Registered Dental Hygienist (Former Employee) – Mishawaka, IN – August 16, 2015
No breaks, No scheduled time for lunch and 8 continuous hours booked for each provider. Difficult to fit in, if you had any knowledge of "standard of care" Comprehensive Exams are not complete, Dr. confirms after another "provider" has decided treatment should be. Patients aren't given enough information to make educated decisions about all the treatment and care of their oral health.
"Tattle Tale" environment, no one likes to be "Questioned", simple things like what equipment works best in what room or what room you want a "new hire" to work in is not clearly explained, which makes the patient care at times be a struggle. So many forms have to be signed, permission to treat, releases for this and that and then if a large treatment plan is presented , provider must calculate and adjust for deductibles. Deductibles are taken off the total fee for procedure and not off the total that insurance covers, so treatment plans are inaccurate. The patient is going to be billed... Was told to do it this way because..."we said so or this is the way we do it" Down time between exams is spent chatting in the halls and not getting to know the patient in the chair right next to you.
Unable to approach for questionable cases. Told "to do what was diagnosed," although further, more accurate documentation indicated a review of treatment plan needed. Stressful, Dr's immediate family were the kindest and most approachable. AFDENT a history of high stress and employee turnover. So don't count on job security or advancement. Some long-term employees get defensive and will do what is needed tomore... protect themselves. Not a good place for the tender-hearted!
A huge disappointment, because when I interviewed I got the impression that Dr. Pecina's mission was access to proper patient care.less
decent starting salary, clean beautifule envirinment, respectful of patients privacy, state of the art equipment
Stressfull, extremely busy, no trust, no one to "go to" no respect for "seasoned"
Hi and thank you for your review of Afdent Dental. Breaks are always given to all employees on a rotating basis depending on the schedule. At no time should an employee not receive a lunch break. If you have concerns please see your team lead. If your team lead is not helpful, please see a member of management to rectify the issue.
We do our best to make sure our patients are well taken care of in treatment and in their financial situation. All patients are shown xrays and given explanations of treatment as well as given a voice in their treatment, needs, and personal situation/wants. Sometimes this requires working through their insurance, financial abilities, and necessary treatment and making a plan that works best for the patient in getting the care they need at a cost they can afford. We extend every effort to provide quality care in an affordable and accessible manner.
If you have concerns about other team members' work and downtime, please see a team lead or member of management. All members of management are here to help and assist you in your work and making Afdent a successful practice and place to work. We appreciate your review and would be happy to discuss any concerns you have at your earliest convenience!
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I love my job
Office Admin (Current Employee) – Fort Wayne, IN – June 4, 2015
We really work hard but it's nice to feel good about what you're doing and make so many patients happy. Beyond that, pay is above average and benefits are great (they have a fitness center and do yoga during the week).
My co-workers are awesome and we have a great team. Everyone just knows that you help each other out and go outside your job description from time to time in order to do so. People do a good job of helping each other out outside of work as well, when their co-workers are in need. It's a big office, but we're still a family.
Our doctors are great and don't really seem to have the "doctor ego" that is common in the industry. Managers and supervisors do a pretty good job of giving ongoing feedback and you're crossed trained in a lot of areas, which I like. I've only been here for a few years but from what I've experienced, pay increases are a reality, which is refreshing.
It seems like they change and adjust things quite a bit, but once you've been here for a couple years, you get used to it and start adapting pretty quickly.
This isn't a small practice. We see a lot of patients, so you won't have much downtime during the day and you get 20 mins or so to eat. The upside is, you work a four day week, your days go by quickly, and you don't lose out on an hour of pay in the middle of every day for lunch. You get to stay clocked in for lunch.
Dental Technician (Former Employee) – Mishawaka, IN – March 22, 2015
Fabricated, altered, and repaired dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, and appliances for straightening teeth. All fabrications, alterations, and repairs made under strict laws and guidelines under the National Association of Certified Dental Laboratories.
Communicated to new employees the laboratory procedures, rules and regulations. Trained employees on fabrication procedures and guidelines.
Responsible for opening and closing the laboratory. Responsible for millions of dollars’ worth of equipment with no loss. Attained timely deadlines to satisfy the customer.
Read prescriptions or specifications and examined models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed. Logged fabrications, alterations, and repairs made for medical records.
Tested appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers. Created a model of patient's mouth by pouring plaster into a dental impression and allowing plaster to set. Built and shaped wax teeth, using small hand instruments and information from observations or dentists' specifications.
Hi and thank you for your review of Afdent Dental. We'd love to hear more about your experience at Afdent and what made you give a 3 star review. What is above is a great job description, however we'd love to know more about your experience as an employee. Thank you for your time!
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A great place to work!
Communications (Current Employee) – Mishawaka – February 20, 2014
Afdent is by far the best place I have worked in the last decade. There is no red tape here- it's an open office with open lines of communication. Everyone is a team- and works great together.
I just feel appreciated here. My opinion counts. Lunch is provided by the office everyday and the hours are flexible. Management goes out of their way to make sure we have some yearly events where we can get together outside the office and have fun. The benefits are awesome here and the people are even better.
Yes we have to work hard and there are high expectations for on-the-job but when you're working in the healthcare industry and providing medical care to our community- I wouldn't expect any less asked of us as a team.
Assistant (Former Employee) – Fort wayne – May 4, 2013
Loved working there but they go through a lot of employees. No scheduled breaks for clinical employees. Like the first comment they work you to death. Pay is decent but you are not personally valued as an employee or appreciated. You will work until you are spent and then tossed out the door. Great benefits and incentives, but on a personal level you are treated poorly.
Great pay and benefits.
No scheduled breaks and not treated like an individual or as person
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (Former Employee) – Mishawaka, IN – January 14, 2013
No break, no lunch, no thank you. They work you until you feel like you are going to die and then they do not even give you a thank you! I worked so hard to do what they wanted and it was not good enough.
Thank you for your review of Afdent Dental. All employees are provided lunch breaks on a rotating basis. Team leads are there to ensure every member of the staff has a proper break. Dr. Pecina hosts regular appreciation events every year and Employee of the Month with premium parking and a gift card to a restaurant or store of choice as voted on by the team. We always appreciate our team, we wouldn't be here without the dedication and hard work of each member. Thank you for your review!
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Productive and fun work environment
Six week externship (Former Employee) – Mishawaka, IN – August 6, 2012
I enjoyed working at Afdent for my six week externship. The office manager and employees were very friendly and helpful. I would enjoy working permanently in their office. The hardest part of the job was finding patient files but became easier upon practice. The fast pace, interacting with patients, and friendly atmosphere was definetly the most enjoyable part of the job.