Registration for the Largest DSO Event of 2018 is Officially Open

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) has opened registration for the 2018 ADSO Summit at the JW Marriott Austin in downtown Austin, Texas. The conference will begin the evening of April 18 and conclude Friday, April 20.

The ADSO’s annual Summit is consistently the gold standard event for the DSO industry. Speakers from around the world will bring an unmatched level of expertise and insight to the 2018 Summit, focusing on the latest industry developments and trends, growth and development for all sizes and stages of DSOs, recruitment and retention of dentists, and more. Summit attendees have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the industry’s top CEOs, including Steve Bilt of Smile Brands, Inc., Pat Bauer of Heartland Dental, and Ken Cooper of North American Dental Group.

Sessions will include topics such as:

  • Leading Change: Supporting and Developing Newly Acquired Practices
  • Future DSO Trends: Strategies to Address a Rapidly Changing Industry
  • Organized Dentistry: The Importance of Engagement
  • The Role of Dental Schools and Dental Student Practice Pathways
  • DSOs Worldwide:  Challenges and Opportunities, Legal Hot Issues for DSOs
  • Legal Hot Issues for DSOs
  • How to Engage with State Dental Boards and State Legislatures: Grassroots Advocacy
  • Strategic Business Planning: The Fundamentals of Internal Processes for DSOs
  • Strategic Growth: $100M and Up
  • Strategic Expansion
  • Specialty Integration into a DSO
  • Developing a Centralized Operational Infrastructure, Including Billing Solutions and Call Centers
  • Developing Performance Indicators
  • Strategies to Recruit Dental Students for Long Term Practice Opportunities
  • Best Practices for Clinical Directors and their Supported Doctors
  • Practice Management Software Panel
  • The Changing Landscape of the Dental Consumer and the Impact on Your Business
  • The Importance of Becoming Part of Your Patient’s Community
  • Online Reputation Management
  • Growing Your DSO Brand Through Public Relations
  • Developing a Digital Presence to Engage Today’s Consumer

This year’s Summit will have sessions designed for every member of the team, with breakouts on topics such as leadership, marketing and public relations, advocacy, and growth and development. DSOs and dental group practices of all sizes will benefit from the general sessions, breakout sessions, round table discussions, industry partner talk, table visits, and networking receptions.

The ADSO Summit draws C-level executives and team members from DSOs and dental group practices, as well as industry partner representatives from over 150 companies. These industry partners specialize in providing the products and services required to help DSOs and dental groups grow strategically and effectively.

The ADSO looks forward to collaborative dialogue, educational sessions, and building new relationships during the 2018 conference. The preliminary agenda for the annual meeting can be found below and the full agenda with speaker biographies will be available shortly. For more information on the preeminent DSO event of the year, please visit

ADSO’s 2017 Summit attracted nearly 900 registrants. More than 120 DSOs or group practices were represented at the event, along with a dozen DSOs from other countries. The breadth of participation is a testament to the growth of the DSO industry, as well as the increasing recognition that the ADSO provides the best forum for DSOs to come together and share their experiences. To read about 2017’s Summit, click HERE.

The ADSO’s exponential growth over the last several years is predicted to continue in 2018.  If your organization is not currently an ADSO member, email them at to join and receive complimentary registration for this event.

*Please note the agenda items and schedule are as of December 8, 2017 and are subject to change.