POWERED BY DENTALTOWN.COMUncomplicate your dental life with Dr. Howard Farran as he interviews your fellow townies and leaders in dentistry! Dentists and dental professionals share their wisdom to make your dentistry faster, easier, higher in quality and lower in cost. Episodes released every week day with the full transcripts at dentaltown.com/podcasts.
Karl Frye is the founder and Principal owner of Frye Practice Sales & Healthcare Real Estate. Karl oversees all aspects: sales, mergers, and acquisition and commercial real estate needs of his clients. Karl created FPS after a 10+ year career in commercial healthcare banking. Karl has successfully worked on hundreds of practice related projects in the all medical verticals with a heavy focus on Dental & Veterinary practice transitions. Karl has worked on single doc projects to expansion projects with 85+ doctors looking to build and expand ASC’s throughout the Southwest United States. Karl lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two daughters, and when he's not coaching his daughters’ sports teams or doing something as a dad, he enjoys golfing, watching college and professional sports, and making different meals on his smoker for his family and friends to enjoy.
With more than 30 years of experience and over 1,000 dental office developments to his credit, Steve Anderson has used his depth of experience working successfully with hundreds of dentists to build dream dental practices. Steve has authored 2 books on building a dream dental office: his first book, Dental Blueprint for Success, and now his forthcoming book, DentalEase. Steve is a featured presenter at AzDA Dental Schools and continuing education programs. In everything he does, Steve finds no greater joy than to positively impact others and leave a lasting legacy of improvement.
Airway Health Solutions is a unique "airway focused" dental consultancy and CE platform helping dental practices implement treatment modalities to intercept Sleep Disordered Breathing via growth & development of the jaws. This includes utilizing clear aligner therapy, myofunctional/expansion appliances along with interdisciplinary collaboration for patients of all ages. Airway Health Solutions services include: Live and Online CE Courses featuring our sought after 2 Day Mini-Residency with Dr. Ben Miraglia and our newly added “Whole Health Integration” courses featuring guest faculty, Dr. Felix Liao. Airway Health Solutions mission is to help dental professionals help their patients breathe, sleep, and thrive, providing a healthy ROI for both patient and practice health.
Colin Carr is the founder and CEO of CARR, the nation’s leading provider of commercial real estate services for healthcare tenants and buyers. Every year, thousands of healthcare practices trust CARR to achieve the most favorable terms on their lease and purchase negotiations. Colin has been involved in commercial real estate since 2000 and has personally completed over 1,000 transactions. He is a licensed real estate broker in ten states. Colin lectures and trains thousands of healthcare professionals, administrators, business owners, students and more on an annual basis throughout the country at national meetings, conventions, study clubs, associations, universities and more.
Dr. Sulman Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of DECA Dental. He is instrumental in shaping and overseeing DECA Dental’s growth, strategy and culture. In 2008, Dr. Ahmed opened his first dental office and set out to create a truly patient centered model. His belief in putting patients first is the fundamental backbone of DECA Dental’s core values and patient care delivery model. Ensuring adequate training for doctors, the very best materials being placed in the patient’s mouth, weekend hours and multiple specialists working under one roof are just the beginning of his vision. On a more personal note Dr. Ahmed has achieved many honors and awards, one of the more notable ones being named as a finalist for the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and winner of the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a sought-after speaker at several leadership, entrepreneurial and motivational conferences. Dr. Ahmed obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
Emmet Scott is CEO and co-founder of Community Dental Partners™ a DSO supporting the dental practices, Smile Magic Dentistry and Braces™ – a Chuck E. Cheese like dental practice for kids. His business partner, Dr. Chad Evans, has been his best friend since they were 2 years old. Emmet is also the host of DSO Secrets, a podcast focused on building the best DSOs and group practices in the industry. He created a Facebook group by the same name for leaders in the dental group industry to discuss some of the most difficult components of running a DSO.
Shawn Zajas is Founder of Zana, the electric toothbrush program, redefined. Shawn is also the cofounder of The Authentic Dentist – a company he started with his partner Dr. Allison House. At the core of The Authentic Dentist is the belief that the answer to the current challenges in dentistry, is dentists discovering that their greatest asset is their personal brand – and that forming that brand out of their authentic selves is the best strategy for success in dentistry today.
Jenn Rhoades is the CEO & Co-Founder of Smile Virtual. Born and raised in San Diego where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from National University. She has over 20 years of experience in Marketing, 10 of those being in the dental industry. Back in 2012 she joined the team at Harris Dental in Phoenix, Arizona and became their Marketing Director. She helped grow their practice and expand it into multiple locations. After years of working with Dr. Brain Harris and collaborating on innovative ways to attract and convert ideal patients, they came up with the idea of virtual consults. Jenn has been able to organically grow Smile Virtual from an idea on a whiteboard to a virtual consult software company helping hundreds of dentists do more of the dentistry they love. She currently lives in Phoenix with her husband, 2 kids and a yellow lab.
Dr. Robert James Bray attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. Dr. Bray went on to obtain his Certificate of Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York, completing his M.S at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry with a major course in genetics. An active member of the community, Dr. Bray has served on Shore Medical Center’s, Howard S. Stainton Society and Shore Tomorrow fundraising campaigns for over 16 years. Dr. Bray is the current C.E.O of the Schulman Study Group and AAO Foundation National Planned Giving Chair. He has served on the Brigantine Board of Education, including working as the president of the Board for eleven years. Dr. Bray continues to serve as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in the Orthodontic Department and a visiting professor at the Eastman Institute of Oral Health, Rochester, New York. Chris Vranas, CAE, is the Executive Director of the SG Management LLC formulary known as the Schulman Group. Chris is well known in the orthodontic/dental space having served as the Executive Director for the American Association of Orthodontists for 17 years. Under Chris’s management, the AAO grew from 9000 to 18,500 members with 90% market share and retention. Chris oversaw the fundamental changes impacting orthodontics during the early 2000’s and prepared the members for a profitable future. Chris also worked within the Dental Specialty Group to bring the profession together toward a strong lobbying and working relationship with the ADA, ADEA and others within the dental and healthcare space. During Chris’s time at the Association of Dental Support Organizations, membership increased by 15% and developed their strategic plan designed to be all inclusive of DSO’s and small group practices and work in collaboration with traditional dental organizations.
Dr. Howard Farran stopped by the studio to visit Drs. Phil Gordon and Justin Moody, and it turned into a room full of doctors joining in - Drs. Chris Barrett, Wade Pilling, Steven Vorholt, James Sanderson, Raj Sheth, and Chris Epperson. Just a great group of docs talking dentistry.
