Katherine Eitel Belt is known as Dentistry’s Unscripted Communication Coach in the US, Canada, and the UK. International speaker, author, and coach, Katherine is best known for helping professionals develop courageous, unscripted conversations with patients, co-workers, and audiences. Whether communicating from the treatment room, boardroom, or from the stage, Katherine’s audiences and clients love her simple yet powerful formulas for delivering messages with clarity, courage, and inspiration.
Her company, LionSpeak, uses a proprietary leadership tool called The Lioness Principle to help dental, veterinary, and discretionary healthcare practices as well as corporate sales/executive teams achieve extraordinary results by leveraging their instinctive ability to lead and communicate with greater authenticity and impact. LionSpeak offers communication coaching in three areas: client-facing (telephone skills, sales & financial conversations), team-facing (leadership, culture, courageous conversations), and audience-facing (speaking, training, and coaching skills). Recent corporate clients include Henry Schein, Seattle Study Club, CareCredit, Sirona Cerec, eAssist, Patterson Dental, Pacific Dental Services, Cain Watters Accounting Firm, Inspired Hygiene, and Philips Oral Healthcare.
Katherine is a Spotlight-On-Speaking champion, National Speaker’s Association member, Speaking Consulting Network board member, past-president of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants, Dental Business Institute Faculty Instructor, and recipient of the Linda Miles Spirit Award.
In this engaging presentation, Katherine adamantly rejects stale methods of leadership thinking and canned scripts and shares a fresh, instinctive approach to building a team that thrives. Using The Lioness Principle, you’ll learn to lead, manage, and communicate in an intuitive way to improve your existing culture, team agreements, personal effectiveness, and productivity. Katherine will show us how to successfully navigate moments of conflict, disagreements, and all those conversations we’ve been tolerating or avoiding. Bring your hardest situations and watch as Katherine demonstrates live how to masterfully navigate them using a new mindset and a few simple tools.
Jared Van Ittersum, D.D.S. has been practicing dentistry for twelve years while simultaneously developing and co-owning the multi-state private D.S.O., Infinity Dental Partners, with his business partner Dr. Elias Achey. Founded on the principal of strategic partnerships, Dr. Van Ittersum built his group by surrounding himself with industry experts to help implement the explosive growth strategies he’s experienced in a post-recession era.
In 2001, Dr. Van Ittersum co-founded a .Com company called Document Imaging Solutions, Inc., and co-developed an enterprise-level document management software solution called DIS-imaging™, and an electronic medical record software suite called EMR-imaging™. With installations in several Fortune 500 companies and government facilities, including Langley Air Force Base, U.S. Naval Command Center, U.S. Federal Marshal’s Service, American Red Cross, Procter & Gamble, and Whirlpool, his company quickly grew to a reseller network of 156 companies.
In 2005, Dr. Van Ittersum led an IT team at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry to collaborate with Apple, Inc. to develop iTunes U©, the international digital education authority now utilized by millions of students worldwide. Dr. Van Ittersum represented both Apple, Inc. and the University of Michigan speaking at a multitude of education forums nationwide and became a part of a think tank team at Apple’s headquarters during the infancy of the App Store development.
His experience with digital learning inspired the creation of Infinity Dental University, a collaborative effort with Dr. Achey to bring 11 years of experience in dental management, leadership and ownership to a scalable, 24/7 online learning institution for the betterment of dental practices. Infinity Dental University encompasses all aspects of running a dental practice from both a group practice perspective and a clinically practicing dentist’s perspective, a rare combination.
Dr. Van Ittersum became a national best-selling co-author on Amazon.com in 2013 with his book, A Cup of Coffee With 12 Leading Dentists in the Nation, by spreading a message that you can receive the benefits of group practice but still maintain your individual practice identity, the secret sauce of his group’s success. His 2nd book, How to Build a Group Practice, documents Infinity Dental’s best protocols, and provides a recipe for success for Small Group Networks and upcoming DSO’s.
