Eben Van der Walt explains how partnering with Dentex has given him the freedom to practise the dentistry that he loves.
I had a very simple upbringing in a small rural community in South Africa, far away from the cutting-edge world of aesthetic dentistry. But I decided from an early age that I wanted to become a dentist. I completed my degree in dentistry from the University of Stellenbosch 20 years ago.
A couple of years after arriving in the
UK, I started working as an associate at Portmore Dental in Surrey. I
focused on cosmetic dentistry having attended the Aesthetic Advantage
Program at New York University and reaching masters level in aesthetic
dentistry in 2007. I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the
Aesthetic Alumni in Palm Beach, Florida and appointed as an instructor
to Aesthetic Advantage students.
Soon I became a partner and Portmore
became fully private in 2006. Since then the practice has gone from
strength to strength, providing exceptional treatment for our patients.
We provide an array of specialties all under one roof and have 22
full-time staff with five dentists. Needless to say, we are a very busy
A beneficial decision
I did have a few reservations when Dentex approached us, as did some of the partners. However, we had come to a crossroads as some of the partners were approaching retirement and we still wanted the practice to carry on in the same vein. We didn’t want to lose momentum and wanted to very much carry on with the same velocity. We joined Dentex in October and it has been a really beneficial decision for all of us. The team is the number one priority and partnering with Dentex has meant not much has changed.
After looking and evaluating several
options, Dentex felt like the right choice for us. Compared to other
dental corporates, we could keep our identity, which was essential for
me. The Dentex team were very helpful and explained how the co-ownership
model could improve and aid us, without losing our values and practice
Partnering with Dentex allows the team
and I to concentrate on what we are good at – practising dentistry and
retaining clinical control. Dentex helps us with HR, legal issues,
marketing, finance and compliance. Dentex virtually eliminates the
stress and burden of administration.
It has been such a positive change for us – it has given us more free time, more support and brought the team closer together.
Even more efficient
There has also been zero impact on the patients. They haven’t noticed any changes and still receive the same excellent service and treatment that they always have. In fact, I’d say we are a lot more efficient and on the ball.
Patients can identify a happy team very
quickly, and a happy team equals a better patient experience. Creating
an atmosphere of enjoyment in the workplace is non-negotiable. Dentex
has enabled us to create a stress-free practice with a harmonious team,
which means everyone benefits.
Another advantage is that you are part of
the Dentex team so there is the opportunity to meet with other practice
principals and associates and exchange ideas and thoughts. There is an
annual event that Dentex invites partners to, which is invaluable. I am
also personally involved in arranging events both clinically and
socially for Dentex partners and associates. We are forming a formidable
community. Communicating your experiences with your peers helps you
move forward in this fast-changing profession and we can share and learn
I would wholeheartedly say to any dentist who is considering the move to go for it. Portmore is now thriving with the support from Dentex – and without the stress for me. I am enjoying it even more.
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