Drs. Bill Claytor and Jim Willey share their years of experience in research on dentist burnout. From systemic factors to individual indicators, they explain the need to create a healthy practice environment and preserve the doctor-patient relationship.
This is episode 14 of Beyond the Mouth, an ongoing podcast series in which ADA’s Dr. Betsy Shapiro chats with a diverse group of people who can help with the non-clinical challenges dentists experience every day.
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Dr. Bill Claytor
Dr. Claytor graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and completed a two year General Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Union College and currently serves on the Dental Well-Being Advisory Committee of the ADA. Dr. Claytor lectures throughout the United States on the opioid epidemic, burnout, perfectionism and addiction, and writes for several dental publications and online magazines on the topics of digital dentistry, endodontics, and cone beam technology. He also manages a blog named “Ask Bill,” where he addresses current and relevant issues facing dentists today, including substance abuse, burnout and professional burnout.
Dr. Jim Willey
Dr. Jim Willey retired from the American Dental Association in 2019. Prior to coming to the ADA in 2006, Dr. Willey practiced general dentistry in Elburn, Ill. for 26 years. During his tenure at the ADA, Dr. Willey led the interagency staff team that created the ADA Center for Professional Success. He served three terms as mayor of Elburn, Ill. As a local mayor, he led efforts to create a unique Veterans Memorial featuring a retired U.S. Army battle tank. Dr. Willey is a founding member of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library and a color bearer of the American Battlefield Trust. He enjoys touring Civil War battlefields and collecting Lionel model train sets. He holds a BA from Southern Illinois University, BSD and DDS degrees from the University of Illinois, and an Executive MBA degree from Northern Illinois University.