Where's your shopping cart?

The shopping cart button changed everything.

Not only did it make Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world, it completely revolutionized consumer expectations, including yours and your patients’.

Why? In a word, convenience.

Think about the last time you made a purchase online. The process looked something like this, right?

  1. You put items in the cart.
  2. You clicked the cart and paid.
  3. You got what you needed delivered to your door.

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Now think about this - would you have made that same purchase, with that same company, if the ordering process looked like this?

  1. You have to write an email or make a phone call to the selling company.
  2. You wait for a response (which might take a couple days if it’s the weekend or a holiday).
  3. The company either responds with an email, or a call during your work hours.
  4. You discuss the details with the company, perhaps going back and forward a few times, and then send payment.
  5. You get what you wanted delivered to your door.

That would be a ridiculous way to do business in today’s economy, right? ...But if you don’t have real online scheduling (not just appointment requests), that’s exactly what you’re asking your patients to do.

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Patients are consumers just like you.

They want what you can provide, so they work their way through your painstakingly crafted marketing funnel. When they finally end up on your Google listing, or your website, or your social media pages, they’re ready to schedule an appointment…

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...But there’s no shopping cart button. They have to go through scenario #2. And since they don’t want to do that, they’re far less likely to purchase - that is, they’re less likely to wind up in your chair.

LocalMed is to your practice as the shopping cart button is to Amazon.

THAT is what separates LocalMed from other so-called online scheduling services. They click a button, they choose an appointment time, they get that appointment time.

Even though dentistry is far more important than whatever’s in their next Prime package, your patients (and maybe even you) are conditioned to want that instant convenience. It’s a trend that’s only continuing to grow.

Over the last 9 years, e-commerce has seen 6-8 times more growth than traditional retail, and it’s all because of the power of the shopping cart. The trend shows no signs of slowing down, and probably won’t until we all have Star Trek-style replicators that can materialize products straight into our living rooms.

Schedule a demo today to see how LocalMed can be your practice’s shopping cart, or sign up for our email list - when we invent the replicator, you’ll be the first to hear about it. 😉


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LocalMed lets patients schedule appointments straight into your practice management system, just like your front desk would. You set your scheduling rules, and they’ll start booking appointments around the clock - even at 3am on a Sunday.

Learn more about how LocalMed can help your dental practice fill its schedule, 24/7.

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Online scheduling that works offline

December 05, 2019| Dental Marketing

Online scheduling that works offline

Here’s a fun little oxymoron for you - our online scheduling can get you patients who are not online. In some cases, they don’t even have to be anywhere near a computer. No, we’re not crazy, and we’re not trying to con you either. It’s true. After your LocalMed scheduling has been implemented, you can attract patients who aren’t online, or even looking for a dental appointment in the first place.

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3 (totally wrong) reasons not to use LocalMed

November 21, 2019| Dental Marketing

3 (totally wrong) reasons not to use LocalMed

Over the last 5 years or so, we’ve talked to thousands of practices about online scheduling. That means we’ve heard hundreds of arguments about why LocalMed “wouldn’t work” for their practice. And every time, we have to tell them why those reasons are wrong.

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G.O.S.T. diaries - special Halloween edition

October 31, 2019| Dental Marketing

G.O.S.T. diaries - special Halloween edition

There’s no question about it; G.O.S.T. is the most fashionable goat around.

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Tales of a successful startup - Green Hills Pediatric Dentistry

October 11, 2019| LocalMed Success

Tales of a successful startup - Green Hills Pediatric Dentistry

Every day, you hear about how people don’t like going to the dentist. It makes them anxious, they’re nervous about the expense, they think it’s going to hurt; the list goes on and on. It gets exhausting after a while. But not everybody who spends time in the chair ends up with an aversion to the dentist’s office. Some people, like Dr. Brittany Adamiak, latch on to the field and make it their own.

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Making the big decisions with Dr. Daphne Pierce

September 20, 2019| G.O.S.T Stories

Making the big decisions with Dr. Daphne Pierce

This week we sit down with our friend Dr. Daphne Pierce to discuss some of the biggest decisions of a dentist’s career. Why choose general dentistry over orthodontics? How much will your choice of specialty impact your happiness? Here’s what one successful dentist has to say.

