Music to The Ears of Orthodontic Residents

Bentson Copple & Associates - Music to the Ears of Orthodontic Residents
As Steven Tyler of Aerosmith belts out in the chorus of Dream On, his unforgettable raspy voice sings, “Dream on…Dream on…Dream on…Dream until your dreams come true.” Isn’t that what life is really all about, making your dreams come true and reaching for stars in both your personal and professional life? Reaching for your dreams is a common theme heard across all musical genres. Here are just a few musical examples that quickly come to mind:

  • Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti
    This is an inspirational ode to Rocky Balboa; how can you not be motivated to reach for your goals after hearing this tune?

However, along the way, everyone needs a little bit of help obtaining his/her dreams or goals. Help in overcoming the roadblocks that might be encountered. Help tackling any setbacks that might happen along the journey. Help maintaining the inspiration to keep one’s goal in sight. Help in overcoming all forms of discouragement. When it comes to obtaining career goals, help comes in a variety of outlets, from one-on-one connections, to educational opportunities, to lifetime mentorship (just to name a few).

Let’s focus on one excellent learning opportunity created solely to help residents focused on their future orthodontist career. For over 28 years, the Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP) has been an educational outreach designed to arm residents with the tools needed to become a successful orthodontist. The 3-day event offers a variety of educational lectures, access to industry vendors, raffles and exciting extracurricular events.

This year, GORP is being held in Cleveland, Ohio (home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – hence the musical inspiration for the blog post), at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown Hotel, August 3-6, 2017!

If you are planning to attend GORP, take a moment to meet Shannon Patterson, CPR, CMSR, Director of Practice Opportunities and Anthony Copple, JD, Transition Specialist. Shannon and Anthony, along with our entire team, are here to provide doctors, both new and established, help in reaching your orthodontic dreams and goals, in terms of your future orthodontic careers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding practice opportunities, placement services, buyer representation services and current market trends.

If you are unsure about the direction of your future orthodontic career, Shannon Patterson, our Orthodontic Placement Specialist, can provide guidance with your career choices and discuss current market trends in the orthodontic industry. She will have a list of our current practice opportunities, including associate positions, equity-minded associate positions and practices for sale throughout the United States. If you have identified a practice purchase opportunity or an opportunity to join an existing practice as a partner, Anthony will be available to address questions you may have regarding buyer representation.

To quote the famous catchphrase of Casey Kasem, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!” Also click here to listen to a great playlist assembled by the Huffington Post about pursuing your dreams; hopefully it will provide inspiration during your orthodontic journey!

3 Reasons to Visit Our Team at the AAO

Visit Bentson Copple at the AAO Annual Session
The AAO Annual Session is one of the most highly anticipated events for the orthodontic community each year. There are so many activities, as well as networking and learning opportunities under one roof for doctors, staff and exhibitors. Just like you, we enjoy learning about new trends, advancements and the overall health of the orthodontic industry at the Annual Session. As a company, we use events such as these to increase our knowledge and, in turn, pass along this wisdom to the ortho community in articles, lectures or during our client transactions. There are three reasons you should take note of the events Bentson Copple & Associates are participating in at the AAO Annual Session (April 21 – 25) in San Diego.

    1. Opportunity for Information Sharing

The Annual Session offers many educational lectures and we are honored to share our knowledge in a variety of learning environments. Listed below are a few lectures that you may want to attend:

Practice Transition Seminar
Friday, April 21 – 8:00am – 5:30pm
The all-day Practice Transition Seminar is a tool to aid orthodontists during the challenging time of a career transition. The seminar brings together a four-person panel of transition experts to share insights for orthodontists preparing for a future transition.

Invisalign In-Booth Lecture 
Saturday, April 22 – 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Chris Bentson will be presenting an Invisalign in-booth lecture (Booth #505). The title of the lecture is “No Voodoo – How Invisalign Adds Profit to Your Practice” and its content will offer market data showing that practices are growing their business with Invisalign treatment. Seeking growth and higher profits? This presentation will offer real data and insights about how Invisalign treatment can fit into one’s practice model.

