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Mark Johnson is the founder of StudentLoansRx.com and a wealth advisor with RBF Wealth Advisors in St. Louis, MO. Mark has been in the financial services industry since 1991. Mark is a registered investment advisor and is insurance licensed in a number of states. Several years ago, Mark discovered that the financial advisory industry had pretty much ignored one of the largest financial planning issues of our day, Student Loan Repayment. Mark and his team were early pioneers in developing strategies to help emerging healthcare professionals create smart, cost-effective financial plans to tackle their student loan debt in the context of their career aspirations, family situation and personal financial goals. Mark speaks to hundreds of dental professionals each year by visiting dental schools, residency programs, attending and speaking at dental conferences and interviews through social media platforms like podcasts. Mark and his wife Lisa, a nurse, have five children and live in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Adam Zilko is the CEO & Founder of Firegang Dental Marketing and has 18 years of digital marketing experience with over 10 years in the dental industry. Since starting Firegang, Adam has become an expert in new patient marketing and now he works exclusively with dental practices. He has written 3 Amazon best selling dental marketing books, scaled Firegang to millions in annual revenue, and has helped thousands of dentists all across North America attract new patients and grow their practice through cutting edge marketing strategies.
Robert J. Whitman is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Forward Science. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Tulane University and began his career as a Clinical Engineer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where his focus was developing advanced technology for early detection of cervical cancer. Fueled by a passion for early cancer diagnostics, Robert then went on to work in research and development at Remicalm LLC, where he worked on creating cancer-screening products utilizing fluorescence technology licensed from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Finally, in 2012, Robert launched Forward Science with fellow, former engineer, Brian M. Pikkula with the goal of developing innovative technologies for clinicians to advance oral cancer screening procedures. In addition to his role as CEO, Robert also serves as an adviser to startup medical technology companies on product development strategies at the Texas Medical Center and often speaks nationally on the topic of oral cancer and early discovery.
David Charnowitz is the founder and CEO of DC Dental. Jay Glazer is the Director of Business Development at Crazy Dental a subsidiary of DC Dental, the fastest growing authorized independent dental supply company in North America. Prior to joining DC Dental, Jay worked in the Non-Profit and Retail business sectors. Under his 7 years as a DC Dental sales rep, Jay built his book of business up in to the many millions a year. He showed care and tenacity to his doctors and offices. Jay was promoted from DC Dental to the Director of Business Development at Crazy Dental. Thank G-D, in his short 7 months since joining Crazy Dental, he has already navigated 10% growth for the company. Jay, or "Crazy Jay", as they call him, sits on several non-profit national and local boards and committees, likes play sports as well as coaches his children's sports teams. He, along with his wife, founded several popular non-profit institutions. Thank G-D, They have eight beautiful children. Howie Friedman is the CFO and COO of DC Dental, the fastest growing independent dental supply company in North America. Prior to joining DC Dental, Howie worked as an Internal Revenue Agent at the IRS. Under his tenure at DC Dental since 2007 revenue has grown 600% and continues to grow. Howie has implemented many large scale projects to support a larger enterprise, including the software running the business, the installation and integration of AI & robotics in their distribution center, and the eCommerce platform . In each instance, DC Dental saw significant reduction in redundancies, improved accuracy and increases in efficiencies. In recognition of his various achievements, Howie was presented the Smart CXO award by SmartCEO Magazine in 2012, the CFO of the Year in 2014 by the Washington Business Journal, and has been nominated for Baltimore Business Journal's 40 Under 40 in 2019. Howie is actively involved with various local charities and is an executive board member of Shoresh, a 501(c)(3) that brings community and positive experience to local teens and their families. He, along with his wife, founded the JEWELS School, a special needs school in Baltimore, MD. They have four beautiful children.
Lee Culp, CDT is the CEO of Sculpture Studios, Sculpture Academy, and is a recognized pioneer in Digital Dentistry and advanced functional aesthetic dentistry. He holds true to a belief that the attainment of perfection in restorative dentistry can only be harnessed through a unique combination of skillful application coupled with superior knowledge. As a world-renowned innovator and educator, he maintains an unparalleled focus and commitment to understanding the revolutionary, often complex, changes that continue to influence modern aesthetic dentistry. Thus, he lends his vision and talent to developing, throughout dentistry and within his laboratory, the related materials and communications standards necessary to ensure the most realistic opportunities for success and gratification for those discriminating dental professionals who maintain a higher profile, cutting-edge practice philosophy. He is a leading resource/inventor for many of the materials, products, and techniques used in dentistry today, and holds numerous patents for his ideas and products. Lee writes many articles per year, and his writing, photography, and teaching style have brought him international recognition, as one of today’s most exciting lecturers and innovative artisans in the specialty of digital dentistry, dental ceramics and functional esthetics. Lee’s life is all about two things, his wife, Dr Lida Swann (Prosthodontist, Implant Surgeon, and recently named head of Digital Dentistry at UNC) and Dentistry, well, kind of the same thing. He has three children, one of which is also a dentist.
