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2023 Speakers


Ms. Amber Auger Periodontal Disease East Weymouth, MA

  • Recipient, 2019 Award of Distinction 
  • Graduate Editor, RDH Magazine
  • Creator, Thrive in the OP

Dr. Shahrokh Bagheri Oral Surgery Marietta, GA

  • Author and Editor of multiple (10) textbooks and 55 peer-reviewed citations
  • Peripheral Trigeminal Micro Neurosurgeon
  • Past Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Northside Hospital

Ms. Lois Banta Practice Management Grain Valley, MO

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016 from American Association of Dental Office Management
  • Top 25, Women in Dentistry  2016
  • Owner, Banta Consulting, Inc and The Speaking Consulting Network

Mr. Kirk Behrendt Motivation & Communication Milwaukee, WI

  • CEO, ACT Dental Practice Coaching
  • Dentistry Today, Top Leaders in Dental Consulting
  • Host of The Best Practices Show

Ms. Stephanie Botts Ergonomics, Substance Use Disorder & Chemical Dependency Denver, CO

  • Dental Ergonomics Coach
  • Practicing Dental Hygienist
  • Owner/Founder PosturePros

Dr. Laura Braswell Implants & Lasers Atlanta, GA

  • Private practice: periodontics with a focus on laser therapy
  • Faculty, Dental College of Georgia, Emory University and Georgia State University
  • Staff dentist, Zoo Atlanta and Georgia Aquarium

Dr. James Braun Restorative Dentistry Saginaw, MI

  • Dentistry Today Leaders in Continuing Education
  • Former Faculty member University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Appointment for Corporate Advisory Board

Ms. Shannon Brinker Dental Assisting Virginia Beach, VA

  • Editorial Board for Dental Product Reports
  • Owner of Academy of Chairside Assisting, The Whitening Shop, and Teeth Obsessed Store
  • Recipient of the AACD Rising Star Award

Dr. William Bruce II Esthetics & Occlusion Simpsonville, SC

  • Private practice 
  • Adjunct Professor, Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine
  • Accredited Member, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Alan Budenz Local Anesthesia, Anatomy & Cariology Paso Robles, CA

  • Private practice: general dentistry
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Member, Board of Managers, California Dental Association Presents

Dr. Gordon Christensen Prosthodontics Provo, UT

  • CEO, Clinicians Report Foundation (CR)
  • Founder and CEO, Gordon J. Christensen Practical Clinical Courses (PCC)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Utah School of Dentistry

Mr. Bruce Christopher Motivation & Communication Eden Prairie, MN

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation
  • Spoken on every continent except Antarctica

Dr. David Clark Composites Tacoma, WA

  • Founder, Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry
  • Director, Bioclear Learning Center International
  • Course Director, Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute

Dr. Harold Crossley Pharmacology Trappe, MD

  • Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland Dental School
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists
  • Honorary Member, Hinman Dental Society

Dr. Amy Dayries-Ling Oral-Systemic Connection & Integrative Dentistry Roswell, GA

  • Private practice
  • Host of the podcast: Healthcare from Your Dentist's Chair on the KnoWeWell Network
  • Author, Solve Your Sleep: Get to the Core of Your Snore for Better Health

Ms. Nancy Dewhirst OSHA, Clinical Safety & Ergonomics Laguna Beach, CA

  • Adjunct Professor, West Coast University, Department of Dental Hygiene, Sigma Phi Alpha
  • One of the nation's, "Leader's in CE", presents over 80 seminars yearly

Dr. Kevin Donly Prevention & Pediatric Restorative Dentistry San Antonio, TX

  • AAPD Pediatric Dentist of the Year 2002
  • President, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2019-2020
  • 2020 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award

Dr. John Droter TMJ Bowie, MD

  • On staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis
  • Dentistry's Todays "Top Clinicians in Dental Continuing Education"
  • Contributing author for teaching manuals at the L.D. Pankey Institute 

Dr. Gregory Folse Removable Prosthetics Sunset, LA

  • Private practice: mobile nursing facility
  • Life-long advocate for vulnerable patient populations

Dr. Mitchell Gardiner Standards of Care & Risk Management Shrewsbury, NJ

  • Private practice
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Fixed Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • Senior Attending Dentist, Riverview Hospital Medical Center

Ms. Renee Graham Radiology & Ultrasonics Lake Park, GA

  • Hygienist, Educator and Trainer
  • International and National Speaker
  • Experience: 19 years private practice, 12 years academics and 15 + corporate

Dr. Randy Huffines Medically-Complex Patients Johnson City, TN

  • 30+ years treating geriatric and medically-complex patients
  • Diplomate, American Board of Special Care Dentistry
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Mark Hyman Practice Management, Cosmetic Dentistry & Practice Transition Greensboro, NC

  • Private practice for 32 years
  • Adjunct Full Professor, University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC
  • "Top Leader" in Dental Continuing Education by Dentistry Today Magazine since 2001

Ms. Jo-Anne Jones Oral Cancer, Periodontics, Host Modulation & Oral Systemic Link Minesing, Ontario, AE

  • International award-winning speaker
  • Dentistry Today CE Leader for over a decade
  • Recognized by DPR as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry

Dr. Wayne Kerr Management, Life Skills & Inspiration Stockbridge, GA

  • Owner, kerrspeak.com
  • Retired from 38 years of fee-for-service private practice
  • Author, "Ten Tips to the Top! a primer for practice success" and five books on life skills

Dr. Mark Kleive Photography Black Mountain, NC

  • Private practice
  • Director, Business Systems for The Pankey Institute 
  • Member, American College of Dentistry 

