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ORTHOBRAIN® AND OAKPOINT ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

orthobrain and Oakpoint Partnership

Cleveland, OH, August 15th, 2022 – orthobrain®  – an Ohio-based, dental practice growth system with a total solution that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable, has partnered with Oakpoint, a dental support organization offering dental care providers support services in key functional areas of dental practices, from marketing and human resources to finance and patient advocacy.

Together, the organizations will use their clinical expertise and business acumen to deliver personal support to affiliated practices.  Specifically, Oakpoint will integrate orthobrain’s Core service offering to support and drive orthodontic activation, resulting in increased patient acquisition and practice growth.

Established in 2019, Oakpoint is a doctor-owned model passionate about supporting dental practices. With more than 300 dedicated team members, the company assists 34 practices and growing in separating the clinical work from the clerical, letting dentists concentrate on practicing the art of dentistry without the distractions and burden of running a practice.

orthobrain and Oakpoint share a common understanding of creating successful and profitable practices. We know the day-to-day realities practices face, and together, we will help them run efficiently, translating to better quality patient care and outcomes.

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“orthobrain and Oakpoint share a common understanding of creating successful and profitable practices,” said Mick Janness, CEO at Oakpoint. “We know the day-to-day realities practices face, and together, we will help them run efficiently, translating to better quality patient care and outcomes.”

The collaboration combines the passionate and purpose-driven mentality of Oakpoint with the orthobrain total solution package of leveraging digital technology and learning systems to give dentists the clinical confidence to provide orthodontic services.

“We’re excited to partner with Oakpoint and bring additional resources, skills and confidence-building support to their practices,” said Kimberly Harrington, Chief Operating Officer at orthobrain. “With up to 12 million people seeking orthodontic treatment globally every year, partnerships like this will empower patient access and support clinical confidence. Our shared vision will make transformative growth possible for dental practices.”

About orthobrain®

orthobrain, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established to provide orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information. 

About Oakpoint

Oakpoint is a dental support organization (DSO) that provides non-clinical support services under business service agreements. Their affiliated partner practices maintain ownership while leveraging the Oakpoint operating platform to achieve growth. 

Founded by Mick Janness and Erik Strang, the group’s goals for 2022 are $100 million of affiliated practice revenue and 10+ newly affiliated practices. The long-term growth plan includes supporting 150 doctors and clinical teams across an integrated platform.

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ICYMI: orthobrain Highlights from WinDSO

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orthobrain, a founding partner of Women in DSO, joined the inaugural WinDSO Empower and Grow conference that took place March 9 – 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The energy and participation at the show was palpable, with a fantastic foundation set for next year’s event.

orthobrain’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kimberly Harrington, participated in the “Lessons in Leadership from Women CEOs” panel moderated by Geoffrey Ligibel of 42 North Dental. The panelists (Kimberly Harrington, Nancy Coy of Choice Payment Services, Eva Sadej of MedBar, and Dr. Maryam Beyramian of Westwind Integrated Health) spoke to the female leaders of today and tomorrow in an overflowing room. 

In case you missed it, here were four key takeaways from the event:
Develop yourself professionally.

Education doesn’t end once you receive your degree. To be a great leader in the dental field, really any field, we need to “be sponges.” Continue to educate ourselves – keep reading and learning, teach ourselves new skills or refine existing ones, and stay up to date with industry trends. It is important to continue improving and contributing to our personal brands.

Find a mentor and also be a Mentor.

When seeking out mentors, it is important to seek out those we admire and respect. Someone who can share their experience and lessons learned – their tips and tricks to navigate an often times male-dominated industry. But just as important as finding a mentor is BEING a mentor. It is important we pay it forward to individuals entering the industry or business arena. While we should make a concerted effort to share our knowledge to help lift up our mentees, it is important for us to listen too. “I have learned so much from the young people I mentored. Those relationships have made me a more well-rounded and empathetic leader,” says Kimberly Harrington.

Think beyond your own successes.

Great leaders do not just think about their own accomplishments; they concentrate on making sure the people on their team succeed as well. They get to know their employees on a personal and professional level, and learn their goals and ambitions. True leaders provide pathways to success, whether it be through access to extra training or time off to volunteer in their community. A company’s success is not always just measured in financial terms – it’s also judged on things like culture, inclusivity and growth opportunities.

Kimberly Harrington pointed out while on stage, “I am on the main stage today, but I always tell my team that it is not my job to be here. It is my job to get them on the main stage. It is my job to empower them as leaders and support them through that personal and professional growth.”

