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Catrise Austin, Dds

Biography

Dr. Catrise Austin, “The Queen of Smiles”, is an award-winning cosmetic dentist, and  has shared her oral care tips as a brand spokesperson and on national TV shows. She teaches dental professionals and entrepreneurs how to stand out from their competition, attract the right clients, become well known in their industry and monetize their brands through her coaching courses.

Course Title

5 Strategies To Get Your Business Noticed and Create A Celebrity Brand

Course Summary

Develop and communicate your brand message to attract your ideal patients and make irresistible offers. Learn how to increase your influence, authority, and income on social media, and how to prepare for and land local/national TV/radio appearances and magazine features. 

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Shannon Blackmon, Cfp®, Rlp®

Speaker Biography

Shannon Blackmon, CFP®, enlightens and empowers audiences across the country to expand their money mindsets through her financial well-being presentations.

Her goal is helping others not only survive but flourish! Highly trained in financial planning and investment management, Shannon enjoys co-creating custom financial plans with your well-being at the center. 

Course Title

Reset Your Money Mindset

Course Summary

In this course, you will recognize your money story and the link between our emotions and money. Illuminate how to put the Money Powers to work for you (earning, spending, saving, giving, and investing for the future.) Gain strategies and resources to utilize money as a tool to live up to your highest potential and help others do the same.

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Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA, CDIPC, CSP

Biography

As a Certified Speaking Professional, Leslie lectures nationally and internationally. She is the founder of Leslie Canham & Associates, LLC providing onsite OSHA and Infection Control  training, audits, mock-inspections, consulting, and Webinars. She is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer and Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control. 

Course Title

How to Make Infection Control Sticky

Course Summary

Proper Infection Control demands that we review, update, and fine tune our infection control knowledge, skills and protocols. Thanks to COVID, our patients know more about Infection Control and they expect to be SAFE in your practice. Learn 4 simple tips to demonstrate that when it comes to Infection Control, you and your team are Brilliant.

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Tiffany Cavazos, Rdh

Speaker Biography

As the Founder and CEO of The Hygienepreneur, Tiffany Cavazos, RDH is a hygiene consultant, published author and speaker and is dedicated to serving the dental community in a big way! Tiffany’s influence empowers the dental team to practice with an “ownership attitude” that leads to the “triple win” scenario!

Course Title

Beat The Burnout: How A Thriving Hygiene Department Can Solve It All

Course Summary

Burnout is an ever-growing problem in the dental industry. Dental providers are stressed and challenged every day to provide excellent care and produce financially to survive. A successfully run hygiene department that serves the patients and practice well can protect and maintain the mental health of all individuals involved and combat dental provider burnout. 

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Louis G Chmura, DDS, MS

Biography

Dr. Chmura is an early adopter and innovator with <10,000 hours of CE.  He teaches dental professionals how to incorporate screening, testing, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea into their offices. With < 20 professional publications and <100 professional presentations, Dr. Chmura is passionate about helping others expand their potential.

Course Title

The Other Side of Sleep Apnea

Course Summary

Sleep apnea is rampant in our society and is becoming more prevalent every year.   Although there are huge health risks associated with this OSA, it is the day to day degradation in quality of life that is perhaps most distressing.  Dental professionals who know the signs and symptoms are ideally positioned to screen, refer and even treat those who suffer from this dreaded disease.  

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Christine Diehl Bgs, Rdh

Speaker Biography

Christine Diehl BGS, RDH is the DSO Hygiene Advocate. For 30 years she has been a clinically practicing dental hygienist. She is an advocate for dental hygienists in the DSO space, her hope is that other seasoned dental hygiene professionals will look to share their expertise in the DSO space. In 2022, she was nominated for the Women in DSO Leadership Award.

Course Title

What is a DSO and is it right for you?

Course Summary

The letters DSO conjure up all types of negative connotations, but are they all bad? The landscape of dentistry is changing, do we want to be part of the problem or part of the solution? Let’s discuss the opportunities for dentists and hygienists in the DSO space.

