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In a Spirit of Caring
Helping you develop exceptional Doctor-Patient-Client-Team Relationships

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"Everything old is new again." A Collection of CC Bass, MD's preventive dentistry research articles"Everything old is new again." A Collection of CC Bass, MD's preventive dentistry research articles
Charles C. Bass, MD - 1875-1975: the "cantankerous genius of preventive dentistry". If you aren't familiar with Bass, he was an MD and Dean of the Tulane medical school from 1922 - 1940. He did much of the early research on what caused dental caries and periodontal disease in the 1940's and 50's. His research preceded the current work on the oral/systemic connection by 50 to 70 years. . . . keep reading >>

Regaining your motivation in your dental practice - from burn out to satisfaction and contributionRegaining your motivation in your dental practice - from burn out to satisfaction and contribution
Bill Brown DDS
The fire is out. Most dentists face the problem of regaining interest in the profession after years of the same old procedures. How can you bring the passion back? Will expanding your scope of practice rekindle the burnout? Are you concerned about the financial roller coaster in today's uncertain economic and political environment? Do you envision a practice that puts the patient first, or one based on arbitrary goals? . . . keep reading >>

In Memory of Carol Pettersen
Lynn Carlisle
With regret, sadness and fond memories I write this memorial to Carol Pettersen. Carol died on August 20th at age 66 after a courageous 7 year encounter with breast cancer. Carol was married to Bruce Pettersen for 43 years. She partnered with him in creating one of the finest relationship-based dental practices. They lived and practiced in Hanover, Mass. . . . keep reading >>

75 year classic Harvard study on what makes men flourish
George Vaillant, who directed the classic Harvard study for three decades, has written an update of the classic study in his 2012 book, Triumphs of Experience. He gives a historical and current interpretation of the studies and how they applied then and now for males and those who know them and work with them. Here is a blurb from the book's synopsis: . . . keep reading >>

Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry - First chapterMotivational Interviewing in Dentistry - First chapter
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Here is an early version of the first chapter of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry to give you an idea of what the book will be like. It is about the history of the person-centered approach in dentistry. You will see the deep roots relationship-based dentistry has in this approach. You will also see some familiar themes in this chapter. . . . keep reading >>

20 year anniversary of the book In a Spirit of Caring20 year anniversary of the book In a Spirit of Caring
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Time flies! 20 years ago my book, In a Spirit of Caring was published. What I wrote then still applies to our current challenging times. The print version is not available, but you can still order the e-book, In a Spirit of Caring Revisited. The e-book is an excellent foundation and lead in to my new book Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry. Here is how to order: . . . keep reading >>


"Everything old is new again." A Collection of CC Bass, MD's preventive dentistry research articles
"Everything old is new again." A Collection of CC Bass, MD's preventive dentistry research articles Charles C. Bass, MD - 1875-1975: the "cantankerous genius of preventive dentistry". If you aren't familiar with Bass, he was an MD and Dean of the Tulane medical school from 1922 - 1940. He did much of the early research on what caused dental caries and periodontal disease in the 1940's and 50's. His research preceded the current work on the oral/systemic connection by 50 to 70 years. . . . keep reading >>

Regaining your motivation in your dental practice - from burn out to satisfaction and contribution
Bill Brown DDS
Regaining your motivation in your dental practice - from burn out to satisfaction and contribution The fire is out. Most dentists face the problem of regaining interest in the profession after years of the same old procedures. How can you bring the passion back? Will expanding your scope of practice rekindle the burnout? Are you concerned about the financial roller coaster in today's uncertain economic and political environment? Do you envision a practice that puts the patient first, or one based on arbitrary goals? . . . keep reading >>

