University Relations

Dental One Partners established the University Alliance Program (UAP) to complement formal academic studies with in-practice experience. The UAP partners with accredited schools throughout the country to offer opportunities for enrolled students who require enriched clinical hours for graduation, or to alumni ready to partake in a flexible environment learning alongside experienced staff members. This initiative supports students in multiple roles: Dentist; Hygienists; Hygiene Assistants; Dental Assistants; Orthodontic Assistants; Endodontic Assistants; Oral Surgery Assistants; Perio Assistants; EFDA; and EDDA’s.

To provide your program with a quality experience for your students and or alumni with the opportunity to work with established doctors, latest technology, products, innovative procedures and more, please email:

Resource link for your alumni and or current students:

3 Things you Need to Know About Dental Support Organizations

Being supported by a Dental Support Organization (DSO) comes with countless benefits. From marketing support to IT assistance, there are endless possibilities to achieve success with the resources a DSO provides. Below are the top three things you need to know about a DSO:

#1: Network

Most dentists come out of dental school with a plan. A plan that usually consists of landing a job that allows for growth and that will hopefully later on turn into an opportunity for ownership. That task can be daunting and exhausting, especially after four long years of dental school. If you’re willing to, moving can open up your options. If not, then you are limited to the town you call home. Joining a Dental Support Organization (DSO) provides a built-in network of dentists for you. You can start in one position, and if your goals or plans shift, the network within the DSO can help you. Not only is this a network for job options, but it can also serve as a sounding board. You have a team at your disposal to learn and grow in your treatment planning and personality as a provider.

#2: Dentistry Without the Headache

You went to dental school for four LONG years, so now what? Maybe even longer if you entered into a residency. Obviously you need a job, because you most likely have mountains of debt. The question is what does that job look like and where can you find it? Let’s say you find a job, but ultimately want to own or partner at a practice. How do you do this? What are the financial burdens? What practices are even offering this? When will this happen? When the owner retires? These are all questions that will loom over you. What if there was another option? What about being in a practice, having ownership over your treatment planning and having a partner who helps your business succeed? Does that sound nice? Guess what? That can be you! Being supported by a DSO provides the perfect work/life balance, too. You get to do what you love, and the DSO provides you with administrative and operational support. I mean, maybe you went to business school too (if so, KUDOS to you), but for those who didn’t, let us help you, so you can help your patients!

#3: Proven Success

Unless you plan on moving to your hometown and being an apprentice under your family dentist in hopes of eventually taking over his or her practice, landing a position in a successful office can be a HUGE risk. Owners can talk about their production and sell you on the idea of owning a private practice, but that doesn’t guarantee success. At DentalOne Partners, we have numbers to show that our model works. We provide you a supportive and experienced management team who takes care of all the administrative duties while you focus on patient care. Become part of a company that has proven success, and join the wonderful providers who believe in the work they do.

Don’t just take our word for it! Read Dr. Asia Richardson’s article in Group Dentistry Now titled, “Reflecting on Life’s Decisions: Why a DSO was Right for Me.”

If you want an endless amount of operational support along with the ability to focus on your patients’ oral health, discover what our current Dentists openings are around the country!


Author: Katie Hart, Doctor Recruiter

Katie is the team newbie! She joined DentalOne five months ago. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Le Moyne College in New York. She was also a college athlete.

Fun Fact: Katie is the tallest recruiter on the doctor recruiting team.

Be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn!

Successful Compensation Negotiation 101 – Part 2

How Much are you Making and What do you Expect?

After reading Successful Compensation Negotiation 101 – Part 1, you’ve done your homework. You know what your skills and experience command in the workplace based on location and industry. You also know what’s important to you in a new job, because you’ve done some much needed soul searching. Now that you’re armed with that vital information, you’re ready to start interviewing with prospective employers. You can count on being asked about your current compensation/expectation, so how do you answer that question?

