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5 BIG QUESTIONS ON INNOVATION

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Excerpt: 1 How is your team changing the game within your industry sector? We’re very proud of our title as the first fully dedicated provider of turn-key dental suites. We sought to create a care delivery model for dentistry that previously did not exist in the same form, quality and packaging for campus environments.  We wanted to bottle the magic of private dental practice and drop it into corporate settings in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, and customized to those settings. We love the way clinical settings of every kind are trending more towards aesthetically pleasing environments as opposed to sterile and impersonal settings as found in days gone by. We like to think of ourselves as pioneers in this area.  Dentistry is perhaps the most interpersonal form of healthcare, since the services are provided “face-to-face.” While we are unable to eliminate every element of that experience, we strive hard to control the things within our reach to positively impact the clients senses. But the value-adds have been game changing too. We know that a filling today avoids a very cos

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Excerpt: Charles Lusk left his job at Goldman, Sachs & Co. to found a business in an industry that hadn't existed before: dental suites for major corporate campuses. Lusk, 34, did his homework and saw a need, so he rolled up his sleeves and created Dent-Well. A husband and a father of two, he took on significant financial risk to start the business. He went without a paycheck and benefits to see his vision of "creating value" come to life, he said. Almost three years later, the company has contracts on both the East and West coasts, and Lusk has landed on the 2014 Houston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Dent-Well has now grown to 32 employees. The company recently set up a location inside a converted a 660-square-foot conference room on the first floor of Phillips 66's interim headquarters at Pinnacle Westchase in April. "While in school, the most coveted jobs were those defined by the ability to add value to an existing value-producing entity," Lusk said in his application. "However, I was driven by the ability to put my hands in the clay and create something that had never been done before

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UNT third to offer Dent-Well

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Excerpt: UNT has partnered with Dent-Well to provide dental work on campus at Chestnut Hall. The goal for the dental facility is to be open at the beginning of the spring semester. As they have not started the remodeling, the facility may not be open until later in the spring. This dental facility is meant to combat the rate of students who withdraw from the university. Associate dean Rodney Mitchell said health is the No. 1 reason students have withdrawn from the university in the past four semesters. “Last semester, 21.8 percent of students withdrew because of health,” Mitchell said. In the previous survey, a little more than 20 percent of students withdrew due to health. In just a short while, more than 1 percent more students left for health reasons. For the purposes of the survey, health could be anything that is mental or physical. At Chestnut Hall, UNT offers psychiatrists, massage therapists and a mental spa to help students relax and handle stress. UNT also houses a doctor’s clinic, pharmacy, recreation center, optical center and a dietician for the physical health of students. How

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Fighting decay to retain employees

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Excerpt: On-site dry cleaning services. Soccer fields. High-tech gyms. In the Houston market, you have to be competitive and a little creative with your perks to recruit and retain top talent, especially in the energy industry. Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) is a master at this game. So much so, that the oil giant is adding an in-house dentist at its campus. Houston-based Dent-Well converted a 660-square-foot conference room on the company’s first floor at its interim headquarters at Pinnacle Westchase with great success, and will also be included at Philips 66's new building in the Westchase District. “It opened in mid-February and they have already seen 211 patient at the Phillips 66 Dental Office,” said Charles Lusk, CEO of Onsite Solutions, a relatively new company that sets up and manages full-service dental offices on corporate campuses. Lusk’s partner in the venture is Dr. Scott Coleman, who has a dental practice on San Felipe Road. In November, Phillips 66 broke ground on a new 1.1 million-square-foot corporate campus, which includes a rooftop running track, a soccer field, plans for

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