This is your opportunity to do more for your patients, and your practice.
Emerging technologies and the growing awareness of the role a dentist can play in the overall health of their patients is transforming our profession. No longer should we remain comfortable with just focusing on the mechanics of repairing teeth - we can and must do more. The Wellness Dentistry Network was founded on the belief that together, we can change the approach to how we interact with our patients, collaborate with each other to share information, and more effectively integrate with other areas of the healthcare model. By doing so, we're not just elevating the practice of dentistry, we're changing, improving, and yes, in some cases saving lives. Let us show you how.
What is the Wellness Dentistry Network
Founded in 2015 by Dr. Doug Thompson, the Wellness Dentistry Network is a community of dentists with a keen awareness of how oral conditions affect whole body health. Our online content hub provides a library of material that demonstrates how oral health issues are integrated with overall medical health issues, and the tools dentists need to get started, keep current, and meet the challenges in this exploding area. We design and continuously develop content in a way that is easy to find, easy to use, and easy to personalize. The Network is also a forum for discussion and exploration for a growing collection of like-minded dentists from across the country. For progressive dentists looking to enhance their practice and impact the overall wellness of their patients, we encourage you to learn more about, and join this vital movement.
"I want to thank you for all the help that you continue to give us as we move the practice in a new direction, Doug has a lot of knowledge to share."
- Dr. Sam Guarnieri - Wellness Dentistry Network Member
What We Provide Our Members
Specific content available exclusively to members includes 23 teaching modules, 7 of which cover key clinical elements specific to dentistry. The remainder focus on other health issues that relate to oral conditions and are appropriate for you to discuss with your patients. All of this forms the foundation for incorporating wellness concepts into your practice.
The content is presented through an intuitive dashboard, and below is an overview of some of the most important tools we have developed.
1. The WDN Patient Evaluation Methodology(™)
Over a period of 5 years, Dr. Thompson designed, organized, and fine-tuned a systematic process of patient evaluation that leads to discussion and consultation about dental health and overall wellness. Understanding how to implement this methodology by you, and your entire team, is the first step in the evolution of your practice. We provide the roadmap, and the tools you need to create patient and team awareness, assist with diagnosis, and guide predictable treatment and maintenance protocols.
2. Personalized Clinical Assessment Walk-Out Forms
Critical to summarizing your findings during the initial wellness exams you and your team will learn to conduct with your patients. These personalized assessments are a written record of your findings for each of the 7 key dental elements, and establishes a baseline health report for your patient. This will lead to greater trust, and help them understand the "why" to the products you recommend, recare frequency, radiographic frequency and treatment recommendations based on their individual assessment.
3. Graphic Teaching Tools
We offer a large library of materials that can be customized for your practice which will help your staff and your patients understand the disease entities that you have the capability to treat or to guide them to treatment.
4. Teaching Modules
Also included is access to a growing library of short teaching modules in areas of gum disease, cavities, biocorrosion, bite disease, sleep disordered breathing, oral cancer, appearance, yeast management, probiotics, nutrition, hydration, exercise, stress management, proper supplementation, pollutants, mercury and other heavy metals, to name a few. The Wellness Dentistry Network will remain current on all developments in these and other oral health areas so we can provide more modules over time, making it easier for you to deliver the best care for your patients.
5. Marketing Support
We have created a package that teaches you how to prepare for and present your practice at health fairs and health related trade shows. These elements can be customized, and will help demonstrate to health oriented patients how as a member of the Wellness Dentistry Network you truly offer a distinct and high value form of dentistry. Materials include Patient Risk Assessment Forms, built for each of the seven key elements of oral health, and are essential in raising public awareness about the correlation between oral health and overall, ongoing wellness.
6. Public Presentation Materials
As interest in the Integrative Oral Medicine approach grew, Dr. Thompson began receiving a growing number of requests to educate and inform various local groups on the concept. As a member, you can expect to be asked to deliver a wellness dentistry program overview in your area. We have created a public PowerPoint presentation outlining your Integrative Oral Medicine approach that is also customizable for your practice. This presentation is designed to provide you with an educational piece to share at a health oriented meetings in your area, and is a failsafe way to generate new patients.
7. Local Physician Support
How do you connect with area physicians who also believe in collaboration that can lead to healthier patients? Membership will also include assistance in identifying collaborative partners including allopathic, holistic and concierge physicians in your area, or near you, who focus on early disease prevention. Every effort will be made to find the nearest Bale/Doneen trained office near you.
