Orthodontic Practice for Sale: Fresno County, California

Fresno-County-California-Orthodontic-Practice-for-SaleA private, well-established orthodontic practice located in Fresno County California is for sale. Live, work, and play in the Central Valley of California which offers the amenities of city living with small-town ease at an extremely affordable cost of living!

Nestled snugly in the San Joaquin Valley, it is one of the most affordable places to live in California; a quarter of the housing cost compared to the Bay Area. Not to mention the gorgeous views one can have in their backyard of the snowcapped Sierra mountains in the winter and close distance to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The areas semi-arid climate with cool, moist winters and hot, dry summers make it an outstanding area for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It’s located between the banks of the Kings River and San Joaquin Valley which makes it an outdoor playground for families and adults of all ages. An orthodontist can work in the morning and then spend an afternoon snow skiing in the winter at nearby slopes, water skiing in the summer, fishing, or enjoying an evening in the water at the many nearby lakes. Many weekend warriors will pull out their bikes and enjoy a day on the easy trails, road cycle, or enjoy a strenuous mountain bike trail.

Nearby public paths were created from a former railroad corridor and meet the trail of the San Joaquin River Parkway, making it ideal for bicycling, walking, in-line skating, and running year-round – a great place for a family outing.  Fresno County is only a short two-hour drive from the Central Coast of California – a place to make memories to last a lifetime.

Some residents enjoy attending concerts, sipping through a wine tasting, or attending a local sporting event. Food and wine are abundant in this area thanks to its fruit orchards, beautiful vineyards, and flourishing farms. Fresno County leads the nation in agricultural production growing some of the freshest produce found nearby.

If you are seeking to live in an exciting area with award-winning schools, family-friendly communities, and affordable living, consider calling Fresno County home. This is a remarkable opportunity for a doctor to purchase a single-location practice and create stunning smiles for years to come.

To learn more about this opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to shannon@bentsoncopple.com.

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What Are the Steps to Land the Perfect Orthodontic Career Opportunity?

Step to Find the Perfect Orthodontic Career Opportunity or Orthodontic JobBy: Shannon Patterson, CPR, CMSR
Kolbe Certified™ Consultant
Director of Practice Opportunities

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with hundreds of orthodontic residents every year who are looking for the right opportunity after their graduation. One of my first questions is, “Why did you want to become an Orthodontist?” I hear various answers every day as a recruiter but many times I hear this one, “Because I had an amazing experience with my Orthodontist.” So, you’re telling me that your experience with your childhood orthodontist was so awesome that it inspired you to travel this long, difficult academic path? Wow, it gets me right in the heart every time. And it’s that connection that as future practitioners you all want and desire to have with future patients whether it is in a private practice, group practice, or corporate model.

My next question is usually, “Where do you want to land and where do you see yourself in five years?” I don’t usually hear as much excitement, and often I hear confusion and concern. The answer to this question often sounds something like this: “I don’t really know I just know I want a good job to start paying off my debt.” I don’t blame you for not knowing the answer. After all, how can you know if you’ll be happy in your future job five years from now?

Well, lucky for you, I absolutely love what I do, and when you love what you do you have a passion for helping others. Most of you have identified your passion, now you are looking for a place to combine your passion and a career. Every day, I counsel candidates on what factors they should consider when seeking an opportunity. Through trial and error and knowledge gained from many candidates through the years, I have found these steps to be helpful as you narrow down your job search.

1) Know Who You Are!
We all want to get paid for doing what we love, but be sure to understand who you are and the must-haves before deciding on a job opportunity. What are your beliefs and values? Does this opportunity and community align with them and will you be able to fit into the practice and community cultures? Identify your practice values, your personal values, your interests, your “must-haves” in a community, your passions, and last- your financial needs. Yes, I said consider money last because, believe it or not, most people do not leave their current job due to money but often due to “it’s just not a good fit for me.”

2) Identify the Right Practice.
As residents, you might often hear “beggars can’t be choosers,” and with the debt load most residents carry, who can blame them? However, be sure to do your homework on a potential employer, as this person will be tied to your career forever. Be sure to spend a day with a potential practice or employer and witness the practice culture, sit in on new patient exams, watch how the reception area greets patients and watch the clinical team working with patients. I can assure you that all of these, and I mean every single one, will have a huge impact on your success. If a potential employer has an issue with you spending a day in the office, this could be considered a red flag, especially if you are being paid on a production incentive.

3) Find a Good Mentor.
First, do not ask a stranger or someone who does not know you well! A great mentor should be someone who inspires you and who already knows you. This person has seen your potential and hard work, they know how you think, how you communicate, how you tackle tasks and how you contribute to those around you. It should be someone who trusts you and believes in you, but, most importantly, it should be someone who is not afraid to give you input and feedback! Identify and join social media groups and blogs with other young orthodontists to hear their perspectives and voices as a resource in your career; Ortho 101 is a great one.

