Are DSOs getting the best team members?

Sept. 12, 2023
With the shortage of great team members in full effect, can small private practices compete with all the benefits offered by large DSOs?

In this new Dentistry Unmasked, we invited Dr. Chris Salierno and Laura Bettencourt, BSDH, to share their take on whether small practices can compete with DSO. They both have vast experience working in both settings.Spoiler alert! Private practices can attract the best team membersand you may be surprised to learn whatthebest team members are seeking!

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About sponsored guest Chris Salierno, DDS
Dr. Chris Salierno is a general dentist from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2005. Dr. Salierno has served as the national president of the American Student Dental Association, Chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee, and as president of his local dental society. He lectures internationally on clinical dentistry, practice management, and leadership development. His material can be viewed on his blog, The Curious Dentist. In 2017 he became a chief development officer with the Cellerant Consulting Group. He was the chief editor of Dental Economics from 2014 to 2021. In 2021, he became the chief dental officer at Tend.
About sponsored guest Laura Bettencourt, BSDH, RDH

Laura Bettencourt, BSDH, RDH, has more than 15 years of clinical experience in the New England area. She is one of the cofounders of Diamond Dental Hygiene Career Coaching and is a board member of the NHDHA. Her expertise lies in fostering human connections, building relationships, advancing careers, and leading teams. Laura has actively contributed to the development and implementation of various programs, including those related to compliance, hygiene excellence, and periodontal protocols. As a mindset hygiene career coach, she takes great joy in guiding and empowering her clients to attain the confidence and clarity they desire. Laura is deeply committed to education, mentorship, and promoting a positive attitude in all aspects of life. For inquiries, contact her at [email protected].
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Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD | Chief Editor

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of Dental Economics. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected]

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David R. Rice, DDS

David R. Rice, DDS, is founder of the nation’s largest student and new dentist community, igniteDDS. Dr. Rice travels the world speaking and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. In addition to igniteDDS, Dr. Rice maintains a team-centered restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York.

Read Dr. Rice's DE Editorial Advisory Board profile here.