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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


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



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:

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


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

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

773-636-7541 (cell)

MaryJane Hanlon, RHD, DMD

MaryJane Hanlon, RDH, DMD, MBA has a 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
Vice President of Hygiene Support
East Coast at 
Aspen Dental

281 Sanders Creek Parkway
East Syracuse, NY 13057

(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


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


Thank you, DSI A / V Team!

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