Dr. Kwang-Bum Park graduated from dental college of Kyungpook National University in 1985 and received his PhD degree in 1995 with the thesis about ‘the periodontal regeneration’. In 1993, he started seminars for private dentists to teach clinical periodontics and implant dentistry. Until now, more than 1,500 dentists completed this course in Korea. From 2000 to 2001, he went to the department of periodontics, school of dentistry, UCLA as a visiting scholar. After he came back from UCLA, he opened the biggest dental hospital called “MIR dental hospital” in Korea with 70 operatories and more than 20 dentists and 120 employees at Daegu, Korea in 2002. With great success of the first “MIR dental hospital”, many dentists wanted to join and share the know-how and brand name. So he made a dental hospital network named “MIR Network”. Now it has 22 branches and more than 1000 employees and doctors in South Korea in 2009. Almost at the same time with the opening of MIR dental hospital, he began a company called “MegaGen” to produce dental implants. In a short period of development, MegaGen took the leading position in the field of dental implant in Korea. He is an active member of Academy of Osseointegration (AO) and also an international member of American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).
Hillary's first job was in a dental office. Both of her parents were dentists and she grew up filing, sterilizing, mowing the lawn and answering phones at her parents' practice in the Twin Cities metro area. Almost every family vacation was wherever the ADA conference happened to be that year and has spent her entire life surrounded by dentists. After helping her parents with their transition, Hillary founded Pine Lake Dental Law & Transitions in order to help other dentists through the transition process among other legal struggles they may face including employment and business law issues and reviewing & drafting associate contracts. Pine Lake is now one of the fastest growing dental specific law and transition firms in the Midwest, participating in around 20-25 transitions per year in Minnesota alone. Hillary has spoken at dental conferences across the country, presented for podcasts and webinars and has written and contributed to several articles in dental magazines across the country including Northwest Dentistry and Dental Entrepreneur Woman. Hillary is a licensed attorney serving the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
In the early ’90s, Frank Hammes joined the family business. After promoting an after-market cabin air filter the company had developed for Mercedes-Benz automobiles, Frank Hammes turned his attention to portable room air cleaners. Dissatisfied with existing products, he set out to build a line of portable air purifiers with medical grade air cleaning performance. Frank Hammes and a small team of Swiss and German engineers worked for four years on the project. In the spring of 1998, IQAir shipped its first HealthPro air purifier from its Swiss factory. IQAir air purifiers were initially available only in Europe and Asia, but became available in the United States in 2000.
After three years as an IT consultant at Accenture, Rick Cohen joined Benco in 1994 to create Painless, the industry’s first windows-based e-commerce software. Since then, he’s taken on increasing responsibilities within Benco, focusing on Information Technology, Logistics, Clarion Financial, and our private brand. He is Co-Chair of the Benco Family Foundation, a trustee of WVIA public television and public radio, and a Director of the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation.
Dr Kim Harms personal mission is to help dentists navigate the emotional issues they will face in life (and in the next year or so specifically). If she can help dentists understand that they can’t control what calamities or catastrophes they will encounter in life, but they can control how they prepare, manage and cope with them. She spent 12 days in three hospitals with COVID symptoms and shares some funny stories about PPE use in different hospitals, life in the COVID ward and the different responses doctors had when the tests say one thing and the symptoms say another. She was a National Spokesperson for the ADA during the AIDS crisis and can relate lessons learned at that time about universal precautions developed for bloodborne pathogens to the future we face managing deadly respiratory pathogens.
It's a great honour to have Dr Howard Farran from USA along with Dr Agim Hymer from Australia, Dr Anil Shrestha from UK, Dr Abhay Lamba from India and Dr Neil Pande from Nepal to discuss various issues and the solutions to restart dentistry once again after lockdown. As private practitioners from varied environment, they will share their challenges and possible remedies to help dentists all over the world to practice safer and effective care towards their patients, staff, themselves and the environment.@Howard Farran @ednapkath The opinions discussed here today are the personal reflections of the speakers only and do not necessarily represent the statements of the various government, professional and regulatory bodies of the various nations from which the speakers are presenting. The invited speakers have no personal or financial interests in the matters discussed unless otherwise explicitly disclosed.
Mr. Manji is the co-founder and chairman of Spear, providing the strategic vision and corporate leadership behind the industry's premier destination education center and digital learning platform, which he uses — along with his numerous speaking engagements, published articles and popular blog — to reach thousands of dentists every year.
Dr. Ryan Hungate is a practicing orthodontist and the founder/CEO of Simplifeye, Inc. Prior to going into dentistry, Dr. Hungate worked for Apple, Inc. designing the Apple retail workflow with industry veteran and Apple SVP, Ron Johnson. He then attended Indiana University Dental School for his DDS, and completed his specialty training in Orthodontics at the University of Southern California. Throughout his academic years, Dr. Hungate aspired to create a better workflow for university clinics and eventually private practitioners. He is responsible for pioneering new methods of orthognathic surgical planning and created a patented and commercialized 3D surgical splint that increases surgical accuracy. Dr. Hungate is now creating new ways to implement innovative live chat technology that allows doctors to schedule more new patients and even hold instant teledentistry visits. He is also using modern payment infrastructure to reduce overhead and bad debt. He currently lives in New York, NY with his amazing wife Lauren.
Rand is a pioneer in digital analytics and is a serial entrepreneur leading several IPOs and exits. He’s the CEO/ founder of one of the first SaaS-based web-analytics companies, Keylime, acquired by Yahoo! And was CMO of analytics company WebSideStory through its IPO, now Adobe Analytics. Rand is also a co-founder of the Digital Analytics Association, and teaches Graduate analytics at well-known universities He graduated from University of the Pacific.
After Graduating from The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Dental School in 1990, and completing a General Practice Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, Dr. Moser moved back to Houston. After 16 years in Private practice, In 2009, he joined South Texas Dental as the Dental Director for Houston and San Antonio regions. South Texas Dental, with over 40 offices, was the largest Medicaid providers in the state of Texas. Again, the philosophy was simple, “The Patient is the most important person in the practice. He became a Certified Speaker Trainer and Coach for the John Maxwell team, as well as an Approved speaker for Densply. Very few offer the combination of perspectives that include cosmetics, private and group practice, corporate dentistry, Dental Service Organizations, Leadership and Personal Growth. He believes great answers come from great questions, and we MUST move outside of our comfort zones to grow, and the only way that happens is intentionally.
Panelists included: George W. Tysowsky, DDS, MPH Senior Vice President – Technology & Professional Relations Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. Chuck Cohen Managing Director Benco Dental Company Dr. Gordon J. Christensen DDS, MS, PhD Clinicians Report, Practical Clinical Courses All-Access Pass PCC Infection Control Staff CR Special Report CR May23 Rella Christensen RDH, PhD Clinicians Report, Practical Clinical Courses John J. Balitis Chair, Labor & Employment Department Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. Arthur Wiederman, CPA Partner HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors HMWC Cash Flow Projection Speadsheet * This webinar and the material you will hear was prepared for general information purposes only by the panelists and not intended as legal advice, nor purported to be comprehensive. Farran Media, LLC does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of the information provided. Any reliance upon this information is solely and exclusively at your own risk. Please consult your own counsel or other advisors regarding your specific situation.
