The Business of Biological Dentistry

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Except instead of a video game, this is your REAL LIFE. It’s your dental practice where you pour your heart and soul into bringing biological care to patients. To help you reach your goals, we invite you to our special event designed to GROW your Biological Dental Practice. Whether you have an established business model or you are starting from scratch in the Biological Dental Field, now is the time to…

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Dr. Katie To

Join us at our first-ever Business of Biological Dentistry event in Katy, Texas!

All Dentists I know love to learn new clinical techniques and buy the latest and greatest technology. But what are we doing with all of that? How do we take what we have learned and purchased and use it to grow the business? Because, after all, we cannot serve our patients if our business is struggling.

At our first-ever business event, we will spend a day and a half hearing from those who practice what they preach and are bringing you invaluable knowledge that will help you move your business in the right direction. Whether you are just getting started or are looking for new ways to improve, we’ve got you covered.

We will not only spend time on the business but also talk in great depth about systems for your team, so we encourage you to bring your team to this event. We will have special sessions just for them, and bringing your team will allow them to help you implement what you learn so much faster.

Some of the topics covered will be:

  • Building your referral network.
  • Biological Perio Systems.
  • Systems to manage patient care.
  • How to set your fees.
  • How to look at your P&L.
  • Staff Training

This is the conference you don’t want to miss! We’ll have something for everyone in your office with breakout sessions on Saturday. This conference will focus on how you run your business to be efficient and effective to create a win-win situation for patients and practitioners alike!

This conference is LIMITED TO 50 ATTENDEES and on a first-come, first-served basis!

Date: September 29-30, 2023
Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Saturday: 8AM – 12PM

Friday, September 29th Main Room: All Attendees

7:30 AM Registration & Meet the Vendors
8:00 AM Dr. Dawn Intro, Installation of New Officers & Coining
8:30 AM Boomerang Effect- Dr. Dawn Ewing PhD

Biological dentistry focuses on the body’s innate ability to self-regulate. How can we fully help our patients if we are only able to address dental conditions? Working with like-minded medical practitioners for the benefit of the patient is a win-win-win. Collaborative reciprocity on the patients’ behalf ensures that we have healthy patients but also a thriving practice.

9:30 AM Break and Visit our Vendors
10:00 AM Creating a Patient-Centered Biological Perio Program- Fran Horning BRDH

Despite what we’ve been taught in school, it’s not calculus! There are many factors that influence periodontal disease and how a patient will respond to treatment. This course will give you a preliminary roadmap for delivering true biological periodontal therapy for a win-win situation that benefits the patient and practice alike.

11:30 AM Emotional Intelligence- Dr. Simon Casey

Discover better ways to communicate with your team and how to handle upsets. This course will help you in ways that go beyond the dental practice.


Friday, September 29th Main Room: Doctors Breakout

2:00 PM What Do I Buy & Why? – Dr. Katie To DDS

To deliver high-quality biological dentistry, it requires understanding not only what are the best tools to use in your practice but also why. This course will be a guide to creating an office that you’ll be proud to have with the equipment that will best serve you and your patients.

3:00 PM Break and Visit our Vendors
3:30 PM Why Working with a Functional Doctor is the Way to Go- Dr. Cheng-Huai Ruan, MD

News flash… the mouth is attached to the body! Working with a Functional medicine or any alternative medical practitioner will enhance your patients’ experience, health, and well-being. Additionally, you set yourself apart as a true healthcare professional.

4:30 PM Oral Surgery for Airway Patients- Dr. David Alfi DDS, MD, FACS

Working with dental specialists on behalf of your patient’s overall health is important for both patient and the general dentist. Awareness of patients’ needs and patient selection is key to optimal results. What to look for and what to do, and when to refer.

5:00 PM End of Day 1

Friday, September 29th Side Room: Team Breakout

2:00 PM Ethical Marketing for your Biological Practice- Fran Horning BRDH

Many patients are realizing the benefits of biological dentistry and are looking for true biological practitioners. How can you get the word out about what you do so patients can find you without misrepresenting your practice? What are the best avenues of promotion, and what are the buzzwords you should avoid? During this course will get an overview of some of the marketing strategies you can explore to reach your truly holistic patients.

3:00 PM Break and Visit our Vendors
3:30 PM Case Acceptance Patient Flow & Management- Dawn Miller BRDA

Patient management is everything. Have you ever had a midnight recall of that patient you forgot about? If so, this course is for you! We’ll review the best strategies for patient management and flow, Department meetings, Team meetings, and keeping everything organized and running like a well-oiled machine. We will also deep dive into case acceptance skills and tracking.

