Alignment Between Health and Dental Plans

Alignment Between Health and Dental Plans

Wednesday, September 25
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (CT)
Join our panel discussion featuring representatives from stand-alone dental plans, medical plans and DSO’s. They'll explore innovative approaches to integrate dental claims data into chronic disease management programs, aiming for improved customer wellness. Discover new insights on how dental data can contribute to cost savings in medical care for individuals with chronic conditions, especially through preventive dental services. Learn about strategies to increase dental visits for individuals with chronic conditions through collaborative data-sharing initiatives

Dr. Mary Lee Conicella (Moderator)

Aetna / CVS Health

Dr. Mary Lee Conicella is Aetna’s Chief Dental Officer and oversees dental clinical initiatives and policies, with a focus on driving member engagement and improving health outcomes.  She was instrumental in creating Aetna's Dental-Medical Integration program and several strategies to reduce dental opioid prescribing.  These initiatives received global recognition in the groundbreaking NIH report: “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges.” Dr. Conicella received her DMD from Temple University and is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.  She serves on the National Dental Association’s Corporate Round Table and received the NDA President’s Award for her contributions to the mission of the NDA and the profession of Dentistry.  Dr. Conicella also serves as the Clinical Advisor to the National Association of Dental Plans’ Board of Directors and was recently honored with NADP’s Gabryl Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her volunteer leadership and efforts to improve consumer access to affordable, quality dental care through advocacy, research, and the promotion of dental benefits. She is a member of the NYU College of Dentistry Dean’s Strategic Advisory Council and holds a life membership in the American Dental Association.


Mike Davis

Dominion National

Mike Davis is a founder of Dominion National and has overall responsibility for the company. Davis has nearly 30 years of experience in dental benefits and had served in various executive positions with MIDA Dental Plans, a successful DHMO in the Mid-Atlantic region, prior to establishing Dominion. Davis has been instrumental in driving the innovation of Dominion’s systems, services and plans since its inception in 1996. Most recently he has led the company’s pursuit into teledentistry to improve outcomes, member satisfaction and experience. Under Davis’ leadership, Dominion has grown to employ a staff of over 200 and from serving membership in 5 Mid-Atlantic states to over 28 states across the country. Dominion’s expansion offering benefits to commercial groups, individuals and health plans resulted in the company’s 2016 re-brand to Dominion National. Davis helped Dominion become one of the first dental benefits providers in its region to introduce interactive, online benefits administration and other groundbreaking models and technologies to improve the client experience. Dominion also became known for its innovative online dental programs for individuals and associations. Davis participates on several boards, including Dominion National and a regional DSO. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Radford University.

Jeremy Jonckheere

Pacific Dental Services

Jeremy Jonckheere’s work at PDS Health covers insurance plan relationships, strategic partnerships, medical integration and enterprise strategy initiatives.  Prior to his work with PDS, Jeremy held several positions at DaVita including senior director of strategy and director strategic development and government affairs. He holds an MBA in Finance, Marketing and Biotechnology from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and an HBA from the University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business. A former professional volleyball player and member of Canada’s National Team, Jeremy spends his time with his wife and son traveling central America and exploring Florida’s winter activities. 



Robert Lewando, DDS, MBA

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Dr. Bob Lewando is the Executive Dental Director of BCBSMA’s Specialty Benefits Professional Services helping to provide dental services to more than one million members. Bob had spent approximately twenty years at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA), a multispecialty medical and dental group practice in Boston where he combined a clinical practice and administrative responsibilities.  Bob was Chief of HVMA’s largest fee for service dental practice in Boston for most of those years. Bob still maintains a practice limited to periodontology approximately one day per week with the rest of his time spent at BCBSMA.   Bob has helped to develop BCBSMA’s strategy of trying to improve the overall health of its membership through identification of medical conditions where dental care is particularly important.  This has led to the development of condition-specific, member centric dental benefits or the Total Health program. Dr. Lewando graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.  He then attended Columbia College of Dental Medicine and received specialty training in Periodontics from a combined program between the VA and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Bob also received a MBA from Boston College.  He is the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association voting representative on the Code Maintenance Committee of the American Dental Association who helps to determine future CDT code changes. Bob maintains a clinical appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and is the HSDM chair of the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine.  Bob is also chair of the MDS Foundation, the charitable arm of the Massachusetts Dental Society.   


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