Over the past 11 years, he and his business partner Dr. Achey, have figured out the right balance between systems and culture in the dental office to bring a solution the makes dentists a better manager, leader and entrepreneur. Every year, they have hosted and spoke at IDP’s annual motivational summits to their teams and respective doctors. Their vision is to help motivated dentists of all age groups by sharing the good and the bad of their experiences, and giving away the massive value solutions that optimized their practices.
Dr. Van Ittersum is also the co-founder of DDU™, a total team training platform that brings the best practice management systems from Henry Schein’s top dental consultants into a convenient, online digital learning environment.
Since 2018, he and Dr. Achey have been faculty for the Henry Schein Dental Business Institute, teaching upcoming emerging groups the business principals they implemented since 2009 developing their dental group.
Finally, he is a board member of the Advisory Board to the Dean for the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, the #1 ranked dental school in the United States and #2 ranked globally, and the newest board member of the Shils Fund, supporting dental entrepreneurship and philanthropy in oral health.
Elias Achey, D.M.D. has been practicing dentistry for thirteen years while co-developing Infinity Dental Partners with his business partner Dr. Jared Van Ittersum. As a leader in the organization, Elias trail blazed the creation of a culture within Infinity Dental Partners emphasizing life transformation to create massive vision for every team member, and a purpose-driven team pioneering total health and wellness for all.
Less than two years into private practice and in the wake of the 2008 recession, Dr. Achey purchased his first two practices and began implementing the group practice protocols that have made Infinity Dental Partners successful. In a time where dentists were closing their doors and patients were putting dental care as a lower priority, his initial group thrived with his leadership.
His 13 years of experience managing 15 practices and 19 associate dentists contributed to management modules he co-created in Infinity Dental University to give dentists the tools necessary for financial freedom and an automated, team-driven practice.
Elias also became a national best-selling co-author on Amazon.com in 2013 with his book, A Cup of Coffee With 12 Leading Dentists in the Nation, by spreading a message that you can receive the benefits of group practice but still maintain your individual practice identity, the secret sauce of his group’s success. His 2nd book, How to Build a Group Practice, documents Infinity Dental’s best protocols, and provides a recipe for success for Small Group Networks and upcoming DSO’s.
Over the past 11 years, he and his business partner Dr. Van Ittersum, have figured out the right balance between systems and culture in the dental office to bring a solution the makes dentists a better manager, leader and entrepreneur. Every year, they have hosted and spoke at IDP’s annual motivational summits to their teams and respective doctors. Their vision is to help motivated dentists of all age groups by sharing the good and the bad of their experiences, and giving away the massive value solutions that optimized their practices.
Dr. Achey is also the co-founder of a new dental consulting solution sold exclusively through Henry Schein called DDU™, a total team training platform that brings the best practice management systems from Henry Schein’s top dental consultants into a convenient, online digital learning environment.
Since 2018, he and Dr. Van Ittersum have been faculty for the Henry Schein Dental Business Institute, teaching upcoming emerging groups the business principals they implemented since 2009 developing their dental group.
Dr. Dixson is a three-time INC Magazine 500/5000 awarded entrepreneur, and the Founder/CEO of The DSO Project - dentistry's first and most exclusive dental support organization (DSO) accelerator, The DSO Project Consulting, and Dental Capital Partners - a DSO focused M&A Advisory Firm. Formerly, he was the Founder/CEO of Smiles Services LLC and Founder/President of Smiles Dental Group PC. He is a visionary, inspirational, and transformational leader who builds unified individuals, teams, cultures, and world-class organizations.
Dr. Dixson became the managing partner of Smiles Dental in 2008. In 2010 he finalized a buyout of his former partners, assumed the role of President and immediately accomplished a successful re-launch of the organization, setting Smiles Dental on a path to explosive growth. The company proceeded to double its number of locations, triple revenue and quadruple its valuation in the ensuing three years. From 2013 to 2015, Smiles Dental roughly tripled the number of locations, revenue, EBITDA and organizational valuation again. He also concurrently co-developed the dental analytics technology software platform that became Practice Analytics, one of the industry leaders in real-time dental practice management analytics.
