Dr. Summer Kassmel is the owner of two dental practices and a dental assisting school in the mountains of Colorado. She graduated in 2002 from University of Nebraska Medical Center and was an associate for 6 years before purchasing her first dental office. After 12 years of practicing solo, she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia that forced her to re-examine how to grow a dental practice without the use of her own hands. She met Dr. Costes through the formation of her DA School in 2015 and then joined DSI in 2016. With their help, she was able to grow her first practice considerably, merge another office into that location and create a multi-provider 12 op practice. She purchased her second location, located outside Beaver Creek Ski Resort, in 2018.
Summer has been able to create the lifestyle and business she loves by working 1.5 clinical days doing only clear aligner orthodontics. She is passionate about team development, practice culture and creating dental offices that give growth opportunities for her team members, including numerous hours of training for the leadership team. She is motivated to create flexible work environments that have accountability, not entitlement, at their core.
Dr. Kassmel is a black belt coach in Dr. Mark Costes’ Dental Success Institute. Maintaining a consistent level of growth, reducing overhead to under 50%, increasing true profitability to over 20% and creating a system-driven practice are some of the requirements of this distinction. Through this opportunity, she can speak with so many dentists about the real struggles of practice acquisition and ownership. It has also led to her recognizing how difficult this struggle is for women dentists as they navigate leading other women employees, being a woman associate doctor trying to establish a first practice and motherhood while doing all the above! Summer’s incredibly passionate about helping other women doctors recognize their full potential and enjoy lives of purpose and joy.
In DSI is where Summer met Kiera and the two were instant friends with a joined passion to help all doctors, but especially women dentists. Together, they bring a distinct viewpoint of a woman doctor and woman team member and consultant. Summer has been on several podcasts including, “The Dental A-team” and “Dentalpreneur” and consults other women dentists on navigating the crazy, frustrating, rewarding, tiring, and amazing journey of being a woman dentist.
Dr. Kassmel has been married over 15 years to her husband, Tom, and has two kids, Siena and Cash. She understands far too well how finding “balance” can be a tricky endeavor for many women dentists, and the stress and guilt can become overwhelming.
Summer and Kiera can’t wait to hear your story, listen to your dreams, and help you get tactical and practical about your goals for authoring the life you want!
Summer Kassmel, D.D.S.