Karin is the first point of contact for new sponsors and conference exhibitors. You will see her roaming the floor at our annual conference and other dental industry meetings. Karin’s role is to introduce as many valuable resources, products, and services as possible to AADOM members. She also hosts our regular AADOM sponsored webinars, Members Access, to further their education and earn CE credits. Karin’s background includes 20+ years of sales and marketing experience, including 13 years as an insurance agent. She was a top producer of new dental patients and revenue as a marketing specialist with the largest national provider of support services to general and multi-specialty dental groups. Karin was the first recipient of the Operations Team Award for Outstanding Teamwork and Dedication and was assigned to a task force to develop a national dental campaign that is still in force today.
Wes Blakeslee, DMD
Dr. Wesley Blakeslee completed his undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. After two years of graduate study in biology at Seton Hall University where he was a teaching assistant, he was accepted to UMDNJ-NJ Dental School where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1979. The creator and host of the podcast program for the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr Blakeslee interviews prominent dental educators, clinicians and manufacturers on the latest products, materials and techniques in dentistry.
Ted Borris, DDS
A former high school teacher and guidance counselor in Chicago, Dr. Ted Borris spent 32 years doing general dentistry first in the US Air Force in Texas and then private practice in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Feeling the need for personal change and development, Ted became the Director of Scientific Programs for the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting in 2014. Now, he and his wife of many years, Carolyn, traverse the country looking for the next great dental meeting speaker to bring to Chicago.
Trish is AADOM’s Project Manager working with Lorie Streeter, Karin Bennett, AADOM’s sponsors and vendors. She is responsible for the coordination of projects and activities including webinars, the Observer magazine, The Going Green Initiative and AADOM Speaker and Consultant Alliance projects. Trish brings over 25 years’ experience in the areas of sales and marketing working a variety of businesses and non-profit community service organizations throughout California’s central valley. Trish was born and raised in California and enjoys being involved in her community. She has served on the board of directors for Networking for Women and Visalians for Sober Graduation and volunteered with several organizations including the American Cancer Society, College of the Sequoias Foundation, Downtown Visalians and the Visalia Parks and Recreation Foundation. She lives in California with her three rescue dogs and enjoys community theater, events and concerts. She is excited to be working with such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of professionals!
Anne Duffy is a graduate of Ohio State University’s School of Dental Hygiene. She continues to practice one day a week and is the chair of the Dental Hygiene Board at CPCC. In 1998, Anne helped launch Dental Entrepreneur magazine at the ADA Conference in San Francisco. She took over as editor and publisher in 2002. Currently Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom goes to every dental school in the country and to young dentists practicing ten years or less.
A Wisconsin native, Dr. Sarah attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated with honors in 1994. She did a one-year hospital-based residency program at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. The residency focused on the treatment of medically compromised patients.
Since 1995, she has been in private practice in Green Bay, WI. She is passionate about excellent patient care and enjoys serving many generations in her preventative and restorative practice. Sarah loves continuing education and has completed many hours at the L.D. Pankey Institute and Spear Education. She participates in many study clubs that focus on clinical, behavioral, and leadership skills.
Teaching and mentoring in her practice and community are one of Sarah’s passions. She serves on the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board at Northeast Wisconsin Technical School. She also volunteers at the NEW Community Dental Clinic. Dr. Sarah is a “want to be” golfer. Her family tolerates her missed shots. She mostly enjoys the beautiful scenery on the golf course. She also enjoys nature and the beautiful, but short Wisconsin summers. As a lover of music, Sarah serves her church as a pianist and organist.
Dr Heuer is a member of the American Academy of Dental Practice. She will serve as President of the Academy in 2023.
In her role as the Executive Director of AADOM, Kim’s responsibilities include managing the membership operations team, providing day-to-day member support, as well as developing membership programs and overseeing their execution. Also, she is the event manager for AADOM’s annual conference and other AADOM member events.
Kim has been in the dental industry for almost 30 years. In 2013, she started her own consulting business, Common Sense Dental Advisors, specializing in developing and executing customized marketing plans to help clients achieve their business goals. In addition to her consulting business, she is a popular dental speaker and writer.
Kim lives in Illinois with her husband, Bob. She has two grown daughters and two awesome grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Harley and has a passion for cooking and golf.
Dr. Ross W. Nash earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. in Textile Engineering in 1970. He worked as an engineer before entering dentistry school in 1974 at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Nash graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1978 and has focused his practice in the area of esthetic dentistry since 1980. Dr. Nash began writing and presenting programs on cosmetic and esthetic dentistry in 1982.
He has been adjunct faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry in Augusta, Baylor Dental School and New York University. He is director of Nash Institute for Dental Learning, The Esthetic Epitome Seminar Series, in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Dr. Nash’s excitement towards dentistry is as great today as the day he graduated dental school. The cosmetic scope of dentistry opens new windows for both patient and dental professionals in esthetic and restorative dentistry. The ever-constant improvement of materials, techniques, and technology make dentistry a perpetual challenge. He derives great personal and professional satisfaction from this continued growth and views dentistry as a very important part of health care today.
