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Kenneth Abramovitch, DDS, MS

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Kenneth Abramovitch, DDS, MS

Dr. Abramovitch is a Professor with tenure and Chair of the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at the University of Missouri -Kansas City School of Dentistry.  He has held similar appointments as a full professor at Loma Linda University, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his D.D.S. from McGill University and his M.S degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine.  Dr. Abramovitch is a Past President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and the Southwestern Society of Oral Medicine. He has been an invited speaker at over 130 national, international, state, and local professional meetings. Dr. Abramovitch has published 31 scientific abstracts and contributed over 60 articles to refereed or peer-reviewed journals. Financial Relationship – none reported

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

Carla Cohn, DMD

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Carla Cohn, DMD

Dr. Cohn is a general dentist, devoted solely to the practice of dentistry for children. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1991 and then went on to complete a post-graduate internship in Pediatric Dentistry. She maintains a private practice at Kids Sleep Dentistry Winnipeg and Kids Dental in Winnipeg, Canada. Dr. Cohn is a partner and has surgical privileges at Western Surgery Centre,. In addition to private practice, she is a part-time clinical instructor, in Pediatric Dentistry at her alma mater, Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. Financial Relationship – Governance/Honorarium/Supplies: SDI, BISCO, DMG

Scott Coleman, DDS

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Scott Coleman, DDS

Dr. Coleman is a clinical adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and has been practicing dentistry in Houston since graduating first in his class in 1984.  He currently serves as a clinical adjunct professor at the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry. Dr. Coleman has written articles on dental techniques that have been published in trade journals, and he is a certified Cerec trainer for Patterson Dental Supply Company. He has lectured internationally on dental techniques and technology as well as published articles in numerous publications. He holds Fellowships and Masterships in numerous professional academies of dentistry and has served on the board of directors of many of those organizations, including the past president of the Academy of General Dentistry.  Financial Relationship – Honorarium: Kerr Dental

Todd C. Davis, DDS

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Todd C. Davis, DDS

Dr. Todd Davis earned his DDS degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1989 after which he completed a two-year general practice residency.  He maintains a comprehensive restorative practice in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to practicing Dr. Davis enjoys teaching.  He is on the visiting faculties of the L.D. Pankey Institute and Spear Education.  He has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics including predictability in restorative care, functional esthetics, occlusion, TMD, practice management, case acceptance, and philosophy.  He also facilitates small group learning in his office and throughout the country as well as doing one-on-one consulting in offices. Financial Relationship – none reported

Marianne Dryer, RDH, MEd

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Marianne Dryer, RDH, MEd

Marianne Dryer is a dynamic speaker, educator, and corporate consultant in curriculum development. She has lectured nationally and internationally on periodontal instrumentation with a focus on ultrasonic technique, risk assessment, infection prevention, and radiology technique. She is a graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, Old Dominion University, and received her Master’s in Education from St Joseph’s College of Maine. Marianne was the first-year coordinator at Collin College in Dallas Texas for six years where she was selected for the Outstanding Faculty Award and was nominated for the Advisor of the Year. She has been a faculty member at Cape Cod Community College since 2007, and Program Director since 2019. Marianne is also a Periodontal Instrumentation Instructor for DH Methods of Education, Inc., an educational program for dental and dental hygiene faculty.  Financial Relationship – none reported

Lee Fitzgerald, DDS

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Lee Fitzgerald, DDS

Lee Fitzgerald DDS is a Diplomate of the ABOI, Fellow of the AAID, Fellow of the ICOI, 1985 DDS Graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry, 2007 Medical College of Georgia Maxi Course Graduate, in 1985 completed an Externship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. Dr. Fitzgerald is also a 2006 graduate of the Maxi Course in Implant Dentistry from the Medical College of Georgia. He was awarded his Diplomate as a Board Certified Specialist in Dental Implants in 2013. He practices both surgical and prosthetic implant dentistry. Dr. Fitzgerald lectures and mentors dentists in Implant dentistry and is the owner of Forte Dental Implant Center which is a dental office and dentist training center. He also owns Total Esthetics Dental Laboratory. Financial Relationship – Other financial or material support: BioHorizons; Nature of relationship: Lecture for BioHorizons 

Marie T. Fluent, DDS, CDIPC

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Marie T. Fluent, DDS, CDIPC

Dr. Fluent is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Her dental career spans 35 years and includes roles as a dentist, both as an associate and practice owner, infection control coordinator, office manager, and dental assistant. Additionally, she has extensive experience and expertise as a dental inflection control clinical instructor, educator, speaker, author, and consultant. Dr. Fluent is passionate and deeply committed to improving dental infection control and patient safety. Through her writing, webinars, and invited lectures, she has educated thousands of dental professionals and students nationally and internationally. Dr. Fluent has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on infection control in the dental setting, OSHA compliance, and responsible antibiotic prescribing. She serves as Education Consultant for the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP). Financial Relationship – KOL: SciCan/Coltene, GOJO.

