Tonya Lanthier, RDH, began her career as a dental hygienist in 1995. Her love for dentistry was a driving force in the founding of DentalPost.net in 2005, as an easy-to-use platform to help dental professionals and dental practices connect. Tonya is a delegate for the Atlanta Dental Hygiene Society, serves on the planning committee for the Gala for Smiles, and volunteers for the Georgia Mission of Mercy and the Ben Mansell Clinic. Tonya lives in Atlanta and is the mother of twin girls.
Over the last year, dental workers have returned to the job market in large numbers, and many returning workers took positions with new employers. With the current shortage of dental […]
The Most Comprehensive Dental Industry Survey The 2022 Salary Survey Report is live! DentalPost partnered with Endeavor media, including Dental Economics and RDH Magazine ,to survey over 13,000 dental professionals […]
[Big exhale] Now that the holiday is over, can we all take that long overdue collective breath? I know I need it, and I suspect you do, too. It’s been […]
Before “pandemic times”, dental professionals seeking new jobs would predictably begin dusting off their resumes in December, preparing to search for their next dental job at the start of the […]
As part of our recent SmartView launch, DentalPost is elevating diverse voices and leaders in dentistry so that we can all better understand their perspectives on how to propel our […]
Our Diverse Voices series continues with someone whose mission to inspire and empower hygienists is one that is near and dear to my heart. Fellow RDH and founder of Empower RDH, […]
As part of our recent SmartView launch, DentalPost is elevating diverse voices and leaders in dentistry so that we can all better understand their perspectives on how to propel our […]
Last week, I was so excited to launch SmartView, a new DentalPost feature, a long time in the making, that empowers dental hiring managers to conduct candidate screening without candidate […]
Have you ever made the wrong assumption about someone after meeting them the first time? Maybe they reminded you of someone who bullied you as a child or had the […]
This past weekend, I watched along with the world as Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, made history as the first to launch civilian passengers (including 3 of his employees) […]
According to our latest dental industry poll, 49 percent of dental professionals plan to stay with their current dental practice, while 29 percent have changed employers, and another 22 percent […]
Dental Hiring & Recruiting in a Tight Market is the second part of the series Hiring Through a Dental Labor Crisis. If you missed part one, catch up here. The […]
Dental Labor Supply & Demand by Position As the nation’s largest dental professional job board, DentalPost is often where practices look for solutions to their hiring problems. But there is […]
The new class of graduating dental professionals is particularly special. Not only was the class of 2021 inspired to take this career path, but they continued pursuing their dental education […]
At DentalPost, we talk a lot about applying personality assessments like DISC and EI to the hiring process for better candidate/employer matches and hiring outcomes. We can use these same […]
Ever leave the office feeling drained or even angry? Do you come home and dump it all on your family and friends? While no job is perfect (they don’t call […]
You’re offering a job, so why aren’t you getting applications? You need to figure out why people are not applying to your ad or showing up to interviews. It is likely […]
Whether you’ve worked 10 days or 20 years, we likely all have a good ego story, whether it’s an embarrassing personal experience or an experience we had with a colleague […]
It’s that time of year. You know, when we all stop, reflect, and take stock of the things we are thankful for. 2020 has been a tough year to feel thankful […]
We’re closing out Dental Hygiene Month with a shout out to all the side-hustling “movers and shakers” transforming our industry with their entrepreneurial ambitions. Keeping your clinical game going while building […]
Sometimes it takes something major to cause you to reevaluate every aspect of your life. For all the challenges and disruption the pandemic has brought, it has also forced us […]
Recently a friend from my Entrepreneurs Organization network shared the story of the Choluteca Bridge in Honduras. After hearing it, it made me think about the dental industry and how […]
Whether you’re looking for temp work to make some extra money on the side, or you’re on the hunt for a new job, temping has its advantages. If you have […]
With dental teams already stretched to the limit, dental temps are more in demand than ever given less predictable patient loads, holiday schedules, the usual PTO requests and potential Covid-19 […]
Recently, my friend, author, and DDS, Chris Salierno, penned an article for DentistryIQ.com titled, Where in the heck are all of the good dental job candidates? It’s the million-dollar question […]
Stress is an inevitable part of life, but when we control it, instead of the other way around, we feel better and have better life outcomes. Having seen patients this […]
How to Prepare for Dental Job Interview Questions Before Covid-19 hit and effectively shut down dental operations, the hiring process for the dental industry had remained unchanged for decades. But […]
The world has changed. Your job posting needs to change with it. With dental professionals in short supply and high demand, attracting candidates is critical to your practice running smoothly […]
Do You Have a Comeback Mindset? When the doors to your practice open, will you be ready? Will you be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with team members who are ready? Our ability […]
As dental professionals, our education prepares and trains us for all sorts of situations and potential disruptions in our practices. We know how to adjust the schedule and skip lunch […]
In a recent blog, we talked about the importance of a weekly team huddle. This week, we checked in with Dentists about what is working in their virtual huddles and […]
A Virtual Huddle is a great idea to help keep everyone unified. Everyone is feeling the uncertainty of how the Covid-19 pandemic will play out. In many cases, you have […]
(DISC)overing the Best Candidate For Your Practice Continuing our series on hiring assessments, we’re doing a deep dive into a recruiting tool that is one of my personal favorites–the DISC […]
Be Successful in Your Job Search Manners are a huge part of how employers perceive you. So make sure you are putting your best foot forward by utilizing DentalPost’s professional […]
The Toothpaste That’s Changing the World If you know me, you know three of my favorite things to talk about are the dental industry, the entrepreneurial life, and innovations that […]
At DentalPost, we believe there’s strength in numbers and comfort in communities. This is why we’ve created local and national Facebook groups called DentalPosters to help you grow your career […]
The Job Title With No Roadmap Owning your own business comes with so many moving parts. Some are rewarding, while others – like dealing with hiring, managing, and firing people […]
Did you know that your ability to recognize and respond to your emotions can directly tie to your level of success in life? It’s called “Emotional Intelligence” (EI) and it is […]
How to narrow down the candidate pool.
