Lois Banta is CEO, President and Founder of Banta Consulting, Inc., a company that specializes in all aspects of dental practice management. Lois has over 38 years of dental experience and consults and speaks nationally and internationally. She is also the owner and CEO of The Speaking Consulting Network, and a member of ADMC, AADOM, NSA, ADAA and AADPA.
Karyn Buxman is a TEDx speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (she lives at the intersection of humor and the brain.) A pioneer in the emerging science of applied humor, Karyn helps high performers expand their influence, strengthen their relationships, and boost their resilience. From the Mayo Clinic to the Million Dollar Round Table, companies hire Karyn to educate, inspire, and entertain their audiences again and again. She’s one of 186 people (and only 42 women) in the world to be inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. Karyn is serious about humor!
Leslie Canham, RDA, CDA
Leslie is a Speaker and Consultant specializing in Infection Control, OSHA, Dental Practice Act and HIPAA regulations. Leslie has been in the dental field since 1972. She is the moderator of the Infection Control Forum on Dentaltown.com, and is an active member of OSAP, ADMC and the National Speakers Association. Leslie is authorized by the Dept. of Labor as OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards.
Debbie Castagna owner of Castagna Coaching, is one of the dental industry’s most experienced and accomplished management consultants, speakers and authors. She also founded The Indispensable Consultant, a coaching and mentoring program for new consultants.
Debbie has appeared in Dentistry Today’s list of Leaders in Consulting every year since 2005 and speaks at dental meetings across the US and the international stage. She also co-authored the popular training resources, The Doctor as CEO and The Ultimate Staff.
Kimberly Y. Culp, RDA is CEO, President and Founder of KYR Staffing and The Job Life Coach LLC. Kimberly graduated in 1990 from Long Beach College and Dental Assisting School. After earning her RDA, she moved to Atlanta, Ga. Throughout her tenure of working with a variety of cosmetic dentist. She traveled all around the US learning how to be most efficient in dentistry. While employed in the dental office, Kimberly soared as a leader from clinical to management. She served on the 1st board for the Dental Hygiene program at Atlanta Technical College. Kimberly is also an active member of The Speaking Consulting Network(SCN), The Academy of Dental Practice Management Consultants(ADMC), and The American Association of Dental Office Managers(ADOM). She is known for her fun-filled, unique Teambuilding Workshops which are full of hands-on “Real Life Dental Office Experiences.” Kimberly a licensed Minister enjoys spending family fun time with her husband Ralph, children and grandchildren. As a Motivational Speaker, Life Coach and Philanthropist, her community involvement is broad. She loves serving the senior citizens, homeless and battered women and children.
Henry DeVries is the co-founder and CEO of Indie Books International. He works with independent consultants who want to attract more high-paying clients by marketing with a book and speech. As a professional speaker, he trains business leaders how to sell more by persuading with a story. In fact, in the last ten years he has helped ghostwrite, edit and co-author more than 300 business books, including co-authoring a McGraw-Hill bestseller How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett – now in Chinese. As a result of his work, consultants get the four B’s: more bookings, more blogs, more buzz, and a path and plan to more business. On a personal note, he is a baseball nut. He has visited forty-one major league ball parks and has three to go before he touches ‘em all.
Mary Fox is a licensed mental health counselor and board-certified coach. With over 35 years’ experience in private practice, specializing in personal growth and development, Mary brings the expertise consultants need to navigate the personal and professional challenges of their daily life. Mary is well known as the “go-to” consultants coach for all things that need clarity! Mary’s executive coaching helps dental professionals thrive in work and life. Helping them think more strategically, cultivate a higher emotional intelligence, and communicate with greater impact and influence. Mary’s cutting-edge Coaching Skills Program is a must have for Dental professionals looking to create real and lasting results in the ever-changing complex dental business. Coaching improves individual performance, team dynamics, and bottom-line results. Living and loving from her core is Mary’s daily priority. She loves to spin, meditate, quilt, knit, travel, and watch her Florida Gators sports teams. Family first, she is happily married to her best friend, Dennis, and loves to spend as much time as possible spoiling her grandchildren and over stepping her boundaries with their four grown children.