State of the Orthodontic Industry
Sunday, April 23 – 10:30am – 11:30am (Repeat Monday, April 24 – 10:30am – 11:30am)
Results for the solo and small group practice were very strong in 2016, and doctor-owners are looking to build on that in 2017. With many forces pushing and pulling to change the shape of dentistry, Chris Bentson will offer doctor-owners the knowledge to make necessary strategic decisions with present facts regarding the current market.

New Orthodontist/Resident Conference
Sunday, April 23 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm
This program, sponsored by the AAO, with keynote speaker Chris Bentson, will address the steps to follow to pursue specific orthodontic career paths or practice modalities. Following his 40-minute presentation, attendees will break into small groups for discussions. Shannon Patterson, our Director of Practice Opportunities & Orthodontic Placements, and Doug Copple will be two of many leading the discussions.

      1. Networking

Many doctors attend the meeting just for the available networking opportunities. One of the most anticipated networking opportunities is one especially for doctors seeking career opportunities. Our team will be a part of the third annual Orthodontic Career Fair.

Orthodontic Career Fair
Sunday, April 23 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Orthodontic Career Fair offers the opportunity to engage face-to-face with employer representatives and discuss possible opportunities. The event will feature many companies and practices with available opportunities, such as associate positions, equity-minded associate opportunities and practices for sale.

      1. Meet Our Team Face-to-Face

Face-to-face meetings are not just preferable, but necessary for building deeper, stronger bonds with clients and maintaining productive relationships. The Annual Session provides just that. We invite all doctors to stop by the Bentson Copple & Associates Booth (#3537) any time during the Annual Session and speak with us in person. Our team will be happy to discuss plans for a potential practice valuation/appraisal, a practice transition, recruiting or any other change of orthodontic ownership. Residents and job seekers can also learn more about our placement services and career opportunities. Be sure to pick up a complimentary copy of the Bentson Copple reSource newsletter, published for all orthodontists, regardless of practice size or career stage.

GORP 2016: Connect With Your Future Career

Bentson Clark & Copple GORP 2016
The 2016 Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP) is quickly approaching and our team is excited about attending this year’s event. The meeting is being held in Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan campus, August 4-7, 2016.

If you will be attending GORP, please take the opportunity to meet with Shannon Patterson, CPR, CMSR, Director of Practice Opportunities and Anthony Copple, JD, Transition Specialist. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding practice opportunities, placement services, buyer representation services and current market trends.

If you are unsure about the direction of your orthodontic career, Shannon Patterson, our Orthodontic Placement Specialist, can provide guidance with your career choices and discuss current market trends in the orthodontic industry. She will have a list of our current practice opportunities, including associate positions, equity-minded associate positions and practices for sale throughout the United States. If you have identified a practice opportunity with equity, Anthony will be available to discuss and address questions you may have regarding buyer service representation. We look forward to meeting you Michigan!

Chris Bentson Takes on Brooklyn for Ormco’s University Day

Chris Bentson will be speaking in Brooklyn, New York on June 11, 2016 at the Aloft New York Brooklyn, along side Dr. Hisham Badawi and Dr. Michael Scott for Ormco’s 2016 University Day. Chris will introduce orthodontic residents to new concepts, resources and tools available to jumpstart one’s orthodontic career.

Chris is scheduled to present “Residents Need to Know: The New Golden Age of Orthodontics is About Less and More,” at 1:00 pm. The multi-point presentation will focus on the trends in the specialty and why both new practitioners and current consumers will find fewer obstacles and more options as they begin their orthodontic journey. Chris will likewise discuss the rapidly changing dental industry undergoing accelerated consolidation. He will conclude by breaking down the who, what, when, where and why for your practice transition, including the most important facts and data that an orthodontic resident needs to understand in making a future orthodontic practice transition successful.

If you are interested in registering for the event on June 11, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York, please contact your Ormco representative today! Entry is free for current orthodontic residents (and includes course materials and meals). This will be a fun and factual presentation for all residents in attendance.

