2022 SPEAKERS

Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD
Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD
Dental Economics
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
Roger Levin, DDS
Levin Group
CEO
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 Drbicuspid.com. 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.


Uche Odiatu
Dr. Uche Odiatu
Dr Uche Odiatu is the author of The Miracle of Health, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist in Toronto. Uche is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and has lectured in England, Canada, the USA, the Bahamas, Denmark, Bermuda and Norway. www.DrUche.com Twitter @FitSpeakers Instagram @FitSpeakers

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David Rice DDS
Endeavor Business Media





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Ben Tuinei
3rd party payor negotiating, more specifically Dental Insurance Fee Negotiations, is still a foreign concept to dentists nationwide, and worldwide. Mr. Tuinei has spent the last 14 years improving and perfecting this relatively new effort in the Dental Business world and will be sharing a few secrets about how to effectively negotiate better fees with dental insurance companies in his lecture “3rd Party Payor Fee Negotiations”.

Mr. Tuinei began his dental career in 2007 while working for a small dental corporation in Phoenix Arizona managing all insurance related functions. He was hired as the Cheif of 3rd Party Payor Operations. During his first few months, he created systems and operating protocols and restructured a 12 person billing department that improved collections from a low 65% to 98%. At the same time, Mr. Tuinei learned how to effectively negotiate with 3rd party payors that gave a boost in annual insurance related revenue of nearly 1 million dollars for a team of only 10 general dentists. Mr. Tuinei’s early experience in negotiating with 3rd party payors caught the attention of other large group practices and hundreds of solo dental practitioners in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado. Consequently, he unintentionally discovered an under-served section of the dental industry: 3rd party payor negotiating (aka insurance fee negotiating). Mr. Tuinei opened Optimum Dental Solutions in September 2009 to serve the needs of dentists who were actively seeking assistance in improving their insurance reimbursements. In 2014 Optimum Dental Solutions was rebranded to Veritas Dental Resources. Veritas stands for truth and is a core value you will not find while dealing with dental insurance directly.

During its first 2 years in operation Optimum Dental Solutions contracted with over 400 dental practices influencing a combined $10 million in additional annual revenue increases by implementing Mr. Tuinei’s proprietary PPO optimization strategies and effective 3rd party payor negotiating. To-date, Mr Tuinei has worked with over 7000 dentists influencing over 3 billion dollars of newly negotiated revenue for his clients. Mr Tuinei currently serves as the President of Veritas Dental Solutions.

Mr. Tuinei is going on his 24nd year as a professional public speaker.
He currently serves as the President of Veritas Dental Resources and sits on the Board of Directors for The Dental Business School, Business Ownership Mentoring of America, The Dental Leadership Academy, and a co-host on The Navigating Dental Insurance Podcast.

Mr. Tuinei has been recognized by several state Dental Associations and various dental study clubs as “The Authority” on PPO strategies and PPO fee Negotiating. Please see his most recent article in Aesthetic Dentistry Magazine titled “Play to Win” and his PPO Pandemic Strategy article in Dental Economics.