Episode 120

Dental Assistants ROCK with Tija Hunter

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: May 8, 2014 | Listening Time: 00:53:31

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In this week’s episode, Gary sits down with his good friend Tija Hunter to discuss the role dental assistants play in the success of a dental practice. 

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Dental assistants are often the unsung heroes of a practice. Today’s episode will give you a deeper understanding and a renewed appreciation of the role of a dental assistant.

Dental assistants are often the glue that binds the practice together. Often dental assistants spend more time than any other team member in the dentist office. They are responsible for keeping track of patients and appointments, dealing with sales reps, ordering office supplies, assisting the doctor, and a list of miscellaneous tasks, yet due recognition has so far eluded them.  

In today’s episode, Gary speaks to Tija Hunter, an office manager and a dental assistant with over 32 years of experience. She holds 11 advanced certifications including being certified as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA). 

Together they discuss 

  • The importance of investing in continuing education for dental assistants,
  • The benefits of belonging to the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA),
  • The value that an educated dental assistant adds to the practice
  • How being a dental assistant can be such a viable and rewarding career path.

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Tija Hunter’s email address: tijaefda@gmail.com

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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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