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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 & Educational 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


Shannan E. Cook, CMP

Shannan Cook has been a meeting planner for 26+ years and worked specifically with dental associations for 20 years. She graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 and earned her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2003. She has worked with the Texas Dental Association and Minnesota Dental Association planning their annual conferences of up to 13,000 attendees. She takes pride in building relationships with speakers, scouts, dentist members, and the numerous partners who help bring events to life.

Shannan is a Past Chair of the Conference on Dental Meetings and a member of Meeting Professionals International since 2001. She has served in many volunteer positions within her MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter.

She is the proud “fur mom” to two adorable Yorkies and loves to travel & explore new places with them.

Contact Shannan:

Shannan E. Cook, CMP
Star of the North Meeting Director
(612) 767-8400


Elijah Desmond, RDH, BS

Serial entrepreneur, Elijah Desmond, RDH is best known for his energetic and engaging form of speaking. Elijah believes that a fun atmosphere is essential for learning. He believes this philosophy so much that he started Smiles at Sea, an international dental conference on cruise ships!

From a room of 50 people to an arena of thousands, Elijah’s gift is in emceeing events.  Regardless of whether you hear him speak for or emcee an event, audiences are provided with life tools they can start implementing immediately.

With an appreciation for full-range events, from big to small, Elijah has experience emceeing for a room of 50 to an arena of thousands. Events range from intimate corporate conferences to large events such as PodFest, Vidfest and Smiles at Sea!


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


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.

Contact Arlene:

Arlene Furlong, Journalist
Chicago, IL

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

MaryJane Hanlon, RDH, 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 Dr. Hanlon:

MJ Hanlon, RDH, DMD, ,MBA
Massachusetts Dental Society

(617) 719-2200


Willaim J. Moorhead, 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. Moorhead:

William J. Moorhead, DMD
Kentucky Dental Association

(606) 748-0950


Thank you, DSI Photographer!

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