Ryan Moynihan has a diversified background in finance, analytics, strategy, sales, marketing, business development, product management and operations with over 19 years’ experience across many Fortune 100 companies in the areas of health care, consulting, and technology. He worked at Disney, Intel, Ernst & Young and Miller Brewing Company before earning his MBA from Georgetown. He has spent the past 13 years of his career in the Dental/Orthodontic industry with 3M and Ormco (Danaher), most recently as the VP of Global Marketing (2 years) and VP of NA Sales (2 1/2 years) for Ormco. He joined Gaidge in August 2017 as CEO. Ryan has lived in 10 different cities throughout his professional career and recently completed a cross country move to Atlanta from Sacramento in early 2018 with his family, wife Maria of 10 years and two boys, Joseph 9, and Macklin 6. Ryan enjoys spending time with the family and being outdoors and pretty much anything sports related.
Las Vegas Esthetics was founded in 1997. The lab sponsored LVI for 12 years and supported all of the live patient courses including Dr. Ron Jackson’s posterior course and all of the esthetic/smile and neuromuscular courses taught at LVI. The lab had the pleasure of working with some of the best dentists in the US and Canada. Their focus at the lab is on implant cases, smile enhancement, full mouth rehabilitation, quadrant dentistry and TMJ appliances. At the lab they work with many different doctors with different disciplines as they have found it important not to be limited in their knowledge. Currently Las Vegas Esthetics sponsors courses for Myotronics and Occlusal Connections.
Dr. Desirée Walker is a general dentist and owner of a ground up construction, state-of the-art dental practice called Lumber River Dental in Lumberton North Carolina. Dr. Desiree Walker, also known in many circles as the Ninja Dentist, is a three(3) time competitor on the hit NBC television show American Ninja Warrior. She has creatively integrated her love of fitness into dentistry by transforming her private office into a Ninja training suite - equipped with rings from the ceiling, bars on the wall, and a balancing slack line. Outside of her dental practice and “Ninja” training, she enjoys outdoor yoga with her 2 cats - Jones and Lu, as well as long hikes with her husband Ash. She is passionate about helping others integrate movement and fun into their dental workday.
Pete Johnson is entrepreneur, video marketing expert, and professional storyteller. He has spent all of his career in marketing, with the last 7 of those years specifically focused on the dental industry. He has held multiple leadership positions at both boutique and large dental marketing agencies. In early 2018, Pete cofounded Get Practice Growth and set out on a mission to disrupt the dental industry. His company focuses on the use of custom video to help practices tell their story, earn their patients trust, and generate more revenue. Pete grew up in sunny San Diego, where the “surf meets the turf”. Pete played competitive sports all through college, where he learned the value of teamwork and developed his leadership skills. Pete is an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan but is still left heartbroken by the desertion of his beloved Chargers. He is currently a free agent fan and accepting offers from other NFL fan bases. He also has a 4 year old daughter (Riley), who keeps him young and makes him watch My Little Pony and other princess movies on repeat. Pete is getting very close to being able to recite every single line in the movie “Frozen”.
In his current position, Patrick Bernardi serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President at Hu-Friedy, a world leader in the design and manufacture of dental instruments and products. In this role, Patrick is responsible for directing and managing the global brand marketing function, including brand strategy, digital customer engagement, content marketing, CRM, and creative services. Over the past 10 years, Patrick has played a critical role in helping Hu-Friedy achieve growth percentages that are double the industry average, while also directing a wholesale repositioning of the brand and implementing contemporary marketing approaches designed to better align with the mobile and digital expectations of the modern consumer. He has led the marketing efforts behind major initiatives, including the Friends of Hu-Friedy community and the GreenLight Dental Compliance Center™ by Hu-Friedy.
Dr. Bartoletti was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He spent his sophomore year of high school in Bologna, Italy, where he briefly shadowed his uncle, a general dentist there. After attending Dickinson College, he worked for two years and then was accepted to Temple University’s School of Dentistry. He graduated in 2003 and served four and a half years on Active Duty in the United States Navy after having received a scholarship during dental school. He returned to Pennsylvania after his Active Duty stint, and has been in the reserves ever since. Dr. Bartoletti was an associate in a couple of private practices, and also taught full time at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry from 2012 until 2015, being the course director for two restorative classes, assistant course director for one, and director of the AEGD Program. Dr. Bartoletti is currently a partner with ELCO Family Dental, does school screenings for two school districts and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is married to a wonderful wife and has two super kids! He enjoys photography, writing, reading, exercise, baking, and watching sports.
Dr. Mario Romero is an Associate Professor and Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University; he is a 1995 graduate from the University of Guayaquil School of Dentistry in his native country of Ecuador. He completed a two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health where he was granted the Handleman Award for Excellence. In 2016 Dr. Romero was awarded the Augusta University and the American College of Dentists Outstanding Faculty award for his achievements in scholarly, research and service. In 2018 he received the Research and Scholarship award from the Dental College of Georgia for his contributions to dentistry and in 2019 he received the Excellence in Dental Education Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has over 40 publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and has lectured extensively on topics related to direct and indirect restorative dentistry. He maintained a private practice with emphasis in Esthetics and Restorative Dentistry for 15 years prior to joining AU in 2013.
