The Very Dental Podcast Network

Alan talks with the incomparable Irene Iancu about podcasting, her new practice and practicing dentistry in the COVID era! Some highlights from the episode:

  • What is going to happen with dental meetings moving forward?
  • Irene is a hygienist that also owns and runs her own dental office
  • How did COVID affect her buildout and her startup?
  • Would she recommend going on the news to talk about PPE in the COVID era? (spoiler: NO!)
  • How did she put systems in place?
  • How did Irene (a hygienist) interview doctors to work in her practice?
  • Using local Facebook mom groups to market your practice (this is GOLD!)
  • An office where you "eat what you kill."
  • Is it important that patients know who OWNS the office?
  • Irene is going back to school!
  • Irene's dog Lou is the smartest dog in the world
  • Irene is a Nomad pioneer in Canada!
  • Irene's hiring tips
  • Irene's FIRING tips
  • What would she have told herself if she could go back in time and change something about opening her practice?

Some links from the show:

The First 90 Days

Radical Candor

Radical Candor Podcast

The Making of a Startup Facebook group

Irene's Instagram

Toothlife Studio

Tooth or Dare Podcast

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Direct download: ep_305_mixdown-auphonic_01.mp3
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