2014 InSession Speaker Bios
Alejandro Aguirre, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD is a partner with Endodontic Associates Limited, an endodontic group practice in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Dr. Aguirre graduated from the endodontic program at the University of Minnesota in 1991 and was a full-time professor in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He has been in private practice since 1997 and lectures nationally and internationally. Active in organized dentistry, Dr. Aguirre is a fellow of the International and American College of Dentists. He is a Minnesota Dental Association trustee and currently chairs the Minnesota Mission of Mercy.
Hal Crossley, DDS, PhD has a bachelor’s in pharmacy with a master’s and doctorate degree in pharmacology. He earned his dental degree in 1980. Dr. Crossley retired as professor emeritus from the University of Maryland Dental School in 2004. He has been a consultant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. Drawing on this unique background, Dr. Crossley is a nationally and internationally-recognized expert on street drugs and chemical dependency, as well as the clinical pharmacology of dental drugs.
Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH is founder of Cutting Edge Concepts®. She is a practicing dental hygienist in Dallas, a consultant with The JP Institute and an international speaker. Ms. Davis received her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Midwestern State University of Wichita Falls, Texas. She has served on numerous advisory boards in the dental profession and authored many articles related to practicing comprehensively.
Terry Donovan, DDS received his dental degree from the University of Albert a and his certificate in advanced prosthodontics from the University of Southern California. He is currently professor and section head for biomaterials in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. Dr. Donovan has published extensively and lectured worldwide on restorative dentistry and materials science. He is past chair of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Materials, Instruments and Equipment.
Denis P. Lynch, DDS, PhD received his dental degree from the University of California at San Francisco in 1976. Completing a residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology, he earned a PhD in experimental pathology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Lynch joined the faculty of the University of Texas, Dental Branch at Houston in 1981 eventually serving as executive associate dean. In 1993, he joined the University of Tennessee Memphis College of Dentistry as executive associate dean and served as both professor of dentistry and professor of medicine. Dr. Lynch is currently associate dean for academic affairs and professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology at Marquette University School of Dentistry and a professor of dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has written numerous scientific articles and book chapters, including co-authoring, “The Mouth: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Jason Manke is director of learning in talent development for Kalahari Resorts and Convention Centers. He received a BA in broadcast journalism before beginning a career as a golf professional. Over a 12-year period, Mr. Manke worked for PGA TOUR, The First Tee and became general manager of a nationally-ranked facility — all before the age of 30. He then turned to developing people and formed the University of Kalahari. He is in charge of developing curriculum and teaching associates service, leadership, sales and food and beverage skills at multiple properties.
Robert Margeas, DDS graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He is in private practice and an adjunct professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He has written numerous articles on esthetic and implant dentistry, and lectures and presents hands-on courses nationally and internationally on those subjects. Dr. Margeas serves on the editorial advisory board of Inside Dentistry and Compendium, and is a contributing editor to Dentistry Today and Oral Health in Canada.
Sherry Ortiz, RT (R), BA, MS received her master’s from Marquette University where she serves as a clinical instructor in dental radiology, including oral and maxillofacial radiography and digital imaging instruction to pre-doctoral dental. She has 10 years of prior experience in medical imaging concentrating in special procedures. Ms. Ortiz is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Wisconsin Society of Radiologic Technologists and is a past-president of the Wisconsin section of the American Association for Dental Research.
Peter Pang, DDS, MAGD, MALD is an internationally-known speaker and has been published in several peer review journals. A leading expert in the use of lasers in dentistry, he has attained advanced level, mastership and educator status with the Academy of Laser Dentistry. As a past-chair of science and research (2008-2011) for ALD, Dr. Pang’s presentations come with a strong scientific foundation. He also has a family practice in Sonoma, Calif.
Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS has degrees in dental hygiene and oral biology. She has been published numerous times and is a well-respected lecturer nationwide. Ms. Reynolds’ continuing education presentations include topics involving: biologic basis for oral and systemic disease prevention; microbiological and immunological aspects of oral disease; implications of stress on oral and systemic health; oral pathological concerns; oral piercing and body modification considerations in care delivery; head and neck anatomy; and, scientific developments affecting oral health care delivery.