Dr. Robert Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists in the world to incorporate lasers into a general practice, he has over 30 years of experience with CO2, Diode, Erbium, and Nd.YAG wavelengths. He has authored over fifteen peer-reviewed papers and 6 laser textbooks. An international lecturer from New York to London to Sydney to Tokyo to Dubai, and everywhere in between, he has delivered close to 400 Laser Certification courses worldwide. He practices laser-assisted dentistry in New York City.
Dr. Kimberley Barclay and Dr. Lauren Jacobsen are the cofounders of American Dental Associations 2019 Design Innovation Award winning practice, Toothbar. Both doctors are featured on the cover of Dentaltown Magazines upcoming April issue. Dr. Barclay and Dr. Jacobsen are Platinum Invisalign providers and are active in the dental community as members of CADS, the ADA, Austin clear aligners and the AAFE.
Carey was born and raised in New York City where he resides today. In 2013 he founded and is the CEO of ids-integrated dental systems a manufacturer and distributor of dental implants and accessories in partnership with dental supply dealers and the provider of extensive education to train dentists on implant placement, restoration and advanced surgical procedures. ids has grown to almost 50 employees with 9 distributors over the last 6 years with thousands of users across the USA.
As the CEO and co-founder of Black Talon Security, Gary is dedicated to data security and understanding the latest trends in the industry, particularly as they relate to the healthcare field. He has a proven executive management track record and over 30 years of experience in software development and computer IT. Gary also speaks nationally on cybersecurity threats and their impact on the dental community. He has trained thousands of dental offices across the U.S. on how to maintain “best practices” in cybersecurity and has been featured in over 30 local and national publications. In addition, Gary has over 15 years as an instructor at West Point and he is also involved in law enforcement.
Dr. Kohut graduated Periodontology in 2007 from Nova Southeastern University. Dr Kohut is a board certified periodontist who has worked with over 300 offices since 2009. He helps general dentists get their offices to be specialist- ready to have specialists work there. Also, he trains dental specialists who want to make a practice as an in house specialist to be productive and very efficient. Dr. Kohut has been coaching other specialists interested in this mode of practice for years, as well as general dentists who are interested in expanding by bringing specialists into their offices.
Scott Becker is the Publisher and Founder of Becker’s HealthCare and Becker’s Hospital Review. He is a partner at McGuireWoods and a former board member of McGuireWoods. Mr. Becker also served as chair of the national health care practice at McGuireWoods for more than 12 years. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a CPA.
Connie White, DDS, FAGD was installed as the president of The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) as president during its Annual Meeting in Chicago held November 8-10, 2019. Dr. White, who recently served as the organization’s vice president, has a long history of advocating for patients, and brings life-long passion, leadership and educational focus to this national role. White is currently the University of Missouri-Kansas City director of patient relations and assistant dean for community relations and communication. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1977 from the UMKC, followed by her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1981 from the UMKC School of Dentistry. After graduation, White was named associate professor of dentistry at UMKC and has held many leadership positions there, including team coordinator, chair of the Department of General Dentistry, chair of the dental school faculty, and interim associate dean for clinical programs.
Since 1989, Stanley M. Bergman has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental and medical practitioners. Mr. Bergman serves as a board member or advisor for numerous institutions including New York University College of Dentistry; the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; the Columbia University Medical Center; University of the People; Hebrew University; Tel Aviv University; the University of the Witwatersrand Fund; The World Economic Forum’s Health Care Governors; the Business Council for International Understanding, the Japan Society and the Metropolitan Opera.
Petra Rumpf has a strong executive track record in the dental implant industry and 20 years’ experience in growth management, e-commerce, operational turnaround, strategy and mergers & acquisitions. She joined Straumann in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Head Instradent Management & Strategic Alliances and moved into her current role in 2017.
Dr. Lang graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 1983. Prior to studying at Dental School, he attended SUNY Buffalo undergraduate and majored in Biology. He has been in private practice for over 36 years in Hamlin, NY. Since he began practicing dentistry, Dr. Lang has remained up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care. His Implant cases were presented in Dentaltown Magazine on numerous occasions. He will be speaking at the AGD Annual meeting in Las Vegas this year on 3D Printing Applications in Dentistry in the Emerging Speaker Categories.
Jill Allen is an orthodontic consultant based out of Golden, Colorado who specializes in start-ups and working with doctors and teams across the united states who have been in a practice 8 years or less. Jill has been in the orthodontic field for 28 years and has worked in all areas of a practice, this allows Jill and her team to meet her doctors and teams where they are and help them where they need it the most. Jill believes in taking a practical approach to practice management and customizes her services to the needs of her clients.
Dr. Dan Fischer is the founder and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc., a dental manufacturer with a 30-year history of innovation and quality. Now an international leader in the dental industry, Ultradent began humbly — in Dr. Fischer’s basement, with his children as its first employees. Over three decades later, Dr. Fischer is still revolutionizing the dental industry. He has numerous patents to his name, and regularly lectures and writes articles about state-of-the-art dentistry. He also works part-time in his daughter’s dental practice, which enables him to connect with patients and practice minimally invasive dentistry—a philosophy around which Ultradent develops products and procedures. Driven by a strong moral code, Dr. Fischer lives his life according to the same values that guide Ultradent: integrity, quality, hard work, innovation, and care. When he isn't working, he enjoys tending to his garden and spending time with his wife, children, and 30 grandchildren.
Donald Chi is Professor of Oral Health Sciences and the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Endowed Chair for Oral Health at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He is also Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health. His research focuses on understanding and addressing children’s oral health inequalities. He is a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Chi has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is Chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Council on Scientific Affairs. He teaches public health and clinical dentistry, and maintains an active dental practice treating patients at the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle.
Gordon J. Christensen is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC), Chief Executive Officer of Clinicians Report Foundation (CR), and a Practicing Prosthodontist in Provo, Utah. Gordon and Dr. Rella Christensen are co-founders of the non-profit CLINICIANS REPORT FOUNDATION (previously named CRA). Currently, Dr. Rella Christensen is the Director of the TRAC Research Division of the CR Foundation. Since 1976, they have conducted research in all areas of dentistry and published the findings to the profession in the well-known CRA Newsletter now called CLINICIANS REPORT.
Eric comes from a long line of dentists – His father was a Pediatric Dentist and his Uncle is an Endodontist. He’s a dual citizen (Canadian – American), living in Chicago. graduated from the University of Toronto in 1989, did a GPR then moved to Chicago and Trained in Oral Surgery at Northwestern Dental School. He was an assistant professor at Northwestern and then became the Director of Oral Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals. (99-06) His interest in technology and innovation led him to become involved and exposed to start ups at several incubators in Chicago. He was exposed to Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence. This led to his current role as Chief Dental Officer in Denti.AI. Jeremy is a general dentist and currently oversees provider and clinical initiatives at quip, the oral health and subscription electric toothbrush company. Jeremy also practices dentistry part-time, sits on the Boards of healthcare and dental startups (including: Denti.AI, Floss Bar, PatientPlus, Verena Solutions, and Voyant), and is an angel investor. Jeremy has a 15+ year proven track record with startups through several successful multi-million dollar fundraises and acquisitions.
