7 reasons to work with a consultant virtually

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The past few months have changed dentistry. Whether you've already reopened your practice or are still preparing for your first day back, you're dealing with new issues and concerns you never dreamed of just months ago. From new personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols to more stringent infection control procedures, there's a lot to think about and do to keep your team members, your patients, and yourself safe.

Sally McKenzie, CEO of McKenzie Management.Sally McKenzie, CEO of McKenzie Management.

And then there are the issues you had before this health crisis hit. System weaknesses that already existed are now exacerbated, only adding to the stress this forced closure has caused.

Yes, there is a lot going on and it can seem overwhelming at times, but you don't have to tackle all these issues alone. There are professionals who can guide you as you navigate through dentistry's new normal. And you can take advantage of this help from the comfort of your own office.

Through a virtual dental program, you can meet with a knowledgeable, seasoned dental consultant via any smartphone, computer, or tablet to talk about issues your practice is having and then work to find solutions. Together, you can come up with a strategy that will help you ramp up production and grow your bottom line.

Working with a consultant virtually offers many benefits to your practice. Here are seven reasons to consider it.

1. You'll save time and money

Many dentists opt to forego training because they don't want to spend the money or take time away from the office. Those challenges are eliminated with virtual consulting. You and your team members can meet with your consultant from your practice when it's convenient for you. This allows you to spend more time in your office, which is critical right now, while also saving money on travel costs.

2. You can include more team members in the training

Virtual learning offers flexibility. If you want to involve one department or your entire team on each call, you can. That isn't as easy when travel is required.

3. You'll retain more of what you learn

In-person trainings often cover a lot of information, which is great, but it also can be overwhelming. Virtual programs are divided into smaller segments, making it easier to digest and implement what you learn from your virtual consultant. The training sessions are shorter and more frequent, so you retain more of what's presented.

4. You don't have to wait

You can implement what you learn via virtual training right away. You receive immediate feedback and don't have to wait until you return to the office to get started because you're already there. And if questions come up after a training session, just email your virtual consultant and you'll receive a response right away.

5. Everything you need is right there

You'll be in your office during the trainings, so you'll have direct access to your practice management software. That allows for customization and evaluation in real-time, which is a huge benefit.

6. You'll get the guidance you need

These are unprecedented times. Determining how to safely reopen your practice and get patients back in the chair isn't something you should have to do on your own. An experienced consultant can help guide you through it, addressing weaknesses that already existed and helping you come up with a plan to safely open and operate your office.

7. Virtual learning is affordable

You might be hesitant to spend money on training right now. You haven't worked for a few months and you're not sure how long it's going to take to get your production numbers and revenues back to where they were. That's why I've made McKenzie Management's Virtual Dental Programs so affordable. I want you to have access to the tips and tools you need to get your practice back on track as quickly as possible. These programs will help you do that at a price that's budget-friendly.

Keep in mind that it's not business as usual

While reopening after your closure is exciting and what you've been waiting for, it also can be a little scary. There will be a new routine for you and your team members to adjust to, as well as new patient concerns to address. Remember, patients may be more nervous than normal when coming in for their dental appointments, so do your best to put them at ease. Part of that comes from being able to tell patients you've implemented the proper procedures and protocols to protect them from exposure to the coronavirus.

If you've ever thought about working with a consultant, now is the time to act. A dental consultant can give you the guidance you need to prosper during these challenging times -- and can do so virtually. You get the help you need without ever leaving your office.

If you're interested in learning more about virtual consulting options, please reach out. I'm happy to help, anytime.

Sally McKenzie is the CEO of McKenzie Management, a full-service dental practice management company. Contact her directly at 877-777-6151 or at [email protected].

The comments and observations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of DrBicuspid.com, nor should they be construed as an endorsement or admonishment of any particular idea, vendor, or organization.

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