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May 31, 2019

Episode 4-34

Interview with Dr. David Bender

David Bender opened his first practice in 2008 and made $144,000 in his first year in practice. In order to keep his practice, his parents lent him money and he maxed out his credit cards. His wife had their first child the following year, with no income from his practice. In mid 2009, his practice picked up by word-of-mouth from his patients. In 2011, he hired his first associate for his practice and added one more associate each year ever since.

Dr. Bender's current practice is Village Dental at Saxony. His office is a large,18000 square foot, multi-practice office in Fishers, Indiana. David has 28 operatories, with five open bay concepts, three surgical and dental suites. His dental teams work in teams of six with one doctor per 6 chairs. He has split schedules with his teams and our work schedule is 32 hours per team member with rotating schedules, with each team having their own schedule.

We take a trip down memory lane and discuss the infamous Practice on Fire and how the relationships formed during that time laid the roots for what is now DSN. 

Don't forget about the PDA event in Indy on June 14-15. Hope to see you at the SP social after!



Dr. Bender grew up and obtained his dental degree in Indiana Dr. David Bender is a Hoosier native. Dr. Bender attended Indiana University in Bloomington where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and continued his education at Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis where he received his DDS degree in 2002 and worked in Heartland for five years in his early career.

Dr Bender, his wife Amanda, and their two kids, Dean and Rebekah, really enjoy being a part of his community. Dr Bender is a big IU and Indianapolis Colts sports fan. He enjoys golfing, even though he is most commonly found right of the hole with his impressive dog leg slice.

Show Resources

PDA Workshop

Dr. Bender’s Dental Team

Village Dental at Saxony

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