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Sunny Gill, Dds

Biography

Dr. Sunny Gill received his DDS degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2007. He is a general dentist and owner of City Dental Toronto. He has grown from 1 to 7 practice locations in less than 6 years and continues to expand his group with a focus on people, systems, innovation and technology. He is also a founding partner and dental director of the HealthOne Medical group, a multidisciplinary healthcare practice with 3 Toronto locations.

Course Title

Getting to “YES” -Why your patients say “no” , and what to do about it

Course Summary

This course will teach you about the patient journey to accepting comprehensive dental care. You will identify the different types of dental patients that present to the office and how to effectively communicate with each for better case acceptance. You will learn the Case Acceptance Funnel and how to position your treatment plans for maximum success.

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J.D. Houvener, MBA, Esq., PE

Speaker Biography

J.D. Houvener is the founder and owner at Bold Patents Law firm. He lives in sunny Moses Lake, WA with his wife, Mai,  and his 3 children Stella, 8, Emma, 6, and Hamilton, 4. He has a technical background in Aerospace Engineering, has his MBA, Law Degree, and has passed the Patent Bar. He leads a vibrant group of patent and trademark attorneys who specialize in  working with solo and small startups looking to make a difference in the world. 

Course Title

Monetize Innovation in your Dental Practice

Course Summary

Learn how to identify proprietary information, inventions, branding, and artwork and how to protect them under trade secret, patent, trademark, and copyright laws in the US and how to monetize each in the marketplace. 

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William Hing-Cheung Hung

Biography

After his American Idol audition, William Hung’s rendition of “She Bangs” became famous for all the wrong reasons. Despite the harsh criticism he endured, William persevered—having gone on to attract a cult following, released three albums, and even performed live with Ricky Martin in Las Vegas.

Course Title

Your Time Will Come

Course Summary

This course will demonstrate how to improve productivity at work by having challenging conversations in a tacftful way. 

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Farokh Jiveh, DDS

Speaker Biography

Dr. Jiveh completed his dental school at the Prestigious Medical College of Virginia on the Dean’s list and continued his pursuit of dentistry at a 2-year residency at the University of California, San Francisco AEGD. He took numerous courses after starting his practice in West Palm Beach Florida at many institutions such as spear and Dawson. Dr. Jiveh taught implant and cosmetic dentistry at the Palm Beach research clinic to other dentists for nearly 10 years, speaks for Strauman, and is currently the clinical and course director for Palm Beach Dental Academy.

Course Title

Living a Fulfilled Life

Course Summary

With the present stress, commitments, deadlines and pressure of everyday living, this talk will set the pathway for a life of empowerment and fulfillment. This talk will also show the steps to be confident and live an inspired life. All these combine to decrease stress, bring joy and not only live a happy life, but to thrive.

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Steven L. Rasner DMD, MAGD

Biography

Dr. Rasner has been recognized in Dentistry Today’s Top Clinical Educators for 13 years. He has over 50 publications in several industry journals and authored three books. He is the host of Lionhearted Dentist Podcast. Dr. Rasner is the clinical director of the Rasner Institute, a surgical teaching center.

Course Title

Maximizing your Potential

Course Summary

The real value with a lifetime commitment to CE. Overcoming obstacles. Gratitude. Giving Back.

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Walter Kostrzewski, DMD

Speaker Biography

“Coach K”, has a flair for creating passionate teams! In 2000, he founded “The Winning Dentist,” a team of consultants to help others develop passionate teams, functional work systems, and provide motivation and congruent marketing. In addition to his numerous published articles, Coach K recently authored a resource manual “Creating Passionate Aesthetic Dental Teams.” 

Course Title

When you cant go up and over go thru

Course Summary

When you cant go up and over go thru the wall. Preserve and achieve impossible goals accessing the Magic Bullet we all posses.

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Joy E. Lantz, RDH, COM, IBCLC

Biography

Joy Lantz, RDH, COM, IBCLC has over 25 years of experience in the dental field. She created the mini Sproutz program for children aged birth to three for anticipatory guidance for parents and to track oral development in early years. She is a professional speaker presenting courses on anticipatory guidance and myofunctional therapy. 

