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Dr. Jason Smithson sat down with Alan in September for an expansive conversation at the Spear Summit in Scottsdale, AZ! Their conversation ranged from the cuisine at Waffle House to post-COVID hiring! Some of the topics they covered were:

  • Has Jason ever eaten at Waffle House?
  • How does your skill set influence your treatment plan?
  • Decathlon dentists and how the concept has changed
  • Why can't dentists in the US work together or share patients effectively? Why do we all have to have our own offices?
  • Does owning an office = entrepreneurship? 
  • Staffing after COVID: has the work ethic changed?
  • The new graduate situation post COVID
  • Al's new idea for an Instagram account: "Polishing a Turd"
  • Times the rubber dam is unnecessary or worse!
  • Photos of cases: are they for the patient or the dentist?
  • Crazy equestrian wives and daughters

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