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Dental Intelligence acquires LocalMed, the leader in real-time, online dental appointment scheduling

August 08, 2019| LocalMed News

Dental Intelligence acquires LocalMed, the leader in real-time, online dental appointment scheduling

Earlier this month, LocalMed joined Dental Intelligence, the world’s smartest software used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices.

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Tales of a successful startup: Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry

June 14, 2019| Dental MarketingLocalMed Success

Tales of a successful startup: Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” You can see those words from Gandhi plastered all over motivational social media posts and bumper stickers, but it’s not so often that you meet someone who really lives by them.

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May 23, 2019| Dental Marketing

Where's your shopping cart?

There’s something on the internet that’s even more powerful than Facebook or Google. Everyone has used it, even you.

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Tales of a successful startup: Nautical Dental

May 15, 2019| LocalMed Success

Tales of a successful startup: Nautical Dental

Every practice has its challenges, but fee-for-service practices have challenges to spare. At Nautical Dental in San Antonio, Cheryl Cornelius is the one solving those problems. As the head of Marketing and Growth Development, she’s in charge of making sure there’s a steady influx of new patients, and she has a few tips to share about Nautical’s success.

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Do dentists actually need to be on social media?

April 22, 2019| Dental Marketing

Do dentists actually need to be on social media?

Every marketing blog on the internet will tell you that, as a dentist, you need to be on social media. But do you actually?

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LocalMed, LLC Partners With Humana to Enable Seamless Dental Appointment Scheduling

February 27, 2019| LocalMed News

LocalMed, LLC Partners With Humana to Enable Seamless Dental Appointment Scheduling

Today, LocalMed, LLC and Humana Inc. announced an agreement that will allow Humana’s dental members to choose a dentist in their network from an online directory and book an appointment from the same platform.

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4 questions to ask before buying online scheduling

January 23, 2019| Dental Software

4 questions to ask before buying online scheduling

Online scheduling is obviously important, but not all online scheduling platforms are created equal. How can you know which is right for your practice?

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Ground marketing tips and tricks with Michael Arias

December 03, 2018| G.O.S.T. Stories

Ground marketing tips and tricks with Michael Arias

We were lucky enough to chat with our friend, Michael Arias, better known as The Dental Marketer. If you have a Starbucks, a hotel, an apartment complex, or even a gym near you, you’ll want to listen in to gain valuable insights on how to attract their employees and clients to your practice.

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Against the odds: One doctor's remarkable success story with LocalMed

November 15, 2018| LocalMed Success

Against the odds: One doctor's remarkable success story with LocalMed

You may not know his name, but Dr. Zahid Ahmed is not your average dentist. He doesn’t headline conferences, write dental success books, or earn millions in the consulting business. Instead, he runs a 2-operatory practice out of a little medical suite in Oakland, California. And it’s flourishing (against all odds).

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The easiest way to get Google to notice your dental practice

October 12, 2018| Dental Marketing

The easiest way to get Google to notice your dental practice

Google rules the internet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on a share of their spoils. They’ve built a collection of tools to help local business achieve better search results, more hits, and ultimately, more patients for you. The best one is Google My Business. And with a little research, it’s easy to put it to work for your practice.

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New Feature: The Blacklist

October 04, 2018| LocalMed NewsHow To...

New Feature: The Blacklist

It’s a question we’ve been getting every week for as long as we can remember: *“What if a problem patient tries to book an appointment online and takes up valuable time on my schedule?”* Now, the answer is simple. As long as you’ve added them to your blacklist, they can’t.

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Blue Ridge Family Dental's Founder Dr. Rachael Schuette

September 25, 2018| G.O.S.T. Stories

Blue Ridge Family Dental's Founder Dr. Rachael Schuette

Please give a big welcome to our friend Dr. Rachael Schuette, a former midwesterner who gave up Spotted Cow and cheese curds to live out her childhood dream of living in North Carolina!

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How NOT to Get Better Online Reviews

July 25, 2018| Dental Marketing

How NOT to Get Better Online Reviews

You want patients to rave about your practice, but there's a right and a wrong way to get strong online reviews. Whatever you do, don't do this...