5:00 PM End of Day 1

Saturday, September 30th Main Room: Doctor Breakout

7:30 AM Registration & Meet the Vendors
8:00 AM Intro & Recap
8:30 AM Profit Over Production – Dr. Julie Woods

Dr. Woods is the author of Profit Over Production. In this course she will teach you how to read your P & L and balance sheet. She will tell you how to measure profitability quickly, how to maximize cash flow, decrease expenses, and purchase new equipment without taking on more debt.

9:30 AM Bread & Visit Our Vendors

Saturday, September 30th Side Room: Team Breakout

7:30 AM Registration & Meet the Vendors
8:00 AM Intro & Recap
8:30 AM The Myths, the Truths, and the Science of Biological Dentistry- Fran Horning BRDH

Go to the internet, and you’ll find a plethora of misinformation on what holistic and biological dentistry really is. Being The OG of oral systemic dentistry, the word holistic dentistry gets a bad rap, and it’s widely misunderstood. During this course, you will find out what it is, what it isn’t, about its inception and the importance of continued learning and training, and how to create in-office training systems.

9:30 AM Bread & Visit Our Vendors

Saturday, September 30th Main Room: All Attendees

10:00 AM A Healthy Practice Helps More Patients- Dr. Katie To DDS

Dental school prepares us to address dental disease, but it doesn’t prepare us to address the business end of the practice. This course will review strategies for setting fees, preventing burnout, creating a work-life balance, and so much more!

12:00 PM End of Conference

Online Hotel Reservations:

Start Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023
End Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023

Four Points by Sheraton Houston Energy Corridor For 89 USD Per Night

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Business of Biological Dentistry- Speakers


Dr. Dawn Ewing PhD

Dr. Dawn Ewing PhD

Dr. Dawn Ewing is a naturopathic practitioner in Houston, Texas, Executive Director of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), and author of Let the Tooth Be Known, now in its fourth edition.

She began her career as a dental hygienist after graduating from the University of Texas Dental School in 1988 and was eventually appointed to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners by the governor, serving two terms.

A thirst for knowledge about the human body immersed her in the world of emergency medicine. Becoming a Nationally Registered Paramedic, she spent 12 years on a 911 ambulance and four years in international air ambulance transport.

She began teaching CPR to the public, Advanced Cardiac Life Support to health care providers and became an affiliate faculty member of the American Heart Association in 1987.

She was drawn back into dentistry by a biological dentist. He was looking for someone with knowledge of the body as a whole, not just the mouth. This new excitement led her to return to school for a doctorate in naturopathy, a PhD in holistic nutrition and a doctorate in integrative medicine at Capital University of Integrative Medicine.

Obviously ,a perpetual student, Dr. Dawn continues to do far more than the 80 hours of continuing education each year required for her combined licenses. Most recently, she was certified in functional nutrition by the Functional Nutrition Alliance.

She was featured on the movie “Root Cause” and can be found on several podcasts and YouTube videos.

For complete CV see CV – Holistic Health Alternatives (

Fran Horning

Fran Horning BRDH

Fran is a Certified and Accredited Biological Dental Hygienist and Associate Director of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine; she serves on their Board and is the Hygiene Committee Chair. She also is a Hygiene Committee member, mentor, and lecturer for the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She lectures at and for several biological and traditional organizations across the country, is an international public speaker, and performs individualized on-site office training. She is the Qualitative Director in charge of training biological protocols in the most prominent biological practice in her state. Additionally, she is a coach and trainer of biological dentistry and biological dental hygiene and the owner of Integrative Perio Solutions LLC and Hygiene Naturally. Fran is an active member of the IABDM, IAOMT, ADHA, and AAOSH. Her presentations and training receive rave reviews.

Dr. Katie To

Dr. Katie To DDS

Dr. Katie To is a biological and cosmetic dentist and the owner of The Center for Integrated Wellness and Cosmetic Dentistry in Katy, Texas. As the only SMART certified dentist in Katy, safe patient care is a top priority. Her industry knowledge includes dental ozone therapy, biological dental surgery, cosmetic dentistry techniques and clinical nutrition. Within each area of expertise, biocompatible and nontoxic approaches are selected.

While the practice specializes in biological dentistry, Dr. Katie’s team places equal importance on proper nutrition, posture, sleep, mindset, and emotional wellness. She personalizes all dental materials, techniques, and procedures to maximize optimal wellness for each patient. This attention to detail extends to her work in cosmetic dentistry. As a Digital Smile Design (DSD) clinic, Dr. Katie uses cutting-edge technology to transform smiles and build confidence.

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Dr. Katie pursued dentistry. She studied at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) with distinction in research and multiple awards in cosmetic dentistry upon graduation. Following this season of life, she married her husband, Dr. Bar Nguyen, and they traveled the world together.

