An interview with course participant- Hennie Van Der Merwe

In this blog, we catch up with Hennie Van Der Merwe, a dentist with a practice in Poole, Dorset- who, after completing his training with Dr Sanders, saw his implant patients increase tenfold…

Studying under Pete

“I knew that Pete Sanders had a great reputation as an Implantologist but after attending his study clubs, I also learnt that he was a very easy-going, relaxed and approachable person. So, when he launched his ‘Implant Year Course’ it made perfect sense for me to enrol. I had been looking for the opportunity to develop my confidence and ability to treat more implant patients in my practice and his course offered exactly that.”

“Pete took us through the whole journey from diagnostic, treatment planning to surgical and restorative stages of implant cases. Even though I had already been placing simple cases, I learnt an enormous amount from someone as experienced as Pete.”

Results

“The Year Course had a significant impact on my practice. Prior to going on the course I probably placed between 15-20 implants per year– now I do up to 150 year. Studying under Pete gave me all the confidence, tools and energy I needed to really progress.”

“Prior to the course – I was limited to treating very straight forward cases. Anything I couldn’t do I was referring to a specialist practice that restores implants exclusively. They would complete the treatment and then send the patients back –but of course, I have always wanted to treat all of my patients in-house.”

"Since doing the course with Pete, I now feel confident enough to treat most cases. Just observing Pete and completing all of the hands-on training really made me feel that I could treat the more complicated cases. Now, we very rarely refer an implant patient.”

Practice development and further guidance

“Since completing the course, I have developed my practice and refurbished a room that is entirely dedicated for implant surgery. My patients immediately feel more comfortable in these surroundings. Pete provided support in making this change and offered guidance in how to best convert into an implant orientated practice. We have always felt comfortable asking him for his advice or asking what has previously worked for him for and what hasn’t.”

“We were able to communicate regularly after the course, asking any questions directly using a WhatsApp chat group, and Pete would always do his best to offer support and guidance.”

"Prior to going on the course I probably placed between 15-20 implants per year– now I do up to 150 year."

“If you are a dentist that is looking to gain more experience and broaden your practice’s offering- I cannot recommend Pete enough. The results I have seen are testament to his excellent tuition and guidance. And its not just his courses, it’s the whole experience he gives you- he gives you the energy and confidence you need to just get on with it.”
“I have done a lot of courses, and you often finish them feeling like they haven’t connected all of the dots- but with Pete’s training and mentoring, he provides you with all of the tools you’ll need to go out there -and do what you need to do.”

“Pete took us through the whole journey from diagnostic, treatment planning to surgical and restorative stages of implant cases. Even though I had already been placing simple cases, I learnt an enormous amount from someone as experienced as Pete.”

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