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Shana Abrahams

Shana Abrahams is the Manager of Meetings and Educational Programs for the Arizona Dental Association. She is new to the dental world, but has been in the events industry for over 18 years. Shana graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and has spent her career managing events for various educational associations in Washington, DC and Scottsdale, AZ. Shana is very involved in her local community and has served in leadership and board roles for a variety of not-for-profit community organizations.

Contact Shana:

Shana Abrahams
Manager of Meetings & Edu. Programs
Arizona Dental Association
(480) 344-5777 x307


Victor Barry, DDS

Dr. Victor Barry recently retired after running a general dental practice on First Hill in Seattle for 42 years. It started out as a small office, and has grown into an 11 operatory large group practice. Dr Barry is a past President of Seattle-King County Dental Society, and Washington State Dental Association. He also is a past 11th District Trustee of the ADA.

He has taught Professional Ethics for 30 years at the UW School of Dentistry.

Dr. Barry has spoken at various venues around the country on Porcelain Bonded Restorations, Ethics, and Practice Management. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Gig Harbor Washington.

Contact Dr. Barry:

Victor Barry, DDS
WSDA / Pacific NW Dental Conference
(206) 799-0049


Diana Batoon, DMD

Dr. Batoon is a graduate of Tufts University with specialized training in cosmetic dentistry from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. With over 20 years’ experience in the dental field, she has extensive training in Full Mouth Rehab, TMJ, Dental Implant Restorations and Sleep Medicine. Her areas of expertise include Restorative Dentistry, Sleep Medicine in the Dental Practice, Sleep Disordered Breathing in the Pediatric Population and more. Dr. Batoon is an international speaker and an active member in multiple industry organizations, including the Arizona Dental Association.

Contact Diana:

Diana Batoon, DMD
Arizona Dental Association
(480) 776-0643


Theodore J. Borris, DDS

Dr. Ted Borris is a University of Illinois grad who likes to think of his current position, Director of Scientific Programs for the Chicago Dental Society, as his third attempt at a career. He started out as a math teacher and guidance counselor in the Chicago Public Schools. Looking for a change he became a dentist, served his country with a hitch in the USAF and then went into private practice. After a successful 30+ years in practice, Ted moved on to the Chicago Dental Society rather than retire. With his wife and travel companion, Carolyn, he has attempted to bring the best in dental speakers to the Midwinter Meeting since October, 2014.

Contact Dr. Borris:

Theodore J. Borris, DDS
Director of Scientific Programs
Chicago Dental Society
(312) 836-7312


Alicia Bullard, DDS

Dr. Alicia A. Bullard is a 1988 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Since that time she has been practicing general dentistry with her husband, Dr. Bradley J. Bullard. She maintains a full time clinical practice in Winona, Minnesota. Dr. Bullard is the 2021 chairperson for the Star of the North dental meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an avid reader, gardener and cook. In addition, she is passionate about dental continuing education having attended the Pankey Institute as well as extensive orthodontic training. Mentoring young dentists and dental students as they embark on their new careers is another passion of hers.

Contact Alicia:

Alicia A. Bullard
Minnesota Dental Association
Star of the North Meeting
Minneapolis, MN

(507) 454-5854

Joy Cooper, RDH,MBA

Joy Cooper, RDH,MBA is the Director of Professional Education at OraPharma, A Division Of Bausch Health. Joy has held many roles in the dental industry over her career. From representative/sales trainer at Proctor & Gamble and representative/manager at Implant Direct to Business Development Director for Dr. Roger Levin at the Levin Group and Sales Director for Air Techniques. In her free time she enjoys tennis, spinning, traveling , and rooting on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Contact Joy:

Joy Cooper, RDH, MBA
Director of Professional Educaiton
Division of Bausch Health
(215) 932-6190


Elijah Desmond

Elijah Desmond began his career at age 15 as a motivational speaker to kids. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University as a “Guygienist” and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he started his first of seven dental businesses. Elijah now resides in South Florida with his wife and 3 year old daughter. He is adamant that a fun atmosphere is essential to learning. You may best know him from his Facebook group Trapped in an OP which now has over 12,000 dental professionals or for his business, Smiles at Sea, international dental conferences on cruise ships. His cruises focus on two things: FUN and Education. Join him and travel the world 1 CE at a time!