Chris Bentson has been working with orthodontists regarding the business aspects of their practices for over twenty-seven years. As a Partner of Bentson Clark & Copple, LLC and Editor-in-Chief of the Bentson Clark reSource, he enjoys lecturing and educating the orthodontic community on the many aspects of valuation, transition and orthodontic career opportunities in settings such as Ormco’s 2016 University Day.

2016 AAO Annual Session Quickly Approaching

The Bentson Clark & Copple team will be attending the upcoming 2016 AAO Annual Session in Orlando, April 29 – May 3. Plan to visit us in booth #2159 on the tradeshow floor. Our team will be on hand to discuss plans for a potential practice valuation/appraisal, a practice transition or any other change of orthodontic ownership. Residents and job seekers can also learn more about our placement services and newly expanded career opportunities. Pick up a complimentary copy of the Bentson Clark reSource newsletter, published for all orthodontists, regardless of practice size or career stage.

Our team will be active at the Session. A list of the events in which we will be participating is below:

Young Members Town Hall
The first ever Young Members Town Hall is being held in conjunction with the Session. The 1-hour event is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center (Room #108) and Chris Bentson will be moderating. This open forum will provide a platform for new and younger AAO members to ask questions, share thoughts and voice concerns to AAO leadership.

Orthodontic Career Fair
Bentson Clark & Copple will be participating in the third annual Orthodontic Career Fair. We will be discussing our company’s orthodontic recruiting and placement services and will have a list of our current opportunities, which include associate positions, equity-minded associate opportunities and practices for sale. The career fair is Sunday, May 1 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. (This is a free event; however, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets can be obtained through the AAO’s website).

In-Booth Lecture 
Monday morning, May 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Chris Bentson will be presenting an Ormco in-booth lecture (Booth #1021). The title of the lecture is “Finding Your Post-Residency Career Path” and it’s content will be resident-focused. Plan to come early for coffee and pastries before his presentation.

Safe travels and our team will see you in Orlando!

Time for GORP 2015

The 2015 Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP) is quickly approaching and we are excited about attending this year’s event (July 30–August 2, 2015).

Plan to stop by our table and enter to win an Apple Watch by participating in Bentson Clark & Copple’s 2015 Annual Resident Survey. A QR code will be displayed at the booth, providing easy online access to the survey. If running short on time at the event, pick up a postcard with the QR code and submit your answers to the survey at your convenience. Please note that the survey must be completed by August 7, 2015 to be eligible to win.

Even though we are only giving away one Apple Watch, everyone is a winner at GORP! As a thank you for participating in the annual survey, each doctor will receive a complimentary electronic subscription to the Bentson Clark reSource newsletter for the remainder of his/her residency.

In addition, Shannon Patterson, our Director of Practice Opportunities & Executive Recruiting, will be on hand to speak with you regarding purchasing an orthodontic practice, seeking an associateship position or entering into an employment situation. She can register you in our database of practice opportunities, which allows us to provide potential opportunity matches as they come to light, based on your specific geographic preferences and future ownership desires.

See You in San Francisco

AAO-2015Be sure to join Bentson Clark & Copple at the upcoming AAO 2015 Annual Session, May 15 – 19, in San Francisco. We will be located in booth #334, so plan to stop by. We would love to provide you with a complimentary copy of the Bentson Clark reSource, published for all orthodontists, regardless of practice size or career stage. Be sure to learn about our upcoming full-day partnership seminar while attending the show.

Our team will be happy to discuss plans for a potential practice valuation/appraisal, a practice transition or any change of orthodontic ownership venture. We will also be on hand to speak about our recruiting services, if you are seeking to sell an orthodontic practice or take on an associate. Be sure to pick up some of our materials and chat with us regarding your future plans.

