Shared Practices | Your Dental Roadmap to Practice Ownership | Custom Made for the New Dentist

A bootcamp in small business ownership and practice management for dentists, giving the new graduate a roadmap to successful practice ownership. We interview the best dentists, experts, consultants and more on our weekly show. Here's the topics we will be covering in our 8 Seasons: 1. First Years as a Dentist 2. Think Like a Business Owner 3. Money and Numbers 4. Startups, Acquisitions, and Partnerships 5. Internal Systems 6. Marketing & Growth 7. Leadership, Vision and Culture 8. Beyond Dentistry Go to to get our PDF roadmap of these 8 Seasons.
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Dec 20, 2016

Please email me at if you're planning on acquiring a practice in the next 2 years! I want to know where you are in the process, what questions you have and what you've learned already.  Lets figure this out together.

We're wrapping up Season 1 of our podcast and we've decided to make a change: I've gotten a ton of emails from people wanting to know how to buy their first dental practice.  Rather than waiting for Season 4 like we had planned, we're moving acquisitions up to Season 2.  Season 2 will now be: Practice Acquisitions and Systemization. Today's episode will give you a preview of the acquisition process.

In this episode Jason Wood, Esq. gives us his perspective on:

  • When to hire CPAs/consultants/brokers and how you'll know if they're any good (spoiler: it's not easy)
  • Personal finance for practice acquisition including when banks will be more flexible with how much cash you have saved
  • Why you might not want to buy a house before a practice and Jason offers to take the fall if you need to tell your spouse that you should rent
  • The dangers of group disability policies & creative uses of whole life insurance
  • A step by step outline for submitting an offer on a practice.  

Also, why his firm Wood & Delgado doesn't charge to review associateship contracts for new grads. Hint: You'll have such a good experience that you'll end up hiring them later when it really counts.

Jason Wood is an attorney who is not afraid to tell dentists what he thinks and when they're about to make a decision they'll regret.  He is known for his willingness to help and contribute on the forums (username jasonpatrickwood) and consistently delivers hard-earned perspective on transitions, acquisitions, partnership and startups.  Check out some of his rave reviews from dentaltown users who have used his services:

Jason Wood Dental Attorney Review

Don't walk, RUN to the phone to call Jason Wood!!!

Jason Wood Shout out

Shout out to Jason Wood for self brokered help! Thanks 

Contact Jason to discuss a potential deal or invite him to speak at an event:
(800) 499-1474
Wood & Delgado Dental Attorneys



Nov 17, 2016

What's the fastest way to pay off a quarter of a million in student loans?  Take out some more debt and buy a practice.  That's what Dr. James Heaton of Chandler, Arizona did.  In this episode he shared his journey to ownership including partnerships, practice acquisitions and mergers.

You'll also hear about some of Dr. Heaton's favorite CE courses he took to meet the requirements for his FAGD and which courses he would recommend if he could do it all again.

Check out Dr. Heaton's practice at  He can be reached via his email at

CE courses mentioned in the show:

Progressive Orthodontic Seminars

Midwest Implant Institute

Misch Implant Institute

Spear Education

Endodontics Unsponsored


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Nov 2, 2016

Reese is the founder and CEO of Dentist Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm with an exclusive focus on dentists and specialists.

Since 2003, Reese has devoted his career to helping dentists plan, invest, and retire better. He is a financial planning thought-leader in the dental industry and a popular speaker at dental conventions, continuing education events, and dental districts across the country.

Reese is also the host of the Dentist Money Show: A weekly podcast dedicated to helping dentists make smart financial decisions. Dentists all over the country are using the Dentist Money Show to plan, invest and retire better.

In today's episode we talk about paying down student loans vs saving for a practice and maintaining liquidity.  Does this decision change if the student loans carry a high interest rate?  Listen as Reese shares some key insights into this crucial decision.

Oct 19, 2016

Listen to Dr. Howard Farran share his uncensored opinions on ownership, finding good associateships and how to learn without spending an arm and leg on CE.

Howard is the owner and founder of, a forum, magazine and media network for dentists.  Recently he published the bestselling book, Uncomplicate Business, where he shares his years of experience in a straightforward, honest manner.  His show is the Dentistry Uncensored podcast, which features daily interviews with dentists from around the world.

Oct 5, 2016

This is our first "Metasode," a compilation of clips from the best dental podcasts on one topic. In today's Metasode, we cover the topic of Ownership with clips from the Dental Hacks Podcast, Dentistry Uncensored and the Start Your Dental Practice Podcast.

Listen to the full episodes:
Dental Hacks Podcast 44
Ready, Fire, Aim with Dr. Chris Salierno

Start Your Dental Practice Ep. 25
Lessons from the The Dental Attorney That Tells You What You Need to Hear (Even if it`s not what you want to hear) with Jason Patrick Wood

Dentistry Uncensored
247 Private Practice For New Dentists with J. Elliott and Jonny Brennan

Sep 28, 2016

Dr. Tarun Agarwal tells new grads exactly where to practice, how to think like a business owner and lays out his personal plan for financial freedom.

Sign up for Dr. Tarun Agarwal's courses:

Hear both Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Low at the upcoming Voices of Dentistry summit Jan 27-28 in Nashville, TN

Dr. Tarun Agarwal represents the next generation of leadership for the dental profession. As a respected speaker, author and opinion leader, he is changing the way general dentists practice. His common sense approach to business, dedication to clinical excellence, integration of technology and down to earth demeanor has made him a recognized educator.

Sep 21, 2016

In this episode Dr. Tarun Agarwal (aka T-Bone) shares why he believes that his most important piece of digital equipment is a camera and calls out Dr. Low for not taking more pictures. T-Bone shares his favorite CE courses and advice for how to get the most out of associateships.

