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, MAGD

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.


Dave Monahan

Dave Monahan is the CEO of Kleer and has a passion for creating technology-enabled businesses that improve people’s lives. Prior to joining Kleer, Dave served as the President and CEO of FitLinxx, a leader in the wearables market, where he created simple, affordable and connected wearable devices for the medical and sports markets. FitLinxx devices enabled patients to monitor and manage chronic conditions and athletes to monitor and improve their performance. FitLinxx partnered with over 50 leading fitness and health companies to embed Fitlinxx devices and data platform into customized applications. While at Microsoft from 1999 to 2006, Dave developed new product, market and partnering strategies that helped Microsoft and thousands of Microsoft partners enter new markets and grow.  Dave is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and Loyola University, and resides in the Greater Philadelphia area. Dave is married and has 3 children, ages 12, 14 and 16. When Dave is not coaching or supporting his kids’ activities, he finds time to exercise, travel and play any sport or competitive activity that he or his friends can dream up.


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.


Lance Timmerman, DMD

Dr. Lance Timmerman, DMD was born and raised in Kirkland, and is first and foremost a family man. He has a beautiful wife and three active daughters that keep him very busy. While dedicated to dentistry, he also has a variety of activities to keep active. He has been a snow skier since a young age, but now avoids the crazy black diamond runs that he blasted down in his youth while barely slowing down.

For a while he was a “dune rider” on an ATV, but after a few broken ribs, he moved on from that as a hobby.  At one point he tried his hand at triathlons, but soon learned that he would only run if someone was chasing him and gave up running. However, despite the cycling scandals, Dr. Timmerman is an avid fan of cycling and the Tour de France, having flown overseas on several occasions to watch and has even ridden up the famous Alpe d’Huez more than once (although VERY slowly). In his younger days he lived in France and is fluent in French, which enhances his love for the people and country of France. He is even a little “snobbish” when it comes to crepes (including the pronunciation).

He feels that a true cosmetic dentist is an artist, and to prove he is artistic, has even displayed his works of art in his office, including a sculpture he made with his own hands, proving his gifted eye for art. Despite his love for art, he has a hard time finding time to devote to it, and spends most of his time doing dentistry, whether teaching other dentists, learning more of the disciplines, or treating patients.


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.


Ryan Vet

Ryan Vet was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. As a young boy, Ryan dabbled with various entrepreneurial ventures ranging from the typical lemonade stand to a line of trading cards and a neighborhood newspaper. At age 15, Vet opened a marketing company Digi Tech Studio (DTS) which is still running today. Five years later, while attending Elon University and running DTS, Ryan launched a software company, uCondition. Most recently, Ryan launched The Oak House, a coffeehouse, wine, and craft beer lounge in the heart of downtown Elon, NC - all in addition to many other projects and consulting.

Throughout middle and high school, Ryan juggled a wide-range of leadership positions in school and at church and managed a Raleigh-based band, Flowers for Faye. After high school, Ryan served on the board of non-profit organization, Clothe Your Neighbor As Yourself, as their Director of Communications. He also launched a software solution for a digital room condition reporting tool at colleges and universities, started a gourmet coffee roasting subscription company, launched a line of personalized Christmas cards for the holiday season, started a cleaning company, and has served on the Board of Advisors to many organizations and businesses including Propel GPS.

As a Millennial (a member of Generation Y), Ryan Vet offers great insight into managing the upcoming generation. “We [Millennials] are the future. In just a few short years, we will be the ones sitting in the corner offices,” Vet says. “My generation has a lot to learn from the previous generations, but we have a problem– there’s an ever-increasing language barrier. My goal is to help bridge the major communication gap between my generation and previous generations.”

One of the big divisions between Millennials and previous generations is social media and the rapidly advancing technological world. Ryan Vet has taken a great interest into the evolving world of Social Media. He offers practical advice to businesspeople that are not as accustomed to dealing with members of Generation Y. Ryan speaks freely of the differences between the generations as well as offers solutions on how to manage and motivate Millennials in the workplace. Vet attended Elon University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specifically focusing on Business Marketing, and Professional Selling. Ryan also loves to travel the world. He has been to hundreds of cities around the world including countries in five out of the seven continents. Some of these countries include: Kosovo, Austria, Mexico, Togo (West Africa), Ghana, Bangladesh, Kuwait, China, Canada, Brazil, England and South Africa.


Rob Zilliak, CFP

Early in life, Rob Ziliak learned three important values about money: save it, spend it and share it with others who need it. Helping individuals and families as a wealth advisor since 1995, Rob found a way to live those values by teaching others how to optimize their financial situation through a values-based approach. Today, Rob serves as an advisory team director, guiding Buckingham Strategic Wealth advisors as they help clients create, implement, monitor and update wealth management strategies in pursuit of their financial goals. He leads advisory teams in Buckingham’s offices throughout the eastern half of the United States. He also oversees the firm’s Retirement Plan Services team, which supports retirement plan sponsors, participants and advisors around the country.

Rob served as managing principal of Hufford Advisors until his firm joined Buckingham in 2014. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at Charles Schwab & Co. and Schwab Bank, where he held various leadership roles. Rob, who holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designation, earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his master’s degree in personal financial planning from the College for Financial Planning. A regular presenter at many financial continuing education courses for dental professionals, Rob also writes occasional articles for Dental Economics and other periodicals. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and a lifetime member of the Indiana University Alumni Association. Rob, his wife, Renee, and their three children are all active members of their church and parochial school.