#47 – Orthodontics and Business Wisdom with Geoff Hall

It never ceases to amaze me that some of the best and most successful Dentists in Australia really weren’t that passionate in the beginning. This description describes Dr Geoff Hall’s feelings towards general dentistsry, only to have his eyes opened and passion ignited with specialist Orthodontics training in the US.

Since the days of his training Dr Geoff Hall has created a thriving Orthodontics practice, become heavily involved in continuing education and aligner therapy and created OrthoEd, an orthodontic education company aimed at teaching a general dentist to provide exceptional orthodntics, regardless of previous experience.

From orthodontics to business, Geoff’s enthusiasm and energy is engaging. This was a fascinating conversation with a leader in the industry.

TIP#26: Communication shortcuts with Dr Tiv Nirmalann

Communication, just like any other skill, is a skill to be honed and learnt. Dr Tiv shares his early days of communication and the path he found to help breakthrough the barrier.

With the use of profiling, Dr Tiv gives a shortcut to understand the person you’re communicating with and a way of avoiding common mistakes.

Check out Dr Tiv’s coaching and mentoring page DrTiv.com to find out more about how Dr Tiv is trying to help young dentists.

TIP#25: Oral Surgery Residency with Dr Omid Azami

To learn a language, it is common to immerse your self in it. Move to the country, speak and read the language, immerse in the culture.

So why not do the same with disciplines of dentistry? That is exactly what this weeks guest did.

Dr Omid Azami, the host of The Noobie Dentist Podcast, is currently working in the Oral Surgery Department of The Melbourne Dental Hospital. The wealth of knowledge and experience he has gained is second to none. People (like us) would pay big dollars for this kind of education.

In this episode he shares the story and the lessons learnt.

Check out his podcast – years of top level interviews with some of the worlds best dentists.

#46 – Dental Education with Dr Susie Dracopoulos

There are a few people in your career who really leave an impact. Your first clinical mentor, your first employer, your close classmates. One of the most impactful for a generation of dentists at The University of Sydney is Dr Susie Dracopoulos – affectionately referred to as Dr D.

Dr D was the welcoming face at my first dentistry lecture. She led our preclinical training and was the year coordinator in those formative years. And while dentistry can be a stressful degree with stories that make some of us sweat years later, Dr D was a consistent support and a passionate teacher.

It goes without saying this one is nostalgic for me. But past that it is a window into teaching and the paths your career can take outside of clinical practice. Dr Dracopoulos is now the Scientific Affairs and Education Manager for the ANZ division of 3M Oral Care. A fascinating role and window into one of the many paths a career can take.

A wide ranging discussion with someone many of us know and trust, enjoy!

TIP#24: Choosing an Aligner System with Dr John Hagiliassis

Choosing an aligner system was once simple, you had little choice, it was just Invisalign.

But the few became many and the options only continue to expand today. With direct to consumer businesses on the market in Australia, the competition is increasing.

Today we invite Dr John Hagiliasis to talk about choosing an aligner system and what you should consider when making the selection.

#45 – The First Few Years After Graduation

Mentorship is a hot topic. Everyone wants a mentor to help them through the early stages of their career. But what about the first and perhaps most influential mentors – your university friends?

This is a discussion with some of the people who genuinely got me through dental school. Dr Andre Audet, Dr Katherine Del Santo, Dr Brendan Scott and Dr Akshay Sidana came on the show to share their first few years after graduation and the tips and advice they feel will help you maximise your early career.

From dentistry in Canada to Burnout and work life balance – we cover a lot!

Enjoy, and feel free to reach out if you want to connect with Andre, Kat, Brendan or Akshay!

TIP#22: Tips for Endodontic Access with Dr Matthew Youssef – What I Wish I Knew

We can’t do good endodontics without having a good access, and we can’t have a good access without being able to see where we are going.

Dr Matthew Youssef from ARIA Dental Education is better known for his skills with implants however he is also an exceptional general dentist and today on the podcast he shares some tips on how to better visualise and systemise our endodontic access cavities to ensure we are doing low stress, thorough and efficient endodontics

#44 – NSFW; The (Hilarious) side of Dentistry You Don’t See on Social Media

Great dentistry takes decades to learn. Refinement of skills is a process of dedication and persistence. And these are traits Dr Anthony Mak has in droves.

Anthony spent his first few years spread between a few practices with varying experiences and this gave him the well rounded foundation to use as a spring board for his career. Just this story alone is so useful in allowing us to consider and plan our journey in dentistry.

This is just the start of the tips advice and concepts Anthony shares in this podcast.

Dr Anthony Mak is making waves in dentistry and really contributing to the education of the dental community so for that we say thanks and for joining us on this engaging podcast interview.

TIP#21: Keys to Nailing your Aligner Software Setup with Dr John Hagiliassis

How you set up your Aligner software dictates how smooth your aligner treatment goes. Mistakes at this stage prolong treatment and can lead to unhappy patients and unhappy dentists!

Dr John Hagiliassis from AORTA Dental Education shares his thoughts on what to focus on and how to nail your software setup.

TIP#20: Tackling Tricky Topics with Parents with Dr Tim Keys – What I Wish I Knew

The Australian Dental Association recommends a childs first dental visit be when their first tooth becomes visible or when then reach 12months of age. Normally seeing the baby is easy enough, but the real challenge comes with new parents, armed with millions of well intended questions about how that can give their child the best dental head start.

In many cases as new graduates we are yet to have our own kids so these conversations can sometimes be a bit of unknown territory, having not been in a bathroom with a two year old at bed time simply telling a patent to brush their childs’ teeth, my be easier said then done.

Today we look at when we should start brushing children’s teeth, getting parents on board with Fluoride and handling the ever controversial topic of tongue ties, with Sunshine Coast Paediatric Dentist Dr Tim Key’s.