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Best place to open a practice

Discussion in 'Dental' started by gatorfan99, Jul 3, 2004.

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  1. gatorfan99

    gatorfan99 Hooaah!

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    I would like to hear everyone's suggestions on the best locations nationwide to open new dental offices. Thanks!

    I know that central Florida is definately NOT one.
  2. omaralt

    omaralt Senior Member

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    heey why not central florida??? i definately wanna come back and work in central FL, hopefully tampa....i thought the job market here was good??

    omar
  3. ItsGavinC

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    One of the best places to open shop is an area 1-2 hours away from an urban area, in any state in the US. Also, plan on being open on Saturdays and taking another day of the week off (for example, be open on W, Th, F, Sat). That Saturday opening will get you lots of the men in the area (although it will probably still be the wives who schedule it).

    Remember, people laughed when Walmarts began springing up in relatively rural areas, but Walmart realized that people in those areas had to do their shopping somewhere! And the best part--they were open 24 hours. Walmart also realized that the people couldn't always break free during normal hours to do their shopping.

    Just my thoughts.
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    He is a dentist in the largest or one of the largest growing counties in the nation right now. He is open wed, thur, fri and sat. He works from 9-7 on Wed-Fri and 9-12 on Sat, and or appointments. He is doing rather well for himself, he is now opening up another practice in just two years of exsistence. So by this time next year, he will have two practices, with 2 associates underneath him.

    Gavin hit on the nose, you need to open up in a rural/urban setting prefereably 20 miles away from a large city.
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    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet

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    where YOU are happiest. i personally wouldn't want to live in the boonies, even if the money was better. everyone is different, so do what you want.
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    ItsGavinC Moderator Emeritus

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    Just remember that you can get anywhere quickly in a fast Benz. :D
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    What are you asking? The best places where you can earn the most money? That's usually implied when a question like this is asked. If that is your question, then the best places are rural places 1 hour outside a large metropolitan city preferably in the southeast, south or midwest. Popular cities like LA, Chicago, New York, Miami etc. will be saturated because everyone wants to live there.

    In healthcare, small towns are places where you can make a lot of money. Even family practice doctors in small towns can make close to six figures since they perform most duties a specialist would perform in a large metropolitan city. A general dentist in a small to midsize town can earn a lot of money because you will do ortho and procedures perfomed by dental specialists.

    Money isn't everything of course. There is a price to be paid by living in a small town or even in a city that's only 1-2 hours away from a large metropolitan area. I grew up in a small town. Both of my parents were involved in healthcare and they did quite well for themselves. However, there was a lot of drawbacks too. The choice of high schools is somewhat limited and the best schools were in the metropolitan area of the city. We didn't have access to the best schools. Also, shopping, the airport, restaurants, pro sporting events, concerts, colleges..etc. was pretty much non-accessible considering that the city was so far away. So many things that were a part of the lives of people that live in a large city was not a part of my life and I regret it. Small town life has it's perks for sure but it also has it's drawbacks. If you grew up in a small town or city then it is much easier going back than someone who grew up in a large metro area.

    Based on that experience, I would much rather make 200 K and live in a large city than live 2 hours from a large city and make 500K. There is no point earning a lot of money if you have no place to spend it. Traveling on the weekends isn't the same as living in a city or suburb of a large city. But more power to you. If you are one of those types of people that doesn't mind small town living then you will be quite comfortable as a dentist there; that's for sure.
  8. Dentalist

    Dentalist carpe diem

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    Also, keep in mind that the cost of living in rural/suburb area is relatively cheaper than one in city.
  9. practice where u want to live..
  10. DrTacoElf

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    I would say live where you practice personally. But make sure you like the area too. Being open on saturdays is definiely a plus, and i know it would get results around my home.
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    North Carolina has a shortage in dentists. The opportunies are great here. Charlotte is also a great city, it's growing rapidly. Also there's a bunch of great biking stuff to do around here :), I LOVE BIKING.
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    BIKING is what guys on harleys do. I am a cyclist. Oh, and I want to practice in the mountains, where I can enjoy the outdoors in all their splendor, while at the same time be available to an underserved population.

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