Barter – Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Tradebank client, Dr. Trella Dutton has structured her practice so that  her patients receive the most up-to-date treatments and a less stressful experience when it comes to their dental care.

“I did not immediately see how bartering through Tradebank could help a dental practice, but with a little imagination, researching and thinking outside of the box, many opportunities became more and more obvious. The more acquainted that I become with Tradebank the more benefits I discover,” says Trella Dutton, DDS. 

Just mention the word “dentist” and many people cringe. Some dislike the experience because they are afraid of pain and had past experiences that were unpleasant. Others know that the visit will cost them and don’t want to spend either their time, or their money, at the dentist’s office. Dr. Dutton has created her dental practice, Oasis Dental Services, to be able to address and alleviate a patient’s most common concerns. From a financial position, joining Tradebank enables Dr. Dutton to reach out to Tradebank clients and provide proper preventative care, treatment associated with periodontal disease, and cosmetic dentistry to those who otherwise may avoid visiting the dentist because they do not have insurance or the cash resources to pay for their care. “I joined Tradebank because it was recommended to me by a friend and marketing expert who said it would help increase traffic and  overall awareness about my practice. It has,” explains Dr. Dutton.

She continues, “In addition, I want to provide my dental services in the most comfortable setting possible. Oasis Dental Services is a cosmetic and general dentistry dental spa. In addition to our general and cosmetic dentistry we offer complimentary spa procedures in a relaxed and soothing environment. We offer warm fuzzy blankets if you should get chilly. Warm neck wraps with lavender or  cool eye masks to soothe tension.  Some patients say the complimentary massage and warm  paraffin hand wax really makes them feel cared for and pampered. It makes going to the dentist a little less stressful,  too! 

In this hard economy any money saved is beneficial for both my patients and me. In November and December I participated in Tradebank’s Holiday Trade Expos in Atlanta, Nashville,  Knoxville and Chattanooga and met hundreds of Tradebank clients from across the southeast. I understand there is a bit of a learning curve and talking with other seasoned clients was a real benefit. My Tradebank Broker, Mike Hardin, has been especially helpful in always looking for things I can purchase with Tradebank that I would find useful in my office and will help me to achieve the long-term goals that I have set for my practice. So far, I have used Tradebank for gifts, dining and lodging. However, that is not the primary way I will be using the trade dollars. My office is evolving and discretionary cash is tight everywhere, but thanks to Tradebank I am now able to use my Trade dollars for billboard advertising, embroidery, T-shirts, advertising the practice, additional office furniture, logo design, organic soaps, coffees and spa products for my office. I can even use my trade dollars to acquire new dental equipment for y practice.” 

Although many dental practices and dentists offer a more traditional approach to providing dental services,  using trade dollars for dental and  other medical care is another wise use of Tradebank. Tradebank is always looking to add additional dentists into our trading network. So if your current dentist is not a part of Tradebank please introduce them to your Tradebank regional owner, show them this article, and as Dr. Dutton recommends, “Save  your cash, do your due diligence and give Tradebank a try.” 

Contact Information:
Dr. Trella Dutton
Oasis Dental Services
T: 256.864.9571 

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