The Alan Mead Dental Experience

The Alan Mead Dental Experience
An entertaining and informative look at dentists and their stories.

The Reputation of Dentists (AME078)
Oct 16, 2019 • 15 min
Do dentists have a bad reputation? If yes, is there anything we can do about it? Al contemplates this and if customer service is dead. (spoiler: yes, it is).
A May Well Spent (AME077)
May 31, 2019 • 22 min
Alan talks about taking a break from podcast production, losing some weight, defeating diabetes and what the future holds. Also a VoD tradition that includes the Waffle House.
Richard Heend Created the Internet…kind of (AME076)
Feb 16, 2019 • 52 min
The beginning of seventh grade. That's when the Rich and Al story started. Al has been friends with Richard Heend for more than 35 years. Which makes me feel super old. Rich had computers long before people normally had computers. This is where Al's…
Dec 22, 2018 • 57 min
Al asks the Alan Mead Experience FB group to "ask me anything." And they did! I talk about new microphones, broken iPads, kids with autism, balancing dentistry and podcasting and the upcoming Voices of Dentistry meeting! A couple links: TextExpander The…
What I Did Last Summer (AME074)
Oct 27, 2018 • 33 min
The AME is back from hiatus! Alan starts with a death defying horse story and then explains what he's been up to all summer.
073: Dr. Sarah Meyer on necrotic hippo teeth
Jun 22, 2018 • 43 min
Alan talks to Dr. Sarah Meyer who has convinced him working on sleeping patients is awesome, and working on sleeping gorillas, tigers and bears is even more awesome!
072: Things rolling around in the back of my mind
Jun 8, 2018 • 20 min
Al discusses a couple things that continue to bubble up when he's least expecting it.
071: The AME AMA (ask me anything)
May 30, 2018 • 39 min
Al goes solo to answer a bunch of listener questions!
070: Dr. Chris Bowman on how to talk with patients
May 16, 2018 • 49 min
Dr. Chris Bowman joins Alan to talk about some great ways to communicate with patients. The actual human interactions between dentists and patients can be pretty bizarre when you step back and look at it. Chris is a bit of an expert on this kind of…
069: Dr. Steven Vorholt is in the sweet spot
May 9, 2018 • 48 min
Dr. Steven Vorholt is a dentist in the sweet spot. He heard episode 068 of the AME and realized that the "sweet spot" I was talking about was HIM! He's starting a journey to understand digital dentistry and use it in his practice and you can see this…
068: Al takes a ride in the “Single Use Time Machine”
Apr 25, 2018 • 36 min
Inspired by people he met at the AACD, Al waxes philosophical about the sweet spot of being 5 years out of dental school.
067: Dr. Frank Clayton on pig farming and single tooth dentistry
Apr 18, 2018 • 47 min
Alan is joined by one of the funniest people on Earth, Dr. Frank Clayton. In one of the greatest podcasts ever recorded, Frank and Al cover a bizarre range of topics: from pig farming, test taking, Spear and Kois, single tooth dentistry and hating…
066: Spring Break Hangover
Apr 11, 2018 • 26 min
Al is trying to decide if not wanting to come back to work after spring break says good things about him or not.
065: Dr. Alex Sharp says, “podcasts made me buy a practice!”
Mar 28, 2018 • 45 min
Alan talks with Dr. Alex Sharp who tells him that listening to podcasts pushed him into ownership! In one of the most gratifying interviews ever, Dr. Alex Sharp explains how the Voices of Dentistry meeting in Nashville back in 2017 helped push him into…
064: the best burger or lots of burgers?
Mar 21, 2018 • 30 min
Al riffs on being stuck between "high end" and "production." What kind of dentist are you? Can you be in between these two styles and make it? Come take the Bioclear posterior course with me on June 1-2 in Tacoma at the Bioclear Learning Center! Email…
063: Dr. Alex Salen on learning to dentist
Mar 14, 2018 • 50 min
New dentists rejoice! Alan is joined by Dr. Alex Salen who is a (relatively) recent grad. We talk about growing up in the midwest, choosing what to do after school and learning to dentist! Egg Inc
062: Mike and Josh make up
Feb 28, 2018 • 102 min
Dr. Mike DiTolla and Dr. Josh Austin hash out where Mike's been. Get ready for an entertaining and emotional ride. Buckle in…it's a long one! Dr. Mike DiTolla left the dental scene about 8 weeks before the Dentsply Sirona World event in September of 2017.…
061: VoD wrap up
Feb 14, 2018 • 36 min
Al talks about his love/hate relationship with February, the Chicago Midwinter and the Voices of Dentistry meeting
060: Dr. Josh Brower live from Voices of Dentistry
Feb 7, 2018 • 34 min
Alan talks with Dr. Josh Brower…an educator and his classmate from the University of Minnesota class of 1997!
