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:

“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