After quadrupling his San Diego dental practice in 8 years, Bill Kimball became the go-to guy for dental business advice. While friends, colleagues and old classmates knew the medical ins and outs of dentistry, no one taught dentists how to be business savvy. But Bill had a knack for it.
In 1995, with three young children and an amazingly understanding wife, Bill took a big step. He left his thriving dental practice and created a business of his own: Kimball Consulting Inc.
What exactly is Dental Consulting? Dr. Kimball is hired by a dentist to go in and “fix” the practice. “It’s almost always about communication. People are frustrated. Numbers are down.” Bill sees teams through transitions, financial tracking, advertising, branding and more.
“I have more fun and enjoy more financial success when I stop trying to get what I want and help others get what they want,” Bill said. Kimball Consulting Inc. has served over 45 clients in Santa Barbara county alone, not to mention the 700+ across the rest of California and the nation.
It took Bill a few years to narrow down his focus to central California. At first, he flew across the states to lecture at conventions and consult in offices. “As an entrepreneur, I regret not narrowing it down sooner. I could have spent more time with my family, and I think the business would have grown faster and stronger if I had kept it more local.”
In 2010, Bill saw the opportunity to create a brokerage that could serve the specific needs of dentists. He received his brokerage license and founded his second business: Integrity Practice Sales.
When this endeavor expanded, Bill remained focused on California. Integrity Practice Sales now has 9 agents across the state buying and selling practices, and they have over 60 listings statewide. His son is the Marketing Director.
At 58, Bill can’t see himself retiring anytime soon. He loves helping people and he loves his work. Though he’s now trying to work less, Bill still entertains his entrepreneurial visions.