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Dr. Steven Cutbirth on Being an Exceptional Dentist

It’s not too late to sign up for the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry’s Advanced Restorative Series. The first course — Veneers! Veneers! Veneers! (worth 14 continuing education hours) — takes place Sept. 10-11 in Dallas. Don’t miss your opportunity to become an exceptional dentist. Register now.

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Dentist Testimonial: Dr. Tom McDougal

Dr. Tom McDougalDr. Tom McDougal of Richardson, Texas, has served on the faculty at the world-renowned Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Fla., and also served on the LD Pankey Foundation’s board of directors. Still, when dentists come to him for advice about dental continuing ed courses, he recommends the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry.

“It is rare in our profession to find a master technical dentist who also possesses exemplary skills in practice systems that lead to high profitability in a dental practice,” he says. “Steve Cutbirth symbiotically blends both areas to allow each attendee of this seminar to vastly improve her/his level of success. I strongly recommend that dentists at all stages of their practice attend this seminar.”

The next Advanced Restorative Series starts Sept. 10. Time is running out to reserve your spot, so register today!

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2010 C.A.R.D. Teaching Faculty Retreat at Hog Creek

The Teaching Faculty met for the annual retreat in Crawford, Texas

Each summer, Teaching Faculty from the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry gather at the Cutbirths’ country retreat in Crawford, Texas. Long-range planning for the dental institute constitutes the weekend’s official function. The net result of the planning weekend, however, also includes a lot of fun!

Scheduling a specific weekend for long-range planning creates an environment for C.A.R.D.’s Teaching Faculty to discuss the institute’s past, present and future. Much like scheduling a staff meeting for a dental office, the operative term becomes “scheduling.” If a long-range planning session isn’t scheduled on the calendar and made a priority, whether for an office or an institute, the planning session doesn’t happen. During the work week in a dental office, there’s rarely enough downtime to plan for the future and reflect upon the past when patients need care in the office. During the academic year, with lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions, the focus of C.A.R.D. Teaching Faculty remains where it should be – on the participating dentists.

Here are some highlights (and photos) from this year’s retreat, which just wrapped up a few weeks ago:

The setting: The Cutbirths’ country retreat in Crawford,Texas, 20 miles outside of Waco, TX. A mile-and-a-half of Hog Creek, a crystal clear limestone bottom, flowing creek, crowns the land. “The atmosphere in the country promotes relaxed conversation and clear thinking,” remarks Sharron Cutbirth, C.A.R.D. Administrator.

Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry holds an annual Teaching Faculty retreat in Crawford, Texas

The schedule: C.A.R.D. Teaching Faculty arrived in time for lunch on Friday – a Cowboy cookout of hamburgers on the fire pit – followed by discussion sessions until evening. All Advanced Restorative Series and Masters Series Classes were discussed, one by one. After Friday’s planning session, Dr. Cutbirth piled everyone into the back of his pickup for a first -hand look at the land. Hog Creek Happy Hour on the front porch, followed by Chuckwagon BBQ and star-gazing on the upper deck, closed the day.

Texas offers up spectacular summer mornings in the country. Saturday proved no exception – mist hovered over the wide meadows and a lonesome train whistle blew in the distance. The aroma of strong Cowboy coffee warmed over the campfire, available to anyone who arrived early enough. Somehow, in this environment, meetings don’t feel like “work.”

Saturday’s Cowboy Campfire Breakfast started off the day, followed by discussion sessions until noon. At noon, everyone drove into nearby Waco, toured Dr. Cutbirth’s office, discussed dental techniques and procedures,
then headed over to the Cutbirths’ house for lunch. The retreat officially ended after lunch. Saturday afternoon, however, created a fine golfing opportunity for numerous C.A.R.D. Teaching Faculty.

The payoff: Creative ideas emerge because enough time is scheduled. Having large hunks of relatively “unscheduled” time set in a relaxing setting brings out amazing ideas. Not only does the retreat give C.A.R.D. Teaching Faculty a chance to spend time with like-minded dentists, it also gives everyone time to contribute their thoughts and ideas for continually improving C.A.R.D. “The dentists really have a great working
rapport with each other, as well as a mutual respect,” notes Sharron. “It’s like they’re saying, ‘We’re all in this profession together – let’s make dentistry the best it can be.’”

Teaching Faculty of the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry discuss upcoming hands on dental courses

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Dentist Testimonial: Dr. Ron Bosher

If C.A.R.D. had a refer-a-friend program, Dr. Ron Bosher of Plano, Texas, surely would be the top performer. He has referred countless dentists (like Dr. Fred Haight, featured in a previous post), and many of them are fellow members of the C.A.R.D. teaching faculty now.

Dr. Bosher explains why he thinks coming to C.A.R.D. is the best move he’s ever made for his dental practice:

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Dentist Testimonial: Dr. Fred Haight

Dr. Fred Haight of Plano, Texas, heard about the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry from his dental supply rep, who encouraged him to sign up for our hands on dental courses to avoid the inevitable boredom that comes with a toothache dental practice.

He was skeptical at first, but finally came around after speaking to fellow Plano dentist (and C.A.R.D. alum) Ron Bosher. Below Dr. Haight describes how C.A.R.D. helped push him to be able to do bigger, more complicated cases.

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Dentist Testimonial: Dr. Daniel Bush

In his 32 years of practice, Dr. Daniel Bush of Arlington, Texas, says he and his staff have been to their fair share of dental continuing ed courses. But nothing measures up to the hands on dental courses at the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry. In this video, Dr. Bush explains the C.A.R.D. difference:

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Dentist Testimonial: Dr. John R. Burnett

Want to improve your practice? Dr. John R. Burnett of Garland, Texas, has a suggestion for you. Give the hands on dental courses at the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry a chance. In this video, he explains how they’ll help change your dental practice for the better:

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Dentist Testimonial: Dr. Larry Tilger

Ever feel isolated in dentistry? Dr. Larry Tilger of Houston, a Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry alum and member of the teaching faculty, explains how the program is a great way to meet like-minded colleagues who are passionate about dentistry.

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Dentist Testimonial: Dr. Robert Goodwin

After 26 years of the same thing, Dr. Robert Goodwin of Brownwood, Texas, was looking for a change. He admits that his passion in dentistry had started to wane and was looking for a way to bring it back. In 2007 he signed up for the Advanced Restorative Series at the Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry. Today he is a member of the teacher faculty at C.A.R.D. Below he explains how the hands on dental courses gave him the change he was looking for and why C.A.R.D. — and not other programs he researched — was the right choice for him:

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