Course Title

Who’s Watching the Baby? Milestone Screening for Infants & Toddlers

Course Summary

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has a position statement that states preventive oral health care initiated during the first year of life results in long term improved oral health.  Seeing children for early intervention in the dental office allows for anticipatory guidance for parents and screening for issues to intervene or refer as needed.  Children that get a dental home early will be able to get current and future needs addressed through education of the parents and screening with the dental professional. 

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Christopher A. Majors, Dds

Speaker Biography

Before he became a specialized business advisor, Dr. Chris Majors spent 23 years in full time clinical practice.  A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Majors built one of the first DSO’s in Kansas and has worked in a wide range of industries including technology, real estate, and consulting.  

Course Title

You Too Can Be Financially Free 

Course Summary

The stakes have never been higher for new graduates. With crushing student loan debt loads, insurance reimbursements trending in the wrong direction, and financial margins shrinking in most dental practices, new dentists are worried about their financial future. Dr. Majors will bring hope as he shares his vision of helping every dentist become financially free.   

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Michael N Mugo Rn Pmhnp

Biography

Michael Mugo is a registered nurse practitioner  with 23 years of nursing experience, 5 of them in an acute psychiatric unit at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He has also worked as an assistant director of nursing for Genesis Health and is a co-founder of Haki-ZEtu Usa a non-profit organization working to improve the welfare of immigrants in the Baltimore Region. 

Course Title

Emnedding Oral health in psychiatric care and assessment

Course Summary

The goal is to focus attention on the relationship between mental illness and dental disease. People with psychiatric disorders are 3 times more likely to loose their teeth from erosion, caries, and periodontitis. Early assessment, proper oral hygiene , mitigating Xerostomia and making referrals crucial in arresting the trend. 

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Susan Cotton, BSDH, RDH, OMT

Speaker Biography

Susan Cotten is the CEO of Oral Cancer Consulting, dentistry’s oral cancer coach, and developed the “Cotten Method” of screening. She works with dental professionals to increase their confidence in a comprehensive screening, reduce the risk of liability, and increase early detection.

Course Title

Weaving a solid foundation to save a life!

Course Summary

Every hour approximately 6 Americans are diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer, and in five years only a little more than half of those diagnosed will survive this horrific cancer. Join Susan as she weaves together a solid foundation for the oral cancer screening, to increase early detection and save lives!

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Jennifer Murphy, DDS, FAGD

Biography

Dr. Jen Murphy is a general dentist, an avid runner and Ironman triathlete, yet she has also been challenged to maintain a healthy weight and mindset. Through her speaking and coaching programs, Jen is able to realize her goal to help others feel their best and live their best lives.

Course Title

Dentistry: No Longer a Pain in Your Neck…or Lifestyle

Course Summary

Considering the demands of practicing dentistry – a full schedule with little time to stretch, eat or even get to the restroom – it can be challenging to prioritize your own well-being.  Thus, it’s not a surprise that many dental professionals experience physical pain and a decreased quality of life and longevity.  Learn how to incorporate simple daily practices that have long lasting effects on mental and physical health, including improved confidence and energy levels.

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Nathan Owens, DMD, MBA, FAGD

Speaker Biography

Dr. Nathan Owens is a general dentist, CEO, entrepreneur, and international speaker.  Over his fifteen year career, he has built a multistate DSO, two dental software companies, and a dental academy.  He is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for growing businesses and helping dental professionals grow and reach their dreams.

Course Title

Create, Cultivate, Climb

Course Summary

Everyone wants to know how to create an expanding, profitable organization while working less and having tons of fun.  The steps aren’t magic and are easy enough for anyone to accomplish, yet the majority of people aren’t doing it.  Creating a team, cultivating your culture, and climbing the mountain are key to achieving your ideal scene.

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Avinash Patel, DDS

Biography

Dr. Avi is authentically passionate about empowering dentists. He created a virtual Clear Aligner Training Program for general dentists. His goal is to make Clear Aligner education accessible to general dentists all over the world and be a positive light for struggling dentists who may feel alone and burnt out.

Course Title

The Aligner Mindset

Course Summary

The Aligner Mindset teaches you the exact strategy that will help general dentists generate more Clear Aligner case starts. This course covers step by step how general dentists can generate more time, money and fulfillment by offering Clear Aligner Therapy. 