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Solstice Dental and Aesthetics' Dr. Krysta Manning

July 03, 2018| G.O.S.T. Stories

Solstice Dental and Aesthetics' Dr. Krysta Manning

This week, we were lucky enough to pick the brain of our friend Dr. Krysta Manning about starting a dental practice!

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Late-night shopping and creating efficiencies in your dental practice with Michael Lomotan

June 19, 2018| G.O.S.T. Stories

Late-night shopping and creating efficiencies in your dental practice with Michael Lomotan

Michael Lomotan of Divergent Dental and Dental Success Network fame is a self-proclaimed #Geek and #DentalSpouse. His San Diego-based practice, Dental Design SD, was an early adopter of LocalMed.

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The Start-Up Journey of Shania Holman, DDS, PhD

June 05, 2018| G.O.S.T. Stories

The Start-Up Journey of Shania Holman, DDS, PhD

Our friend, Shaina Holman DDS, PhD, is an award-winning family dentist who just opened her first practice.

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The Digital Tradeshow podcast

May 29, 2018| LocalMed News

The Digital Tradeshow podcast

A few weeks back at The Profitable Dentist conference in Orlando, we met up with John Stamper of The Digital Tradeshow to talk with him about the exciting things happening here at LocalMed!

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"The Disney Experience" in Dentistry, Bitmojis and Bentley’s with Andre Shirdan

May 15, 2018| G.O.S.T. Stories

"The Disney Experience" in Dentistry, Bitmojis and Bentley’s with Andre Shirdan

Please join us in welcoming our friend, Andre Shirdan on the very first G.O.S.T. Stories! He's an author, inspirational/motivational speaker, certified software trainer, CAD/CAM/CBCT training professional, the founder of The Crew Process and our inaugural G.O.S.T. Stories guest!

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The Delivering Wow podcast: Using online scheduling to grow your practice

May 03, 2018| LocalMed News

The Delivering Wow podcast: Using online scheduling to grow your practice

Recently our very own Tom Brown was featured on the Delivering Wow podcast, hosted by Dr. Anissa Holmes!

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Your patients don’t want to "request" an appointment.

April 24, 2018| Dental Marketing

Your patients don’t want to "request" an appointment.

Here at LocalMed, we talk to dentists everyday. And 95% of the time, when we bring up the topic of online scheduling, most dentists are quick to say that they already have it. But when we pull up their practice website, it's nowhere to be found.

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Close the loop on... Instagram!

April 03, 2018| LocalMed News

Close the loop on... Instagram!

If you use Instagram for your practice, we’ve got some good news for you!

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Have you seen our goat?

March 06, 2018| LocalMed News

Have you seen our goat?

... yes, really. We have a goat.

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The best way to handle the 128 hours each week your dental practice is closed.

January 15, 2018| Dental Marketing

The best way to handle the 128 hours each week your dental practice is closed.

There are 168 hours in a week, and chances are, your dental practice is only available for 40 (or so) of those hours. That leaves 128 hours where patients aren’t able to talk with your trained front-desk staff members. How do you deal with the calls that come in while your practice is closed?

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LocalMed and the Dental Marketer discuss how to attract new patients 24/7

January 08, 2018| Dental Marketing

LocalMed and the Dental Marketer discuss how to attract new patients 24/7

Looking for ways to attract new patients to your dental practice? Keith English, LocalMed CEO, talks with The Dental Marketer about how YOU can attract new patients 24/7 (even when you're not in the office)!

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Online scheduling has a bad reputation - but we fixed it.

January 02, 2018| Dental Software

Online scheduling has a bad reputation - but we fixed it.

In the dental world, online scheduling has a terrible reputation. Tons of extra follow-up work, double- or even triple-booked appointments, inefficient scheduling workarounds and fake patient information among other things have marred dentist’s views on patients booking appointments online.

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Highlights, a sneak peek and a big THANK YOU!

December 19, 2017| LocalMed News

Highlights, a sneak peek and a big THANK YOU!

It’s been an exciting year at LocalMed. Our goal has always been simple: improve the healthcare experience and make it easy for patients and providers to connect.

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Implementing LocalMed real-time scheduling on your Facebook page

November 28, 2017| How To...

Implementing LocalMed real-time scheduling on your Facebook page

When you join LocalMed, the possibilities for implementing real-time online scheduling across all of your practice marketing efforts are truly endless. You’ll be able to close the loop on your dental marketing funnel and grow your practice, effortlessly.

