John Demma on ZenOne Podcast

Lightwave Dental COO, John Demma, on ZenOne Podcast

Author: Alexa Mullins
Date: 05.04.23 Read Time: 2 min

Lightwave provides world-class business services so dental leaders and dental teams can realize their personal, professional, and financial goals

From ZenOne Podcast:
John Demma, COO of a very unique DSO and the industries first DLO (Dental Leaderships Organization), Lightwave Dental Management. We discuss leadership, team culture, and leading through service.

John has a unique story, growing up in the family restaurant business, learning important skills early on. As John said during the interview “When it comes to leadership and management, there is nothing new under the sun” it’s important to establish your decision framework, principles and guiding values to become a great leader. We go into details and examples from John career at Sleepy’s (10 year career path) and National Veterinary Associates (4 years) and how the idea of Servant Leadership has led John to the current role at Light Wave.


  • Good people do great things
  • First line of team and management is the most critical part of the organization and senior level management is the least important
  • Empower the front line management
  • Principles for growth:
    • Self Exploration
    • Decision Making Framework
    • Values
    • Work life balance always comes with the question: “What are you willing to give up to achieve X”
    • No Foundation leads to firefighting. Strong foundation, leadership, long term planning leads to high performance
    • One important skills to transition from junior management to more senior is to “Learn how to Story-tell”
    • Walk and take calls to manage

Hope you enjoy it!