Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

My boss would always do things that made me question his sanity, but now as a boss myself, I understand why he did what he did.

Dr Tiv Nirmalann

It is easy to forget that we have a job and a lifestyle because dentistry is as a business is viable.

As a young graduate it is easy to forget this and become frustrated and sometimes demoralised with the way the practice is run and with certain decisions the boss makes.

You mean we cant have a Primescan week 1 after graduation?!

This is a timely tip given by a business owner himself. As many graduate around Australia and look for their very first job as a dentist, the advice given here on how to understand the boss but also excel in that position is crucial

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.

Dr. Tiv Nirmalann

Dr Tiv is a renowned dentist with 17 years of experience and a director of a successful 6 chair dental clinic. A respected voice across dental forums, he has been a dental correspondent for the ADC and ADA, chair of the ADA Group R on the Mornington Peninsula and a speaker at many conferences to date.

Dr Tiv believes that practising dentistry and teaching it are two very different skill sets, and he has perfected both over the years. His passion for teaching began while he demonstrated at the University of Melbourne dental school for over four years. Never afraid to hire a new grad, he has always put time into mentoring his dentists and takes pride in seeing them flourish. Over 17 years, he has seen it all and is ready to share his experience through coaching dentists of any level of experience who are ready to grow and improve.

Coaching dentists is one of his true passions, outside of performing ‘hero-dontics’ and saving people’s smiles one tooth at a time. He is approachable, honest and friendly despite his trail record of over-achieving and being one of the best in his field. Busy running many projects, his time is precious and he will only choose to work with a limited number of dentists who share his passion for dentistry and have a willingness to grow, work hard and ready become the most successful dentist they can be.

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Simply put, staying in contact matters.

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*Khattak MF, et al. Comparison of three topical fluorides using computer imaging. J Clin Pediatr Dent 2005; 30(2): 139-144.

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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 www.dentalheadstart.com/meet-david/

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