We have an exciting group of speakers and presenters this year, offering instruction on a diverse range of topics. Learn more about them by selecting their name.

Lee Albert, NMT2019-11-24T22:14:29-05:00

Lee Albert, NMT is a national presenter and highly popular neuromuscular therapist and yoga instructor at the world renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. Dedicated to helping people help themselves, Lee created practices and teaches Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT) protocols to reduce and often eliminate chronic pain. People from every walk of life have learned from Lee how to live a pain free life. He is the author of Live Pain Free: Eliminate Chronic Pain without Drugs or Surgery and Yoga for Pain Relief: A New Approach to an Ancient Practice. Lee is the PBS host of “3 Steps to Pain Free Living.”

Erika L. Amarante2019-11-24T22:14:47-05:00

Erika L. Amarante is a partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department. She represents hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in cases alleging professional negligence, lack of informed consent and negligent credentialing. She has extensive experience defending claims of wrongful death, birth trauma, delayed diagnosis of cancer, and brain injuries, as well as the catastrophic injuries that often arise in such claims. Erika also has had the unique experience of serving in a claims management position, setting reserves and valuing cases. She regularly counsels health care providers on issues of liability and risk reduction strategies.

Colleen Atkinson, NREMT, EMSI2019-11-24T22:15:02-05:00

Colleen Atkinson, NREMT, EMSI has many years of service to local communities in both paid and volunteer positions in the human services and emergency medical fields. She is a nationally registered EMT, professional educator, and instructor in Connecticut’s Community College system (Nursing and EMS programs). In addition to being a Connecticut EMS Instructor, she is an American Heart Association (AHA) and ASHI instructor, CT State EMS evaluator, CT State Police instructor and Medical Reserve Corps volunteer/trainer. Colleen is a practicing emergency medical technician and is a National Registry training officer.

Joanne Block Rief, DDS2019-11-24T22:15:29-05:00

Joanne Block Rief, DDS started her career in dentistry at age 13, working for her father in his dental practice. In 1982, she received her BS in dental hygiene from the University of Rhode Island and her DDS from the University of Maryland in 1986. She practiced alongside her father for 18 years until she purchased her own practice in Owings Mills, MD. Her practice focuses on cosmetic dentistry and provides excellent customer service for her patients. She also lectures and coaches dental students and dentists on practice management and how to build a thriving and
profitable dental practice.

Kevin Budge, JD2019-11-24T22:21:52-05:00

Kevin Budge, JD is a partner at Wiggin and Dana in New Haven, CT. He is the co-chair of the firm’s Medical Malpractice Defense Practice Group and has extensive experience representing hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in all areas of professional liability, focusing on large, complex damage exposure matters such as birth trauma, delayed diagnosis of cancer, and wrongful death. He has significant experience defending physicians and health care providers in Department of Public Health investigations, inquiries, and administrative proceedings. Kevin has unique experience in claims management, setting reserves, and valuing cases. He also counsels health care providers in managing risks and limiting liability.

Tracy Civick2019-11-24T22:23:06-05:00

Tracy Civick is a nationally recognized speaker, coach, and author devoted to the cultivation and development of dental practice excellence. She teaches teams how to streamline front office operations and boost practice revenue. Coaching and inspiring individuals at all practice levels is Tracy’s passion, and she does so with a style that is part strategist, part consultant, and all energy. She is an active member of AADOM and ADMC and her life’s mantra is, “You can’t exceed patient’s expectations without exceeding your own expectations.”

Brandon Collier, JD, LLM2019-12-02T23:30:42-05:00

Brandon Collier, JD, LLM is president of Collier & Associates, Inc., a law and consulting firm representing dentists with practice transitions and providing objective advice regarding the business aspects of their practices. He is the editor of the twice-monthly Collier & Associates Newsletter and conducts the C&A doctor seminars at top destinations throughout the country. Brandon also oversees the C&A retirement plan division which designs and prepares 401(k) and defined benefit plans for hundreds of clients. He is a frequent lecturer at national and regional meetings, study clubs and dental schools. Brandon gives back to dentistry through the ADA and AAO Foundations and serves on the visiting committee of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry.