A Brush with Fame Because I am passionate about improving the lives of dental professionals and our industry, I spend a lot of time in airports traveling to conferences to […]
Great bosses do this…
It’s that time of year again – yes, it’s Dental Hygiene Month! For me, it’s an opportunity to reflect on my journey in the dental industry that began over 25 […]
Ask yourself, “What do I want?”
What is Emotional Intelligence? How much do I have? The Oxford dictionary defines Emotional Intelligence (EI) as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to […]
In recent years ghosting describes an unsettling end to a relationship–a friend or someone you are dating who suddenly disappears without any explanation at all. Almost like they are dead […]
tick, tick, tick… Pop quiz for employers, when’s the next time you have a team member going away on vacation? Looking at the calendar, it’s probably Labor Day. You aren’t […]
Something feels different in the office. It’s hard to describe. The patients are happy, with no complaints. The schedule is full, revenue is strong. Internal conflicts among staff are at […]
We’re back from another incredible RDH Under One Roof event! This year, we traveled to the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas to learn and share alongside […]
Millions of women know what it is like to start again, whether it is moving on from a job that has become toxic, or boldly making a change in a […]
International Women’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on the advancements and successes of not only women in dentistry, but also women across all professions and lifestyles. As the […]
Firing someone is one of the hardest things a business owner or manager has to do. Yet, it’s so important to remove employees that are disruptive to your mission or […]
So… I’m sure you are wondering, “WHY a purple Christmas tree?” There are three reasons. One goes back to my childhood tradition; the other relates to my passion for dentistry; […]
With Dental Hygiene Month upon us, I find myself fondly reflecting on my 23 years practicing as a registered dental hygienist. I have always considered it a gift to go […]
Every few years I like to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone, to remind myself to live and feel fully. Today, as I land in Italy to […]
As our 7th annual “Go Jump In The Lake” fundraising campaign to benefit The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) comes to a […]
I am honored, humbled – and thrilled (yay!) – to share the news that DentalPost has made the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America, marking the […]
A smile speaks all languages, and the world smiles with you. Yet, for some people, the simple act of smiling can be extremely hard and a constant reminder of the […]
You’ve been through the right training, you’re comfortable with the instruments, and now you’re ready to interview for dental jobs. However, concrete dental skills are only half the battle here; […]
Business is hard, relationships are hard, getting and staying fit is hard, and life is hard… that is what makes it all so worthwhile! Anyone who knows me knows I […]
Our world is changing so fast. Making sense of this ever-evolving digital world is a challenge. Yes, even in dentistry digital labor will be a factor. The forecast is enough […]
Have you ever felt this way when looking for a team member that fits in to your practice? Have you ever hired the wrong person? Or have you ever had […]
It’s easy to assume when you work in the dental industry that one practice is pretty much the same as the next. I mean, we all do the same thing, right? We work to improve and maintain the dental health of our patients. So it stands to reason we all operate the same way. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.
I’ve had the opportunity to work in hundreds of dental offices over the course of my career. I have been full time, part time, temporary and everything in between. Working in a wide range of office cultures has provided me perspective in my role as a hiring consultant. I have seen the best of the best and the most toxic of work environments.
Meet Sally. Sally has been the office manager at a dental office for 10 years and has seen it all. The candidates Sally has interviewed during her tenure can be compared to the erratic personalities on the sitcom: The Office.
Are You Playing to Not Lose, or Are You Playing to Win?
Like most of us in this industry, I have one foot in dentistry and one foot in “real life.” One of my biggest goals is to keep balanced, so I […]
Streamlined, faster app gives users an improved on-the-go experience ATLANTA, GA (August 8, 2017) – DentalPost, the dental industry’s premier job board and community, announced today the release of its […]
There is no doubt about it. Job interviews can be scary and nerve-wracking. You are anxious and working hard to sell yourself so this dental office will hire you. While […]
After we sent out the questionnaire looking for the Top Dental Practices of 2017, we were amazed at the responses that we received from professionals across the country. It’s inspiring […]
It will come as no surprise to you that in the 23 years I’ve worked as a dental hygienist, most of my coworkers have been, and still are, women. I’ve encountered teams that run like clockwork, and teams that are like cheap alarm clocks that constantly blink 12:00 and are just plain stuck.