Dr Stefano Troiani was born in Tuscany and graduated in Dentistry from the University of Rome. After graduation, he opened his first dental practice in Rome. After 4 years, he sold his practice to finance his orthodontic postgraduate education at the Department of Orthodontics of the Royal Dental College of Aarhus, Denmark under Professor Birte Melsen. Dr Troiani is KOL for GC orthodontics and has held courses and lectures in over 30 countries in the last 10 years. Recently, he has started the GET project with the aim to provide open-minded, up-to-date and honest orthodontic education. GET project already has local speakers in 12 countries and 13 new countries are going to be add in 2020. Dr Troiani speaks 5 languages, is not married, has no kids and like to spend his nearly non-existing free time in the gym, playing piano and traveling.
Dawn Kulongowski, DDS is the owner and sole practitioner of a dental practice in Michigan, where she lives with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs. After repeatedly hitting a wall of personal and professional burnout, she met her teacher, davidji, and started a regular meditation practice. She was amazed at the level of personal change that came from meditating and employing simple mindfulness techniques throughout the day. Everything in her life changed for the better. Since then, Dawn has immersed herself in the study of meditation, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and communication skills. She has completed a 520 hour accredited meditation teacher certification program and continues to study the subject matter in depth and with enthusiasm.
For 35 years, Doron Dekel has led the development of many pioneering medical visualization and surgical navigation technologies. Amongst them: The first interactive and the first real-time medical 3-D visualization systems; The first user-programmable CT and MRI scanner UI; Free-hand real-time 3-D ultrasound visualization; The first optical motion tracking system based on pattern recognition; Automatic detection of colon polyps in CT; The first automatic full-body identification of patient anatomy in clinical CT; The first commercial surgical navigation system, used for guiding brain surgery; NaviENT - a compact and affordable sinus and skull base navigation system; and two generations of Navident – the market leading dynamic dental navigation system. Doron is also the Co-CEO of ClaroNav, a medical image processing company he co-founded in 2001. ClaroNav bootstrapped itself on its own profits to a lucrative exit in 2015, then rebooted itself again to rapid growth in surgical navigation, in the dental market in particular. The company is still wholly owned by its founders and employees.
Cory is the CEO of CallForce, a dental solutions company dedicated to helping dentists across the country succeed in their practices. When he’s not helping dentists out, he enjoys keeping active and loves to play golf and tennis in his spare time.
Dr. Croft was Utah's first American Dental Board of Anesthesia Diplomate and specialist in dental anesthesiology. Before earning his DDS at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Croft graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. He completed a hospital-based, CODA-accredited, residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the Stony Brook University Medical Center and is licensed to provide all levels of sedation/anesthesia. He also is leading the charge in pushing educational offerings and standards in pain and anxiety management into the 21st century by heading a joint effort by the AGD and the ASDA to create a national, top-to-bottom curriculum and course offerings in all things pain and anxiety management. He is also Director at Large for the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and the Dean of the Institute for the Management of Pain and Anxiety, also known as “The IMPA."
Dr. Delrose is a graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. He then finished a Fellowship in Prosthetics before joining the U.S. Navy. His last duty in the Navy was as the branch Prosthodontist. He joined North River Dental, a private dental practice in Ellenton, in 1997. In 2017, he received his Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Delrose is a member of the ADA, FDA, WCDA, MDA, AACD, FACD, ISCD, CAI, ICOI, AAID and the ACCD (Academy of CAD/CAM Dentistry), of which he was past president. He is also a Key Opinion Leader for Carestream Dental. He lectures for Carestream Dental, Colgate, Dental Learning, and has lectured on marketing a Dental Implant Practice.
Rod practices in Irvine, California. He graduated magna cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry in 1978, and completed a GP residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Rod is an exciting and effective international lecturer and author of five popular clinical and dental marketing books. He has authored numerous articles in, and is frequently interviewed by dental journals and consumer magazines; has appeared numerous times on the covers of several widely-read dental journals in the USA; has been featured six times on national tape interview series; has been a consultant to several popular consumer magazines such as People Magazine and has been a feature writer for Oxygenwomen’s fitness magazine. He has been interviewed and featured numerous times in national media and was the personal dentist of the United States Men’s World Cup Soccer Team. Most recently Rod has been widely known for his KöR® Whitening System.
Paul graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, in 2019. He went on to a general practice residency at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, developing proficiency around medical and cognitive special needs, as well as a true appreciation for challenges facing institutional patients and providers. While training at Bellevue Hospital, his pursuit of comprehensive treatment planning and complex prosthetic rehabilitation continued, particularly with planning, placement and restoration of dental implants. Paul counts himself fortunate to be in a prosthodontic specialty residency based in daily mentored clinical practice at Monte Medical Center in the Bronx. Within specialty practice, he loves providing life-changing treatments, discovering new techniques to improve predictability, and innovating materials and methods from other fields to provide patients with outcomes that were previously impossible.
David Wiener (aka Mr. Cash Flow), CEO of Cash Flow Strategies, Inc., is an internationally recognized authority on Accounts Receivable management and cash flow optimization. He is a sought-after speaker on topics surrounding optimization of Accounts Receivable and Collections, Medical and Dental Practice Management, Insurance Claim Resolution and Leadership. David has over 30 years experience in medical and dental practice management and consulting, practice management software, Accounts Receivable management, cash flow optimization, medical billing and collections, EMR and staff efficiency.
Since 1994, Dr. Brian Gray has shared his knowledge in cosmetic dentistry with both didactic and hands-on courses. A number of dental manufacturers and non-profit clinical research facilities rely on his input for product research, evaluation and development. National networks and magazines regularly seek his advice on cosmetic dental issues. Dr. Gray is published in numerous journals and has trained more than 23,000 doctors how to provide excellent outcomes with the Invisalign® system. He is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow in five other academies. Dr. Gray has a passion for dentistry and the new advances that have made it the best profession in healthcare.
Dr. Dressler has 35 years' experience in private orthodontic practice and currently serves on the advisory board of the American Teledentistry Association. He is also an avid entrepreneur. In 2000, Dr. Dressler co-founded OrthoBanc, a cloud-based automated accounts receivable platform that is currently serving over 4,000 healthcare providers, managing more than $650 million annually. In 1998, Dr. Dressler co-founded Elite Physician Services, a national healthcare patient finance company. And today, Dr. Dressler is Chairman and CEO of Rhinogram, a leader in cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant telehealth communications.
Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Missouri where he spends four days per week in direct patient care. He also serves as Technology Editor for Dental Products Report magazine as well as Chief Dental Editor where he writes, edits, and does video demos of products featured in his “Technology Evangelist’ columns. Dr. Flucke uses technology in every aspect of his practice and and personal life; pushing himself to constantly be on the leading edge. He loves testing, and breaking, the latest gear he can get his hands on. He lives his life by the motto “you can’t have too many toys.”
Dr Marina Ambridge, is a general dentist in Peoria, Arizona, whose practice offers cosmetic, orthodontic and implant dentistry. Dr. Ambridge is also currently a lecturer at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a co-founder of eMotion orthodontic and cosmetic dental courses together with the current president-elect of AACD, Dr. Salvatore Lotardo. Dr Ambridge is a former professional model. She is also a professional photographer - she actually prints creative photos of her patients on canvas and showcasts them on the walls of her dental practice; She is also an avid traveler (she visited more than 48 countries so far), and a painter.
Dr. Jill Tanzi, a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, has over 19 years of private practice experience. Dr. Tanzi started The Dentist at Hopkinton in Hopkinton, MA (www.hopdent.com) 15 years ago near the starting line of the Boston Marathon. Passionate about issues facing dentists and private practice, she is also a founding member of the MA Dentists Alliance for Quality Care which advocates for independent dentistry, patients, and quality care (www.madentists.org). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Witty is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advantage|ForbesBooks, which he has built into one of the largest business book publishers in America. In addition to his work with Advantage|ForbesBooks, Adam is a sought-after speaker, teacher and consultant on marketing and business growth techniques for entrepreneurs and authors. He has shared the stage with Steve Forbes, Gene Simmons of KISS, Peter Guber and Bobby Bowden. Adam has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today and more. https://www.authoritymarketingbook.com
Dr. Lisa Alvetro is a recognized orthodontist and lecturer known for delivering the highest standards of care while focusing on the entire patient experience. She has been invited to teach not only in the United States but worldwide as well. Dr. Lisa is well known for her passion in Class II correction and more recently as an early adopter of technology with the establishment of Alvetro Orthodontics 3D lab in 2015. Dr. Alvetro received her D.D.S. summa cum laude from Ohio State University and completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University. She currently is an Associate Clinical Professor at CWU where her most recent project was establishing their digital workflow and 3D print lab. As a firm believer in giving back, Dr. Lisa created several foundations. Smiles of Hope is working with housing, water, education, farming and nutrition in the village of Tarime, Tanzania. Her foundation St. Jude Dental Cooperative is a volunteer orthodontic clinic providing services in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia.
Dr. Robert B. Kerstein received his D.M.D. degree in 1983, and his Prosthodontic certificate in 1985, both from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. From 1985 - 1998, he maintained an active appointment at Tufts as a clinical professor teaching fixed and removable Prosthodontics in the department of Restorative Dentistry. In 1984, Dr. Kerstein began studying the original T Scan I technology, and has since that time, also studied the T-Scan II, the T-Scan III, T-Scan 8, T-Scan 9, and now the T-Scan 10 technology. For many years now, Dr. Kerstein has lectured both nationally and internationally, about Prosthodontics, Implant Prosthodontics, Digital Occlusal Analysis, and treating muscular Temporomandibular Dysfunction with Disclusion Time Reduction Therapy.
Aaron Nicholas DDS is a practicing dentist and international speaker with over 30 years of experience. He graduated from University of Maryland Dental School. He is the Founder and CEO of Monday Morning Dentistry, Smile Protection Dental Plan, The Dental Assistant School of Maryland and Nicholas Dental Care. He has authored numerous video courses including. The One Hour Molar Root Canal, Buildup and Crown; Ultimate Anesthesia; Profitable Hygiene Without Bloodshed; and Efficient Extractions for the General Practi-tioner. He is the Developer and Instructor for the One-Hour Molar Root Canal Build-up and Crown hands on course. He is a regular participant in the Dominican Republic Dental Mission Trip and has made the excursion 20 times to help provide dental services to the less fortunate in that country.
Dr. Faraj Edher is a Specialist in Prosthodontics. He is the Director of the Digital Dentistry Institute, a global educational organization that conducts comprehensive training programs in digital dentistry and implant dentistry. He regularly gives presentations, seminars, and workshops, both locally and globally, on a range of different topics. These topics include generalized and specialized presentations focusing on digital dentistry, implant dentistry, treatment planning, and aesthetic rehabilitation. His current clinical and research interests are focused on the applications of digital technology in dentistry, complex implant reconstructions, and aesthetic rehabilitations. Dr. Richard J. Simonsen is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at the College of Dental Medicine at California Northstate University. Prior to joining California Northstate, he was the Dean of the University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and before that the founding Dean at Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine—Arizona. He earned a DDS degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and followed this with a Master’s degree in epidemiology and a certificate in Cariology. Dr. Simonsen has clinical and research interests in pit and fissure sealants and minimally invasive operative dentistry procedures.
Vice President of TAUB Products, Jordan Taub has 16 years of experience in the cosmetic and implant dental industry. Jordan specializes in product development and marketing of problem solving dental resins and self-adhesive hard set cements. His current focus is providing custom acrylics and technique solutions to the All-on-X implant supported full arch and denture industry.
Stephen recently stood down as president of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland and is one of Listly’s 30 Dentists on Twitter. He’s originally from Northern Ireland, but he now works in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. He graduated in Dentistry in a previous century. He managed this on the first attempt, which was more than could be said for his driving test. Dr. Murray has carried out dental research, lectured in dental topics in Ireland and the UK, published articles in dental scientific journals, and helped the editors of other journals review articles. He also teaches other dentists, having lectured and delivered popular workshops in dental photography.
Dr. Steve Williams has been placing implants for over 20 years and has a passion for teaching others. He is an owner of a large implant-geared general practice just outside of Dallas, Texas. He operates the Dallas Implant Institute, teaching dentists from around the country both clinical and business aspects of implant dentistry. Dr. Williams received his DDS degree from Baylor college of Dentistry in 1987 and is an Associate Fellow in the AAID. His articles have been published in Dentistry Today, Dental Economics and The Profitable Dentist.
John Pohl was born and raised in Bemidji, MN, the home of Paul Bunyan and Jane Russell (not necessarily in that order). In 2007 he decided to pursue a long-time dream and open a strategic marketing agency focused on the dental industry. John named the agency 14th Floor Solutions and made himself the CEO: Chief Elevator Operator. Over the past 13 years John has had the good fortune of working for a wide variety of dental clients, many of whom remain clients. Most importantly, John has been married for 38 years to Mary, whom he first met in grade school, whose twin sister married his best friend from prep school, and whose father was his 7th grade basketball coach and 10th grade football coach. John and Mary have two children: Max, a teacher and entrepreneur living in Tokyo, and Lizzie, who works as an analyst for the Office of the Mayor in New York City.
