Meet the Hosts
Dr. Kyle Fagala
Dr. Kyle Fagala is the owner and orthodontist at Saddle Creek Orthodontics, with two locations in Germantown and Collierville, Tennessee. He is also co-founder of the digital marketing agency Neon Canvas and host of The Digital Orthodontist: Live! Dr. Kyle graduated from UT Memphis in 2013 with a certificate in orthodontics and a master's degree in Dental Science for his thesis on three-dimensional imaging of the airway. Dr. Kyle is the course director and lecturer of Development of the Occlusion, a class for first year dental students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a Key Opinion Leader for 3M Oral Care and Komet Burs. He loves music, specifically the drums, and spends more time than he should on social media. Dr. Kyle, his wife Anna, and their four children Charlie, Libby, George, and Lucy live in Germantown and attend Highland Church of Christ.
Five years ago Alex Rasmussen heard the words that every aspiring, young professional dreams of hearing. "Why don't we go in together and start our own company? Alex, you can be your own boss, continue doing the work you love, I can bring you national exposure, as well as be your business partner!" These words came from Dr. Kyle Fagala.
Dr. Kyle, who runs 2 large Orthodontic practices in Germantown, TN. He was a client of Alex's, who at the time, was building a digital marketing division of a web design company. Together Alex and Dr. Kyle had developed a marketing mix that was making big contributions to Fagala's rapid success in the orthodontic field and led to a rapid expansion for Saddle Creek Orthodontics after only two years in business.
This business venture evolved into a friendship that eventually led to the partnership of co-founding Neon Canvas! They decided on the idea of a boutique marketing firm that focused on orthodontic practices. Neither had heard of a similar firm so they took their idea and ran with it.
That was 5 years ago! SInce this idea started Neon Canvas has won multiple advertising awards, named Best Place to Work by the Memphis Business Journal 2 out of the last 3 years, and Rasmussen has continued to expand their business holdings to include Signature Advertising, as well as, multiple real estate holdings throughout the U.S.
When Alex is not running Neon Canvas he is busy traveling with his wife Sarah and their kids. Alex enjoys coaching when he isn't speaking at a conference, hosting a podcast, or continuing his love for footgolf where he represents the USA and enjoys a top 50 professional ranking.
Meet the Speakers
Dr. Cole Johnson
How to Speak Cole
Dr. Johnson is as unique as he is intriguing...some things you may not know about one of all our favorite Orthodontic speakers:
He loves children. Like, probably too much. He has 8 kids of his own...at least as far as we know.
His pastimes include hanging out at crosswalks, volunteering as a photographer for local swim teams, and slowly smelling bottles of fancy shampoo in the aisles of Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Dr. Johnson has an array of talents! He leads a men’s tumbling troupe and boasts the ability to eat his weight in birdseed. This frisky Capricorn wields a firm command of the Klingon, Na’avi, as well as MS Dos languages. He was the Multnomah County Athletic Club’s 2012 Pilates Instructor of the Year and is a 3-Time Mavis Beacon ‘Shirts n’Skins Speed-Typing’ Champion.
Dr. Johnson considers his greatest accomplishment to be the time he ate his standard lunch of 1/2 cup skim Cottage Cheese off the stomach of a guy who kind of looks like well-known B-list actor, Jason Bateman.
Dr. Stuart Frost
The Artist Orthodontist
Considered a thought-leader in the field of orthodontics, Dr. Stuart L. Frost is a lecturer, consultant, and practitioner with over two decades of experience creating truly beautiful smiles using emerging technologies and progressive techniques. He is widely known as the “artist orthodontist,” a reputation he has gained by creating wide, aesthetically pleasing smiles for each of his patients, no matter how challenging the case.
Dentistry is a tradition in the Frost Family, and Dr. Frost’s passion for dentistry and orthodontics started at a young age while watching his father work. As a teenager, he experienced braces himself and fell in love with the idea of creating beautiful smiles for others as his father had done for him. After years of schooling, fellowship, and real-world experience, Dr. Frost is now one of the industry’s leading experts in innovative and artistic orthodontics.
Dr. Frost is highly involved in the industry, giving him a front-row seat to innovation, technology, and change in the global orthodontic community. He’s passionate about furthering his field and travels all over the world to share what he’s learned with other orthodontists. He acts as a global facilitator observing other practitioners and their techniques, incorporating and improving those techniques within his own practice, and then sharing the outcomes to produce the best results for patients worldwide.
Dr. Courtney Barry
Unique isn't a 4-letter word
Dr. Courtney Barry is a board certified orthodontist who practices in the heart of New York City. Schooling took her from her home state of Illinois to Florida first, but then residency training at Montefiore Medical Center ultimately transplanted her to NYC. Falling in love with the hustle of the Big Apple - and meeting the love of her life - kept her there. Her practice, Smile Pop, is a retail orthodontic storefront practice that was created with the intent to be approachable, down to earth, and accessible to help people achieve their dream of that perfect smile and give them the boost of confidence they've been searching for. At Smile Pop, her goal is to be the best part of a person’s day and make each day feel like a blessing.
Dr. Chris Feldman
The Mullet Mentality
Dr. Chris Feldman is a Louisiana native and graduate of LSU Dental School and Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics. He owns and operates two offices that he started from scratch. A little less than six years ago, Dr. Feldman opened his first office in New Iberia, Louisiana (home of Tabasco Sauce), and around 4 years ago opened up a second location in the small, growing town of Youngsville, Louisiana. Dr. Feldman is proud of the culture he's built, how he's utilized social media to grow the practice, his low overhead, and the zero turnover he's experienced since opening, as his team isn’t “like” family, they are family.
