Dentist demonstrates procedures to patients with his iPad

Todd Beck, DMD

What do you do? I am a general dentist with two practices in Portland, Oregon.

Which device do you use? iPhones, iPads, iPods, iMacs, MacBook Pros and Apple TV.

How long have you had them? Since they first came out!

How do you use them? I use my iPad for patient education. I use Guru (free, to show patients video presentations of the various procedures I recommend. This is very convenient as the patient can hold the device while they sit in the chair and have total control over the presentation. They can replay or pause to ask questions. It's a very interactive and cool way to educate patients and provide informed consent for treatment. I also use my iPad to remotely access my schedule and patient database at both my locations. Whether I am at home or on the road, I can easily access any patient's information. I have two iPads, one for each location. They both are 3G, so if I have them when I am traveling, I can easily access my apps and the Internet if there is no Wi-Fi. I also use a remote app to control the sound system in my offices!

What apps do you use the most? Guru, YouTube (built-in) and Remote (free,

What would you do if you didn't have it? I would go out and get one! No, seriously, if I didn't have the iPad, I would have to use a desktop computer in the treatment rooms to show the presentations, which would not be as convenient or easy for the patients. 

Do you consider yourself an Apple fanatic? Yes! My partner and I have iPhones, iPads, iPods, iMacs, MacBook Pros and an Apple TV. And we own stock in the company!

Complete the sentence: Apple without Steve Jobs is… going to be just fine :)

On a scale of 1 through 10, just how angry are the Angry Birds? They are a level 8 angry, and I am a level 10 angry because I can't seem to win.

September-October 2011
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