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Texas dentist stays active as locum tenens

January 17, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin


Dr. Rollow

Dallas—As a locum tenens for the Dallas County Dental Society, Dr. Jan Rollow, 71, stays busy.

Most of her assignments come from filling in for vacationing dentists, but in the 14 years since she sold her own practice, Dr. Rollow has experienced varied circumstances. When a practice needs a medical leave filled, they call her. When an owner needs time off to care for a sick relative, they call her. She also once worked at a practice where the owner was called to active duty.

“It’s a win-win for me and the other doctor because as a very experienced dentist, I can do a lot as a substitute, from root canals and extractions, to the usual crown and bridge work. I am usually faster than the new dentist who is available through the temporary agencies.”

In regard to compensation, Dr. Rollow said she either sets a minimum salary per day or charges by the hour.

Being in another doctor’s practice is a real responsibility to that doctor, but Dr. Rollow said she likes it because she “just does dentistry” and doesn't have to worry about the usual administrative work, insurance payments and collections.

“Each practice is very different, but the patients are all great. It's fun to work with new staff and see how they do things. I can often give them ideas from tips I have learned over the years.”