Dr. Christian Thomas Yaste is passionate about using technology and find-ing cost effective solutions for dentists and patients. He has spent his entire career as a student of patient attraction strategies and communication skills for case acceptance. His greatest accomplishment, and what he is MOST proud of is having been a part of the development of an Insanely Awesome and Successful Dental Team and Practice Culture!
Dr. Mike Dostal completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas, and continued his dental degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Since then, he is recognized as an expert in comprehensive restorative treatment using implants, full arch implants, full mouth reconstruction, and orthodontics. Dr. Mike has a Midwest heart thru and thru, but that doesn’t keep him in one spot. He has invested hundreds of hours in implant and full mouth reconstruction training. This routinely takes him across the continental US to assimilate the latest research and techniques. Dr. Mike’s commitment to education is demonstrated by his membership to the American Dental Association, the Kansas Dental Association, International Association for Orthodontics, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and International Congress of Oral Implantologists where he has achieved Fellowship status. His latest endeavor, extending his passion for dentistry, includes mentoring other doctors with a focus on practice growth and implants.
Dr. Aalok Y. Shukla is a healthtech entrepreneur with a clinical background in dentistry. He focuses his work on teledentistry and artificial intelligence to deliver a scalable, data driven approach to oral health care. After running his private practice for 7 years, he sold it in 2016 to focus on the unmet demand for accessible, affordable orthodontic care. He Co-Founded Straight Teeth Direct™, an innovative app and platform offering fully supervised mobile treatment with European dentists and users in 61 countries globally. He more recently launched a second platform focused on dental health, Instant Dentist, to democratize access to oral care and offer a new preventative and continuous practice model.
Patient News founder and CEO, Wayne Lavery, is a strategically minded leader with extensive experience developing effective marketing campaigns in the health care provider marketplace. Not one to sit still for too long, in his spare time you’ll find Wayne on a mountain bike or ski racing – on his new bionic knees. A good thing the company headquarters has a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio. Also with the company since inception, President and co-owner, Karen Galley is a true “road warrior” working between offices in Haliburton, Toronto and Manhattan. Karen delivers exceptional business results, and a unique corporate culture focused on client success. An avid foodie and wine enthusiast, you’re as likely to find Karen Apres ski! Maybe that’s why this dynamic duo is so successful.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Dr. Gurinsky attended the University of Texas at Austin and then received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and completed his residency in Periodontics and Dental Implants atThe University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He currently maintains a full time private practice in the Denver and Centennial areas.
Robert E. Grant is the Founder, Chairman, and Managing Partner of Strathspey Crown LLC, a growth equity holding company based in Newport Beach, CA with a broad portfolio of company and asset holdings spanning healthcare, clean energy, social media, and financial technology. In addition, he is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CONCIERGE KEY Health, the first on-demand service to the world's elite physician specialists. He is also the Founder and Vice Chairman of ALPHAEON Corporation (a subsidiary of Strathspey Crown Holdings LLC), a leader in the rapidly growing field of Lifestyle Healthcare and based in Irvine, CA. He served as the founding CEO of CONCIERGE KEY Health from April, 2017 until July, 2018. Likewise, he served as the founding CEO of ALPHAEON Corporation from February, 2013 until August 2016.
Danielle Ichelson, CEO of Dental Accounts at Ease, was a Las Vegas Showgirl on Ice turned Dental Practice Master. Danielle who had no desire to be in dentistry, as she was a professional figure skater, was brought into our field and found she was gifted at managing Dental Practices and understanding all areas of the Billing Department. While many others have tunnel vision in their positions, she had a gift of seeing the practice as a whole. “One position does not work without the other” is her constant motto. She worked locally in Phoenix, AZ and made a name for herself that brought dentists knocking at her door after-hours to help. In 2013, after assisting a failing single dentist practice in Gilbert, AZ hit over $120,000 in revenue within 90 days through her restructure plan, she launched her idea of outsourcing her services around Arizona, not realizing it would become a need around the U.S. In 2017, after many years contracting solo, an expansion plan happened through their own SEO designer, and she turned Dental Accounts at Ease into one of the largest Dental Billing Companies in the nation.
Justin Krane is a Certified Financial Planner ™ professional and Fractional CFO. He is the founder of Krane Financial Solutions, located in Calabasas CA. Justin advises business owners in the dental industry to understand and get clear on the money side of their business. He teaches dentists how to be strategic with their business money so that they can grow their businesses - and build a plan to fund their personal goals. Justin believes that it’s not just about return on investment, but it’s about return on life. Justin works with dentists to create purpose driven financial plans.
Dr. Jason Genta received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Saint Louis University, and is a 2011 graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. Following dental school, he completed a 1 year AEGD at UCLA in Westwood California. In 2012, Dr. Genta moved to Chicago where he joined DecisionOne Dental Partners, who at the time, was a group practice with 4 locations. DecisionOne has now grown to 50+ dentists and 31 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin. Since 2016, he has served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the group, and plays an active role in Doctor Recruiting, Training, Mentorship, and New Practice Acquisitions and Mergers. Dr. Genta is passionate about the success of young doctors, and teaches a course titled “Life After Dental School” at multiple schools across the country.
William & Lily retired in 2009. William from the computer industry, Lily from government, construction CAD/CAM project work. Two years after retiring, a very devastating earthquake hit the area of Peru where Lily was born. She felt strongly called by God to do something for these people. They founded LAMA ministries as a 501c3 charity in 2019, and acquired a donated piece of land in the middle of a village that is surrounded by 5 others. They broke ground and opened the doors of La Misión in 2013. It took a few more years to add a few more floors and then have resident missionaries present from 2015 till now. Monica Dunn, a dental hygienist, has dedicated her life to public health with a primary focus on dentistry. Her efforts are focused on working to implement programs to deliver oral health care to disadvantaged populations. She began her career 31 years ago as a dental assistant and quickly moved into dental hygiene. Her experience includes providing care to patients of all ages in multiple settings, including schools, mobile clinics, and office settings. Monica is an active grant writer and has served as project director for many public health initiatives, including two portable dental clinics created to provide preventive services in schools and community agencies, and a three-chair mobile clinic which was established to provide comprehensive care to underserved populations in rural communities. She was also an integral part of the founding team for a brick and mortar clinic in a local health department. She has also developed programs to serve families participating in the Women, Infants, and Children programs in various counties. Monica has had over 22 years of managerial and administrative experience and currently serves as the assistant administrator and dental clinic director for a local health department. Her area of expertise is program development and implementation and she has a true passion for helping disadvantaged populations including the people of Ica, Peru. Monica has a very special connection to Peru as two of her four children are Peruvian. Her goal is to work with La Misión to build a sustainable dental program in the Ica area, to improve the oral health of the underserved population and to share the love of Christ through working in the communities.
