TDA Meeting Speakers

The 2023 TDA Meeting will feature experts from national dental and business communities presenting on a variety of cutting-edge topics.

Speakers by Topic (PDF) Download the 2023 Preliminary Program for a complete list of speakers, topics, and events.

Mouseover photos for Speaker Bio.

Alan Atlas, DMD

Dr. Atlas maintains a full-time private practice dedicated to esthetic and comprehensive restorative dentistry located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently holds a dual appointment as Clinical Professor in the Department of the Department of Preventative/Restorative Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Alan Atlas, DMD

Dr. Atlas maintains a full-time private practice dedicated to esthetic and comprehensive restorative dentistry located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently holds a dual appointment as Clinical Professor in the Department of the Department of Preventative/Restorative Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

closepopup
Christine Blacher, DMD

Dr. Blacher is a global faculty member for Align and a fellow and board member for the American Academy of Clear Aligners. She has a private practice in Allen, Texas and received her dental degree from Midwestern University.

Christine Blacher, DMD

Dr. Blacher is a global faculty member for Align and a fellow and board member for the American Academy of Clear Aligners. She has a private practice in Allen, Texas and received her dental degree from Midwestern University.

closepopup
Lauren Camacho

Ms. Camacho is the Vice President of Sales for Practice Solutions overseeing, but not limited to, Central and South Texas. She specializes in the Dental industry and provides lending solutions for business owners, associates and new dentists. She has been in the banking profession for over 10 years and has been lucky enough to help with over 1,000 offices and acquisitions.

Lauren Camacho

Ms. Camacho is the Vice President of Sales for Practice Solutions overseeing, but not limited to, Central and South Texas. She specializes in the Dental industry and provides lending solutions for business owners, associates and new dentists. She has been in the banking profession for over 10 years and has been lucky enough to help with over 1,000 offices and acquisitions.

closepopup
Timoty J. Caruso, PT, MBA, Cert. MDT, CEAS

Mr. Caruso has been a practicing Physical Therapist for over 30 years, focusing his expertise in the area of manual therapy, orthopedics, and ergonomics. He is a member of the ADA Dental Wellness Advisory Committee and FDI Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace Task Team.

Timoty J. Caruso, PT, MBA, Cert. MDT, CEAS

Mr. Caruso has been a practicing Physical Therapist for over 30 years, focusing his expertise in the area of manual therapy, orthopedics, and ergonomics. He is a member of the ADA Dental Wellness Advisory Committee and FDI Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace Task Team.

closepopup
Ashley Clark, DDS

Dr. Clark is a board-certified oral pathologist currently serving as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is the Division Chief and Associate Professor of Oral Pathology at the University of Kentucky. She writes review material for integrated national board and lectures frequently on oral pathology throughout the country.

Ashley Clark, DDS

Dr. Clark is a board-certified oral pathologist currently serving as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is the Division Chief and Associate Professor of Oral Pathology at the University of Kentucky. She writes review material for integrated national board and lectures frequently on oral pathology throughout the country.

closepopup
Rose Dodson, MSc

Ms. Dodson is an innovator and entrepreneur with over 20 years in business leadership. She is experienced in all aspects of business formation, operation, finance, and management. She is the founder of Sedation Resource, Inc.

Rose Dodson, MSc

Ms. Dodson is an innovator and entrepreneur with over 20 years in business leadership. She is experienced in all aspects of business formation, operation, finance, and management. She is the founder of Sedation Resource, Inc.

closepopup
Marianne Dryer, MEd, BS, RDH

Ms. Dryer is currently the Program Director at Cape Cod Community College and also provides faculty in service programs on the 2018 AAP Classification updates. 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 Dryer, MEd, BS, RDH

Ms. Dryer is currently the Program Director at Cape Cod Community College and also provides faculty in service programs on the 2018 AAP Classification updates. 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.

closepopup
David Fidanza

Mr. Fidanza is Chief Information Office of the multi-state IT division at iCoreConnect. He's held numerous technical and management positions in service and sales. His focus over the past 15 years has been on the design, implementation and support of Enterprise Level software solutions.

