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2018 Speakers


Dr. Damon Adams Dental Materials and Industry Trends Traverse City, MI

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Toledo Dental Residency Program
  • Editor-in-Chief, Dentistry Today

Mr. Steven Anderson Practice Management Irving, TX

  • Founder and President, Total Patient Service Institute
  • Co-Founder, Crown Council®
  • Co-Founder, Smiles for Life® Foundation

Mr. Peter Banks Child Maltreatment Herndon , VA

  • Former Director, National Center For Missing & Exploited Children
  • Former Detective Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Lois Banta Practice Management Grain Valley, MO

  • Owner, Banta Consulting, Inc.
  • Owner and CEO, The Speaking Consulting Network
  • The 2016 American Association of Dental Office Managers Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Erik Bauer Pediatrics Atlanta, GA

  • Private practice: pediatric ENT
  • Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology

Mr. Kirk Behrendt Motivational/Communication Overland Park, KS

  • CEO, ACT Dental Practice Coaching
  • Dentistry Today Top Leaders in Dental Consulting

Dr. Eric Blasingame Young Dentist Practice Management Redding, CA

  • Private practice: periodontics
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry

Mr. Chris Bormes Lab Tech Topics Grover Beach, CA

  • Fellowship and Mastership in Dental Technology, International College of Implantologists 

Dr. James Braun Restorative Dentistry Saginaw, MI

  • Private practice: prosthodontics
  • Consultant, Dental Manufacturers for New Product Development

Ms. Shannon Pace Brinker Dental Assisting Virginia Beach, VA

  • Owner, Academy of Chairside Assisting
  • Recipient of the AACD Rising Star Award
  • Dr. Bicuspid's Dental Assisting Educator of the Year

Ms. Megan Brinsfield "Foolish" Investing Alexandria, VA

  • CPA, CFP
  • Leader, Financial Planning Department at Motley Fool Wealth Management

Dr. Alan Budenz Local Anesthesia San Francisco, CA

  • Private practice: general dentistry
  • Professor and Vice Chair of Diagnostic Sciences, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
  • Dentistry Today Annual Leader in CE

Dr. Anthony Cardoza Forensics Santee, CA

  • Private practice: general dentistry
  • Forensic Dental Consultant, County of San Diego Office of the Medical Examiner
  • Director, California Dental Identification Team (CalDIT)

Mr. Skip Carpenter Lab Tech Topics Matthews, NC

  • Owner, Esthetic Designs Inc.

Mr. James Choi Lab Tech Topics Wallingford, CT

  • Certified Master Dental Ceramist 
  • Co-Director and Instructor, University of California at Los Angeles' Master Ceramist Program

Dr. Gordon Christensen Prosthodontics Provo, UT

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

Ms. Jocelyn Coupal Domestic Violence Redlands, CA

  • Attorney
  • Domestic violence expert

Dr. Harold Crossley Pharmacology Trappe, MD

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

Ms. Karen Davis Hygiene Richardson, TX

  • RDH
  • Founder, Cutting Edge Concepts
  • Corporate Council, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

Mr. Arian Deutsch Lab Tech Topics Surprise, AZ

  • CDT
  • Owner, Deutsch Dental Arts, LLC

Ms. Nancy Dewhirst OSHA/Clinical Safety Laguna Beach, CA

  • RDH
  • Adjunct Professor and Course Director, West Coast University Department of Dental Hygiene

Dr. Timothy Donley Periodontal disease/Dental Implants Bowling Green, KY

  • Private practice: periodontics
  • Adjunct Professor of Periodontics, Western Kentucky University
  • Co-Author, first-ever comprehensive textbook on periodontal debridement

Dr. Gary Dougan Dental Insurance and Coding Long Beach, CA

  • Expert in dental utilization management and quality improvement programs
  • Fellow, University of California San Francisco Health Professions Leadership Program

Dr. Robert Edwab Oral Surgery New York, NY

  • Private practice: oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Executive Director, Greater New York Dental Meeting

Dr. Lawrence Emmott Digital Technology Phoenix, AZ

  • Leading expert on using dental technology in the dental office
  • Founder and Editor, Emmott on Technology Newsletter

Dr. Robert Fazio Periodontics Naples, FL

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, Yale Medical School
  • Attending, Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Co-Author, The Ultimate Cheat Sheets - The Practical Guide for Dentists

Mr. Jared Fielding Lab Tech Topics American Fork, UT

  • CDT
  • Owner, JF Dental Arts Inc.