4) Practice Perseverance.
What is the definition of perseverance? Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, and endurance. There is an old saying, “do what you love and you’ll never work another a day in your life.” Is that really true? Probably not, but if you do what you love, it will never feel like a job. Success takes hard work, commitment, and persistence. All of you are talented and skilled clinicians, and with connections and a little luck you might find a good opportunity, but persistence will ultimately be what makes you successful in your career and is what will set you apart from others. Identify your vision and know that it will take stamina and endurance to get there!

A job search requires commitment and dedication. Making a career plan requires you to outline clear expectations and objectives. It means going back to the basics, discovering your likes/dislikes, values and beliefs and taking them all into account for a job opportunity. Even if you don’t land your dream job and you have a short-term opportunity, stay committed to your long-term career goals.

It will take time and effort but in the end, it will be worth it. And for those of you who are looking for that new key phrase “work-life balance,” I believe it is important to understand that your job will ultimately take up most of your time; it financially supports your dreams and it is a core part of your identity. If you simply live your life, love what you do and do your very best at it, ultimately you will achieve great success!

Addressing Gender Gap Pay: Why Some Employers May Treat Female Providers Differently

Addressing Gender Gap Pay: Why Some Employers May Treat Female Providers Differently

By: Shannon Patterson, CPR, CMSR
Kolbe Certified™ Consultant
Director of Practice Opportunities

During the past few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of women entering dentistry. While pediatric dentists continue to lead the charge with a whopping 52% of providers being female, the orthodontic industry is also making headway with females representing 31% of the workforce. According to the 2019-2020 Survey of Advanced Dental Education, females represent 69% of all pediatric dental residents and 52% of all orthodontic residents. And for the first time in history, more females (195) than males (193) graduated from orthodontic residency in the United States in 2019-2020.

While we continue to expect the percentage of female providers in these specialties will increase in years to come, what effect has the growth had on gender gap earnings? The answer may surprise you.

According to a 2017 study from the ADA Health Policy Institute, male dental providers earned as much as 54% more than women in 2010. Even after controlling for observable characteristics including age and hours worked, the difference would still be 36%, or what the study’s authors call the “unexplained difference.” The study also looked at wages in medicine and law over a 20-year period. It found that despite accounting for observable characteristics there continues to remain a large, unaccountable earnings differences between men and women among all three of these professions.

Why would there be a gap in earnings between male and female dental providers with similar hours worked, experience, specialty, and practice ownership status? Would a potential employer compensate a female less for the exact same work schedule as her male counterpart? Let me put it this way, would a female provider enter into an associateship or partnership arrangement with less favorable terms than a male counterpart willingly? The answer to these questions may very well be yes.

Studies show that female providers often accept lower compensation packages than their male counterparts, especially in their first job post-residency. Let’s look at some historical data. According to the ADA study, historically, male providers tended to be self-employed (80% compared to 45%) and worked about four hours more per week than their female counterparts did. However, the study also found that by 2010, men and women worked the same number of hours a week and the number of female owners was up to 50 percent while male owners had fallen to 73 percent. If that is indeed the case, why does the wage gap still exist?

The ADA commentary article also referenced the book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, who writes how women approach work differently than men, particularly when it comes to salary negotiation. The reality is that female providers may simply be less aggressive during contract negotiations and just accept an offer given to them. Women may simply define success differently and money may not be their driving force.

However, there is actual evidence of a wage penalty for motherhood in the workforce. With all else being equal, there is a negative relationship between a woman’s wage and the number of children she has. According to OECO (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) data, the penalties averages to about a 7% wage reduction per child. On the flip side there is also evidence of a fatherhood premium; a positive relationship between a man’s wage and the number of children he has. However, when you compare men and women with the same educations, working full-time in the same capacity the gender gap in earnings has largely disappeared. It is often several years after accepting a position and the arrival of children that the gender gap in earnings shows up. If a woman chooses to move to part-time employment in order to spend more time at home it is when she returns to work full-time that she may accept a lower wage compared to the wage she would have earned had she stayed on full-time. It is important to note that if you work less hours you may have less experience and therefore you will possibly see a wage difference.

It is important to remember that, if a female provider works less than her male counterparts, it is reasonable to be paid less. However, if you find that you work the same number of days and hours and you still make less you might consider asking for a higher compensation rate. Remind your employer that you took on just as much student debt as your male counterpart therefore you have the same financial needs.

Tips for advocating better pay:

1. Remember you are always your best advocate. If you don’t stand up for yourself, no one will! Remind your employer that you received the same education, work the same schedule and you should receive the same pay.

2. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a higher salary before accepting a position.

3. If you have an income guarantee or daily rate gently remind your employer that it should be the same for candidates who have the same experience and work the same schedule. However, if you receive a production incentive it will be up to you produce and meet the pre-determined goals the employer/practice has set.

4. If you are in a group practice be sure that you are seeing as many new patients as your male counterparts so that you can meet your production goals. Understand who and how the new patient exams are scheduled.

5. Know your worth! If you are active in the community and close to referring doctors be sure your employer understands the goodwill and referrals you bring to the practice.

Also, be sure to study up or even consider contacting a career coach on how you can develop and understand negotiation techniques advocating for better pay. Understanding the gender gap in pay has never been more important because the tides are shifting ladies.

Orthodontic Practice for Sale: Texas/Southeast New Mexico

Northwest Texas_Southeast New Mexico - Orthodontic Practice for SaleA busy, two-location practice, focused on the highest quality of orthodontic care with locations in Northwest Texas and Southeastern New Mexico is for sale.

This friendly city is positioned at the crossroads of culture located on the South Plains of West Texas. It’s called home by one of the local universities, legions of musicians, and award-winning wineries. It’s a hub of art exhibits, live music, theatrical performances, and annual festivals. The area has nearly 1,000 restaurants, and it boasts of great eats offering down-home country dining to incredible dishes in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

The general area is projected to grow seven percent in the next two years. The cost of living is below the national average providing both employers and their employees the benefit of a higher standard of living at a lower cost than almost anywhere else in the nation. This ‘big little city’ is home to numerous parks; whether you prefer hiking or mountain biking, each mile of the trail located in the canyons, lakes, and parks holds an adventure.

The practice’s satellite location is in a welcoming community located in Southeastern New Mexico – which is part desert, part mountain, and part underground caverns. The landscape of the region is considered the most ecologically diverse in the state.

The city experiences four seasons of weather making the area perfect for any outdoor adventurer. There is an abundance of nearby opportunities for world-class backpacking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, and golfing. Many organized indoor activities are available as the area prides itself on having some of the best facilities in New Mexico for children and senior residents. It has been ranked as one in the “Most Affordable Cities in New Mexico” based on its excellent school system, tons of recreational opportunities, great shopping, and dining. The diverse business community is balanced with major stores mixed in with small, individually-owned shops. Ranching and agriculture, oil and natural gas, nuclear, wind, and solar energy production drive the local economy.

Purchase a busy, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly practice while enjoying the conveniences and excitement of a larger city, but with the charm and hospitality of a close-knit community. You and your family will be enriched by interesting people, amazing art, incredible food, and rich history.

To learn more about this opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to shannon@bentsoncopple.com.

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Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Full Time Orthodontic Job - Hattiesburg, MississippiA well-established, practice with multiple locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is currently seeking a full-time orthodontic associate.

What do Jimmy Buffett and Brett Favre have in common? Their roots in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the state’s second-largest city. With its well-preserved historic homes and shaded streets, its Historical Neighborhood District was named one of the “Great Places in America,” to live by the American Planning Association.

The area has a lively music scene and an impressive variety of local eateries – approximately 500 restaurants and more than 200 of them are locally-owned. Hattiesburg has a growing craft beer industry so you can enjoy your brew outdoors or sip in a mellow atmosphere. Shop in its revitalized downtown at one of its vintage boutiques or the Farmer’s Market. Discover the art scene, visit the African American Military History Museum, enjoy a beautiful town park, or spend the day at Hattiesburg Zoo. For outdoor adventurists, bike 42 miles down the Longleaf Trace or canoe at one of three public waterways. Within two hours, you can drive to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or to nearby New Orleans for a long weekend or day trip.

This premier city in the Gulf South host many highly-anticipated annual events and street festivals throughout the year. Live at 5 Outdoor Concerts, Downtown BBQ Showdown, Homebrew Competition, and FestivalSouth are just a few of the most popular events for the residents of the city.

This is a superb opportunity for an orthodontic associate to work and play in an authentic southern city full of contemporary charm and culture steeped in history. The Hub City’s unique mix of retail, dining, and services makes it the perfect place to enjoy a work-life balance while creating beautiful smiles.

To learn more about this opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to shannon@bentsoncopple.com.

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Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Guilford County, North Carolina

Orthodontic_Job_Full_Time_Associate_Guilford_County_North_CarolinaA well-established, two-location practice located in Guilford County, North Carolina is currently seeking a full-time orthodontic associate.

