Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Howard Farran: Dentist | Dental CE Speaker | Founder & CEO of

Podcast Overview

Uncomplicate your dental life with Dr. Howard Farran as he interviews your fellow townies and leaders in dentistry! Dentists and dental professionals share their wisdom to make your dentistry faster, easier, higher in quality and lower in cost. Episodes released every week day with the full transcripts at

Podcast Episodes

773 Dental IT Support with Reuben Kamp : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Reuben has been drawn to IT since he wired his first dental office network at age 12. An Ithaca, NY native, Reuben was a pre-dental major at the University of Chapel Hill, and worked while going to college in the Dental Residency Program. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors in Biology.

After graduating, Reuben started working at Benco Dental as their lead tech for all of Upstate New York and began honing his skills on a variety of dental and medical software, hardware and customer service skills. Recognizing the need for enhanced, one-on-one customer service and support, Reuben founded Darkhorse Tech in March 2012.  After leaving Benco in January of 2013, Reuben was able to focus on growing Darkhorse specifically in the dental field with an eye on HIPAA compliance. Now, Darkhorse Tech has 13 employees and clients in 10 states.

Reuben currently lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, Shannon, and 3 rescue dogs, Sydney, Pepper and Kobe.  He enjoys cooking at home, brewing beer, and spending time outside during the summer months either hiking, biking, or boating.

772 Access to Data with Nathan Sparks : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Nathan Sparks has a background in engineering services which pivoted to Dental practice management in 2007 when he joined founder and dentist Jordan Sparks at Open Dental Software.  He is now the CEO at Open Dental and continues the tradition of adding new features at a rapid pace to best support a changing dental landscape.  Nathan lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife and identical seven year old twin sons.

771 Life is Short - Follow Your Passion! with Susan Wingrove, RDH, BS : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Susan Wingrove, RDH, BS, dynamic innovator, writer, International speaker, & 2016 Sunstar RDH Award of Distinction recipient. Co-designer of the Wingrove Titanium Implant Set, ACE probes, & Queen of Hearts instruments (PDT, Inc.) Susan is member of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association, International Federation of Dental Hygienists, Western Society of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration & Master Professor for Institute of Stomatology Tuscany Italy. Published author for multiple journals, Scientific Panel for ACP Clinical Practice Guidelines, as well as current textbook: Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: Clinical Guide to Maintenance and Disease Complications, Wiley / Blackwell. Resides in Missoula MT.

770 Market Like a Pro with Colin Receveur : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Receveur is a nationally recognized dental marketing expert, speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His latest book, "The Four Horsemen of Dentistry: Survival Strategies For the Private Practice Under Siege," is available for order for $2 special offer at


Colin Receveur is the CEO of SmartBox, a company that helps dentists thrive. Colin built his first marketing system for his Dad in 1997, who's been in private practice since 1981, so Colin is in his 20th year of helping dentists thrive.  He heads up SmartBox, the fastest growing patient attraction firm in the country with 80 full-time employees growing 100% year over year.

769 Orthodontic Residency Applications with Dr. Kaveh Baharvand DMD, MSOL : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Kaveh Baharvand DMD, MSOL graduated in 2011 as the valedictorian from Debrecen University School of Dental Medicine in Hungary when he was only 22 years old. Thereafter, He applied for the international programs in the United States. Dr. Baharvand started his Advanced Standing Program in Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) in 2012. He practiced as a general dentist in Fall River and Dorchester, Massachusetts before attending the orthodontic program at Jacksonville University. Concurrent with his orthodontic training he was enrolled in a Master Degree program in Organizational Leadership at the Davis College of Business. Dr. Baharvand is a member of various honor societies in the United States such as Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), Phi Kappa Phi (PHP), Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), and Beta Sigma Gamma (BGS). Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue opportunities in both academia and the private practice of orthodontics with his wife, Dr. Julia Kang.

768 Public Health in Dentistry with Dr. Kris Volcheck, DDS, MBA : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

In late 1999, Dr. Kris Volcheck, CEO of Brighter Way Institute, started preparations for the state's only dental clinic for the homeless. This was a solution to the problem he had found while working at the Central Arizona Shelter Services for the devastating effects homelessness can have on an individual's oral health. 


