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Joyce Bassett, DDS

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Joyce Bassett, DDS

Dr. Bassett practices comprehensive restorative and aesthetic dentistry in Scottsdale, Ariz. She is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and President 2015-2016. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry, an Associate member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, a KOIS Clinical Instructor, an active member in the Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and a Fellow in the AGD. Dr. Bassett is adjunct faculty, where she has taught the aesthetic continuum at the Arizona School of Dentistry. She is a member of the Catapult Group speakers bureau and evaluates new dental materials for them. She was voted top 5 female CE educators, an international lecturer, published author and is a member of the editorial board of several peer-reviewed publications. She is a recipient of the Lucy Hobbs award for Clinical Expertise, Volunteer Dentist of the Year award. Financial Relationship – none reported

Cynthia Biron, RDH, EMT, MA, Ed

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Cynthia Biron, RDH, EMT, MA, Ed

Cynthia (Cindy) Biron serves as president of DH Methods of Education, Inc. This corporation is known for its products, boot camp for dental educators, and consulting services. Cindy was Professor and Chair of the Tallahassee Community College Dental Health Programs from 1993 – 2009. In addition to her administrative duties as chairperson, she has taught clinical dental hygiene, dental hygiene theory, periodontology, medical emergencies and allied health pharmacology. She has taught continuing education courses throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia, for private practitioners and dental educators.  In addition to her role as president of the corporation, she is currently an adjunct clinical instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Tallahassee Community College, FL. Financial Relationship – Grants/Research Support: DH Methods of Education, Inc.; Employee: President of DH Methods of Education, Inc. ; Other Financial or Material Support: Killgore 

Robert L. Blackwell, DDS

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Robert L. Blackwell, DDS

Dr. Blackwell received his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and completed a General Practice Residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is affiliated with the American Dental Association, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Blackwell is a Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graduate Education and Director of Implant Dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He also is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Louis University. Dr. Blackwell maintains a private restorative practice, with an emphasis on implant restoration in Decatur, Illinois. Financial Relationship – Honorarium: Straumann USA

Shannon Brinker, CDA

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Shannon Brinker, CDA

Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, is a national and international speaker and published author. She has been a full-time practicing dental ssistant for more than 25 years and works for Dr. Robert Korman in Virginia Beach, VA. She is an active member of the AACD, was the first auxiliary to sit on the AACD Board of Directors, and was awarded the AACD Rising Star Award. Shannon was selected one of Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians. She was also selected as Dental Products Report’s 25 most influential women in dentistry and Dr. Bicuspid’s dental assisting educator of the year. She has written more than 300 articles about clinical applications and has a current column in Dental Product Reports for team evaluations of dental products and materials. She has her own publication for dental assistantsin partnership with Schein Dental called Side by Side. She has started one of the first online platforms designated for dental assistants called the Academy of Chairside Assisting. Financial Relationship – Consultant: Academy of Chairside Assisting

Elizabeth Burns, DDS, RYT 200, CLC

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Elizabeth Burns, DDS, RYT 200, CLC

Dr. Elizabeth Burns has been practicing dentistry for 30 years. She is also a Registered Yoga Instructor, having studied at the Chopra Center, and a Certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation. She has presented courses on yoga, meditation, and stress reduction with a special focus on dental professionals. Financial Relationship – none reported

Anthony C. Caputo, DDS

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Anthony C. Caputo, DDS

Anthony Charles Caputo, D.D.S. is an expert spokesperson on anesthesia for the American Dental Association (ADA), a professional organization representing approximately 161,000 U.S. dentists. Dr. Caputo is currently in private practice providing anesthesia services for pediatric, special needs and adult dental patients. He has faculty positions with the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He works with and teaches AEGD and Pediatric Dentistry Residents at El Rio Health Center in Tucson, Arizona and Winslow Indian Health Care Center in Winslow, Arizona. Dr. Caputo lectures nationally on Medical Emergencies, Local Anesthesia Administration and a variety of topics on sedation and anesthesia in dentistry. Dr. Caputo is a Board Member and Speaker of the House for the Arizona Dental Association. He is an ADA 14th District Delegate and Chair for the Arizona Dental Foundation. He is an Anesthesia Evaluator and has served on the Anesthesia Committee as well as an expert consultant for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Caputo earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1989, his D.D.S. from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1993. He earned his certificate in Hospital Dentistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry in 1995 and his certificate in Anesthesiology from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine in 1997. He completed his Masters in Education, specializing in Dental Education in 2014 from the University of Pacific/AAL. Financial Relationship – Governance: ADA- ADA Delegate, Anesthesia Spokesman

