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Expand with a Second Practice for Real Growth

By |September 12th, 2012|

As a dental practice owner you continually look for ways to grow your business and expand on your success. But have you considered literally expanding your practice by opening a second location? Assuming your current practice is well grounded with a solid patient base, good management practices and steady cash flow, expanding to a second location can be one of the most dramatic and effective ways to build business success as well as create options for long-term security.

Build Your Business Assets
Just as buying a second home increases the value of your assets and provides profit opportunities for the future, expanding your practice to a satellite location provides several advantages in building your business.

New Market to Tap. At some point your current dental practice will reach a threshold beyond which it cannot grow without additional space, services and clientele. A new market provides an entirely new foundation for growth. Opening a second location to tap into an existing, underserved market with […]

Chart Audits: Key to Income Growth

By |September 12th, 2012|

One of the surest ways to increase patient traffic and practice income is to improve your chart auditing system. A chart audit is a systematic review of patient records to identify those who have not kept up with appointments. Ongoing chart audits combined with proactive phone calls to reactivate idle patients offers one of the most efficient, valuable tools for increasing cash flow.

“Not a chart audit!” you might say. Many practices find it burdensome to complete regular chart audits as they’re a time consuming endeavor that entails patient record reviews, phone calls and scheduling. Yet former patients who are not being tapped for needed dental treatment represent lost income, and contacting these patients to schedule an appointment is nothing less than responsible follow-up care.

Steps for Conducting a Chart Audit

Following are the basic steps for creating an effective chart audit system:

1) Chart Audit Report. Start with a Chart Audit Report to avoid the post-it notes, computer reports and files that […]

Assembling Your Office Design Team

By |September 12th, 2012|

The quality and effectiveness of your dental office design has a significant impact on the well-being and comfort of your staff and patients, not to mention your level of productivity. So whether you are building from the ground up, remodeling or expanding an existing facility, you want to surround yourself with a team of professionals who understand the dental industry and what a contemporary, start-of-the-art practice requires.

An effective project team can add valuable input during all stages of the office design process, from negotiations for your commercial lease to selecting office systems software. Assemble your project team early during the project planning phase and consider including:

Commercial Real Estate Broker

Your CRE broker will show you properties that meet your location and cost criteria and negotiate your lease or purchase with the property owner or developer. Negotiating a lease or purchase can be a time consuming and tedious process that requires an understanding of the underlying legal implications. Your broker will […]

Dental Practice – Missouri

By |September 4th, 2012|

Dr. Mehjabeen

Our life changed because of you. You made our dream come true. You gave us hope during our first talk and confidence when we were in last minute distress.

Live Oak Bank contributes to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation

By |August 1st, 2012|

August 2, 2012 – Wilmington, NC – Live Oak Bank has generously donated $1,000 to National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating children’s preventable suffering from pediatric dental disease, also known as severe tooth decay. Supporting the delivery of oral health education and care beginning at the prenatal level, NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy has reached millions of children in need through its national non-profit clinical network and volunteer professional and student community service programs.

“We are grateful to Live Oak Bank for their contribution to NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy,” stated Fern Ingber, NCOHF President & CEO.  “The generosity of supporters such as Live Oak Bank is essential for expansion of children’s oral health services and breaking the cycle of this devastating disease.”

“Live Oak Bank is committed to helping the dental community, so we are happy to donate to such a worthy cause,” commented Keith Merklin, General Manager and Sr. Loan Officer at Live Oak Bank. “We appreciate the dental professionals […]

First Class Dental Facility – Texas

By |April 25th, 2012|

Drs. Chip & Jennifer

One thing that really impressed us was Live Oak’s willingness to see the ‘big picture’ when other banks could not.  Our vision was to bring a first class dental facility to an area where some banks said it couldn’t be done.  The team at Live Oak took the time to meet us in person and listened to our story.  They looked through our raw numbers and saw the true potential of what we had to offer to our patients and our community.  We worked and negotiated with multiple lenders and just kept going back to Live Oak.  Their people and the way they treated us really made a difference.

Dental Construction – Colorado

By |January 25th, 2012|

Dr. Harper, Dr. Shearer & Dr. Madlock


We have enjoyed working with Live Oak in order to construct our building, the Center. Annemarie Murphy and her team are always available to answer questions and help. We had struggled with other lenders and their follow through, but Live Oak has made it easy to acquire the financing we need to make our dream come true. Aesthetic & Maxillofacial Associates and Canyon Point Orthodontics are eagerly awaiting the grand opening of their new building. Thank you to everyone at Live Oak Bank.

Purchasing an Oral Surgery Practice – North Carolina

By |January 25th, 2012|

Larry, DMD, MD
North Carolina

I wish to thank Annemarie Murphy and her team at Live Oak Bank. I went into unknown territory by purchasing an Oral Surgery practice after having an unsuccessful association with another Surgeon. I felt Live Oak Bank was on my side looking out for my business interests. After talking with other banks, I was positive that Live Oak was getting me the best interest rates and the most bang for my buck.

They helped me negotiate a better price for the practice and made me feel confident that I would still be able to make a comfortable living, while still be able to pay my note, based on their analysis of the practice and the area. I felt I really had someone on my side in the negotiation process looking out for me.

Annemarie gave the process a personal touch by coming out and actually seeing the practice before the negotiations and came out to visit for my open […]

Dental Practice – Colorado

By |January 25th, 2012|

Brian, DDS, PC

My associate doctor and I worked with Live Oak Bank for the sale of my dental practice and dental building. While other banks told my associate ‘Yea, we can do the deal’, none of the big player lending institutions could get the transition done without many strings attached, huge carry backs on my part in second position, etc., etc., etc. Live Oak Bank was actually a breath of fresh air after trying to deal with other lenders. They were able to handle the complex issues and helped us through the process with ease and professionalism. They took care of nearly all of the mountains of paper work, title commitments, appraisals, etc. Annemarie and/or her staff would get back to me with answers to my never ending questions usually the same day. She understands each practice transition is unique. She was able to remove all the roadblocks, got the ‘deal done’, in a timely manner.

They are experts in their […]

Dental Practice – California

By |January 16th, 2012|

Dr. Steve

My interaction with Live Oak Bank has been on a very personal, friendly basis. When you remove what you expect from a relationship with a banker, and you get someone who is willing to work with you as a partner, you are going to find that your business goes to a place you didn’t know it could go to.

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