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Transforming your dental practice into a learning organization. Why it is important in creating a Tier IV or relationship-based practice.Transforming your dental practice into a learning organization. Why it is important in creating a Tier IV or relationship-based practice.
Rich Green, DDS, MBA
In the In a Spirit of Caring 5-part series on the oral-systemic connection and the preventive movement of the 1960's and 70's, I mentioned that the dental office needs to a learning center in addition to being a treatment center. I will be publishing an article on this by Rich Green in the near future. Until then here is an article on this topic by Rich that was published in the Pankeygram in April of 2001. Rich is Director Emeritus of Business Systems Development at The Pankey Institute. . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part V"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part V
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, June 12, 2015
Part V - What is the future of relationship-based/wellness-centered dentistry, the preventive dentistry movement and the oral-systemic connection? From reading this series, it is obvious that I see these as similar with a history that goes back to the 1960's. I think the future has excellent potential to help dental professionals transcend the mistakes that the surgeon/engineer mentality of dental professionals has made. There are 3-4 stages (or levels) of professional development that I think dental professionals need to go through to become a fully functioning relationship-based wellness-centered dental professional (and avoid being in corporate dentistry and be insurance driven). . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part IV"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part IV
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, June 6.2015
Part IV - Here, in no rank order, are some of the lessons I learned that may help the new people implementing the oral-systemic connection in their dental practices. (Remember the introduction to this series with Yogi Berra's famous quote "It is Deja vu all over again" and "There's nothing new under the sun." followed by "Those who don't read and understand history are doomed to repeat it") . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement.
Part III"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part III
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, May 29, 2015
Part III - 11 mistakes the pioneers in the preventive dentistry movement made including the ASPD and The Bob Barkley Foundation. Will the advocates of the o-s connection make the same mistakes? Reflections and comments from a pioneer and early adopter in preventive dentistry. . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again", the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part II"Deja vu all over again", the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part II
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, May 22, 2015
Part II. With the early dissolution of ASPD because they thought its mission was finished (and no long-term strategic planning) and the death of Bob Barkley, the preventive dentistry movement lost its leadership and momentum. It coasted to a stop. It had been a great ride for 10-15 years. The discovery of how to prevent dental disease was one of the most important discoveries in health care in the last half of the 20th century -- my opinion. . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again", the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement.
Part I"Deja vu all over again", the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part I
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, May 15, 2015
Part I of a 5 part Series that looks at the past, present and future of prevention and the lessons the pioneers learned that can help dentists who are implementing the oral-systemic connection (o-s connection) in their dental practices. "I have been struck by the similarities between the current work on the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement of the 1960's and 70's. Yogi Berra's famous quote 'It is Deja vu all over again' keeps popping up in my mind." . . . keep reading >>


Transforming your dental practice into a learning organization. Why it is important in creating a Tier IV or relationship-based practice.
Rich Green, DDS, MBA
Transforming your dental practice into a learning organization. Why it is important in creating a Tier IV or relationship-based practice. In the In a Spirit of Caring 5-part series on the oral-systemic connection and the preventive movement of the 1960's and 70's, I mentioned that the dental office needs to a learning center in addition to being a treatment center. I will be publishing an article on this by Rich Green in the near future. Until then here is an article on this topic by Rich that was published in the Pankeygram in April of 2001. Rich is Director Emeritus of Business Systems Development at The Pankey Institute. . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part V
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, June 12, 2015
"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part V Part V - What is the future of relationship-based/wellness-centered dentistry, the preventive dentistry movement and the oral-systemic connection? From reading this series, it is obvious that I see these as similar with a history that goes back to the 1960's. I think the future has excellent potential to help dental professionals transcend the mistakes that the surgeon/engineer mentality of dental professionals has made. There are 3-4 stages (or levels) of professional development that I think dental professionals need to go through to become a fully functioning relationship-based wellness-centered dental professional (and avoid being in corporate dentistry and be insurance driven). . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part IV
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, June 6.2015
"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part IV Part IV - Here, in no rank order, are some of the lessons I learned that may help the new people implementing the oral-systemic connection in their dental practices. (Remember the introduction to this series with Yogi Berra's famous quote "It is Deja vu all over again" and "There's nothing new under the sun." followed by "Those who don't read and understand history are doomed to repeat it") . . . keep reading >>

