The American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) connects, educates, and empowers dental office managers and leaders across the country. AADOM was created to provide dental administrators with the resources and support they need most to help their practices thrive. Now AADOM has opened a new chapter, the Dental Spouse Business Network, to meet the particular needs of dental spouses.
Beverly Wilburn, office manager for Dr. Karl Smith, DDS, LLC, joined AADOM in 2006. “Knowledge is power: Continuing Education helps us perform our jobs better.” Beverly also wanted to become a better leader. In 2022, Beverly was acknowledged as AADOM’s Practice Administrator of the Year: she is now the first Chapter President of the Dental Spouse Business Network (DSBN).
“Spouses have unique challenges compared to other office managers. Not more, but different.” Beverly recognizes that many spouses want a deeper level of understanding in regard to dental business operations because practice revenues affect their household incomes and future life goals. Previously part of a private group, she was inspired to develop the DSBN into a full-fledged AADOM chapter after the pandemic started. “We had some truly fantastic bonding experiences on zoom facilitated by AADOM admins team, which we carried over to the AADOM conference in Orlando in Sept 2021.”
After pitching the idea to AADOM, Beverly was given the opportunity to lead the new chapter. The DSBN will have four meetings per year: one just prior to the AADOM conference, two virtual or hybrid meetings, and one in-person meeting. Since their members hail from all across the country, the chapter will choose different meeting locations each year. “Our goal will be to grow the network and also our local city chapters. The AADOM conference is the not-to-miss big show, but the chapters are where the magic happens.”
That magic includes connection, education, and practical support. “We want to be the go-to resource for product suggestions, for learning, for support, and for each other.” Beverly understands the many varied roles dental spouses play in modern practices. “I for one am very hands-on in performing the day-to-day tasks of administration. Some spouses play more of a CEO or CFO role; others play a smaller role in the practice and a larger role at home supporting their dental spouse. But we all often find ourselves making decisions that affect the bottom line.”
Vyne DentalⓇ is a proud founding partner for the Dental Spouses Business Network. A member of AADOM and guest speaker at dental industry conferences, Amy Mendoza Leonor, Vice-President of Marketing at Vyne Dental believes in the power of collaboration and participation from all audiences of the industry. “We look forward to supporting and growing this chapter. We hope members gain a space that feels like a community and that Vyne Dental can be a reliable resource for driving growth in their dental practices.”
Beverly encourages dental spouses looking for education, information, or support to join the new chapter, regardless of the specific role they play in the practice. “We have all types of personalities and experience levels in this group. Some are shy, some boisterous, some gurus, and some are newbies. We even have a few legends. Join us and find those connections. We are here for you!”
Learn more about the Dental Spouses Business Network.