Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD
Dental Economics Magazine
Editorial Director
Joshua Austin, DDS maintains a full time restorative dentistry private practice in San Antonio, Texas. He is an editorial director and columnist for Dental Economics focusing on dental products and technology. Dr. Austin lectures around the country to study clubs and dental meetings about these topics along with online reputation management and social media. Dr. Austin is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School and spent five years post-graduation as faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. His approach to his “Pearls for your Practice” column is a fresh approach in today’s commercial driven dental journalism. When you read a “Pearl” rest assured that you are getting an honest evaluation of a product, which was used by Dr. Austin in clinical practice on a patient.

Roger Levin, DDS
Levin Group
Dr. Roger P. Levin is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with over 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is one of the most sought-after speakers in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth. Through extensive research and cutting-edge innovation, Dr. Levin is a recognized expert on propelling practices into the top 10%. He has authored 65 books and over 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing.

Dr. Levin sits on the editorial board of 5 prominent dental publications and has been named as one of the "Leaders in Dentistry" by Dentistry Today magazine for the last 15 years. He was recently named one of the "32 Most Influential People in Dentistry" by Incisal Edge magazine and voted Best Dental Consultant by the readers of He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time magazine and is the creator of the Levin Group Tip of the Day which has over 30,000 subscribers.

Dianne Watterson, MBA, RDH
Watterson Speaking/Consulting LLC
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA has more than four decades in dentistry. Her business, Watterson Speaking/Consulting LLC, is based in Lexington, NC. Since 1997, Dianne has been published extensively, including authoring two monthly columns in national dental publications- one in Dental Economics called “Practice Wisdom” and the other in RDH called “Staff Rx.” Dianne is a well-known provider of continuing education for dental professionals and has presented for associations and major dental meetings across the US.

In addition to serving on the editorial board of RDH magazine, Dianne is a co-author of Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist, a text used in many hygiene programs. She has published three books: Manage Your Practice Well; The Consummate Dental Hygienist; and Real World Dental Hygiene which won an Apex Award for publication excellence. Dianne was honored by Dentsply™ as a “Distinguished Dental Professional” in 2005. Also, Dianne was honored by Colgate™ in 2009 and 2010 as a “Key Opinion Leader” and serves on their Oral Health Advisory Board. Dianne has been chosen as a Leader in Consulting/Speaking by Dentistry Today every year since 2006. In addition to being a former faculty member in the dental hygiene program at Guilford Technical Community College, she is a member of Christian Medical/Dental Association, American Association of Dental Office Managers, American Academy of Dental Hygiene, and American Dental Hygienist Association. Dianne and her husband, Dave, live in Lexington, NC and have 4 grown sons and 7 grandchildren.

Vin Cardillo, MBA
Dental Management Innovations LLC
Vincent Cardillo, MBA, has more than 20 years of experience owning, leading, and partnering with DSOs, the latest of which was No. 14 on the 2014 Inc. 500 List. He is the founder of Dental Management Innovations LLC (DMI).DMI positions clients for growth by strengthening their operational systems and infrastructure. Mr. Cardillo also provides his expertise to private equity firms and institutional investors. His book on the six stages of growth will be published later this year.

Chris Salierno, DDS
Dental Economics
Cheif Editor
Dr. Chris Salierno is a general dentist from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2005. Dr. Salierno has served as the National President of the American Student Dental Association, Chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee, and as President of his local dental society. He lectures internationally on clinical dentistry, practice management, and leadership development. His material can be viewed on his blog, The Curious Dentist. In 2014, Dr. Salierno became the Chief Editor of Dental Economics.

Ian Shuman, DDS
Ian Shuman, DDS, AFAAID, MAGD, maintains a full-time general, reconstructive, and esthetic dental practice in Pasadena, Maryland. Since 1995, Dr. Shuman has lectured and published on advanced, minimally invasive techniques. He has taught these procedures to thousands of dentists and developed many of the methods. Dr. Shuman has published articles on topics that include adhesive resin dentistry, minimally invasive restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and implant dentistry. He is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Jim Kouzoukian, DDS
Institute for Continuing Dental Education
Vice President
Dr. James G. Kouzoukian is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry having received his DDS degree in 1984. He has over 30 years experience working with attorneys as an expert witness in many types of Dental-Legal matters. Dr. Kouzoukian is an internationally recognized lecturer and has presented numerous nationwide live seminars and several world-wide webinars on TMJ Dysfunction, Two-dimensional and Three-dimensional Digital Radiographic Imaging, Oral Hygiene and Electric Submission of Third Party Claims.