David Fidanza

Mr. Fidanza is Chief Information Office of the multi-state IT division at iCoreConnect. He's held numerous technical and management positions in service and sales. His focus over the past 15 years has been on the design, implementation and support of Enterprise Level software solutions.

closepopup
Alex Fleury, DDS, MS

Dr. Fleury received his Masters of Science Degree in Oral Biology and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He currently serves as Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Dentistry and is in full-time private practice in Dallas, Texas.

Alex Fleury, DDS, MS

Dr. Fleury received his Masters of Science Degree in Oral Biology and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He currently serves as Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Dentistry and is in full-time private practice in Dallas, Texas.

closepopup
Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Ms. Gatto has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children's hospitals and in private practice. In 2011, she became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston. She is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection in Houston, Texas.

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Ms. Gatto has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children's hospitals and in private practice. In 2011, she became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston. She is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection in Houston, Texas.

closepopup
Karen Gregory, RN, CDICP

Ms. Gregory has been with Total Medical Compliance (TMC) for over 15 years as Director of Compliance and Education. She is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience working in outpatient facilities. She was one of the first recipients of the Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control (CDIPC) certification.

Karen Gregory, RN, CDICP

Ms. Gregory has been with Total Medical Compliance (TMC) for over 15 years as Director of Compliance and Education. She is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience working in outpatient facilities. She was one of the first recipients of the Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control (CDIPC) certification.

closepopup
Theresa Groody, DHSc, EFDA, CDA

Ms. Groody is a DANB certified dental assistant (CDA), a founding member of the Pennsylvania EFDA Association, and an appointed curriculum consultant for the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). She completed her doctoral dissertation in 2021.

Theresa Groody, DHSc, EFDA, CDA

Ms. Groody is a DANB certified dental assistant (CDA), a founding member of the Pennsylvania EFDA Association, and an appointed curriculum consultant for the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). She completed her doctoral dissertation in 2021.

closepopup
Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP

Ms. Guignon is a highly sought-after international speaker, prolific author, and RDH Magazine feature writer. In 2015 she was awarded the CSP, the National Speakers Association's highest earned credential.

Anne Guignon, RDH, MPH, CSP

Ms. Guignon is a highly sought-after international speaker, prolific author, and RDH Magazine feature writer. In 2015 she was awarded the CSP, the National Speakers Association's highest earned credential.

closepopup
Santee Hathaway

Mr. Hathaway has over 15 years of real estate experience representing clients throughout the U.S. and Canada. As founder of Xite, he understands the demands of starting and growing companies.

Santee Hathaway

Mr. Hathaway has over 15 years of real estate experience representing clients throughout the U.S. and Canada. As founder of Xite, he understands the demands of starting and growing companies.

closepopup
Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, MA

Ms. Hunter was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Dentistry" in 2015 by Dental Products Report Magazine. She is the director of Dental Careers Institute, an author of seven CE study courses, and holds the honor of Master with the American Dental Assistants Association.

Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, MA

Ms. Hunter was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Dentistry" in 2015 by Dental Products Report Magazine. She is the director of Dental Careers Institute, an author of seven CE study courses, and holds the honor of Master with the American Dental Assistants Association.

closepopup
Arthur H. Jeske, Ph.D, DMD

Dr. Jeske is Professor Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning & Continuing Dental Education at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. He earned his Ph.D. degree in pharmacology and his DMD degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He has been in private practice for over 40 years.

Arthur H. Jeske, Ph.D, DMD

Dr. Jeske is Professor Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning & Continuing Dental Education at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. He earned his Ph.D. degree in pharmacology and his DMD degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He has been in private practice for over 40 years.

closepopup
Mark Kleive, DDS

Dr. Kleive earned his dental degree with distinction from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1997. He is both a Visiting Faculty member and the Director of Business Systems with the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Mark Kleive, DDS

Dr. Kleive earned his dental degree with distinction from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1997. He is both a Visiting Faculty member and the Director of Business Systems with the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida.

closepopup
Ernest B. Luce, DDS

Dr. Luce completed dental school in 1985 from the UT School of Dentistry in Houston, Texas. After one year General Practice Residency in San Antonio, he became a faculty member at the UT School of Dentistry in San Antonio.

