Dental Success Network was built by Dr. Mark Costes with the goal of helping dentists run a profitable business, become better clinicians and build a community where like-minded dental practice owners can collaborate and become leaders in the dental industry.
You will find them answering clinical, practice management, and life-related questions every single day in our Workplace community. Our esteemed faculty will also on occasion host dental continuing education courses pertaining to their particular domain expertise, so you will have the opportunity to learn clinical and dental practice management skills at a great discount.
Dr. Mark Costes is far from a typical dentist and dental coach. During his career, he has been able to start or acquire over a dozen successful dental practices during some of the profession’s most challenging times. But Dr. Costes’s journey was not without its setbacks. In fact, he credits much of his success to the fact that he made more mistakes in his first year of private practice ownership than most dentists make in an entire career. What separated him from the masses, however, was the fact that he viewed each failure and roadblock as a learning experience and an opportunity to improve his business and life. This philosophy, as well as his decision to model the world’s most successful marketers and dentists, has led him to where he is today. Dr. Costes is the founder of the Dental Success Institute, a company committed to helping dentists to achieve their full potential while recapturing their passion for dentistry. He is also the founder of the Horizon Schools of Dental Assisting which has experienced explosive growth and has expanded to over one hundred and eighty locations throughout the United States. Dr. Costes is the International and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book Pillars of Dental Success. His internet radio show, The Dentalpreneur Podcast now has listenership from over 150 countries worldwide. Mark and his wife Leslie have three sons; Bryce, Brendan, Brady, and their dog Bear. They live in Prescott, AZ.
Addison Killeen, DDS, is a practicing dentist, author, speaker, and business coach. He has owned 8 practices and currently owns one startup in Lincoln, Nebraska that is growing at a logarithmic scale. Prior to the dental field, he was a ‘numbers guy’ for a large conglomerate, where he learned that you need to keep watching the numbers, no matter how big or small the company. He has traveled the world extensively to provide dental care to the poor and under-served. Each year he visits the Kobonal Mission in Hinche, Haiti, and he has also visited Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua to provide care. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Rachel and their two boys. Outside of the dental office, he enjoys endurance bike racing and all things outdoors.
Ryan Gross has 10+ years of marketing, brand management, communications and sales experience working with The Walt Disney Company, dental practices and the attraction industry. His proven techniques have increased revenue through marketing and communication strategies. He has managed multiple million dollar budgets and helped dental practices increase new patient acquisition and patient retention. Ryan has worked and partnered with organizations and companies across the nation and world on a variety of marketing, promotional and communications projects. His portfolio of work includes collaborations with National Geographic, Google, NBC and Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation. A native of Nebraska, Ryan currently lives and works in Lincoln. He believes in a balance of faith, family, recreation and work. He enjoys traveling, golf, cooking, fitness and reading.
Dr. Elliott grew up south of Boise (in Orange County, CA…. shhh… Don’t tell anybody). After playing college soccer and graduating summa cum laude from Houghton College in Houghton, NY, Dr. Elliott graduated top 5 from Creighton University Dental School in Omaha, NE. She moved to North Idaho as soon as she could. Dr. Elliott loves helping her patients not only smile but sleep better too! When she is not working (which is a lot just ask her family), she loves to spend time with her family of 3 boys (her husband Tom included!), playing soccer, golfing, and reading. Dr. Elliott is also a national speaker and educator on the very important topic of sleep apnea and has been published in many dental journals. She loves to help general dentists extend this life-saving service to their patients. She is an active member of her local American Dental Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is the past president and a diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.