Paul Homoly's book: Isn't It Wonderful When Patients Say "Yes"

Sign up for Dr. Tarun Agarwal's courses:

Hear both Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Low at the upcoming Voices of Dentistry summit Jan 27-28 in Nashville, TN

Dr. Tarun Agarwal represents the next generation of leadership for the dental profession. As a respected speaker, author and opinion leader, he is changing the way general dentists practice. His common sense approach to business, dedication to clinical excellence, integration of technology and down to earth demeanor has made him a recognized educator.

Sep 14, 2016

Dr. Russell Kirk shares his journey to ownership as an oral surgeon. He shares the questions he would ask as a potential associate and the lessons he's learned as a business owner.

Listen to Dr. Kirk's podcast, the Business of Dentistry Podcast and hear him live at the Voices of Dentistry Summit in Nashville, TN, January 27-28.

Go to and use the promo code "shared" for $200 off your ticket.

Sep 7, 2016

Full show notes at

Dr. Van de Vyver graduated from the University of Michigan School, of Dentistry in 2006. After 5 less than desirable positions as an associate, he decided to pursue dentistry from a different direction and purchased his first practice.  In this episode we learn from Dr. Van de Vyver what he would look for in an associateship and how he is now in the process of moving towards owning 8 dental practices.

Resources mentioned in the show:

Practice in a Pod

So Good They Can't Ignore You

Comprehensive Orthodontic CE
RIchard Litt - F.O.R.C.E.

Aug 31, 2016

Dr Chris Salierno shares his simple checklist for deciding if an associateship is worth it, his opinions on AEGDs and GPRs and how to structure your associateship relationship.

Download the bonus for this episode: Dr. Salierno's Advice to New Grads

Dr. Salierno writes both for his personal blog, The Curious Dentist and as the editor of Dental Economics magazine.

Chris Salierno, DDS, is an internationally-recognized author and lecturer. His audiences include dentists, dental students, office managers, and hygienists. His areas of expertise include practice management, leadership development, implant prostheses, occlusion, and cosmetic dentistry.

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Aug 26, 2016

Dr. David Maloley of the Relentless Dentist Podcast shares his journey to practice ownership and insight into how your personality will affect your ability to lead and own.

Resources mentioned:

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

The Kolbe Personality Test

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz

The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki

Aug 25, 2016

Pocket Casts on iTunes or Google Play

Mark Costes' website:

The Dentalpreneur Podcast with Dr. Mark Costes


Dentist Money Podcast with Reese Harper, CFP

The three books Mark Costes makes dentists read before becoming one of his clients:

  1. Extreme Ownership:
  2. E-Myth Revisited:
  3. The Fred Factor:


Here are the other two books Dr. Costes mentioned:

The Ultimate Sales Machine:

Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich:

Aug 24, 2016

Jason Patrick Wood, Esq. shares exactly how practice owners take home double the net income as an associate while doing the same amount of dentistry.  Less than 1% of dental practices fail and lifestyle flexibility is better for owners wanting to start a family.

Wood & Delgado Dental Attorneys

Aug 23, 2016

What does it look like to successfully buy a practice straight out of school?  Dr. Derek Williams shares his experience of being a new owner and a new dentist all at the same time.

Download the Practice Analysis Spreadsheet designed by George Hariri

Download the 8 Season Roadmap to Practice Ownership

The MD740 intraoral camera

Aug 22, 2016

Welcome to the Shared Practices podcast!  This podcast is for dentists who want to own their own practice but don't have the business knowledge or a clear pathway to ownership.

Today we interview Dr. Scott Leune, founder and CEO of Breakaway Practice about his recommendations for new grads to move towards ownership.  Dr. Leune brings a wealth of experience and recommendations for anyone considering practice ownership and part two of this interview will be broadcast in our second season.

Download the 8 Season Roadmap to Practice Ownership at

Visit to sign up for Dr. Leune's course in San Antonio or learn about their other services.


Dr. Leune graduated from UT Health Science Center School of Dentistry in 2005.  His dental career began with three startup practices in San Antonio which grew to 80 staff, 10 dentists, and a call center in a very short time.  These practices continued to average a combined total of over 700 new patients per month and were all managed by Dr. Leune working a mere 4 days per month.  In 2011, Dr. Leune started seven practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, opening them within a two-month timespan.  Over the last 4 years, through the Breakaway Affiliate Program, Dr. Leune has helped build approximately 80 startup practices nationwide.

For the last 8 years, Dr. Leune has lectured to thousands of dental professionals & executives sharing his proven systems, marketing and practice design, leading to consistently sold-out seminars.  He has been featured in numerous dental publications and listed as the ‘most-subscribed-to-person’ on Dentaltown (the premiere online dental community).

Dr. Leune has also created and grown Breakaway’s Support Services and Affiliate Program to include over 270 practices nationwide, adding several more each day.  He has continued to redefine practice management, as the leader & expert in profitable dental practice systems to maximize success.

Aug 15, 2016

This is a prequel to our show, where Dr. Alan Mead of the Dental Hacks Podcast interviews me, Dr. Richard Low.  We talk about my background, this podcast and our 8 season plan to guide new dentists through practice ownership.

If you already heard this episode on the Dental Hacks or you heard my interview with Dr. Mark Costes, skip this one. Or if you just don't really care who I am or why I'm doing this, that's fine too. I'll give you the three minute version in the next episode and we can still be friends.

If you want the 8 Season Roadmap mentioned in this episode, go to and click the big "Get the Roadmap" button on the front page!