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Common questions about the recruiting process answered by Nancy Pals, director of recruiting at Heartland Dental

If you are a new dentist, you have a lot to decide. What type of office is right for me? Where do I want to practice? How can I further my skills and knowledge? If you are an experienced dentist looking for a new opportunity, you may find yourself asking similar questions. What is my ideal office situation and location? How can I build upon the skills and knowledge I already possess?

No matter your experience level, if you are considering affiliating with Heartland Dental, you may have a few questions in mind. Nancy Pals, director of recruiting, provides insight into some of the most common questions about Heartland Dental and the recruiting process.

No matter your experience level, if you are considering affiliating with Heartland Dental, you may have a few questions in mind. Nancy Pals, director of recruiting, provides insight into some of the most common questions about Heartland Dental and the recruiting process.

Nancy Pals

Nancy Pals
Director of Recruting at Heartland Dental

Q How is Heartland Dental special among dental support organizations?

A Founded by a dentist, Heartland Dental emphasizes a "doctor-led" mentality. When a dentist affiliates with Heartland Dental, it is the dentist who leads the office, making all decisions in regard to their patients and team members. In addition, Heartland Dental-affiliated offices each have their own brand, logo and identity within the communities they serve.

Q What is a typical day like in a Heartland Dental affiliated office?

A Each day, as an affiliated doctor, you would lead your team through a busy schedule. In the morning, you would meet with your team to discuss that day's schedule needs and plan accordingly. Then, your entire team will work together to provide effective oral health care. Your typical day will unfold as it would at any other dental office – however you will have administrative support for non-clinical duties. Office details like marketing your practice, hiring team members, completing team payroll, fixing or replacing equipment are supported by Heartland Dental's team of administrative professionals. As an affiliate dentist, you can focus on dentistry.

Q What continuing education does Heartland Dental support?

A Heartland Dental supports extensive, world-class continuing education in a variety of clinical areas, as well as topics dentists may not have much experience with. Courses feature renowned speakers in business and dentistry. The impressive list of past speakers includes industry leaders Dr. George Bruder, Dr. Gordon Christensen, 1-800-Dentist chief executive officer, Fred Joyal, and many more.

With the ever-changing landscape of dentistry, it’s important that dentists stay up-to-date on the latest technology and techniques. We support education that keeps doctors on the cutting edge. There is more to dentistry than just clinical knowledge, though. Great dentists must be great communicators and leaders. Many elements of our courses focus solely on these important, often neglected, aspects of practicing. With a comprehensive focus, these continuing education opportunities can help you become the best dentist you can be.