 Play the long game.

Instant gratification is given so much weight in today’s world. And often, we feel pressure to have success immediately, or to give up our weekend in order to enter the work week feeling confident. But, sometimes, our personal relationships suffer, when we put all our focus on work.

As Kimberly reminded the audience: “If it doesn’t happen on Monday, don’t panic. There is always Tuesday.”

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ORTHOBRAIN® NAMES JODY RODNEY SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND EDUCATION

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Cleveland, OH, March 7th, 2022 – orthobrain® – an Ohio-based orthodontic growth company with a total solution that makes integrating orthodontics into dental practices easy and profitable, is excited to announce the hiring of Jody Rodney as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Education. In her role, Rodney will bring her extensive experience implementing strategic plans and her global networks within the dental industry to drive orthobrain’s overall business strategy.

A results-focused leader with a proven track record of providing fortune 500 organizations with strategic direction, Rodney will oversee orthobrain’s multi-channel campaigns, education programs and product launches. She will work with the marketing and education teams to streamline operations, build community and help generate new leads and opportunities.

“There’s a real need in the marketplace for the type of service orthobrain provides and I’m honored and excited to be a part of something that has so much opportunity in terms of growth and global presence,” says Rodney. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge and strong partnerships into the fold to further accelerate orthobrain’s groundbreaking work.”

There’s a real need in the marketplace for the type of service orthobrain provides and I’m honored and excited to be a part of something that has so much opportunity in terms of growth and global presence.

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Rodney comes to orthobrain with more than 20 years of marketing experience, and 11 of those within the dental industry, primarily working in the large equipment segment and practice management sector. Most recently, she served as the Vice President, Marketing & Education at Planmeca USA, where she led and managed marketing and education efforts for all dental equipment segments, focusing on strategy developments through relationships and programs with distribution partners.

“It’s an exciting time for orthorbrain and Jody’s extensive knowledge of the dental industry coupled with her integrated experience around scalable global marketing initiatives will position us for sustainable success,” said Kimberly Harrington, orthobrain Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. “I look forward to working with Jody to drive continued success for the organization.”

Rodney holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University. She is also a member of CHIEF, a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. She was previously a board member of the American Association of Periodontology Foundation.

About orthobrain®

orthobrain®, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established to provide orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information. 

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ORTHOBRAIN® RECEIVES $9 MILLION IN LATEST FUNDRAISING ROUND

Investors back the company as it accelerates growth and continues technological advancements to improve education and care globally

Cleveland, OH – March 7, 2022 – orthobrain®, an Ohio-based, orthodontic growth system that helps dentists and dental service organizations integrate orthodontics into their practices, today announced that it has completed a $9 million in Series A funding with a group of investors, led by CareCapital, one of the largest investors in the dental care industry. Additional co-investors include JumpStart NEXT II Fund, JobsOhio, among others.

Capital from this financing will be used to accelerate the momentum orthobrain has brought to the dental industry, further advancing its mission to drive orthodontic growth and expand access to quality orthodontic care globally. orthobrain will scale clinical and education support services, innovate, invest in technological solutions, and expand its global footprint.

“orthobrain offers an invaluable service of clinical mentoring, treatment planning and on demand support to dentists providing pediatric dentistry, braces and aligner treatments. The services significantly boost dentist confidence, enhance patient experience and improve outcomes. This aligns with the mission of CareCapital Group, which is to strengthen the heritage, access and community of dentistry while supporting technology innovation. We look forward to working alongside them as they empower dentists and improve patient care,” says  A P A Bindusaran, Executive Director of CareCapital.

JumpStart’s Senior Investing Partner, Hardik Desai, adds, “orthobrain provides a revolutionary solution, empowering general dentists with the confidence and resources they need to build orthodontics into their practice. We are excited to partner with Dr. Dan German and his team as they navigate the company’s rapid growth.”

JumpStart also invested from its NEXT II Fund, a $50 million venture fund focused on early-stage technology startups in Ohio and the Midwest.

“orthobrain is a home-grown company that is driving innovation and job creation in Ohio,” said J.P. Nauseef, president and CEO of JobsOhio. “orthobrain’s continued advancement of digital technology and AI learning systems makes it an outstanding example of the kind of company that thrives in Ohio.”

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Dan German, orthobrain is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable by combining digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. With a focus on providing the highest level of care to patients, orthobrain delivers a total solution – from patient acquisition to treatment – to grow practice capabilities and clinical confidence.