Steven Kizy is a forward-thinking, warm-hearted leader with enough wherewithal and vision to drive his company, Midway Dental, to the national stage. At the age of 14, he started his first business in his father’s convenience store in Detroit selling cell phones. What started out as a curious 14-year old’s project for side-cash has become the basis for an entrepreneurial spirit that enables Midway to disrupt the market and provide exceptional support to dentists. His brother and sisters who practice dentistry have seen the worst in dental supply and encouraged him to bring that change to the industry. While attending Wayne State University, Steven met his wife, Bianca Kizy, an ophthalmologist. This year they welcomed the newest addition to their family, beautiful Isabelle, who is 5 months as of June. They share a genuine love for family—including their 22 nephews and nieces who all look up to them with adoration. It is Steven’s love of family that has given him the ability to craft such a tight-knit, family-like culture at his company. As such, it was natural for him to assume the CEO role at Midway in 2016. Since taking the helm, Steven has opened six new markets and has built a unique culture with his team that is new to the dental environment. His horizontal management system enables key team members to effect micro-to-macro level agendas at Midway with an unmatched degree of adaptivity. Midway has grown north of 100% in the trailing twelve months, and he has personally received awards for excellence and performance with Inc. 5000, 30 in their Thirties, and NDC member of the year, to name a few.
Judson graduated from Texas Tech University in 2002 with a Master of Science in accountancy. He began his career as a staff accountant at Ernst and Young in Dallas. After several years in corporate tax consulting, he became a planner for Cain Watters and Associates in October of 2004. Judson has excelled at making personal connections with his clients that help him ensure the best financial future for them, their families and the generations to come. In 2014 Judson became a partner at CWA. In addition to his role as a CPA, he is the executive board member responsible for CWA’s Marketing and Communications department. Judson is active in both professional and collegiate recruitment for the firm, and serves as a mentor to new planners and associate planners. Judson is a Certified Public Accountant and an Investment Advisor Representative.
Sean Field is the CEO & founding father of Patrick Consulting Group, Inc and is also the senior dental consultant and main speaker for our dental performance coaching firm. Sean always makes sure that each and every client knows who he is and that he can always be called upon to ensure absolute client satisfaction. Sean comes from a background of dental practice management, treatment coordination and dental sales. He has helped numerous dental practices achieve record breaking success. Sean has experience assisting in the growth of practices in the range of one owner private offices to multi Doctor DSO practices and has had success in scaling dental organizations even in downward economies of eras like the 2008 economic crash. Sean has helped to open the doors of communication in the practices he has worked with to ensure accountability, consistency and growth. As a Dental Consulting Firm Patrick Consulting Group, Inc are Dental Consultants/Coaches specializing in TX Coordination/case presentation acceptance, Production/Collection maximization and custom systems tailored to the practices unique needs, all of which are handled directly with the Dentist and their team. If you would like to find out more about Sean or Patrick Consulting Group, Inc please call them @ (331) 225-3635 to schedule a FREE 1-hour strategy session.
Dr. Ackerman is the Executive Director of the American Teledentistry Association. Clinically, he specializes in the orthodontic treatment of patients with dentofacial deformity, intellectual and physical disabilities and sleep disordered breathing. Dr. Ackerman is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital where he practices orthodontics full time. He also teaches residents in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Ackerman has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in orthodontics and professional ethics and his monograph, Enhancement Orthodontics: Theory and Practice, was released in 2007 by Blackwell-Wiley. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Award from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics which is given annually to the highest-rated clinical research article published in the previous year. Dr. Ackerman was the Editor-in-Chief of Special Care in Dentistry Journal from 2013-2016.
Audie Cashion is a business consultant, Certified ONE Thing Trainer and Work/Life Balance Coach. He has a diverse business and time management background with 31 years experience in international consulting, coaching, real estate investing and brokerage. He earned a BA in Economics from UNC Chapel Hill has lived in Japan and Dubai, and traveled extensively for business. He currently lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys mountain bike riding, facilitating men’s growth groups, and speaking on Peace & Purpose through his educational nonprofit, the World Peace Center, 501c3.
John Frachella, DMD is a pediatric dentist in Oregon and Maine with 45 years experience in the delivery of dental services in public and private settings. For the first 32 years of his career he was the dental director of a free clinic for indigent children in Bangor, Maine and for ten years served as the director of federal clinics in Wheeler County, Oregon. He also works in private practices across the country, is on staff at OHSU Dental School and lectures for NYU Lutheran Medical College dental residency programs. Dr. John Frachella is a national leader in the use of SDF and how SDF impacts dental schools and clinical practice. He presents new options in the management of caries lesions, especially in certain instances and populations. Over the past decade, Dr. Frachella has been using silver solutions in combination with glass ionomer technology to arrest caries while simultaneously addressing destructive dental cavitation (called Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Technique - SMART). He sees the minimally invasive medical management of caries as a new, historically proven, highly preventive standard of care for the treatment of worldwide populations of children and special needs adults who desperately need dental services the most.