Dr. Kevin Kwiecien Restorative Dentistry, Occlusion, Leadership Seattle, WA

  • Owner and Coach: Ksquared Facilitation and Dental Education
  • Visiting Faculty, The Pankey Institute
  • Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Joel Laudenbach Oral Medicine Charlotte, NC

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Oral Medicine, Atrium Health
  • Qualified Dentist, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. Pat Little Financial & Data Risk Management Wesley Chapel, FL

  • Practice Management Consultant
  • Certified Fraud Examiner

Mr. Charles Loretto Financial Services Plano, TX

  • Partner and Investment Advisor, Cain Watters and Associates
  • Founder, National Dental Placements (NDP)

Dr. Samuel Low Periodontics Palm Coast, FL

  • Professor Emeritus, Periodontics, University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • Faculty, The Pankey Institute
  • Past President, American Academy Periodontology

Ms. Lisa Mallonee Diet, Nutrition, Oral & Systemic Health Dallas, TX

  • MPH, RDH, RD, LD
  • Professor and Graduate Program Director, Texas A&M School of Dentistry
  • Author, The Dental Hygienists' Guide to Nutritional Care , Wilkins' Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist

Dr. Glenn Maron Oral Surgery & Grafting, Local Anesthesia Atlanta, GA

  • Private practice: oral and maxillofacial surgery 
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Board Examiner, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Gigi Meinecke Facial Injectables Tampa, FL

  • Private practice and Faculty, Boston University School of Dental Medicine
  • Immediate Past President, Maryland Academy of General Dentistry and Past Chair, ADA Council on Communications 
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists

Dr. Michael Melkers Occlusion & Communication Hanover, NH

  • Past Director of Occlusion & Aesthetic Dentistry, Pacific Northwest AEGD Residency Program
  • Master, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Editor, American Equilibration Society

Ms. Diane Millar Advanced Instrumentation Techniques

  • Published Author of a dental hygiene book on Advanced Instrumentation and Ergonomics
  • Dental Hygiene Instructor at West Coast University in Anaheim, California
  • International Speaker for Advanced Instrumentation lectures and hands-on workshops

Dr. Ben Miraglia Orthodontics & Airway Issues Mt. Kisco, NY

  • President's Council, Northern Westchester Hospital
  • Board of Directors - American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry
  •  Faculty, CandidPro

Dr. Mark Murphy Dental Sleep Medicine Rochester Hills, MI

  • Private practice: dental sleep medicine 
  • Practice Consulting
  • Faculty, ProSomnus, The Pankey Institute and University of Detroit Mercy Dental School

Dr. Linda Niessen Aging & Oral Health Joplin, MO

  • Founding Dean and Professor, Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine, Joplin, Missouri
  • Vice Provost for Oral Health Affairs, Kansas City University
  • Member, Santa Fe Group

Dr. Jeffrey Okeson TMD & Orofacial Pain Lexington, KY

  • Dean, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
  • Authored two classic textbooks
  • Founder University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Orofacial Pain Program

Ms. Laci Phillips Newland Practice Management & Team Building Chesterfield, MI

  • Co-founder, Practice Dynamics Coaching Group
  • Leadership coach
  • 30+ years of leadership and team building

Dr. Michael Pruett Implants & Sedation Augusta, GA

  • Private practice: implants and oral surgery
  • Director, General Practice Residency, and Assistant Professor of Restorative Sciences, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Co-director, Augusta University AAID Maxi Course in Implant Dentistry

Dr. David Rothman Pediatric Dentistry, Anesthesia and Sedation San Francisco, CA

  • Private practice: pediatric dentistry and dental sedation
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine; Affiliate Faculty, Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry
  • President, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

Ms. Minal Sampat Communication & Marketing Sarasota, FL

  • Best-selling Author, Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business & What to do About It
  • Advisory Board, Dental Entrepreneur Woman
  • Guinness Book of World Record holder

Dr. Nader Sharifi Removable Prosthodontics Chicago, IL

  • Private practice: general dentistry
  • Member, American College of Prosthodontics 
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists

Dr. Lee Silverstein Periodontics Marietta, GA

  • Private practice: periodontics
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Periodontics, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Author and contributor to several textbooks

Dr. John Svirsky Oral Pathology Richmond, VA

  • Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Career Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  • Honorary Member, American Academy of Oral Medicine
  • Honorary Member, Hinman Dental Society 

Mr. Ryan Vet Patient Experience, Leadership, Ethics & Practice Growth Durham, NC

  • Best-selling author and international speaker
  • MBA, Purdue University
  • Certifications from Cornell University and Harvard Business School, respectively

Mr. Thomas Viola Dental Pharmacology & Pain Control Columbus, NJ

  • Founder and CEO, Pharmacology Declassified
  • Consultant, American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs 
  • Clinical pharmacist with more than 30 years experience, specializing in the care of medically-complex patients

Mrs. Rachel Wall Hygiene Productivity Charlotte, NC

  • CEO, Inspired Hygiene, Inc.
  • Author, Return On Hygiene
  • International Speaker

Dr. Neil Warshawsky Orthodontics Chicago, IL

  • Private practice: esthetics 
  • Founder and Owner, Get It Straight Orthodontics, a leading-edge orthodontic network in the Chicago area 
  • Associate Professor, University of Illinois College of Dentistry Craniofacial Center and Department of Orthodontics

Dr. Larry Williams General Dentistry Downers Grove, IL

  • Served 30 years in the United States Navy Dental Corps
  • Board Certified, American Board of General Dentistry 
  • Masters of Public Health, 2017
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