Dental Practice Transitions, Made Easy

Buying or selling a practice is one of the most significant financial events in a dentist’s career – with only one chance to get it right.

From left: Dr. Brad Babcock, Dr. Steve Wolff, Debbie Wolff, and Tom Wolff

Check out our newest listings

    • Manhattan, KS (Update – Under Contract): Highly profitable practice averaging approximately $1.25 million over the last three years. Updated six-operatory office with two associate dentists in place and capacity for a new owner dentist who desires additional practice growth. Building is also available for purchase. Summary – Manhattan
    • Omaha, NE: The highly profitable practice is located in South central Omaha in an easily accessible Commercial/Retail center. The four-operatory office has a very well established recall system seeing 1,600 patients. This is a rare opportunity based on consistent collections and cash flow over many years. NE419 Summary
    • Olathe, KS (Update – Under Contract): This long-term practice is located in a professional building complex along a well-known route through Johnson County, Kansas. KC363 Summary
    • Northwest Missouri: Dual location specialty practice. Call for additional details. MO366 Summary
    • Kansas City, MO: Unique Orthodontic practice opportunity in Midtown Kansas City. Call for further information. Code KC362

Equipment for Sale

      • Overland Park, KS – Ortho/Pedo: Our client recently retired and his patients were acquired by another doctor, leaving a full functional office providing both orthodontic and pediatric dentistry. Lease goes until March and landlord would gladly extend lease. All equipment for sale. Pic1 – Ortho-Pedo Equipment, Pic2 – Ortho-Pedo Equipment 

Most Recent Sales

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Williams on the sale of his Lees Summit, MO dental practice to Dr. John Flucke.

We congratulate Dr. Jerry Haney on the sale of his Odessa, MO practice to Drs. Jeff Slutskiy, Peter McClellan and Daniel Rome.

Congratulations to Dr. Jon Siebrasse on the sale of his Parsons, KS practice to Dr. Adam Bulleigh.

We wish Dr. Emily Day the best following the sale of her Overland Park, KS pediatric practice to Dr. Wayne Dobbins.

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Carlson on the sale of his Gladstone practice to Drs. Doug and Garret Cochran.

New Blog Post: Basic Dental M&A

As more and more practices established in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s come on the market, it seems likely that a good number of them will need to be merged into existing practices in order for the retirees to perpetuate care of their patients and maintain custody of records. With enrollment to local dental schools in our market significantly less than previous levels, a significant number of retirement age doctors will not find buyers to sustain their practices into another generation. Doctors whose revenue is less than $500,000 often find positioning their practices for a merger into another may prove to be the best exit strategy. We have assisted sellers in ten of these in the last five years and have acquired enough data to establish some solid trends contributing to the marketability and successful transitioning of these practices.

Geography will matter: Common sense suggests that the closer the office is to the old location, the more likely it is that patients will visit the new doctor.

Fees and Insurance compatibility: The Buyer needs to review fees and make sure they are relatively close to those in their office. Also, in today’s world, if you do not accept the patient’s insurance, they may go elsewhere.

Letter to patients: The announcement of the Seller’s plans, the introduction of the new doctor and the advisement to the patients as to the custody of their records will go a long way in “laying the sword upon the shoulder” of the new owner.

Retaining staff people: It is no secret that many patients may have more connection with the office manager, assistant or hygienist than they do the doctor and having one or more come to the new office has a powerful effect on patient retention.

Do the math. Even if you score poorly on the previous points, these deals are usually good for all of the parties. While we find that traditional wisdom suggests that 85-90% of patients may be retained by the new owner in a traditional transition, mergers such as these bring a lot of variables and that may not happen. Surprisingly, they can be very successful for the buyer even if a much lower percentage make the switch. While we’re often asked how much a patient record should sell for, the better question might be how much additional revenue the buyer can expect as a result of the transaction. Annual collections of the target practice, a realistic patient count, the production capacity and overhead of the receiver practice along with comparable sales data such as we have accumulated can show just how quickly the payback will occur and what the long-term benefit to the deal will be to a practice.

I’ll let you in on a secret; once someone does this and works through the process, they are anxious to do it again as they realize there is no cheaper or faster way to build up a practice.