Friday, November 12th 2021
12 PM - 6 PM Eastern
9 AM - 3 PM Pacific

Join the first Reducing Insurance Dependence Academy Virtual Summit - a wholly virtual event. Experience the leaders of the dental industry share their experiences, resources, and more on the key to gaining independence from dental insurance!

Earn 6 hours worth of CE credits as you experience the first RIDA Virtual Summit.

We welcome every single dental professional interested in taking full control of their personal, professional, and financial lives by reducing insurance dependence. Register today for FREE!


Featuring Gary Takacs from Thriving Dentist

The Godfather of Dental Podcasting
Host of the Thriving Dentist Show Podcast
Founder of the Thriving Practice Academy
Co-Owner of Life Smiles Dental Care
Founding Chairman of RID Academy

Gary Takacs is a well-known presence in dental practice consulting. He brings deep knowledge of the individual elements of business success together with genuine compassion for the dilemma of the dentist in today’s insurance-driven culture. As the host of a couple of podcast series, Gary guides dental professionals to a healthier practice style that lets them deliver hallmark-level quality of care.

As co-owner of a dental practice, Gary has first-hand experience in making the transformation from high-volume/low fee insurance dependency to a fee for service model. His lively discussions run the gamut from eye-opening lessons in cost accounting to communication that shows consumers what they have to gain from a patient-centric practice.

He is a published author, progressive rock fan, biker, businessman, and a family man – Gary Takacs always has unique perspectives to share.

Academic Qualifications

  • A summa cum laude alumnus of the University of Oregon.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) History at the University of Oregon.
  • Honorary Omicron Kappa Upsilon Member.
  • Instructor at Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine (Glendale, AZ).

Professional Background

  • Owner of LifeSmiles Dental Care in partnership with Dr. Paul Nielson and Dr. Tim Schmidt.
  • Founder and Owner of the Takacs Learning Center (since 1989).
  • Founder of the Thriving Dentist Show, the #1 Dental Podcast on iTunes & Google Play and has been downloaded by
  • Dentists in 178 countries.
  • A Dental Practice Coach.
  • Co-host of Less Insurance Dependence Podcast.
  • Instructor on ‘Business of Dentistry’ at The Pankey Institute (Key Biscayne, FL).

Teaching Background

  • Consistently recognized as one of the most entertaining speakers in Dentistry.
  • Gary frequently addresses dentists and team members at national dental meetings, regional seminars, and study club meetings in the United States and internationally as well.
  • Gary has spoken at most of the major Dental Conferences in the US.
  • Gary is also frequently invited to speak at International Conferences. He has spoken in the following Countries; Canada, England, Scotland, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and China.


  • Gary has published over 350 articles on practice management topics in professional publications.
  • His articles have been published in leading journals including;
    • Dentistry Today
    • Dental Management
    • Dental Update
    • DentalPractice & Finance
    • AGD Impact
    • Dental Business Today
    • Dental Economics
    • Many State Journals.
  • Gary also publishes the highly-acclaimed written blog titled, Keep Smiling!

The Thriving Dentist Show by Gary Takacs guides dental practice owners and dentists in creating a profitable practice with financial independence while delivering hallmark-level quality of care. Gary’s lively discussions run the gamut from eye-opening lessons for dentists to become successful.

Also Featuring

Gary Takacs
Gary Takacs
Founder of Thriving Dentist Academy
Naren Arulrajah
Naren Arulrajah
CEO of Ekwa Marketing
DeeDee Reid
Dee Dee Reid
CEO of Amplified Dynamics
Dr. Mark Montgomery
Dr. Mark Montgomery, DMD
Amplified Dynamics
Bob Affleck
Bob Affleck
Dental Coach USA
Dr. Uche Odiatu
Dr. Uche Odiatu
Health and Wellness Expert
Dr. Baldwin Marchack, DDS
Dr. Baldwin Marchack, DDS
Prosthodontist at Pasadena Prosthodontics
Dr. Paul Henny, DDS
Dr. Paul Henny, DDS
Dental Leader and Experienced Speaker
Gary Takacs
Jordon Comstock
Gary Takacs
Sameer Bhasin
Weston Lunsford
Weston Lunsford
Dental Intel
Nathan Sparks
Nathan Sparks
Open Dental
Art Widerman
Art Widerman
Dr. Nikki Green
Dr. Nikki Green
Cosmetic Dentist at FWCFD
Christopher Marchack, DDS
Christopher Marchack, DDS
Prosthodontist at Pasadena Prosthodontics

Earn CE Credits While You Grow Your Practice

All speakers must disclose to the audience any proprietary, financial or other personal interest of any nature or kind, in any product, service, source, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith that will be discussed or considered during their presentation. The Thriving Dentist Inc does not view the existence of these interests or uses as implying bias or decreasing the value to participants. It is important for the participants to form their own judgment about each presentation, and you are cautioned about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into your practice.CE Verbiage