059: Live at the Voices of Dentistry with Dr. Stephanie Zeller
Jan 31, 2018 • 47 min
Alan is joined by podcaster and prosthodontist Dr. Stephanie Zeller at the amazing Voices of Dentistry summit! We talk about the state of prosthodontics, the importance of photography and how Instagram is bringing sexy back to pros! Best of Prosth…
058: Pre Voices of Dentistry Ramblings
Jan 24, 2018 • 27 min
This episode was recorded with a new recorder/mic in the car about 3 days before lift off for Voices of Dentistry! I'm excited about VoD! I can't wait to soak up some sun and see in person all those people that are only voices in my headphones! Today's…
057: Al on blogging, podcasting and getting up really early
Jan 17, 2018 • 38 min
Al riffs on why dentists should be blogging, the future of the AME and how getting up really early is working for him. The Best of Prosth Instagram Voices of Dentistry Mead Family Dental blog The Blogging Dentist
056: total joint replacement premedication rant
Jan 8, 2018 • 34 min
Premedication for total joint replacement in the dental office has been common for a lot of years. We (mostly) shouldn't be doing it now. Al rants about this. Premier Dental Periowise probe Some links to read: From the New England Journal of Medicine :…
055: Dr. Josie Dovidio on side gigs and being a mid career dentist
Jan 3, 2018 • 50 min
Dr. Josie Dovidio joins Alan to talk about what a fine year 1997 was and how graduating at the right time made all the difference for them. Premier Dental Periowise probe
054: Al on losing everything (part 2)
Dec 27, 2017 • 48 min
Everyone has feelings. But does everyone realize how feelings can affect you? In the second episode about Stoicism and rehab Alan talks about how he learned about dealing with his emotions and what life was like in long term treatment for addicted health…
053: Al on losing everything (part 1?)
Dec 20, 2017 • 48 min
What if you woke up tomorrow and couldn't do what you've been doing your whole life. What would your life be like? How would you survive? Your host has some experience with this. Depending on the feedback I get, this will be part 1 of a series if you find…
052: Dr. Drew Byrnes on Fee for Service dentistry and the Voices of Dentistry conference
Dec 18, 2017 • 50 min
Dr. Drew Byrnes, host of the "Fee for Service Dentist" podcast joins Alan to discuss what "fee for service" really means and how hard it is to actually name a podcast. What is "fee for service?" Is it cash only? Simply being out of network from all…
051: Dr. Matthew Standridge on the Dental Hacks Nation and orthodontics
Dec 13, 2017 • 49 min
Dr. Matthew Standridge joins Alan to talk about his podcast, "The Ketodontist podcast" as well as being an administrator of the Dental Hacks Nation. We spend a lot of time talking about orthodontics for the general dentist and the fact that he's now on…
050: 10 reasons to be grateful as 2018 approaches
Dec 6, 2017 • 42 min
Al riffs on negativity and how a gratitude list can almost always change your attitude! 10 reasons to be grateful as 2018 approaches: 1) Voices of Dentistry meeting 2) my addiction and recovery 3) Premier Dental 4) My dad 5) Digital Photography 6) My dog…
049: Dr. Tammy Bailey on the opioid crisis and really good CE
Dec 4, 2017 • 56 min
Dr. Tammy Bailey joins the AME again. We talk about The Kois Center, the opioid crisis and, as always, the weather. The Kois Center Raving Fans Premier Dental Products
048: Al riffs on legal threats, Buddhism
Nov 29, 2017 • 19 min
Alan discusses recent turmoil in his life and how a Sam Harris podcast helped to set him straight. Sam Harris "Waking Up" podcast episode #105 Traxodent from Premier Dental The Voices of Dentistry Summit, January 26-27th, 2018 at the DoubleTree resort in…
047: Dr. Aly Sergie on magnification, photography and hate crimes
Nov 27, 2017 • 51 min
Alan is joined by Dr. Aly Sergie who tells him about his journey into microscopes, all about photography and a nasty thing that happened to him this January. Premier Solo diamonds Microscope positioning (all direct)
046: Dr. Lance Timmerman’s nontraditional Thanksgiving
Nov 20, 2017 • 47 min
Alan talks with fan favorite Lance Timmerman about Thanksgiving, Black Friday and gratitude. Premier Dental Slix Ladmore 3 Premier Dental Slix IPC
044: Al riffs on podcasting
Nov 13, 2017 • 34 min
Al got a request to talk about podcasting and how he records multiple people and makes it sound like they're in the same room. Premier Dental Periowise probe Dan Benjamin's "Podcast Method" podcast Al's video about the "Skypeasaurus"
043: Dr. Bart Schultz live on surgery and reps
Nov 8, 2017 • 27 min
