Whether you’re a seasoned dentist with years of experience or you’re fresh out of dental school just getting started, every dentist needs a strong team.
Dedicated dental professionals help you care for your patients in the best possible manner and create an environment in your office that patients and staff alike can enjoy. After all, changing people’s lives through their smiles can be very rewarding!
Depending on the size and location of your dental practice, you might start to find yourself staying late at the office or bringing work home to finish. If this is the case for you, it may be time to consider hiring an office manager to lighten your workload so you can get back to focusing on what you do best, taking care of your patients.
But how do you find the right professional for your dental practice? Here are some things to consider.
This is primarily up to the dentist and based on their specific needs; however, here are some things you can include in your practice manager’s job description:
This sounds like a tall list!
You may want to revise yours based on your dental practice’s unique needs. For example, a larger dental practice with multiple dentists may already have an insurance coordinator or a treatment coordinator that the office manager would oversee rather than performing those duties themselves.
Once you decide that a practice manager is suitable for your needs, you’ll want to spend some time finding the right candidate.
You can use online job recruiting services with companies like Indeed or ZipRecruiter or dental job boards. These services can help you sort through candidate resumes and pinpoint suitable candidates for you to interview.
Local dental staffing companies can also help find the right person, and they can take some of the workload off you during the process since they screen candidates first and then send qualified people for you to interview.
Some of the qualities to highlight in a good candidate are:
When considering the amount of experience your candidate should have, think about your own work style.
Are you a hands-on dentist? Are you involved in most aspects of your dental practice? You may be successful in hiring and training someone new with less experience. You can look for a candidate with a friendly and coachable personality.
Are you looking for more autonomy? Would you prefer to leave the details to someone else so you can focus mainly on your patients? Look for someone seasoned with more experience and a proven track record.
A dental practice manager can help you grow your practice and reach your goals. They may also make it more enjoyable for you to work each day since you can focus on engaging with your patients as they lighten your workload.