Stephen K. Parker
Steve Parker is the President/CEO of The Profitable Dentist, LLC and Editor-In-Chief of The Profitable Dentist Magazine, where he brings a renewed energy to continuing the work of founder, Dr. Woody Oakes. Under his leadership, The Profitable Dentist has grown to be dentistry’s most read periodical, by delivering the relevant, high-value content successful practice owners demand.
Building on Woody’s vision, Parker has dramatically expanded the TPD Network of resources that allows practice owners, industry experts and key opinion leaders to share their ideas, experiences and best practices with each other in the largest online learning management environment for post-dental school practice education ever built.
The TPD Practice Owners Conferences continue to be important live learning and networking events, having awarded nearly 1 million hours of CE credit in nearly 30 years. In 2018, the annual conference reached over 60,000 online views, reaching the largest live audience of dental professionals ever. Nearly every notable lecturer, industry leader, and dental education expert has spoken at or attended a TPD Conference.
Mr. Parker speaks internationally and contributes to industry journals on topics including the stat of the dental industry, developing a practice owner mindset, leadership and strategy, and emerging trends in practice ownership.
President/CEO of The Profitable Dentist, LLC and Editor-In-Chief of The Profitable Dentist Magazine
Bonnie, founding partner at Practice Dynamics, blends her love for the dental industry and business to help dental teams across the country reach new heights in their success. She specializes in coaching teams to goal by blending their unique philosophy with proven systems and business practices. Bonnie has a long record of success in the business of dentistry. Prior to founding Practice Dynamics she was the Product Line Manager for the Dental Division of Carestream Dental. In this role she was responsible for the strategic planning of the dental practice management line of products. This experience gives her a unique understanding of the blend of the business of dentistry, the technology that supports it and the teams that make it happen. A professed lifetime learner and educator Bonnie recently took on the role of Executive Director of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants. In this role she guides an organization that serves to help dental management consultants throughout the country improve and grow their skills. Her love for knowledge and personal growth drives her to provide balance driven success through systems, teams and technology for the practices she works with every day.
Naomi Rhode, CSP, CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame®, a graduate and alumni of the year of the University of Minnesota, is Professional Speaker, Speaking and Transformational Life Coach and Author. She has spoken in all 50 states and 15 foreign countries. She is a member of Speaker’s Round Table a recipient of the prestigious Cavett Award and Past President of the National Speakers Association and The Global Speakers Federation. Naomi is also a proficient speaking and life coach. Naomi is a Co-Founder of SmartHealth, Inc., a much-sought-after professional speaker and emcee, and the author of three inspirational books, The Gift of Family – A Legacy of Love, More Beautiful than Diamonds – The Gift of Friendship, and My Father’s Hand – A Daughter’s Reflections on a Father’s Wisdom.
Jim Rhode, BME, CSP, President of Rhode Presentations and Co-founder of SmartPractice®, has presented seminars and workshops on practice administration and professional marketing. The thousands of dentists, spouses and staff members who have heard Jim speak agree he provides a stimulating, yet practical future orientation. From his years in industry as a long-range planner, Jim brings to the profession practice-building techniques and the motivation for timely implementation. His extensive business experience includes team building, financial analysis, operation streamlining and long-range planning. He is past president of the National Speakers Association; and was honored with the prestigious Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year. Jim’s speaking engagements have taken him to all 50 states and 15 countries.
Melissa has been in the field of business-to-business publishing for 30 years and has been with the Oral Health Group since 1995, taking on the role of Managing Director in 1999. As of July 2016, she was promoted to the role of VP Publishing for Newcom Media Inc, the owners of Oral Health, among a stable of other magazines, websites and trade shows. In addition to maintaining responsibility for the Dental group, Melissa also oversees the Automotive group; Insurance; Meetings + Incentive Travel and the newest addition to the company, the Bridal group. Started in 1911, Oral Health is Canada’s leading national clinical publication, reaching every practicing dentist across Canada, as well as dental students, labs, dealers and manufacturers.
As the Vice President of AADOM, Lorie’s role is to strategically build programs and relationships that create awareness of the AADOM mission and benefits to its members. Lorie’s rich history in dentistry, marketing, sponsor relations (for the last ten years), and office management allows her the unique perspective of working with not only the companies who help sponsor education and programs but also the practice administrators and what is best for their growth and development.
“As an office manager for 12 years, I have walked in your shoes. I would have given anything to have had a support system like the one AADOM provides for you – I was truly on an island.”
Lorie also owns , StreeterBuilt Coaching and Consulting, LLC. Her dental career spans 28 years, 12 of which were spent working in a dental practice. In 2015 Lorie was named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report magazine.
Lorie lives in Washington with her husband. She is an accomplished musician and songwriter who has performed nationwide and has opened for Rascal Flatts, Marty Stuart, Tracy Byrd, and Collin Raye. Lorie is also passionate about wellness and the mind-body connection. Check her out on YouTube. This is a song that Lorie and her son Rhett wrote about people living with chronic illness; it is now featured as the theme song for the Oral Cancer Cause.