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A sound investment in professional development

by: Michael Stuart

Dr. Simonas Bankauskas, who will be speaking in the NexGen Forum for emerging leaders at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium in New York in June, has gone from dental school graduate to head of the largest dental chain in Lithuania within 10 years. The secret to his success? A dedication to developing his skills.

Dr. Simonas Bankauskas

Dr. Simonas Bankauskas runs seven clinics across Lithuania with more set to open soon. Last year alone, he placed over 2,000 Nobel Biocare implants, many of them as part of the All-on-4® treatment concept.

Even though he had not long graduated from dental school, Dr. Simonas Bankauskas was intent on starting with dental implant surgery as quickly as possible.

“I had heard it could help people and be a good opportunity,” Dr. Bankauskas recalled. “I saw an introductory implantology course being advertised by Nobel Biocare and I knew I wanted to do it. At that time it was a significant investment, it was almost a choice between learning and eating, but I took the chance.”

It was a decisive moment that would mark the start of a career path Dr. Bankauskas has been following ever since.

After presenting him with the certificate for completing the course, the Nobel Biocare representative that arranged the course introduced him to a colleague as the “future number-one dental surgeon in Lithuania.” For a goal-oriented young clinician like Dr. Bankauskas, this was further motivation to see how far he could go.

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Learning from the best

Dr. Bankauskas began placing implants almost immediately after the course, realizing that there was much more he wanted to learn. He began investing in training around the globe, visiting some of the world’s most renowned clinicians in order to gain new perspectives and to find answers to the questions that arose as he made progress in the field.

With words of advice from the likes of Drs. Paulo Malo and Sascha Jovanovic still in his ears, he returned to Lithuania where he began to grow his reputation. Having quickly recouped the money spent on training, Dr. Bankauskas used money he had originally earmarked for a lakeside summerhouse to open a clinic of his own.

Rapid development

A new clinic, of course, added the pressures of practice management to those of clinical work. Again Dr. Bankauskas invested in his own development to obtain the required skills, completing an EMBA.

His thesis looked specifically at how to expand dental clinics. While his tutor considered the plan overly ambitious, Dr. Bankauskas was soon testing his proposals in practice.

Today Dr. Bankauskas runs seven clinics across Lithuania with more set to open soon. Last year he alone placed around 2,600 Nobel Biocare implants and treated around 400 patients with the All-on-4® treatment concept.

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Partnering for success

While his career has evolved at a fast pace, one thing has remained a constant—the partnership between Dr. Bankauskas and Nobel Biocare.

“That first Nobel Biocare representative I met on that first training course took such good care of me, gave me the encouragement I needed,” Dr. Bankauskas explained. “I always wanted to partner with a global organization—a service provider with true quality control. I work with Nobel Biocare because, like me, they are always focused on the patient.”

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