After signing on as a partner, Dr. Himesh Kana established the Dental Depot brand in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in 2006. Today, he operates three offices: Highland Village, The Colony, and Little Elm, with plans to expand in the coming years. We sat down with him to get to learn a little more about our friends at Dental Depot DFW.
IMPACT: When and how did you meet Dr. Glenn Ashmore? How did you find out about Dental Depot?
HK: I was recruited out of dental school in 2000 and moved to Colorado. When I came back [to Oklahoma] in 2003 I came knocking on Dr. Glenn’s door. They took me in in as a young, hungry doctor. Dental Depot had just opened its second office in 2001 when they had asked me to join.
IMPACT: What about Dental Depot made you want to become a partner?
HK: I have always had the entrepreneurial spirit. My family was in hotels and real estate and I also saw that this was a group that could have some amazing growth. With it being a real estate model, it was only fitting for my personality and goals. I had also had a chance to spend a few years with Dr. Glenn and he was instrumental in his guidance, teaching and mentorship as he is today.
IMPACT: What are your favorite things about the experiences and opportunities for partners?
Dental Depot has given our doctors the opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally, and has allowed us to be a part of supporting the communities we represent.
HK: We have an amazing fraternity of partners, both new and seasoned. Dr. Glenn has provided us with his vision and guidance, allowing us to take Dental Depot to the next level. We had no idea when we had two offices the growth that was about to occur. Dental Depot has given our doctors the opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally, and has allowed us to be a part of supporting the communities we represent.
I have had the opportunity to travel all over the country and meet dozens of dental groups and I do not think there is anyone doing what we do with our doctors and our focus on their growth. Dental Depot is not about the bottom dollar, but about the commitment we show to our teams, patients and communities that separates us from the rest.
IMPACT: What are your goals for 2020? For the next five years? For the next ten?
HK: My 2020 goal is to have a record-breaking year, and continue to drive culture and provide the best clinical education to our team. I would like to lead Dental Depot in our first mission trip this year.
Over the next five years I would want our teams in Dallas-Fort Worth to grow. I want to add 5-7 more practices and have over 125 new ladies and gentlemen come work for us. We want to continue to deliver exceptional service to our patients and teams. I want to grow our doctor partners to more than 10 partners.
In the next 10 years, I would like to see Dallas-Fort Worth grow to 15+ sites, 250 ladies and gentlemen working for us, and be the best in class locally and nationally.
What we are doing is life changing, and it’s not for everyone. To be a partner, you need to be someone that is humble, hungry and smart.
IMPACT: If you had a piece of advice for someone considering becoming a partner, what would you say to them?
HK: What you will learn with Dental Depot is life changing. It will have an impact in your life and fill it in ways you may not find in other groups or offices. What we are doing is life changing, and it’s not for everyone. To be a partner, you need to be someone that is humble, hungry and smart. This is a great place for you to start and finish your career. I recommend anyone who wants to partner to talk to any one of us as they will most likely hear the same message. We are going to work hard, take care of each other and our patients, find ways to solve patient problems and enjoy what life brings us.
IMPACT: What legacy do you want to leave?
HK: They said if they were to open your coffin 1000 years from now, what would it say? It sure makes one think, right? The legacy I would like to leave behind is first, the one felt by my two daughters, that we lived life to make a change in it and leave it a better place than when we entered it. I want to leave behind a legacy that always pushes for the best in people.
In dentistry, we want to leave a legacy that we always showed up, and we always cared. Long after I am gone, I would like to know that we had thousands of ladies and gentlemen that continue to carry the spirit of Dental Depot that Glenn and Arlene started in 1978. Glenn and Arlene deserve that. If we can do that for them, then I am honored that I was chosen to help carry the torch for the years that I can.