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Kevin Henry: The Role of the Dental Assistant in a Group Practice

As the Editor in Chief for DrBicuspid.com and former Managing Editor for Dental Economics, Kevin Henry is no stranger to the concerns of Dental Assistants. As he goes around the nation speaking to groups of Dental Assistants, many ask him about career opportunities and advice for handling specific challenges. Assistants wonder what it may be like to work in a group practice or DSO instead of a solo practice.

Opportunities Abound

“In a group practice, there are a lot of layers that he or she has to work with,” says Henry. “There are a lot of personalities that he or she has to work with. And, often I'll get dental assistants coming up and talking to me and asking if group practice is a good thing to get into, as they are used to the solo practitioner. And, I always say absolutely, but it's a different world and you have to know that there are a lot of opportunities for you within that.”

The perspective of the Dental Assistant in a group practice or DSO should be that it is being run as a business with more attention to good business practices. “And so, Dental Assistants need to be prepared for how they are contributing to the bottom line of the practice,” says Henry.  Introspection is key to career growth. How can they be the most proficient at what they do? How can they learn more clinical skills? How can they improve interpersonal skills? All of this adds to the profitability of the practice.

Common Denominator

“But at the end of the day, if you boil it all down, everybody's in there for patient care and everybody's in there to take care of their patients,” says Henry. "If dental assistants can remember that's the common denominator wherever they go, they will be well set for success."  

About this Industry Leader:

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Kevin Henry

Consultant & Dental Assistant Advocate, Author & Champion of Dental Assistants

Kevin Henry is Editor in Chief for DrBicuspid.com and former Managing Editor for Dental Economics magazine. As an advocate for Dental Assistants, he co-founded IgniteDA.net to provide an online community for them and authored the book "Battling and Beating the Demons of Dental Assisting." He is a nationally-known speaker on topics that empower dental assistants, propel dental practice growth, and restore peace between the front office and back office teams.

In addition, Kevin is the former group editorial director for UBM Medica's dental division consisting of: Dental Products Report, Modern Dental Assistant, Modern Hygienist and many more magazines. He was named one of the top five influential voices in the dental industry on Twitter. Previously, he was a public relations director for NAIA, a national small college sports organization. He is currently a beat writer for the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Nuggets. He is also a member of the Speaking Consulting Network.

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