Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs
Dental Practice Management Coach

About the Clinical Expert

Gary Takacs is a well-known presence in dental practice consulting with 40 years of experience. 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 the Thriving Dentist Show, Less Insurance Dependence podcast, Co-owner of LifeSmiles Dental care, Gary’s main goal is to guide dentists and practice owners towards success.

Academic Qualification

  • 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).


  • 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

Awards & Recognition

  • Referred to as the Godfather of Dental Podcasting 
  • Co-host of the Thriving Dentist Show Podcast & the Less Insurance Dependence Show
  • Founder of the Thriving Practice Academy

StudyClub Topic


6 Steps to Successfully Resign from PPO Plans


Today, many dental practices struggle with various problems that restrict them from becoming the best practice they could be – a thriving, profitable & successful dental practice.

Each year many practice owners decide to sell their practice to DSOs just because they have been unable to transform their practice into a thriving and profitable practice.

This is the exact strategy that Gary used to successfully drop 34 PPO Plans and become a fully fee-for-service practice within 2 years!

At the same time, Gary has used these exact strategies to help over 2200+ practices in the US & around the world successfully resign from PPO Plans at their practice. These practices (including Gary’s own practice, LifeSmiles) are now among the top 1% of practices in the US today.

  • The six step process that helped Gary to resign from over 34 PPO Plans at his practice in two years (Gary was able to drop 2-3 plans every 2 months) while retaining over 85% of his patient base!
  • Get your readiness checklist in place.
  • Learn how to get the data you need to be successful at resigning from each plan you’re contracted with.
  • Learn step by step on how you can figure out what your insurance write-offs are, # of patients at your practice, and how you can plan ahead to successfully resign from each of them!
  • Learn how you can develop a comprehensive marketing plan to constantly attract ideal patients to your practice and proactively replace any patients you might lose by going out of network.
  • Get your Team 100% on board & support you behind the goal of successfully reducing insurance dependence!
  • Develop an In-Office Membership Plan that works for your practice + tips how you can successfully market your membership plan to new patients in your community!
  • Learn how you can elevate the relationship-driven element of your practice to aid you in the process of getting patients to know, like & trust you and support your decision to go out of network with PPO Plans at your practice!


September 30th, 2021

6:30 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET (2 hours)

6:00 PM PT to 8:00 PM PT (2 hours)

CE Credits Offered for this Session: 2

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