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Karen Popielarczyk, RDH

Speaker Biography

With experience in nearly 100 dental offices in different capacities, I’ve seen the barriers to team cohesiveness and have overcome them to achieve team harmony.  My passion is to help you to connect with your team and patients to maximize profits and reduce stress.

Course Title

3 Free Things You Can Do To Be More Profitable

Course Summary

Every dentist wants to be more profitable, but isn’t always sure where to invest their time and finances.  There is a hidden goldmine in your office that we will help you access.  Its , simple. its free and it only involves looking differently at your office.

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Neo Positivity

Biography

Born and raised in the poorest and most dangerous city in America, Neo knows firsthand how to alter your life’s current trajectory and your daily mindset. He learned about the law of attraction in March of 2008, quickly became obsessed and retired from his Police Department eight months later. From 40+ hours a week to retirement at the age of 28. He is the Voice of the Thoughts Become Things Movement.

Course Title

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

Course Summary

Attendees leave with a burning desire to know more, do more, and be more in regard to the Law of Attraction and living all around better lives. Neo uses his personal life experiences and storytelling to get his message across effectively, and plant roots in the mind that cannot be forgotten. Neo’s passion for changing the world is felt by every person in the room and inspires them to change the way they think and bring positivity to everyone around them.

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Dar Radfar Dds

Speaker Biography

Dr. Dar Radfar is a dentist with over 21 years of experience in treating Sleep Apnea, snoring and tmj. He has given over 200 lectures and seminars on a variety of topics and is a profound and engaging speaker as he truly is genuine and passionate in the way he speaks.

Course Title

Masculine and Feminine Energy

Course Summary

Men and women are struggling to find themselves and each other as masculine and feminine energies compete. This discussion will explain the how these energies work and how to fall into your own. It’s time to better understand these concepts to lead to happier relationships going forward.

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Leah Roling, CEO 

Biography

A High Performance Coach and Strategist empowering and challenging you to live into the fullest possibility of your potential.  A high performing life requires a different set of tools and habits backed by science and research.  Leah helps dentists, organizations, and teams lead their teams and their lives from good to great.  

Course Title

Power Sentences

Course Summary

There is one sentence running your life right now.  If you think of every major change, every major decision,  every major comparison, every major improvement in your life, there’s a sentence that goes with it.  These power sentences will ultimately determine the level of success you have in your practice and your life. 

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Susan Sheahan DMD

Speaker Biography

Dr. Sheahan is passionate about the topic of oxygen deprivation as it relates to many dental and health dysfunctions. She is a platinum provider of the Homeoblock featured in James Nestor’s book, “Breath”. Her memberships include the AAPMD, The Breathe Institute, the AADSM, and International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals.

Course Title

Breathing, Sleeping and Tongue-Tied Troubles and the role of Myofunctional Therapy

Course Summary

This course identifies how oxygen deprivation is an epidemic in today’s modern man. Many people suffer from sleep and breathing disorders and often go undiagnosed. Health care professionals need to be able to identify this emerging problem and give their patients the latest information on airway health.

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Angie Stone, BS, RDH, BLS

Biography

Angie Stone is a Brain Longevity Specialist and dental hygienist. She has worked extensively with Alzheimer’s patients.  Angie is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, “Dying From Dirty Teeth”. Her original research was published in a medical journal. Stone is a recipient of the RDH Magazine Award of Distinction. 

Course Title

Brain Health and Oral Health: How to Bring Conversations into the Operatory

Course Summary

Dental professionals have been vocal about the connections between oral and systemic health. But medical and dental professionals alike cut the oral systemic link off just above the mouth. There is a vital organ that typically gets left out of the discussion…the brain…and the time has come to make sure patients know the connections. 

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Dave Stech

Speaker Biography

Dave accelerates dentists’ financial and time freedom by adding a zero to both quicker. His two keynotes/workshops: Financial AND Time Freedom for Dentists: 6 Keys to Accelerate Both AND Live Life on YOUR Terms. And The 10 Things I Want My Grandkids (and Kids) to Know Before I Go.