Theresa Groody, DHSc, EFDA, CDA

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Theresa Groody, DHSc, EFDA, CDA

Theresa Groody, DHSc, EFDA, CDA, has worked in clinical and academic dentistry for four decades, teaching Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Lecture and Laboratory courses at Harcum College, in the Philadelphia area, where employed as the Director of Professional Studies.  In 2018, Dr. Groody was reappointed for a second term serving in 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), Dr. Groody conducts site visits evaluating assisting programs across the country and completed her doctoral dissertation in 2021, focused on excellence in educating assistants and EFDAs.  Theresa especially enjoys taking Assistants and EFDAs around the country to their next level in her speaking presentations. Financial Relationship – none reported

Penny Hatzimanolakis, RDH

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Penny Hatzimanolakis, RDH

Since 1994, Penny’s primary practice setting is with a periodontics/prosthodontics specialty team. At the University of British Columbia, since 2002, she has facilitated learning in the graduate periodontics, undergraduate Dental, and Dental Hygiene Degree Programs. Her scientific investigations are therapeutic modalities for periodontal diseases, including implants. She has published and co-authored in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presents nationally and internationally.  As the founder and CEO of UpScale Consulting, her mission is to support and empower colleagues in delivering comprehensive oral and overall care for the public. Financial Relationship – none reported

Kevin Henry

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Kevin Henry

An advocate of today’s dental assistant, Kevin Henry speaks to dental audiences around the world on topics that empower dental assistants, helping them recognize the leadership role they hold in the practice. With 16 years in the dental publishing industry, Kevin is the former group editorial director for UBM Medica’s dental division, consisting of Dental Products Report, Modern Dental Assistant, Dental Practice Management, Digital Esthetics, Modern Hygienist, Modern Dental Business, and more. He was named as one of the top five influential voices in the industry on Twitter. In Kevin’s former life, he was a public relations director for NAIA, a national small college sports organization.  Financial Relationship – none reported.

Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA

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Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA

Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, MADAA, began her dental assisting career in 1981 and has never looked back. Being named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry in 2015 by Dental Products Report was one of the highlights of her career. She is a former vice president of the American Dental Assistants Association, where she holds the honor of Master. She has worked in her current office for fifteen years in O’Fallon, Missouri, as an office manager and dental assistant. Financial Relationship – Honorarium: Henry Schein

Mark E. Hyman, DDS

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Mark E. Hyman, DDS

Dr. Mark E. Hyman is a renowned dentist from Greensboro, NC. As an accomplished seminar speaker, he has lectured throughout North America and Europe and has earned national and international recognition for his seminars. Since 2001, Dentistry Today magazine has selected Dr. Hyman as one of the top speakers in dentistry. He loved his thirty-two years in private practice and currently serves as an Adjunct Full Professor and Special Assistant to the Office of the Dean at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC. Financial Relationship – Honorarium: Weave

Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH

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Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH

Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

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Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

As a successful entrepreneur and international, award-winning speaker, Jo-Anne Jones has done over 1,000 presentations across the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, UAE, and Bermuda. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of DPR’s Top 25 Women in dentistry and joins the 2022 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 12th consecutive year. A frank and open lecture style and a focus on direct knowledge translation to practice complemented by the provision of educational and clinical resources have earned Jo-Anne many loyal followers both nationally and internationally.  Financial Relationship – Honorarium: LED Dental Inc., Orascoptic

Jon M. Julian, DDS

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Jon M. Julian, DDS

Jon M. Julian received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School in 1978 after doing his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas.  He lived and practiced dentistry in McPherson, KS from 1978-2011. In 2010, he started a new adventure, sold his practice in Kansas, and relocated to South Carolina to open his new Dental Practice ~The Dental Retreat at Mountain Park~in December of 2011. The facility not only houses his successful dental practice, but it is also where Dr. Julian holds some of his very popular Over the Shoulder/Hands-On Implant Courses, Laser Courses, and CBCT Lectures. Dr. Julian maintains an active membership in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentists, South Carolina Dental Association, Academy of Laser Dentistry, International College of Oral Implantologists, and Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation. Dr. Julian was the original Implant Instructor and a charter member of the Dr. Dick Barnes Group. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and Europe on dental implants and the use of lasers and new technology in dentistry. He is a visionary in implementing technology into the General Dentistry practice setting such as digital scanning, cone beam, and Platelet Rich Fibrin procedures. Financial Relationship – none reported

