Dr. David Anderson’s fun and welcoming personality makes anyone feel like a friend, but sit down with him for just a few minutes, and you’re instantly wiser. Not only is he forever learning and spreading his wealth of dental knowledge, Dr. Anderson sets the bar high and continues to do so in his role as clinical vice president at DentalOne Partners. Although Dr. Anderson’s career began in the private dental world, he took a chance by joining a Dental Support Organization (DSO) years ago and never looked back.
“I just love coming to work,” Dr. Anderson said. “I don’t think a lot of people realize what all goes into the process of running your own practice. Growing up, DSOs weren’t really around, but now it’s a great decision.”
Growing up, Dr. Anderson was surrounded by doctors. After an internship at a hospital, he ruled out the idea of becoming a medical doctor, but when he had a good talk with his local dentist, the dental industry peaked his interest. He left El Paso, Texas, and studied biology at the University of Texas. He then went on to complete dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry. Within three months of finishing dental school, Dr. Anderson took the board exams, received his licenses, got married to the love of his life and bought his own private practice in Garland, Texas.
“I had to learn a lot of things the hard way, since I didn’t have a whole lot of business knowledge,” Dr. Anderson said. “I know I hadn’t learned everything in school, so I immediately started taking some continuing education courses.”
For 20 years, Dr. Anderson owned and operated his practice, but by 2008, he realized he didn’t have much of a work/life balance, so he sold his practice and retired. By 2009, he was missing patient interactions, so when DentalOne Partners approached him about a joining the DSO world, the opportunity intrigued him.
In 2009, Dr. Anderson began practicing dentist at Village Elm Dental Care in Dallas. He quickly showcased his experience, and within one year, the practice tripled its profits and he finally managed to achieve a great work/life balance. Also in 2009, Dr. Anderson was awarded his Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry. Less than 1 percent of all dentists have attained this distinction. Dr. Anderson’s thirst for growth and knowledge continues to this day.
Not long after, in 2015, Dr. Anderson received some devastating news; he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of cancerous tumor that grows in the bones, in his right scapula. He endured 17 sessions of chemotherapy over a 15-month time frame and two months of daily radiation therapy, which weakened his immune system and caused numbness in his fingers, so he was forced to stop practicing.
Evidently, Dr. Anderson is no stranger to overcoming adversity. By October 2016, he had finished chemotherapy and began regaining his strength. DentalOne Partners knew what a valuable asset he was and promoted him to clinical vice president for the West region.
While at DentalOne Partners, he has received the Service Excellence Award as well as the Productivity Award. Dr. Anderson looked up to his father who instilled in him to always work hard toward his goals no matter the obstacles.
Dr. Anderson has also become a great mentor and resource for many doctors by encouraging them to continue learning and growing their knowledge within the dental industry.
“Know your limitations, but stretch your boundaries. Be strategic in your continuing education and what you want to learn,” Dr. Anderson said. “Lastly, don’t be afraid to reach out for support.”
Dr. Anderson believes joining DentalOne was one of the best decisions he has ever made. He hopes many more dentists will take the risk as he did and become part of the DentalOne family!