Book Reviews

“After a quick read of Dr Ron’s book, and then a more thorough re-read, it is an excellent book of support for dentists, or any business leader. It is written at a pace that allows individual reflection. As you follow Dr. Ron’s journey, it gives you time to reflect on your own path, and to envision changes that you want to make. The end of the book provides suggestions to implement any decisions you have made along the way.”
– Dr. Matt Messina, Ohio Dental Association

“Dr. Ron, you have hit a “nerve” with many dentists and yet many are afraid to admit it. Your story may “open” their eyes before the office environment “shuts” them permanently. This book is a “must read” for every dental student before graduation.”
Mario Pavicic, DDS
Assistant Professor and Course Director for Practice Management at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

“This is a must read for all business owners.  It’s captivating and filled with wisdom. The generous lessons Dr. Arndt intimately shares are priceless. This book emulates the boundless capacity of creating a great business when it is in alignment with a soul driven life.”
Chrissy Carew
Insightful Player, LLC


“Once you pick this book up you will not be able to put it down. It will add years to your life and eliminate a lot of aggravation and nonsense in your personal and business life.”
Fred S. Hecht, DDS
Staten Island Dental Care


“The life lessons contained in Dr. Ron’s personal masterpiece extend far beyond the dental profession and resonate with every business owner, manager and professional wrapped-up in the day-to-day minutia that blinds one from focusing on the “big picture” that is, those real values that matter most in life.”
Chris S. Costin, CPA
Costin + Company CPAs


“WOW! This book is a “must read” for every professional (not just dentists) and particularly for those beginning their careers. Dr. Ron’s entire book applies to my personal and professional life. There is tremendous value when the author lived the experiences, shared his mistakes and lessons and now walks the talk! I was moved and inspired by each chapter.”
Ronald Stanich, DDS
Ohio Dental Association


“As a chiropractor I am all too familiar with the term “burnout”. You feel like a gerbil running on a wheel with no purpose or direction. Dr. Arndt’s wonderful book gave me hope. It helped me realize that I am not alone in my frustration. By applying just a few of the concepts contained in his book I felt empowered with a new focus to take control of my life and get off that wheel. I have already made positive changes in my practice to bring balance back in my life. I now enjoy going to work again.”
Phillip E. Barry, D.C., C.C.S.P


“This is not only a great story of how to construct and run a business; it is a lesson plan for personal and professional success. Dr. Ron’s book inspires us to remember the greatest lessons in life—love God, love yourself, and love your family.”
Sherry Greenleaf, RCC
Co-founder IMPACT Training & Development


“Dr. Ron’s book is an antidote to dentists, hygienists, and teams that operate in a mediocre haze.  Thanks to your insights I think and act differently to the things that happen in my life and my office. Thirty-five years ago, I would have laughed you out of the room and told you to go to hell! I am a better person because of you. I have a daily vision for myself that makes me the best that I can be. I cannot tell you how that mantra gets me through a rough day. “
Shawn Petrillo Molchan, RDH 
Registered Dental Hygienist


“Dr. Ron’s book is powerful, introspective, transparent, and cathartic. He reminds us all that life is a journey, and when we have a chance to rediscover what is important – grab on. Support and acknowledgment of loved ones is enrichment to life. You will learn to be positive with your life and when stuck, help is available. You’ll discover how playing your “game” to your strengths can make you more satisfied and complete.”
Douglas A. Krueger, DDS
Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry


“A concise, poignant…real life, near tragic experience!  Dr. Ron’s story is a valuable reflection, helping all business and professional leaders to redefine personal and professional goals:  1) WHAT do I want? 2) WHY am I doing this?  3) HOW do I accomplish my goals?  Honest, direct, and thought provoking; YOU will rethink your life’s direction!”
Kenneth A. DeLuca, Ph.D. 
Clinical Psychologist


“Coach Ron’s book is important to read because taking charge of your practice has a direct and profound effect upon your health, happiness and income.”
William P. Prescott, E.M.B.A., J.D.
Attorney & Author


“Spot on!! Dr. Ron’s book should be required reading for all newly licensed health care professionals, not just dentists. Get control of your practice from the get-go; not 20 years later. Some things are more important than weekends and nights at the office. Read his book to discover the value of planning your personal and personal life well—you only get them once.”
Charles Norris, OD