It’s more than a job, it’s finding a work-life balance. Build a career that allows you to spend more time with your family. Designing your life with the never-ending shift […]
I’ve worked in a lot of different dental offices throughout my career. I temped in over 100 offices while I was trying to start a family, so I have certainly […]
The facts on employee retention are sobering at best. Nearly one-third of all employees are actively disengaged, and more than half see themselves jumping ship within a year of starting a new job.
Remember the class you took in dental school all about interviewing and hiring terrific team members? No? Of course not! Chances are there wasn’t one. It is no wonder that dental teams are frustrated with the process of interviewing and hiring.
There are some professions are dominated by one gender. Dentistry is one of them. Traditionally, the dental office has been a female-dominated industry. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, […]
Some people will resist change at all costs. Throughout my career – and my whole life, really – I’ve learned change is inevitable. Mostly, I embrace it. But sometimes change […]
The DentalPost team has been busy traveling to different dental shows across the country. Most recently, we were in our home city, Atlanta, attending the Hinman Dental Meeting. While we were […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend, Anne Duffy, RDH. Anne has been busy launching a magazine, while traveling around the […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend and DentalPost education partner, Leslie Canham, RDA. Leslie has been busy traveling around the […]
5 Interview Questions to Help You Hire Right (and Save Time and Money!) Are you going bananas because of hiring? You are not alone. Hiring is hard work and can […]
I believe there are many topics that are taboo in dentistry. In my 23 years as a dental hygienist, I have worked alongside mostly women. I have experienced many different […]
Cultural fit is a buzzword for hiring we often hear. Phrases like, hire beyond skills; make sure your core values align. You’ve heard this song and dance I’m sure. It’s […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend and DentalPost education partner, Patti DiGangi, RDH. Patti has been busy traveling to conferences, […]
Happy New Year, dental family! I hope you had an incredible holiday season spent with family and friends and filled with gratitude and love. It truly is the most wonderful […]
A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful invitation to attend the Country Music Awards in Nashville. Unfortunately, it was the same day I was supposed to fly to Punta […]
Have you ever hired the wrong person? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. According to the Harvard Business Review, 80% of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions. So where is the break down? Often, hiring managers mistakenly hire for skills and fire for culture.
Recruiters and HR managers have the important job of building and maintaining well-oiled company cultures. As your organization grows, you’ll need to add new members who will complement the vibe of your tribe. I know this can seem overwhelming. Luckily, you won’t have to carry the responsibility alone. Your tribe can be your greatest hiring asset.
The strongest, most disruptive companies have leaders who drive innovation by creating a culture that encourages curiosity, facilitates growth and inspires self-improvement. Company leaders set the tone, but they can’t do it alone. As HR professionals, you play an important role in building a vibrant culture. Hiring the right people is key to nurturing a culture.
To most patients, dental hygiene means flossing more or using a fluoride rinse at home, but to hygienists, it means a dedication to the needs of each patient. We asked […]
The year is quickly coming to a close- and what a wonderful one it has been! This year, we’ve been busy adding new people to our DentalPost family, so we […]
I’ve been lucky enough to call the dental industry my home for the past 20 years. I’ve worked in over 100 dental offices. I’ve been temporary and permanent. I’ve seen […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview with our friend, Lois Banta, CEO, President and Founder of Banta Consulting. Lois has been involved in […]
In this edition of Leaders in Dentistry, we had the chance to interview our friend, Dr. Wayne Kerr. Sharing thirty six years of clinical and business experience with the dental […]
I’ve learned throughout my journey that it takes a tribe to do what I do.
I was lucky enough to watch my grandmother Hazel work in the family business while spending time with her family. I also had the opportunity to learn from a female dentist who ran her office, family and a side business. I realized quickly that it took her whole office working together to achieve success.
Congrats! If you are bringing someone in for an interview, you are one step closer to making a hire! The hard work is not over yet though- the interview is […]
Job interviews are stressful- I get that! There is a lot on the line and you want to make a good impression. We’ve all been there before. You practice questions, […]
As you might have noticed- DentalPost is growing! We’ve added a lot of new team members around here! Knowing this, I knew it was time to tighten up our core […]
As a training professional, you know the information new employees need to be successful in their positions. You train people to answer phones, speak to clients and complete tasks in ways that align with your company philosophy. However, if you have been in the business long enough, you have encountered new hires that just don’t fit. They interviewed well and picked up skills easily, yet they aren’t meeting their goals and are always away from their desk. Their managers look to the training department to resolve the conflict.
Attending a dental conference is an incredibly valuable experience for dental professionals and a way to get the credits you need to keep up. Whether you run your own practice or work with colleagues at a dental practice, it’s nice to tap into your network of dental professionals and grow your skills personally and professionally.