Her complete CV can be found here

Dawn Miller BRDA

Dawn Miller BRDA

Dawn Miller is a certified biological dental assistant and the Team Leader of The Center for Integrated Wellness and Cosmetic Dentistry in Katy, Texas. She is also the Director of Business Growth for the International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine. She has been in the dental field for over 10 years and has worked all aspects of dental assisting, front office, and team management.

Dawn has expanded her career to also include coaching of dental teams across the country. She helps dentists and teams achieve better systems, efficiency, and ultimately better patient care. She is an experienced dental teams trainer and helps them go from conventional to biological dentistry. She has been a course organizer and speaker for KT Dental Seminars. She also has an online course called Canva for Dentists.

Dr. Cheng-Huai Ruan, MD

Dr. Cheng-Huai Ruan, MD

Dr. Cheng-Huai Ruan, MD is an internal medicine specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Ruan completed a residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College. They currently practice at Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine and are affiliated with Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.

Dr. David Alfi DDS MD

Dr. David Alfi DDS MD

Dr. Alfi is from Los Angeles, California, and was fortunate to attend Columbia University during dental school, where there was a heavy emphasis on oral surgery and academic medicine. While earning his dental degree, Dr. Alfi became interested in the multiple specialties of oral surgery. Radiology, anesthesia, diagnoses, medical management, dentistry, surgery—the more he learned, the more he knew this was the path for him.

Following his residency, Dr. Alfi joined Houston Methodist and Texas Children’s Hospital while working as an associate professor and full-scope surgeon. He wanted to expand upon a practice that focused on research, innovation, patient care, and educating future surgeons. Dr Alfi then started his own private practice with the vision to excel in surgical outcomes and advance the field with research and development of surgical techniques.

His complete CV can be found here

Dr. Julie C. Woods

Dr. Julie C. Woods

Dr. Julie C. Woods is a practicing periodontist in Topeka, KS, where she has lived and worked since completing her residency at Baylor College of Dentistry in 2004. In 2017, when she and her team were crushing their production goals, Dr. Woods was burned out and making less money than ever. She was tempted to walk away from dentistry all together.

Thankfully, someone suggested she read Profit First by Mike Michalowicz. She implemented the cash management system in early 2018. In 2020, Dr. Woods pursued certification as a Profit First Professional so she could assist dental colleagues implement the cash management system. However, as her own practice transformed, she began to enjoy practicing more and time became limited for helping colleagues. Dental friends began asking if she would consider writing a book to help them better understand the business of dentistry. Her book, Profit Over Production, is available to order.

Dr. Woods is committed to busting the myth that the answer to all money problems is merely to “produce more”. She does not want anyone to ever feel as overwhelmed and burned out as she did. She knows they can transform their businesses, allowing them to choose their practice destiny.

Simon Casey Ph.D, LADC, MAC

Simon Casey Ph.D, LADC, MAC

Operations Director, Healthcare Facility Development, Center & Leadership Evaluation, Business Development / Expansion, Employee &Customer Relations

CEO’s, private practice owners center operators; do you want to be an effective leader? Or Is your existing center struggling to grow, experiencing ineffective leadership and negative culture?

My goal is to show you how you could be an influential, inspirational leader and implement company policies, standards, changes in operation, and systems that optimize productivity and bottom line. Consistently implementing business solutions and process to improve quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction in healthcare settings.

Pro-active and result-oriented professional with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of management, training, operations planning and consistent success in achieving delivery goals mostly in the healthcare industry. Laser focus in the development of vision and strategy; turn around underperforming operations; driving timely and clear decisions; and leading highly skilled, cross-functional teams in the design, development, and launch of leading solutions.

Offers a deep understanding of patient services, including chart audit/review, healthcare support, regulatory compliance, doctor/physician collaboration, and employee training on healthcare systems. With strong business acumen, demonstrate an outstanding track record of delivering results through collaboration, teamwork and innovative thinking.

Career Snapshot

  • Received “Humanitarian Award” in September 2016 at the Capital Hill.
  • Turned around troubled centers
  • Maintained 98% patient satisfaction scores consistently for five months.
  • Established diverse corporate culture.
  • Consistently earned high ratings for unyielding commitment and initiatives using extensive knowledge of healthcare regulations including Title 22, HIPPA, CARF and JACOH.

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Biological Dentistry is concerned with the whole body effects of all dental materials, techniques and procedures. It unites the best clinical practices and technologies of Western dental medicine with a wide array of practices beyond its horizon. It is fluoride-free, mercury-free and mercury-safe.
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