“We are grateful for this group of premier investors to be supporting orthobrain’s next phase of growth. As patient demand for orthodontic treatment increases, we envision orthobrain becoming the go-to solution for delivering beautiful smiles worldwide,” says Dr. Dan German, Founder, CEO and Chief Orthodontist, orthobrain.

About orthobrain®

orthobrain®, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established to provide orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain® is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain® makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information. 

About CareCapital Group

CareCapital Group, founded in 2015, is an investment and operating group committed to building the dental and oral care industry for the digital age. CareCapital Group owns both majority and minority stakes in a variety of businesses that span the full dental industry value chain, from education and training at the very upstream, to aligners, implants, biologics, imaging equipment and intraoral scanner in the mid-upstream, to clinic management software and distribution in the midstream, and finally to dental hospitals and chain clinics in the downstream. The asset portfolio of CareCapital Group encompasses various leading players in the dental industry, and the geography of such portfolio spans across China, South Korea, United States and Europe. Visit carecapitalpartners.com for more information.

About JumpStart

JumpStart is a nationally recognized venture development firm providing early-stage capital and high-impact technical services to help entrepreneurs grow. With over $140M under management across four funds, it invests in technology startups throughout Ohio and the Midwest, assisting founders in turning innovative ideas into high-growth companies. To learn more, visit JumpStartinc.org/investing.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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ICYMI: Top three takeaways from the first of orthobrain’s new Empowerment Series

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During the past few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of women entering dentistry.  According to the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) analysis published last year, 34.5% of dentists in the US are female as of 2020, compared to just 24.1% in 2010.

Additionally, 50.6% of new dental grads are female as of 2019, compared to 46% in 2009.

The future is female, and it helps to hear from other strong female leaders in the dental industry about their tips for success.

In the first installment of orthobrain®’s new empowerment series, where we host authentic and informative conversations to empower doctors and dental professionals to excel in the industry, we talked to three seasoned female dental professionals:  Dr. Laura Lawrence, a general dentist practicing in Ohio, Dr. Carolyn Lubrano, a pediatric dentist practicing in Massachusetts, and Dr. Lauren Dull, a general dentist practicing in Ohio, about ways to stand out, grow your business, and excel as a female practitioner.

Here are their top three takeaways on dental practice growth and how to succeed in the industry.
1. Develop a Niche

As a new dentist, especially a new female dentist, it can be hard to establish yourself — particularly if you are joining a practice with more seasoned dentists. One way to stand out and get referrals from other dentists and patients is to find a niche. One way to do that: follow your curiosity.

Dr. Lawrence, for instance, was very interested in preventative dentistry: focusing on helping patients avoid cavities, not just treating them. She delved into research and became the go-to wellness expert on the subject of prevention in her office, which helped both her confidence and her dental practice grow.

Similarly, Dr. Lubrano, who holds a master’s degree in public health, became very interested in lip tie pediatric laser surgery when she saw how frustrated new mothers were getting, when their infants’ lip ties prevented them from being able to latch and breastfeed easily. Many other doctors and dentists were not addressing the issue at the time. So she sought out extra training in lip tie release and now the service makes up a significant part of her practice. Her advice to other young practitioners: “Don’t be afraid to go outside the line.”

2. Take advantage of the digital revolution in dentistry.

One way to see faster growth in your practice is to invest in tele-education and AI-powered imaging technology. “The new technology can make life easier and faster,” says Dr. Dull, who had access to top-tier imaging software when she was working with the Air Force.

Not only can new AI powered software help you make sense of data quickly and efficiently, it’s also less painful for your clients. Ever since Dr. Lawrence’ s practice invested in intraoral scanners, for instance, they’ve seen faster turnover times in chairs. And Dr. Lubrano started seeing less tears from her young patients when she started integrating intraoral scanners, as well. “My patients are more compliant. It’s just a wand that I’m putting over their teeth. Parents are wowed by it,” Dr. Lubrano says.

And taking advantage of teledentistry and tele-education is a great way to grow your practice, as well.  Services like orthobrain®, which use a groundbreaking technology platform to put a virtual orthodontist beside every dental chair, ensures that you never have to feel alone, while adapting new skills and growing your practice. As Dr. Dull says: In order to grow as a practitioner, you “need to be open to learning as much as you can.”