Ma’Ann Sabino, DDS, PhD is an attending staff at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. A National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research fellow, Dr. Sabino received her doctorate in neuroscience/oral biology and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Sabino is an active member of the Committee on Continuing Education and Professional Development for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Her clinical and research interests include maxillofacial trauma, surgical pathology and reconstruction, implants, and temporomandibular joint surgery.
Ma’Lou Sabino, DDS is an associate professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery in the department of otolaryngology and residency program director at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she has been on the faculty since 2004. She received her doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota and completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at MCW. Her clinical interests include maxillofacial trauma, pathology, reconstruction, dentoalveolar and implant surgery, osteonecrosis of the jaws and orthognathic surgery. Dr. Sabino currently focuses her clinical practice at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Sargeant Health Center in Milwaukee.
Rhonda Savage, DDS is an internationally known author and lecturer, and CEO of the international dental training and consulting firm Miles Global. She lectures and publishes on women’s health issues, leadership and business management. A former dental assistant and front office staff member for 14 years, she understands the dynamics of success in a dental team. Dr. Savage brings a unique energy to her work. A lieutenant commander in the U. S. Navy during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Dr. Savage received the Navy Achievement Medal and an Expert Pistol Medal which earned her the nickname of “The Beast”.
Katherine Schrubbe, BSDH, M. Ed, PhD is director of quality assurance for Dental Associates of Wisconsin and an adjunct associate professor at Marquette University School of Dentistry in the Department of Clinical Services. All of her degrees were earned at Marquette University, including her doctorate in health disparities. An active member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, Dr. Schrubbe has authored numerous articles on Occupational Safety and Health Administration and infection control topics. She is a frequent speaker at MUSOD continuing education courses, local and national meetings and private dental offices.
Jeff Staads began his speaking career training West Point cadets during active duty as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. As president of Business Resource Center, Mr. Staads lectures across the U.S. and internationally on communications skills, collections, sales and leadership. With more than 35 years experience in the collection industry Mr. Staads knows what works and what doesn’t. He is a frequent speaker for state and national dental associations on the topic of collections. Mr. Staads is a contributing author in the book “Motivational Selling”. He has a solo book on the topic of collections titled “57 ½ Excuses”.
Jon B. Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA is president of the International College of Oral Implantologists. He has a presidential appointment as professor of microbiology and immunology in the school of medicine and is a professor of periodontology and oral implantology in the school of dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. Dr. Suzuki also serves as chairman and program director of graduate periodontology and oral implantology at Temple University. Dr. Suzuki is a current panel member and immediate past-chair of the Food and Drug Administration Dental Products Panel. He is on the faculty of the U.S. Navy National Naval Medical Command in Bethesda, Md., and holds professorships at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., University of Maryland in Baltimore, University of Oklahoma and Maimonides University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A past chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Dr. Suzuki is a consultant to the Scientific Council, Practice Management Council and Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Corky Willhite, DDS has a full-time private practice limited to cosmetic dentistry. He is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. His experience is based on a dedication to the belief that “excellence” and “esthetics” are not only compatible, but can take dentistry to a new level of satisfaction and success. Dr. Willhite is also very active in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and received his accreditation in 1991. He is one of only about 50 fellows in AACD out of over 7,000 academy members. A fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Willhite has been an officer in various dental associations, as well as serving on the groups’ committees and boards.
Carrie Aiken is compliance and consulting manager for SVA Healthcare Services. She has been involved in leading and coordinating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security efforts in organizations since 2002, and is a participant in the HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin Privacy Work Group. Ms. Aiken is also certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association.
Mark Boldt, DDS graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry and then completed the school’s post-doctoral program in fixed and removable prosthodontics,. During his residency and for 15 subsequent years, Dr. Boldt taught clinical prosthodontics to undergraduates.
Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MHA is state dental officer in the Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Dr. Chaffin leads the Wisconsin Oral Health Program staff in promoting and improving oral health for all Wisconsin residents. Dr. Chaffin is a board certified public health dentist. He currently serves as president of the American Board of Dental Public Health.
Jane Clark is chief operating officer for The QTI Group – a WDA-endorsed human resources agency. A University of Wisconsin law graduate, Ms. Clark practiced for six years before joining QTI 11 years ago.
Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH has a master’s in public health and is currently associate director of Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. Mr. Crespin provides operational support and oversees the alliance’s oral health and early literacy programs. He is involved with community water fluoridation education and advocacy in Wisconsin and nationally. Mr. Crespin led a coalition of advocates to defeat efforts to remove fluoride from the City of Milwaukee’s water which serves nearly 1 million residents.
Bryan Currier is president of Advantage Technologies, an IT company focusing exclusively on dental and dental specialties. A national conference speaker, he has served on the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council. Mr. Currier has authored articles for the Doctor of Dentistry magazine and Journal of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Erich Herbst, DDS graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago Dental School and completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He began practicing in Baraboo, Wis. in 1987 with services including oral surgery, facial and oral reconstruction, implants, repair of facial trauma (primary and secondary), excision and immediate repair of facial cancer.
Noelle Hille, RDH is a hygiene coach at Edge Advisors. She grew up in the dental office where her mom was the office manager and claims she could count teeth properly before she learned her ABCs. Prior to joining Edge, Ms. Hille was a dental hygienist in a larger dental group practice and also worked the front desk.
Pete Jelacic, a wealth manager with SVA Plumb Wealth Management, LLC, has more than 25 years experience in the financial industry which includes a focus on the dental industry. Mr. Jelacic provides investment consulting, manages client portfolios and works with business owners to develop retirement and succession plans.
Robbyn Kuester, RDH, BSDH is statewide dental sealant and fluoridation program coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. A registered dental hygienist, she assists the Oral Health Program with efforts to reduce the burden of oral diseases by focusing on promotion and implementation of school-based dental sealant and community fluoridation programs.
Tanner J. McKenna, DDS lives and practices in Sun Prairie, Wis. where he is co-owner of West Prairie Dental. A graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Dr. McKenna completed a general practice residency in the Navy Dental Corps. He worked in both solo and large group practice settings. After leaving the Navy, Dr. McKenna had a solo practice in Madison, Wis. for seven years prior to building his new office in Sun Prairie.
Eddie Morales, DDS is a Tennessee native with a private practice in Greenfield, Wis. He graduated with honors from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2010 and pursued his periodontal training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Morales is an active member of organized dentistry, including the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, Greater Milwaukee Dental Association and American Academy of Periodontology.
Sheryl Nieds, RDH is a hygiene coach at Edge Advisors. She has worked in the dental field since 1990. While part of a growing practice, she trained dental hygienists before transitioning into a dental consulting group and then joining Edge. Ms. Nieds is trained in every aspect of the dental office and knows that a one-glove-fits-all system doesn’t work.
Mark Paschen, DDS is a certified senior instructor for the International Association for Orthodontics. He has spoken nationally and internationally on orthodontic practice management and sleep-breathing disorders. Dr. Paschen believes in a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and has limited his practice to treating patients for TMD, orthodontics, and sleep-breathing Disorders.
Ann Pearson is an online reputation managing specialist and CEO of Impressions Review Managing, a company committed to empowering small business owners to effectively manage their online reputations and harness its marketing potential. Her online reputation management and web content writing experience in the veterinary field led her to reach out to small businesses as she witnessed the positive impact on clinics’ reputations.
Sari Lubotsky Schiff is with Balance Practice Development. She has more than 20 years experience in retail and real estate, human resource management, office and location development and medical and dental management and consulting.
Matt Vanderloo, CPA is a senior manager for SVA Dental Services. He specializes in providing dentists financial support needed to grow their practices. Mr. Vanderloo consults on issues such as fee schedules; staffing and overhead costs; hiring an associate; designing compensation formulas; tax strategies and cash flow management; and, buy-sell agreements.
Matt Vandermeuse is a dental assistant at Levine Dental in Brown Deer, Wis. He is currently enrolled in the pre-dental program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. For the past four years he has managed the practice’s social media and marketing efforts. Dr. Paul Levine and Matt have presented similar topics to fourth-year classes at MUSOD.
Jodi Welsch has worked in the dental field for 34 years. She has served as a dental assistant, office manager, software trainer, seminar speaker and, most recently, a dental practice coach. She currently assists offices with practice management issues and provides technology guidance. Her knowledge, professional passion and willingness to grow in dentistry makes her well-respected by the office teams she assists.