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How to create your own dental marketing strategy and attract new patients

October 31, 2017| Dental Marketing

How to create your own dental marketing strategy and attract new patients

Is your dental practice growth stagnant, or worse, falling? Do you need to figure out how to attract new patients ASAP? Have you invested a lot into “some marketing stuff” but now you’re not seeing the expected flow of new patients?

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7 Tips for Successful Dental Marketing on Facebook

October 24, 2017| Dental Marketing

7 Tips for Successful Dental Marketing on Facebook

If you’re looking for advice on growing and marketing your dental practice, you know that creating a Facebook business page is a common suggestion.

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Planes, trains, and dental scheduling

October 12, 2017| Dental Marketing

Planes, trains, and dental scheduling

Let’s all take a minute and think back to your last vacation. (Ready? Go!)

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Dear dentist, from a millennial

October 03, 2017| Dental Marketing

Dear dentist, from a millennial

A lot of businesses simply scratch their heads in confusion when it comes to Millennials, so I’m here today to let you in on three (not-so-secret) secrets that can help you attract Millennials to your dental practice.

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4 ways to exceed patient expectations before they even walk in the door

September 11, 2017| Dental Marketing

4 ways to exceed patient expectations before they even walk in the door

When it comes to their dental care, your patients have options. Depending on your location, they might have a lot of options.

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What patients are saying about scheduling their dental appointment

September 05, 2017| Dental Marketing

What patients are saying about scheduling their dental appointment

We asked 3,124 patients who scheduled a dentist appointment through LocalMed one simple question: Why did you schedule online rather than call the practice? Unsurprisingly, they had a lot to say.

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Wonderist Recommendation

August 24, 2017| LocalMed Success

Wonderist Recommendation

"The product is easy to use, doesn’t take away from the patient experience on a practice’s website and is just generally a great tool to get both current patients and new patients to make appointments." - Wonderist Dental Marketing

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August 22, 2017| Dental Software

Infographic: Does YOUR dental practice need online scheduling?

Short answer: YES.

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LocalMed & Google: the perfect match

August 17, 2017| LocalMed NewsHow To...

LocalMed & Google: the perfect match

LocalMed is excited to announce that our dental providers now have another opportunity to capture potential patients and grow their practice: Google’s search results!

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August 08, 2017| How To...

11 Ways to Get the Most of LocalMed Online Dental Scheduling

You’ve signed up for LocalMed, our team customized the platform specifically for your practice according to your scheduling rules, and have received the code for the website widget. Now you’re wondering… what now?

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LocalMed and Six Month Smiles Launch Partnership

July 26, 2017| LocalMed News

LocalMed and Six Month Smiles Launch Partnership

In an innovative joint effort, LocalMed has joined forces with Six Month Smiles to provide patients interested in Six Month Smiles® cosmetic braces the ability to schedule a consultation in real time from the company’s “Find a Dentist” search feature.

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Is your dental marketing working?

July 13, 2017| Dental Marketing

Is your dental marketing working?

Month after month, you’re spending your hard-earned money on marketing that is supposed to bring you a steady stream of new patients each month. Direct mail, pay-per-click advertising, search engine optimization, social media, marketing agencies… the list of marketing methods you’ve tried goes on. The future of your practice depends on these methods capturing the attention of potential patients.

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July 11, 2017| Dental Software

LocalMed vs. SolutionReach Limelight

In 2012, LocalMed was founded in Baton Rouge intending to make scheduling appointments online easy for both patients and providers. SolutionReach is a suite of patient-relationship management software that was founded in 2000 under the name “Smile Reminder”.

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LocalMed featured in Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

July 06, 2017| LocalMed News

LocalMed featured in Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

LocalMed CEO, Keith English, was recently featured in a Dentistry Uncensored podcast discussing LocalMed’s real-time dental scheduling software.

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LocalMed talks with the Dental Marketing Guy

July 26, 2016| LocalMed News

LocalMed talks with the Dental Marketing Guy

LocalMed CEO, Keith English, recently had a hangout session with Justin Morgan – the Dental Marketing Guy . Keith had this to say about their chat: From the beginning of the interview it was apparent Justin was knowledgeable about the dental marketing industry. On top of that he was genuinely interested in what I had …

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Where do all your dental website visitors go?