3. Find mentors in different places.

To work through issues and receive advice on advancement, nothing beats having a peer or advisor to turn to. Mentors can be found in all sorts of places. Dr. Dull, for instance, joined her local dental society in order to access a network of peers, while Dr. Lubrano counts her former high school music teacher as one of her strongest mentors. And Dr. Lawrence, for her part, says it was her college chemistry professor who offered her the most impactful lesson of her young adult life when she was deciding whether or not to take a non-dental related internship in Alaska. “She said if you are offered a golden egg, you should take it,” Dr. Lawrence recalls. Looking for that next golden egg has since become a mantra of Dr. Lawrence’s practice.

So how do you find a mentor? “Anyone can be one,” Dr. Lubrano says. You just need to know what sort of advice you’re looking for, and then reach out. The most successful dentists find mentors in all sorts of different places. “It’s just about taking advantage of the people around you and growing your network as much as you can,” explains Dr. Lubrano.

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ANDREW FLIGOR PROMOTED TO ORTHOBRAIN® SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY AND STRATEGIC OPERATIONS

Key position for technology and clinical operational advances to solidify future growth projections of the company

Cleveland, OH, February 2, 2022 – orthobrain® – an Ohio-based orthodontic growth company with a total solution that makes integrating orthodontics into dental practices easy and profitable, is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Fligor to Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategic Operations.

In his new role, Fligor will continue to be at the forefront of the company’s ground-breaking growth, leading an enhanced business unit composed of the internal technology, operations, and clinical teams.

Since joining the company, Andrew has played a central role in building an efficient digital infrastructure and strategy that drives business growth and improves customer experience within the dental industry.

“Technology is the primary driver in orthobrain’s transformative platform for dentists,” Fligor said. “I will be marrying the power of technology with operational efficiencies to ensure dentists are getting the most secure, premier and user-friendly service to grow their own practice.”

Fligor will continue to collaborate with industry leaders, leveraging technology solutions to meet strategic goals. From building out an IT support team to security optimization that provides confidence in dentists as they integrate orthodontics into their practice, Fligor will use his healthcare and technology experience to enhance company-wide performance.

“Andrew continues to take orthobrain® to the next level,” said Kimberly Harrington, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer. “He is a great asset to our team and partners. Andrew has great fluency in business, and I have great confidence in his ability to guide our teams to even greater success.”

With nearly 20 years’ experience, Fligor held positions including Senior Director, Product and IT Operations at ExactCare Pharmacy, and was the Senior Vice President, Head of Technology at Ritzman Pharmacies, Inc. where he drove business growth from five to 27 business units.

About orthobrain®

orthobrain®, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established with the goal of providing orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain®  is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain® makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information.             

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ORTHOBRAIN® NAMED STARTUP TO WATCH IN 2022

Cleveland Inno, a division of Cleveland Business Journal, lists orthobrain as one of 14 up-and-coming companies to 'keep an eye on'

Cleveland, OH, January 20, 2022 – orthobrain® – an Ohio-based orthodontic growth company with a total solution that makes integrating orthodontics into dental practices easy and profitable, has been identified as a Startup to Watch in Greater Cleveland. The list, identified by Cleveland Inno, features startups across a spectrum of industries, from fintech to baby tech and from medicine to education.

As one of 14 companies spotlighted, orthobrain® was seen as a start-up that has established solid traction with fresh capital raises, revenue growth or innovative solutions to novel problems.

“orthobrain® is grateful for this recognition,” said Kimberly Harrington, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. “It reinforces our dedication, expertise and unwavering commitment to excelling and transforming the dental industry.”

orthobrain® was created to fulfill an unmet demand for orthodontics and help dentists to easily integrate orthodontics into their practices. The company offers a proven growth system for dentists and DSOs that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists.

The orthobrain® team is helmed by seasoned veterans who understand the needs of the industry and have a clear roadmap to meeting the demand for orthodontics.

To learn more about orthobrain, visit orthobrain.com, and to read the full list of Startups to Watch in 2022, click here.

About orthobrain®

 

orthobrain®, founded by Dr. Dan German, was established with the goal of providing orthodontic options to dentists looking to offer orthodontic services to patients. orthobrain®  is a proven dental practice growth system that makes integrating orthodontics easy and profitable with a total solution that combines digital technology, proprietary AI and learning systems with the expertise of orthodontists. Today, orthobrain® makes orthodontic care – and beautiful smiles – available to patients everywhere at a scale never before possible. Visit orthobrain.com for more information.           

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Understanding patient desires and behaviors is key to dental practice success

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By Tammy Staiger, RDH BS

In my twenty-five plus years the industry, I’ve had thousands of conversations with patients about their teeth and oral care concerns. These discussions have given me thorough insight into today’s dental consumers and how we, as dental professionals and team members, can craft the best user experience for our patients. Crafting great patient experiences is crucial to dental practice success. This perspective helps frame the curriculum I create at orthobrain® for dentists and their teams. Our education program is highly focused on topics like: powerful communication and how to identify and educate patients on the effects of malocclusion.