Michelle DeBarge, JD2019-11-24T22:26:01-05:00

Michelle DeBarge, JD is a partner with Wiggin and Dana and has practiced with the firm for over 25 years. Her practice focuses on regulatory compliance and audits, HIPAA and related privacy/security requirements, negotiation and mediation, and general operational matters. She is respected by regulators and well-versed in both the legal and practical issues that need to be considered to ensure a favorable result. Michelle has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and Connecticut Super Lawyers since 2007. Michelle received her JD with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the University of Connecticut Law Review. She received a BA from Williams College.

Ann-Marie DePalma, CDA, RDH2019-11-24T22:29:19-05:00

Ann-Marie DePalma, CDA, RDH is a graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, Northeastern and University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a member of the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries, American Academy of Dental Hygiene, American Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Association of Dental Office Management. In 2017, she was the Esther Wilkins Distinguished Alumni of Forsyth Award recipient and is currently a technology advisor for Patterson Dental. Ann-Marie is a published author and textbook contributor in dental hygiene. She served as coach for a national dental practice management company, a faculty member in dental hygiene and chair of a dental assisting program. She is also a consultant examiner for CDCA (formerly NERB).

Carolyn DeRocco, BA2019-11-24T22:29:57-05:00

Carolyn DeRocco, BA is vice president of Programs and Education at the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. She has a bachelor of arts degree in Human Relations from St. Joseph’s College in Long Island, NY, with certificates in both counseling and human resources. She has been employed at the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter for over 13 years. Carolyn has over 20 years of experience as a therapeutic recreation director working with individuals with dementia in a skilled nursing facility and over 25 years’ experience as a support group leader working with individuals diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. She is a member of the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and a former board member of the Connecticut Geriatric Society.

Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS2019-11-24T22:30:52-05:00

Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS graduated from the University of Southern California, practiced dental hygiene for 20 years and is adjunct dental hygiene faculty at West Coast University. Ms. Dewhirst is consistently listed as one of the nation’s leaders in CE, presents over 80 seminars a year, is featured at major US and Canadian dental conferences, and is a member of the California Dental Association Speakers Bureau. She has had many articles published in dental peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to dental textbooks.

Raymond Dionne, PhD, DDS2019-11-24T22:34:11-05:00

Raymond Dionne, PhD, DDS earned a DDS degree and MS in pharmacology at Georgetown University and a PhD in pharmacology at the Medical College of Virginia. He conducted clinical pain research at the NIDCR and practiced dentistry part-time in Washington, DC, for 27 years. He is currently appointed as a professor in the Cell Biology department at the UConn School of Medicine. Dr. Dionne has been a co-author on more than 200 scientific and educational papers and has edited 5 textbooks and monographs. He is delighted to have returned to the University of Connecticut after 50 years since he graduated and looks forward to contributing to the educational process at UConn Health for a few more years.

Gary DiSanto-Rose, DMD2019-11-24T22:34:49-05:00

Gary DiSanto-Rose, DMD received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he also completed a general practice residency program. He is a fellow in both the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Association for Orthodontics. He has been an active member of the American Dental Association and has been a senior instructor in the New England Chapter of the IAO for over ten years. He has earned over 3,000 credit hours in orthodontic studies and has incorporated orthodontic treatment in his general dental practice for over 30 years. He has lectured throughout the US and internation-
ally. Dr. DiSanto-Rose maintains a private practice in Johnstown, NY, which focuses on early orthodontic treatment, myofunctional therapy, and airway centered dentistry.

Timothy Donley, DDS, MSD2019-11-24T22:35:31-05:00

Timothy Donley, DDS, MSD is currently in the private practice of periodontics and implantology in Bowling Green, KY. Dr. Donley is a sought-after speaker whose courses are always highly rated. His forte lies in taking the latest research and packaging it in a way that makes sense. He is a lecturer with the ADA Seminar Series and has lectured worldwide. Dentistry Today recently listed him among its Leaders in Continuing Education. He lectures and publishes frequently on topics of interest to clinical dentists and hygienists.