Dr. Dania Tamimi graduated with a dental degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She trained at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and earned a doctorate of medical science (DMSc) and certificate of fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 2005. She is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR). She is a reviewer and an Editorial Board member for Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology (OOOO), as well as a reviewer for DMFR, Oral Radiology, Head and Neck, Angle Orthodontist and AJO-DO. She is the lead author on two textbooks: “Specialty Imaging: Dental Implants” (which has been translated to Portuguese and Russian) and “Specialty Imaging: Temporomandibular Joint” (translated to Spanish) and a co-lead author on “Diagnostic Imaging, Oral and Maxillofacial” (translated to Spanish). She lectures nationally and internationally. She currently runs her oral and maxillofacial radiology private practice in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Summer Kassmel is a practicing dentist and owner of 2 large, multi-doctor offices in the Vail, CO area. She has built a life she loves in the mountains of Colorado where she works 1-2 clinical days a week and 2 days of CEO days (imagination time!) Always the entrepreneur, Summer owns and operates a dental assisting school out of her flagship practice and is owner of Rocky Mountain Dental Assisting Schools, a DA program other doctors can purchase to train DA’s out of their own offices. Summer is passionate about helping all doctors build practices and lives of their dreams but is especially enthusiastic about supporting women doctors grow thriving practices they love. She is currently a coach for DSI and loves using numbers to help doctors make smart decisions that allow them to work with intention rather than at a frenetic pace. When not daydreaming or working, Summer enjoys every minute of the mountain lifestyle with her two kiddos, Siena and Cash.
Dr. Chris Bowman is a full-time practicing dentist, speaker, author, and dental success coach from Charlotte, North Carolina. He started Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte in 1996, where he currently collects among the top 7% of dentists nationally in a predominantly fee-for-service practice. Focal points in his private practice include elective cosmetic dentistry, esthetic restorative dentistry, Six Month Smiles adult orthodontics, Invisalign orthodontics, Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment, and sedation dentistry. In 2005 Dr. Bowman founded Dental Insiders, which provides coaching, consulting, and training programs for dentists and dental team members. DI currently reaches over 3100 dentists domestically and internationally, at several levels ranging from E-letter subscribers to private coaching clients in his Dental Success Blueprint program. Dr. Bowman has served as a Clinical Instructor for Six Month Smiles since 2011. He also founded the “Get More YES’s” Advanced Dental Communications course in 2014 for doctors and all dental team members. The “Get More YES’s” course has been delivered both privately and in major cities all across the US. Attending practices have enjoyed dramatic increases in new patients, treatment acceptance, reviews and referrals, and revenue as direct results of Dr. Bowman’s training and coaching. Dr. Bowman has been a contributor to Dental Economics, The Profitable Dentist magazine, 1000 Gems, and several online dental publications and forums, including Dentistry IQ. He has also shared the stage internationally as a dynamic speaker with many of dentistry’s leading speakers at such events as the Yankee Dental Congress, Dental Success Summit, Delivering WOW Annual Summit, Smiles At Sea, Excellence in Dentistry’s “Spring Break” Seminar, the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics Seminar, 1000 Gems Super Seminars, Rondeau Annual Orthodontic Symposiums in Las Vegas and Toronto, and the 2012 British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Annual Session. Dr. Bowman has appeared on Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates in Charlotte, NC as a featured dentist on a variety of dental related topics. He has also been a guest on dozens of podcasts including the Thriving Dentist, Dental Hacks, Dentalpreneur, Relentless Dentist, Dental Practice Heroes, Fee For Service Dentist, Delivering WOW, Ideal Practices, Better Dentistry, Shared Practices, Two Reds, and many others. Most importantly, Dr. Bowman is married to his beautiful wife Elizabeth, and they have three amazing children: Reid (16), Kenan (14), and Olivia (13)…and their awesome yellow lab Cooper (11) and Rhodesian ridgeback Coco (6 mo.). Dr. Bowman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron Nicholas DDS is a practicing dentist and international speaker with over 30 years of experience. He graduated from University of Maryland Dental School. He is the Founder and CEO of Monday Morning Dentistry, Smile Protection Dental Plan, The Dental Assistant School of Maryland and Nicholas Dental Care. He is a frequent guest on dental podcasts including The Dentalprenuer, The Relentless Dentist, Dentists, Implants and Worms and The Better Dentistry Podcast. He has authored numerous videos including. The One Hour Molar Root Canal, Buildup and Crown; Ultimate Anesthesia; Profitable Hygiene Without Bloodshed; and Efficient Extractions for the General Practitioner. He is a regular participant in the Dominican Republic Dental Mission Trip and has made the excursion 20 times to help provide dental services to the less fortunate in that country.
