photo of bud schulmanFounder Bud Schulman

“This (the Schulman Group) has been among my life’s most important work. I feel grateful to have been a part of this amazing group of people.”

Martin “Bud” Schulman, Founder
The Schulman Study Group

photo of ron redmond and founder bud schulmanBud Schulman and Dr. Ron Redmond May 2008

Martin “Bud” Schulman and the Schulman Study Group reinvented my orthodontic practice and the methods I used to care for patients and communicate with parents. Bud Schulman’s practice management concepts were revolutionary and created enthusiasm in my office, and that filtered into my family life. Our two sons were “infected” with this enthusiasm and decided to follow me in their education and become orthodontists. We began practicing together in 2003. I believe my sons, Drs. Bill and John Redmond, were influenced by Bud Schulman’s teachings as much as I have been.

Bud Schulman retired as mentor to the Schulman Study Group in 2003, and I was asked to continue the leadership in his absence. Sadly, Martin “Bud” Schulman passed away in September 2008. We will all miss Bud’s insight, coaxing, and encouragement. I will especially miss his smile of approval when I finally got it “right.”

Godspeed Bud!

–W. Ronald Redmond, DDS, MS, FACD

My relationship with Martin L. “Bud” Schulman dates back to my early days as an orthodontist, beginning in the early 1960s when he was president of Dental Corporation of America (DCA).

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Dr. Henry Zaytoun, Sr.

Bud was not only an astute businessman, but he conducted himself ethically and professionally in such a fashion that he was admired by all. It was my good fortune that, whenever I sought his advice, it was always given freely and thoughtfully. He had few equals in wisdom and generosity.

Dentists throughout the land are richer physically and spiritually because of Bud, and he will be missed by the entire profession. He has been one of the shining stars of my life and I pray that God will reward him abundantly for all of his goodness while on earth. I consider myself indeed fortunate to have been able to call him my dear friend for these many years, and I will miss him.

–Dr. Henry Zaytoun, Sr.

photo of bud schulman's bellWe are all saddened by the passing of Bud Schulman. As I read the responses by our members, I realized that many of the newer and younger members did not have the opportunity to meet or know him. Therefore, as a remembrance of Bud, I would like to provide everyone with a brief history of his professional life and how he became our mentor. One of my greatest honors as an orthodontist was being awarded the coveted Martin “Bud” Schulman award in 2003. It was a culmination of knowing Bud personally for 33 years.

In 1967, after completing my orthodontic education at Columbia University, I joined the orthodontic practice of Drs. Harry Galblum and Hito Suyehiro in Washington, DC. In that year, Dr. Galblum formed an orthodontic lab with two partners: Dr. Harold Eskew and Mr. Bud Schulman. The lab was called Dental Corporation of America, or DCA, located in Rockville, Maryland, and was to serve the local orthodontic community. I met Bud in 1967 and learned that he had previously bought a photo developing company and increased its value through proper management. He sold it at a large profit and retired at age 40. Being an active businessman he could not stay retired. He knew nothing about orthodontics, but Drs. Galblum and Eskew knew of him. They persuaded him to come out of retirement and use his management skills to run DCA. DCA made retainers as well as custom-made metal bands. It was quite an advancement. We would take alginate impressions, send them to DCA, and they would form the bands and solder or weld on the attachments. We would receive all the bands and, for the most part, they fit well. Remember this was before bonded brackets were developed and before preformed bands were popular. The lab grew rapidly in its early years and Bud met many orthodontists at various meetings. I was fortunate to know Bud and become his friend during his early years in the orthodontic business. He always looked after me as the young associate and advised me many times on investments as well as practice management.

In the early 1970s many orthodontists came to Washington to visit DCA and see Bud. Eventually Bud realized that most orthodontists were good clinicians but poor businessmen and managers. In a very short time, Bud spent most of his time advising orthodontists on both personal and business issues. He then gave up leading DCA and formed his consulting company to assist both young and older doctors. DCA was eventually sold and Bud was on his own.

His recognition grew rapidly and he even wrote an early book on practice management and personal investing. His friendly personality became dogmatic when he was discussing finances. His philosophy was to invest conservatively in corporate or municipal bonds, buy real estate, especially storage facilities, then let your income from the investments grow slowly but securely. He was honest to a fault.

Many of his practice management strategies came from observing the two practices he knew best, Dr. Eskew’s and our large practice. He was convinced for a long time that a partnership was the most efficient and profitable. Over the years he changed and preached the sole practitioner with just an associate. He did not recommend a partner until the senior doctor was ready to retire.

In 1980 I decided the group practice with 6 offices was not for me. I resigned from my practice and opened a boutique practice in downtown Washington, DC. Bud was very encouraging to me and advised me on all aspects of opening and managing a solo practice. He was always my friend and mentor and I would not have the practice that Andrew and I have without his support.

Bud started a newsletter in the 1980s and it was widely read and very successful. He began to hold seminars for dentists to assist them in all aspects of practice and business. His fame spread and he was very busy consulting, mostly with orthodontists. As his seminars became more popular, he organized some specifically for orthodontists. Some of us older ones, such as Ron Redmond and me, thought it might be a good idea to form a study club to follow Bud’s examples. In the late 1980’s the Super Schulman Study Club was formed. It was decided to limit it to 40 practices with a gross income of at least 1 million dollars. We decided to meet once a year at a beautiful resort. Bud ran the meetings with an iron hand. He would personally review the statistics and berate anyone who had too high an overhead or worked too many days. We all loved him and the meetings were the beginning of the sharing from which we all benefit.

With his trusted assistant, Betsy, he did the newsletter, ran the annual meeting and met personally with any orthodontist who needed his advice. For the most part he did not charge for his consulting; he did it for the love of orthodontics and orthodontists. As he spent more time consulting, he had less time to devote to his newsletter. He made inquiries to other writers about buying his newsletter and mailing list. Finally a young upstart management consultant with his own small newsletter decided to purchase the newsletter. Before we knew it, John McGill was writing the newsletter, and the Super Schulman Group grew rapidly. At the meetings John would provide the tax information and Bud would still review the statistics.

Finally, Bud realized he could no longer run the meetings. John McGill took over and the group has continued to prosper. As John decided to step back from his leadership position, we needed to have a new leader. With somewhat positive support from Margaret, we convinced Ron Redmond to be our fearless leader. We have continued to grow and improve under his leadership.

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Dr. Jerry Orchin

I consider myself the most fortunate orthodontist in my relationship with Bud. My office is across the street from the condo in which he lived. I treated his grandchildren and knew his two sons well. He and I went out to lunch on a regular basis for many years until it became too difficult for him. At every lunch Bud would ask questions about the group and always said, “You are so fortunate to be orthodontists. You are the best specialists in all of medicine.”

We will all miss him. Those of us who knew him will always remember him, his personality and all he has done for the orthodontic community. For those of you who did not have the pleasure of knowing him, please always respect him for what he stood for and let us continue the wonderful Super Schulman Study Group in his memory.

–Dr. Jerry Orchin

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