Bill Dennis, President & CEO
After completing his B.A. at Carnegie Mellon University in 1974 and Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1978, Bill began his career as a stress management consultant and psychotherapist. He then began computerizing dental and medical offices for the Dental Society for the State of New York. Over the last few decades, he has been coaching and counseling health professionals across various disciplines on leadership, technology and team building.
In 2010, Bill founded Practice Success in an effort to introduce innovative consulting methods for peer and customer relations within the health industry. As an offshoot project, he began organizing interdisciplinary health care groups in New York City and Washington DC, so as to expand his vision for stronger personal ties between health professionals, and between health professionals and their clients. This offshoot project eventually evolved into a thriving program that has since been branded Metro Collaborative. It has attracted various health professionals looking for new techniques to expand their businesses, and connect with like-minded individuals.
Indeed, these groups provide ways for business owners, physicians, dentists and practitioners of all disciplines to learn, connect and collaborate in order to create cross-referral opportunities. After observing the notable progress that members made within these forums, it became clear to Bill that business acceleration groups are on the cutting edge for problem-solving, as well as professional solidarity and connectivity.
Bill's background is extensive and spans several decades. In New York City, he worked as a psychotherapist and stress management consultant. In short, he coached executives, physicians and dentists on how to balance their life and work. Through this time, he extended this practice into coaching physicians on improving their business models, by demonstrating to them tangible methods for success, such as "client-centered communication".
Bill has lectured at The Academy of General Dentistry, the Tufts and NYU Dental Schools, and numerous study clubs around the country. From serving as President of The Center for Conscious Living and the Team Management and Leadership Program at Landmark Education, he learned to vision and generate transformations.
Bill splits most of his time between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland, and enjoys skiing, yoga, and spending genuine time with his sons and stepsons.
For individualized, personal coaching from Bill regarding your healthcare practice, please see Collaborative Coaching.
Gustav Plato, Director of Strategy & Growth
Gustav Plato is the CEO and founder of iiGrowth. He is a consultant and advisor to entrepreneurs and business leaders on driving business growth. Gustav guides clients in creating strategic change initiatives, accelerating execution, and financing/resourcing alternatives.
He has over 25 years of consulting experience in strategic, organizational & transformational, and restructuring services. He has led strategy development and implementation programs in sectors such as information technology (software and computer hardware), health care, transportation, retail, and government (defense, homeland security, and civilian agencies), and numerous other industries.
Prior to founding iiGrowth, Gustav worked for international consultancies such as Coopers & Lybrand and IBM and strategy boutiques such as Touchstone Consulting. He is the Author of Activity Based Management in Government. He is also Founder and President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce in the Americas. He has a BS in Economics from George Mason University and is a certified management consultant.
Natasha Despotovic, Director of Retreat Programs
Natasha has a strong career of her own, outside of Metro Collaborative, being involved in various international political projects. She is the executive director for the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development and runs the Global Film Festival, which focuses on important cinema that highlights political and social issues ongoing around the world.
For Metro Collaborative, Natasha runs our retreat program. She runs these programs at her hotel, the Villa Serena in the Dominican Republic. While there, she uses her expansive training in Yoga and meditation to personally coach you on how to better integrate a manageable lifestyle outside of your business, so that you can better thrive in each area of your life. Her commitment to teaching homeopathy and meditation delights those in need of learning practical healing arts.
Ramsey Dennis, Director of Branding & Design
After earning his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, Ramsey has pursued an entrepreneurial career in branding, web development, communications and marketing. At Metro Collaborative, he serves in these same areas, directing our branding and web development strategies.
Ramsey is passionate about the arts and prefers to use branding and design as professional vehicles to regularly utilize these passions. Beyond the arts, Ramsey is fascinated with communications - particularly for the benefits of reaching others, and coming up with innovative ideas for individuals to connect. He applies his strengths in communications to Metro Collaborative by generating exciting branding, design and marketing concepts.
Lakshman Nirmalwad, Data Analyst
Lakshman graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University in 2007.
While there, he realized his innate attraction to accounting, economics - and really numbers in general.
There was a certain ease to calculating - it spoke to him. Macro and micro economics were interesting and fun; figuring out numerical problems and their relation and application to the real world were fascinating and practical - a passion he considered important and worth cultivating.
Today, he applies his love for calculations and numbers to Metro Collaborative - working "behind the scenes" to help it thrive on a number of "backend" levels.
FRANCIS RAMIREZ, Practice Logistics Consultant
Francis uses his background in communication, marketing, and business planning to help clients realize their professional and fiscal goals. As managing partner of a medical practice, he knows first-hand the pressures affecting our profession and business. Whether it is just starting, established or is in transition, he takes steps to maximize the value and functionality of your practice.
He works with associations, small businesses, and individuals and sorts through symptoms to addresses their root causes. In doing so, he guides his clients achieve meaningful improvements.
He can be reached directly at:
202-670-1670 or email@example.com