Achieve Your Ultimate Potential
Dental coaching with Dr. Don Deems can help you identify potential areas of improvement and establish plans to achieve your objectives.
Dentists across the country have discovered the benefits of dental coaching. Thanks to Dr. Deems, these practitioners enjoy greater productivity, reduced anxiety, improved leadership skills, and a renewed passion for their careers.
“Don has the unique perspective and experience of a dentist and that made all the difference. He understands exactly what I go through on a daily basis. We talked for a few months and he helped me work through some nagging anxieties and worry that were effecting the quality of life. Mostly, it seems now, through a gentle self-exploration. No psychotherapy. We kind of just talk.
“I continue to talk with Don on a regular basis. I feel it gets me charged up and focused for the week ahead. He is a wealth of knowledge for practice management info, too.”
“I first came to Don after struggling for several years from being generally burned out and unhappy with doing dentistry. I had everything anyone could ever want, a wonderful family, nice house and good practice all on a three and a half days a week schedule. After feeling guilty about having it all and still hating to go to work, I knew I needed help. Don and I hit it off right away! I felt like he understood exactly what I was going through. Through a series of weekly coaching sessions, and doing my homework in between, Don has helped me reduce my anxiety, let go of fear and be able to enjoy going to work again. I have found a lifelong friend, coach, and mentor in Don and I can’t recommend him enough.”
“About a year has passed. Don restored my confidence, focused my attention, and opened my eyes to opportunities that I couldn’t previously imagine. Gross productivity is down about 30%, but net profitability has increased to 36%, and it’s still climbing…Within a year, maybe two, the gross will be back where it was, and the net will be over 40%. In 6 weeks, I am giving my first lecture of a series that is intended to create partnerships with other dentists and ultimately, teach them how to do what I do. A potentially beautiful transition for me into retirement; whatever that might really mean. This year for the first time I took two separate vacations, each 10 days long. Next year I’m taking three and the next year I intend to cut back to 3 work days/week. “
Sometimes, January can seem endless. The excitement of the holidays is over, the Christmas bills are starting to come in, and you are not due for another vacation until the summer. To make matters worse, it’s not just you. Your team and patients are also deep in the January Blues, and it is making you feel even more dejected. Actually, this time of year is when I really love my job. As part of their New Year’s resolutions, many dentists are looking to third parties for guidance. Dental consulting addresses budgeting, scheduling, and all the other things you “should” be focusing on at this time of year. As a coach, I address these things, too. However, I look at them in the larger context of your life. As I help you improve your practice and profitability, you may just find that your winter doldrums start to fade. Take a look at these four ways that you can boost your mood and keep those January Blues at bay. […]
Because a dentist business coach is a very specialized profession, people are sometimes confused about what it is I actually do. I help dentists achieve personal and professional growth through self-introspection and strategies for change. Then comes a question to which I have become accustomed: “So you’re like a therapist for dentists? Don’t you need a degree in psychology?” At this point I reassure whomever it is I am talking to that I am not a therapist or psychologist. However, there are a lot of parallels between my work and that of a psychologist or therapist. Both professions strive to help their clients become the best people they can be. The key different lies in the approach that a dentist business coach and a therapist each take. Make no misunderstanding: I am all about helping you and your business achieve your dreams, goals, ambitions, peace, fulfillment, and happiness. […]
As we approach Martin Luther King Day, now is a good time to reflect on how well we promote justice and equal opportunities in our practices. Of course, most dentists are compassionate and concerned about the needs of others. It is why we went into this profession in the first place. Therefore, I assume that my readers are equal opportunity employers and that they do not encourage discrimination in the workplace. However, there are probably ways that all of us can improve our dentist leadership to create more open, respectful, and growth-oriented practices. These leadership skills also extend to our patients. Are we allowing them to have an equal say in their care? […]