Hey all, I wanted to ask some of the future dentists about corporate dentistry and its impact on the dental profession. By Corporate Dentistry, I mean companies like Heartland and SmileCare, out in the West Coast, that own many practices and hire dentists to work as associates. SmileCare has 70 or so practices in Cali alone, and I think Heartland is much bigger. Their ad says they add 25 to 30 practices a year. Do you think this is a growing pattern, or no? Personally, I think if this became very popular, it would be a huge blow to dentistry. One of the best benefits of this field is being your own boss, and running your own practice. And corporate dentistry would take away from that. Ideally, I would like these corporate dental practices to provide work for those dentists that don't want to deal with the hassle of a practice. But I don't want them to become so large that small practices would not be able to compete with them. They definetly have a competitive edge in that they charge lower prices than a normal practice. What do you guys think about this?