More recent unsolicited commentaries from Comfort Dental partners
Dr. Bryan Wyeth, Comfort Dental North Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I just wanted to write a quick note to express my gratitude for what you have built here. I have been with Comfort for a little over 5 years and I can say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I won’t bore you with the details of my pre-Comfort story, but suffice it to say, it was like so many others…stuck as an employee dentist and going nowhere.
While I finished just short of my 2015 goal of $1M collections (sadly by only $10K!!!), I can feel good knowing that it was the best financial year of my career thus far, and the arrow is pointing up. After 5 years with Comfort, I figured a formal thank you was long over due. I appreciate being a part of this. I hope you and your family have a great New Year.
I am happy to share my pre-Comfort story. It’s not very exciting, but here it is: I graduated from dental school in 2008 in the middle of a crashing economy and loaded with student debt. I was lucky to get a job working for Western Dental in Mesa, Arizona where I grew up. I was making decent money for a new-grad, but I was working close to 50 hours per week, and didn’t feel like there was great job security in that position. Since the Phoenix valley was hit particularly hard by the recession, there were private and corporate dental offices closing their doors on every corner. The company I worked for started leveraging the new high supply of unemployed dentists against those of us who were working for them by cutting everybody’s pay, incentives and bonuses and making it harder and harder to earn a fair wage. Lucky for me, I was working with a dentist named Nate Budge (one of the South Powers all-stars), who knew some guys in Comfort, and he started telling me about his friends’ experience. It sounded too good to be true, but I had to see for myself, so I booked a flight up to visit with Dr Norton, spent a lunch with Steve Carter, and I was sold. I went home, started to apply for my Colorado license, and my family and I were fortunate enough a few months later to land in a great office in Colorado Springs, with great partners, and a new start. In spite of the less than ideal situation in Arizona right out of school, I feel lucky in hindsight that I went through it. I knew from that experience that I wanted to be able to have control and ownership over my own success, and that I needed to find a model that could withstand and thrive during economic downturns. So that’s my story. Pretty cliche, but obviously impactful for me and my family. Anyways, again, I just wanted to express my appreciation that I can be a part of this. Have great weekend.
Last for now, Dan Anderson, 7 years, Comfort Dental Brighton CO, our lowest overhead office less than 30%!
I received your very generous check in the lab mail last week. Thank you so very much, I did not write the overhead response in anticipation of receiving a check for $500 but it was very much appreciated. So, again thank you. On another note, I am sure you have already done this, but if not I thought I would pass the thought along to you. For 3 of the 4 years I was in dental school, I was our dental school’s ASDA legislative liaison. We would have national meetings at which there would be vendors selling products and also groups such as the ortho group O. E. C. Recruiting students to their causes. The students at these meetings are all generally intelligent and most well spoken. Having the ability to communicate is paramount to so many of the things that you have taught us here at Comfort Dental. Instead of incurring the major cost to fly from school to school, attending one of those meetings may be a way of reaching and gauging the interest of students of the respective schools. For example, the school I attended LLUSD would have very little interest due to their religious observation of Saturday as their day of worship, and would therefore be unwilling to work our schedule. Even though their debt, would indicate that this is the best thing for them. If you felt it to be beneficial, I would be more than happy to tell of my success at Comfort Dental to the students. I know when I got out of school there was a feeling of being overwhelmed with the debt and not wanting to take on more. Not only that, they teach you to be skeptical of people who are trying to sell you something. We were told to anticipate a yearly earning of $150-$200,000. So when somebody comes along and tells them their average earnings is in the neighborhood of $375,000, it can be very hard to believe. My first thought was that this is something too good to be true. What I can tell the students now is, that In less then eight short years later I own a million dollar home in the city on 1 acre of land that is paid for, also my student loans which exceeded over $200,000 are paid for, my wife and I both drive new luxury SUV’s. We take Family vacations to wherever we want and stay in luxury resorts. We are able to live the dental financial dream. And they need to know they can do it too. During the time I was waiting for Comfort Dental of Brighton to open up I took one of those “dental jobs”. After a year of paying on my student loan payments I checked my balance to see how much I had paid down, and even though I had paid in excess of $12,000 of payment, I had only reduced principal by $200. I wanted to vomit. In addition to me having a full-time job, my wife also maintained a full-time job as well. Since being at Comfort dental, my wife has been able to be a stay-at-home mom to our children.
Thanks for everything
No, Thank YOU, Dan