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’Tis the season for getting things done in your dental practice

April 24, 2017
It's time for some spring cleaning in your dental practice. Stay focused and don't let time get away from you. Achieve your spring goals and spend the summer knowing what you've accomplished.
Roger P. Levin, DDS, CEO and Founder, Levin Group

It's time for some spring cleaning in your dental practice. Stay focused and don't let time get away from you. Achieve your spring goals and spend the summer knowing what you've accomplished.

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Spring is finally here! Yippee! But don’t celebrate too long because it’ll be gone in a flash. As soon as the weather gets warmer, time just seems to accelerate. People are doing more and going out more, and boom! before you know it, it’s the middle of summer and all those items on your spring to-do list are still waiting to be done.

Don’t let the time slip away. Stay focused on getting things done and making progress on your big projects. Here are three critical activities that should be on your practice’s spring calendar:

1. Spring clean the office
This is something many practices talk about, but never actually do. This year, commit to making spring cleaning happen. Go through every closet, cabinet, and drawer. Purge the outdated items and keep the good stuff. You might just be surprised at what you find . . . valuable supplies you didn’t even know you had, and now you won’t have to order them again for a while.

2. Measure Quarter 1 performance and make adjustments
As the CEO, you need to carve out a chunk of time and review your practice’s performance for the first three months of the year. Examine key performance indicators (KPIs) and compare them against the previous quarter as well as the same period as last year. Identify positive and negative trends. If performance is lagging in certain areas, brainstorm solutions with your team and then implement corrective measures as quickly as you can.

3. Hold a quarterly team meeting
This is another activity that always seems to get put on the back burner in many practices. The quarterly meeting should be a forum for focusing on the big issues, such as:

Fixing customer service breakdowns
Establishing better collaboration between the clinical and administrative teams
Improving employee morale
Working on new scripts
Keeping hygiene patients active and re-engaging inactive patients
Brainstorming solutions for performance issues (see number 2)

As the CEO of your practice, you need to maximize the talents, knowledge, and skills of your staff members. A quarterly meeting is an excellent way to achieve that and move the practice forward at the same time.

By the time this article appears, there will only be two months left in spring. What have you accomplished so far? What remains to be done? Use the next two months to check off several more items on your practice’s to-do list.

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Roger P. Levin, DDS, is the founder and CEO of Levin Group Inc., a leading dental consulting firm. A nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Levin presents practice management seminars throughout the country.

Author’s note: CE for GPs:Attend Dr. Levin’s “Building the Ultimate Practice”seminarthis year and receive six CE credits.To see his full seminar schedule, visit

About the Author

Roger P. Levin, DDS | CEO and Founder, Levin Group

Roger P. Levin, DDS, is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with over 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is a sought-after speakers in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth. Through extensive research and cutting-edge innovation, Dr. Levin is a recognized expert on propelling practices into the top 10%. He has authored 65 books and over 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing.

Dr. Levin sits on the editorial board of five dental publications and has been named as one of the Leaders in Dentistry by Dentistry Today magazine for the last 15 years. He was recently named one of the 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry by Incisal Edge magazine and voted Best Dental Consultant by the readers of He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time magazine, and is the creator of the Levin Group Tip of the Day,which has over 30,000 subscribers.

To contact Dr. Levin, visit or email [email protected].

Updated March 7, 2019