Starting a New Practice After Leaving a DSO

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Course Description

Dentists’ first positions are often as an Associate in a DSO practice where they increase their clinical skills and absorb as much information as possible. Most Associates spend on average 1.7 years working for a DSO before moving on to the next career opportunity. Often the desire to start a new practice is strong, but the steps to be taken are not clear. This course will remove the mystery and outline the steps needed to transition from a DSO Associate to an entrepreneurial CEO of a dental start up.

Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to prepare dentists to start up their own dental practice after leaving a DSO (Dental Support Organization).

At the completion of this course, dentists will be able to:

  • Develop the Vision for the new practice start-up
  • Understand the timeframe from idea inception to opening day
  • Assemble the members of the professional team for the start-up
  • Evaluate the financial requirements (both personally and professionally) for a start-up
  • Estimate the cost of a start-up practice
  • Formulate the marketing strategies for pre-and-post opening of the practice
  • Synthesize the clinical and managerial knowledge and skills acquired into an entrepreneurial CEO mindset
  • Review the process for formation of the legal entity
  • Manage the Restrictive Covenant to assess for ideal location and patient demographics
  • Identify the time-management skills best suited for a business owner and CEO


Dr. Annelise Driscoll

Annelise Ydstebo Driscoll, MBA, PhD

  • Dr. Driscoll is an accomplished Educator, Administrator, Researcher, Published Author and Consultant with approximately 30+ years’ experience in Health Care. She brings with her an extensive background in oral health and dentistry.
  • Dr. Driscoll has been in the Healthcare Administrative field for 25 years in private, public and corporate practices of different sizes, before transitioning to 10 years of academic teaching, research, public speaking, published author and peer-reviewed journal editor, and consultative project development in a health executive capacity.
  • She completed her Executive MBA from the University of Central Florida, College of Business and her PhD in Public Affairs/Healthcare Administration at UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs.
  • Having spent the majority of her career integrally involved in the business side of dentistry, Dr. Driscoll has a strong passion for providing comprehensive, contemporary, and applicable education to assist dentists in protecting their dental practices and assets.
  • Dr. Driscoll is a full time faculty member in the Restorative Dental Sciences Department and the founding Director/Instructor of the Executive Practice Management™ Program for Dentists at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry.
  • In addition to teaching DMD students, Residents, and developing the Executive Practice Management™ curriculum at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, Dr. Driscoll taught at the University of Central Florida, College of Health and Public Affairs in the Health Professions/Health Informatics Management Department.
  • She has worked collaboratively as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Research at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Community and Family Health Department, in the area of HPV-related oral cancer and oral systemic correlations.
  • She has also built both the FSU Dental Center (Consultative Project) & the UCF Dental Center (Consultative Project then Founding Director of Dental Services).
  • Practice Management Systems, Dr. Driscoll’s personalized consulting firm, specializes in large-scale dental facility design, build out and operational projects, one-on-one consulting for dentists on Practice Legal Compliance, Operating Systems Development, and Dental Financial Systems Overhaul for Profit Maximization.
  • She has approximately 800 copyrighted works/systems on file with the US Library of Congress’ Copyright Office.

Financial Disclosure

  • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

Continuing Education Units

6 CEUs. Lecture.
AGD# 550


University of Florida

1395 Center Drive

Gainesville, FL 32610



  • Dentist Fee: $299 (Early Bird) / $349 (Regular Fee)
  • Administrator Fee (must attend with their DN) $149 (Early Bird) / $199 (Regular Fee)
  • Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Check-in 8:30 AM)
  • Networking Lunch included
Dates Location Course # AGD
July 31, 2020 Gainesville, FL 200280 550
January 15, 2021 TBD 210212 550

***NOTE: New cancellation policy effective January 1, 2019