David Clark, DDS

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David Clark, DDS

Dr. Clark is director of Bioclear Learning Centers International. He founded the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, creates curriculum for dental schools, and has lectured in 25 countries. He developed the Bioclear Matrix System for placement of biologically appropriate, esthetically pleasing direct composite restorations for facilitating Injection Molding of the Clark Class I and Class II preparations, diastema closure and black triangle elimination combined with papilla regeneration. The Clark Class I and Clark Class II preparations and restorations are now being evaluated in in vivo and in vitro studies.  He owns several patents. He published the first guide to dentinal and enamel cracks based on clinical microscope dentistry (16X magnification).  Dr. Clark is a 1986 graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Financial Relationship – Other Financial or Material Support: Bioclear

Jackie Dorst, RDH

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Jackie Dorst, RDH

Jackie Dorst is passionate about helping dental teams to be their Best! She graduated from the University of Georgia in Microbiology and from Clayton State University in Dental Hygiene. She has been honored by the Clayton State Alumni Association as a “Distinguished Alumnus”. Always a science nerd, Jackie provides the latest research and technical information with practical methods for clinical implementation. She likes to review the science and then apply it to the “real world of dentistry”. During her 20 plus years of speaking and consulting, Jackie has become an international expert on instrument sterilization, dental infection control and OSHA safety. Her fun and energetic seminars have inspired thousands of dental professionals. Jackie has been a featured speaker at the AAO, ADA, AAE, and AAOMS. She is a member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the National Speakers Association. She is a clinician graduate of the Academy of General Dentistry and an OSHA approved to deliver safety training courses. Financial Relationship – Honorarium: SciCan, Hu-Friedy

Gary L. Dougan, DDS, MPH

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Gary L. Dougan, DDS, MPH

With twenty-plus years each of practice and 24 years directing insurance plans. Dr. Dougan has directed QM and UM programs for LIBERTY, MetLife, United and Aetna dental plans, serving millions of subscribers. He has reviewed thousands of claims, audited hundreds of practices and is a noted nationwide speaker on practice management, working with insurance companies, dental quality management metrics and quality improvement. Gary earned a DDS from Georgetown, and his MPH from UCLA. He was a GPR at LA County-USC Medical Center and is a UC San Francisco Health Care Leadership Fellow. Gary is involved in organized dentistry as a former California Dental Association Trustee, an ADA Delegate and currently on the TDIC Board of Directors. Dr. Dougan strives to include oral health, and dental coverage. Financial Relationship – none reported

Richard Drake, DDS

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Richard Drake, DDS

Dr. Richard Drake is co-founder of Dental Sleep Solutions and has actively practiced dental sleep medicine exclusively for over twelve years. He has delivered thousands of dental devices, and is a sought after and well-respected educator/lecturer in the dental sleep medicine community. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and has previously served as President-Elect, Secretary / Treasurer, and Board of Directors for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). He is a part time faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio, Texas. Financial Relationship – Stock Shareholder: Dental Sleep Solutions – Co-Owner

Hannah E. Emery, PhD

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Hannah E. Emery, PhD

Dr. Hannah E. Emery was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. From a very early age, Dr. Emery held interests in both dentistry and psychology after observing anxiety in dental patients in her father’s general dentistry practice. After high school, Dr. Emery went on to attend Rhodes College where she graduated with honors with a degree in Psychology. She then went on to attend the University of Missouri – Columbia for her Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology before completing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis in 2018. Upon completion of her doctorate, Dr. Emery completed a supervised post-doctorate experience at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University before joining the University of Missouri – St. Louis as a psychologist and group therapy coordinator. Having grown up in and around a dental office, Dr. Emery possesses a unique understanding of psychology in a dental setting, both within patients as well as providers. Financial Relationship – none reported

