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Becoming less insurance dependent can renew your love for dentistry! Dr. Dan Alleman from Denver, Colorado, is a real-life example of how dropping PPO plans and reducing insurance dependency can help you get back the passion you had for dentistry!

In this episode, Gary and Naren discuss how Dr. Dan Alleman joined Gary’s coaching program and successfully completed the process. Dr.Alleman was then able to help other dentists from Colorado to become less insurance dependent! He also started a private Facebook group to help them. 

Dr. Dan Alleman invited Gary Takacs to Denver to do a presentation on “Proven plans to successfully drop PPO plans”. Tune into this episode to learn Gary’s observations during this presentation! Gary mentions that these are valuable lessons to dentists considering dropping PPO plans.

Gary also emphasizes how Ekwa Marketing has supported him throughout the years. If you would like to learn about how Ekwa Marketing can help your practice become thriving and profitable, you can visit,

Episode Timestamps

  • 00:00:50 – Introduction to the episode
  • 00:01:18 – Quick Announcement (iLoveDentistry Business Summit)
  • 00:02:19 – Naren talks about Dr. Dan Alleman, a client of Gary’s coaching program
  • 00:03:35 – Gary gives us the backstory of Dr. Dan Alleman as his coaching client
  • 00:05:01 – Dr. Alleman’s private Facebook group for Colorado dentists who are interested in dropping PPO plans
  • 00:06:00 – Dr. Dan Alleman invites Gary to Denver to do a presentation on “Proven plans to successfully drop PPO plans”.
  • 00:08:05 – Lesson 01: There’s a lot of interest in learning about reducing insurance dependence!
  • 00:09:27 – Lesson 02: The most common question, “Can I do it here?”
  • 00:10:42 – Lesson 03: Where do I start?
  • 00:11:08 – The 3-step process of “Know Your Data – Step 1 in the 6-step Plan”.
  • 00:11:48 – What’s your typical discount from your usual fee to the contracted fee?
  • 00:12:40 – Insurance write-off calculator
  • 00:14:24 – Lesson 04 – Generally, dentists are passionate about dentistry, but they are demoralized by insurance plans
  • 00:15:54 – Coaching Strategy Meeting with Gary Takacs
  • 00:17:32 – Dr. Dan Alleman’s renewed love for dentistry after becoming less insurance dependent


Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs One of Gary's most significant achievements as a dental practice management coach is transforming his own practice, LifeSmiles, from one that was infected with PPO plans, no effective marketing strategy, and an overhead of 80% to a very successful dental practice that is currently one of the top-performing practices in the US.

With over 2,200 coaching clients, Gary has first-hand experience transforming insurance-dependent practices into thriving and profitable practices.

Through his Personalized Coaching Program, Gary shares access to the systems, strategies, processes, and experience gained over 41 years of coaching dentists and transforming over 2200 practices worldwide.

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Naren Arulrajah

Naren ArulrajahAs CEO of Ekwa Marketing, Naren has over a decade of experience working with dental practices and helping them attract the ideal type of patients to their practices. It is his goal to help dentists do more of the type of dentistry they love with the help and support of effective digital marketing.

Ekwa’s "Done-For-You" Digital Marketing model blends fundamental persuasion principles with an all-in-one Digital Marketing solution to help your ideal patients find you and choose you for reasons other than being on their insurance plan.

If you’re interested in finding out if Ekwa is the right fit for you and your practice, book a Free Marketing Strategy Meeting with Ekwa’s Marketing Director, Lila Stone.

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