Built by providers, for providers. A brighter future in orthodontics starts here.

This presentation is for you if:

  • You want to maximize your earnings and minimize stress in orthodontic practice.
  • You appreciate professional freedom and want to make your orthodontic practice more prosperous.
  • Have questions about EBITDA targets, current multiples and the effects of rising interest rates on practice valuations.
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Todd Nickerson
Chief Development Officer

Todd oversees all Merger and Acquisition activity for the organization. Before joining Rock Dental Brands, Nickerson served as Chief Development Officer at North American Dental Group and Vice President of M&A at both U.S. Oral Surgery Management and Smile Source.

During his tenure at U.S. Oral Surgery Management, Nickerson was instrumental in the record breaking revenue growth in three consecutive years, which led to a very successful recapitalization in 2021. During his nine year tenure at Smile Source, Nickerson led the unmatched franchise growth to over 650 locations.

This presentation will help doctors and their spouses:

Understand a Partnership Mindset

Put yourself in the driver's seat and see behind the scenes how certain deal structures can work either for or against your plans for the future. This one peek behind the curtain can make all the difference in your practice growth and valuation.

Pick and Choose the Best Option

Given each doctor's objective, amount of time, and appetite for risk, there are private equity partnerships that do or do not make sense financially. You'll discover how to choose and know exactly when a partnership makes sense for your family's future and legacy.

Plan with Confidence

Chart your course with data and expert guidance. From your first decision to explore the valuation of your practice, through due diligence and successful partnership, the future is bright when doctors can discuss their plans transparently and with confidence.

Realize your vision of a thriving practice, built more easily than you might expect.

Guest Experts

Join Todd Nickerson, Chief Development Officer of Rock Dental Brands, and fellow orthodontists in an intimate setting at Highball & Harvest inside the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes.

Todd will be joined by Dr. Mark Dake, Chief Dental Officer and Co-Founder of Rock Dental Brands and Dustin Burleson, DDS, MBA, President of Burleson Seminars and Equity Partner at Rock Dental Brands.

Dr. Mark Dake

Chief Dental Officer and Co-Founder

Dr. Mark Dake is the founder of Rock Dental Brands and Westrock Orthodontics. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He went on to receive his Master of Science in Dentistry and Orthodontic Certification from the Baylor College of Dentistry.

As a Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Dake takes pride in the successful treatment of many patients throughout many communities over the years.

Dr. Dake is a pilot and enjoys flying to visit his family. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for 40 years and have three children. One of his sons, Merritt Dake, is the former Chief Executive Officer of Rock Dental Brands.

Dr. Dustin Burleson

President, Burleson Seminars

Dustin Burleson, DDS, MBA is a speaker, teacher, author, venture partner and business strategist. His monthly marketing, management and leadership programs reach over 4,300 orthodontists in 35 countries.

Dr. Burleson is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and earned his MBA in Healthcare Management. His orthodontic marketing campaigns have generated over $500 million in revenue for his members at Burleson Seminars.

He is the author of seven best-selling books and teaches at the UMKC School of Dentistry and Children's Mercy Hospital.

Ready to discover the exciting future of orthodontics?