Meet the Roundtable Speakers
Dr. Howard Farran
Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, the founder and owner of Dentaltown.com and Dentaltown magazine, has practiced dentistry at Today’s Dental in the Phoenix metro area for more than 30 years. In 2017, Incisal Edge magazine ranked him among the 32 most influential people in dentistry.
Dr. Farran has lectured internationally on the business of dentistry since 1990, captivating audiences with his blunt, humorous and practical insights into the industry’s most controversial subjects. His genuine passion for helping dentists provide faster, easier, higher-quality and lower-cost dentistry to their patients is what drives him to this day.
Dr. Farran reaches hundreds of thousands of dentists from around the world every day. His ever-expanding presence across social media platforms include 300,000 Facebook followers, 25,000 Twitter followers and 35,000 LinkedIn followers, not to mention the 250,000 registered members on Dentaltown.com.
Dr. Kendra Zappia & Graig Zappia, Esq.
Dr. Kendra Zappia graduated from Siena College and obtained her DDS from SUNY Buffalo in 2006. She started as an associate in private practice, quickly realizing her dream was to be her own boss and formed her own practice in Albany, NY in 2009. Dr. Zappia serves as a dental hygiene instructor at Hudson Valley Community College and is an active member of organized dentistry. She is passionate about helping dentists grow successful practices and achieve balance between work and family.
Graig Zappia attended Siena College and received his law degree from Albany Law School. He jokes that he also received his dental degree when his wife graduated from dental school. He helps dentists with the acquisition and sale of practices, contracts, partnerships, corporate formations, and HR matters. He is proud to work at O'Connell & Aronowitz. Graig and his wife, Dr. Kendra, live in Upstate NY with their three children.
Together, Kendra and Graig are passionate about helping new dentists avoid the dental and legal pitfalls they may face in order to have successful and rewarding careers.
Jason McKenzie is a Vice President and Regional Business Development Office for Practice Solutions, Bank of America’s healthcare financing division. Jason joined Bank of America in 2012 as a vendor account manager for Practice Solutions out of their headquarters in Columbus, OH. In 2015 Jason was promoted to Regional Business Development Officer of New Jersey where the primary focus is to provide construction and equipment financing for first time practice owners and established practices owners. Jason has been involved with over 250 construction projects for dentists over his 6 year tenure at Bank of America. Prior to joining Bank of America, Jason worked as a mortgage loan officer and logistics coordinator for a national accounts team. Jason is a graduate of The Ohio State University and resides with his wife and daughter in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Andrew Feldman, Esq.
Andrew Feldman is the founding member, and managing partner of Feldman Kieffer, LLP. He continues to maintain an active practice with over 45 years of legal experience. Andrew Feldman is included in Martindale Hubbell’s Exclusive Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys, which honors individuals with the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Andrew Feldman has developed risk management quality assurance programs for various firm clients, and lectures and writes extensively on a variety of subjects, including risk management, and has given presentations at the national and international levels. He is frequently published in various periodicals and local and national newsletters. He also lectures at numerous hospitals and universities throughout the country on various medical legal issues, and is also listed in Who’s Who in American Law.
Andrew Feldman, as the founding member of Feldman Kieffer, LLP, takes great pride in having established a firm that offers personal attention to the particular needs of each client through the law firm’s distinct practice groups, and to represent clients that include large corporations, insurance companies, professionals, health care providers, small business owners, and individuals.
Dr. Michelle Augello & Mike Augello
Dr. Augello is a native of Binghamton, NY and a general dentist with degrees from Le Moyne College and UB School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Augello completed a residency in Dental Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute before entering private practice in a large group practice outside of her hometown. In 2014, she purchased her first private practice in Snyder, NY and founded Nickel City Dentistry, which has a second location in North Buffalo. She was an attending dentist for the General Practice Residency at Erie County Medical Center from 2014-2018. She is a Councilor-at-Large for 8th District Dental Society and a member of the Appollonia Guild.
Mike Augello is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S in Engineering Science. He has a background in product management and sales for technology companies, ranging in size from startup to Fortune 500. He is the full-time Practice Manager for Nickel City Dentistry and brings a unique perspective to the dental business world.