Interview with a 4th year Dental Student – Matt Lewis

Bulletproof Dental Practice Podcast Episode 16

Host: Dr. Peter Boulden / Atlanta Dental Spa

Guest: Matt Lewis

Key Takeaways:

  • Corporate often invites dental students to join them although it feels that they only present ideal scenario most of the time.
  • Deciding to sell to the corporate model is a tough decision to make.
  • Corporate dentistry can compete on pricing but not on relationship factor.
  • Dental students should keep their options open whether they’ll go corporate or pursue a private practice.
  • Corporate dentistry can help dental students get a job and learn practical dental skills.
  • Huge dental debts encourage students to go corporate after graduation.
  • The more in-debt you are after graduation, the fewer choices you have.
  • Fewer students now want to start their own practice after graduation.
  • Corporate offers $500-a-day baseline pay to dental students.
  • Dental associates who are willing to hustle their pay after six months are good for a practice because it means they are interested to be in a win-win situation.
  • When selecting where to practice after graduation consider market saturation. Don’t just go with the herd.
  • When looking for a CPA, look for someone who can give you personalized attention, especially if you are running your own business.
  • For contract reviews, you only need the simple services of an attorney.
  • When looking for people to work with – like a CPA or an attorney – look for someone who you are comfortable working with. Interview if necessary and ask for recommendations.
  • Corporate dentistry will make sure you work hard for the money they pay you.
  • Be awesome in something that you are passionate about. Don’t force yourself to do something you do not like.
  • Try different procedures first in order to find something you love. You may like a procedure that you hated during school.


  • Force yourself to back out and look at the big picture.
  • Keep an open mind at the things coming at you. Open mind is key.
  • Attitude is everything.


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Summit Wrap Up 2021

, July 28, 2021

Debt Repayment Methods

, June 16, 2021

Bottlenecks to Revenue

, June 9, 2021

The Bulletproof Pathway

, March 17, 2021

Comfort Zone & Lifestyle Creep

, February 17, 2021

1 VS. 5 Locations

, February 10, 2021

Team Alignment is EVERYTHING

, February 3, 2021

Work As Hard As You Can

, December 9, 2020

Becoming a Thoroughbred

, November 27, 2020

Dealing with Upset Patients

, October 22, 2020

Team Compensation Negotiations

, September 17, 2020

The Risk of Burnout

, September 9, 2020

When to Expand

, August 27, 2020

Don’t Blow Your Ask

, July 16, 2020

Your Last Dance

, June 2, 2020

Looking for Silver Linings

, April 7, 2020

HR Answers in a Corona World

, March 19, 2020

The Summit Recap

, March 3, 2020

Dr. Baird is BAAACK!

, February 20, 2020

The Insurance Conundrum

, January 9, 2020

2020: Your BEST Decade Yet

, January 2, 2020

Leadership with Dr. Jenny Perna

, December 19, 2019

Smartest in the Room

, September 19, 2019