Alan and his BFF Bart record in a tiny conference room on the 3M campus talking about surgery and why Al hates it. How does one know that surgery is their passion? Is surgery something that everyone should be comfortable with? Bart and Al do a face to…
042: Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver on stacking, productivity and making new stuff
Nov 6, 2017 • 45 min
Alan is joined by Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver again to talk about all the stuff he has created since episode 1. Shawn was the very first guest on the Alan Mead Experience and since then, he's created a whole bunch of stuff. Merlin Mann's "ubiquitous capture"…
041: Dr. Justin Moody on dental implants and Fireball
Oct 30, 2017 • 50 min
Dr. Justin Moody, one of the co-hosts of the Voices of Dentistry meeting, joins Alan to talk about dental implants, implant education and Fireball! I'll bet you didn't know that the whole Fireball thing was essentially an accident…you hear the story…
040: Dr. Bart Schultz on smile test drives and travel trailers
Oct 25, 2017 • 49 min
Dr. Bart Schultz joins Alan again to talk about how to let patients test drive their new smile. Also, should you be recording your patient consults and if so, how? Premier Two Striper diamonds and Premier Solo diamonds
039: Alan on jury duty and microscopes
Oct 23, 2017 • 41 min
Alan riffs on his recent experience being called for jury duty and why he thinks dental microscopes are best used in hygiene. The Voices of Dentistry Summit (January 26-27th, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ at the DoubleTree Resort) Premier Periowise probe "Clown…
038: Dr. Bilal Saib on All on 4 and podcast pioneering
Oct 18, 2017 • 50 min
Alan is joined by dental podcast pioneer Dr. Bilal Saib to talk about how he started podcasting and all about full arch implant restorations. The Passionate Dentist (Bilal's podcast) Premier Dental Slix composite instruments
037: Dr. James Heaton on ceiling mounted delivery and personal office urinals
Oct 16, 2017 • 41 min
Alan discusses the joys and tragedies of moving your dental office with Dr. James Heaton. If you've ever moved a dental office location you understand that the outcome is always great, the execution is always ugly. There are always things that you didn't…
036: Easy chart notes and other productivity hacks
Oct 9, 2017 • 38 min
035: Dr. Tammy Bailey on interpersonal skills and open contacts
Oct 2, 2017 • 45 min
Dr. Tammy Bailey joins Alan to tell some dental school stories, talk about kids, tips on how to relate to people and the dread of the open contact. Premier Dental Retraction caps
034: Jonathan VanHorn on naming things poorly and dental accountants
Sep 25, 2017 • 52 min
Jonathan VanHorn of Dentist Metrics joins Alan to talk about why it matters if your accountant is a "dental accountant" as well as how he handles personal productivity and tasks. They also talk about how they're both awful at naming businesses. Premier…
033: Live from Dentsply Sirona World 2017!
Sep 20, 2017 • 43 min
Alan is joined by Dr. Flash Davies and Dr. Craig Harder to talk about DS World 2017, The Voices of Dentistry meeting and strategies about how to apply CE (and how not to). Premier Dental Comfortview Lip and Cheek Retractor The Voices of Dentistry Summit…
032: “Dentists to poor people: Drop dead” rant
Sep 13, 2017 • 34 min
Alan rants about the recent hatchet job article from the Boston Globe. Do dentists hate poor people? Will the media ever miss the chance to criticize dentists? Do dental mid-level providers make sense? Dentists to poor people: Drop dead Biocoat Pit and…
031: Dr. Russell Kirk on stoicism and being lucky
Sep 11, 2017 • 46 min
Dr. Russell Kirk joins Alan again to talk about luck, patriotism and stoicism. Both of them have been reading a lot about this philosophy and find it useful in day to day life and dental practice. Stoicism: A Stoic Approach to Modern Life The Obstacle is…
030: Dr. Mark Costes on influencers and desert islands
Sep 6, 2017 • 48 min
Dr. Mark Costes joins Alan to talk about the Voices of Dentistry meeting, how influencers are changing the way companies deal with customers and his "desert island dental procedure" pick. The Voices of Dentistry Summit 2018 Comfortview Lip and Cheek…
029: Dr. Daniel Smith on needy girlfriend texts and aircraft carriers
Sep 4, 2017 • 48 min
Dr. Daniel Smith joins Alan to talk about the Voices of Dentistry meeting, how dental text reminders are like needy girlfriends and what life is like for a dentist on a boat for months at a time. the Voices of Dentistry meeting Solo round ended cylinder…
AME Extra: a dental school nightmare
Sep 3, 2017 • 29 min
The dog ate my wax up. No…really.