Dr. Ken Snyder is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine. He was in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona for 17 years and for the past 24 years he has been the Dental Director and the Children’s Dentist at the St. Vincent de Paul’s Children’s Dental Clinic. Recently he has retired from Clinical Practice and was appointed Executive Dental Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic. Dr. Snyder has done extensive lecturing throughout the U. S. and Canada on the benefits of Humor, Laughter and Play in our Personal and Professional lives. He is a member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Snyder encourages all his patients to, “Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you.”
Travis Hornsby is the founder of Student Loan Planner and the host of The Student Loan Planner podcast. To date, he’s personally consulted on over $200 million in dental school debt for over 500 dentists and dental specialists. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is tired of dentists getting lousy advice on how to manage their student loans. https://www.studentloanplanner.com
James R. Glidewell is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist best known as the founder and CEO of Glidewell Laboratories, the world’s largest privately owned provider of restorative dental solutions. Spurred by a desire to make rehabilitative dentistry affordable for all, Jim applied a unique blend of technical knowledge, business principles, and marketing philosophies to expand his one-man, kitchen-table operation in 1970 into a multifaceted technology company among those at the forefront of the oral health industry today. Employing a diverse team of certified technicians, engineers, scientists, clinicians, and support personnel, Jim continues his lifelong dream of advancing the materials and techniques available to dentists and laboratories, enhancing knowledge through free education platforms, increasing patient access to premium services, and in growing the careers of the more than 4,000 individuals come to join him in his pursuits. A respected member of his southern California community, Jim actively supports an extensive array of local and national organizations that provide assistance to underserved children, families, military veterans, and more.
ADVENT President and Founder, Madan Kandula, MD, takes an iron fist in a velvet glove approach to combat the conventional constructs of a failed healthcare system. During his twenty years in clinical practice, Dr. Kandula has brought an entrepreneurial attitude to the practice of medicine. Dr. Kandula addresses each of his patient's problems and each obstacle in front of him with the mindset of, "What are the best tools or techniques to address this issue today (not yesterday and not tomorrow)." Board certified in Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Kandula has been a pioneer in developing new techniques and treatments for his patients in Wisconsin with nose, sinus, snoring and sleep apnea complaints. His visionary approach is demonstrated by being the first surgeon to perform Balloon Sinuplasty in Wisconsin and developing a new model of care to evaluate The Breathing TriangletM. Long wait times, dismissal, and uncertainty define the healthcare experience in America, and Dr. Kandula knows that he can not only reinvent the experience for his own patients, but for patients all over the country.
Dr. Heuerman has been practicing dentistry for almost 30 years. He enjoys the challenge of dentistry and making long-lasting relationships with his patients. In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Heuerman loves providing a range of services including orthodontic services. Dr. Heuerman enjoys spending time with his wife and children, cheering on his son and the GVSU Men's Tennis team, traveling, music, and predicting the winner of every grand slam tennis tournament. He is also a guitar player, an active band member of his church, and enjoys writing new songs. He has published an album titled "Dental Doc and The SpiTunes," an album of "dental" covers. A Michigan native, Dr. Durance was born and raised in Midland. After attending Albion College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, he attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he received his DDS in 2017. Dr. Durance enjoys the challenge of dentistry and treating each patient as an individual, working with them to meet their goals. He moved to Clarkston in the fall of 2016, with his wife Jen, and was excited to be working in the community he now calls home. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, being outdoors, walking his dog and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Michael Yar Zuk is a general dentist in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada who hit the global headlines when he purchased John Lennon’s rotten molar for a Guinness Record. What most people didn’t know was he had published a tell-all book titled Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist to assert his position against over-treatment that had become rampant in the profession. Within weeks of striking marketing gold of a lifetime, the local dental authority crushed his book with a publication ban. His professional journal started with buying an embezzled mall practice, moved through the cosmetic rage, time as an elected board member and is ending with a brutal war against his province’s dental authority. Could you be the next victim of abuse of power?
Dr. Zadeh is an Associate Professor at the USC School of Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He received his doctor of dental surgery degree from USC School of Dentistry in 1987. He has also completed advanced clinical education in Periodontology and earned a PhD degree in immunology from the University of Connecticut, Schools of Dental Medicine and Medicine. Dr. Zadeh directs the Laboratory for Immunoregulation and Tissue Engineering (LITE), funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has an extensive publication track record and serves as editorial reviewer for several international scientific journals. He also serves on an advisory panel to the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Zadeh is the Director of the USC Periodontal and Implant Symposium, and the USC Comprehensive Surgical and Restorative Implant Training Program. He also maintains a part-time private practice limited to Periodontology in Southern California. Southern California Consensus Symposium on Feb 6-8 https://www.learnvista.com/southern-california-consensus-symposium/ Use promo code "townie" to get 20% off of general session or Dental Hygiene session and $50 off of workshops.
Becky Bye is both a licensed attorney and licensed dentist, and practices in the area of medical malpractice law, including dental malpractice law, as well as other areas of personal injury. Becky practiced law for a large law firm and in the government before choosing to use her previous background in science and her passion for healthcare to attend dental school. While Becky was in dental school, she maintained an interest in law and continued to use her legal background for the benefit of patients. During her time in dental school, she was elected President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Student Dental Association and was also elected to serve on the board for her student chapter of Alpha Omega. After graduating dental school and practicing general dentistry in the Denver metropolitan area, Dr. Bye merged her passion for law and the health sciences as a practicing attorney at Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP.
Dr. Petruska grew up in Hungary and after graduation immigrated to the US in 1988. After passing his dental boards he started practicing as an associate in Santa Barbara, Ca. During his employment he introduced implant dentistry, orthodontics and complex prosthodontics in his employers practice tripling it’s production. He ran two of his own practices for 7 years, but found practice ownership too demanding. He sold his practices and right after was diagnosed with cancer. After his recovery he continued his career as an independent contractor, coaching his colleagues in their own offices to perform molar endos, implant dentistry and surgical procedures. He started a dental advocacy and marketing group to elevate the status and prestige of dentistry within the medical profession, society and media.
Laura Turner attended the University of California at Davis, graduating with Bachelors of Science degrees in Aeronautical Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Following completion of her undergraduate degree, she completed a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. Laura worked as a software and information technology project manager in Southern California. Laura currently serves as the Executive Director for the Student Doctor Network, a non-profit family of websites that help students become doctors. In this role, she coordinates a network of remote employees to build online tools and resources which are provided for free or at-cost. Riley Edmister is a soon to be dental student, currently finishing up her undergraduate degree. Riley works as a Student Consultant at Student Doctor Network. She spends most of her time studying, volunteering, and shadowing dentists.
