The Association of Dental Support Organizations Announces Incoming Executive Director Chris Vranas

Contact: Erin Hughes
Email: [email protected]

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) announces and welcomes Chris Vranas, CAE as the ADSO’s newly appointed Executive Director. ADSO looks forward to working with the new leadership, and continuing their efforts to expand access for high quality dental care.

A 17 year veteran of the American Association of Orthodontics, an international dental specialty association, Mr. Vranas has an extensive career managing associations as a data-driven organization that keeps the leadership in a strategic position to maintain relevance in a constantly changing environment.

“I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to lead this great association into the future,” said Chris Vranas. “I am committed to continuing ADSO’s momentum and look forward to working alongside our members to capture the enormous opportunities in front of us.”

“This is an incredible time of growth for the DSO industry. ADSO is fortunate to gain the guidance and experience that Chris brings,” said Michael Bileca, President of ADSO. “We are confident that with the new leadership and support, ADSO will continue to build a future where dentists have the ability to choose the non-clinical support services which best allow them to focus on patients, and ultimately improve the oral health of communities everywhere.”

About the ADSO

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is a non-profit organization that represents Dental Support Organizations (DSOs) before the public, policymakers and the media. Our members enable supported dentists to focus on their patients and expand access for dental care while maintaining the highest standards of business and professional ethics.  For additional information about the company, please visit


Finding Success In Your First Year As A Newly Supported Dentist

Group Dentistry Now –

From July 26th – 28th, Heartland Dental welcomed 166 newly supported dentists representing 44 dental schools from around the country, to the company’s home office in Effingham, Illinois, for the 2017 Dr. LEADS course. This event was a great opportunity for these supported dentists to meet and network with one another, as well as visit the Heartland Dental home office and meet the individuals who will support them and their teams going forward. In addition, the event featured a doctor panel with supported dentists from last year’s Dr. LEADS, who gave this year’s group beneficial advice on finding success in their first year as a newly supported dentist.

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ADSO President Michael Bileca to Present on Principles of Leadership at Partnering for Growth 2017 Conference

Contact: Erin Hughes
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DSOs are invited to attend the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) first ever Partnering for Growth 2017 conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, taking place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center from September 21-22, will provide educational content that is geared specifically to connect with small & emerging groups, and share best practices to grow in the DSO industry.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from a number of speakers during this year’s conference including member company CEOs, dentists, and industry experts. ADSO President Michael Bileca will kick off the morning sessions on the 21st with a workshop on the fundamental principles of personal and team leadership, principles that apply to DSOs of all sizes.

“The Partnering for Growth conference is the premier DSO event of the year for smaller and emerging DSOs to come together and meet with the DSO industry veterans,” said Mr. Bileca. “It’s a chance to cultivate relationships, learn from one another and share new ideas. I’m excited to share my own experiences during the Leadership workshop and throughout the conference.”

A recognized leader in the industry and in the community, Mr. Bileca is an executive at Dental Care Alliance and former President and Founder of Towncare Dental Partnership, Inc. which was merged with Dental Care Alliance in 2013. He was also managing partner of a consulting company that specialized in organizational alignment and performance based heavily on Dr. Stephen Covey’s work. Mr. Bileca was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2010 and currently serves in Florida House of Representatives.

The full agenda for the September conference can be found here. For more information on how to become an ADSO member and to register for the conference, please visit Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with #PartneringForGrowth.

About the ADSO

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is a non-profit international trade association whose members support more than 13,000 dentists worldwide.  ADSO supports its members through research, education and advocacy; enabling them to foster innovation, collaboration and a vibrant market where DSO-supported dentists can provide quality oral health care.



2017 Dr. LEADS Helps Dentists from Around the Country Advance Their Skills and Knowledge

Globe Newswire –

From July 26th – 28th, Heartland Dentalwelcomed 166 newly supported dentists representing 44 dental schools from around the country, to the company’s Home Office in Effingham, Illinois, for the 2017 Dr. LEADS course.

Each year, Dr. LEADS offers supported dentists three days of valuable learning experiences in a wide variety of clinical and leadership topics. This year’s lineup of speakers included Dr. Mark Hodge, a nationally recognized speaker on topics including Invisalign, patient communication and team engagement. Attendees also learned from international speaker and author on micro-endodontics and endodontic technology, Dr. George Bruder. Featured speakers also included Dr. Rick Workman, founder and executive chairman, Patrick Bauer, president and CEO, and other Heartland Dental leaders. Align Technology CEO, Joe Hogan, also attended and presented.

