Episode 247

Avoiding the Risks of Substance Abuse with Dr. Brett Kessler

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: October 12, 2016 | Listening Time: 01:02:34

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Statistically, somewhere between 10-20% of Dentists will experience an issue with substance abuse at some point in their career. In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend Dr. Brett Kessler on the topic of avoiding the risks of substance abuse.

Running Time: 62:34 minutes

Brett is a practicing Dentist in Colorado, a past President of the Colorado Dental Association, President-Elect of the Colorado Prosthodontic Society and a Consultant to the ADA Dental Well Being Advisory Committee. While these are impressive credentials, perhaps Brett’s ultimate credentials on this topic is that he is a recovering substance abuse addict himself. In this interview, Brett shares his personal story of addiction, recovery and life after recovery. In addition to his personal story, Brett and Gary discuss; the stressors that can lead to addiction, warning signs of addiction, the possible consequences of substance abuse to your career, how to get help, why substance abuse is a disease and not just a weakness, why the success rate in treatment via a Health Professionals Treatment Program is 70-90% and the interview concludes with a discussion of how to help a colleague in trouble. This is a very important topic and the content of this powerful interview with Brett might just save someone’s life.

Brett’s email address: bikodds@gmail.com

Brett’s Cell phone number: 720-989-7960

Alison Bramhall MPH Manager ADA Dentist Health and Wellness Council on Dental Practice contact info:

Email: Bramhalla@ada.org

Phone: 312-440-2622

Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs Gary became a successful practice owner by purchasing a fixer-upper practice and developing it into a world-class dental practice. He is passionate about sharing his hard-earned insights and experiences with dental practices across the globe.

As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.

More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!
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