Dr. Kouzoukian is Vice President of the Institute for Continuing Dental Education and an active member of the Board of Trustees at the Queens County Dental Society, a division of the New York State Dental Association.

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
EHR Books
Patti guides audiences through the rough waters of coding. Her efforts have assisted thousands of professionals to code more accurately and efficiently. The ADA invited her to write a chapter in its CDT 2017 Companion book and again for CDT 2018 Companion. Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with ADA for Current Dental Terminology 2018 and a license for SNODENT©2018 diagnostic coding.

Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS
Cellerant Consulting Group
President and CEO
Dr. Shuman is personally known for his expertise in internet strategy, emerging technologies, e-learning applications, and digital marketing methods. Highly respected in the dental corporate and education community, he is the President and CEO of Cellerant Consulting Group with clients including KaVoKerr, DEXIS, i-CAT, Schein Dentrix, Ormco, OraCare, LED Apteryx, and Sleep ArchiTx among others. Cellerant is known for introducing leading edge technologies into the dental community from both domestic and international clients. He is the Chairman of the Technology Advisory Board at WEO Media, a Venturer in Residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab, a Board Director at the Foundation for Airway Health, a national columnist for Dental Products Report and Dental Economics on Dental Technologies, and on the Clinical Advisory and Editorial Boards at Dentistry Today, Dental Economics, Inside Dentistry, Dental Products Report, Dental Practice Report, Orthodontic Practice US, The Progressive Dentist, and Seattle Sleep Education LLC. He is the Managing Editor of Dental Sleep Practice Journal, and the only dentist who has been selected both as a "Top CE Leader in Dentistry" and a "Leader in Dental Consulting" by Dentistry Today magazine. Dr. Shuman served as President of Pride Institute for six years and Vice President of Clinical Education and Strategic Relations at Align Technology for seven years. Dr. Gordon Christensen cited him as "one of the most influential dentists in the country today."

Allen Schiff, CPA, CFE
Academy of Dental CPAs
Allen M. Schiff, CFE, CPA, is the president of the Academy of Dental CPAs ( The ADCPA is currently comprised of 26 dental CPA firms representing more than 9,000 dental practices. Mr. Schiff enjoys lecturing on all subjects relating to dental practice management, especially those revolving around taxation, practice transitions, profitability, overhead, wealth accumulation, cash flows, and budgeting. He is currently the managing member of Schiff Dental CPAs (

Rob Ziliak, CFP
Buckingham Strategic Wealth
Chief Experience Officer
Rob Ziliak, CFP, is chief experience officer at Buckingham Strategic Wealth, a comprehensive wealth management firm with a niche practice area that focuses on financial solutions for dentists and their families. Through a holistic, evidence-based approach to strategic planning, Buckingham helps dentists connect their finances with their values to realize their most important goals. Buckingham also offers ADA CERP- recognized continuing education courses for dentists. To learn more, please visit or contact Buckingham at (888) 470-3064.

Graig Presti, MBA
Local Search For Dentists (LSFD)
Founder and CEO
Graig Presti is founder and CEO of four-time Inc. 500/500-recognized company Local Search For Dentists (LSFD). Located in Austin, Texas, LSFD helps dentists all over the world gain dominance in their local markets through the company's proprietary dental marketing systems. LSFD's systems have helped dentsts achieve more freedom, greater new patient numbers, and the ability to reach their income goals. Learn more at

Chip Fichtner
Large Practice Sales
Chip Fichtner is the co-founder of Large Practice Sales which has created over $200,000,000 in value for dentists of all specialties in the last year. After careers at Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns he began buying and selling businesses of all types for his own portfolio. He has been the Chairman and/or CEO of multiple publicly traded companies and has presented at conferences on investing and marketing from Hong Kong to Monaco. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, CNBC, Money Magazine and of course Cosmopolitan when he was single. Chip resides on Southwest Airlines and is a non-recovering boataholic.