Ernest B. Luce, DDS

Dr. Luce completed dental school in 1985 from the UT School of Dentistry in Houston, Texas. After one year General Practice Residency in San Antonio, he became a faculty member at the UT School of Dentistry in San Antonio.

closepopup
Laura Lukin, DDS

Dr. Lukin has been practicing dentistry since 2006 and is the founder of Airway Health Dentistry. She is also the founder of the Houston Airway Multidisciplinary Study Club and a mentor for the Airway Prosthodontics workshop at Spear Education.

Laura Lukin, DDS

Dr. Lukin has been practicing dentistry since 2006 and is the founder of Airway Health Dentistry. She is also the founder of the Houston Airway Multidisciplinary Study Club and a mentor for the Airway Prosthodontics workshop at Spear Education.

closepopup
Lisa F. Mallonee, MPH, RDH, RD, LD

Ms. Mallonee is a tenured Professor, Graduate Program Director and Registered Dietitian in the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Texas A&M School of Dentistry. She currently serves as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at TAMU SOD. She is a published author and frequent lecturer.

Lisa F. Mallonee, MPH, RDH, RD, LD

Ms. Mallonee is a tenured Professor, Graduate Program Director and Registered Dietitian in the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Texas A&M School of Dentistry. She currently serves as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at TAMU SOD. She is a published author and frequent lecturer.

closepopup
Matt McCarthy

Matt McCarthy is Vice President of Business Development with Bank of America. Matt specializes in helping dentists secure financing in order to start, expand, and grow their businesses. He has assisted hundreds of doctors navigate their practice financing journey in the twelve years he has been working with Bank of America.

Matt McCarthy

Matt McCarthy is Vice President of Business Development with Bank of America. Matt specializes in helping dentists secure financing in order to start, expand, and grow their businesses. He has assisted hundreds of doctors navigate their practice financing journey in the twelve years he has been working with Bank of America.

closepopup
Robert McDermott

Mr. McDermott is President and CEO of iCoreConnect, a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company focused on increasing profit and operational speed in high compliance industries. Under his leadership, the company has developed a platform of 15 SaaS enterprise solutions and been awarded more than 70 agreement with state or regional healthcare associations.

Robert McDermott

Mr. McDermott is President and CEO of iCoreConnect, a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company focused on increasing profit and operational speed in high compliance industries. Under his leadership, the company has developed a platform of 15 SaaS enterprise solutions and been awarded more than 70 agreement with state or regional healthcare associations.

closepopup
Edwin A. McDonald, DDS, FAGD, FICD

Dr. McDonald has been a general dentist in Plano, Texas for more than 30 years. He is a visiting faculty member at The Pankey Institute, published author and frequent speaker at state and national dental meetings. He founded Line of Sight Coaching which focuses on leadership development, practice culture, and team building.

Edwin A. McDonald, DDS, FAGD, FICD

Dr. McDonald has been a general dentist in Plano, Texas for more than 30 years. He is a visiting faculty member at The Pankey Institute, published author and frequent speaker at state and national dental meetings. He founded Line of Sight Coaching which focuses on leadership development, practice culture, and team building.

closepopup
Gigi Meinecke, RN, DMD

Dr. Meinecke has been active in the field of facial injectables since 2004. In 2013, she established FACES Education, providing cosmetic and therapeutic injectable training to medical and dental professionals. She maintains a private practice limited to facial injectables in Potomac, Maryland.

Gigi Meinecke, RN, DMD

Dr. Meinecke has been active in the field of facial injectables since 2004. In 2013, she established FACES Education, providing cosmetic and therapeutic injectable training to medical and dental professionals. She maintains a private practice limited to facial injectables in Potomac, Maryland.

closepopup
Philip Ranger

Philip Ranger has over 30 years of Dental consulting and practice sales experience throughout the United States. His dental consulting, practice sales and development experience consists of representing primarily dental practice owners, which includes individual practice owners, multi practice owners and specialty practice owners. His experience consists of private practice sales, developing strategies for practice sales and practice growth strategies.