028: Alan on love/hate in dentistry
Aug 30, 2017 • 33 min
So many things in dentistry are amazing and terrible at the same time. Alan talks about 4 of his favorite love/hate topics in dentistry: extractions, practice ownership, commuting and managing a team. Slix composite instruments by Premier Dental Products…
027: Dr. Josh Austin on cool instructors and dental fraternities
Aug 28, 2017 • 48 min
Dr. Josh Austin joins Alan to compare and contrast their dental school experiences. Why can't all dental school instructors be the cool ones? What survival techniques did they use in dental school? Knit-Pak + retraction cord by Premier Dental Products
026: Dr. Jason Smithson on fee for service and great restorative dentistry
Aug 23, 2017 • 48 min
What's the difference between an adequate restorative dentist and a good one? Dr. Jason Smithson joins Alan to explain…and it's not what you think! Is switching to a fee for service practice worthwhile? Jason's thoughts: the best way to become an amazing…
025: Dr. Zachary Meiners on choosing gurus and shrinkage (the composite kind)
Aug 21, 2017 • 45 min
Dr. Zachary Meiners joins Alan again…this time discussing how people perceive dentistry vs. how dentists perceive it, can composite shrinkage work in your favor and how to choose a guru.
024: Alan on perspective and the Voices of Dentistry 2018
Aug 16, 2017 • 19 min
Alan talks a little bit about taking time off from the office (and the podcast) and leaks some info about the Voices of Dentistry 2018!
023: Dr. Rich Rosenblatt on not asking permission and being father of the year
Aug 9, 2017 • 48 min
Alan is joined by long time dentist pal Dr. Rich Rosenblatt to talk about taking initiative (Rich started a MONSTER study club in the Chicago area) and having the best job in the world: dad.
022: Dr. Dawn Kulongowski on dental school and “don’t pet the puppy”
Aug 7, 2017 • 51 min
Dr. Dawn Kulongowski joins Alan for a rousing "Dental School Horror Stories." Entertaining but also poignant…how is dental school different for men and women?
021: Dr. Alan Mead on Facebook groups and secret codes
Aug 2, 2017 • 25 min
Dr. Alan Mead introduces the Alan Mead Experience Facebook group and the new sponsor of the AME, Premier Dental Products! Also, a frank discussion of open contacts and what do dentists do for their own dental care. Premier Dental Productst Mead's inlays
020: Dr. Ryan McCall on Instagram and “truck stop mouth”
Jul 31, 2017 • 47 min
Dr. Ryan McCall does dentures. Lots and lots of dentures. And he does social media better than anyone else.
019: Dr. Alan Mead riffs on long commutes and not all ideas being good
Jul 26, 2017 • 30 min
Alan goes solo to talk about some of the fantasies he has during his commute (don't worry, it's a family show) and how it's good that we're all human.
018: Dr. Arthur Volker on minimally invasive dentistry and cuspidors
Jul 24, 2017 • 50 min
What do you do when you know your next day is full of nightmare patients and evil procedures? Dr. Arthur Volker knows…and dishes. Plus, a little on minimally invasive dentistry in 2017.
017: Dr. Grant Ritchey on echo chambers and better communication
Jul 19, 2017 • 46 min
Dr. Grant Ritchey is the first podcaster that Alan ever knew. We discuss science communication, when science became controversial and where they each became skeptics. The Prism Podcast The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe The Dental Podcasting Incubator…
016: Dr. Tarun Agarwal on low salt and tight glutes
Jul 17, 2017 • 46 min
Dr. Tarun Agarwal joins Alan for a challenge…an entire podcast where dentistry is not discussed. And it's amazing! We discuss Tarun's time at the Pritikin Longevity Center where he's taking a good hard look at his physical and mental health and how to…
015: Dr. Bart Schultz on informed consent and Bluetooth outlaws
Jul 10, 2017 • 45 min
Dr. Bart Schultz joins the AME again to talk about that patient who you've been working on for months that shows up and asks, "what are we doing again?"
