Light at the End of the Tunnel

Texas doctors find security for their practice with Heartland Dental

"It was a leap of faith joining Heartland Dental, but it was absolutely the right decision. They are professional, attentive to our needs, and follow through with everything they say."

Ronada Davis, DDS

Ronada Davis, DDS
practicing dentist at DDS Associates in Houston, Texas

While retirement is something to look forward to, it is also something that can cause a lot of stress for dentists who will be leaving their practices behind. For Dr. Ronada Davis and Dr. Jorge Quirch, finding a partner dentist to help Dr. Quirch maintain the practice once Dr. Davis retires was of utmost importance. Unfortunately, their search turned out to be much more difficult than expected.

Dr. Davis and Dr. Quirch both attended the University of Texas Dental Branch – Houston for their Doctorates of Dental Surgery, Dr. Davis graduated in 1982, and Dr. Quirch in 1992. Both dentists have been busy in their dental careers since the day they graduated, and now practice together at DDS Associates in Houston, Texas.

After 32 years of practicing dentistry, Dr. Davis will be nearing the end of her career in dentistry soon, which means starting the search for a partner dentist to join Dr. Quirch at DDS Associates. The two spent almost 8 years searching and interviewing dentists, but had no such luck in finding someone who was willing to take on the responsibility of actually buying in to the practice. Not only that, overhead costs were becoming increasingly high for their practice, which made it even more difficult to integrate new partners, as well as keeping a full staff.

Fearful that the practice would have to fall solely on the hands of Dr. Quirch, the two made the decision to reach out to Heartland Dental in mid-March of 2013. After careful consideration and several conversations with the Affiliation Team, Dr. Davis and Dr. Quirch were completely on board. And just three months later, DDS Associates officially affiliated on June 18th, 2013.

"We had some initial concerns before affiliating with Heartland Dental," said Dr. Quirch. "We wanted to make sure that our office was able to maintain its philosophy, and maintain the same standard of care that we had been providing. But knowing that Heartland Dental shared our philosophies and standards, the affiliation process was seamless."

"We wanted to make sure that our office was able to maintain its philosophy, and maintain the same standard of care that we had been providing. But knowing that Heartland Dental shared our philosophies and standards, the affiliation process was seamless."

Jorge Quirch, DDS, FAGD

Jorge E. Quirch, DDS, FAGD
practicing dentist at DDS Associates in Houston, Texas

Dr. Davis could not agree more. "Other than some very minor adjustments, our core office values remain," she explained. "Even after some skepticism from the staff, they now see that we are still the leaders of our office." Not only has Heartland Dental helped DDS Associates stay true to their dental philosophy, it has strengthened their team for the better. "Most all of our staff members would agree that things like the continuing education courses have strengthened the team and brought a sense of camaraderie that they didn’t have by just coming in to work every day," said Dr. Davis.

Continuing education courses, non-clinical administrative support, and a network of over 800 fellow dentists to rely on for support are among the benefits that Dr. Davis and Dr. Quirch have found with Heartland Dental. Additionally, their fear of not being able to find a new dentist for the practice has been eliminated. "Joining Heartland Dental gave us security in knowing that a strong, successful organization is behind us for support," said Dr. Davis. "We know now that neither of us will have to be solely responsible in carrying the weight of the office."

"There’s so much fear in dentistry about joining a dental support organization, and that you should stay away from it," said Dr. Quirch. "Now that I'm on the other side of it, I completely disagree with that." Dr. Davis agreed, "It was a leap of faith joining Heartland Dental, but it was absolutely the right decision. They are professional, attentive to our needs, and follow through with everything they say."

With Heartland Dental on their side, both doctors can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The ongoing support allows Dr. Davis to happily look forward to her retirement without any worry from Dr. Quirch or herself. They, along with the entire team at DDS Associates, can rest assured that their practice will always be in good hands.