Mary Govoni is an internationally recognized speaker, author and consultant on clinical efficiency, ergonomics, OSHA & HIPAA compliance, and team communication. Mary is a past president of the American Dental Assistants Association, a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice, a member of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention, and the Academy of Dental Management Consultants. She is a featured speaker on the ADA CELL seminar series and a columnist for Dental Economics magazine.
Becky specializes in inspirational speaking (nationally and internationally; corporate and academic), developing leader training programs, leader coaching, consulting and advising. Becky translated her military leadership principles and lessons learned, and developed her STEADFAST Leadership model, which she shares with the corporate and academic sector. Her expertise encompasses: developing leader training programs, leader coaching, consulting and advising, strategic level leadership, logistics, supply chain management, asset protection, physical security, risk management, diversity and inclusion, coaching and mentoring. Becky honorably served with the U.S. Army and retired as a General Officer in 2008. The culmination of her career came in 2006 when she became the first female Chief of Ordnance and Commanding General of the Army’s Ordnance Center and Schools (equivalent to President of a University), responsible for the leader development and institutional training for the second largest branch in the army with over 100,000 members of the Ordnance Corps.
MICHAEL HAUGE speaks on how-to change more lives by telling compelling stories. He has been one of Hollywood’s top coaches and story experts since 1985, and has worked with countless screenwriters, novelists and filmmakers. He has consulted on projects starring (among many others) Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Reese Witherspoon. Michael coaches consultants and speakers on using story to transform the lives of their audiences, clients and customers. Michael is the best-selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds, Writing Screenplays That Sell, and his latest book, Storytelling Made Easy: Persuade and Transform Your Audiences, Buyers and Clients – Simply, Quickly and Profitably. According to Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.”
Sharing forty years of clinical and business experience with the dental profession, Dr. Kerr earned Mastership in the AGD, and was honored in 2011 with its presentation of the Life Long Learning and Service Recognition Award. He is a Fellow of both the ACD and ICD, and has been recognized by state and local organizations as Dentist of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, and Citizen and Professional of the Year. See more at kerrspeak.com.
Uche Phillip Odiatu, BA, DMD
Dr. Uche Odiatu DMDis an internationally recognized wellness & performance expert. This practicing dentist & dad of four from Toronto is a certified personal trainer, a holistic lifestyle coach, media personality (ABC 20/20 & Canada AM), a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine & the author of The Miracle of Health! He has given presentations in Canada, the USA, Bermuda, Norway, England, Jamaica, Bahamas & Denmark. www.DrUche.com.
Carrie Webber is Chief Communications Officer of Jameson, a dental management, marketing and hygiene coaching firm that helps dentists and teams become more productive, more profitable and ultimately more fulfilled in their practicing lives. Carrie creates customer service and business development opportunities as well as internal and external marketing initiatives and social media strategies to effectively communicate the Jameson message to the dental profession. Webber is a contributing author to several publications and blogs on the topics of marketing, customer service and business development as well as a presenter on these topics to dental professionals.
Gary has had the privilege of presenting to numerous dental conferences around the United States and Internationally. He also speaks to corporations such as Boeing Aircraft, Hilton Hotels, Hallmark, MasterCard Int., University of Alabama, and the State of California. A verbal defibrillator his presentations make all the difference in people from just going thru the motions to be excited, intentional, passionate and profitable…both emotionally and financially. Gary has been a youth pastor, oil field hand, homeless outreach director, business owner, college professor, consultant, author, radio show host, but best known: conference speaker. Gary is passionate about being married to his best friend, Cherisse. Together, they live in Northern California. Gary is the proud dad of Mark, Leigh Ann and Nicole. “It does not get any better!”