DE Principles of Practice Management Conference
July 12-13, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN | Omni Severin Hotel


Learn about our line up of esteemed speakers.



Joshua Austin, DDS, FAGD

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.


Brady Frank, DDS

Dr. Frank is a well-established speaker and continuing education trainer known throughout the U.S and Internationally. He owns and manages several group practices throughout the Pacific Northwest and has addressed thousands of dentists at seminars throughout the country, focusing on proven transition and practice acquisition strategies.


Mike Meru, DDS, MS

Mike Meru was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA and completed both his dental and orthodontic training at the University of Southern California. Mike has a master's degree in craniofacial biology and is a diplomate of the American Board Board of Orthodontics. While practicing now in Salt Lake City, UT, he also serves on the Board of the American College of Dentists, as a contributing editor to the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, and as the Executive Director of the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA).  Mike is also a recognizable face outside of dentistry in that he is a sponsored big mountain snowboarder (splitboarder) that travels the world climbing mountains while documenting his travels. During the past two seasons, he pioneered and summited multiple first descents in remote ranges in the US. When he’s not serving SPEA, practicing Orthodontics, or Splitboarding, he spends time with his wife Melissa and two Daughters, Elle and Emme.


Chris Salierno, DDS

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.


Allen M. Schiff, CPA, CFE

Allen M. Schiff, CPA, CFE is the President of the Academy of Dental CPAs ( This group of very knowledgeable CPA firms across the nation specializes in practice management services to the dental industry. Allen has been practicing accounting in the Baltimore area for 40+ years. He is an accomplished speaker on topics such as dental practice management, transition planning, choosing a Dental CPA, obtaining financing, identifying embezzlement in the workplace and business startups. He has presented to the ADA (American Dental Association), the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry), AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists), local Mid Atlantic societies, as well as various dental study clubs.  For the last 30 years, Allen has taught at University of Maryland Dental School as well as 7 other national Dental Schools on the subject of dental practice management. Allen has published numerous articles within the dental industry and can frequently be seen in Dental Economics, as he is a contributing writer to the magazine.


Tim Twigg, President, Bent Ericksen & Associates

Tim Twigg is the President of Bent Ericksen & Associates. Bent Ericksen & Associates has been the leading authority in human resources and personnel management in the healthcare industry, helping dentists successfully deal with the ever-changing and complex labor laws. Tim brings over 30 years of practice management and business consulting experience and knowledge specifically in the healthcare field. Tim’s expertise extends to leadership and business development, strategic planning and marketing, and communication skills. He has presented seminars nationally on practice management, human resources, and employment compliance. Tim is a published author and currently co-authors a regular column in Dental Economics entitled: “Staff Issues”. He is part of the management faculty and/or speakers’ bureau for: Career Fusion, Seattle Study Club, Hygiene Fusion, Jameson Management, and LVI Global. Tim is the past president of and a member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants and a member of the Speaking Consulting Network. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and VetPartners, the professional consulting association for the veterinary industry.