What is a Dental Manager? A manager of a dental office is much like a manager in any other business. Dental Managers are individuals directly accountable to the dentist for making sure that the business operations run smoothly and productively. While it is helpful for Dental Managers to have actual hands on experience in dentistry prior to assuming the managerial role, it is not mandatory. In fact, many dentists prefer someone with a fresh and objective approach. Many of the responsibilities of a Dental Manager encompass skills that can be transferred from experience gained from previous positions.
To be a great Dental Manager one must enjoy people and be good at motivating and empowering others to do their best. On the other hand, a Dental Manager cannot be afraid to confront, and provide corrective feedback when necessary. Many dentists shy away from this aspect of practice management, partly because they don’t enjoy it or recognize that they are not good at it. Some merely prefer to do what they are trained to do, produce dentistry.
Dental Manager Skills
Whatever the case may be, the role of the Dental Manager can be very challenging and rewarding all at the same time. Some of the character traits that lend themselves to being an effective Dental Manager are:
- Common sense
- Self starter
- Self motivated
- Positive thinker
- Problem solver
- Leadership skills
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- High level of integrity
- Professional demeanor and appearance
- Conflict resolution skills
- Good judgment
- Great customer service skills
- Computer savvy
- Good understanding of sound business principles
Dental Manager Responsibilities
Dental Manager responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Handling all human resource responsibilities, including payroll, employee benefit programs, tax deposits etc.
- Handling all accounts payable functions
- Overseeing accounts receivable to insure practice financial stability
- Handling all personnel matters, including recruitment, hiring, coaching and development of new and existing employees, disciplinary reviews and performance appraisals
- Practice liaison with patients to insure optimal customer satisfaction
- Marketing the practice
- In some practices: Handles case/fee presentation/financial arrangements with patients to insure optimal case acceptance
- Ready to assume the role of any front desk team member when necessary due to employee dismissal, vacation, sick leave etc.
Dental Manager Benefits
In addition to enhanced earning potential through competitive salaries and bonuses, a Dental Manager can often demand a more flexible schedule. Dental Managers also have the added benefits that other employees enjoy, such as employer sponsored or partially sponsored health plans, retirement plans, paid vacations and holidays, no (or limited) nights or weekend work, free or reduced fees for dental care for employee and family, including free or reduced fee dental care by specialists such as orthodontists. Many Dental Managers move on to become successful lecturers, consultants, and renowned experts in the profession.
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