Mark L. Cannon received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska and then attended Northwestern University for his Masters of Pediatric Dentistry. He completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital and received his Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a past president of the Illinois Society of Dentistry for Children, a Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Dentistry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, an Attending Physician at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital and a member of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to being the founder of Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove (1981); he is the Research Coordinator of the Pediatric Dental residency program at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Cannon has 40 years of experience in pediatric dentistry and has presented lectures at the University of Athens, Greece, Sao Paulista State University, UNESP, Aracatuba, Brazil, University of Texas- Houston, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, Louisiana State University, and many other institutions world-wide. Dr. Cannon has lectured extensively on many oral health topics including evolutionary oral medicine, the gateway microbiomes, biologic and bioactive dental materials (patents owner), probiotics, and all aspects of everyday Pediatric oral health. Dr. Cannon has humbly accepted two invitations by the Karolinska Institutet, first to the Nobel Forum (2016) and secondly to the Nobel Assembly (2017). Most of all, Dr. Cannon is the proud father of five, all of whom are very accomplished. He is also a very proud grandfather!
Dr Ian Erwood received an Honors BSc majoring in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. He then received his DDS from the University of Western located in London Ontario. After graduating from dental school he and his wife – Dr Theresa Bourke opened an office in a small shopping centre located in Unionville Ontario, located just outside of Toronto. Having a special interest in Orthodontics and Dental Implants Dr Erwood took a part time two year Orthodontic Course – The Canadian Straight Wire and Functional Orthodontic Program. As Toronto was selected as the first Branemark (Noble Bio-Care) training facility in North America there was a lot of interest in Oral Implantology and Dr Erwood pursed as much education as possible in this field. He is a founding member of the Toronto Implant Study Club and was the past president of the Ontario Study Club of Osseointegration. He is current president of the Canadian Straight Wire Study Club. After seven years in practice Dr Erwood and Dr Bourke relocated their practice to a Health Centre in downtown Unionville and were in a cost sharing relationship with another local Dentist. When that dentist retired Dr Erwood and Bourke brought in a third partner with a hybrid of the Lean and Mean Dental Office system first presented by Dr Rick Kushner. Dr Erwood has lectured across North America on topics ranging from Orthodontics, Dental Implantology and Practice Management. He has a special interest in Mini Dental Implants. When not in the office he enjoys spending time with his family (three children, 3 grandchildren) and pursing sports such as snowboarding, wakesurfing, tennis and hydrofoil kiteboarding.
Rick Henriksen joined DEXIS in 1998 and immediately took on the task of establishing processes to drive strong organic growth. Assuming a leadership role, Rick established the Dexis model as a new standard in best practices, and the business flourished. After leading the team through the sale of the company to Danaher in 2005, Rick took on leadership of Gendex and Imaging Sciences (iCat), building the number one imaging business in the world.
Carlos Mora was born on July 15th of 1985, he is a general dentist who has been practicing dentistry for 4 years. He started creating a study network for dentist ’til the point it evolved to a professional virtual ecosystems focused on dentistry, and now he is trying to implement artificial intelligence in dentistry. He created his first platform Dental Diagnosis 2 years ago but it was til almost a year ago he redisigned the project and created NXT dentistry which has a better infrastructure for dentists.
Founder of Dental Speaker Institute and Dental Speakers Bureau, Vanessa Emerson is known as a thought leader by clients, prospects, meeting planners and peers. Her marketing services are in high demand, specializing in speaker materials, website design and e-mail marketing services. A member of Academy of Dental Management Consultants since 2013, Vanessa is honored to serve as co-chair of the Academy’s Marketing Committee. Honored by Dental Products Report as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry (2017), Vanessa is known as the ‘go to’ resource for inside-the-industry information that helps meeting planners create better meetings, speakers acquire more bookings and BOTH to meet their business goals. She is frequently booked by dental organizations who would like to encourage their members to explore and expand their roles as speakers and consultants in dentistry.
Melissa Turner is a dental hygienist who currently holds various roles within the dental industry—as an influencer, thought leader, advisor, and consultant. With the unique experience of practicing dentistry across the country, she is an expert in mobile dentistry as both a for-profit and non-profit delivery model. In addition to running a non-profit mobile program in Minnesota, she is founder of I Heart Mobile Dentistry Facebook community and is launching the first ever National Mobile Dentistry Conference in the spring of 2020. Melissa’s current goal is to re-frame the traditional views of hot-topic issues like teledentistry, direct access and independent hygiene practice, dental therapy, as well as the rise of the millennial workforce. She is an Executive Moderator for the Dental Peeps Network and works internally with companies such as onDiem, Floss Bar, and MouthWatch. Her latest advocacy efforts include launching a nationwide hashtag campaign, #LoveInTheWorkplace, in an effort to bring back love-as-an-action into dental practices everywhere.
