Leslie Pasco, D.M.D.
Dr. Leslie is a general dentist, practice owner, practice management consultant, public speaker, and a mom. As you can see, she’s the type of person who wants to do it all – and without making any compromises when it comes to being successful, delivering top-level quality of care to her patients, and having a family. Doing all of this is quite a balancing act, however, and it was a journey getting to this place.
Graduating from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1998, Dr. Leslie started her career driven by two passions: dentistry and helping people. When she purchased a practice in Buffalo, NY, she was able to do both, but she felt limited by the fact that she only had two hands – meaning she could only help one patient at a time. This urge to do more brought her to MGE: Management Experts in the early 2000s, where she learned how to improve efficiency and expand her dental practice, eventually graduating MGE’s full executive training program. Over that time she expanded her dental office to help more patients with comprehensive treatment – growing to over 20,000 patient charts, bringing in associates and specialists to improve care, and collecting over $4 million annually.
While this was a fantastic situation, she soon found that she had a new passion: helping her colleagues with their practices. By consulting with and lecturing to her fellow dentists about vital subjects like case acceptance, efficiency and practice management, she is able two extend her “two hands” to help even more patients get healthy and help the dentists reduce stress and gain career satisfaction. That led her to do the unthinkable and sell her powerhouse Buffalo practice and open up a boutique office outside of Pittsburgh that allows her to deliver great care to her patients while traveling all over the US and Canada with MGE to lecture to dentists looking for management assistance.
Jeff Santone, M.A. Econ.
Jeff Santone holds a Masters degree in Economics from George Washington University and was a Senior Financial Analyst at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors for six years. He then joined his wife, Dr. Virginia Lee, as the business manager of Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center. In 2007, Mr. Santone enrolled in and completed the MGE Executive Training Program. Applying his expertise in the areas of management, personnel, finance and marketing, he has been instrumental in transforming Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center into one of the top specialist practices in the DC Metro area. A model of efficiency, the office has seen a collections increase of 400%—$50,000 per month to well in excess of $200,000 per month, with only one doctor.
Aleksandr Dayanayev, D.D.S.
Dr. Aleksandr Dayanayev, along with his partner Dr. Albert Malakov, opened the doors to their practice in 2000. Over the following decade, they went through virtually every stress, problem, or difficulty a dentist in practice could possibly experience. In 2010, Drs. Dayanayev and Malakov enrolled in the MGE Power Program to master the business side of dentistry. In just three years, they dropped all of their HMOs (18,000 patients!) while tripling their collections (from approx. $1.4 million/year up to $3.5 million/year) and seeing more than 150 new patients per month! An entertaining and informative speaker, Dr. Dayanayev has most importantly been in “the trenches” himself and knows exactly what it takes for any dentist to achieve growth and fulfillment.
Rushi Trivedi, M.C.S., M. Fin
An extraordinary entrepreneur and engineer, with master’s degrees in computers and Finance. Also, trained as an executive by MGE, Mr. Trivedi owns and manages several businesses in the New York area. Beginning with his wife’s small dental practice, Mr. Trivedi created two thriving practices which collected $7,000,000 last year. He is well-versed in all areas of practice management and truly understands the formula for creating a successful business. Mr. Trivedi is extremely popular with audiences, due in no small part to his passion for sharing what he has learned with others and helping them succeed.
Bruce Smoler, D.D.S., FAGD, FICOI
A 1987 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School with more than 6,000 credit hours of Continuing Education. Dr. Smoler works diligently to stay abreast of the latest techniques and trends in dentistry. In that same vein, Dr.Smoler became a client of MGE in 2010. Using the practice management information from the MGE Program, Dr.Smoler expanded his $1 million practice into a tremendously efficient fee-for-service office on track to collect over $3 million this year. Dr. Smoler formed the Smoler Smiles Hands on Mentorship program where he helps mentor fellow dentists in all aspects of Implant Dentistry and has lectured locally, regionally, and nationally on both Dental Implants and Management related topics.
Nathan Owens, D.M.D., MBA, FAGD
Raised on a dairy farm in Alabama, Dr. Owens truly was a small-town boy with big-time dreams, leading him to acquire a practice shortly after graduating dental school. Very quickly he discovered the stress that comes along with managing dental practices and realized he needed to learn more. He turned his focus to gaining all the management knowledge he could, while providing the highest possible quality of service for his patients. While operating this practice, he completed his MBA and enrolled in hours and hours of clinical CE to continue his education in esthetic dentistry, implants, orthodontics and more. Things really clicked into place when he came to MGE in 2015 to complete the entire management CE program. Now his office is efficient, organized and stress-free – and in just two years his small-town practice has nearly doubled from $1.3 million to $2.3 million and is expanding smoothly to multiple locations. And most importantly, he’s helping more patients with higher quality dentistry than ever before! He now lectures nationally and loves sharing his hard-won knowledge with his colleagues.
Amrita Patel, D.D.S.
A graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Patel chairs her district’s New Dentist Committee, serves as a delegate to the New York State House of Delegates, and holds various other local and state level committee positions. Dr. Patel and her father became MGE clients in 2015 and by implementing this management training over the past two years, they have been able to continue to grow and expand as owners of multiple specialty group practices in metro New York City. Dr. Patel is also actively involved with the nation’s newest dental school—the Touro College of Dental Medicine at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and serves as a mentor to the incoming classes of dental students there. Her involvement at different levels of the dental industry has given her a unique perspective on dentistry and practice management, and her passion is to do her part in helping her fellow dentists so the industry as a whole continues to move forward and improve the dental experience for patients nationwide.