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AAO Winter Conference 2022

MW22B07 - Ortho/Pedo Partnerships: What to Ask Before You Get Married to Avoid Divorce

Jan 29, 2022 8:30am ‐ Jan 29, 2022 9:00am


As our industry continues to evolve, many doctors are taking a hard look at their practice model. Many are considering selling to a DSO, buying up more local practices, or considering a partnership with another specialty. Dr. Hopkins has had a unique professional journey with experiences including working for a General Dentist at a high-end Beverly Hills practice, chased a pie in the sky buy in as an associate, owned a 3-location private practice, and then partnered with a pedo/GP group 6 years ago. Join this lecture as she walks through her journey and what she has learned about the future of our specialty.

Learning Objectives:

  • List pros and cons of multiple practice models.
  • Understand why the next generation of orthodontists cannot afford to buy our practices.
  • Identify several advantages as well as challenges of an ortho/pedo partnership.



  • Heather Hopkins, DMD, MS : Nothing to disclose

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