2019 ADSO Summit: A Huge Success with Members

Compliance, recruitment and retention, leadership and technology trends were just a few of the topics covered at this year’s Summit.

The growth and development of dental service organizations was the primary focus of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) 2019 Summit, held March 28-30 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, California. Members attended presentations on advocacy trends, compliance best practices and the latest developments in the DSO industry.

Following pre-conference events for industry partners in sponsorship roles and participating DSO representatives, the meeting opened with a Leadership Panel: CEO to CEO – New Horizons. Panel speakers included Steve Bilt, CEO, Smile Brands; Ken Cooper, CEO, North American Dental Group; Mitch Olan, CEO, Dental Care Alliance; and Dr. Sulman Ahmed, CEO, DECA Dental Group.

The first day concluded with a sponsored Talk Table Exhibit and networking event, followed by a reception at San Diego’s Seaport Village headquarters. Guests were invited to celebrate the opening of the ADSO 2019 Summit by exploring the 14-acre waterfront shopping hub and the dining and entertainment complex, modeled after a century-old harbor setting.

Day two opened with breakfast and a Leadership Panel: Developing a C-Suite Leadership Team. Speakers included Pat Bauer, CEO, Heartland Dental; Alistair Madle, CEO, D4C Dental Brands; Bob Fontana, president and CEO, Aspen Dental Management; and Steve Thorne, president and CEO, Pacific Dental Services.

Attendees took advantage of a full day of presentations, featuring a range of topics and speakers:

  • Compliance: Victoria Harvey, SVP and chief legal officer, Smile Brands, and Dr. Andrew Matta, DMD, North American Dental Group.
  • DSO Models: Integrating Specialties. Merritt Drake, CEO, Rock Dental Brands.
  • Growth & Development: Do we Have to do Something Different to Make a Difference. AJ Acierno, CEO and president, DecisionOne Dental, and Steve Bilt, CEO, Smile Brands.
  • Leadership: Women in the DSO Industry. Yashu Singh, owner dentist, Sing Orthodontics; Tanisha Wicker, SVP human resources, Smile Brands; and Jody Martin, chief marketing officer, Smile Brands.
  • Recruitment & Retention: Improve your Bottom Line. Lisa Nguyen, program manager, UCLA School of Dentistry, Community Based Clinical Education, and Bill Piskorowski, associate dean, UCLA School of Dentistry, Community Based Clinical Education.
  • Technology: Foresight 20/20: Actionable Insights for Operations, Marketing & IT Success. Amol Nirgudkar, CEO, Patient Prism.
  • Clinical Systems: Creating a Culture of Clinical Excellence. Shalin Patel, chief clinical officer, DECA Dental Group.
  • Compliance: Building an Actionable & Practical Compliance Program. Andy Lyness, general counsel & chief compliance officer, D4C, and Dr. Rodney Alles, partner & chief of clinical affairs, DECA Dental.
  • DSO Models: One Size Does Not Fit All. Emmet Scott, CEO, Community Dental Partners.
  • Future Trends: Brant Herman, CEO, MouthWatch, and Dr. Rick Workman, founder & executive chairman, Heartland Dental.
  • Growth & Development: Structuring for Growth, Scale & Sale. The Waller Law Team.
  • Operations: Developing an Operational Infrastructure. Scott Luene, CEO, Breakaway Practice.
  • ADSO Dental Plans: Building a National Network Together. Steve Thorne, president & CEO, Pacific Dental Services, and Matt Hall, president & COO, Wellfit.
  • Clinical Best Practices: Doctor Recruitment & Retention. Michael Acierno, president & chief medical officer, DecisionOne Dental Partners.
  • DSO Models: Emerging DSO Panel. Steven Jones, founder & chief development officer, CORDENTAL Group, and Brandon Halcott, president, Tru Family Dental.
  • Future Trends: The Future of Dentistry and its Impact on DSOs and Group Practices. Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist & vice president, American Dental Association.
  • Marketing Panel: Bill Neumann, CEO, Group Dentistry Now; Paul Benson, senior consultant, Apex Revenue Technologies; Stacy Medena, creative manager, DecisionOne Dental Partners; and Susan Schramm, marketing coordinator, DecisionOne Dental Partners.
  • Recruitment and Retention: Catch & Release: Why Your Talent Strategy is Flawed John Whitaker, vice president, talent acquisition, DecisionOne Dental Partners
  • Growth & Development: Creative Dental Equity Structures. Benesch Law Team.

The closing reception that evening was held at Petco Baseball Field. Guests who joined the rooftop viewing party had the opportunity to watch the Padres play the San Francisco Giants.

The closing general session on day three featured internationally recognized artist, TED speaker and No. 1 bestselling author Eric Wahl. Wahl looked at the use of disruption as a competitive advantage, and his takeaway message was clear: If businesses don’t embrace innovation and creativity, they risk being left behind.

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