Sally McKenzie is founder and CEO of McKenzie Management. For over thirty years, Sally has immersed herself in techniques, systems and methods to improve the performance of dental practices. Learn more.

More Ways to Reduce Staff Conflict in Your Practice no Comments

While staff conflict will never completely go away, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce it in your practice—and it all comes down to offering team members the proper guidance. If team members don’t have clear direction from you, the practice CEO, chances are they won’t really know what they’re responsible for and …[Read More…]


How Staff Conflict Can Actually Benefit Your Practice no Comments

If you’re dealing with staff conflict in your practice right now, it probably doesn’t seem like anything positive can come out of it. Your team members are cranky, production is suffering and patients are running for the door and to the practice down the street—it’s not exactly a recipe for success. But if you deal …[Read More…]


Plan for Broken Appointments no Comments

Nobody on your team wants to deal with last-minute cancellations and no-shows. Broken appointments send your practice into a panic, as the Scheduling Coordinator does her best to find someone to take the open slots. If she can’t, the chances of you meeting daily production goals are pretty slim. Just like you plan for practice …[Read More…]


4 Tips for a More Successful Dental Practice no Comments

Sure, if you’re going to be a successful dentist with a profitable practice, you’re going to need a plan. A practice vision, mission and daily production goals are all important pieces, and holding daily and monthly meetings will get your team involved and help keep you on track. That’s a great start, but it doesn’t …[Read More…]


3 Questions to Ask When Building a “Team of CEOs” no Comments

If you’re ready to build a team of CEOs who take ownership of their systems and who do their part to help move your practice forward, you have to train them to think like leaders – and that means asking tough questions. Here are three questions to ask your CEOs that will make them feel …[Read More…]


3 Ways A Weak Team Can Cost You Patients no Comments

If your team is struggling, no matter the reason, there’s a pretty good chance your patients will notice—and it could be enough to send them looking for a new dental home. Here are three ways a weak team might cost you patients and what to do about it. 1. Customer service suffers. Patients want to …[Read More…]


Want to Create Stronger Patient Connections? Look to your Team no Comments

While it’s important for you to spend time building relationships with your patients, it’s also important for your team members to do the same. Even if patients feel connected to you as the dentist, they might still look for a new dental home if just one of the team members makes them uncomfortable for any …[Read More…]


5 Ways to Educate Fearful Patients no Comments

Getting anxious patients to accept treatment can be challenging. If they’ve had a bad experience in the past or heard disturbing stories from family members, they might find it difficult to put trust in you and your team members—and that means they don’t get the care they need. Educating patients is one way to earn …[Read More…]


3 Types of Patients Who Hurt Your Practice no Comments

Problem team members aren’t the only ones who bring your practice down. There are certain types of patients who cause your practice more harm than good, and in some cases it might even be better to part ways with them, just like you would with an employee who has a horrible attitude and consistently poor …[Read More…]


Want to Avoid Firing Team Members? Here are 4 Tips no Comments

Firing team members is an unpleasant experience that most dentists would prefer to avoid. The good news is, there are ways you actually can avoid it. Implementing a few common sense human resources strategies will not only help you reduce the number of employee headaches you face each day, it will also reduce the number …[Read More…]


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