Dr. Feldman has always said that orthodontics is his passion and his family is his purpose. Dr. Feldman's wife, Krysta, and he (who met in Las Vegas while he was at a bachelor party) have a 2 and a half year old son named Ollie and a 5 month old daughter named Emma. According to Dr. Feldman, "Those 3 are my world and everything I do is to benefit them either directly or indirectly. At the end of the day, my main goal in life is to keep them safe and make them proud." In his free time, Dr. Feldman is a diehard Saints fan, and he's really into fitness, hanging with friends, hosting other orthos at his office, traveling, food tours, visiting other offices, binge watching Netflix series, and trying new things. Whatever it is, chances are good he'll try it at least once!! As far as Dr. Feldman's practice goes, his goals are to stay motivated and to continue to improve clinically while maintaining the positive relationships he has with his patients and team.
How Digital Orthodontics Saved My Practice: Surviving a Complete Clinical Assistant Turnover All at Once!
Dr. Lockhart is a Board Certified orthodontist with two orthodontic offices in Charlotte, NC where he practices with his wife and fellow orthodontist, Dr. Lauren Rennick Lockhart. Originally from Decatur, GA, Dr. Lockhart attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for dental school. He attended a 1 year General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center before obtaining his Certificate in Orthodontics from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville FL. Dr. Lockhart furthered his learning by attending Jacobi Medical Center in New York for an Orthodontic/ Orthognathic Surgical Fellowship.
Dr. Lockhart is well versed in fixed appliances as well clear aligners. He has developed his own clear aligner brand, Dualine, using in house aligners which he lectures on. Dr. Lockhart has an issued patent on LockOn, a device used to facilitate orthognathic surgery on patients undergoing clear aligner therapy. He also has a patent pending on CAStrack, a software used to track and organize in-house aligner patients as well as other digital modalities. His professional memberships include AAO, SAO and NCAO, the latter of which he is a member of the executive board. Dr. Lockhart is an avid sports junky and loves spending time with his 3 young children Bryce (5), Blake (3) and Brynn (18 months)!
Dr. Shane Langley
Treating Tough Cases Esthetically and Efficiently
Dr. Shane Langley graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a DMD and was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He earned his orthodontic certificate and master’s degree from the University of Alabama in 2009. Dr. Langley’s speaking interests include the use of TADs to aid in the successful treatment of complex malocclusions, the bio-mechanical techniques and principles that accompany treatment with TADs, non-compliance correction of various malocclusions, and aesthetic orthodontics. Dr. Langley has practiced orthodontics full time in Daphne, Alabama, since 2009 and has served various positions on the faculty of the orthodontic department at the University of Alabama. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association, as well as local dental and orthodontic associations.
Dr. Langley will share how he differentiated his practice to a patient centric focus while providing outstanding treatment outcomes. This involves maintaining the orthodontic specialty through excellence in treatment and providing value added services that help raise the bar for his patients. With the shift to esthetic demands form our patients, orthodontists no longer need to sacrifice clinical success for esthetic treatment. Vertical control and intra-arch protraction and retraction cases using TAD's will be presented along with topics around Class II corrections and cuspid substitution.
Dr. Candice Coleman
Be the Best Associate, Become the Best Partner
Dr. Candice Coleman is originally from Seattle, Washington, but went to dental school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 2006, deciding to stay in Tennessee ever since. Dr. Candice completed Orthodontics residency at UT as well and is currently practicing in Clarksville, TN as a partner at About Faces and Braces. She owns 4 practice locations with her partner Dr. Shawn Lehman-Grimes. Dr. Coleman's husband, Burton, is an Endodontist and together they have 4 kiddos that keep them busy! Candice is very involved in the Clarksville community and holds several leadership roles in local organizations such as the Clarksville Rotary Club, Austin Peay State University, and her church.
Dr. Nicole Wax
The Small Town Orthodontist
Hi, my name is Nicole Wax. I am an Orthodontist in Michigan. I attended Michigan State University for undergrad, The Ohio State University for Dental School, and the University of Detroit Mercy for Orthodontic residency. I opened my practice right out of residency in my home town of ~4,000 people. We have accomplished major goals and achievements in a short prior of time. I have a huge passion for COMMUNITY and I love to share my success stories with others as a form of motivation and inspiration. I think that success comes from clarity in your goals, a clear plan of how to achieve your goals, and an unwavering commitment to the hard work that comes with it. A team that is focused and motivated for the practice vision is instrumental to reach your highest potential.
Dr. Lisa Alvetro
Systems are the Secret to Success
After receiving her DDS with highest honors from the Ohio State University, Dr. Lisa Alvetro completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University where she is now an Associate Clinical Professor, teaching Practice Management. She has been in private practice for over 23 years. She is an internationally recognized expert in her field and has been invited to give over 200 lectures worldwide. To further advance the science of orthodontics, Alvetro Orthodontics partners with researchers from various universities in the US and Italy to study the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment techniques. These collaborative efforts result in the creation of scientific documents that are published in orthodontic journals.
Dr. Jeff Kozlowski
Finish On Time, Everytime: The Secrets to Clinical Efficiency
Dr. Kozlowski graduated with a BS in Economics from Syracuse University prior to receiving his DDS and Orthodontic Specialty Certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been published in numerous orthodontic journals, including Seminars in Orthodontics, Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, Clinical Impressions and The Progressive Orthodontist. An avid cyclist and endurance athlete, he has completed the Ironman Triathlon 5 times and the grueling Mt. Washington Bicycle Hillclimb 10 times. Dr. Kozlowski has practices in New London and East Lyme, CT where he lives with his wife, Amy, a pediatric dentist, and their two children.