Dr. Marshall Gallant Volunteerism Orlando, FL

  • Private practice
  • Diplomat, International College of Oral Implantologists
  • Member, Public Health Committee for the FDI World Health Federation

Dr. Steven Goudy Pediatric Sleep Apnea Atlanta, GA

  • Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Associate Professor, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Emory School of Medicine

Ms. Renee Graham Radiology Lake Park, GA

  • Clinical Editor, DENTSPLY Sirona

Dr. James Grisdale Periodontics Vancouver, BC

  • Private practice: periodontics and prosthodontics
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics at Loma Linda University

Ms. Niki Henson Inventory/Treating Special Needs Patients Plantersville, TX

  • RDA
  • Author, dental assistant program, numerous articles and dental assistant books

Dr. Randy Huffines Geriatric Dentistry Johnson City, TN

  • Director, Geriatric Dentistry at the Quillen Medical Center
  • Past President and Fellow, American Society for Geriatric Dentistry
  • Diplomate, American Board of Special Care Dentistry

Ms. Jo-Anne Jones Oral Cancer/Systemic Health/Periodontics West Kelowna, BC, Canada, BC

  • DipDH
  • 2018 Dentistry Today CE leader

Dr. Parag Kachalia Restorative and Technology/CAD-CAM San Ramon, CA

  • Vice Chair of Simulation, Technology and Research, University of Pacific
  • Fellow, International College and American College of Dentists
  • Consultant for many dental materials and dental technology companies

Mr. Gary Kadi Practice Management New York, NY

  • CEO, NextLevel Practice
  • Author, Advocate and Documentarian 

Dr. John Kalmar Oral Pathology Powell, OH

  • Clinical Professor of Oral Pathology, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  • Director, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Member, 2016-17 ADA Panel on Practice Guidelines for Early Detection of Oral Cancer

Ms. Sheri Kay Team Development/Advanced Communication Black Mountain, NC

  • RDH
  • Owner, SKY Dental Practice Coaching
  • Author and storyteller

Mr. Brantley Kitching Lab Repairs Bishop, GA

  • CDT
  • Owner, Essential Dental Connection

Dr. Brian LeSage Esthetics Beverly Hills, CA

  • Private practice with focus on esthetic and reconstructive dentistry
  • Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

Dr. Pat Little Financial and Data Risk Mangement Chattanooga, TN

  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Consultant to dentists in matters related to fraud and embezzlement

Mr. Charles Loretto Financial Services Plano, TX

  • Partner and Investment Advisor, Cain Watters and Associates
  • Dental Consultant

Dr. Samuel Low Periodontics Palm Coast, FL

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

Ms. Lisa Mallonee Nutrition and Oral Health Dallas, TX

  • MPH, RDH, RD, LD
  • Professor and Graduate Program Director, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Caruth School of Dental Hygiene
  • Author of dental textbooks and peer reviewed journals on topics pertaining to diet, nutrition and oral health

Mr. Bill Marais Lab Tech Topic Portland, OR

  • RDT
  • Owner, Disa Dental Studio

Dr. Glenn Maron Oral Surgery/Emergency Medicine Atlanta, GA

  • Private practice: oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr. John McGill Financial Planning Charlotte, NC

  • CPA, MBA
  • CEO, The McGill & Hill Group, LLC

Dr. Gigi Meinecke Botox and Dermal Fillers Potomac, MD

  • Private practice: general dentistry
  • Immediate Past President, Maryland Academy of General Dentistry
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists

Dr. Michael Melkers Occlusion/Communication Hanover, NH

  • Private practice focused on adult restorative care
  • Master, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Editor, American Equilibration Society

Ms. Diane Millar Advanced Instrumentation Techniques Newport Beach, CA

  • RDH, MA in Education
  • Adjunct Professor, West Coast University Department of Dental Hygiene  
  • Author, Reinforced Periodontal Instrumentation and Ergonomics for the Dental Care Provider

Dr. Ben Miraglia Airway and Facial Development Mt. Kisco, NY

  • Private practice: orthodontics
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics and American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Mark Murphy Practice and Restorative Success Rochester Hills, MI

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
  • Principal, FunktionalTracker.com
  • Board Member and Faculty, Pankey Institute

Mr. Brad Newman Digital Marketing Manhattan Beach, CA

  • Founder and Chief Buzz Officer, Dentainment
  • Leader in marketing and business development for dental offices

Dr. Jeffrey Okeson TMD and Orofacial Pain Lexington, KY

  • Chief, Division of Oral Pain, and Director, Oral Facial Pain Program, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
  • Author of two classical textbooks on TM disorders and orofacial pain widely used and translated in 11 foreign languages

