January 8, 2024

136. How to REACH Dental Associate Success Path – Skills, Education, and Niche

In this episode of the Millennial Dentist podcast, I share my personal journey and the principles that shaped my success in dentistry. Reflecting on the hustle, commitment to continuous education, and the willingness to put in the work that defined my early years, I offer insights tailored for new graduates and associate doctors. The discussion revolves around the crucial concept of the “Associate Success Path,” emphasizing the need for clarity in setting expectations and benchmarks. Drawing from the experiences at Sullivan Dental Partners, I delve into the importance of mentorship, communication, and accountability in creating a thriving dental practice. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a recent graduate, this podcast serves as a guide, providing actionable advice and a roadmap for building a successful dental career while adhering to the philosophy of working smarter, not harder.

@2:36 Environment Matters

@5:52 Associate Pitching for a Position

@7:52 Clarity with Goals

@10:13 Mentorship with Associate

@13:23 Importance of Communication

Who is Dr. Sully Sullivan?

Dr. Sully is a fourth-generation dentist from Nashville, Tn. After receiving his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Tennessee, he moved back to Nashville to practice with his father. By continuing to invest in his education through adult orthodontics, soft tissue grafting, dental implants, third molar extractions, and obstructive sleep apnea, he helped double his practice in just 24 months. 

As a millennial, he truly believes in working smarter not harder, which has led him to utilize technology to not only deliver better patient care but more efficient care. Dr. Sullivan regularly uses CEREC, 3D imaging with Galileos, 3D printing, and multiple lasers. In addition to his practice, he started the Millennial Dentist Podcast in February of 2017 to help push his fellow colleagues to take their dental careers to the next level. Dr. Sully lectures around the country on cone beam technology, cad/cam dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea, and practice management. He is also an ambassador for the 3D-Dentist teaching facility in Raleigh, NC.

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Richard Sullivan, DDS

Partner, Sullivan Dental Partners

Co-host/Founder of the Millennial Dentist Podcast

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