The first DSO with R.J. Adolfi (DHP181)

Jason and Alan interview the most interesting guest you may have never heard of. We met R.J. Adolfi at the Chicago Midwinter and we think his story is fascinating!

Did you ever wonder how DSOs started? Our guest on episode 181 is R.J. Aldofi. His family started “Upstate Dental” which eventually became a brand almost everyone knows…Aspen Dental. In fact, R.J. was the CEO of Aspen for almost 10 years. He left the company in 1999 and stayed away from dentistry until recently. R.J.’s story is awesome…he grew up in the waiting room and has opened more dental offices than anyone we can think of. He blew us away with his knowledge and we think you’ll love his story. His latest project, “My Community Dental Centers” ( is a nonprofit chain of dental offices focused on serving Medicaid populations in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. If you’d like to consult with R.J., email us at and we’ll get you in touch with R.J. Just about every time he opens his mouth something useful and awesome comes out!

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Jason: Shining Autoscan-DS-EX desktop scanner

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