Debra Engelhardt-Nash, AABFA2019-11-24T22:36:22-05:00

Debra Engelhardt-Nash, AABFA has presented workshops nationally and internationally for numerous study groups and organizations. Debra is a founding member and served three terms as president of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration and Speakers Consulting Network. She has been recognized by Dentistry Today as a Leader in Continuing Dental Education and a Leader in Dental Consulting. Debra is on the board of the American Dental Association’s Dental Practice Management Advisory Board. She has been chosen as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2014 by Dental Products Report and is the 2015 recipient of the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award. She is co-founder of the Nash Institute for Dental Learning.

Jody Erdfarb, JD2019-11-24T22:37:05-05:00

Jody Erdfarb, JD is a partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Health Care Department. She advises healthcare providers on a broad range of issues including compliance, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, patient care, regulatory, and corporate matters. She handles matters involving state and federal licensure and certification, survey deficiencies and penalties, False Claims Act cases, and Medicaid audits. Jody also develops and implements corporate compliance and HIPAA programs for clients. Jody currently serves as the American Health Lawyer’s Association (AHLA) vice chair for the Health Information Technology Practice Group’s Digital Health Records Affinity Group and is on the editorial board of the AHLA’s Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations publication.

Jean Fallago, JD, LLM2019-11-24T22:38:20-05:00

Jean Fallago, JD, LLM is an attorney, author, speaker, and frequent lecturer at dental schools and dental meetings with more than 25 years of experience in the area of dental practice transitions. Her recent speaking engagements include Boston University Goldman Graduate School of Dentistry, University of Connecticut School of Dentistry, Harvard University School of Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dentistry, Yankee Dental Congress, and Massachusetts Dental Society. Jean is a graduate of Bryant College with a bachelor’s in finance and insurance. She holds an associate’s in real estate, a JD degree (cum laude) from Suffolk University Law School and a master’s in tax law from Boston University Graduate Law School. Jean also holds a real estate brokers license for the past 30 years.

Ellen Gambardella, CDA, MEd2019-11-25T00:24:40-05:00

Ellen Gambardella, CDA, MEd is an acclaimed author and educator who has lectured nationally and internationally. She was selected as Most Effective Dental Assistant Educator in the United States as the result of a nationwide search. The Massachusetts Dental Society presented her with their Special Award for Teacher of the Year, and she is the recipient of the Goldin Foundation Award for Excellence in Education and the Dr. LeClaire Dental Health Professional Award for innovative and impassioned teaching. The United States Air Force recognized Ellen for her educational support of the 66th Dental Flight and Medical Group. She was recently awarded the title of Fellow from the ADAA. She is a former faculty member of Tufts and Northeastern Universities and Middlesex Community College.

Mary Gambardella, JD2019-11-25T00:24:56-05:00

Mary Gambardella, JD brings decades of experience in helping clients comply with ever-changing labor laws and regulations, as well as in managing employment challenges such as sensitive terminations, sexual harassment, reductions in workforce, discrimination claims, and severance agreements. Mary is chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment, and Benefits Department and regularly represents employers in state and federal court litigation, administrative and regulatory proceedings, mediations and arbitrations. She handles all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage/hour, and employment contract claims. She has an AV® Preeminent™ peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and she is recognized in Chambers USA and by Super Lawyers® in Connecticut.

Joseph Garzi2019-11-25T00:25:14-05:00

Joseph Garzi has had a career in information technology for over twenty years in the Connecticut region and has been supporting information technology for dental practices for almost as long. Joe has led Southridge to the Inc. 500/5,000 as one of the fastest growing IT companies in America six years in a row. He has worked with outside resources in cyber security breach discovery and prevention and has extensive experience with security and the protection of a dental practice’s technical assets. Southridge Technology is the affinity IT partner for the CSDA.


