Dentistry Today magazine for the last 15 years. He was recently named one of the “32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” by Incisal Edge magazine and voted Best Dental Consultant by the readers of Drbicuspid. com. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time magazine and is the creator of the Levin Group Tip of the Day which has over 30,000 subscribers.
    To contact Dr. Levin, visit www.levingroup.com or email rlevin@levingroup.com
     
    The Levin Group website is at www.levingroup.com Sign up for Dr. Levin's Tip of the Day at https://levingroup.com/free-resources/tip-of-the-day/ Free download of one of Roger’s books called “Turn Your Practice Into a Great Business – What Dentists Can Learn From Corporate CEOs”:  https://levingroup.com/free-resources/dentists-learn-from-ceos-part-1/ 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
     
    ONLY $397: Dental Membership Master Course with Dr. Chris Phelps
    www.membershipmastercourse.com
    Dental Membership Direct
    www.dentalmembershipdirect.com
    Dental Financing Direct
    www.dentalfinancingdirect.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 3 min
    COVID's Impact on the Industry & Preparing for the Future Part 1

    COVID's Impact on the Industry & Preparing for the Future Part 1

    The Levin Group website is at www.levingroup.com Folks can sign up for our Tip of the Day at https://levingroup.com/free-resources/tip-of-the-day/ We also have an offer for a free download of one of Roger’s books called “Turn Your Practice Into a Great Business – What Dentists Can Learn From Corporate CEOs”.  That book can be downloaded at https://levingroup.com/free-resources/dentists-learn-from-ceos-part-1/ Dr. Roger P. Levin is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with over 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is one of the most sought-after educators in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth.
    Through extensive research and cutting-edge innovation, Dr. Levin is a recognized expert on propelling practices into the top 10%. He has authored 65 books and over 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing.
    Dr. Levin sits on the editorial board of 5 prominent dental publications and has been named as one
    of the “Leaders in Dentistry” by Dentistry Today magazine for the last 15 years. He was recently named one of the “32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” by Incisal Edge magazine and voted Best Dental Consultant by the readers of Drbicuspid. com. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time magazine and is the creator of the Levin Group Tip of the Day which has over 30,000 subscribers.
    To contact Dr. Levin, visit www.levingroup.com or email rlevin@levingroup.com
     
    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
     
    ONLY $397: Dental Membership Master Course with Dr. Chris Phelps
    www.membershipmastercourse.com
    Dental Membership Direct
    www.dentalmembershipdirect.com
    Dental Financing Direct
    www.dentalfinancingdirect.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 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 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!

Amanda_Michelle_ ,

Great Podcast!

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

baby1! ,

Great podcast! Very helpful!

March 8th episode - I feel your pain!
We now have a good team, and I hope they stay and grow with the practice, but we had to change the whole staff TWICE between June 2017 and Feb 2019! Is really hard to find good team members, that are willing to really work, and/or be aligned with your vision.
Listening to this episode I kinda understand your OM (or previous OM) attitude when we stoped at your practice a few weeks ago to drop off some referrals ;).
Hope you find great people for your team! And don’t lower your standards, you will just have more “drama” in the future if you do! And if I may, hire attitude and personality, skills they can learn, experience does not equal quality, at least that is our experience!

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