First, did you know there are laws that make this question illegal in certain parts of the U.S.? Business Insider published an article that lays out the nine places where the dreaded salary question is currently illegal or going to be illegal in 2018. However, if you don’t live or aren’t searching for a job in those nine places:

  • Be honest when initially asked and be prepared for the question.
  • Candidates often act surprised when a recruiter asks them what they are currently making/expecting during the initial phone call. It is our job to ensure the company is a good fit for you, and you are a good fit for the company. Recruiters ask this question wanting an honest answer, because when and if the offer stage of the interview process arrives, we want to make sure you are happy and get you to accept what we can offer.
  • Think of all the monetary aspects when answering this question. Do you need relocation?  Do you have a bonus you will be walking away from? How much of an increase do you want? (Do your research, if you are reaching for the stars, then you need to have the skillset to back up that request.) All of these questions are being asked, so that expectations are set from the get go – no surprises.

Being prepared to answer the compensation question will benefit you as you move through the interview process. An open and honest dialogue on this issue will help ensure your needs are met when you receive that offer.

Still hunting for that dream job? Be sure to check out our current job openings for Hygienists, Dentists, Operations Leaders, Dental Assistants and more!


Author: Lauren Bolsinger, Special Contributor 

Lauren graduated from the University of Mississippi and has three and a half years of recruiting experience under her belt. 

Fun Fact: Lauren has an obsession with Indian food.  It is her absolute favorite!

Be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn

Senior Vice President Melissa Marquez Featured on

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Leaders in Dentistry: Melissa Marquez, DentalOne Partners

Melissa Marquez began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant. But rather than pursue a clinical appointment, she put her passion into dentistry’s business aspects. Now, as the recently appointed senior vice president of operations for DentalOne Partners, a dental service organization (DSO) based in Plano, TX, she is well-placed to discuss the challenges the profession is facing.

Melissa Marquez is the senior vice president of operations for DentalOne Partners.

Marquez addressed the profession’s perception of DSOs, how her organization works to create opportunities for women dentists, and how the industry will evolve over the next few years in an email interview with

Marquez acknowledged her organization, and all DSOs, face some perception issues within the dental community, particularly among some vocal private practice advocates. In fact, she initially harbored some of these misconceptions herself.

Specifically, she thought that an office of a DSO might feel impersonal and corporate-centered to a patient.

“There are several misconceptions about DSOs,” she wrote. “The one I would love to correct the most is regarding the patient experience.”

Rather than the office feeling like a medical clinic, she has found that the offices DentalOne supports focus on the patient.

“My DSO experience has always been centered around the patient and allowing the doctor to determine what is best,” wrote Marquez, adding that “centered around the patient” means ensuring quality patient care and providing dentists with clinical autonomy.

“The clinical support team follows the philosophy that the doctor has autonomy in creating the treatment plan for the patient,” she stated.

Retention Challenges

Retaining dentists already on staff and providing younger dentists with growth opportunities are two issues all dental organizations face constantly, Marquez noted.

“The personal growth and development of the doctor as a clinician is really crucial [to retaining them],” she wrote.

“ There is room for the DSO model and the private practice dentist to coexist.”

— Melissa Marquez

DentalOne addresses clinical development by offering training and certifications in areas such as dental lasers and clear aligners. The DSO also offers the use of advanced technologies for treating patients with periodontitis.

“One thing that sets us apart is the clinical continuing education opportunities and the mentorship available,” she wrote.

With more than half of dental students being women and more women in the profession than 20 years ago, an organization has to focus on how to understand how these practitioners can thrive. DentalOne’s chief clinical officer is a woman, and the organization understands the issues doctors face in balancing their professional and personal lives, Marquez noted.

“Our chief clinical officer has the experience of being a female in the industry, and she truly understands how women can excel in the role of dentist,” she wrote.

Alter the Face

As Marquez has both private practice and DSO experience, she’s well-placed to see where the profession is going over the next few years.

“New technologies and changing insurance marketplace dynamics will no doubt continue to alter the face of dentistry over the next five years,” she stated. “You combine that with a growing patient population who understand more about the systemic links with dental care, and we are poised to continue the growing need for family dental practices.”

Overall, however, Marquez thinks there is room in the profession for both the DSO and the private practice models.

“There is room for the DSO model and the private practice dentist to coexist,” she wrote. “We are likely to see even more young dentists attracted to the DSOs as a pathway to practice and achieve work-life balance.”

