What an act to follow!

As proud as I am to be the new managing editor of Dental Economics, it also is a very humbling experience. When I look back at all that Dick Hale has accomplished as editor, I know that I have some big shoes to fill. Luckily, Dick has agreed to stay on for six months as a consultant. This should assure that we will have a smooth transition. I have a lot to learn and I will lean heavily on Dick during the transition. I plan to build on the strengths that Dick has brought to the magazine over the

Feb 1st, 1997

Joseph A. Blaes, DDS, Editor

As proud as I am to be the new managing editor of Dental Economics, it also is a very humbling experience. When I look back at all that Dick Hale has accomplished as editor, I know that I have some big shoes to fill. Luckily, Dick has agreed to stay on for six months as a consultant. This should assure that we will have a smooth transition. I have a lot to learn and I will lean heavily on Dick during the transition. I plan to build on the strengths that Dick has brought to the magazine over the years.

You know me mainly through my writings in Pearls for your Practice. I believe that I bring some unique strengths to the table that will enhance the magazine. In over 30 years in practice, I have managed many types of offices. I started solo, added an associate, started a six-man group practice, which eventually grew to 10, and then went back to a solo insurance-free practice. Along the way, I have listened to every practice management guru. They all had something to offer, but some had more value than others. The challenge is to know the difference and not follow blindly. I confess to being a continuing education junkie and I have broadened my clinical horizons with many cutting-edge courses. I don`t think that I have ever missed a Chicago Midwinter meeting. I believe that this background will help me to select articles that are germane to the practice management problems you are experiencing.

We have planned a great editorial calendar for 1997 with lots of exciting new authors and topics. My mission will be to keep DE as the foremost journal of practice management. Where there is controversy, we will show you both sides so that you can make informed decisions. Over the years, Dick Hale has built a large and loyal readership. I intend to build on that base and carry it to new heights.

I can only be successful if you feel well served and read the magazine. I need your constant input to keep the magazine relevant. To that end, we will be running more surveys. Please take the time to answer them. Of course, you always can communicate with me directly. The easiest way probably is fax or e-mail-I will publish these numbers just as soon as they are available.

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