May 11, 2016| Dental Marketing

Where do all your dental website visitors go?

When looking to determine the effectiveness for your website and web marketing the funnel starts at the number of visitors on a monthly basis. Most sites will place a call tracking number on your site so you can track the number of calls to your office from the traffic that is coming to your website.

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Is it easy for patients to schedule an appointment at your dental office?

December 07, 2015| Dental Marketing

Is it easy for patients to schedule an appointment at your dental office?

Patients list convenience as the #1 factor in selecting a dental office.

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 Real-time scheduling from your Facebook page

June 08, 2015| LocalMed News

Real-time scheduling from your Facebook page

LocalMed introduces the first real-time scheduling widget that is embedded directly into your Facebook page.

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May 28, 2015| Dental Software

The gap in the dental industry

The thought of letting patients schedule their own appointments online can seem scary. While online scheduling is the norm for just about every other industry, dentistry seems to be an untouchable field. But why?

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What integration with your practice management system should mean

February 25, 2015| Dental Software

What integration with your practice management system should mean

Many technology companies may claim “integration” with your practice management system (PMS), but in reality, very few are actually fully integrated.

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February 17, 2015| Dental Marketing

Why is online scheduling important for your dental office

Patients today are looking for more visibility and options as related to their dental care.

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LocalMed expanding across the country

July 19, 2017| LocalMed News

LocalMed expanding across the country

View the map on our home page to see our expansion across the country. We have been working continuously to bring providers to every city and state. LocalMed’s goal is for everyone in the country to be able to book dental appointments online, anytime.

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LocalMed taking on pediatric dentistry

August 29, 2014| LocalMed News

LocalMed taking on pediatric dentistry

LocalMed has been working hand-in-hand with Baton Rouge Pediatric Dentist Group, [Associates in Pediatric Dentistry](http://www.aipdbr.com/) (AIPD) to offer our online scheduling services. We've launched our service on their website at [aipdbr.com](http://aipdbr.com/), making it possible for you to look at your dentists schedule and easily book a time that is convenient for you.

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What is LocalMed?

July 24, 2017| Dental Marketing

What is LocalMed?

LocalMed is a software company dedicated to building innovative and industry-leading solutions for dental practices.

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How Dr. Griffon uses LocalMed

July 16, 2014| LocalMed Success

How Dr. Griffon uses LocalMed

One of the early LocalMed users, Dr. Ashley Griffon, is a big fan of what the service has done for her practice.

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Interview with Louisiana Business & Industry Show

July 07, 2014| LocalMed News

Interview with Louisiana Business & Industry Show

Our CEO, Keith was recently interviewed by Tim Johnson on the Louisiana Business & Industry Show. They discussed a range of topics about LocalMed and Keith himself.

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How to pick the right dentist for you

July 04, 2014| For Patients

How to pick the right dentist for you

Selecting a new dentist is a difficult task for many people. We can help.

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LocalMed in the Business Report

June 27, 2014| LocalMed News

LocalMed in the Business Report

LocalMed was recently profiled in the Baton Rouge Business Report as a company on the rise by reporter, Meredith Whitten. “Juggling constantly changing work, family and social calendars can make the task of scheduling a dental appointment quite challenging for even the most organized among us.LocalMed wants to change that.

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Find a dentist and schedule online

June 10, 2014| For Patients

Find a dentist and schedule online

Finding a dentist in Baton Rouge can be a challenge, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. Recognizing that challenge, LocalMed has launched our directory listing, giving you the ability to find doctors and compare open appointments that work for you.

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June 06, 2014| LocalMed News

LocalMed live in Baton Rouge

Online dental scheduling is now available in Baton Rouge thanks to LocalMed. You can now find and schedule an appointment by going to LocalMed.com. Our scheduling application allows you to locate Dentists in Baton Rouge and narrow your search results by insurance, gender, or specialty.

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June 05, 2014| Dental Marketing

LocalMed for your practice

Dentists are often seeking ways to either bring in new patients to their practice or improve efficiency to reduce overhead. LocalMed’s online scheduling platform is built to satisfy both of these needs simultaneously. We help funnel new patients to your practice and also streamline the entire appointment process.

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