The Opportunity For Your Patients
When you think about the many reasons you chose to be become a dentist, it would be hard to imagine "making a difference" and a "sincere concern for the health and wellness of people" not being at or near the top of the list. That's probably why you're giving the Wellness Dentistry Network a look.
By embracing the future of dentistry now, you'll be able to offer your current patients an expanded level of care through the earlier detection of broader health care issues. And by looking far beyond just the teeth, you'll create an increased awareness of conditions that have significant health impact, ensuring they know you care, and that they matter to you. Our proven process and the support materials we provide to our members help patients feel more secure with the treatment recommendations you make, and increases the confidence and trust in the relationship with all providers you collaborate with. In an environment where becoming their own patient advocate is a growing necessity, you can become the trusted partner who shows them how. Reframing the significance of the dentist/patient relationship to the point where overall quality of life is improved is what we offer you, and what you in turn can offer your patients.
"I started seeing Doug a few years ago, with amazing results. In short order my overall oral health improved, and Doug's coaching and treatment continued to improve my total body health as well. I recommend Doug and his team without reservation - the best!" - Joe Campbell - Integrative Oral Medicine Patient
The Opportunity For Your Practice
As a dentist, your first order of business is providing excellent care to your patients. But as a business owner, you are obligated to find for ways to to grow your practice, for you and your team. What makes the Wellness Dentistry Network unique is that we've developed a proven method to achieve both goals, and more. Educating current patients about your ability to detect health issues through oral care and participate in a treatment plan creates more value for your service. The team approach that we promote will have a significant positive impact on your team morale, as they experience the joy of impacting lives beyond their expectations. As your practice becomes known as a more distinct offering in your community, referrals will accelerate, and that same reputation will allow you to attract and retain the best, most committed talent. Monetizing investments in your practice is a challenge for us all, which is why Dr. Thompson openly shares the fact that his practice has grown by over 25% since implementing the principles, practices and tools available to Wellness Dentistry Network members.
"Your hard work and dedication is very admirable. You have certainly served as a great role model to me, both as a dentist and a person. I appreciate all that you have done for me. Thank you"
- Justin C. Newingham, D.D.S.
About Dr. Doug and his Integrative Oral Medicine practice
Dr. Thompson began his dental career at age eighteen, working as an in-house laboratory technician. Over the next ten years, he worked and studied full time and graduated from University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1996. He then completed a one-year hospital-based V. A. Residency Program in General Dentistry. In 1997, Dr. Thompson bought an established private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and continues to practice there today.
Dr. Thompson has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington directed by Dr. John Kois. In 2005, Dr. Thompson became a Mentor to students, and in 2008 he earned the distinction of Clinical Instructor. By 2010, he was chairman of the Membership Committee and in 2011 was accepted, as one of four, to the Kois Center Advisory Board. In 2014 he accepted an offer to Chair the Advisory Board and serves there today.
Dr. Thompson believes in an interdisciplinary treatment model that coordinates dental care with other medical practitioners for total body health care for his patients. He employs advanced DNA bacterial testing methods and other leading-edge dental science to enable early risk assessment and personalized treatment planning.
He cofounded and helped lead an interdisciplinary study club attended by more than 40 dentists, which has representation from all dental specialties and is focused on comprehensive treatment planning.
In addition to his dental training, Dr. Thompson is pursuing a Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. There he presents to physicians a program titled, "Periodontal Disease and the Heart: A Collaborative Opportunity" in their Fellowship module XVI-D titled, "Metabolic Cardiovascular Medicine."
Dr. Thompson has published professionally in the June, 2010 publication of Dentistry Today an article titled, "Salivary Testing for Periodontal Disease Diagnosis and Treatment" and in the December, 2012 publication of Inside Dentistry an article titled, "Verifiable Outcomes Using Salivary Diagnostics in Periodontal Medicine: Test and retest for clinical success." He has also authored an online course available in the U.S. and Australia titled, "Personalized Periodontal Medicine: The Future is Here! Advancing the Health of Your Patients, Your Team and Your Practice!"
Dr. Thompson is the founder of Impact Dental Solutions, a company focused on assisting dentists with implementation strategies designed to put knowledge to work in their daily practices. Among other topics, he coaches risk assessment treatment planning, digital photography, and systems to transform traditional hygiene services into value added experiences of personalized periodontal medicine.