Under Dr. Dixson's leadership, Smiles Dental was recognized three years in a row (2013-2015) by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States, topping out at #550 in 2013. Additionally in 2013, he completed a successful private equity transaction.
In addition to his M&A Advising and Consulting work, Dr. Dixson provides Board Services to investment firms. He also currently serves as a trusted DSO/dental industry advisor for private equity firms, dental technology companies and global dental brands in a variety of capacities.
Dr. Dixson returned in mid-2017 from a one-year sabbatical where he and his family visited six continents and thirty-five countries while homeschooling, with only what they could carry on their backs.
Jackie Miller is a communication + public speaking coach passionate about helping people own their voice and speak with purpose. Inspired by the belief that everyone has an innate ability to communicate powerfully and purposefully, she launched Bespoken in 2015 to help people be their best in front of an audience.
Bespoken provides individuals and teams dynamic, interactive, and customized professional development experiences rooted in practical theater technique helping them communicate with confidence and clarity. In addition to public speaking and presentation training, Bespoken offers workshops on collaboration + active listening for teams, women in the workplace, and conscious communication + leadership for managers and executives.
Just a small cross section of Jackie’s previous experience includes: supporting strategists at Blue State Digital in championing the mission of clients such as United Way; coaching an activist working to end harassment in public space on their keynote for TED, and helping media executives at Showtime excel in a fast-paced, high-performing environment.
Even though her experiences are greatly varied, they have shown Jackie regardless of one's age or professional affiliation the desire to communicate powerfully and with purpose is a universal one - and one she's proud to help many different people achieve.
Before starting Bespoken, Jackie amassed 15 years as a director and curator of cultural public programming across New York City. She holds a B.F.A. in Performance and M.A. in Arts Politics, both from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Harness your unique leadership style to communicate with conviction and ignite your team. Learn communication techniques that can be adapted for a variety of professional leadership situations with various stakeholders.
Mr. Tomcsik has a BA Degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics from St. Mary’s Public Honors College of Maryland. He holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. After spending several years with one of the largest marketing firms in the US as a product campaign manager for major international brands, the past sixteen years have been focused on dentistry.
As a Co-founder and owner of Tidewater Management Services (TMS), he helped drive a small single location dental practice into a multi-million-dollar fixture in the southern Maryland area with four locations and over $12MM in collections annually. In 2017 he sold TMS to a regional DSO and is currently their VP for the mid-Atlantic region.
Mr. Tomcsik is also the co-owner of a six-bedroom sleep testing and treatment center in Southern Maryland. He owns BAMM Enterprises which specializes in dental branding, marketing, consulting and the sale of teeth whitening supplies. He speaks and consults internationally on topics which include Practice Transitions, Marketing, Branding, Management, and Efficiency models, as well as the Future of the Dental Practice. He also lectures on the management of treating OSA in the dental practice.
Mr. Tomcsik has been featured in Dental Economics, a leading publication in the US. Speaking engagements have included lectures for the DEO, Academy of Dental CPAs, California State Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, Chesapeake Dental Conference, the American Dental Association’s Annual Conference, and the American Academy of Dental Group Practices.
The new approach to marketing that is essential to the ongoing health and success of any practice or group.
Amber is the VP of Operations for Peak Dental Services, which has been recognized as one of Inc. Magazines Top 5000 fastest growing companies for three years in a row. She has been dedicated to the growth of Peak Dental Services since 2009 and has extensive knowledge of operations and the dental field. Her focus has been growing and scaling operations, building a positive culture, training teams by designing, writing, and implementing extensive training programs, as well as building, coaching, and developing teams to support aggressive growth.
Susan Huff is the Chief Integration Officer at MB2 Dental, a Dental Partnership Organization (DPO), and an active and influential member of the dental community with 20 years of rich experience in the dental industry. Susan’s diverse roles working for private practice, a DSO, and MB2 Dental, have led her to her current position, where she’s been instrumental in supporting a new type of offering built for dentists by dentists. Susan has spearheaded MB2’s integration process and team that is responsible for leading the integration of all denovos and acquisitions for the 200 and growing practices that are part of the MB2 family.