Course Title

 YOU can leverage now

Course Summary

 What is legacy… really? For me, it’s about teaching your kids and grandkids about 3 things:Making Money. Doing Good. Having Fun. And ONE of those is BY FAR the most important. The question is: which one, and why?

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Cheryl Shafer

Biography

Cheryl Shafer is a Certified Orofacial Myologist, founder of Facial Function, National Speaker, and mentor. Her passion is helping others restore oral function with her advanced training in airway, breathing, tethered oral tissue, and Myofunctional Therapy. As a speaker it Is her mission to empower the dental team to advocate for patients to improve health and wellness with healthy oral function.

Course Title

Stop the snoring, I can’t sleep.

Course Summary

The oral health practitioner is in the perfect position to screen and advocate for patients that have sleep and breathing concerns. This course will help practitioners recognize why people snore and offer solutions for them to get a good night’s sleep. Oral hygiene, nasal hygiene and sleep hygiene are all important for overall health and wellness; lets help families to breathe better, sleep better and live their best lives!

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Benjamin Currier

Speaker Biography

Ben Currier is self-proclaimed as the “World’s #1 Failure” and he host the Failure Guy podcast. He interviews successful people about the failures they endured on their path towards success. In addition, Ben is a 4-time Microsoft Excel MVP award winner and teacher/owner at Excel Exposure. Standup comedy is his newest endeavor!

Course Title

Fail It Till You Nail It!

Course Summary

As the host of the Failure Guy podcast, Ben discusses the importance (and necessity) of failure on the path to success. This course will provide the tools & insights to help you achieve your goals instead of avoiding them for fear of failure. Instead of saying “Fake It Till You Make It”, change your mentality and say “Fail It Till You Nail It”!

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Lindsey Bieliegk

Biography

Lindsey Bieligk is passionate about dental hygiene and has a thirst for learning. She appreciates that the responsibilities of dental hygienists are evolving. Her goal is to utilize her education to awaken and inspire dental professionals to advance the profession to meet the needs of today’s culture.

Course Title

 Integrative Care Models in Dentistry

Course Summary

Accessibility to health-related care information is at an all-time high yet the openness of this information to be shared amongst differing health care providers is faced with challenges. This course is designed to identify the successes of integrative care models that currently exist within dentistry. Overcoming obstacles within communication and calibration will be discussed to enhance the focus on patient health outcomes within these interdisciplinary care models.

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Lauren Schieffer, Csp

Speaker Biography

For fifteen years, Lauren Schieffer, CSP has been helping practices build their next generation of leaders. A master storyteller, Lauren delivers insightful, and relevant content that empowers people to absorb and act upon what they’ve heard – with a dry sense of humor that keeps them chuckling while they’re learning.

Course Summary

Why You’re Losing Your Best People – How Smart Leaders Attract and Retain Great Employees Finding great people is hard. Retaining great people is even harder, and recent research shows the trend is not going away any time soon. But the tide can be slowed if you understand what is causing it and what employees are really looking for today.

Course Objectives

Analyze what is causing most of the churn – why people leave and why they stay.

Laura Nelson FAADOM

Biography

Laura Nelson, the founder of Front Office Rocks, a groundbreaking on-demand training platform for dental practices. With her unwavering commitment to addressing the crucial need for continuous education in the dental industry, Laura has revolutionized the way teams are trained by providing a 24/7 virtual resource. As an internationally recognized speaker, accomplished author, and member of prestigious dental associations, Laura brings her expertise to the stage today to share her best-known methods for achieving unparalleled customer service in your practice. Prepare to be inspired and enlightened as we welcome Laura Nelson, a true leader and visionary in the dental field

Course Title

Who’s Driving Your Bus? The Critical Importance of Taking Control in Your Business

Course Summary

Laura will explore the critical importance of taking control in your business. She will discuss the potential consequences of relinquishing control and allowing others to dictate the course of your business, highlighting the benefits of being in the driver’s seat. By the end, you will have a high-level understanding of the significance of business ownership and the power it holds in driving success.

Course Objectives

Recognize the potential risks and consequences of relinquishing control in your business.