Our Philosophy

We believe in the prosperity of private practice. In a time where dental aggregators are blossoming and corporate entities are dotting the landscape, neighborhood smiles offers you a competitive advantage.

When asked, most dentists would prefer to work for themselves, or have the opportunity to be a partner in an entity that offers autonomy. They don’t want to become a number or a commodity caught in a corporate web. The challenge is that it is tough for “the little guy” to be competitive without group buying power, or discounts on expensive post-graduate continuing education.

Steve Jobs on entrepreneurship and legacy:

“I hate it when people call themselves “entreprenuers” when what they’re really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on. They’re unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company, which is the hardest work in business. That’s how you really make a contribution and add to the legacy of those who went before. You build a company that will still stand for something a generation or two from now. That’s what Walt Disney did, and Hewlett and Packard, and the people who built Intel. They created a company to last, not just to make money.”

This is the aim of Neighborhood Smiles – to support private practitioners in building a lasting legacy of independence, while tapping into the benefit of group organization.


What Neighborhood Smiles Doctors are saying:

“When I graduated Marquette, I knew Vicki by reputation. After hearing her philosophy of management with Neighborhood Smiles, I knew I wanted to be a part. Along with the support of Productive Dentist Academy, I took my scratch-start practice from zero to $1.1 million in 11 months. Their marketing, team building, and accounting systems are unbelievable. I’m looking forward to opening two more locations within the next year. Thanks Vicki!”

- Dr. Tim Rauch, Desert Ridge Dental, Albuquerque, NM


“After 30 years in private practice, I decided to sell to Neighborhood Smiles, and I stayed on working one day a week. What a great day when I celebrated my retirement and my new job! I have to honestly say my practice is better today than ever. Vicki’s team has upgraded our systems, and created an even better patient experience. I’m loving my new freedom!”

- Dr. Karen Spitzer, Neighborhood Smiles, La Crosse, WI