November 2-4th 2017

JW Marriott Houston Downtown, TX
(503) 427-9136
Helping Emerging Group Dental Practices and DSO's
Address Associates Breakdowns
Joan Garbo

Joan Garbo has been a national consultant, trainer, and public speaker since 1978. She has applied her extensive training and experience in language development to communication and relationships in the workplace. For the past 25 years, Joan has specialized in consulting and training business owners and their employees in effective communication skills, team-building, executive coaching, and how these impact customer service
Joan Garbo

"Culture and The New Generation of Dentists "

Watch a below a short interview about her presentation at the DEO Associate Summit
Brian is the Director of Dykema’s Dental Service Organizations Industry Group. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities in the United States on the corporate practice of dentistry, illegal fee splitting and the related regulations, including advertising regulations, laboratory regulations, patient finance regulations, billing regulations, HIPAA regulations, credentialing, permit and licensure regulations, marketing regulations, and labor law regulations affecting dental practices.
Brian Colao

"Legal Agreement Models"

Watch a below a short interview about his presentation at the DEO Associate Summit
Diwakar is Chief Development Officer, responsible for leading Capital Solutions/Financing Options, Budget,Strategic Consulting, and M&A advisory in the Group Practice & Solo Practitioner space. Prior to TUSK, Diwakar led the Healthcare Finance Group for EAST WEST BANK. He went to The Ohio State University for his undergraduate degree in Aviation Science. He brings over 15 Years of experience in the financial services industry and 10+ of them in the providing financial solutions for Healthcare Practitioners.
Diwakar Sinha


Watch a below a short interview about his presentation at the DEO Associate Summit
Marcia and Carl are Regional Directors and Senior Account Executives/Dental Recruiters at ETS Dental. Their focus is have been on placing outstanding Dentists with top-notch practices. They represented practices of all sizes and types, from single doctor private practices bringing on the first associate to regional and national dental service organizations with multiple doctor needs.
Marcia Patterson & 
Carl Guthrie 

Peter Kim is Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Smile Brands. His past 10 years of recruitment experience within the DSO space, as a Doctor Recruiter and the Head of Talent Acquisition, has yielded some key insights to the dental services landscape. 
John Owens is one of the top National Recruiters and Business Consultants with over 17 years of recruitment experience. In addition to working with Fortune 500 companies, John has supported some of the largest dental DSO’s in the Nation.
Peter Kim &
 John Owens

Joe McManus is a Practice Transition Consultant. He has lectured at national dental meetings and at dental schools on the issue of practice transitions and serves as a consultant for Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions. Joe also serves Columbia University College of Dental Medicine as an Associate Professor of Dental Medicine, the Director of the Practice Management courses, and the Executive Director of Community DentCare.
Joseph McManus

meet the 2017 deo associate summit panelists
panel 1 - How to create a winning culture with associates

Justin Puckett
 President - MB2 Dental 

100+ Associates
85 Locations
As an executive with a Dental Practice Management Company Justin spurred unprecedented growth in 18 months’ time. His unique blend of experience in corporate finance, public accounting and corporate law provide a knowledge base that is invaluable in assisting affiliated doctor owners as they evaluate their growth capacities. 

DR. Richard Evangelista

35 locations
50 Associates
Dr. Evangelista started his first practice in Fremont - CA in 2003. But in 2009 they decided on expanding with a mixture of acquisitions and de novo practices. The group currently grow at a rate of 6 to 10 new dental practices a year, and have plans to grow even faster for the next 5 years.

Community Dental Partners

20 locations
50 Associates

Emmet Scott is CEO and co-founder of Community Dental Partners™ and Smile Magic Dentistry and Braces™. Before building Smile Magic, Emmet started in the financial planning industry where he built and sold two financial planning firms one in Houston, TX and the other in Las Vegas, NV. He then launched his own radio show from Las Vegas called “The Entrepreneur Life™” and established a consulting firm branded “Entrepreneur Advisors™.
panel 2 - Managing Associates to Success 

DR. AJ Acierno
Acierno Dental 

19 locations
28 associates
Two dentists born and raised in Chicago (who just so happen to be brothers) created DecisionOne Dental Partners. They began with their own practices and added their first outside acquisition in 2011. DecisionOne Dental currently has at 19 locations with an aggressive growth plan in place.
Dr. Gib Snow
Snow Orthodontics 

10 Locations
12 Associates
Dr. Snow began his Snow Orthodontics in Palmdale, CA. Four years later he purchased an orthodontics practice in Lancaster, CA. During his 45 years he has purchased and merged over 30 practices. In 2013, Snow Orthodontics acquired its first pedo practice and has continued to thrive in the pedo market. As of 2017, Snow Orthodontics has grown to 10 orthodontics locations and soon to be 3 pedo locations that stretch across three counties: Los Angeles, Kern, and San Bernardino.
dr. James VandeBerg
Vandeberg Orthodontic Group, LLC

 8  locations
Dr. VandeBerg is an orthodontist in Boerne, TX where he currently practices one day a week. The other four days are spent managing his seven locations across South Texas that are either strictly orthodontics or a combination of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. There are seven full or part-time associates and around 50 team members in his organization. 
Facilitators & Moderators
Jacob Puhl
For the past 5 years Jacob has grown Firegang Dental Marketing to one of the leading authorities on digital new patient attraction. He’s become well known in the dental space for his ability to identify the best cutting edge technologies for growing practices quickly through Google, Facebook, and other popular platforms. After spending near $2,000,000 advertising to new patients in the past few years, Jake will share his best takeaways and future outlook on attracting new patients.

Dr. Marc B. Cooper
President of DEO
As President of DEO Dr. Cooper’s principal commitments are in educating, developing and training dentist- entrepreneurs and senior executives of emerging or established managed group practices. His work is focused on strategies to succeed in the emerging future of dentistry, leadership development, senior executive development, corporate infrastructure development, and generating high performance cultures. Over the last six years Dr. Cooper has worked with dentist-entrepreneurs worldwide to generate highly successful managed group practices. Dr. Cooper is author of eight successful books; Mastering the Business of Practice, Partnerships in Dental Practice, Running on Empty, SOURCE, Valuocity, Valuocity II, Valuocity III, and The Elder. His electronic newsletter reaches thousands of subscribers in 31 countries. Dr. Cooper also co-developed a suite of online dental practice management assessment tools.
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