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    Why it's critical to design with the future in mind

    When it comes to office renovation and dental cabinetry, planning for the future is critical for the success of your practice.


    Take the wheel

    Someone has got to drive the bus and it better be you. The only way you are going to get the plan and environment that you want is to become personally involved in guiding your practice and team.

    You’ve got to go all in with the process and the decisions. There are lots of experts out there who can offer lots of recommendations. From architectural to construction/remodel to IT, there are professionals who can create incredible environments. However, only you can create your environment.

    Heck, even if you are only going to move one wall or equip one treatment area that has been vacant until now, I’d still be all in and going over the area and process with the proverbial fine toothed comb to make sure I got exactly what I want and need.

    Related reading: 5 important office updates for a modern practice

    Wrapping up

    Our profession is going to continue to improve and evolve over time. Some changes will be vast and some will be subtle. However, we always need to plan for change. When I built my building I was lucky enough to get 1.25 acres of land. A couple of weeks ago I was staring out one of the windows wondering how long it would be before I have to start thinking about expanding.

    The days of hanging out a shingle and practicing without change for the next 30 or 40 years are behind us. Thirty years ago, there was absolutely no need to have anyone in dentistry who tried to figure out the future of the profession. Now I spend two-to-three hours a week researching and trying to figure out where the profession is headed on this crazy journey.

    Now, you don’t have to spend tons of time or invest a whole lot of effort into trying to see the future. That’s my job. If you want info from someone who lives and breathes industry changes, that’s what I’m here for. However, I do think it will make your practice better if you put your ear to the ground occasionally and listen for the pounding hoofbeats of change.


    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...


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