You’ve heard me say it before:

Helping Dental Students Become Great Dentists

This is our motto and our mission. So, it makes perfect sense to have Dr Rohan Krishnan on the podcast to share his views, experience and vision with the Dental Head Start community.

Dr Krishnan has spent many years contributing to ADA NSW, initially on and then as chair of the Recent Graduate Committee and more recently as a Board Director. He is also on the board of Filling The Gap and runs his own private practice.

Impressive, yet my interest was peaked when he shared his new project with the University of Sydney. Dr Krishnan has put together a course for Usyd students to help them with transitioning to private practice. Together with hand chosen people from his broad network of passionate, excellent colleagues, Rohan is able to make a difference at the coalface. And I truly hope this becomes an Australia and New Zealand University wide approach.

With such aligned visions and missions, I could’ve spoken with Rohan for hours. For now, I hope you find his experiences and generous advice as useful and engaging as i did.

In This Episode

  • 9:16 – Rohan’s talks about his passion for learning and continually gaining knowledge.
  • 18:37 – The importance of personality when finding the best mentor for you.
  • 24:50 – Rohan’s journey from associateship into practice ownership, and major differences he sees between the two roles.
  • 42:50 – What Rohan and the ADA recent graduate committee are doing for new dental graduates.
  • 53:32 – What pushes you to be more than just a clinician?
  • 1:01:54 – Rohan shares his advice to new grads surrounding the current industry conditions.

Prime Head Start

The Prime Head Start Segment is right after the feature interview and this episode it’s with Phillip Palmer, founder of Prime Practice.

In this challenging time we’re all considering and wondering about what comes next. What does the new dental landscape look like? In this unique PHS segment, Phillip shares his views and advice post COVID-19.

We did an entire episode covering this important topic and you can find that here. But also, Prime Practice has a conference coming up in just a few weeks.

The Prime Vision Conference

This is the must attend event to be one step ahead in the coming uncertainty. Prime Practice have brought together a Stella line up (you know many of them!) for a conference aimed at the future and (Re)Building the New Dental Landscape.

Students, dentists, associates and owners will all gain from this. I’m sure you know that after so many advice packed Prime Head Start Segments. Get your early bird tickets before May 20th!

For Dental Head Start listeners, Prime Practice are offering their leading communication course, Primespeak, at 15% off for everyone and a massive 50% off for students and recent graduates. Check out to get your hands on the discount codes. 

RIPE Academy

In this exceptionally difficult time for our profession, we need to look at the silver lining. With time, we can work on ourselves and work on our dentistry. And what better way then the RIPE Academy by Restoring Excellence.

In an attempt to make it affordable for all around the world, it is just $29USD per month for some of the most valuable online content anywhere in the world.

My crown prep workflow is modelled on Lincoln’s video from the academy 3 years ago!

I hope to share the benefits and exclusive offers through DHS. Check out their Online Academy!

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The Dental Head Start Podcast is for students and new graduates. We interview successful dentists and specialists to uncover the tips, tricks and advice to help you transition from dental school to private practice successfully.

If you like this content then I ask just one thing of you; share this with a friend who will benefit from this and help us help more students and new grads!

David is a recent graduate dentist working in private practice in regional NSW, Australia. Read more at

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