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1794: From Vet School to Dentistry

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On today’s episode, Dr. Mark Costes engages in a captivating conversation with Dr. Sarah Blair, a visionary dentist and the co-founder of Indie Practices. Get ready to delve into the world of effective leadership and practice management.

Dr. Sarah Blair’s journey from veterinary school to dentistry is both inspiring and intriguing. Her passion for business ownership led her to venture into the dental field with a unique perspective. As a co-founder of Indie Practices, she has become a staunch advocate of transformative leadership to drive practice growth.

Dr. Blair’s story unfolds with her decision to purchase a struggling small dental practice, a move that transformed it into a thriving venture generating $1 million in annual revenue within just four years. Her passion for clinical dentistry converged with a deep-rooted interest in practice management, eventually leading her to embrace a pivotal role in shaping Indie Practices. Indie Practices, founded in 2018, stands as a testament to Dr. Blair’s commitment to coaching and empowering independent practice owners. Driven by her collaboration with a leadership coach from the education sector, the practice focuses on cultivating quantifiable practice management skills through transformational leadership.

The conversation delves into the core of Indie Practices’ model, emphasizing the profound impact of transformational leadership on dental practices and beyond. Dr. Blair sheds light on common themes she coaches her members through, including the intricacies of Human Resources.

Dr. Blair’s life outside dentistry takes center stage as she shares her adventurous experience of living on a sailboat and navigating the challenges of life at sea. She recounts the scariest situation she and her husband encountered during their sailing journey. Listeners gain insights into Dr. Blair’s daily routine and client interactions. Her commitment to her role as a coach and consultant shines through, revealing her dedication to fostering positive change in the lives of practice owners. Dr. Blair introduces the concept of measuring backward from one’s desired point of fulfillment, emphasizing the significance of finding happiness at every step of the journey. The episode wraps up with a discussion on work-life balance and the profound impact that effective leadership can have on both professional endeavors and personal well-being.

To connect with Dr. Sarah Blair and learn more about Indie Practices, visit