Episode 557

Why is Work/Life Balance so Elusive for Dentists?

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: September 14, 2022 | Listening Time: 00:53:22

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Is Work-Life Balance Possible for Dentists? Yes, work-life balance is possible for dentists as long as you remember to set limits at work and look after yourself. 

Tune into the episode to find out how?

This episode also features a clinica tip from Dr. Jeremy Krell on bite and Occlusion.

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The notion of work-life balance is difficult for most people to master. And, nowhere is this struggle more prevalent than for dentists. Most dentists are torn between delivering excellent dental care and the demands of running the business side of the practice and finding time for their personal life.

Identifying ways to blend the two parts together and finding a rhythm that works for you is what this episode is about. 


  • 00:00:27 – Introduction to the episode
  • 00:01:00 – Announcement about the upcoming Masterclass

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:02:58  – Dr. Jeremy Krell on bite and occlusion

Coaching In Action

  • 00:06:34 – The most common problem dentist face
  • 00:07:50 – Gary talks about a personal experience with walkmans
  • 00:11:10 – Does Gary have a Work-Life balance?
  • 00:17:01 – What can you do to achieve a Work-Life balance?

Q&A Segment

  • 00:30:15 – Question – 1 –  I grew up in a family that taught the importance of a strong work ethic. I realize that my work ethic sometimes conflicts with the concept of work life balance. Your thoughts?
  • 00:36:46 – Question – 2 – I am a solo dentist by choice. Can an effective work life balance be achieved in a solo dentist format?
  • 00:41:13 – Question – 3 – Gary, I have heard you talk recently about the Pankey Mastery ladder. You have inspired me to pursue some serious dental CE. Can you suggest an appropriate number of hours of CE per year that will help me achieve mastery status?
  • 00:46:19 – Question – 4 – I realize that the best path for me to achieve an effective work life balance is to get off the PPO treadmill. However, I practiced this way for many years and at some level it works at the expense of my work life balance. I’d love some encouragement from you to take the leap to drop PPO plans?”


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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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