Philip Ranger

Philip Ranger has over 30 years of Dental consulting and practice sales experience throughout the United States. His dental consulting, practice sales and development experience consists of representing primarily dental practice owners, which includes individual practice owners, multi practice owners and specialty practice owners. His experience consists of private practice sales, developing strategies for practice sales and practice growth strategies.

closepopup
Brandon Parkhurst, CPA, CFP, CVA, CGMA

Mr. Parkhurst has been a practicing CPA for over 20 years, most of the time dedicated to serving dentists and their practices. In 2008, he founded Parkhurst Consulting CPA PC with the vision to empower dentists to maximize their financial opportunities and achieve financial independence.

Brandon Parkhurst, CPA, CFP, CVA, CGMA

Mr. Parkhurst has been a practicing CPA for over 20 years, most of the time dedicated to serving dentists and their practices. In 2008, he founded Parkhurst Consulting CPA PC with the vision to empower dentists to maximize their financial opportunities and achieve financial independence.

closepopup
Fred Peck, DDS, FAACD

Dr. Peck is a third-generation dentist practicing in Cincinnati, Ohio for over 35 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a Kois Center graduate, Dawson Academy graduate, and a mentor for CDOCS.com.

Fred Peck, DDS, FAACD

Dr. Peck is a third-generation dentist practicing in Cincinnati, Ohio for over 35 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a Kois Center graduate, Dawson Academy graduate, and a mentor for CDOCS.com.

closepopup
Laci Phillips Newland

Ms. Phillips Newland is a founding partner at Practice Dynamics where she combines her knowledge of dentistry with her passion for teams and coaching.

Laci Phillips Newland

Ms. Phillips Newland is a founding partner at Practice Dynamics where she combines her knowledge of dentistry with her passion for teams and coaching.

closepopup
Greg Pinkerton

Mr. Pinkerton is a Regional Business Development Officer with Bank of America who specialized in assisting dentists who are looking to start a practice, multiple offices, refinance debt, or purchase commercial real estate. He has been with Bank of America for over 20 years helping doctors with all their lending needs.

Greg Pinkerton

Mr. Pinkerton is a Regional Business Development Officer with Bank of America who specialized in assisting dentists who are looking to start a practice, multiple offices, refinance debt, or purchase commercial real estate. He has been with Bank of America for over 20 years helping doctors with all their lending needs.

closepopup
Amber Riley, MS, RDH, FAAFS, FIACME

Ms. Riley is an RDH Advisory Board Member to the Oral Cancer Foundation, a subject matter consultant serving dozens of state dental boards, and a forensic dental consultant for the San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner. She is currently the President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

Amber Riley, MS, RDH, FAAFS, FIACME

Ms. Riley is an RDH Advisory Board Member to the Oral Cancer Foundation, a subject matter consultant serving dozens of state dental boards, and a forensic dental consultant for the San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner. She is currently the President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

closepopup
David L. Rothman, DDS, FAAPD, FACD, FICD

Dr. Rothman is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He maintains a private practice in San Francisco, California and has faculty positions as Clinical Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine and the Medical College of Virginia Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond.

David L. Rothman, DDS, FAAPD, FACD, FICD

Dr. Rothman is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He maintains a private practice in San Francisco, California and has faculty positions as Clinical Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine and the Medical College of Virginia Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond.

closepopup
Adam Schenck

Mr. Schenck is a Regional Business Development Officer with Bank of America who specializes in assisting dentists who are looking to acquire a practice, refinance debt, or purchase commercial real estate. He has been with Bank of America for over seven years and his entire tenure has been spent within the practice acquisition department.

Adam Schenck

Mr. Schenck is a Regional Business Development Officer with Bank of America who specializes in assisting dentists who are looking to acquire a practice, refinance debt, or purchase commercial real estate. He has been with Bank of America for over seven years and his entire tenure has been spent within the practice acquisition department.

closepopup
Thomas Schlieve, DDS, MD, FACS

Dr. Schlieve is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with advanced fellowship training in Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery. He is currently the Graduate Program Director for the Parkland/UT Southwestern Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program. He has authored multiple scientific articles and text book chapters and lectures both nationally and internationally.

Thomas Schlieve, DDS, MD, FACS

Dr. Schlieve is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with advanced fellowship training in Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery. He is currently the Graduate Program Director for the Parkland/UT Southwestern Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program. He has authored multiple scientific articles and text book chapters and lectures both nationally and internationally.

closepopup
Cathy Stewart, RDH, BS

Ms. Stewart is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry with a Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene. She manages the South Central region for Philips Oral Healthcare and presents a variety of education programs nationwide.