I’m Amanda Wilson, an orthodontist, dental consultant and dental advisor by profession. After 10 years in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, I created StraightSmile Solutions® as an orthodontic consulting company that directly services dentists, dental specialists, and dental labs and their unique needs. I can consult on any orthodontic service, process, vendor or procedure but ultimately my core values are airway-focused (AirwayDontics™), non-extraction, non-surgical, early orthodontic treatment (My Phase 1 Smile™). Orthodontic lab fees are a concern, so through Bid My Ortho Lab™, I match doctors and treatment plans with the best, lowest-price orthodontic lab solution. On a personal note, I live in Honolulu and I love spending time with my husband and my school-aged kids and volunteering as a Junior Girl Scout® Leader and for USA Swimming® as a Stroke and Turn Judge.
Korey’s 20-year career in strategic brand development and relationship marketing has gained him national recognition and industry awards. A serial entrepreneur, Korey dropped out of college after less than a year to begin his career. After working for several creative companies, Korey set out to build his first branding agency at just 26 years of age. Korey is an accomplished speaker and writer on the subjects of dental marketing and brand strategy and holds Marcom & Davey Branding Awards for his work. During his career, Korey has helped start, re-brand and transition thousands of dental practices across the country. Today, along with maintaining his Co-CEO position at Legwork, Korey is still passionate about brand development and coaching for a select group of yearly clients through his consulting business, O’keefe Korfiatis Consulting. In his free time, Korey loves spending time with his wife Flicka and there four children doing outdoor activities like skiing in the winter and fishing and boating in the summer.
Cory Pickens, MD, is an Anesthesiologist with special training in Neuro-anesthesia. He actively teaches and trains doctors and dentists across the country on anesthesia. Trained at the University of Washington, his hospital based work included a 6-year Neuro Anesthesia Chairmanship at SVH and 15 years of Trauma and Emergency Anesthesia coverage at level 1 and 2 trauma centers. Early in his career, Dr. Pickens began actively sedating for dental offices while studying dental sedation outpatient protocols. He created office based double jaw advancement anesthesia protocols with Dr. Clark Taylor. During his dental sedation studies and practice, he developed new oral conscious sedation combination protocols and improved pediatric sedation protocols that are now used nationwide. As Dr. Pickens identified large gaps in the dental and medical sedation communities, he formed the Academy of Dental and Medical Anesthesia to improve dental sedation nationwide. His ultimate goal is to protect the autonomy of a dentist to sedate while advancing dental sedation training.
Christopher Phelps, DMD, CMCT works with professionals across the country in identifying their marketing hurdles and showing them how to succeed and grow in an otherwise tough, competitive economy. An entrepreneur and Amazon bestselling author, Chris is also a general dentist practicing in Charlotte NC. In his first seven years of practice Chris grew his practice revenue by a factor of 10X: growing from one practice location to four. After selling two of those offices for profit, Chris focused on maximizing the capacity of his remaining two practices and enjoyed two consecutive years of $1,000,000 revenue growth in each of the two practices, effectively collecting with two offices what he had collected when he owned four. The Call Tracker ROI program he developed played a major role: decreasing missed calls by 90 and increasing team conversions of new patient appointments over the telephone from 24 to over 86 which helped increase his new patient numbers from 60/month to averaging over 300/month; all the while decreasing his marketing expenses by 74. In 2016 he launched Golden Goose Scheduling to help practices answer and schedule more new patient calls so they didn’t have to pay more in marketing money to get them. Chris writes frequently for industry publications such as Dental Economics, Dental Practice Management, Dental Products Report, Dentistry IQ ad Remin Media. He is the author of Grow Your Practice with Wine & Cheese and also published a CE article in Contemporary Esthetics Magazine. Chris was awarded the Doctor’s Choice National Dental Award in 2016 (from 6,000 nominated dentists). Additionally, he was chosen for the 2016 Doctor’s Choice Top 100, due to a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In addition to being a Kolbe Certified Trainer, a key opinion leader to several large dental companies, and understanding how to get new patients in the door, Dr. Phelps is also an expert in the Science of Influence and Ethical Persuasion. He has studied under the authority in this field, Dr. Robert Cialdini, and is the only dentist in the world to be named a Cialdini Method Certified Trainer (CMCT). Chris uses Cialdini’s Principles to ethically steer patients to more referrals, decreased no shows and higher case acceptance.
