Episode 69: The Mastery Ladder

February 06, 2020
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In today’s episode Gary and Naren discuss the 4 parts of Dr. Panke’s Mastery Ladder in dentistry. Gary also goes in depth on the importance of the top 3 steps of the ladder.


  • Introduction to today’s episode > 02:45
  • The Mastery Ladder > 03:20
  • The top of the ladder; those who achieve mastery status > 03:37
  • Only two percent achieve mastery status > 04:35
  • Second to the top of the ladder; Adept  > 04:55
  • Third to the top of the ladder; Students > 05:50
  • The bottom of the ladder; Indifferent > 06:26
  • It will be virtually impossible to climb the ladder if you are a PPO providing dentist > 11:11
  • The odds for getting in the two percent are better than staying as a contracted dentist > 18:11
  • When you are feeling hopeless, the concept that dentistry rocks has gone away > 20:32

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Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs One of Gary's most significant achievements as a dental practice management coach is transforming his own practice, LifeSmiles, from one that was infected with PPO plans, no effective marketing strategy, and an overhead of 80% to a very successful dental practice that is currently one of the top-performing practices in the US.

With over 2,200 coaching clients, Gary has first-hand experience transforming insurance-dependent practices into thriving and profitable practices.

Through his Personalized Coaching Program, Gary shares access to the systems, strategies, processes, and experience gained over 41 years of coaching dentists and transforming over 2200 practices worldwide.

Learn More:: www.thrivingdentist.com/coaching/
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Naren Arulrajah

Naren ArulrajahAs CEO of Ekwa Marketing, Naren has over a decade of experience working with dental practices and helping them attract the ideal type of patients to their practices. It is his goal to help dentists do more of the type of dentistry they love with the help and support of effective digital marketing.

Ekwa’s "Done-For-You" Digital Marketing model blends fundamental persuasion principles with an all-in-one Digital Marketing solution to help your ideal patients find you and choose you for reasons other than being on their insurance plan.

If you’re interested in finding out if Ekwa is the right fit for you and your practice, book a Free Marketing Strategy Meeting with Ekwa’s Marketing Director, Lila Stone.

Book Free Marketing Strategy Meeting: www.lessinsurancedependence.com/marketing-strategy-meeting/

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