Tue | 05.04.2016
Meet Ionut Leahu, the dentist with the DNA of a businessman.
1. Dear Ionut, please introduce yourself shortly to all our members.
Well first of all I am a dentist, my field of expertise is dental implantology, I have been running a dental clinic for the past 5 years, which offers a large variety of dental health care for both Romanians and citizens abroad.
2. You are known as the dentist with the DNA of a businessman. How hard was to build a business in the dental medicine field in Romania?
Obviously it wasn't easy to enter the field as someone who has just recently graduated. However, the experience I have acquired during my college years working in banking has helped me in having a broader perspective about how one should commence in building his own business.
Due to the business field in Romania being pretty chaotic at the time, it wasn't that easy for a younger person to be able to develop his own ideas into a successful company. Despite that, I have managed to open my own dental office in Popesti-Leordeni which flourished thus enabling me to invest in new technology which brought me to opening my first clinic.
Given the fact that dental care and health care in general are important aspects of people's lives, customers would always come especially knowing that we offer professional treatment and overall a good customer experience. And here we are today trying to expand our name and keeping up with all that is new in this field in order to become one of the most reputable clinics in Romania.
3. Dr. Leahu Dental Clinics is No. 1 in dental prevention. What other qualities differentiate you from the competition?
I would say that the feedback we get from our customers stands as the biggest differentiating factor, due to the fact that we always put the pacient's needs above everything else. At the same time we do that by respecting their opinion instead of making a decision that does not involve them. On top of that, we have a multidisciplinary staff ready to tackle any kind of dental problem that may occur with utmost caution. Last but not least, a primary concern for us is the need to be in trend with whatever comes out new from a logistical perspective.
4. Overall the Dutch tend to take exceptional care of their teeth, visiting the dentist 1-2 a year just for checking. Romanians, the opposite way, even more, they rank among last in the UE regarding oral hygiene. Was that an obstacle for your business development?
At times, yes, I guess you could say that, however we have made big efforts into developing prevention, in fact, we have made prevention one of our priorities, as mentioned above. And from what I have seen in the past years there is an encouraging trend in terms of dental care at a national level. Due to the fact that most dentists have figured out that the best way to encourage people to visit them, would be to be well prepared, friendly and very careful in order to eliminate all the biases and fears the patients might have.
To answer your question, yes, it may be perceived that way, but we are striving to change the stigma and to help people, regardless of age, realize how important their oral health is.
5. In the same time, in the past years, Romania became a very popular destination for dental tourism. Do you see here potential for foreign investments?
Yes, it would be fair to say that dental tourism has gained popularity, especially because of the state of „art services” that have been offered for a fair price and to be quite honest, yes, I do see a lot of potential in this respect. The staff is definitely up to the task, the accommodations are top notch and the technology is as good as anywhere else in the world.
6. In the end, please a thought for NRCC members.
I would like to thank you for offering me the chance to be able to debate these issues and to talk about myself, my passion and my business.