Audra S. Ward DMD, MS earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She then attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine an Alton, Illinois, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 2003. After completion of her General Practice Residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis Missouri, Dr. Ward moved to Kansas City, Missouri. She then taught general dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry for two years prior to entering the Periodontics residency at that institution. Dr. Ward completed this program and obtained her Certificate in Periodontics in 2008 as well as a Masters degree in Oral Biology in 2009. Dr. Ward earned her Diplomate status of the American Board of Periodontology in May, 2010. Dr. Ward resides in Leawood, Kansas with her husband, Derrick and is blessed with two beautiful children, Barrett and Quinn. In her free time she enjoys family time, cooking and walking her greyhound, Olive.
Alastair J. Macdonald is a private advisor to established entrepreneurs, investors and business owners. He is a TEDx speaker who lectures and presents his economic, social, market and financial forecasts to private equity, hedge funds, endowments and large investors across the US and internationally. He is the owner of the consulting firm Parallax Strategic Advisors and is the editor and publisher of the economic, social and market forecasting service “The Parallax Report.” He has served as adviser to state governors and legislators on social and economic policy, as well as public policy think tanks. As an ex-safari guide and National Geographic expedition leader, he is Chairman of the Board of Chengeta Wildlife International, an elephant conservation and anti-poaching organization with operations throughout west and central Africa. When not traveling, writing, working with clients, or wrasslin’ his two teenage kids, he is an active black-belt competitor, and instructor in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Dr. Russell Kirk was born in Union City, Tennessee, and lived in West Tennessee throughout his childhood. After graduating from Obion County Central High School in 1985, he completed his undergraduate training at The University of Tennessee-Martin in 1990. Dr. Kirk attended The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and graduated with honors in 1994. Immediately upon completion of dental school, Dr. Kirk accepted a commission as a dental officer in the United States Navy. He became interested in the Naval Services after being awarded a Health Professions Scholarship his last year of dental school. During his senior year, he was also selected by the Navy to participate in a one-year postgraduate residency in general dentistry. Dr. Kirk received his Certificate for General Practice Residency at Naval Hospital Great Lakes in 1995. After completing his Navy residency, Dr. Kirk served as the Dental Officer and Department Head for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero (NMCB 40). During his tour with the Seabees, he was based out of Port Hueneme, California, and completed deployments to Guam, Spain, and Bosnia. He completed his active duty obligation in 1997. Upon leaving active duty, Dr. Kirk was selected as one of two dentists for advanced training in anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Kirk completed his Fellowship in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine from Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1998. Advanced postgraduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was obtained at the University of Tennessee Memphis and Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Kirk received his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in June of 2002. Dr. Kirk began practicing in Lebanon, Tennessee, July 2002. In 2005, Dr. Kirk was mobilized to active duty. He closed his private practice to serve as the staff Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at the United States Military Hospital Kuwait in conjunction with Expeditionary Medical Facility Dallas. He returned home and re-opened his practice in March of 2006. He opened a second office in Mount Juliet in 2007. Plans for renovations to this facility are underway. While maintaining his schedule at the office, Dr. Kirk remains very active in the United States Navy Reserve. Dr. Kirk was promoted to the rank of Captain in June 2013. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the 24th Dental Company, 4th Dental Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group. Dr. Kirk also remains active in hospital, dental and civic activities in the surrounding community. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tennessee Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Diplomate of American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Kirk is married to Dr. Ann-Marie Sutherland. They have three daughters, Presley-Kate, Harper-Grace, Everly-Elizabeth (Peepers) and one son, Brennan James. His hobbies include training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and writing. For more on Dr. Kirk, you can check out Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery or Dr. Russell Kirk.
Reese Harper is the founder and CEO of DentistAdvisors.com, a registered investment advisory firm which focuses exclusively on dentists and specialists. His proprietary planning methodology called Elements® is used by dentists across the country to track their progress toward financial independence. Reese is also host of the Dentist Money™ Show podcast, a regular contributor to major dental publications, and a popular speaker at dental conventions, continuing education events, and dental districts all over the U.S. Reese is a Certified Financial Planner with CLU® and CHFC® designations from the American College of Financial Services and has a Masters of Finance from the University of Utah.
