Feeling the Love

Doctor finds the perfect fit with Heartland Dental

Finding the perfect fit is an important part of any job search, and it can sometimes take a few tries before the fit is right. When Dr. Chip Webb was finally introduced to Heartland Dental by a colleague, he knew his search was over.

Dr. Webb attended the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University in his home state of Arizona. As he prepared for graduation, he began exploring his options for employment. He looked into a few different routes, but nothing seemed to be a good fit.

“With Heartland Dental’s support, you kind of feel the love. You feel like they actually want you to be successful, feel good as a professional, and be comfortable in your career. If you want to expand your capabilities, you have access to first-rate continuing education. If you’re in need of a staffing change, they’re there to help”

Chip Webb, DMD

Chip Webb, DMD
practicing dentist at Family Dental Care of East Peoria in Peoria, IL

In early 2013, friend and former classmate Dr. Tanner Flaherty reached out to Dr. Webb about Heartland Dental. He connected Dr. Webb with Michelle Jansen, member of the recruiting team, who explained Heartland Dental’s culture and philosophies. “The more I talked to Michelle and Dr. Flaherty and shadowed at several of Heartland Dental’s affiliated offices, the more I fell in love with the organization,” said Dr. Webb. “After that, it was a no brainer that this is where I wanted to start my career.”

Though they had lived in Arizona all of their lives, Dr. Webb and his family were up for an adventure, so the recruiting team set him up at a new office in Peoria, Illinois. Shortly after graduation, he and his family moved to the Midwest to open Family Dental Care of East Peoria. “It has worked out extremely well,” said Dr. Webb. “With a beautiful new office, great location and wonderful staff, we’ve had great success. We’re now entering year two, and I have no plans of going anywhere.”

Affiliating with Heartland Dental has put Dr. Webb in the ideal situation for his dental career. In addition to meeting his goal of having a successful practice, he has really enjoyed continuing his education through the variety of courses offered by Heartland Dental. The CE courses have allowed him to not only grow in his skill as a dentist, but also as a leader. “I have really enjoyed the classes the Education Department offers that aren’t necessarily clinically-based,” recalled Dr. Webb. “I would have never taken a course like Bell Leadership if I wasn’t a Heartland Dental affiliate, and it’s probably one of the best classes I’ve ever taken.”

Because of the success he’s enjoyed thus far with Heartland Dental, Dr. Webb has been proactive in sharing his great experience with future graduates at his alma mater. “I was introduced to Heartland Dental because of a former classmate’s recommendation,” said Dr. Webb. “Dr. Flaherty was very open about Heartland Dental, let me know what to expect in certain situations and had very positive things to say. He was genuinely interested in helping me, and I have the same attitude towards helping future dentists in their post-graduation plans.” Of the dozen or so students he has spoken with, about half of them ended up affiliating with Heartland Dental. “I’m still in touch with them today, and am here to offer them advice as they start up their careers,” he said.

“With Heartland Dental’s support, you kind of feel the love,” explained Dr. Webb. “You feel like they actually want you to be successful, feel good as a professional and be comfortable in your career. If you want to expand your capabilities, you have access to first-rate continuing education. If you’re in need of a staffing change, they’re there to help. They are on board with everything you want to pursue and are invested in you growing as dentist. They truly do set you up for success.”

“I would have never taken a course like Bell Leadership if I wasn’t a Heartland Dental affiliate, and it’s probably one of the best classes I’ve ever taken.”