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.
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 to innovate and find new operational efficiencies is critical, but perhaps more critical to our comeback success is our “growth mindset.” Belief systems, both conscious […]
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 because one of our patients just broke a tooth or walked in with an abscess that needs immediate attention. But are we trained to handle […]
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 wanted to share some of their great tips and advice in breeding confidence and maintaining morale with your team so you’re ready for the COMEBACK! […]
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 an opportunity to keep your teams connected, organized, and most importantly, up to date with your practice’s needs and challenges. This is your opportunity to […]
(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 personality assessment. Personality assessments are invaluable in finding candidates that will be a good team fit. One personality profile isn’t better than another, nor does […]
Be Successful in Your Job Search Remember those manners you were taught as a child? They probably seemed annoying at the time, but they are more important than you might think. 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 make our lives and world better. So, I get really excited when I get to talk about all three at the same time! Recently, I […]
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 it work for nothing!), there are offices that are perfect for us. We all have a bad day or week at work but some of […]
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 by connecting with professionals in your community, learning about trends and hot topics in the field, tapping into growth and development tools, and more. Our […]
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 – are a drag. If only there were an instruction manual that they’d hand out at your dental school graduation on all the non-dental jobs […]
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 defined by how aware and in control we are of our emotions, how we express them, and how we handle them. Studies show that emotional […]
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 meet with all kinds of dental professionals, including my fellow hygienists. Along the way, I also get to meet interesting people who aren’t in our […]
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 25 years ago, when I first practiced as a registered dental hygienist. My mission of providing the best possible patient care has intensified over the years, and […]
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 handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” Some experts boil this down to balancing what’s in the head and in the heart, and approaching a challenge […]
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 and never coming back! The “ghosting” phenomenon has made its way into the business world, acknowledged now even by the Federal Reserve as an official […]
You’re offering a job, so why aren’t you getting applications? You need to figure out why you people are not applying to your ad or showing up to interviews. It is likely a combination of things: You are in competition with many other hiring dental offices. You have to offer something they want. Does your ad […]
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 alone. Roughly 25% of Americans plan to be out of town for Labor Day. Check-in with your staff Always the first Monday in September, almost every […]
Something feels different in the office. It’s hard to describe. The patients are happy, no complaints. The schedule is full, revenue is strong. Internal conflicts among staff are at a minimum. In fact, things are working so well that you’re answering fewer staff questions and requests. These are the situations we all work hard to […]
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 our extended RDH family. After hearing from nearly 40 unique speakers, we’re feeling energized about the future of dental hygiene and what our friends in […]
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 family situation that is no longer fulfilling. For me, the struggle has been real over the past few years. Divorce can be a tangled combination […]
International Women’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on the advancements and successes of women across all professions and lifestyles, but as the percentage of female dentists in our industry continues to rise (32% as of 2018), it’s especially important to celebrate women’s achievements in the dental industry! While the dental field is (and […]
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 goals. It is also a gift to the other person to give them a chance to find a place where they fit in better 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; the last is about giving back to something bigger than ourselves. It is often said that our circumstances define our journeys. In my case, these […]
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 to work every day, doing something I love by helping improve the lives of my patients. I flew head-first – quite literally – into my […]
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 embark on the Virgin STRIVE Challenge, I reflect on the journey that has led me to this opportunity to grow myself in new ways. You see, for […]
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 close, we are elated to share that we have reached a milestone $10,000 donation made on behalf of our DentalPost team and community! The Foundation’s mission […]
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 4th consecutive year that we have received this special distinction. Out of the nearly seven million private companies moving our great economy forward every day, […]
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 trauma they have endured. Imagine being embarrassed to go for a job interview, on a date, or even just to grin or laugh. Imagine not having […]
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; hiring managers are looking for what sets you apart from your peers. So what skills will you make you shine? Here’s five that are in […]
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 have never run from hard… I run to it. For so many of us, these experiences – with all their ups and downs – are […]
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 to make your head spin. The business process and computer intelligence has been converging. The jobs that were done by humans and business processes will […]
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 lots of candidates apply but none seem to fit your culture? It’s the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One bowl of porridge is […]
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 don’t lose my footing in either world. Each world is busy, so I’m always on the balls of my feet, it seems. I’m the mother […]
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 new mobile app. Available for iOS and Android devices, the app is a newer, faster version of the original DentalPost app which allows dental professionals […]
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 we might dread them, the interview is a crucial time to determine what kind of office it is and if you can see yourself working […]
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 to know that dental practices are passionately focused on putting their employee’s and patient’s needs first (though we really expected nothing less from the DentalPost […]
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 work-life balance. Build a career that allows you to spend more time with your family. Designing your life with the never-ending shift in balance can be tough, but we are here to help. Our profession is one of the best out there if you ask me. We are able […]
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 seen my share of dental teams. The best, most productive teams have one thing in common: great leadership. Since we know leadership starts at the […]
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, 98 percent of the nation’s dental hygienists are female. The front desk staff and office managers lean toward the female side. Although the dentist position […]
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 can be the hardest thing we can go through. I’ve learned that, too. You have to just put your head down and brave the headwinds […]