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OPEN MIKE A Pulse on the Network for Seattle Study Club Directors

2011-2012 Web Sessions By Heather Bright

With the technological advancements in web-based conferencing over the last few years, web sessions have become a really great way to host an evening session with a great speaker. There are still some openings for the coming academic year. Dr. David Garber is returning with his highly rated session on pink porcelain. Dr. Bob Margeas joins our web line-up with a presentation on the diagnosis and treatment of worn dentition. Dr. Maurice Salama is back with his popular presentation on orthodontic therapy. Dr. John West is also returning with his informative and highly entertaining session on endodontics. Dr. Glenn Krieger is offering information on how the use of digital case presentation can help grow your practice and Kirk Behrendt joins us with his course on how to inspire your team. Also new to web this year is a series geared toward our Hygiene Study Clubs. Dr. Peter Fay, Dr. Eric Rindler and Ms. Karen Baker are each offering new presentations specifically for your hygiene meetings.

Here’s what Directors have been saying about web sessions: “Web sessions are the greatest way to utilize members’ tuition to bring extraordinary speakers into our club that typically would be out of reach. The Seattle Study Club has an enormous responsibility of pulling it all together and they do a beautiful job each and every time. We consider ourselves fortunate to attend these sessions and apply the speaker’s theories to our practices.” David Philofsky ~ Southwest Study Club, McKinney, TX “We have been using the web sessions for the last 2 years and found them to be very beneficial. The ability for interaction with the speakers allows our members to ask pertinent questions relating to incorporating these policies or techniques into their everyday practice. The most productive time is after the meeting. There is no agenda and we discuss a multitude of topics. It has been a great team building experience.” Allen Pulsipher ~ Mt. Palomar Study Club, Murrieta, CA If you would like more information or would like to register for one of these sessions give us a call! 425.576.8000

Sharpen Your Skills This Summer By Jami Augustine

Another study club year is coming to an end and it’s time to start finalizing your summer plans. How about a trip to the mountains? We hear Bachelor Gulch, Colorado is beautiful in July! There’s something for everyone—mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, canoeing and, for those who like to take it easy, phenomenal spa services. This year’s Show & Tell meeting taking place July 15-16 is a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your skills while taking a summer vacation this year. It’s the perfect excuse to gather a few key members of your club and escape for the weekend to join other like-minded clinicians and learn from one another in a majestic setting. And, like all Seattle Study Club events, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without some fun to be had, courtesy of our events team. What a great way to cultivate connections in your club! Unlike our larger conferences, Show & Tell is designed to be a more intimate meeting where the primary goal is facilitating interaction among those in attendance. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight and feedback on one of your cases while learning from the challenges of other members in the network. For more information or to reserve your space at this unique meeting give us a call at 425.576.8000.

Dr. Bill Robbins

Kirk Behrendt

Dr. Robbins is a remarkable clinician. His unique presentation style easily connects with attendees and leaves them with information that can easily be implemented in their practice the next day. He is the recipient of more awards than can be mentioned here, including the 2010 Saul Schluger award. Dr. Robbins may be reached at 210.341.4409 or We asked a few Directors who have had him speak to their clubs recently to let us know what they thought and here’s what they said.

This non-clinical speaker is relatively new to the Seattle Study Club network, but has really made a big splash. Since being introduced at the 2010 Speakers Showcase Kirk has barely had time to catch his breath. His schedule is currently booked until 2013, but if you want to bring him in for an evening staff program there are a few slots left in his Web Sessions for the 2011-2012 academic year. For more information or to register for one of these sessions call Catrice or Heather at the Seattle Study Club office at 425.576.8000.

“Bill Robbins is one of the best speakers in dentistry. He is an actual private practice clinician that can convey complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand and implement. He is a gifted lecturer, a master clinician, and a credit to our profession. We rarely have repeat speakers, he has lectured to our club five times.” Dr. Cinco Feuille Director Thunderbird Study Club “Bill Robbins spoke to our study club last year. He presented an aesthetic analysis and diagnosis system that was comprehensive and practical. My members loved it. Even though many had heard Bill speak before, they picked up additional pearls. In addition, Bill is a fine human being who brings a terrific attitude to the program. He is willing to defend his position without being disagreeable. I think Bill is one of the finest speakers available in dentistry today.” Dr. Erik Mathys Director Colorado Academy of Excellence in Dentistry “Bill is a phenomenal educator. My study club thought that he was one of the best lecturers that we have had in our 10 years of having a club. My partner, Jeff Zissu, and I took a chance when we scheduled him to give all three of our full day lectures last year, but by the end of the year, my group was asking when we could get him back. He took what can be a very dry subject, ‘Occlusion Diagnosis and Its Impact on Therapy,’ and presented it in a lively, stimulating, and easily understood fashion that could be incorporated into everyday dental practice immediately. I can’t say enough good things about Bill.” Dr. Cheryl Goren Robins Director Journey For Excellence

Here’s what Drs. Mike and Abby Jones, Director and Coordinator of Northwest Suburban Chicago Study Club, had to say about Kirk’s recent presentation at their club. At the Northwest Suburban Chicago Study Club, we wanted to end our first year on a high note, so we saved the best for last. Kirk Behrendt’s “13 Habits of a Thriving Practice” was everything we expected and more. With his contagious enthusiasm and high energy, Kirk captured the attention of our members and their staff. He built upon that connection to drive home his message, which is that we must use our systems to maximize efficiency and profit, while exceeding our personal and professional goals. Don’t take our word for it, listen to what the attendees had to say: (actual evaluation comments) “Presenter was right on!! He gave time to relax and refuel, and there was never a dull moment, the speaker was very intelligent. On a scale of 1 to 4, I rate him a 5.” “Great attitude! I loved the speaker’s core values… FAMILY.” “This speaker gave us ideas and concepts we will be bringing into our office.” “I have been to quite a few seminars — but this was by far the most informative and motivating. Thank you!!” “I only wish I had seen this presentation 20 years ago. It was awesome.” If you have never heard Kirk speak, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. And if you have heard him before, then I am preaching to the choir! Give your study club an infusion of positivity, and have fun while learning how to make the next year your best ever.


A Pulse on the Network for Seattle Study Club Directors By Jami Augustine By Heather Bright

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