Dr. John Olmsted Endodontics Summerfield, NC

  • Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and University of Iowa
  • Past President, American Association of Endodontists

Mr. J.A. Pamplona Lab Tech Topics Zaragoza, Spain

  • CDT

Dr. Christina DiBona Pastan Health and Wellness Boston, MA

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Endodontics and Director of Mind-Body Wellness, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Private practice: endodontics 

Mr. Joshua Polansky Lab Tech Topics Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Master's, Dental Ceramics
  • Owner, Niche Dental Studio

Dr. Adrien Pollini Lab Tech Topics Quebec, Canada

  • Fellow, International Team for Implantology
  • Assistant Professor, Universite Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Michael Pruett Implants Augusta, GA

  • Director, General Practice Residency, and Assistant Professor of Restorative Sciences, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Private practice with focus on implants and oral surgery

Dr. Gregory Psaltis Pediatric Dentistry Olympia, WA

  • Private practice: pediatrics
  • Recipient, Gordon Christensen Lecturer Award
  • Volunteer with two pediatric dental projects in Mexico

Ms. Katrin Rohde Lab Tech Topics a, GA

  • Master Dental Technician

Dr. Ben Ross Lab Tech Topics Charlottesville, VA

  • Private practice: prosthodontics 
  • Member, American College of Prosthodontics 

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse Airway and Interdisciplinary Treatment San Antonio, TX

  • Private practice: prosthodontics
  • Resident Faculty, Spear Education Center
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Dr. Michael Scherer Scanners/3-D Printing Sonora , CA

  • Private practice: prosthodontics
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Loma Linda University
  • Clinical Instructor, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Dr. Ronni Schnell Removable Prosthodontics Boston, MA

  • Private practice: prosthodontics
  • Clinical Professor and Director of Predoctoral Removable Prosthodontics, Boston University
  • Mastership, Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Michael Sebastian Airway Issues Atlanta, GA

  • Private practice: orthodontics 

Dr. Lee Silverstein Periodontics/Suturing Marietta, GA

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

Ms. Tracy Stuckrath Healthy Work Environment Atlanta, GA

  • Founder and Chief Food Officer, Thrive!
  • Speaker and consultant helping organizations worldwide understand how food and beverage affects risk, employee well-being, company culture and the bottom line

Dr. John Svirsky Oral Pathology Richmond, VA

  • Private practice with focus on oral medicine and oral pathology
  • Professor, Department of Oral Diagnostics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

Ms. Char Sweeney Practice Management Port Huron, MI

  • Consultant
  • More than 30+ years experience as a chair side assistant, practice administrator and speaker

Dr. Terry Tanaka Restorative/Occlusion/Anatomy Chula Vista, CA

  • Private practice: prosthodontics
  • Clinical Professor, Graduate Prosthodontics, University of Southern California School of Dentistry
  • Research Director, Clinical Research Foundation

Dr. Bethany Valachi Dental Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health Portland, OR

  • Clinical Instructor of Ergonomics, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry
  • Author, Practice Dentistry Pain-Free Ergonomics
  • Editor, Dental Products Report

Dr. Thomas Viola Dental Pharmacology/Local Anesthesia Columbus, NJ

  • Contributing author to dental professional journals, drug references and pharmacology textbooks
  • More than 30 years experience as a pharmacist, clinical educator and professional speaker

Dr. Corky Willhite Composite Bonding Metairie, LA

  • Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
  • Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists

Mr. Bobby Williams Lab Tech Topic Plano, TX

  • CDT
  • Owner, Synergy Ceramics

Dr. Larry Williams Tobacco Cessation Downers Grove, IL

  • Served 30 years in the United States Navy Dental Corps
  • Associate Professor, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists

Dr. Ralan Wong Endodontics San Francisco, CA

  • Private practice: endodontics
  • Fellow, Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Endodontics, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry

Dr. Alfred Wyatt Jr. Dental Lasers College Park, GA

  • Private practice: general dentistry
  • Assistant Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Member, Academy of Laser Dentistry

Dr. Richard Young Dental Photography/Conservative Dentistry San Bernardino, CA

  • Private practice with focus on esthetic dentistry
  • Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

2018 Keynote Speaker:              Dr. Bennet Omalu


Thursday, March 22, 2018


Don’t miss this inspiring speaker present “Don’t Break the Rules; Change the Game." Hear how Bennet Omalu single-handedly changed American football, professional sports, and how the world perceives traumatic brain injuries. As chronicled in the film Concussion (starring Will Smith), Dr. Bennet Omalu’s story is one of great triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.


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Future Meeting Dates

  • March 21-23, 2019
  • March 19-21, 2020
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