“Good job Dr. Ron. I have tried to value an attitude of servitude toward others because God asks this of us and it is ultimately what makes us feel good about ourselves. Your book reminds us that the essence of life is about relationships and healthy choices and not about career, wealth, and serving self.”
Robert J. Veenema, DO
Pediatric Hospitalist


“I worked with Dr. Ron as his dental chairside assistant before and after his heart attack.  “Killing” his practice was a difficult transition and it shifted the climate of the office to a very positive place to work.  Our team became unified and singularly focused. His leadership decision was an important change driving the success of our practice. Dr. Ron has been a true mentor for me and I’m grateful to continue the benefit of his leadership and guidance for my career and life through his business coaching.”
Lisa Filka, CDA, EFDA
Certified Dental Assistant and Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary


“The message is one that will resonate with many.  Enjoy life, love the ones that share your life and there is more to life than work.  Unfortunately for many they don’t realize these lessons until a health scare or much later in life when most of it has passed them by.  You have put these life lessons front and center and challenged the reader to act.  You’ve also given the reader the opportunity for change, the beneficial reasons to do so and left it in their hands to decide their own fate.  The first half of the book tells the reader why it was important for you to change and hopefully allows them to see some of themselves in your story and the second half demonstrates the implementation of change. I also need to exert more control over my life instead of my life being in the hands of another.   Have a plan for life so that life doesn’t plan you.”
Kevin Corcoran, Esq. 
Bob Schmidt Homes, Inc.


“Your book “inspired” me to begin evaluating my business and personal life. I am the gerbil on the wheel, my team is not buying into my vision and I have allowed their non-action to impact my life. Time to STOP! Dr. Ron continues to amaze me with his thinking and clarity. Because of this book I am ready to really dissect my business to create the life I want.”
Michael J. Dennis
X-Pools, LLC

“Dr. Ron’s book is a “must read” for all dental students, prior to graduation, or for anyone else about to start out in the business world.  His message is fun and entertaining, while striking at the backbone of some very serious concepts in life. Life can be a real joy if you manage to achieve a balance of success in both your business and personal life.  Dr. Ron’s goal is to teach us how.”
Catherine Vetrano, D.D.S.
Dental Centre


“First of all, don’t let the title fool you.  Even though a dentist writes it, the message is applicable for anyone that’s ever owned a business or been in a management position.  Killing the Practice Before it Kills You: How Throwing Out My Business Model Saved My Life, is a poignant synopsis of how all the seemingly little things, and our reaction to them, are what truly shape our lives.  If you feel like you’re life is out of control, and your business is running you rather than the other way around, this book is a must-read.”
Patrick A. Thompson, D.D.S.
Joplin Dental Care


“Every dentist faces a multitude of challenges in their practice and life. Ron Arndt, as both coach and dentist, provides great insight into the delicate balance of work, family, and self.  You’ll discover a template for life changes, and in some cases, truly save your own life.  A must read. I couldn’t put the book down!”
Charles Blair, DDS
Author, Coding with Confidence and inventor of Practice Booster and dentistry’s foremost authority on practice profitability, analysis, and overhead control.


“The message was frightfully clear to me. As a type A personality myself your book jolted me to realize I must “shift” my ways and learn how to have fun again. Just like the cliché’, this book is as “serious as a heart attack!” Dr. Ron’s insights have been a huge wake up call for me. Life isn’t all work and no play. You encouraged me to realize that change begins with me. You proved the point that, “it’s never too late to shift your thinking!” Change you did! Thank you for this gift.”
Mr. Tom Lamoda
GC America Inc.


“My first reaction to this book was regret that I hadn’t read it at the start of my career! This is a book that is a resource not only for dental professionals – but for any professional. It is, hands-down, the most readable business book I’ve ever come across. His real-life stories are humorous, touching, warm and sometimes crazy – but it makes it all the better.  It is written in such a style that makes you want to keep turning every page until you have finished. This book includes lessons of perseverance, dedication and a bit of risk taking. The best thing about this book is that you come away with simple, do-it-yourself strategies for making your business better – now!”
Danielle Cuomo, MBA
Virtual Assist USA