The journey has begun! After months (and months) of negotiation, trial and error, the doors to The Look Facial Aesthetics Boutique have opened! As you may have read in the last post, I decided to leave the practice I had been with for eight years and venture out on my own. A truly hard decision; however, I haven’t second guessed the decision one time. Yes, there were tears, I won’t lie, but what a feeling of joy to walk in to a space that is yours.
As I mentioned in the last blog, there are many considerations made prior to committing. Once that decision is made, the onslaught of decisions thereafter are enough to break your knees, especially if your space requires new building construction, such as mine. Building from the ground up, is an endeavor all by itself, which I won’t go into on this blog. Helping you navigate practice decisions such as practice software, chairs, insurance needs is what you truly want to know, right? I will discuss three essential decisions you must make when opening your practice. Even if you don’t have your own practice, two of these are applicable to you as well. I don’t want to leave any blog followers out of the loop!
The top three considerations for starting a new practice are:
- Medical malpractice policy
Let’s start with medical malpractice. My colleague and friend, Carrie C. Bennett, NP, gave me the referral to a malpractice company she used with success. It’s all about word of mouth referrals, right?! The company is called Medpro, and the agent is Amber Baker. Call this girl! When I find good people, I like to make sure everyone knows about them. She can cover you for your practice, as well as, any teaching engagements, as Carrie and I do, across the country. My practice policy along with a teaching component is all housed within one policy. In addition, she covers the policy I am required to have for my medical director. It’s nice to have one person to cover it all. Her contact info is listed below! Check her out.
Next, staff needs. I felt like I needed 1 1/2 staff members. So, how does this “1/2-er” work out? Well, I co-share space with an optometrist so that “1/2-er” is our front receptionist. I pay for half of her hourly wage which works perfect in lowering overhead costs. You may have to work with your accountant to make sure you are paying correctly and according to government regulations. I have a full time practice coordinator as well (she was a current patient of mine and has been a rock star!) It’s hard to peg what you will exactly need but don’t try to open a practice without a strong front/back desk coordinator. You can’t man all arms of the practice. I am not a fan of seeking candidates via Craigslist or Facebook Ads; however, we found the best front desk receptionist off of Facebook Job Posting ads. Truth to share!
Lastly, equipment. Go to Alva Beauty for your treatment chairs! I have ordered chairs for two different practices through Alva and I have been pleased each time. My friend, Dawn Sagrillo, NP, told me about Alva and I have been a fan since. See, word of mouth referral again! Check out the Maestro and Monte Carlo chairs. My favorite injection chair is the Monte Carlo versus the Maestro. I have used both but completely prefer the Monte Carlo!
Of course, there are many more aspects to opening a practice but these three items are the most requested from you!
In the next upcoming blogs, I will discuss the EMR system I chose!
Contacts noted above:
- Amber Baker with MedPro Group: Phone: 260-492-4590. Email: Amber.Baker@medpro.com