Jim Grisdale, DDS

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Jim Grisdale, DDS

Theresa Groody, M.Ed., EFDA, CDA

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Theresa Groody, M.Ed., EFDA, CDA

Theresa Groody, MEd, EFDA, CDA, has worked in the area of clinical and academic dentistry for more than 35 years. She teaches Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) Lecture and Laboratory courses at Harcum College, where employed as the Director of Professional Studies and still works part-time clinically. In September 2011, Ms. Groody was appointed and confirmed to fill the newly created EFDA position on the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. As an appointed curriculum consultant for the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), Ms. Groody conducts site visits for dental assisting programs across the country and lectures on Expanded Functions locally and nationally. Financial Relationship – Honorarium: Premier Dental Products

Susan Gunn

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Susan Gunn

Riveting Speaker. Relatable Author. Reliable Consultant. Ruthless Fraud Examiner.
All these best describe Susan. She is the Financial Organization Expert for professional practices. A nationally recognized conference and study club speaker, Susan’s speaking style combines humor in lots of stories and down-to-earth, practical advice. Susan is a Certified Fraud Examiner. When embezzlement is suspected, she investigates, interviews and provides complete reports for prosecution and civil suits. She is the author of Money In, Money Out, QuickBooks In Your Practice, Advanced QuickBooks In Your Practice and Matters Of the Heart. Susan co-authored The ADA Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies (2014). The ADA recognized Susan as a Financial Matter Expert (2015) and appointed her as an ADA Consultant for 2016-2017 and 2018-2019. Dentistry Today magazine has recognized her as a Leader In Consulting since 2005. A member of the Academy of Dental Management Associates, Susan served as Treasurer 2013–2016 and she received the prestigious Charles Kidd Spirit Award November 2015. Susan lives in Arlington, TX. Financial Relationship – none reported

Larry M. Guzzardo

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Larry M. Guzzardo

Larry’s 24-year career as a training specialist began with in-house training programs such as active listening, customer service, stress management, and career development, but quickly shifted so he could focus full-time on dental consulting. Larry works one-on-one with dentists in practice management, business systems, and leadership development, and presents workshops on topics including, “Winning Patient Acceptance of Fine Dentistry,” “Working with You is Tearing Us Apart,” and “The Leadership Challenge.” Larry is an accomplished speaker and published author. Financial Relationship – Consultant: Larry M. Gizzardo, Inc.; Employee: All-Star Dental Academy

Janice Hurley

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Janice Hurley

After earning her degree in Organizational Behavior from The University of San Francisco, Janice has invested more than 25 years’ experience as a dental consultant, helping her clients gain higher treatment acceptance and attract better quality patients. As an international author and speaker on what it takes to project professional excellence and confidence so others feel it instantly, her goal is for everyone to use their professional energy for personal success. Janice‘s energy is contagious and audiences inevitably leave as raving fans ready to re-energize their lives and their practices. Janice has been a featured speaker with the Thomas P. Hinman DentalMeetings, Yankee Dental Congress, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, American Association of Endodontists, Philips Sonicare, Academy of Dental CPA’s , Henry Schein, and many, many more. Financial Relationship – Grants/Research Support: CareCredit, Weave

Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

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Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

As a successful entrepreneur and international, award winning speaker, Jo-Anne brings life, energy and inspiration to all her presentations. The veteran dental hygienist turned educator has a no-nonsense approach and dynamic speaking style that has made her one of North America’s most sought-after lecturers in the dental community. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of DPR’s Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2020 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 10th consecutive year. Described as a very dynamic, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker with an ability to powerfully communicate her knowledge, Jo-Anne’s gift for motivating and inspiring has catapulted her into motivational speaking for Fortune 500 companies and professional women’s groups. Jo-Anne is a Key Opinion Leader for a number of leading corporations within the dental community including Philips Oral Healthcare, LED Imaging Inc., Orascoptic, 3M, Dentsply Sirona, Oral Science, WEAVE and Throat Scope. A frank and open lecture style, a focus on audience engagement complemented by the provision of educational and clinical resources has earned Jo-Anne many loyal followers both nationally and internationally. Financial Relationship – Stock Shareholder: Throat Scope; Honorarium: 3M Oral Care, LED Apteryx, Orascoptic