Seeking big city amenities with southern charm and hospitality? Centrally located in North Carolina’s picturesque heartland, Guilford County is the perfect place to relax and be immersed in arts and entertainment. Beautiful and affordable homes in an array of styles, sizes, and characters reflect a low cost of living for a variety of lifestyles. There’s an abundance of outdoor

activities via its parks and recreational areas for year-round leisure activities – from fishing to biking, to hiking and greenway trails. Within a few hours, you can drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains or North Carolina’s beautiful coastline for a long weekend or day trip. The area’s selection of family-owned restaurants, fine dining eateries, and craft breweries offers something for everyone.

Its rich history has given it many nicknames including the “Gateway City” because of its commercial transportation hubs at Piedmont International Airport, downtown Amtrak stations, and highway and interstate systems.

Additionally, it is referred to as “Tournament Town” due to the many sports tournaments the area hosts including US Figure Skating Championship, ACC Swimming and Diving Championship, and rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This is an opportunity for an associate to work in a practice focused on high-quality, leading-edge care in a welcoming and family-friendly environment. Make your mark and become immersed in the local community in a relaxed urban environment you can call home.

To learn more about this opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to shannon@bentsoncopple.com.

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Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Columbus, Ohio

Orthodontic_Job_Full_Time_Associate_Columbus_OhioAn amazing, private orthodontic practice located in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking a full-time associate to join their passionate team. This practice desires an associate that is motivated about practicing orthodontics in an environment that offers an exceptional patient journey and a beautiful smile.

Columbus is known as one of the best places to live in the Midwest. Columbus offers residents an affordable cost of living, endless outdoor activities, amazing food, and friendly neighborhoods. It is also known for its unbridled passion for college football, home to the Ohio State Buckeyes. One of the best parts of living in Columbus is experiencing its cool neighborhoods. The Short North Arts District offers some of the best art galleries and public art displays in the city, as well as great food at restaurants. There’s also the locally-beloved German Village, where you can find restored old homes, quaint shops.

If you are a sports fan you might like the Arena District, home to multiple music and sports venues, and dozens of restaurants and sports bars. The state is home to an array of pro-sports teams including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Buckeye City also has over 350 parks throughout the area, making it a great place for outdoor enthusiasts.

If you are looking to practice in a diverse city with lots of social activity, this opportunity is a perfect fit! To learn more about this opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to shannon@bentsoncopple.com.

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Orthodontic Residents: Don’t Stop The Job Search

Shannon Patterson Ortho Resident Don's Stop The Job SearchIn the latest issue of Orthodontic Products Magazine, Shannon Patterson, Partner at Bentson Copple & Associates, provides advice to orthodontic residents as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

No one could have predicted what has happened in the world since mid-March, especially in the orthodontic world. Most offices were experiencing year-over-year growth spurred by advanced treatment technologies and a consumer push for cosmetic dentistry. Overnight we witnessed orthodontic offices across the country shut-down due to ADA regulations and recommendations. Approximately 9,000 orthodontists, their employees, and over 1,000 orthodontic residents are all on pause. Orthodontists who own offices had to make heart-wrenching decisions and tackle mounds of paperwork to apply for the stimulus loan package. Employed orthodontic associates are out of work not knowing if they will receive unemployment or will be rehired at a reduced schedule. Final-year residents who probably had a handful of potential opportunities are now experiencing radio silence on their phones.

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world, and as we watch media coverage of the virus it might feel selfish to be worrying about your potential career. However, the reality is you still need to find a job, and going dormant during this period may not the best scenario for job seekers.

Read the entire article in the April/May 2020 issue of Orthodontic Products.

Video: How COVID-19 is Impacting Orthodontic Residents

Shannon Patterson talks with Orthodontic Products’ Chief Editor, Alison Werner, about how the crisis is affecting residents – including the impact on classes, graduation, and licensure exams. She also focuses on how COVID-19 is affecting their job search and pending employment offers. Moreover, she offers advice to residents about how to manage this time and to established doctors who are wondering if they should be hiring now. Watch The Interview Here.

Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: York, Pennsylvania

Orthodontic_ Associateship_Opportunity_York_PennsylvaniaThe historic community of York, Pennsylvania is located in the heart of the Susquehanna River Valley centrally located from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The residents in York enjoy an array of outdoor recreational opportunities including three state parks, eleven county parks, and a 21-mile biking and jogging path that runs from York all the way to the Mason-Dixon Line. The area is also home to Gettysburg National Military Park and Hershey Park.

The overall cost of living in York is slightly lower than the national average and that in nearby communities. Commuters working in Maryland take advantage of York County’s lower housing costs, with townships in the southern portion of the county serving as bedroom communities for an increasing number of residents traveling as far south as Baltimore. The schools in York County routinely rank among the state’s top-performing districts offers students a top-notch education.

To learn more about this opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to shannon@bentsoncopple.com.

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