Working in collaboration with the Arizona State Office of Oral Health and the Maricopa County Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic, the CASS Dental Clinic opened to its first patient on Jan 1, 2001. In the first year, 20 volunteer dentists, 15 hygienists, and 20 dental labs provided service in the two-chair dental trailer. 


Four years later, Dr. Volcheck completed the design, secured funding, and oversaw relocation of the clinic to an eight-chair facility located on the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. It is presently one of the largest volunteer-driven dental clinics in the nation, providing comprehensive dental care to homeless veterans, adults and children. There are many hundreds of volunteers and dental students now working at the clinic to serve the oral health needs of the homeless community.


On March 1, 2007 the CASS Dental Program for Homeless Children on the Human Services Campus was opening. The Children's program utilized the same successful model of dental volunteers and students providing treatment to the homeless children.


In June of 2010, with funding form the Bruce and Halle Foundation, the Murphy Kids Dental Clinic was launched. The clinic served 2,200 impoverished children in the Murphy elementary school district.


On July 1st, 2014, The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation funded the opening of the Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the site of the Murphy Kids Dental Clinic. The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has continued to support the efforts to treat these uninsured children. The Center provides comprehensive care to over 15,000 impoverished, mostly Hispanic children each year.


On March 4th, 2016, in collaboration with Canyon State Academy, the Canyon State Academy Dental Center for  Foster Children was opened.


On July 1st, 2016, Brighter Way Institute was formed. This new non-profit, with Dr. Volcheck as CEO, took the 3 clinics that formerly belongs to CASS, and formed an organization that would continue to focus on treating the oral health needs of our underserved communities. 

At this time, the Brighter Way Institute is comprised of the Brighter Way Dental Center for Veterans and the Homeless (formerly CASS Dental Clinic), the Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, and the Canyon State Academy Dental Center for Foster Children.

767 Dental Excellence! with Dr. Ernest S. Orphanos, DDS : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Dr. Orphanos is a Board Certified Periodontist who has been practicing  in Boca Raton, Florida  since 1994. He limits his practice to dental implants and procedures associated with dental implants, such as extractions and bone grafts. He attended SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and then pursued his Periodontal Specialty in Boston at Tufts University, where he was exposed to some of the founding fathers of interdisciplinary care. It was there that Dr. Orphanos understood the true appreciation of dental team members to achieve the highest quality of care. Currently, he is a visiting lecturer for the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics at Tufts University.


Dr. Orphanos currently lectures nationally and internationally on the ALL on 4 procedure and has an interesting approach to his technique, which entails facial analysis and the reversal of facial aging. His passion is dentistry and he has a love for creating presentations with some amazing graphics entailing facial morphing. When he is not practicing dentistry or working on graphics for his next presentation he can be found traveling with his wife and son who he shares every free moment with.

766 Easier, Faster, and Better with Densen B. Cao, PhD : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Densen Cao, PhD, is founder and CEO of the CAO Group, Inc. in West Jordon/UT and engages in research, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of products in Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Forensic, and LED lighting. Since year 2000, Dr. Cao has lead the company organically grown into a global company and has created many innovative technologies and products in engaged fields to serve its global customers.

Dr. Cao is the inventor of more than 160 issued and pending patents and published more than 20 technical papers.


Dr. Cao came to United States in 1986 from China to pursue PhD degree at University of Utah. Before founding the CAO Group, Inc. in year 2000, Dr. Cao worked as Coordinator of Materials Science at Clinical Research Associated (CRA, now as CR Foundation) and Staff Engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor.


Dr. Cao holds PhD and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Utah and MS and BS degrees in Electronic Engineering from Jilin University of China.


The notable technologies developed by Dr. Cao include LED dental curing lights, modern diode lasers, 360 degree beam LED lighting sources, LED forensic lights, and medicament delivery strips. Each of these technologies has made significant impact on the industry and is described below.

