Larry R. Wintersteen, BA, MA, CMT

Owner - Sr. Consultant

Larry Wintersteen was born and raised in the State of Idaho. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English / Communication, a Master’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication and Organizational psychology, and Ph.D. Studies in clinical counseling and Organizational Management. Larry has taught university for seven years, been in private counseling practice three years, and has worked two years as a Social Services consultant for the State of Oregon.In 1974, he founded Wintersteen & Associates LLC, a consulting firm, and entered into professional Healthcare Management Consulting and Human Resource Development. He has built an international reputation throughout the U.S. and Canada as a leading consultant, lecturer, author and trainer of dental, legal and medical professionals. Larry has been recognized in Dentistry Today as a leading consultant and speaker for 17 consecutive years. See Program References.

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Linda Kane

Consultant – Speaker – Author – Trainer

Linda Kane started her Dental career in Greeley, Colorado, in the year 2000. As an Office Manager in a solo General Practice, she monitored and directed all of the elements of a successful dental office. In 2003 Linda then moved to a group practice in the state of Idaho, where she coordinated Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Taxes, Statements, Collections, Treatment Coordination, Patient Financial Arrangements, Treatment Scheduling & Executive Secretary for each doctor. After 12 years of working with this group Linda transitioned into a management position with another group practice – which owned and operated 3 separate locations. Linda continues to manage a group practice and also works as an independent contractor/educator with Wintersteen Professional Services. She is a wonderful asset for developing practice growth and efficiency. Linda is a very upbeat and positive person who, through her own first-hand experiences, has learned the effectiveness of change, team work, understanding your own responsibilities, effective marketing, and having a can-do attitude. Linda adds POP to your practice – especially in all aspects of the Business Office duties.

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Kevin Nelson

Consultant – Speaker – Author – Trainer

If you are like most dentists your number one need in practice development is getting more new patients. But, after promoting and marketing dental practices from California to Quebec since 1983, Kevin asserts that bringing in a flood of new patients isn’t enough to guarantee practice success or doctor satisfaction. There is something more.

As a practice development and marketing consultant, coach, author, speaker and blog publisher Kevin’s message is that Marketing is a contact sport. It's about attracting patients you love to serve by sensing and serving their needs:

  • Patients that appreciate your services.
  • Patients whose needs match the kind of dental care you love to provide.
  • Patients who connect and stay.
  • Patients who become ambassadors for your practice.

Let Kevin cut through the marketing clutter so you can focus on the specific key marketing actions and attitudes that will get your message heard and acted upon. We’ll help you set up marketing systems based on the needs and goals for your practice that virtually run on autopilot with the support and engagement of your team.

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Ben R. Franz, BA, DDS

Clinical / Production Educator

Dr. Ben Franz loves dentistry and has prepared himself very well.  His credentials are:  (1) Bachelor of Arts,Biology -  Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH ,   (2) Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID - Masters program in Biology,  (3)  Howard University College of Dentistry,Washington, DC,   and AEGD Residency with the Hudson Valley VA hospitals, New York.  

Dr. Franz has owned several businesses – starting at age 14.    His entire family has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and this spirit has been a self motivator in  his education, employment, athletics and ultimately his Dental business and facility development – in Ketchum, ID.  While attending university he received his pilot’s license.  He has often said . . .“ I am a firm believer that when you work hard, you can also play hard.” He and his family love the outdoors and are avid skiers.   

He is a devoted father of 4, a kind husband, a successful dentist and inspiration in his community -  with his peers and his humanitarian/religious efforts.  You will love his energy – his vision and his dedication to service and excellence.  We encourage you to enjoy his mentorship and contagious outlook on life!  Check out his practice web site to learn more of his professional and personal achievements.

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Payton Smith, BA

Administrative Communication Director  & Web Design Coach

Payton is a proud Idaho native with a profound knowledge of all things digital. He earned his Degree in Web Design/Development and since that time, has served clients all across the state helping them grow their practices online.

Payton specializes in website design, logo design, brand identity, online review generation and local search optimization. He has become an expert at driving local traffic and converting them into quality patients. He is also a strong believer that all local practices must build a strong online presence if they are to survive the ever changing local business economy.

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone with the energy, optimism and vision that Payton brings to the table when growing a practice online. The sky is the limit when you know how to effectively utilize the internet to help your practice stand out.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoying all the benefits Idaho has to offer.

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Margarita Lopez, BA, CDA

Expanded Duty Trainer - Consultant

In her spare time she focuses on her family and friends. Margarita loves the outdoors and is very disciplined in Personal Training. To quote one patient . . . “we love Margarita and her energy for life!” Together – she and her Dr. motivate and demonstrate effective Cosmetic training sessions. Schedule a hands on - time together – TODAY!

Margarita moved to Palm Desert, California from Guadalajara Julisco. In 1998 she vacationed in Ketchum, Idaho. She liked it and stayed. Margarita has a BA degree in education and also , in 2001 she became a certified Dental Assistant – with expanded functions. Her love and passion for Dentistry are clearly evident in her service and understanding of comprehensive Dentistry. She is a master at relating to patients and selling Cosmetic Dentistry. She can bring a SMILE alive – visually and mentally. Her smile is contagious.

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Professional Services Network

There are many elements that make up a successful practice. Some of those elements include specialized services and knowledge. When you work with the Wintersteen Professional Services Network you are not only working with over 50 years of practice development experience in best practices for your success, you are also working with cutting edge service professionals specializing in specific areas of professional, business, marketing, financial, and human resource services. The Wintersteen Professional Services Network is a group of fee-for-service professionals we recommend for specific areas of expertise and forefront services. Each of these affiliated businesses bring highly specialized services based on your individual needs.

Whether you need help in bringing in a new associate, increasing new patient flow, selling your practice, unifying your team, creating a new website, or expanding your social network connections the Wintersteen Professional Services Network is your resource for success.

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