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ADAPT research revealed that matching den- tists who share a similar philosophy of care leads to a higher rate of practice transition success—and long-term satisfaction for the dentists, staff and patients.

So what exactly is philosophy of care? Each dentist has their own individual approach to dentistry that reflects their values and preferences from both a clinical and business perspective. Philosophy of care incorporates whether dentists prefer to:

• Take time to chat with each patient or maximize volume;

• Work independently or collaborate with a team;

• Be intimately involved in the busi- ness side of things or focus solely on dentistry;

• Refer out procedures or do everything themselves.

None of these preferences are right or wrong, but they can greatly affect your day-to-day satisfaction.


Each step of the ADAPT process has been designed to set you up for success.

Step 1: Create Profile — Each dentist begins by creating a free profile and filling out a questionnaire about their work history, preferences and goals. All this information is kept strictly confidential and will be shared only when both dentists agree to connect and begin interviews.

Step 2: Submit Profile — Upon submitting, dentists are assigned an ADA Advisor who supports them through each step of the transition process. The Advisor also ensures expectations and goals are clear.

Step 3: Review Potential Matches — The ADA Advisor suggests potential matches that fit the dentist’s criteria. The Advisor provides templates and guidelines for the interview process.

Step 4: Make it Official — When both den- tists agree to move forward, they begin the contract process. The ADA Advisor provides

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resources and supports the relationship as both dentists negotiate and sign on the dot- ted line.

Step 5: Navigate the Transition — After the transaction, the ADA Advisor continues to support both sides with regular check-ins and resources to ensure that everyone is sat- isfied and the lines of communication remain open throughout the transition.

Step 6: Long-term Success — By matching dentists who share similar values, everyone benefits. Staff can adapt more easily to a new dentist with a similar style, patients aren’t alienated, and both dentists can find long- term satisfaction with the situation.


Unlike classified ads or online postings, ADAPT profiles cannot be seen by everyone. This helps protect dentists who do not want current employers or others to know they are looking for a change. Instead, once the ADA Advisor identifies a potential match, both dentists will be shown limited details, includ- ing philosophy of care statements, general location and essential practice information. Any identifying information (such as names, photos and work history) will not be visible.

Dentists on the ADAPT platform can’t search and browse; instead, they only see the profiles of potential matches that have been recommended by the ADA Advisor.

“The only time contact information is shown is when both doctors agree that they want to talk to each other,” said Dr. Ebert.


Once the pilot launched in Maine and Wisconsin, word spread rapidly. By popular demand, ADAPT expanded into six addi- tional states on November 1, 2019: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Due to the continued suc- cess, ADAPT is now expanding nationally, including Missouri. Dentists can learn more about what ADAPT offers Missouri dentists at

“We are expanding earlier than expected because of interest and excitement that has been generated by our arrival into the mar- ket,” said Dr. Ebert. “Incoming dentists are


Remind me, what is ADA Practice Transitions (ADAPT)? A different way of transitioning your practice, backed by the ADA, with the goal of making your transition more successful and ensuring continuity of care for your patients.

How Does it work? Create your online profile. Build and submit your profile to your ADA personal advisor. Work with your ADA personal advisor. Receive matches for review, knowing you are supported every step of the way. Achieve practice transition success. Match with the dentist or practice that aligns best with your personal and professional goals.

What’s It Cost? Create a profile and find matches, absolutely free. You only pay when you close the deal. The ser- vice is open to members and non-mem- bers; however, ADA members benefit from preferred pricing that can save a significant amount of money compared to many of the options currently avail- able. Read more about ADAPT pricing at

thrilled to have the ADA help them to find a practice that they can thrive in. The service is able to expose them to options that they previously had not considered. Owners are happy to have their professional organization beside them as they navigate their transition into retirement or the expansion of their practice through the addition of another dentist.”


If you’re ready for a change, ADAPT can help you think through your options and discover the best fit for your goals, personality and philosophy of care. Whether you know ex- actly what you want or need some guidance, ADAPT can help you make your next career step positive, predictable and satisfying. Visit f

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