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20 Years in the Making

Smiling Magazine –

This year is special for Heartland Dental. Twenty years ago, our company was founded. It all started with Dr. Rick Workman, who opened his first dental office in 1980 in Effingham, Illinois. By 1997, his first practice had grown into a group practice with over 25 locations in Illinois. After selling 21 of those locations on July 1st, 1997, the remaining four offices became the beginning of today’s largest Dental Support Organization, Heartland Dental (you can learn more about these early beginnings in this issue). We have certainly come a long way since then with over 775 supported dental offices in 34 states.

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Gentle Dental Partners Honored with Top Dentist Distinction by Boston Magazine

PR Newswire-

Gentle Dental Partners, a leading multi-specialty group dental practice in New England, is excited to announce that 18 affiliated dentists have been awarded the honor of Top Dentist by Boston Magazine.

“This distinction from Boston Magazine speaks to Gentle Dental’s intense focus on providing outstanding care to all patients. We’re proud of our affiliated doctors, the care they provide, and their stellar reputations in the community,” says Gentle Dental Partners CEO Geoff Ligibel.

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The Association of Dental Support Organizations Announces ADSO: Partnering for Growth 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Hughes
Email: [email protected]

Today, the ADSO opened registration for ADSO’s 2017 Partnering for Growth at the Gaylord Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland – just across the river from our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. The summit will begin the morning of Thursday, September 21 and conclude Friday evening, September 22.

“Thanks to sponsors, members, and industry partners, ADSO was able to host more than 850 attendees at this year’s annual summit in Orlando. The ADSO looks forward to another opportunity to open the dialogue, share new ideas, and build great relationships during the new Partnering for Growth summit. This event is an opportunity for mid-size DSO’s to network with industry leaders and participate in panel discussions focusing on the unique needs of emerging DSO’s. Our aim is to equip mid-size DSO’s with the knowledge and tools they need to contribute to ADSO’s overall goal – providing patients with the best possible dental care options.” -Michael Bileca, President of ADSO

ADSO: Partnering for Growth 2017 is a premium opportunity for emerging DSOs to learn from industry experts from the country’s most successful DSOs. The summit will include panel discussions administered by top CEO’s on proven methods and tactics that will take your DSO to the next stage of business development. With our industry’s most experienced leaders providing strategic counsel and resources, this is an educational event that every growth-oriented DSO must attend. 

Registration is now open, but space is limited, click here now or visit to register.  To stay up to date about event speaker announcements and more information on ADSO membership, please visit and follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.



Affordable Dentures & Implants® Appoints Gene Kirtser As President

Affordable Dentures & Implants announced today that Gene Kirtser has been appointed to President and Chief Operating Officer of its dental support organization, Affordable Care. Mr. Kirtser previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ROi (Resource Optimization and Innovation), a division of Mercy Health and one of the most advanced and integrated healthcare supply chain organizations in the country.

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Heartland Dental’s Secret Sauce & How to Add It to Your Recipe for Success

Dental Economics –

Over the last 20 years, Heartland Dental has grown to support over 780 hometown dental practices in 34 states, and it’s still growing. What is the company’s recipe for success? In the upcoming webinar “Heartland Dental’s Secret Sauce & How to Add It to Your Recipe for Success,” Heartland founder Rick Workman, DDS, and Julie Thomas, RDH, will share from their 20 years of hard learned lessons so that practices can benefit. Webinar participants will gain insights on how be successful amid industry changes, how to avoid failure and chaos, and will learn proven systems that will allow them to maintain their practice’s individuality. Participants will also be able to tap into a nationwide network of supportive and diverse dental professionals who share a mutual respect of the profession.

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Aspen Dental to Offer Free Dental Work for Veterans

The Missourian –

The Washington Aspen Dental location will offering free dental work to veterans Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3155 Phoenix Center Drive.

Of the more than 21 million veterans across the U.S., fewer than 10 million are enrolled for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, which for many does not include dental care benefits, and more than 1.2 million lack health insurance altogether.

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