Episode 564

The Personal Story of Dr. L.D. Pankey

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: November 2, 2022 | Listening Time: 00:52:17

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Today’s episode is about the making of a man called L.D.Pankey. In this episode, Gary shares a story about L.D.Pankey, The father of modern-day dentistry, and this story needs to be passed on from generation to generation.

Dr. L.D.Pankey decided to become a dentist at the age of 12. Why? What inspired him?

Did you know that he was accepted to dental school at 19 and graduated as a dentist at 23?

Find more interesting facts and stories about Dr. L.D.Pankey, listen to this episode.

This episode also features a clinical tip from Steven Hatcher on Local Anesthesia.

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  • 00:00:29 – Introduction to the episode.
  • 00:01:09 – Announcement about the upcoming Masterclass.

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:03:03 – Dr. Steven Hatcher on Local Anesthesia.

Coaching In Action

  • 00:07:38 – How was the dental profession different in the 1920’s.
  • 00:08:50 – Gary shares the story about Dr. L.D. Pankey.
  • 00:10:56 – Was Dr. Pankey’s total student loan debt?
  • 00:14:10 – Gary’s favorite quote from the book Dr. Pankey wrote.
  • 00:16:16 – What did his mother write in the letter she wrote to Dr. Pankey that changed his life?
  • 00:19:58 – What was the commitment Dr. Pankey made?
  • 00:23:15 – Why does Gary think Dr.Pankey is the father of Modern day dentistry?
  • 00:23:45 – Gary shares a story about Dr.Pankey and a patient in 1930.

Q&A Segment

  • 00:33:13 – Question 1 – It has been on my ‘wish list’ to attend The Pankey Institute courses. Where would you recommend that I begin?
  • 00:37:05 – Question 2 – I am considering The Pankey Institute, Spear Education or The Kois Center to learn more about complex restorative dentistry. Can you comment of the advantages of each of these post graduate educational centers?
  • 00:39:45 – Question 3 – I was aware that Dr. Pankey chose to leave New Castle Kentucky because he thought the people in his community didn’t value saving their teeth. I am beginning to wonder if it might be better for me to relocate to another area because it seems like most of my patients are very insurance dependent and only want treatment if dental insurance will pay for it. Your thoughts?
  • 00:47:38 – Question 4 – Tell me about some of the other courses offered at The Pankey Institute in addition to the ‘Essentials’ Curriculum.


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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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