Jonathan created DentistMetrics to solve the problem facing many dentists – they have a complicated business and their time is stretched way too thin. Most dentists spend 15,000 hours learning to be a dentist but ZERO hours learning how to be a business owner. DentistMetrics aims to completely automate and outsource the bookkeeping, financial reporting, and tax portion of the dentist’s business so that they can focus on what really matters in their practice. By creating an automated workflow for the dentist and by focusing on showing dentists what numbers they need to be watching, DentistMetrics has allowed dental practices around the country to raise profits by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
In his practice, Dr. Jason Campbell has personally experienced many complex oral health issues than many dentists face during their careers, including genetically missing teeth, TMJ disorders, and migraine headaches. Additionally, he has been faced with many related medical problems, such as inflammatory illness due to food allergies, intolerances and acid issues. His experience with this dental and medical problems evolved into a passion for helping people in a comprehensive way to teat and avoid the very complex issues and dental problems that he has faced and to help other practitioners to develop the skillset to offer advanced care to patients and catapult their practice to new success.
Dr. Turchin’s desire to give his patients the very best has kept his schedule busy with Continuing Education Seminars all over the country, and Study Clubs such as the Occlusal Concepts Study Club of Manhattan. His treatment philosophy of integrating health and beauty has interested many different groups, making him a busy lecturer as well. As the science and art of dentistry moves forward, Dr. Turchin is dedicated to being at the forefront. But he knows that personalized care is the most important quality in treating people. Dr. Andrew Turchin graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999. His quest for more knowledge landed him at Columbia University where he was a Fellow in their Advanced Education in General Dentistry program which included a full year Dental Implant Course given by Branemark, the company credited with inventing and pioneering the modern dental implant. After finishing at Columbia, Dr. Turchin began private practice as an associate at a prominent Fifth Avenue practice renowned for their reconstructive work. In 2002, Dr. Turchin opened his own practice on Fifth Avenue practicing both preventive and reconstructive dentistry. Six months after September 11th, Dr. Turchin was asked to join World Trade Center Dental to help rebuild their great practice, which he was honored to do part time while maintaining his own office. In 2008, Dr Turchin expanded his practice to a much larger space on Madison Avenue, where he designed the practice of his dreams which comforted his patients in a non-clinical environment while under the surface being equipped with the best dental technology had to offer. In 2012, after 13 years of practicing at the top of Manhattan Dentistry, he sold his practice to follow his dream of living and practicing in Aspen, Colorado. It was hard for him to say goodbye to such an amazing practice with so many wonderful patients and a great team. He now enjoys bringing the very best preventive, general, and reconstructive dentistry that he is known for in New York to Aspen, while appreciating the wonders of nature.
Born in Jackson, TN, I grew up in Rockford, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids. I had never really given much thought to Dentistry as a profession. Why, I don’t really know, but during the summer between my sophomore and junior year of undergrad, I had a conversation with a second year dental student that opened my eyes. After that, everything is history.
For undergrad, I attended Graceland University and received my degree in Mathematics and Chemistry. For my dental degree, I attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City. I purchased my practice in 2011, Happy Rock Dental. I have since focused it around digital dentistry, particularly in the areas of Cosmetics, Implantology, and Orthodontics. Basically, if it can be technology centered, I’m interested.
I have been involved with software testing and development in dentistry for many years, starting with Sirona’s CEREC Chairside Milling. Currently, I have the privilege of acting as Project Manager of BlueSkyBio’s Orthodontic Department. I also provide technical feeback to a number of companies to help them provide a better dental product.
I’ve been married to my beautiful bride, Grace, for 11 years and we have three amazing children: Bowen (8y/o), Nella (6y/o), and Corwin (2y/o). You can learn more about our daughter Nella and her fight against Type 1 Spinal Muscular atrophy at Facebook.com/PrayersForNella.
When I find some free time, I try to squeeze in some snow or water skiing, snowboarding, running, and CrossFit. When I’m not exploring new ways to improve my work, I try to make the most of my family time and enjoy great TV and movies.