014: Alan Mead on flooding and gratitude
Jun 26, 2017 • 15 min
Alan talks about the recent flooding that's caused him to make some big shifts in podcasting schedules!
013: Dr. Brett Kessler on organized dentistry and weed
Jun 14, 2017 • 46 min
Dr. Brett Kessler was the president of the Colorado Dental Association and is helps dentists and team members struggling with addiction. Yet somehow we spent most of our time talking about marijuana. Weird, right? Skeptical Raptor reviews the science of…
012: Dr. Zach Meiners on working with dad and the struggle of case acceptance
Jun 12, 2017 • 48 min
Dr. Zach Meiners joins Alan to talk about being a "regular Joe" dentist and the struggle of case acceptance. Also…both of these guys started their careers as associates with their dad. One of them stayed with dad and one of them struck off on their own.…
011: Tiger Safarov on Zen and being right about the market
Jun 7, 2017 • 44 min
Tiger Safarov came to the United States from Russia, and hit the ground running. He used to build dental offices and now he's trying to change the way that we buy dental supplies. 90 Second Perfect Pitch: Zen Supplies
010: Dr. Justin Short on lifestyle and you doing you
Jun 5, 2017 • 44 min
Dr. Justin Short is a dentist, coach and real estate tycoon. You're going to like him and you're going to learn some stuff from him. We talk about how he produces so much in so little time and how he's been driven as an entrepreneur for as long as he can…
AME extra: spiderman
Jun 2, 2017 • 16 min
Boy do I have a story for you. It has nothing to do with dentistry, but I think it's worth a listen.
008: Dr. Lance Timmerman on jet setting and Motel 6
May 22, 2017 • 44 min
Dr. Lance Timmerman is glamorous. He has a beautiful office in Seattle and now works part time in Mountain View, CA doing sleep apnea and cosmetics. He talks with Alan about working as an owner and an associate.
007: Jeff Gladnick on entrepreneurship and green M&Ms
May 17, 2017 • 46 min
Jeff Gladnick of Great Dental Websites joins Alan to talk about being an entrepreneur (nature or nurture), failing to succeed and time travel. The Business of Dentistry Podcast
006: Dr. Davina Detrik on baby names and storytelling
May 15, 2017 • 45 min
Dr. Davina Detrik joins Alan to talk about office design, storytelling and attempting to name his child Hercules. Thrive Experience Masterclass
005: Dr. Russell Kirk on dental school and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
May 10, 2017 • 44 min
Dr. Russell Kirk is an oral surgeon and podcaster from Lebanon, TN. In episode 005 Alan and Russell talk about dental school, getting angry and the benefits of podcasting. The Business of Dentistry Podcast Russell's free PRF for dentists course
004: Dr. Cory Glenn on ketogenic diets and digital everything
May 8, 2017 • 45 min
Alan is joined by dental superstar Dr. Cory Glenn in episode 004! We talk about losing weight with a ketogenic diet, not working in the mouth hole and building a cost effective digital workflow! Be sure to stick around for the 90 Second Perfect Pitch on…
003: Dr. Bart Schultz on dental school attendance and hiker’s gorp
May 1, 2017 • 43 min
Dr. Bart Schultz is Alan's best friend. They graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1997, which makes them old. They discuss attendance requirements and Spring Break trips from back in the day. Brace yourselves…Bart's probably going to be a regular…
002: Dr. Jason Smithson on EFDAs and natural ability
May 1, 2017 • 47 min
Composite guru and pasty enthusiast Dr. Jason Smithson joins Alan for an interesting discussion about some dentists with natural talent (him) and some who have worked to become passable (Alan). We talk about EFDAs, microscopes and he does the AME "Fly on…
001: Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver on pirated DVDs and bite adjustment
May 1, 2017 • 46 min
Multiple practice owner and technology maven, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver joins Alan for the very first episode of the newest and most entertaining dental podcast known to man. 90 Second Perfect Pitch: Auto Front Office
The Alan Mead Experience…episode 0
Apr 15, 2017 • 9 min
The very first episode of a new dental podcast by the Dental Hacks co-host, Alan Mead. Listen as Alan describes his newest project and what you can expect to hear when episode 1 drops on May 1st!