Dr. Cao invented LED dental curing light in year 2000 and introduced the first LED curing light to the market in 2001 with a distribution partner.  The key patent is US patent 6,331,111 which teaches fundamental methods to build an LED curing light. There are more than 30 patents issued to Dr. Cao for LED curing light to cover all features of LED curing lights. LED curing light invented by Dr. Cao has been adopted by dentistry and become a standard tool in daily practice. As today, nearly all the LED curing light manufacturers licensed the technology from Dr. Cao. The technology is estimated to save more than $6K each year for each dentist in addition to providing better care for the patients.


Dr. Cao invented 360 degree beam LED light bulbs in 2002 and setup an instrumental structure to build an efficient, 360 degree beam LED bulb to replace traditional incandescent light bulb. Dr. Cao introduced the first 360 degree beam LED to the market in 2006. The key patents are 6,465,961; 6,634,770; and 6,746,885. The structure invented by Dr. Cao is essential to use LEDs to replace traditional incandescent and HID lamps. These teachings are adopted by LED lighting industry worldwide. As known, LED light bulbs will save up to 70% of energy comparing incandescent light source. LED light bulb is a $25 billion industry as today.


Dr. Cao invented modern diode laser systems in year 2003 with features of cartridge fiber management, disposable tips, touch screen control, wireless footswitch, battery operation, and etc. The first product was introduced to the dental market in 2003 with a distribution partner. The key patents are 7,485,116; 8,337,097; 8,834,457; 8,961,040; 8,967,883.  These technologies enable the wide adoption of diode lasers in medical, dental, and veterinary fields to provide much desired patient/client care and become standards for modern diode laser products. The diode laser applications in dental, medical, and veterinary fields are more than $100 million industry as now and growing from year to year.


Dr. Cao invented the LED forensic lights in 2004. The key patents are 6,954,270; 7,252,678; and 7,267,457. The technology enables the investigators to collect evidence timely and efficiently. The products have been widely used in policy community and featured in CSI TV shows. The products have helped to solve many cases worldwide. Notable cases are Taiwan President shooting, JonBenet Ramsey, Lacy Peterson, Kobe Brian, O.J Simpson, and etc. The same principal has been used to oral cancer detection in the dentistry.


Dr. Cao and his colleagues invented advanced medicament delivery strip to deliver different medicaments to teeth surface in 2006. The technology features a flexible substrate and gelatin compound to enable patients to do the applications at anytime and anywhere. The technology was first applied to teeth whitening. The strip technology will be used for fluoride treatment, desensitizing, topical anesthetic, periodontal treatment, caries prevention, tooth remineralization, and any possible medicament delivery to oral environment.


Dr. Cao continues to work in solving critical issues in the dental and medical fields including methods to eliminate first and secondary caries, reversible cement for better bonding and de-bonding of prosthetics including orthodontic brackets, sterile endo process for 100% successful endo, better prosthetic materials for long term clinical success, advanced laser surgical procedures, laser cancer treatment, and etc. with a goal to make practitioners’ daily job Easier, Faster, and Better.

765 Learn to be a Manager with Genevieve Poppe : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Text Townie to 22828 to schedule a call with Genevieve today!


During her 20+ years in dentistry, Ms. Poppe (pron. Poppy) has worked in almost every position within a dental practice. From dental assistant to owning and managing 7 dental practices, her experience is broad and practical.


Ms. Poppe has a unique understanding of what it takes to help dentists achieve their practice vision. She is committed to listening to, understanding, and finding solutions with her clients. Her insight for communication pitfalls and her ability to envision and implement practice growth truly set her apart.  Genevieve is a self-proclaimed customer service maniac and an enthusiastic change agent. From practice start up to practice transition, she has the skills and knowledge to implement the systems and communication skills essential to practice and team success.

764 Endodontic Therapy with Bradley H. Gettleman DDS, MS : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran

Dr. Gettleman earned his dental degree from the University of Missouri, in Kansas City. He finished his Master's Degree and Endodontic Residency at the University of Minnesota. He has published numerous articles of Endodontic Therapy.   He is a member of the Westside Dental Study Club (past president), American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists, where he has just completed tenure as chairman of the Professional Standards Peer Review and Ethics Committee, Arizona Endodontic Association (past president), and the Arizona State Dental Association. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Endodontics and has been in private practice since 1989. 

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