Dave Monahan is the CEO of Kleer and has a passion for creating technology-enabled businesses that improve people’s lives. Prior to joining Kleer, Dave served as the President and CEO of FitLinxx, a leader in the wearables market, where he created simple, affordable and connected wearable devices for the medical and sports markets. FitLinxx devices enabled patients to monitor and manage chronic conditions and athletes to monitor and improve their performance. FitLinxx partnered with over 50 leading fitness and health companies to embed Fitlinxx devices and data platform into customized applications. While at Microsoft from 1999 to 2006, Dave developed new product, market and partnering strategies that helped Microsoft and thousands of Microsoft partners enter new markets and grow.
A bilingual native of Montreal, Dr. Sam Daher received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from McGill University (Montreal) with distinction in 1994 then practiced general dentistry for a few years before returning to Université de Montréal to complete a Masters’ degree and specialty in orthodontics. Currently living and practicing in Vancouver, Dr. Daher operates 5 very successful orthodontic practices across Canada: in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, where he treated over 6,000 Invisalign cases of varying complexities. He was the top Invisalign submitter globally 2009-2011 and remains one of the top 5 single-provider submitters in the world. He currently uses the ClearCorrect system from Straumann as his choice of Clear Aligners. He is an active member of both American & Canadian Association of Orthodontists (AAO & CAO) and a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO).
Hemesh Surana is a seasoned techie. He spent 15+ year at Oracle before starting his software venture, patientXpress. This venture started as a hobby to help his dentist wife, who had purchased a boutique dental practice few years back. He wore many hats in dental office and observed closely to find many broken processes, inefficiencies which costs 1000s of dollar in revenue leakage. Dr. Medicetty has more than 10 years of executive management and commercialization in Healthcare. He has been providing financial and operational management support for his spouse’s dental practices over the last 10 years. Joined patientXpress with a mission to provide smart tools to improve practice profitability.
Growing up in sunny Los Angeles, CA, Judy McIntyre wanted to become a dentist ever since she was a little girl. She attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. At Harvard, she performed research on dental unit waterline biofilms. After graduation, Dr. McIntyre obtained a coveted endodontics residency position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alongside renowned researchers in the field of endodontics, traumatology and pediatric dentistry, her thesis and research regarding traumatic dental injuries (her true passion and great interest) has been published in numerous professional journals.
Hitesh Tolani is the founder and CEO of virtudent, the leading provider of mobile dental clinics and teledentistry services, making dental care more easily accessible for busy employees at some of the world's most renowned employers. The virtudent model not only brings the dental office onsite, but also focuses on lowering costs, reducing iatrogenic care, and providing patients the transparency necessary to make more knowledgeable decisions regarding their healthcare. As the founder of virtudent, the first commercial teledentistry practice in the United States, Dr. Tolani has been named Benco Dental's 40 under 40 US. dentists. Dr. Tolani is also a Harvard President's Challenge Winner, a Tufts 100K Winner, and a Mass Challenge Winner.
Keith Washington is the VP of Products for ProSites and has 30 years of software management experience and 5 years in the dental industry. Keith has a degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and has led product transformations at many successful companies. Keith started in Product Management at Intuit’s TurboTax division where he led a transition to web-based tax software. Later, he became the VP of Product Management at a leading Financial Planning software company and most recently worked at Active Networks, the largest SaaS event management company in the world.
Kerry Maguire, DDS, MSPH is Associate Clinical Investigator and Vice President for Clinical Operations at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA. She serves as the Director of ForsythKids, a community-based prevention program serving over 2500 children in sixty sites throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Maguire holds adjunct faculty positions at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She is also co-founder and chair of the non-profit Options for Children in Zambia. Dr. Maguire completed her dental degree at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1988 and earned a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry the following year. In 1993, she received a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has experience in dental education and industry, having previously held positions at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry (1989-1996), Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals (1996-1999), Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (1999-2003) and Tom’s of Maine (2003-2009). Dr. Maguire is the general dentist representative on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Board of Trustees (2014-2020). She serves as chair of the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition and is a gubernatorial appointee to the board of The Children’s Trust, the Commonwealth’s private-public partnership to stop child abuse. She is active in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and other national and international organizations dedicated to oral health and health access. Her professional career has focused on oral health access for vulnerable children and other populations, applied interventions, community advocacy, workforce innovations and sustainable systems promoting oral and overall health.
Cris started in dentistry at 18 working as a receptionist but she knew in the 6th grade that she wanted to be a dental hygienist. She began her career as a dental hygienist in 1992 and practiced for the first 19 years in Flint Mi. She took a leap of faith and moved her family to Hampstead NC to live by the sea, and it fit. Cris has a love for dentistry and after moving to NC she realized there were a lot of things that were turning people sour toward dentistry. She teamed up with her current boss and has helped him turn his 3 dental practices around with a goal to acquire 7 more. She is passionate about turning offices around and helping people love coming to work again. She strives on making a difference for others in their professional and personal lives with speaking, writing and mentoring.