Sharon Gordon, PhD, DDS2019-11-25T00:25:32-05:00

Sharon Gordon, PhD, DDS is dean of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. She earned her dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed a two-year GPR at Medical Center Hospital—San Antonio. She earned an MPH in Epidemiology and PhD in Clinical Investigation from Johns Hopkins University. As a research staff scientist, she directed research training, career development and educational programs at the NIDCR, NIH. She served as the inaugural research dean and department chair for foundational sciences at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gordon is board certified in Dental Public Health. At the national level, she serves as a reviewer for NIH study sections and president of the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA2019-11-25T00:25:53-05:00

Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA is an internationally recognized speaker, author and coach for dental teams. Her areas of expertise are infection prevention and control, OSHA compliance, HIPAA compliance, ergonomics and efficiency and team communication. Her dynamic presentations are energizing and motivating and are full of practical information that can be easily implemented in the dental practice.

Stefan Green2019-11-25T00:26:15-05:00

Stefan Green is a regional business development officer for Bank of America Practice Solutions. He oversees all of New England for the dental division of the Bank. He specializes in providing loans to dentists seeking financing for equipment and construction projects, as well as restructuring practice debt to increase practice cash flow. Stefan also assists dentists with the financing of commercial real estate purchases. He has been with Bank of America Practice Solutions since 2016.

Jack Griffin, DMD2019-11-25T00:26:34-05:00

Jack Griffin, DMD is a full-time practitioner and has owned multiple practices in the St. Louis area focusing on comprehensive aesthetics. He has been awarded diplomate status with the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry, Accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, and Fellowship in the International Academy of DentoFacial Aesthetics. He is a director for the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum and has been published over 100 times in various journals. But most important to Dr. Griffin is providing comfortable, compassionate dental care to his many patients. He considers it a sincere honor to be able to teach other dentists’ comprehensive aesthetics, regenerative dentistry, clinical photography, practice management, CAD/CAM and other relative topics.

Irene Iancu, BSC, RDH, CTDP2019-11-25T00:26:50-05:00

Irene Iancu, BSC, RDH, CTDP achieved her bachelor of political science from Florida State University in 2005 and realized she would be a TERRIBLE lawyer! After graduating with honors from Oxford College in 2007, Irene followed her curiosity into the various aspects of dental hygiene practice, working her way through each specialty. Today, Irene is a Toronto-based independent dental hygienist who owns her own practice where she incorporates her extensive training in orofacial myology. She is a clinical and theoretical dental hygiene instructor at Oxford College, quality assurance mentor and peer mentor with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, key opinion leader, international speaker, and item writer for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board while enrolled in the Harvard HMX program at Harvard Medical School.

Damon Jenkins, DMD, MPH2019-11-25T00:27:20-05:00

Damon Jenkins, DMD, MPH is a private practice Prosthodontist in Coventry, CT. He obtained his DMD from UMDNJ in 2001. He completed two general practice residencies -year one at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and year two at LSU Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. With his desire to pursue more dental education, he enrolled at LSU School of Dentistry in 2003 and completed his specialty degree in prosthodontics in June 2006, along with a master’s degree in Public Health. He was an assistant professor at UConn School of Dentistry from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Jenkins served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007–2008 as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Reserve Corps and ended his service as a major in 2014.

Michael Johnson, DMD, FACS2019-11-25T00:27:37-05:00

Michael Johnson, DMD, FACS is an oral maxillofacial surgeon who sees patients at Coastal Connecticut OMS. He is full-time faculty at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he serves as the program director for the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program and associate chief of Dental Services. He has been involved in various research projects and has mentored multiple Yale residents resulting in publications and presentations at national meetings. Dr. Johnson has lectured on topics that include head and neck history and physical exam, craniofacial, maxillofacial bone grafting for dental implants, orthognathic surgery, maxillofacial trauma, head and neck infections, anesthesia, safety culture, office-based emergency preparedness, and the management of medically complex patients. Additionally, he teaches courses in surgical anatomy, oral maxillofacial pathology, and anesthesia emergency management.