"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement. Part III
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, May 29, 2015
"Deja vu all over again" - the oral-systemic connection and the preventive dentistry movement.
Part III Part III - 11 mistakes the pioneers in the preventive dentistry movement made including the ASPD and The Bob Barkley Foundation. Will the advocates of the o-s connection make the same mistakes? Reflections and comments from a pioneer and early adopter in preventive dentistry. . . . keep reading >>

Bill Wathen named to "In a Spirit of Caring" advisory board.
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Bill Wathen named to "In a Spirit of Caring"  advisory board. I am pleased and honored to welcome Bill Wathen as a new member of the ISOC board. Bill has been a part of ISOC's "kitchen cabinet" for several years. He has been an invaluable resource for me as an editor for my book Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry, the early years of preventive dentistry and insights on dental education. . . . keep reading >>

Allison Watts' "Transformational Leadership Teleseminar" series on ISOC.
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Allison Watts' "Transformational Leadership Teleseminar" series on ISOC. Allison Watts has interviewed many of the leading dentists and consultants for her Transformational Leadership Teleseminar series. She has agreed to make this series available for ISOC members. Here are some of the relationship-based interviewees: Bill Wathen, Mary Osborne, Mike Robichaux, Joan Unterschutz, Bob Frazer, Rich Green, Bud Ham, Susan Maples and me. . . . keep reading >>

Instructions for life
Anonymous
Instructions for life Perennial wisdom that could have come from any religious tradition. Every once in a while you come across some simple wisdom that seems to speak to a problem you are wrestling with. Simple? Yes. Easy? No. Often, it takes a lifetime to learn and apply the lessons. . . . keep reading >>

Hospice, death and dying, and you
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Hospice, death and dying, and you Do you recommend hospice? You will have patients visit you who are caregivers, grieving, or suffering because of a friend or family member who has a terminal illness. You may have patients who have a terminal illness. Here are some resources to help you and patients who are grieving or caregivers to a friend of family member who has a terminal illness. . . . keep reading >>

What is brief Motivational Interviewing in dentistry?
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
What is brief Motivational Interviewing in dentistry? When dental professionals are first introduced (especially when reading about it) to Motivational Interviewing in dentistry it can seem too complicated to use in a dental practice. It also seems like it takes too long to use. Not true! Here are three short videos on using "brief MI" in a dental practice. Each just takes a few minutes to do. . . . keep reading >>

Excellent article and videos of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry in action
Karen Williams, RDH, MS and Kim Bray, RDH, MS
Excellent article and videos of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry in action Have you wondered what Motivational Interviewing looks and sounds like in action? Here is an excellent article that includes two outstanding videos by Karen Williams, RDH, MS and Kim Bray RDH, MS of the UMKC School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Department on using Motivational Interviewing (MI) in dental hygiene. . . . keep reading >>

What holistic health and its cousin wellness mean to dentistry
Lynn D Carlisle DDS
What holistic health and its cousin wellness mean to dentistry With the renewed interest in wellness, I am re-posting my classic article on the philosophical assumptions of holistic health and wellness in dentistry. Some people are treating wellness and "Complete Dentistry" as new discoveries. They aren't. This article is from Dental Economics in 1981. . . . keep reading >>

Mike Robichaux talks about building a patient-centered dental practice.
Mike Robichaux talks about building a patient-centered dental practice. Bill Wathen, a professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry, interviews Mike Robichaux of Slidel, Louisiana on his journey in building a patient-centered dental practice. This video was created for Bill's Dental Crossroad program that is an elective course for Baylor dental school students and alumni. This is the best description I have seen or heard on the process of building a patient-centered, relationship-based, health-centered dental practice I have seen. . . . keep reading >>

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