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Belle DuCharme CDPMA
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Starting Up Right In 2009

Thinking of starting up a new dental practice in 2009?  Opening a new dental practice for the first time can be daunting. Starting with your dream and a blue print to back it up, the journey is only beginning.

McKenzie Management offers a Dentist Start-up Program that delivers a complete program for learning  the right way to look, listen and act to avoid mistakes often made by dentists who do not get the help and advice they need to lay a successful foundation for their practice. Before you make a final decision on the location of your practice, consider the following questions:

What kind of dentistry do you want to do? Do the demographics and psychographics of the area support the kind of dentistry that you want to do? Have you had a demographic and psychographic survey done on the area where you intend to open your practice? (The Community Overview report is included in McKenzie Management’s Dentist Start up Program)  For instance, if you want to do high end cosmetic dentistry, are you in an area where people would be interested in this type of dentistry? What is your plan to do the dentistry of your dreams?

Do you want to specialize? What is your long term goal?  Do you see yourself going back to school to study endodontics, orthodontics or another specialty?

Do you want to create a niche practice?  How do you want to stand out in your community?  Do you want to be just another dentist on the block or do you want to create a memorable experience for patients in your practice.  What is the competition doing?  How can you set yourself apart from the competition? What is it that you can provide that the competition doesn’t?

What kind of patients do you want to treat?  Do you want to treat children?  Do you want a family practice? Do you want to serve the poor or the affluent? Is your focus high end cosmetic services or basic dental care?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years and in 10 years?  What are your vision and your mission statement for your practice? Write them out and share them with family, friends and team. Have you a written professional business plan with goals of achievement outlined?

If you have already purchased or leased your practice, McKenzie Management can direct your marketing efforts and guide you into setting up all of the business systems to manage your practice the best way possible.

What do you need to do next? There are many things to do before you can open your doors. Here is list to assist you in that direction. This list will vary from state to state.

Licenses (vary from state to state):

  • State Dental License
  • Anesthesia and analgesia permit if applicable)
  • License to prescribe drugs
  • Controlled substance license

Professional Association:

  • Join local, state and national associations


  • X-ray registration
  • Waste management
  • National Provider Identification NPI

Local Requirements

  • City of village occupancy permit
  • Zoning Board
  • Building Permit
  • Infection Control and OSHA
  • Job safety and health protection
  • OSHA compliance


  • State Department of revenue


  • IRS tax ID number


  • Disability income / office overhead expense
  • Life /term and universal
  • Medical/Health
  • Professional liability
  • Workmans Comp
  • Employee fidelity bond


  • License required and verified
  • Vaccines and immunizations
  • Employee policies
  • Employment Eligibility (i-9 forms)
  • Federal and state labor law posters
  • American with Disabilities Act

Supplies and equipment

  • Dental manufacturers and supplies
  • Dental Lab 

Sign up for McKenzie Managements Dentist Start-up Program today to guide you to developing the practice of your dreams and making 2009 the best year ever.

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