Eric Ballou


EB: Efficiency and Balance

These letters, which are also my initials, symbolize the vision of how I choose to progress in my life. I strive to be efficient with materials, technology, and especially my time. Along with that efficiency, I want to balance the things I feel are important in my practice, my profession, and my personal life. A poem that I love by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays says it well:

“I have only just a minute, Only sixty seconds in it.  Forced upon me, can’t refuse it. Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it. But it’s up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it. Give an account if I abuse it. Just a tiny little minute, But eternity is in it.”

I believe in balancing the time that we have with different aspects of our life. Practice, and family. Work and fun. My training and lectures focus on these aspects of efficiency and balance. I strive to help other dentists get the most out of their materials, technology, and time. I find that doctors, like most people, want to maximize every minute of their day, and they are anxious to learn how to do that. Helping others brings me satisfaction, and I love talking to people about how to improve their lives through improving their work.



Lake Harbor Dental Boise ID 2008 – Present

I started working at Lake Harbor Dental with Dr Michael Peterson right out of dental school.  I met him in my second year of dental school as I went around to various practices in Boise where I hoped to live and practice.  I met many doctors, but I felt like Mike would be the best fit.  He was an early adopter and CEREC trainer.  He also placed implants which interested me greatly.  I am very grateful for his mentorship and for allowing me to not only use the best technology available, but also help me thrive with it. We purchased Sirona’s Galileos CBCT in 2009 and have likely performed more CEREC/Galileos guided surgeries than any other office in our state or region.  I was introduced to  in 2008 and likely was the youngest Mentor to join that group in 2012.  I started to CEREC train other drs officially for Patterson in 2010.

Milan Dental Boise ID – 2009-2013

Milan was primarily a dental assistant school operated by a corporation in California.  The dental clinic was run by 3-5 doctors and was a place where the assistants, with supervision, could come and see and help with clinical dentistry.  We served mainly Medicaid patients and those with lower incomes on a sliding scale including many refugees.  I quickly learned how to perform efficient extractions, create dentures and partials, make large fillings, crowns with traditional means of impressions and labs, and I was able to try out many different kinds of dental materials.  The autonomy was given to the clinicians as each worked as independent contractors.  Eventually Milan sold all of the patient’s records and equipment to me and I formed a group called Healthy Smiles LLC.  I managed 4 doctors for several months before I decided that I preferred clinical teaching and time with patients more than practice management.  I sold the business to a friend named Dr Scott Grant and helped transition and move the practice. It was time to focus on purchasing Lake Harbor as well as committing time to teach and train other doctors.



  • University of Utah – Salt Lake City, UT – BA Medical Biology 2004
  • Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry – Richmond, VA – DDS 2008


 Professional Affiliations

  •   Scottsdale, AZ
    • Member 2009 – present
    • Mentor 2012 – present
    • Visiting Faculty 2017- present
  • 3D Dentists with Tarun “Tbone” Agarwall Raleigh, NC
    • Visiting Faculty 2017 – present
  • Southwest Idaho Dental Society 2008 – present
    • Treasurer 2010-2013
  • Academy of General Dentistry 2008 – present
    • CE Chairperson 2011-2012
    • President Idaho Chapter 2011- 2013 and 2015 – 2017
  • Master Series Implant continuum Dr Arun Garg Implant Seminars 2016
    • Advanced Sinus Lifts and Ridge Splits Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Feb 2017
  • American Dental Association 2008 – present


