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Dr. Rick Workman Makes List of 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry

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Dr. Rick Workman Speaking to Audience

Incisal Edge, a dental lifestyle magazine, recently named Heartland Dental founder, Dr. Rick Workman, as one of the most influential people in dentistry. Among the 32 people listed, Dr. Workman ranked second on the list. To determine the list of 32 (one for every tooth!), Incisal Edge counted dollars – company size, or size of budget controlled – as most important. Then, they looked at how much influence the individual has on the company or organization they’re a part of. Finally, they calculated “size of voice” based on how much influence an individual has through his or her speaking, writing or research activities. 

The list includes the most popular dental speakers, top clinicians, key dental consultants, and other innovators in the dental industry. The list included another DSO founder, Steve Thorne of Pacific Dental Services. Only 14 of the 32 people listed were actually dentists – That speaks volumes to how much our industry is growing and changing. 

“As the industry continues to evolve, these are the individuals who are helping steer it in the right direction. It’s an honor to be a part of that,” said Dr. Workman. 

Heartland Dental has interacted with many of the people, companies and organizations mentioned on the list. It goes to show that we’re all working alongside each other to grow the dental industry. 

Think of people who influence you. What major qualities do they possess? On his blog, Dentistry Leaders, Dr. Workman names the four qualities he’s seen in the people who influence him. In thinking about what being “influential” means to him he says, “It’s like giving someone the directions to get to where they want to go.” Read the blog post in its entirety here

As Heartland Dental continues to grow, we’re constantly reminded of the people who influence us. From our executive leadership, all the way to the patients of our supported doctors, and everyone in between – you make us who we are! With 2016 quickly coming to a close, this comes at a perfect time. Here’s to new beginnings and bigger influences in 2017. 

To read the full press release, click here.