Born in Maryland, Chris became fascinated by dentistry at an early age when he lost #8 in a family touch football game. After graduating from dental school, purchasing his own practice, and subsequently selling that practice and most of his belongings, Chris followed a calling to serve as a dental missionary in Cameroon, Africa for 5 years. It was on this mission where Chris learned the true value of providing legendary patient care, and the necessity to provide that care very well, and very fast. Chris often had patients lined up around the block for treatment, and if he could not serve them that day, they would have to walk miles back home, and return again the next day in hopes of being served. This approach of very well, very fast patient centered dental practice has proven to be a great differentiator for the company. Years after returning from Africa, Chris founded Neibauer Dental Care. Growing from 1 to 26 scratch practices from 2005 to 2011. The offices were located in Virginia and Maryland – and grew exponentially during the recession of 2007. In 2011 Chris sold these practices and eventually moved to live in Park City, UT where the winters are full of powder skiing and the summers are humidity free. Now he is on a mission in Utah to grow a dental corporation focused on delivering legendary patient care. The new corporation is Abundant Dental Care, and is 50 employees strong & growing.
Dr. John is passionate about access to dental care and the use of data to improve quality of care. He sees the democratization of data as a focal point in transforming the dental industry into areas of predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. He spent 10 years as a population data scientist at the University of Toronto, and has owned and operated over 300 clinics during his private sector career over the last 10 years. He also founded Jaw Shield and ClearShape which were dental device distribution companies operating across Canada.
Dr. Neville has been treating patients successfully for over 12 years. He has clinically performed over 30,000 hours of treatment. He performs over 100 hours of continuing professional development per year to keep up to date with the latest techniques and technology. He is so obsessed with learning he now also runs his own Dental seminars company, Dental Events Australia to teach other dentists some of the latest techniques. He is a speaker and coordinator for the IAS academy. His area of interest is cosmetic dentistry. This includes in particular, teeth straightening (orthodontics) using Invisalign invisible clear aligners and digital smile design. He treats over 100 cases per year in this field. He is passionate about creating perfect smiles that are life changing. He is also passionate about rehabilitation with fixed tooth replacements using dental implants. Other interests include sleep apnea, anti snoring devices and early child development (Myobrace and Palatal Expansion). Being a nervous patient as a child, Dr. Neville spends a lot of time with extremely anxious and phobic dental patients helping to make that first step into the practice by arranging Skype calls or coffee appointments as a first visit to break down some of the fear barriers that may prevent patients taking that step into the practice.
Brian Jankowski will be graduating from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona on May 10, 2019. Afterwards, he will relocate to Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and three-year old daughter. He has joined Abundant Dental and is excited to begin working in the field of dentistry. Prior to dental school, Brian worked in medical sales. He was also two-sport Division I athlete at Weber State University.
Dr. Michael Wehrle graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1989, then went on to complete a GPR at Worcester City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Immediately Dr. Wehrle continued to pursue his advanced training, including over 500 hours each in orthodontics and implantology. This allowed him to achieve the status of Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry very early in his career. While pursuing his Fellowship, Dr. Wehrle established his dental practice, HEB Dental Excellence, in 1994. Truly passionate about excellence in dentistry, Dr. Wehrle felt just as strongly about giving back to his fellow man so he also worked with the United Way to establish the Northeast Tarrant County Dental Clinic for the underprivileged in 1994 concurrent with opening his practice. He also went on numerous mission trips which lead him to helping to establish the Wehrle Implant ImmersionTM Center and Clinic in Puebla, Mexico. He uses this incredible facility to serve the local residents around the clinic, as well as offering the Center's hotel facilities to mission groups serving the area. The combination of his two passions eventually lead to his creation of the Wehrle Implant ImmersionTM Course in Puebla, the premier course for basic and advanced live implant training utilizing true immersion. Dr. Wehrle frequently lectures and teaches in both Mexico and the United States and is accredited by both the ADA and AGD, allowing him to offer CE credits to his graduates.
Dmitry Edelchik is a Marketing Executive with 12 yrs of dental industry experience with focus on dental technology: hardware and software, and has worked directly with dental practices and dealer channels to help drive technology solutions to advance patient care. Alex Nudel, founder at RevenueWell, has more than 20 years of experience as a recognized dental industry speaker, practice growth specialist, successful practice owner, and digital entrepreneur. As a dental practice owner, he realized the need for an easy way to handle the routine communications associated with attracting new patients, increasing production, and creating a WOW! experience for his patients. He founded RevenueWell to meet those needs, freeing the doctor and staff to focus on what they do best: serving the patient.