Lectures and training

  • Presented on Galileos CBCT / Bluecam integration Lake Harbor Boise, ID Nov 2009
  • CEREC Training Dr John Staley Boise, ID Mar 2010
  • Demo Galileos and CEREC at Lake Harbor 10 plus drs Boise, ID May 2010
  • CEREC Training Dr Dan Malan Boise, ID Mar 2012
  • Developed and taught SNP Sirona Nobel Patterson Study Club 8 sessions
  • 15 dentists including 2 live surgeries by me at Lake Harbor Boise, ID  2012 – 2013
  • CEREC Training Dr Aaron Blaser Caldwell, ID 2012
  • CEREC Training Dr Don Cook Boise, ID Sept 2013
  • CEREC Training Dr Scott Grant Meridian, ID Feb 2014
  • CEREC Training Dr Randy Moss and Dr Chad Hess Boise, ID Jan 2015
  • CEREC Training Dr Dan Bodily Boise, ID Feb 2015
  • CEREC Training Dr John McLaughlin Gooding, ID Mar2015
  • CEREC Training Dr Deron Lind Meridian, ID Sept 2015
  • CEREC Training Dr Stephen White Soldotna, AK Oct 2015
  • CEREC Explorer Event Shore Lodge McCall, ID 5 drs taught.  Patterson Sponsor Oct 2015
  • CEREC Training Dr Dan Hayden Baker City, OR Jan 2016
  • CEREC Training Dr David Cantwell Boise, ID Feb 2016
  • CEREC Training Dr Colleen Jarvis Meridian, ID Mar 2016
  • CEREC Training Dr Tyler Robb New Plymoth, ID May 2016
  • Presented “CEREC Guide Options” at Patterson Branch Boise ID May 2016
  • CEREC Training Drs Darren and Andrea Wallace Emmett, ID Jun 2016
  • CEREC Training Dr Eli Mayes La Grande, OR July 2016
  • CEREC Training Dr Ryan Doyle Boise, ID Jun 2016
  • Live Patient interactive workshop at Lake Harbor 10 drs “Vita Enamic” Sept 2016
  • Live Patient interactive workshop at Lake Harbor 10 drs “Vita Enamic” Nov 2016
  • CEREC Training Dr Erin Elliott and Dr Ken Lynn Post Falls, ID Dec 2016
  • Presented “10 CEREC Mishaps and how to Overcome Them” Spokane, WA Dec 2016
  • CEREC Training Dr Jayson Bird Kellogg, ID Jan 2017
  • Galileos training Dr Stephen White “Guided Surgery” Soldotna, AK Jan 2107
  • Presented at Treasure Valley Implant Study Club “Guided Implant Surgery Using the Best of the Worst” Burkhart Branch Meridian, ID Mar 2017
  • Presented at Cerecdoctors Mentor Group “Celtra DU or DUover” Scottsdale, AZ Apr 2017
  • CEREC Training Dr Shane Porter Eagle, ID Sept 2017
  • EBdentalmentor training Dr Erin Elliott “CEREC Guide 2 Start to Surgery” Post Falls, ID Oct 2017
  • Presented “PRP/PRF” Salvan Dental at Patterson Branch Boise, ID Oct 2017
  • EBdentalmentor training Dr Ryan Speirs “Anteriors and Characterization” McCall, ID Jan 2018
  • EBdentalmentor training Dr Jennifer Cornell and Dr Rose Keeling “Anteriors and Restoring Implants” Clarksville, TN Feb 2018
  • Inlays, Onlays, and Bonding at Boise Patterson Branch.  Sponsor Kerr March 2018
  • Finding Your Why – Fulfillment through technology 3D CBCT event Dentsply Sirona
  • Denver, CO April 2018
  • CEREC training Dr. Matt Calkins Glendive, MT April 2018 and June 4 2018
  • Digital Workflow for Abutments – Pocatello,ID Straumann Aug 23 2018

Not specifically noted are many Mentoring Levels 2, 3, 4, Accept, Galileos Summits events from 2009 – 2017 where I directly assisted faculty in one on one and group settings to train and educate drs from around the country attending at Spear/Scottsdale Center for Dentistry and Seattle locations.  These were sponsored and paid by Patterson and



  • Dominican Republic January  2014
    • G3 nonprofit.  Service included extractions, and restorative treatment
  • Dominican Republic February 2017
    • Dr Arun Garg Implant Seminars Clinic Santo Domingo, DR where I performed many lateral sinus lifts, implants, and ridge splits at no charge to patients though at an educational and material cost to me
  • Nepal Help International with Proof Eyewear November 2017
    • Kathmandu and other providences delivered dental services to areas with no access to care performing extractions, basic restorative, hygiene instructions and fluoride varnishes applied to over 300 patients. Spent time with children that were victims of abuse at Raksha



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    • Mike Roddy
      • Patterson District Sales Manager
      • c (907) 952-3100
    • Landon Parker
      • Patterson Spokane Branch Manager
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    • Travis Fonnesbeck
      • Patterson Eastern Idaho Territory Rep/ Cerec Specialist
      • c (208)419-6597
    • Erin Elliott DDS
      • (208) 640-6730
    • Sameer Puri


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