Anne L. Koch, DMD

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Anne L. Koch, DMD

Dr. Anne L. Koch received both her DMD and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the founder and past Director of the Postdoctoral Program in Endodontics and Microsurgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and is also the founder and past CEO of Real World Endo. Dr. Koch is the holder of multiple patents and maintains a faculty position at Penn (Department of Endodontics) and also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She is also a Board Member for the Center for Innovation and Precision Dentistry at Penn.  Dr. Koch maintains an adjunct faculty position at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where she has co-endowed the Diversity and Inclusion Program. The author of more than 150 articles in her specialty field, Dr. Koch has presented more than 1,000 lectures worldwide. Financial Relationship – Honorarium: Real World Endo; Material Support: Brasseler USA

Mark T. Murphy, DDS

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Mark T. Murphy, DDS

Mark practices DSM part-time in Rochester, Michigan, is the Lead Faculty for Clinical Education at ProSomnus Sleep Technologies and chairs the Dental Sleep Medicine program at the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and as a Regular Presenter on Sleep and TMD at the Pankey Institute.  He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Pankey Institute, National Association of Dental Laboratories, the Identalloy Council, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, St. Vincent DePaul’s Dental Center, and the Dental Advisor. He lectures internationally on Leadership, Practice Management, Communication, Case Acceptance, Planning, Occlusion, Sleep, and TMD.  Financial Relationship – Honorarium: ProSomnus Sleep Techniques; Other: Lead faculty Clinical Education

Shannon M. Nanne, RDH

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Shannon M. Nanne, RDH

Serving as The Executive Director of The Global Oral Cancer Forum in 2016 Shannon helps promote the changes required for a substantial impact on the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of oral cancer worldwide. Shannon graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1994. She’s authored articles in RDH, JPH, In Focus, Dentistry Today, and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Shannon is an ambassador with The Oral Cancer Foundation and has sat on the Corporate Council for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Shannon held an executive board position in The Cleveland Dental Hygiene Association for over 15 years and continues to create awareness of oral cancer and its horrific side effects. She is currently The Manager of Professional Relations and Education for Curaprox US. Financial Relationship – Employee: Curaden

Lane M. Ochi, DDS

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Lane M. Ochi, DDS

Lane M. Ochi D.D.S., F.A.C.D., F.I.C.D., graduated with honors from the University of Southern California in 1981, where he received the Robert W. McNulty Memorial Award for the highest scholastic achievement. He has been elected to membership in Alpha Tau Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and was the Co-director of Occlusion at U.S.C. School of Dentistry. He is also an Assistant Director in the Advanced Restorative Institute Dental Education Center and serves as a specialist consultant at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in West Los Angeles. He has lectured to national and international audiences and was presented with the McCollum Award from the IAG. Dr. Ochi maintains a full-time private practice in Beverly Hills with an emphasis on physiologic and aesthetic reconstructive dentistry. Financial Relationship – none reported

Leonard F. Tau, DMD

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Leonard F. Tau, DMD

Chosen as one of the top leaders in dental consulting by Dentistry Today, Len Tau, DMD, has dedicated his professional life to improving dentistry for both patients and other dentists. After purchasing his practice in 2007, Len practiced full-time while consulting with other dental practices, training thousands of dentists about reputation marketing, and hosting the popular, Raving Patients podcast. He recently authored the book Raving Patients and the soon-to-be-released 100 Tips to 100 Reviews in 100 Days. In October 2021 he sold his dental practice but continues to provide his patients dental care 2 days per week. Len lectures nationally and internationally on using internet marketing, social media, and reputation marketing. Financial Relationship – Honorarium: Birdeye, Simple Impact Media, Dental Intelligence; Stock Shareholder: Birdeye

Christine Taxin

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Christine Taxin

Christine Taxin is the Founder and President of Links2Success and Dental Medical Billing.  Both In Advanced Dental Billing and Medical Billing are her specialties.  She has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading authorities through her working relationships with prominent doctors at Buffalo State University, Harvard and NYU Dental University, Pacific University.  Ms. Taxin is an esteemed member of AADO, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), and the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). She has obtained a fellowship with the Implant Organization and has been ranked in Dentistry Today’s “Leaders in Dental Consulting”. After 19 years of hard work, Ms. Taxin has earned approval from the AMA for all of her go-to Guides teaching medical billing within 10 areas of the Oral Cavity.  Financial Relationship – none reported

Ryan Vet

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Ryan Vet

Ryan Vet is an innovative leader, entrepreneur, and author. He has presented to audiences around the globe on leadership, marketing, and millennials. Ryan’s experiences range from start-ups to well-established multi-national, Fortune 500s. He has been featured in countless publications for his entrepreneurial endeavors and routinely contributes to Forbes and other leading publications. In 2019 he authored the book Cracking the Millennial Code. He holds an MBA along with many other certifications and has studied business, marketing, and change management at Harvard Business School, Elon University, Purdue University, and Cornell University. Financial Relationship – Consultant: Dental HQ; Honorarium: CareCredit, Simplifeye, Weave