Higher Learning

Dentist Continues Passion for Advancement with HDC

To become a great dentist, first-rate ongoing education is essential. As new techniques are perfected, dentists have to keep learning in order to flourish. Dr. Asle Klemma of Advanced Dentistry in Schaumburg, Illinois embraces this philosophy.

Since graduating from the honors program at Loyola Dental School in 1982 and gaining over 20 years of experience as a solo practitioner, Dr. Klemma has taken his passion for dentistry and dental education beyond the walls of his office. From 1986 to 1993, he taught clinical dentistry at Loyola Dental School. He has also published a number of articles in the Journal of Contemporary Esthetic. Now with Heartland Dental Care, this passionate teacher has enjoyed taking on a student role as well.

"The educational resources offered with HDC are truly invaluable to dentists. From the clinical courses to the leadership training, dentists have amazing opportunities to build upon their skills," Dr. Klemma explained. "I've taken many education courses and management seminars, but it's always been difficult to implement those ideas into my practice. HDC's support has definitely helped me in that area. I've greatly advanced my communication skills with the help of fellow HDC dentists, Dr. Mark Hodge and Dr. Bruce Baird, both whom I consider to be master communicators. With their teachings, I'm communicating with my patients more precisely and effectively."

Dr. Klemma first heard about HDC when he spoke with Business Development Representative Roger Childerson at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Afterwards, Dr. Klemma decided HDC was the right choice for him, affiliating in 2011.

"Affiliating my practice with HDC was a simple, positive and unbelievably painless experience. The Affiliation team delivered on everything they said they would," Dr. Klemma said. "With the affiliation, my team and I are now able to accomplish office goals that we always wanted to, but never could. Our front desk workflow has benefited tremendously. Because the business side is much more organized and I'm still the leader of the office, I'm still able to practice dentistry on my terms."

"The educational resources offered with HDC are truly invaluable to dentists. From the clinical courses to the leadership training, dentists have amazing opportunities to build upon their skills."

Asle Klemma, DDS
practices at Advanced Dentistry in Schaumburg, Illinois. Dr. Klemma affiliated with HDC in 2011.

With HDC's support, Dr. Klemma and his team at Advanced Dentistry have seen a positive impact on their efficiency, teamwork and communication. Dr. Klemma has also gained more autonomy and freedom to care for his patients and pursue his interests.

"Along with my passion for education, I seek to incorporate the most up-to-date services in my office. I continue to do so here with HDC, utilizing advancements in orthodontics, endodontics, laser dentistry and more. I also have more time to pursue interests outside of dentistry, such as motorcycles, golf and spending time with my family," Dr. Klemma said. "To any dentists considering affiliating their practice with HDC: do it. You'll have the best of both worlds--office efficiency with a more balanced life. Every person I've met at HDC, from the Affiliation team and administrators to the home office team members, has been honest, upfront and motivated to help my office succeed."

"Advancing my knowledge and abilities has always been an ongoing goal in my career. In progressing as a dentist, developing a student mentality has become a necessity," said Dr. Klemma. "I take every opportunity to learn more, both for the benefit of myself and my patients."