Contact Elijah:

Elijah Desmond, Owner & CEO
Smiles at Sea
(808) 348-6024


Empowering women in dentistry

Anne Duffy

Anne Duffy is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in Dental Hygiene and minor in Education. She continues to practice dental hygiene one day a week and is the chair of the Dental Hygiene Board at CPCC. After taking 6 state boards, Anne joined Oxyfresh in 1995, to market a dental line and build a team of leaders. She quickly went to the top of the company and continued building the customer base for 20 years. In 1998, Anne helped launch Dental Entrepreneur magazine at the ADA Conference in San Francisco. She took over as editor and publisher in 2002. Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom goes to every dental school in the country and to young dentists practicing ten years or less, both print and digitally at dentalentreprneur.com.

Anne is a little bit “Erin Brockovich” and launched Dental entrepreneur Woman magazine, DeW.Life in 2017 to inspire, highlight and empower all women in dentistry. DeW Life is a Movement!

Anne’s philanthropic interests are Best Buddies, America’s Tooth Fairy, and Living Your Strengths.

Contact Anne today about being published in Dental Entrepreneur or Dental Entrepreneur Woman!

Contact Anne:

Anne Duffy
Dental Entrepreneur
Cell: (704) 953-0261
Office: (704) 846-7665


Lee Flickner

Lee Flickner is the Manager of Education and Programs for the California Dental Association’s. She has been with CDA for over 25 years and is a veteran of the United Stated Air Force. Lee works closely with the CDA Presents Board of Managers to develop and manage the educational program for two annual meetings that include over 375 programs per year and other CDA educational opportunities. CDA Presents is held twice each year and regarded as the must-attend meeting for dentists across the country for up-to-date clinical and technological advancements, extensive exhibit halls, C.E. opportunities.

Contact Lee:

Lee Flickner
Manager, Educattion & Programs
California Dental Association
(916) 554-4948


Arlene Furlong

Arlene Furlong is a Chicago-based journalist specializing in practice and research news for dental and medical professionals. She aims to support those strengthening the provider/patient relationship by writing all manner of healthcare communications and assisting related partnerships.

Her coverage of dentistry is facilitated by 20 years on award-winning publications for the American Dental Association, strategic communications and education for organizations such as the Academy of Osseointegration, and features for industry publishers, including AEGIS Communications.

Her research is currently focused on updating practice knowledge interesting to dentists for the ADA Center for Professional Success.

Contact Arlene:

Arlene Furlong, Journalist
Chicago, IL

(773) 728-7403
(773) 636-7541 (cell)

Joe Goldstone

Joe Goldstone is Global Brand Director and Head of Corporate Marketing at Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of dental products, based in Charlotte, NC. Over the better part of two decades in the dental industry, Joe has developed education-driven sales and marketing programs in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa, as well as building clinician engagement programs to aid product development in the US and Germany. He recently drove the creation of the Hygienist Circle – a community and education program focused directly on Hygienists through Dentsply Sirona’s US business.

A native of the United Kingdom, Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and German from Aberystwyth University and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business in Rochester, NY. He also completed advanced graduate studies in Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Contact Joe:

Joe Goldstone
Global Brand Director / Head of Corporate Marketing
Densply Sirona
Charlotte, NC

(704) 577-1497


MaryJane Hanlon, RHD, DMD, MBA

MaryJane Hanlon, RDH, DMD, MBA has an extensive and varied background in the field of dentistry. Since 1997, Dr. Hanlon has been active in the dental industry and owned and operated her own practice for 15 years. Dr. Hanlon combined her passion for dentistry with her acumen for business in 2012 when she obtained her MBA from Suffolk University.

During her two years of matriculation, she created a list of all the things she wished she knew prior to beginning her dental practice. This list was translated into the creation of a course given at Yankee Dental every year in conjunction with Bentley University called the “Mini MBA for Dentists”.

In 2014, she became Assistant Dean of Predoctoral Clinical Education at Tufts where she works to revamp the overall clinical environment. In 2016, she became Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs overseeing all of the undergraduate and postgraduate clinical operations for the school.

Dr. Hanlon is highly involved with the Massachusetts Dental Society and will become its fourth female president in 2020. In addition, she has served in many roles on the Yankee Dental Organizational Committees, ADA House of Delegates, and was Chair of Yankee Dental Congress 2017 meeting.

MaryJane is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, Academy of General Dentistry and many other dental organizations. She is licensed to practice dentistry in Massachusetts.