Susan’s passion for dentistry is evident through her commitment to working closely with Doctor Partners of MB2, specifically in Business Development, Operations and Central Service Departments, to ensure each partner experiences a true and unique partnership with MB2 where they benefit from the support MB2 can provide, while maintaining clinical, culture and brand autonomy. Susan spends most of her time supporting seamless integration with Doctor Partners that includes a lot of time traveling to practices, hosting dentists weekly at the MB2 office along with MB2 CEO & founder, Dr. Villanueva, and supporting the advancement and success of each Doctor Partner and MB2.
Dr. Tom Snyder is Senior Director of Practice Transitions for Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions. He is a nationally known speaker, author, and consultant who has been advising dentists for many years in dental practice transitions, practice valuations and strategic planning. Dr. Snyder received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine and his MBA from The Wharton School, Graduate Division, at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a regular columnist for Dental Economics and is on the Editorial Board of Dental Entrepreneur Magazine. Dr. Snyder also writes a bi-monthly column on practice transition topics for the e publication, The Dentist Network. He is also a member of the Faculty at Penn Dental Medicine
As the dental industry continues to evolve into primarily a group practice and Dental Support Organization model, what are some of the key issues that many practitioners may face as this trend when making choices in their practice transition plans. Why EBITA is the major valuation method for acquisitions in the corporate world and what key factors influence variations in EBITA multiples will be discussed. We’ll address the dilemma facing many DSO’s as the lack of inventory for larger practices to acquire becomes a reality and the growing challenges many DSO’s face in recruiting new doctors when the original owner retires.
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.
Having a natural talent for finding and cultivating leadership and growth within people, he has built a first-class organization of leaders from the top down. Additionally, under Dr. Ahmed's leadership DECA Dental has grown rapidly to become one of the industry's fastest growing and most respected organizations. It has received several honors and awards. Some of the more notable ones are being recognized as Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 fastest growing companies in the nation, several years in a row. The Dallas Business Journal recognized DECA Dental as one the top 100 companies in the region and the 21st fastest growing company in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
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 is just as dedicated to the community as to its patients. Over time, Dr. Ahmed has built strong partnerships with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as well as becoming the exclusive provider of free dental services to thousands of kids with the Kidd's Kids Organization and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.
Dr. Ahmed obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
Brian Colao is the Director of Dykema’s DSO Industry Group. Brian is the foremost authority in the United States on DSO’s including regulatory and compliance issues, mergers and acquisitions, and all legal best practices concerning DSOs and their affiliated dentists.
Brian currently represents DSO’s in all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces and has been in the dental space for over 25 years. Brian was named a 2019 DSO Influencer by Group Dentistry Now.
Head of Dentistry
Walmart U.S. Health & Wellness
Dr. Parikh (or “Dr. Ro” as he is known in the industry) is Head of Dentistry for Walmart Health & Wellness, focusing on the Walmart Health centers. He joined Walmart in 2019 to help develop and roll out a strategic roadmap for dental services, focusing in particular on dental-medical integration and increasing access to care, offering customers new ways to save money, while living better—and healthier—lives.
Dental is part of Walmart Health’s overall investment in health and wellness, and Dr. Ro will refine the long-term strategy to grow the focus in dentistry, mapping the company’s current presence in dental and help build the right organization and approach to best serve Walmart customers.
Dr. Ro’s passion lies in building functional and strategically patient-centric business models that help providers to be both first-rate caregivers as well as successful businesses. Previously, Dr. Ro grew a single practice into Chicagoland Smile Group, a 20+ network of multi-specialty dental group practices with more than 75 dentists and dental specialists. He also founded the dental consulting firm DSO Strategy, LLC, helping entrepreneurial dentists strategize a growth plan for their dental group practices and create an investable platform for institutional capital. Dr. Ro is a contributing writer for Group Dentistry Now and sits on Group Dentistry Now’s Editorial Board.
He is a proud graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – College of Dentistry. In addition to his DDS degree, he also obtained a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Loyola University with dual emphases in finance and marketing.