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ADA to offer BIG IDEA conference at American Academy of Dental Group Practice meeting in January

November 14, 2017

By David Burger

Las Vegas — Dentists wanting to learn more about group practice, or expand or enhance an existing group practice, should consider attending BIG IDEA 2018: Discovering Group Practice.

Image of Big Idea logoThe conference, sponsored by the ADA Council on Dental Practice, will be held Jan. 31, 2018, at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, one day before the American Academy of Dental Group Practice's Expo '18 at the same location from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.

The agenda for BIG IDEA 2018: Discovering Group Practice includes sessions that will share best practices for leading, managing and practicing in a successful group dental practice. Speakers and topics include Allen Schiff on Growth Strategies; Dr. Roger Levin on How to Use Key Performance Indicators; Teresa Duncan  on Integrating Systems; and ADA attorneys Jeffrey Fraum and Cathryn Albrecht on Think Like a Lawyer. Attendees can earn five hours of CE credits.

The BIG IDEA program will close with a panel discussion that features four dentists -- Drs. Brent Barta, John Gulon, Duc Ho, and Stacey Van Scoyoc – who will recap their own personal journeys to discovering group practice.

Dr. Barta, who practices in Indiana, is the principal owner of a group practice that consists of 10 dentists and includes specialty practices in orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics and oral surgery. He is the American Academy of Dental Group Practice secretary-treasurer.

Dr. Gulon is president and CEO of Park Dental Group, which has 45 locations and 142 practicing dentists in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Texas-based Dr. Ho is a partner in Welch Dental Group which has four full-time general dentists and 13 full-time hygienists. Dr. Ho is a new appointee to the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

Dr. Van Scoyoc and her husband operate Bloomington Family Dental, a general dental practice in Bloomington, Illinois. She is vice chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

Dentists and practice administrators planning to attend BIG IDEA 2018 are welcome to extend their stay and attend the American Academy of Dental Group Practice Dental Group Expo '18; those registering as a first-time AADGP attendees will be reimbursed $150 by the academy, which is the cost to attend the ADA conference.

The upcoming meeting represents the first time that the ADA has sponsored a conference in collaboration with the American Academy of Dental Group Practice. According to Robert Hankin, Ph.D., a former ADA employee who serves as AADGP's administrative manager, programming at the expo is designed to provide dentists with business education and management information.

Dr. Dave Preble, vice president of the ADA Practice Institute, will discuss Dental Trends — Driving a Paradigm Shift during the AADGP 2018 Dental Group Expo.

Visit ADA.org/BIGIDEA2018 for conference specifics and information on how to register. While registration is open until the event, the meeting's housing block closes on Dec. 30.