Contact MJ:

MJ Hanlon, RDH, DMD, MBA
Incoming President 2020
Massachusetts Dental Society 

(617) 719-2200


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Maureen Howes, RDH, MS

Maureen Howes, RDH, MS is Vice President of Hygiene Support, East Coast at Aspen Dental. She graduated from Old Dominion University with a BS and MS in Dental Hygiene. Maureen has been with Aspen Dental since 2006. In her role she is responsible for training and development of 1100 clinical hygienists as well as mentoring of 40 Hygiene Directors and Managers. Prior to joining Aspen, Maureen was an adjunct faculty member at Onondaga Community College where she taught multiple clinical and didactic courses. Maureen is also a CDCA examiner and has provided CE courses for over 20 years.

Contact Maureen:

Maureen Howes, RDH, MS
VP of Hygiene Support, East Coast
Aspen Dental
East Syracuse, NY

(315) 391-4181


Roy McDonald, DDS

Dr. Roy McDonald is a native Atlantan. He graduated from Emory University with a BA in Chemistry and minor in math. He graduated from Emory University Dental School with a DDS degree.

He has practiced in the North Fulton area since 1983. He is married to his Highschool sweetheart for over 40 years. He has one Son and two Grandchildren. He is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

He is an Honorable Fellow of The Georgia Dental Association and a Fellow of The International College of Dentists and A Fellow of the American College of Dentist. He recently received The Distinguished Alumni award from Emory University Dental School and Dentist Of The Year award from The Northern District Dental Society. He has served on the executive council of the Hinman Dental Society and is the 2022 General Chair of The Thomas P Hinman Dental Meeting.

Contact Dr. McDonald:

Roy McDonald, DDS
2022 General Chair
Hinman Dental Society                   

(707) 667-6453


William J. Moorehead, DMD

William J. Moorhead DMD has practiced family and sedation dentistry in Flemingsburg, Kentucky for over 30 years. Dr. Moorhead has served as President of the Blue Grass Dental Society in Lexington, Kentucky, Chair of the Kentucky Dental Association Executive Board, and is a Past President of the Kentucky Dental Association. He currently is the Chair of the Council on Annual Sessions for the KDA. Dr. Moorhead has received Fellowships from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Association and the Blue Grass Dental Society.

Contact Dr. Moorehead:

William J. Moorehead, DMD
Chair, Annual Sessions
Scientific Chair, 2021
Kentucky Dental Association

(606) 748-0950


Ashley Newman

Ashley Newman, Smile Source’s Vice President of Marketing and Events, focused on helping private practice dentists understand how to market their practices more effectively.

Mrs. Newman is a dedicated leader with over 20 years of experience and achievements in advertising and marketing. As a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications with a degree in Advertising, she utilizes her knowledge to gain a deep understanding of the market by analyzing demographics and key motivators. Her innate curiosity and keen attention to detail have led her to find a true niche in healthcare marketing.

Originally from Florida, Mrs. Newman now lives in Kingwood, Texas with her husband and three children.

Contact Ashley:

Ashley Newman
Vice President of Marketing & Events
Smile Source                   

(813) 787-9269


Kathleen Robinson, DMD

Dr. Kathleen Robinson was born into a dental family with her father a professor at Emory University School of Dentistry and her grandfather and an uncle also dentists in North Dakota. She practiced dental hygiene for five years prior to entering MCG School of Dentistry where she received her D.M.D. degree. Dr. Robinson is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, the American College of Dentists, the Georgia Academy of Dental Practice, and the Hinman Dental Society, where she serves on the Executive Council and is the 2021 General Chairman for the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting.

Contact Kathleen :

Kathleen Robinson, DMD
2021 General Chair
Hinman Dental Society                   

(404) 606-1220


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Chase Emmons

Chase Emmons owns and operates OEX AV. OEX stands for Optimum Event Xolutions…kind of a play on spelling or as he calls it, creative goodness! He has been very lucky to have the opportunity to shadow and learn from amazing go-getters in this industry and it has inspired him to do the same! As his company name pretty much spells out, they are driven by the satisfied oxygen of happy clients and successful ventures. Chase personally strives to do the best in everything he does as he is a firm believer that how you are or what you do in one area of your life, is a reflection of everything you do. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business” – Henry Ford

Contact Chase:

Chase Emmons
OEX Corporate Productions

(714) 329-2566


Jeff Emerson

Be you. Celebrate you.

Whether it be branding, lifestyle, portraits or event photography, Jeff welcomes the opportunity to learn more about your needs and how he can best help you meet them.

During your photo session, you can count on Jeff’s sense of humor to help you relax and have fun. That’s when the magic happens.

Visit his online gallery for examples of Jeff’s work and to get an idea of what you can expect from your photo session. If Jeff’s work speaks to you, reach out for a conversation.

Contact Jeff:

 E3 Raw Photo
(480) 993-7557