“Hello, My name is Dr. Charles Skoglund, I am the owner and President of Family 1st Dental Associates. I am also a full time practicing dentist at our Norfolk Taylor location. I am familiar with many of the problems that dental clinics face and have found many effective ways to improve dental practices and help them continue to thrive in small towns. I want to take this time to tell you a little about myself and the Family 1st Dental Team!
In 1998, I was asked to help a recent dental graduate establish his practice. For the next several years we worked hard developing his clinical skills and giving him all the practical experience he needed. We learned that most dentists love to do what they were trained to do – treat and care for their patients. Since then, we have been contacted numerous times by others seeking that same type of support. Many are recent graduates, currently practicing dentists, and those planning to transition into retirement. From these requests, Family 1st was born.
We now have over 30 locations in rural Nebraska and western Iowa. Many small towns have struggled to keep dentists and their dental clinics open. We understand how easy it is for a dentist to get caught up in running the business side of the dental clinic and how it is possible to lose focus on dentistry itself. That is where Family 1st Dental comes in.
Family 1st Dental is skilled at reducing the business stress many dentists face while trying to run their practice. We support our doctors and staff with encouragement, camaraderie, continuing education and open forums to discuss and study our profession. We find it important to focus on recruitment of new dentists right out of dental schools. These dentists have the most current techniques and skills and are willing to relocate to small towns to begin their careers and we are here to help them do just that. If you are interested in joining our team, click here to visit the “Join Our Team” page.
We are not a 'cookie cutter' type of business. What I mean is, one size does not fit all. We have a standard of excellence that all of our clinics adhere to but each clinic is distinctive. Each community, doctor, and patient is distinctive. We recognize and celebrate that distinctiveness in each office.
In order for any business to expand, it has to have a mission and direction. Our mission has been and always will be, to provide caring, affordable and pain free service to our patients and their families. Family 1st has been so fortunate to have a professional management team that sees to our development, growth, and focus. I was told a long time ago to surround myself with people who knew more than I knew. Our expansion, in large part, is due to the knowledge, efforts, dedication and common sense of these people.
I have been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. Dentistry has never lost its appeal and is still as exciting and enjoyable today. I am surprised at the willingness of recent graduates to relocate in rural communities when they have spent the last 8 to 10 years in a metropolitan area. Given the support and technology, today’s dentists can take their training to a community of any size.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Family 1st Dental. Feel free to explore our website to learn more.”
Sincerely, Charles Skoglund, D.D.S.