Member Board

Gary Takacs

Founder of RIDA

Gary Takacs is a well-known presence in dental practice consulting. He brings deep knowledge of the individual elements of business success together with genuine compassion for the dilemma of the dentist in today’s insurance-driven culture. As the founder of the Reducing Insurance Dependence Association, Gary’s goal is to guide dentists and dental professionals to a healthier practice style that lets them deliver a hallmark-level quality of care.

You may recognize Gary’s dynamic style from his speaking engagements at a variety of symposiums and continuing education classes, or as host of the popular Thriving Dentist and Less Insurance Dependence podcast shows. As a dental practice coach, Gary’s insight is available on a one-on-one basis or through seminars, audio, and video programs.

As co-owner of a dental practice, Gary has the first-hand experience in making the transformation from high-volume/low fee insurance dependency to a fee for service model. His lively discussions run the gamut from eye-opening lessons in cost accounting to communication that shows consumers what they have to gain from a patient-centric practice.

He is also a published author, progressive rock fan, biker, businessman, and family man – Gary Takacs always has a unique perspective to share. 


Naren Arulrajah

President of RIDA

Naren Arulrajah is a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” enthusiastic about serving others. For more than ten years he has helped dental professionals find practice success with personal fulfillment.

As President of the Reducing Insurance Dependence Association and founder/CEO of Ekwa Marketing, Naren has brought together a talented team of global experts in all areas of digital marketing. Ekwa’s International client base currently numbers about 200, at all stages of practice from start-ups to growth, transitioning to new leadership, and merger and acquisition.

Naren is always focused on giving back much value to the dental and medical community that has been instrumental in his own success.

With a philosophy, in personal and professional life, of surrounding himself with others as passionate about success as he is, Naren fosters a philanthropic environment of sharing.

Naren is a consultant, speaker, author, and above all an inspirational innovator. AceTech Ontario honored Naren’s accomplishments with their 2014 Leadership Initiative Award.