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Hybrid group practices explored at ADA 2015 forum

September 30, 2015

By Kelly Soderlund

Washington — The Council on Dental Practice will present a forum at ADA 2015 on hybrid group practices with first-hand accounts from dentists representing some of the different models.

Photo of Dr. Todd Marshall
Dr. Marshall
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Dr. Howell
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Dr. Skoglund
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Dr. Villanueva
The Council on Dental Practice Forum: Hybrid Group Practices Are Going Places (course 6318) is scheduled for Nov. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, room 145A. The course, where attendees are eligible to earn up to two hours of continuing education credit, is free but tickets are required.

Dr. Todd Marshall, chair of the CDP Subcommittee on Practice Models and a board member at Park Dental, a group practice in Minnesota, will moderate the course and  panelists will discuss practice structure, processes and patient care philosophies in various hybrid group practice models.

“Real innovation in dental group practice is taking place in hybrid models,” Dr. Marshall said. “Hybrids are completely customizable. Dentists creating these types of practices have complete freedom in designing the group and determining what it will do and how it will function.”

The panelists include:

  • Dr. Ralph L. Howell, of Atlantic Dental Care, PLC, which has 61 locally-owned dental offices in Virginia. Atlantic Dental Care combines elements of successful medical group practices while preserving the independent private practice. Personnel administration is streamlined and resources and services are pooled to improve efficiency and economies of scale.
  • Dr. Charles Skoglund, of Family 1st Dental, which operates 35 offices throughout western Iowa and rural Nebraska. Family 1st Dental’s goal is to keep dentists in rural areas, and its professional management team provides the resources and expertise to run the business side of the dental practice.
  • Dr. Chris Villanueva, of MB2 Dental Solutions, which has more than 60 affiliated locations in six states. Each facility has clinical autonomy and the doctor-owned dental service organization supports nonclinical functions including staff recruiting, training and credentialing, marketing, accounting and finance, compliance, IT and procurement.

“While each of these group practices started small, they’ve experienced strong growth and the trend is likely to continue,” Dr. Marshall said. “The ADA Health Policy Institute projects that small group practices will continue to grow. Many of these small groups are likely to be hybrids.”

A Q&A session will follow the panelists’ presentations. To register for the course, visit