Samuel E. Cress, D.D.S., director of The Center for Craniofacial & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Sugar Land, Texas, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Dental Branch. Dr. Cress also completed his residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and his residency in TMD through the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. In addition to his practice specializing in dental sleep medicine, TMD, cosmetic and Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Dr. Cress is a clinical instructor in the prestigious Dr. Dick Barns Group where he teaches other dentists the benefits of Airway Conscious Dentistry as well as diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from TMD. He has successfully treated OSA and TMD patients since 2009 and he is a featured speaker at industry conferences and educational seminars. Dr. Cress pursues ongoing advanced education in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine, TMD, Cosmetic and Full Mouth Reconstructive Dentistry and currently holds a duel patent on an oral appliance for the treatment of OSA and TMD, currently undergoing FDA clearance. Dr. Cress has several published articles in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Cress recently presented at the TMJ Bioengineering Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Cress is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American and Texas Dental Associations, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Greater Houston Dental Society. Dr. Cress has been in private practice in Sugar Land, Texas for 20 years and has been a family member of the prestigious Arrowhead Dental Lab since 1995. Dr. Cress and his wife, Kimberly Cress. M.D., director of the TMS Serenity Center for Depression, share their life with their son, Carter currently attending Hew Hampton School in New Hampshire.
Dr. Zachary Allmand graduated from Indiana University Dental School in 2005. Post-graduation, he served our country in the United States Air Force for 5 years, deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After fulfilling his service to our country, he purchased a dental practice, where he quickly learned that there was much more to running a successful practice than merely being a good clinician. His business focus turned to overhead reduction in an attempt to control costs without sacrificing clinical excellence. Dr. Allmand quickly learned that there were many aspects of the business where doctors were being taken advantage of, one of the most evident being Credit Card Processing. As he researched the true cost of merchant services, he realized that it could be done better with more transparency, security, and fair treatment for all offices no matter their volume. Dr. Allmand formed Apex Payment Solutions as a means to educate and assist his colleagues, helping them to control their costs and giving them the reassurance that they were getting a fair pricing while bringing secure technology that reduces the risk of credit card processing for health care offices. His goal is to remove these stresses so health care professionals can return their focus to what is truly important; caring for their patients.
Dave was born in Canada and raised in Houston, Texas. He was a graduate of Mcgill University and MBA from the University of Arizona. Scientific Metals was started by his father Mark Weinberg. Scientific Metals started as a small regional company focusing on dentists and now has grown into a highly respected refining company for the jewelry and dental industries.
Dr. David Ahearn’s goal early on was simply to figure out a way to get more great dentistry done – without beating up his body or getting stressed out while doing it. To solve this, he studied the world’s most productive manufacturers. Applying those findings to dentistry, he was able to create new systems to improve every aspect of dental productivity. It wasn’t long before many of his colleagues began asking for help to solve their own design and productivity problems. This lead to equipment and training advances that allowed him to take his practice to the next level – and to help dentists across the country do the same. This work is further enhanced by day-to-day testing of new designs, technology and systems at Dr. Ahearn’s two thriving New England practices – which he continues to own and operate today. Dr. Ahearn has held faculty positions at both the University of Michigan and NYU, and was a founding member of the ADA's Ergonomics Subcommittee. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to numerous dental publications, including multiple chapters in the ADA’s current Practical Guide to Dental Office Design.
Carlos leverages his experience as a professional comedian to create an engaging, educational, and entertaining CE experience - his events are both informative and hilarious! Carlos Rodríguez grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Atlanta, GA. He has been married for over 25 years and he and his wife have 2 wonderful children. Carlos has always loved and had a passion for comedy, especially standup. When he's not busy cracking jokes, his hobbies include photography, fishing and camping. He served honorably in the US Navy as a Dental Tech for 3 years and transitioned to civilian life in 1990. He has been a dental hygienist for 23 years and has a passion for making his patients smile! Carlos has performed in clubs and colleges and for fund raising and corporate events all over the east coast! He also has a fun and lighthearted Podcast with Sandy Lee who also is a Dental Hygienist. Its the perfect way to unwind on the drive home after a long day at the office. Never heavy or boring and its occasionally somewhat educational, check out the “Off Your Flosser Podcast” on iTunes , Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, YouTube and Libsyn. https://offyourflosser.libsyn.com
Dr. Bobbi Stanley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry but education has been a mainstay of her 25-year career. As owner and principal dentist of one of the largest comprehensive dental practices in North Carolina, her goal has been excellence in patient care through continuing education, the latest dental equipment and technology and superior materials. Dr. Bobbi Stanley reinforces these guiding principals with her team members and offers a myriad of opportunities for dental continuing education for associate dentists, auxiliary clinical team members, and dental office team members. Dr. Bobbi Stanley is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (DICOI), a Fellow with the International Association of Orthodontics (IAO) and a Fellow at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). Dr. Bobbi Stanley is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She is Co-Founder and Senior Instructor at Stanley Institute for Comprehensive Dentistry in Cary, NC, as well as a Senior Instructor at the International Association of Orthodontics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and The Facial Beauty Institute in Memphis, Tennessee.