When patients feel listened to and understood, a level of trust is created. This relationship is crucial if you want your patients to take your advice, follow directions or accept treatment. 

Based on my curriculum development experience and my conversations with patients in the hygiene chair, here are the top three patient considerations when presented with orthodontic treatment solutions. 

1. Their time is valuable. 

Patients want a one-stop shop for all dental appointments, whether it is routine cleanings, restorative care, or orthodontic treatment. It takes time to research and schedule consults with new practitioners to fix an overbite or whiten teeth. Instead of spending their lunch break driving from office to office to find a doctor they trust, some patients would prefer to simply not smile in pictures. General dentists have the perfect opportunity to meet patients’ needs for quality care and convenience by offering comprehensive dentistry to treat preventive, restorative, and orthodontic concerns. 

2. Drawbacks can’t outweigh rewards. 

Patients want beautiful teeth, but they don’t want the solution to affect their daily lives. While they don’t want gaps in their teeth, they also don’t want orthodontics to interfere with how they talk, look, or are perceived by others. Most patients don’t know much about invisible orthodontic solutions, so they don’t think to ask practitioners about lingual braces or clear aligners. Educating patients is an important part of the standard of care. As a dental healthcare provider, you will often be the first line of defense and education for malocclusion. Being able to educate the patient in the chair and then offer an in-house solution, like clear aligner therapy, meets the patient’s desire for discreet treatment and convenience.

When patients get the ortho care they need from a dentist they already trust, it benefits their health, their relationships, and their self-image. It also contributes to the success of your practice through referrals and increased profitability.

3. There’s comfort with familiarity. 

I find that patients are more likely to undergo treatment when it is provided by their own dentist. When patients are lying in a dental chair with instruments in their mouth, they feel vulnerable. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, some studies suggest that as many as 75% of adults in the United States experience some amount of anxiety about going to a dental office. Patients would rather put off necessary dental treatment than go to an orthodontist they have never met. Many tell me they’d be more likely to undergo orthodontic treatment if they could do it with their own practitioner. 

Listen, Build Trust, Transform Lives

By listening to patients and understanding these common considerations, you can establish a stronger bond and level of trust. This gives you the opportunity to provide the comprehensive care they want and need. When patients get the ortho care they need from a dentist they already trust, it benefits their health, their relationships, and their self-image. It also contributes to the success of your practice through referrals and increased profitability.

Effectively communicating the advantages of orthodontic services to patients is invaluable! At orthobrain®, we empower dentists to successfully and profitably incorporate orthodontics into their practices. We focus on effective education and communication techniques and offer comprehensive case management by an Orthodontist. We know that dentists and their team members are the key to expanding access to happy and healthy smiles to more patients. We’re here to support them in this endeavor. 

About Tammy Staiger, RDH BS

As Senior Education Developer at orthobrain® and as a dental hygienist, one of my clinical roles is to educate patients on the effects proper tooth alignment has on good oral health. I am blessed to travel internationally and speak publicly not only about tooth alignment, but also on team building and the importance of communication for multiple companies, including Align Technology‘s Invisalign®. I believe when you bring compassion and connection to patients, they are more likely to listen to what you tell them.

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Three Things for Women Leaders to Keep in Mind

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By Kimberly Harrington
Published on November 7, 2021

As a woman entering the workforce for, perhaps, the first time, it’s likely you will be peppered with advice from everyone — your professors, your parents, the motivational speaker on Instagram. 

It can be hard to sift through these words of wisdom to determine what advice is truly worth taking.

Currently, I sit as the executive vice president, chief commercial officer of orthobrain®, a company dedicated to empowering dentists to provide orthodontic care and drive growth within their practices.

In my years working for global organizations to develop growth systems for orthodontic business solutions, I’ve learned what really works — not only from a business profitability standpoint, but also culture and people development. I make it a point to pass along these pearls to my lead team and to the women I mentor.

 Here are the three things I always keep in mind.

1. The company you keep is key.

One of the most important things to consider when looking into potential employers is whether their values match yours. If you want to grow in your career, you need to join an organization that will allow (and encourage) you to flourish.

When people who are invested in you, and are willing to give you the time, space and feedback to advance, the result can be powerful for both career advancement and ensuring you feel valued in your role.