Kathy Langlais, RDH2019-11-25T00:27:57-05:00

Kathy Langlais, RDH has lectured extensively to dental hygiene and nursing students as well as professional dental organizations. She works as a dental hygienist at Connecticut Valley Hospital for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and in an inpatient facility treating patients with substance abuse and or psychiatric illnesses. Kathy’s dental hygiene experience includes private practice, a school-based dental program, a community health center dental clinic, and teaching as adjunct faculty at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. Kathy is involved in the Connecticut Coalition for Oral Health and has worked with the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council to bring awareness about opioid addiction to the dental community.

Robert LaRosa, DDS, MAGD, FICOI2019-11-25T00:28:18-05:00

Robert LaRosa, DDS, MAGD, FICOI graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1984 and practices general dentistry in Woodbury, CT. His continuing education activities include courses through the Connecticut State Dental Association, New England Master Study Club, the International Association for Orthodontics New England Chapter, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and a local study club in Southington, CT. He has earned his masters with the Academy of General Dentistry, and has taken orthodontic courses through NYU’s Linhart Continuing Education Program. Dr. LaRosa is a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

On a personal note, Dr. LaRosa and his wife enjoy sports, hiking, family reunions, and spending time with their children and grandson.

Susan Leckowicz, RDH2019-11-25T00:28:37-05:00

Susan Leckowicz, RDH began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant in her father’s practice in Connecticut and worked over 20 years as a dental hygienist before becoming a dental coach for the past 12 years. As the founder of Dental Coaches, Susan and her team of experts, work with dentists across the country to grow their practices. She believes strongly in training team members as patient advocates while helping patients reach a collaborative agreement in getting healthy. She works with staff on communicating the value and benefits that dentistry can provide and marketing that attracts the type of patients who want great dental care. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, golf, and the beach.

Geoff Ligibel, CPA, CFA2019-11-25T00:28:59-05:00

Geoff Ligibel, CPA, CFA is the president and CEO of 42 North Dental, a leading dental service organization (DSO) with over 70 locations in the Northeast. Since joining more than 5 years ago, he has led rapid growth at the company, building new practices and partnering with established practices throughout 5 states. Mr. Ligibel was previously a director in Houlihan Lokey’s Healthcare Group. During his career, he has executed dozens of transactions involving companies providing services to healthcare providers across the nation. Mr. Ligibel graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in accounting from Ohio State University. He is a certified public accountant and holds the designation of chartered financial analyst.

Doug LoPresti, NREMT, EMSI2019-11-25T00:29:16-05:00

Doug LoPresti, NREMT, EMSI has broad experience in all aspects of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), including EMS management, consulting, program development and training, and is certified in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Doug is a nationally registered EMT, professional educator, and instructor in Connecticut’s Community College system, teaching in nursing and EMS programs. In addition to being a Connecticut EMS instructor, he is an American Heart Association (AHA) and ASHI instructor and evaluator, and a Connecticut State Police Instructor. Doug is a practicing EMT, working on ambulances in the town of Westbrook and Lyme and is the National Registry training officer for both agencies. Doug is a member/instructor with the Connecticut Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Rui Ma, DMD2019-11-25T00:29:44-05:00

Rui Ma, DMD maintains a periodontal and implant practice in Fairfield, CT. A fourth-generation dentist raised in his family’s private practice, Dr. Ma excelled in his education achieving his doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D) from Tufts University in Boston. Previously educated at State University of NY in Albany, he received his bachelor of science in chemistry with summa cum laude and graduated as class valedictorian. Dr Ma completed his post-doctoral training in periodontics at Stony Brook University, in NY, where he was bestowed the certificate of advanced graduate study in periodontology. Dr. Ma is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Maria Melone, CPA, CVA2019-11-25T00:30:02-05:00

Maria Melone, CPA, CVA founded MORR Dental Solutions in 2012 with like-minded and experienced CPAs. Maria has extensive knowledge of the dental industry and brings a wide breadth of skills to the table—particularly in valuation. As a certified valuation analyst, she is an expert in helping clients understand what a dental practice is worth. Prior to founding MORR, Maria worked for American Dental Partners, Inc., in corporate development, overseeing all aspects of the acquisition process. During her 10 years with ADPI, she facilitated nearly 100 transactions, the biggest of which was a $90,000,000 acquisition of a multi-location, multi-disciplinary group practice. Since founding MORR, Maria has worked with hundreds of buyers and sellers and facilitated over 150 transactions.