Robert Fontana has served as ADMI’s Chief Executive Officer since the company’s inception in 1998. Under his leadership, ADMI has advanced from its Northeastern roots to become one of the largest and fastest-growing dental support organizations in the United States. With a unique grasp of the intersection between retail and healthcare, Bob has pioneered an operating model that breaks down barriers to care and puts patients at the center of everything Aspen Dental-branded practices say, do and promise. He has led Aspen Dental’s successful national expansion entirely through organic growth, with a new office opening every four days, giving patients more choice, greater value and better access to care.
Dr. Allington started working in his father’s dental office in Peterborough Ontario at the age of 14. After finishing his BSc and MSc at Queen’s University he did 1 year internship and Hoffmann La Roche in Basel Switzerland. In 2001 he entered McGill Dental School in Montreal Quebec graduating in 2005. Following a 1 year AEGD residency at the University of Connecticut, he returned to Montreal working in variety of practices in Ontario, Quebec and Vermont and teaching part time at McGill. His goal was to get as much experience as possible prior to moving to his ultimate destination Bermuda in 2008. He worked as an associate from 2008 until 2018 when he purchased the practice where he works full time. He has served as the President of the Bermuda Dental Association and is the current Chair of the Bermuda Dental Board. Dr. Allington is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow of the ICOI and has been an Invisalign gold plus provider. Recently, he has begun organizing dental continuing education bringing speakers to Bermuda to help educate his office and the rest of the Dental community.
Brandon McCarty is the CEO and Co-founder of CureMint Inc, a technology startup that provides the power of enterprise procurement for any sized dental organization. Before that he was the COO and Co-founder of CGC an innovative consulting firm that provides fundraising and marketing services to nonprofits. He also served as an adjunct professor for Pepperdine’s MBA course where he taught “funding entrepreneurial ventures”. And just 5 short years ago, Brandon served as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment where he deployed 4 times and conducted over a 100 special operation missions.
Dr. Geoffrey Sharpe grew up in the north of England and graduated from Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences in 1998 with distinction in Restorative Dentistry. In 2010, Dr. Sharpe was invited to join a renowned clinic in Dubai as their in-house periodontist. He held this role for seven years prior to creating The Perio Clinic in 2017. Until recently, he also held a part-time role at Mohammed Bin Rashid University in Dubai where he enjoyed teaching and mentoring the next generation of periodontists. Dr. Sharpe lives in Dubai with his wife, Kim, and their one-year old son, William. In their free time, they enjoy early mornings at the beach, camping in the desert and exploring travel opportunities from Dubai.
Brant E. Herman, Co-Founder and CEO, is the visionary leader of MouthWatch. His overall responsibilities include product development, industry relations, strategic partnerships, and day-to-day operations. Widely known in the field of teledentistry, Brant is a frequent public speaker and author of articles in leading publications explaining the benefits of teledentistry to patients, practitioners, and policy makers. Brant is an experienced entrepreneur and grew his passion for building companies during the first Silicon Valley technology boom. He currently lives in Central New Jersey, close to the MouthWatch headquarters, with his wife, son, daughter and crazy dog. www.mouthwatch.com https://vimeo.com/327177460
Dr. Pinchas Kfir, DMD, MEI, is the founder, CEO, and director of Zeev Modular Dental Implants. Dr. Kfir is a dentist with over 25 years’ experience in dental implantology. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and co-founder of start-ups in dental field.
Dr. Uri Sonenfeld is a graduate of the Hadassah School of Dental Medicine. He is an innovator in dental simulation and guided surgery in the field of implant dentistry. Dr. Sonenfeld led the clinical development of the DentSim, the dental computerized simulation system and the IGI, computerized navigation system for placement of dental implants since their early stages in 1996. Dr. Sonenfeld is currently practicing dentistry in a private practice in Jerusalem placing dental implants with the IGI system. Dr. Jeffrey Port is the R&D Clinical Specialist at Image Navigation.
Yoram Ashery is the CEO of Nobio and a long-time executive in the healthcare industry. He has served in executive management and held commercial responsibilities at several medical technology firms and was involved in bringing to market new technologies and leading startups from early stages to commercial success.
Dr. Nussbaum trained and was US board-certified in internal medicine after completing an MD/PhD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He performed post-doctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science, an internationally known research center in Israel. He continues to be actively involved in the investigation of inflammation and autoimmunity. In addition, Dr. Nussbaum has research experience with botanicals, specifically cannabis. Dr. Nussbaum has numerous publications in leading scientific journals.
Dr. Boaz Hetsroni is a general (but experienced..) dentist who developed a "breakthrough-changing life" device for dental implantologists. The "Omplant prosthetic parts Driver" (patent pending) is considered a must-have tool among hundrends of top implant dentists who use it worldwide. The wireless prosthetic parts driver automatically find...catch...dis/connect prosthetic components with the right torque from/to an implant in few seconds. Visibility of the screwable parts/hex is not required! Same time if the implant was placed in posterior area/distally tilted/or obscured by deep gums! All-inclusive Omplant Driver system (screwdriver & organizer) promotes fast, smooth,very convenient work flow. Beside saving 70% off chair-time, and half of mouth opening it provides a new standard of safety from falling parts in mouth so it is very friendly to the dentist and the patient.
Dr. Yuval Zubery has over 25 years of experience in dentistry and periodontics. Since 1995, Dr. Zubery has had his own private practice specializing in periodontics and dental implants. Author of over 30 publications, he lectures on periodontics, regeneration and dental implantology at international events.
Dror Kanion achieved a cum-laude BSc in Electrical Engineering and a cum-laude MSc in Biomedical Engineering. Dror has over 20 years of experience which includes holding a variety of senior management positions in research and development and marketing for various hi-tech companies including international corporate companies such as Applied Materials and Texas Instruments. Over the years, Dror has also co-founded various technology start-up companies. Today Dror plays an integral role within Meodental and is responsible for establishing Meodental's global footprint.
As the founder and president of ORCA Dental AI, Daniel shares over 20 years of experience in founding and leading technological companies. Daniel leads the vision and strategy of the company towards a future in which AI is dominant. Prior to founding ORCA Dental AI, Daniel founded CephX, ReKoverr and BitShakers. Daniel holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo in Israel, and an MBA from IDC Herzliya.
Mr. Eric Ben Mayor has served as CEO of Light Instruments Ltd. since 2016. He has over two and a half decades of experience as a senior executive at leading international businesses in the medical and dental fields. Eric is known for his leadership and creative management skills. He provides consultancy services to numerous leading Israeli and overseas companies in all matters relating to their investment activities and raising capital. In addition to representing large firms in mergers and acquisition transactions, he also advises on multinational strategic planning, managing large corporations, building strategic corporate visions, and creating shareholder value for multinational corporations. Adi Ben Mayor comes to Light Instruments with a comprehensive background in business development and sales involving diverse, unique markets around the world. Adi brings knowledge and in-depth understanding of the business world from a legal perspective, with extensive experience in handling legal contracts and complex negotiations. Adi specialized in transnational law after participating in the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law of Duke University School of Law and Hong Kong University.