In Memory of Carol Pettersen
Lynn Carlisle
With regret, sadness and fond memories I write this memorial to Carol Pettersen. Carol died on August 20th at age 66 after a courageous 7 year encounter with breast cancer. Carol was married to Bruce Pettersen for 43 years. She partnered with him in creating one of the finest relationship-based dental practices. They lived and practiced in Hanover, Mass. . . . keep reading >>
75 year classic Harvard study on what makes men flourish
George Vaillant, who directed the classic Harvard study for three decades, has written an update of the classic study in his 2012 book, Triumphs of Experience. He gives a historical and current interpretation of the studies and how they applied then and now for males and those who know them and work with them. Here is a blurb from the book's synopsis: . . . keep reading >>

Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry - First chapter
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry - First chapter Here is an early version of the first chapter of Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry to give you an idea of what the book will be like. It is about the history of the person-centered approach in dentistry. You will see the deep roots relationship-based dentistry has in this approach. You will also see some familiar themes in this chapter. . . . keep reading >>

Planning a summer vacation? Family road trips - establishing lifetime memories
Lynn D Carlisle DDS
Planning a summer vacation? Family road trips - establishing lifetime memories I am just back from a two week road trip to the Pacific NW. It reminded me of this article and why I enjoy road tips. Don't become so involved in the busyness of your dental practice and life that you forget to establish these yearly road trip vacation traditions that you and your family will remember and treasure for the rest of your lives. . . . keep reading >>

Difficult and Uncertain Times
Bill Brown DDS
Difficult and Uncertain Times Bill Brown takes a look back and forward at the paradigm changes in dentistry. He gives his take on what dentists can expect and do. "We are living in times of monumental change. How should independent private dentists deal with these disorienting external forces that we seem to have no control over? What are these influences that impact not only practice but also fundamental principles?" . . . keep reading >>

Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry Introduction - an early version
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry Introduction - an early version I have just finished what I hope is the last edit of my Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry manuscript. Here is a peek at the first version of the introduction that I wrote in April of 2013. Over the next few months, I will post vignettes of other chapters to give you an idea of what the book is about. I am still shooting for the fall of 2014 to publish it. It will probably first appear as an e-book. . . . keep reading >>

Patient bonding and connecting, the new secret to start enjoying dentistry, again.
Tony J. Gedge
Patient bonding and connecting, the new secret to start enjoying dentistry, again. Tony Gedge is new member of the ISOC advisory board. He works as a marketing consultant with British private fee for service dentists. I recently was interviewed by Tony for his 'Sat on the Shoulders of Giants' interview series. He has been an ISOC member since 2012. I found in our interview that he was recommending and doing many similar things that relationship-based dentistry does. I asked him to send me an article to introduce himself to fellow ISOC'ers. You will find many familiar themes in slightly different language. Here it is. . . . keep reading >>

Could this be the new way relationship-based dentistry is practiced?
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS, May 9, 2014
Could this be the new way relationship-based dentistry is practiced? These discussion forum posts resulted in some of the strongest push back (freaked out?) comments on any posts I have written. I wrote it about the changes going on now in dentistry with corporate dentistry, obamacare, insurance intrusion, the cost of new technology, the recession and "Unknown, unknowns". I also commented on how relationship-based dentistry might respond. . . . keep reading >>

Delta Dental's 15% payment cut in Washington state
Lynn D Carlisle DDS, May 23, 2012
Delta Dental's 15% payment cut in Washington state Delta Dental is in the news again with cuts in their payments to dentists. Here is an ISOC article from 2 years ago on Delta Dental in Washington state cutting their payments to dentists 15% while giving its executives a 32% to 45% increase in their pay during the recession. On a Seattle King news TV5 interview the Delta chief executive said dentists only work 3.5 to 4 days a week and should work harder and another day a week to make up for the cuts. See the interview here. Be sure and read "Related articles" at the end of the article. . . . keep reading >>

Update on my "Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry" book
Lynn D Carlisle, DDS
Update on my "Motivational Interviewing in Dentistry" book The final draft is done - now on to editing, graphics, reviews and deciding on how to publish it - a publisher or self-publish. Bill Miller and Bill Wathen have given it their "thumbs up". When will it be done? I am shooting for fall or at least by Christmas. I will keep you updated along the way and let you know on this Bulletin and by the ISOC web site when it happens. . . . keep reading >>

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