About Gary Takacs

About Gary Takacs


The Godfather of Dental Podcasting, Co-host of the Thriving Dentist Show Podcast, Founder of the Thriving Practice Academy and Co-Owner of LifeSmiles Dental Care.


Gary Takacs is a well-known presence in dental practice consulting. 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 a couple of podcast series, Gary guides dental professionals to a healthier practice style that lets them deliver hallmark-level quality of care.

As co-owner of a dental practice, Gary has first-hand experience in making the transformation from high-volume/low fee insurance dependency to a fee for service model. His lively discussions run the gamut from eye-opening lessons in cost accounting to communication that shows consumers what they have to gain from a patient-centric practice.

He is a published author, progressive rock fan, biker, businessman, and a family man – Gary Takacs always has unique perspectives to share.

Academic Qualifications

  • 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).

Professional Background

  • Owner of LifeSmiles Dental Care in partnership with Dr. Paul Nielson and Dr. Tim Schmidt.
  • Founder and Owner of the Takacs Learning Center (since 1989).
  • Founder of the Thriving Dentist Show, the #1 Dental Podcast on iTunes & Google Play and has been downloaded by Dentists in 188 countries.
  • A Dental Practice Coach.
  • Co-host of Less Insurance Dependence Podcast.
  • Instructor on ‘Business of Dentistry’ at The Pankey Institute (Key Biscayne, FL).

Teaching Background

  • Consistently recognized as one of the most entertaining speakers in Dentistry.
  • Gary frequently addresses dentists and team members at national dental meetings, regional seminars, and study club meetings in the United States and internationally as well.
  • Gary has spoken at most of the major Dental Conferences in the US.
  • Gary is also frequently invited to speak at International Conferences. He has spoken in the following Countries; Canada, England, Scotland, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and China.


  • 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.
  • Gary also publishes the highly-acclaimed written blog titled, Keep Smiling!