Cathy Stewart, RDH, BS

Ms. Stewart is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry with a Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene. She manages the South Central region for Philips Oral Healthcare and presents a variety of education programs nationwide.

closepopup
Kevin R. Suzuki, DDS

Dr. Suzuki earned his D.M.D. from Nova Southeastern and completed Periodontics and Oral Implantology residency at Temple University. Dr. Suzuki holds faculty positions at Temple and University of Washington. Dr. Suzuki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is past president of the Washington State Society of Periodontists, a member of OKU, American and International College of Dentists, and an Eagle Scout.

Kevin R. Suzuki, DDS

Dr. Suzuki earned his D.M.D. from Nova Southeastern and completed Periodontics and Oral Implantology residency at Temple University. Dr. Suzuki holds faculty positions at Temple and University of Washington. Dr. Suzuki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is past president of the Washington State Society of Periodontists, a member of OKU, American and International College of Dentists, and an Eagle Scout.

closepopup
Kandice Swarthout, RDH, LPC

Ms. Swarthout is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dental Hygienist. She is a full-time dental hygiene educator in Texas and is the owner of Inspired Education & Wellness where she is a speaker, writer, and private practice therapist.

Kandice Swarthout, RDH, LPC

Ms. Swarthout is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dental Hygienist. She is a full-time dental hygiene educator in Texas and is the owner of Inspired Education & Wellness where she is a speaker, writer, and private practice therapist.

closepopup
Leonard Tau, DMD

Dr. Tau was chosen as one of the top leaders in dental consulting by Dentistry Today. He has lead the dental division of Birdeye, a reputation marketing platform, and hosted the popular, Raving Patients podcast. He recently authored the book Raving Patients and the newly released "100 plus Tips to 100 Five Star Reviews in 100 Days".

Leonard Tau, DMD

Dr. Tau was chosen as one of the top leaders in dental consulting by Dentistry Today. He has lead the dental division of Birdeye, a reputation marketing platform, and hosted the popular, Raving Patients podcast. He recently authored the book Raving Patients and the newly released "100 plus Tips to 100 Five Star Reviews in 100 Days".

closepopup
Christine Taxin

Ms. Taxin is Founder and President of Links2Success and Dental Medical Billing. With over 40 years of healthcare experience, she has dedicated her company to help practices become the best oral health wellness providers they can achieve.

Christine Taxin

Ms. Taxin is Founder and President of Links2Success and Dental Medical Billing. With over 40 years of healthcare experience, she has dedicated her company to help practices become the best oral health wellness providers they can achieve.

closepopup
Robert Thompson, RT, JD, MBA

Mr. Thompson has diverse background in law, medicine, professional liability insurance, and healthcare risk management. He is a Patient Safety and Risk Solutions Dental Lead for MedPro Group.

Robert Thompson, RT, JD, MBA

Mr. Thompson has diverse background in law, medicine, professional liability insurance, and healthcare risk management. He is a Patient Safety and Risk Solutions Dental Lead for MedPro Group.

closepopup
Kathryn Ward, MPA

Ms. Ward earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MPA from Texas State University. She is a Business Relationship Coordinator for Parkhurst Consulting.

Kathryn Ward, MPA

Ms. Ward earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MPA from Texas State University. She is a Business Relationship Coordinator for Parkhurst Consulting.

closepopup
Deana Zost, FAADOM

Ms. Zost has been in dentistry for over 30 years, most of which as an office manager. She currently is the practice administration educational advisor for the American Dental Association. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Dental Office Management and a past AADOM Office Manager of the Year nominee.

Deana Zost, FAADOM

Ms. Zost has been in dentistry for over 30 years, most of which as an office manager. She currently is the practice administration educational advisor for the American Dental Association. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Dental Office Management and a past AADOM Office Manager of the Year nominee.

closepopup

Meeting Sponsors and Donors

Thank you to our TDA Meeting Sponsors and Donors. Their generous support and donations help us provide you with cutting edge education and one of the best dental meetings in the country.

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors