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E34: A Few Lessons I’ve Learned the Hard Way

This week on the podcast I wanted to share a personal story with you that I hope will help you on your own house call journey. It's about my first appointment with a patient I had no connection with, and the lessons I learned from it.

When I first started offering house calls, I didn't have an established travel radius or minimum visit fee, and it caused some problems. I ended up driving over three hours to visit a patient living with Autism who I was only able to interact with for 45 seconds! Now this was no fault of the patient as building trust with patients suffering from Autism takes time. However it was frustrating, but it taught me the importance of being a better businesswoman and establishing some basic policies upfront.

I know firsthand how tough it can be to start a house call practice, especially without access to resources or support. That's why I created the ResiDENTAL Movement and the Dental House Call Practice Academy. The Academy is an eight-week course that covers everything you need to know to start your own house call practice, from legal basics to equipment lists and best practices. I truly believe that more house-call dentists means more patients have access to care, and that's what this is all about. As always, whether you decide to pursue dental house calls or not, please consider supporting those in need by contributing to the Home Smile Care Foundation. I appreciate you tuning in!

Thank you for listening, and please feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions or just want to chat.

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