Michael Menapace, JD2019-11-25T00:30:24-05:00

Michael Menapace, JD is a partner at Wiggin and Dana. He is an insurance lawyer, data breach coach, and law school professor. His practice focuses on a variety of insurance, cybersecurity, and litigation matters. Michael lectures and publishes regularly on insurance and cybersecurity topics and has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee as an invited expert on cybersecurity and insurance. He teaches insurance law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has been listed in Super Lawyers for Insurance Law and is active in the American Bar Association as vice-chair of the TIPS Cybersecurity Committee and in ARIAS-US as chair of the Technology Committee.

David Miller2019-11-25T00:30:53-05:00

David Miller is a vice president and regional business development officer for Bank of America Practice Solutions which is responsible for providing financing options to dentists in the New England market. Dave has been working with dentists since 2010 when he started his career with Bank of America. In just over 5 years with the bank, Dave provided over $130,000,000 in financing to healthcare professionals in the New England market. Following that experience, Dave opened the Boston market for Carr Healthcare Realty, LLC, where he represented dentists and gained invaluable experience about what makes a great location for a dental office.

Joelle Murchison, MEd2019-11-25T00:31:24-05:00

Joelle Murchison, MEd is an accomplished executive, diversity and inclusion champion, and mom of four. Joelle is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Following her post-secondary pursuits, Joelle began a career in higher education and the non-profit sector before transitioning to corporate America, and then returning to higher education in 2016. Drawing on her passion and interests in education, inclusion, policy and communications, in 2019, Joelle founded ExecMommyGroup, LLC—an inclusion, communication, leadership and coaching firm. At her core, Joelle is passionate about encouraging people to reach their highest potential and creating space to open dialogue to enhance inclusion and understanding.

Shannon Nanne, RDH2019-11-24T23:43:09-05:00

Shannon Nanne, RDH graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1994. She’s authored articles in RDH, JPH, In Focus, and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and is a KOL for several companies, publications, and associations. She is an ambassador with The Oral Cancer Foundation and has served as the executive director of the Global Oral Cancer Forum and continues serving on the organizing committee for GOCF20. Shannon helps promote the changes required for a substantial impact on incidence, morbidity, and mortality of oral cancer worldwide educating health professionals globally. She has sat on the Corporate Council for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene representing Basicbites, Biotene and Oral7. Shannon continues to create awareness on oral cancer and its horrific side effects

Christine O’Hea, DMD, MDS2019-11-24T23:43:31-05:00

Christine O’Hea, DMD, MDS has over twenty years of experience with clear aligners in both private practice and academic orthodontics. She received a B.S. in chemistry with Honors from Lafayette College in 1992. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a DMD in 1996 and then received both a master of dental science degree and certificate in orthodontics from the University of Connecticut in 1999. Dr. O’Hea maintained private practices in New Jersey from 1999–2019 while serving as part-time clinical assistant professor at Columbia University from 2014-2018. She presently is a full-time assistant professor at Columbia University. Recognizing the driving interest in clear aligners by general dentist practitioners, she developed an innovative clear aligner therapy protocol for undergraduate dental students.

Yumi Panui, LCSW, CSAC2019-11-24T23:44:18-05:00

Yumi Panui, LCSW, CSAC is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed addictions counselor. She has been in the National Guard since 2010 and recently transitioned to Connecticut from Hawaii to serve as the chief behavioral health officer of the Connecticut National Guard. She has been in the behavioral sciences field since 1992 with specializations in trauma and addiction. Captain Panui’s military behavioral health experience includes the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in the mental health and homeless veteran’s departments; the active duty Family Advocacy Program, Embedded Behavioral Health clinics, and the Army Substance Abuse Program; as well as in the overarching National Guard Behavioral Health medical and support program sections.

