Agreements not forced

In response to Dr. Jay Herrington`s letter in the October issue of Dental Economics, I again will defend my position as president of a dental management company for the past 18 years. In don`t recall ever meeting Dr. Herrington or him taking the time to call me personally to find out what my company provides for dentists before he chose to publicly use my name in a negative context. Dental Partners/McKenzie Management is a consulting-services company. By having a variety of services, we diagnose

Sally McKenzie, CMC

Ft. Lauderdale, CA

In response to Dr. Jay Herrington`s letter in the October issue of Dental Economics, I again will defend my position as president of a dental management company for the past 18 years. In don`t recall ever meeting Dr. Herrington or him taking the time to call me personally to find out what my company provides for dentists before he chose to publicly use my name in a negative context. Dental Partners/McKenzie Management is a consulting-services company. By having a variety of services, we diagnose the doctor`s particular situation and prescribe the program that will best accomplish his or her objectives.

Dr. Herrington`s accusations imply that I will walk into his office with a loaded gun, point it to his head, turn spotlight on him, and force him to sign an agreement.

The doctors who have chosen to sell their practice to Dental Partners are intelligent doctors with astute legal and accounting advisers. Our affiliated dentists are some of the most respected practitioners in their respective areas - they include a former vice president of the American Dental Association and a former president of the Florida Dental Association. These people wanted to get the maximum equity out of their practice and they wanted expert on-site management assistance in growing their practice and relieving their day-to-day operational headaches.

Dr. Herrington implies that providing consulting services on a contract basis while our company also offers dentists an opportunity to sell us their practice and continue practicing dentistry is a conflict of interest on my part. How is that any different than Dr. Herrington providing gold inlays, porcelain inlays, composite or amalgam filings?

He provides different services to his patients. He is ethical, honest, and his patients trust him to recommend what they need. It`s obvious that Dr. Herrington doesn`t know me personally or he would know that I am ethical and honest. I invite him or anyone who would like to know first-hand what we stand for and represent to come to our corporate offices in Ft. Lauderdale or Roseville, Calif. I can be reached at (954) 453-3670, ext. 2526.

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