Since joining orthobrain®, I’ve built a core leadership team, and they in turn have built their own teams. Our employees thrive, in part, because they know I trust and support them. And we all benefit, because they feel empowered to bring forth new ideas. 

Building a positive culture and environment where every employee feels like they are a part of something great is the core of our business.

 

You don’t need a megaphone to have your voice heard, but as a female executive, I do encourage you to find your voice and use it often.

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2. Network, network, network

It’s crucial. Networking increases your visibility with other leaders and gives you insights into industry trends. Look for forums that foster that connection. 

 

For me, specifically, I’m a member of Women in DSO, as well as Chief, a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting female executive leaders. At Chief, I get the chance to network with female executives from a multitude of different industries, which is important.
 
 Sometimes we tend to only look to people in our own field for advice. But you can gain invaluable tips on universal things — like marketing and effective communication — from executives in other industries.

 

3. Speak up, in creative ways.

 

You don’t need a megaphone to have your voice heard, but as a female executive, I do encourage you to find your voice and use it often.

 

It’s not always the loudest voice that is remembered. Sometimes, the best way to make a point is to find effective, creative ways to communicate your message. Part of my routine, for instance, is sending out a team video message every Friday where I recap the week, share key company updates, and recognize teams and individuals for their successes.

 

If you don’t speak up, bosses may not have visibility on your accomplishments or points of view. I am consistently encouraging colleagues to share with me — shoot me an email or leave a voicemail with news that deserves attention.

 

When someone in the company does something great — secures a new client, has a fruitful conversation — it helps raise morale across the company. Your wins are wins for the whole company.

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Top 3 Questions Dentists Have About Integrating orthobrain® Into Their Practice with Answers by Dr. German

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At orthobrain®, we’ve received a lot of questions from dentists about integrating our orthodontics into their practice.

Here are three of the top questions – with answers provided from orthobrain’s founder and chief orthodontist, Dr. Dan German. If you have other questions, please reach out to us at smile@orthobrain.com.

1. Am I qualified to provide orthodontic work?

In every state, general practitioners are permitted to deliver orthodontics. In fact, around the globe, more orthodontic treatments are done by general practitioners than by orthodontists.

Though every dentist has the ability to provide orthodontic work, to truly excel and provide optimal outcomes to your patients, we believe you need additional education, collaboration, and support — the type orthobrain provides.

With orthobrain, you are not providing orthodontic work by yourself, and you are never alone. The orthobrain team, made up of expert orthodontists with decades of experience, delivers the assessments and treatment plans for your patients. You will simply deliver the orthodontics, allowing you to spend more time with your patients and bring profitability to your practice. 

In every patient case, the orthobrain team closely examines the patient data, X-rays, and photos you provide to determine if the case can be successfully treated in your dental practice or needs to be referred out. Our interest, like yours, lies in providing the best possible care for patients.

orthobrain® is with you every step of the way, dedicated to providing the advice and coaching for practice growth and success. We are the orthodontist in your pocket!

2. What’s the difference between using orthobrain vs. signing up with a clear aligner provider?

Incorporating orthobrain is different than just integrating orthodontics. If you sign up with a clear aligner vendor, for instance, you will often have limited guidance on how to identify and determine which patients are good candidates for orthodontic treatment – this is a crucial first step. You and your team are at risk to be left to figure out all of the workflows and schedules by yourself. Which can quickly become overwhelming and time-consuming.

orthobrain, by contrast, combines digital technology, learning systems, and the expertise of orthodontists into a total solution that delivers a comprehensive playbook, increases patient acquisition, and improves outcomes and digital workflow integration. orthobrain is with you every step of the way, dedicated to providing the advice and coaching for practice growth and success. We are the orthodontist in your pocket!

3. How soon, after joining orthobrain, can I start integrating orthodontics?

One of the beautiful things about orthobrain is you can start the same day. By joining orthobrain, the platform automatically gives you exposure to educational videos, so you can start learning as soon as you register. We will coach you on obtaining and submitting ideal patient photos and X-rays, which can all be done as soon as you’re ready.

Our team is always available to answer questions. One of the great things about orthobrain is that we have clients all around the globe, so we’re available to answer questions across multiple time zones.

Of course, the best way to learn is by doing. At orthobrain, we are here to walk with you through the process. Like you, we know there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone previously plagued with an imperfect, unhealthy smile suddenly light up with confidence.

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Seminar Dates

September 10-12th, 2020

more dates coming soon!

All dates in Cleveland, Ohio at Dental Ceramics, Inc.

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