Michael Ragan, DMD, JD2019-11-24T23:44:44-05:00

Michael Ragan, DMD, JD is an attorney who represents physicians, dentists, and nurses in civil and administrative litigation. Dr. Ragan practiced dentistry for many years and spent more than 10 years managing healthcare professional liability claims in the insurance industry. Dr. Ragan was a director of Fortress Insurance Company as well as the chairman of the claims committee and currently serves as Fortress’s medico-legal consultant.

Penny Reed2019-11-24T23:45:11-05:00

Penny Reed is a coach, speaker, and author of the book Growing Your Dental Business. She runs the Dental Coaching Institute and works with dentists who want to raise the bar on their performance and create an office culture where the entire team looks forward to coming to work every day. Penny coaches dentists and team leaders on implementing systems and standards that drive consistent and predictable revenues. Penny’s expertise has been highlighted in published articles both nationally and internationally. She has conducted presentations at dental meetings across the country for over two decades and has received the Leaders in Dental Consulting designation from Dentistry Today from 2007 to present. She is a member of ADMC, The Speaking and Consulting Network, AADOM,
and the NSA.

Adam Richichi2019-11-24T23:45:45-05:00

Adam Richichi is a dynamic leader with 18 years of dental experience. Mr. Richichi is the CEO of Dental Associates of CT, a unique fast-growing DSO in the North East. His experience leading dental service organizations, dental laboratories, and technology start-ups gives him a unique perspective. Additionally, Mr. Richichi is a speaker and author on leadership.

Philip Silverio, DPT2020-01-20T16:01:30-05:00

Philip is a licensed physical therapist that specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. He received his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Sacred Heart University in 2014 and in 2016 became board certified in orthopedics. He has advanced training in manual therapy, dry needling and exercise prescription. He currently sees patients at Gaylord physical therapy orthopedics and sports medicine in Cheshire, CT. He regularly works with patients of all backgrounds and in his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and being with his friends, family, and dog, Mia.

Sam Simos, DDS2020-01-20T16:01:52-05:00

Dr. Sam Simos is an Implant, restorative and cosmetic dentist practicing just outside of Chicago, in Bolingbrook and Ottawa, Illinois. People from around the world seek out his services to help enhance their lives.  He is internationally recognized as a leader in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He received his doctorate of dental surgery at Chicago’s Loyola University. Dr. Simos teaches post-graduate courses to practicing dentists on cosmetic dentistry, occlusion, and comprehensive restorative dentistry. He is one of a select number of dentists who work with the Dental Advisor to evaluate and consult with dental manufacturers about new products. Dr. Simos promotes awareness, communication, and education within the dental profession, and is an internationally published author on today’s use of innovative dental techniques and materials.

Michael Sonick, DMD2020-01-20T16:02:19-05:00

Michael Sonick, DMD, is an internationally-known, authority in the field of dental implantology and periodontology. He completed his undergraduate degree at Colgate University. He received his DMD at University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his certificate in periodontology at Emory University. He received implant training at Harvard University as well as the Branemark Clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden. A full time practicing periodontist in Fairfield, Connecticut, he is also a frequent guest lecturer in the international program at New York University School of Dentistry and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He is the co-editor of the multi-language textbook, Implant Site Development. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Compendium of Continuing Education and the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Greg Wappett2020-01-20T16:01:04-05:00

Greg Wappett is the director of corporate development for 42 North Dental. He is responsible for all aspects of practice acquisitions and affiliations; beginning with deal origination, going through practice analysis and due diligence, and culminating in integration. He has helped 42 North Dental expand from a single-branded dental support organization in one state, to operating over 20 brands across 5 states. Prior to joining 42 North Dental, Mr. Wappett was a director with Provident Healthcare Partners, a middle-market investment bank. He advised clients across a variety of verticals, including DSOs, multi-site physician groups, retail medical groups, and pharmacy services, through a variety of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, financing events, and growth consulting. Mr. Wappett graduated from Babson College with a degree in business administration.

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