Bentson Clark & Copple will also be participating in the 2nd annual 2015 AAO Orthodontic Career Fair. We will be onsite to discuss with each attendee about our company’s orthodontic recruiting and placement services. We will additionally have a list of the most current orthodontic practices available for purchase, full-time associateships, part-time associateships and partnership transactions available. This career fair is being held on Sunday, May17, 2015 from 4 PM – 5:00 PM at the Moscone Center, in the MC-125. (The Career Fair is currently sold out; however, for additional information click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Co-Branded Orthodontic Resident Experience

Going from residency to full-time business owner is a big leap. Over the years, many people have asked, “Why don’t they teach doctors how to deal with the business aspects of running an orthodontic practice when they are in school?” The truth is – there is not enough time or resources. The orthodontist who wants to own their own practice must rely on others to help them make that leap successfully.

Bentson Clark & Copple’s newly released 2014 Resident Survey reports that only 14% of current residents feel his or her orthodontic program has done a ‘very good’ job in preparing him or her for the business aspects of owning a practice. On the other end of the spectrum, 20% rank his or her program as doing a ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ job.

It is often heard from residents that they receive very little training in owning a practice and rely on conferences, lunch & learn presentations and attending regional or national meetings to gain knowledge and information. The Bentson Clark & Copple team understands the need to educate the resident population outside of the clinical setting. That is why we are happy to announce a new educational partnership with Ormco.

Ormco is known within the orthodontic community as a company that builds trusted relationships with orthodontists, providing a breadth of innovative products and solutions to enhance their professional lives. Bentson Clark & Copple is committed to helping orthodontists achieve their career objectives through successful practice transitions, at both the beginning and end of one’s career. In conjunction, this newly-created partnership directly targets the resident community to offer guidance before they become submerged in the myriad challenges of practice ownership.

As part of this partnership, the Bentson Clark & Copple team will present a one-hour co-branded education webinar to each orthodontic residency program in the United States. With the help of Ormco’s outstanding sales team, each residency program is anticipated to be reached by the summer of 2015. The webinar will discuss the following: transition timelines, current market data, common types of practice transition, major factors in price/value, practice activity trends, practice overhead and expense data.

Our endeavor is to help educate the future leaders of the orthodontic community, provide useful data and help residents make smart decisions about his or her future plans. Overall, both companies hope this undertaking will increase the level of satisfaction residents have in regard to their preparation for the business aspects of owning an orthodontic practice.

2014 GORP Contest Winner Announced

2014 GORP WinnerBentson Clark & Copple is pleased to announce that Dr. Tyler Holt from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the winner of our on-site Soccer Sunglasses GORP promotional contest.

All GORP attendees were invited to participate in our social media contest for a chance to win a Nike Fitbit and a lifetime subscription to the Bentson Clark reSource quarterly newsletter.

Company-branded, soccer-themed sunglasses were given away at the Bentson Clark & Copple booth during the University of Michigan-hosted event. Residents were asked to snap a photo of themselves wearing our branded sunglasses, then upload the image to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #BCCOrtho and #GORP2014.

A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to all of the residents who entered the contest. We received many great pictures and we regret only being able to select one winner. To view a sample of the entries, please click this link.

Reaching Your Goals at GORP 2014

GORP 2014One of our favorite events each year is the Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP), which is right around the corner (July 31–August 3). Our bags are packed, our flight has been confirmed and we are ready to exhibit on the campus of the University of Michigan.

Want to win a Nike Fitbit at the event?!  We will be holding a special soccer-themed contest at our booth. Stop by our table and learn how to enter.

In addition, Shannon Patterson, our Director of Practice Opportunities & Executive Recruiting, will be on hand to speak with you regarding purchasing an orthodontic practice, seeking an associateship position or entering into an employment situation. She can register you in our database of practice opportunities, which allows us to provide potential opportunity matches as they come to light, based on your specific geographic preferences and future ownership desires.

Each resident is also encouraged to contribute to Bentson Clark & Copple’s 2014 Annual Resident Survey. A QR code will be displayed at the booth, which allows easy online access to the survey. Paper copies of the survey will also be available at our exhibit booth, so be sure to stop by.