Click here to read the full article on 

Successful Compensation Negotiation 101 – Part 1

What are you Worth and What do you Want?

Negotiating your compensation when receiving a job offer is a critical component of moving forward in your career. However, before you get to that place, there are several things you need to think about to prepare. To ensure you effectively communicate your wants and needs to that prospective employer, be sure to do the following things in advance:

  • Do your research – make sure you know what you are worth.
    • Geographically/Cost of Living: You cannot expect to move to Mississippi and get paid what you did in California.
    • Years of Experience: Get paid what you’re worth. More experience should also get more pay.  Pretty simple.
    • Industry: Certain industries are known to pay more than others. A great resource to compare salaries on job position/industry is Glassdoor.
    • Technical Skill/Degree: What makes you stand out? Do you have your MBA? SQL Expert?  Certifications?
  • Ask yourself why you are looking to begin with.
    • Salary is important of course, but do you want to broaden your skillset?  Step into a new industry? Move closer to home?  There are many reasons you could be seeking a new opportunity. Looking at an offer from the perspective of what it can offer you personally is just as important as those $ signs.

Taking the time to do your research and thinking about what’s really important to you, will prepare you to ask for what you want and need. Don’t skimp on these two critical steps before getting that coveted job offer.

As you search for your dream job, be sure to check out our current openings for Hygienists, Dentists, Operations Leaders, Dental Assistants and more!


Author: Lauren Bolsinger, Special Contributor 

Lauren graduated from the University of Mississippi and has three and a half years of recruiting experience under her belt. 

Fun Fact: Lauren has an obsession with Indian food.  It is her absolute favorite!

Be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn

The Lost Art of the In-Person Interview

If you haven’t gone to an in-person interview in a few years, it’s easy to forget the basics, but it’s always the little things that make a huge difference. Whether you are a doctor seeking an opportunity or a recent graduate looking for an open Dental Assistant position, it can never hurt to refresh your memory on different tips and tricks to make sure you make a stellar first impression and receive that coveted offer. 

Below are five main things you need to remember when going to an in-person interview:

#1: Be on Time

Not only is your time valuable, but so is the interviewer’s time. It is all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Show up 10 to 15 minutes early. Trust me, you won’t regret it. It’s always a plus to have a few minutes to gather your thoughts while you’re waiting in the lobby instead of running into a conference room with your hair all over the place.

#2: Professional Dress

No stains allowed. Pressed professional clothing only. Remember, first impressions are everything. If you don’t wow the interviewer from the get-go, chances are, you won’t be getting a call back. If you must wear scrubs, be sure to notify your recruiter ahead of time.

#3: Firm Handshake

Whether you are male or female, you should always make eye contact and give a firm handshake to every person you meet in the office. A strong handshake implies confidence in yourself and in your abilities.

#4: Show Some Personality

It is absolutely possible to be professional while still showing your interviewer a glimpse of your colorful personality. Smile when you like something you hear, and laugh if a joke is told. I guarantee you your interviewer will not only appreciate you showing him or her your human side but will value it, too. Companies are no longer just looking for someone who can suit up and get the job done, they are also looking for individuals who can contribute to the culture and become part of the family.

#5: Ask Questions

One of the worst things you can do at the end of an interview is not have any questions. If you know you get nervous during interviews, do your research and prepare five to 10 questions ahead of time. No harm will come from having back-up questions stashed away in your pocket. They don’t have to be in-depth questions about company history or technical questions about your potential job duties. You can ask basic things regarding the company’s culture, future, competitors, etc. Asking questions shows you are engaged in the conversation and truly interested in the position.

If you are currently hunting for the perfect job, look no further! Check out our current job openings for Hygienists, Patient Relations Coordinators, Dentists, Operations Leaders, Dental Assistants and more!


Author By: Ellliott Ramlal, Specialty Doctor Recruiter

Elliott recieved her bachelor’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. She has been with the DentalOne family for nearly two and a half years. Elliott was recognized as the 2016 Doctor Recruiter of the Fourth Quarter. 

Fun Fact: Elliott is a huge Kenny Chesney fan!

Be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn!

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