George Wolfe is President of DMG America, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality restorative and preventative professional dental materials. With over twenty years of industry experience, George is responsible for running all facets of the business. Hisleadership style is one that incorporates the mantra of “Doing Well by Doing Good.”
Dr. Richard Mounce practices endodontics in Eagle River, AK. He has lectured globally and is widely published in the specialty of endodontics. Dr. Mounce has been a consultant and key opinion leader for a wide number of companies including SybronEndo, Vista, Mani, EasyEndo USA, Tun Ultrasonics, and Metabiomed.
Dr. Brandon Ryff grew up in Tempe Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona, where he graduated with dual degrees in Physiology from the College of Medicine, and Molecular & Cellular Biology from the College of Science. Upon graduation, Dr. Ryff then attended the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. After Dental School, Dr. Ryff became an associate in a small group of privately owned dental practices in Arizona. Subsequently, this group was approached and acquired by a national DSO backed by private equity investors. This transition was a complex process that Dr. Ryff found very interesting. Watching his father-in-law successfully serve as the President & CEO of a multibillion-dollar international corporation only further fueled Dr. Ryff’s interest in business and executive leadership. Accordingly, Dr. Ryff then completed a 2-year business program, earning a Professional Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University Extension School. Alongside completing his business program and practicing dentistry, Dr. Ryff was also appointed Vice President of Business Development within the private equity DSO group that had acquired the practice. Dr. Ryff was involved in multiple acquisitions made by the DSO from 2013-2015, during which time the company ranked #14 for the Inc 500’s fastest growing companies in America. A drastic shift in executive leadership and corporate strategy at the DSO prompted a strategic transition for Dr. Ryff himself. In August 2016, Dr. Ryff left the corporate practice environment and acquired a private practice in Paradise Valley Arizona. During the first year, Dr. Ryff applied knowledge he had gained from his tenure in business development and business school to create a unique team environment. After hearing through social media of a themed ‘team-unity lunch’, held in good fun to help mend wounds of the 2016 post-election divide, the Washington Post featured an article about the unique atmosphere and team at Dr. Ryff’s practice. Among many factors, the leadership and management lessons Dr. Ryff acquired through his work and educational experiences contributed to a 33% growth in his new practice during the first year. Behind the scenes, Dr. Ryff negotiated improved terms with suppliers, vendors and labs with whom he had previously established positive relationships. On the front line, Dr. Ryff focused on leadership and worked to build a culture of positivity and appreciation. With the simple mission of providing clinical excellence and uncompromising service, Dr. Ryff rallied an exceptional team of focused, motivated, and accomplished professionals to take the practice to the next level. To reward their hard work and dedication, Dr. Ryff also implemented a unique bonus program, which resulted in pay increases of 24%, on average, for each employee. The combined result of applied strategic management principles, his consistent focus on positive leadership, and implementing a generous employee bonus program was a 75% increase in profit dollars for his first year as owner, 2017. The journey for Dr. Ryff and his team was not without some turbulence however. Months after becoming the new owner, Dr. Ryff learned that his landlord had suddenly passed away, leaving the entire property to charity. A big commercial real estate developer made intentions made clear that the plan was to demolish and redevelop the property. Accordingly, Dr. Ryff found a new location to continue the 60-year legacy of the practice. With the unwavering support of his loyal team and their active participation in all levels of the process, Dr. Ryff and team built a brand new state-of-the-art facility, which will serve to take the practice well into the next generation.
Jill began her dental career in 1992 as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist. At the same time, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Helplessly watching her mother suffer horribly with oral side effects from chemotherapy, she developed a strong interest in the oral concerns of cancer survivors. Jill earned her degree and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994 and continued to pursue knowledge to help this very underserved area of cancer care. After losing her father to Hodgkin’s Disease in 2005, she developed an enhanced level of motivation to act and do more. Jill created a volunteer program providing oral care kits with product samples and patient education at a local oncology department from 2006 to 2012. She earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University of Southern Indiana. Jill and her husband are the owners of Side Effect Support LLC (www.sideeffectsupport.com), which is dedicated to helping cancer survivors manage short-term oral side effects and prevent long-term damage to oral health associated with chemotherapy, radiation to the head and neck, and some targeted therapies. Jill is a 2014 recipient of the Sunstar Americas/RDH Award of Distinction, a member of the Registered Dental Hygienist Advisory Board for the Oral Cancer Foundation, and has been published in several dental and oncology publications. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, the American Dental Hygiene Association and the American Academy of Dental Oncology.
Dan Gospe is the COO of dmi Networking, a company specializing in dental technology and HIPAA compliance. Dan’s introduction to HIPAA began 15 years ago when he managed the trauma registry at his local hospital, where he found himself navigating the corridors to find a key to the shredding bin. Since then, his appreciation for understanding the reasons for HIPAA compliance, and how to effectively integrate them into healthcare operations while minimizing headaches has become a personal passion. Since then, Dan has conducted hundreds of in-depth risk assessments for both dental practices and hospital departments. Dan has also authored numerous articles on HIPAA best practices, and we are pleased to have him joining us today.