Ron Ask, DDS; Jackson Creek Dental Group (SDDS Member)
Dr. Ron Ask is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1977. He received the Omicron Kappa Epsilon award for being in the top 10% of his class scholastically. Also in dental school, he received the outstanding achievement award from the American Academy of Periodontology.
Dr. Ask is passionate in the constant pursuit of excellence in his dentistry. He feels strongly about providing comprehensive and advanced dentistry for his patients. “In the pursuit of becoming a world class dentist, Ron Ask’s mission in life is to build organizations to build people.”
He has enjoyed providing desperately needed dentistry in out-of-the way places like Nicaragua, Mexico, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, Peru, Armenia twice, and Egypt most recently. He also enjoys going to dental continuing education classes, gardening and traveling. Locally, Dr. Ask has led JCDG to provide free services around Valentine’s day to needful children for the last 35 years. Now, JCDG coordinates this day with the national and SDDS “Smiles for Kids Day.” To date, JCDG has donated approximately $500,000 worth of services on this day, not including what is done daily for the needy over the last 41 years.
Dr. Ask is honored to be the husband of 43 years to his lovely wife, Jeanine, and proud father to Jerhet, a recent partner at JCDG, and Lawryn, who will hopefully become the latest JCDG partner shortly.
Leon A. Assael, DMD, CMM, FACD, FICD; California Northstate University School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Leon Assael DMD was the Founding Dean of California Northstate College of Dental Medicine. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health, and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at University of California San Francisco. He is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the American Dental Education Association. He is Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and holds an BA from Columbia University and earned a DMD from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, as well as a Certificate in Medical Management from the University of Kentucky. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Assael was in medical school/hospital-based practice until entering dental education at the University of Connecticut in 1989. He has served as residency program director in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut and Oregon Health & Sciences University. Dr. Assael served as Dean at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry until 2003, when he was appointed program director then chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Medical Director of hospital dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University.
He is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2001-2011, current co-editor in chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, past chairman of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association, and a diplomate to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Assael is the past chair of the Council of Deans of the American Dental Education Association. In 2001, President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Assael the America’s Promise Award for advancements in oral health in Appalachia achieved by the University of Kentucky faculty. He is the recipient of the Donald Osborn award for outstanding educator in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. In 2010, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons awarded Dr. Assael the Board of Trustees special recognition award. Dr. Assael has clinical and research interests in value-based health care, systems based oral health education, dental therapy, bone diseases and nerve injury.
Lois Banta, CEO; Banta Consulting (Sponsored by Care Credit and Weave) 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 45 years of dental experience and consults and speaks nationally and internationally. She is the owner and CEO of The Speaking Consulting Network, and a member of several professional organizations.
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Websites: www.bantaconsulting.com and www.speakingconsultingnetwork.com
Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD (Sponsored by DMG America and NSK Dental)
Dr. Bassett practices comprehensive restorative and aesthetic dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and President 2015-2016. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry, an Associate member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, a KOIS Clinical Instructor, an active member in the Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and a Fellow in the AGD. Dr. Bassett is adjunct faculty, where she has taught the aesthetic continuum at the Arizona School of Dentistry. She is a member of the Catapult Group speakers bureau and evaluates new dental materials for them. She was voted top 5 female CE educators, an international lecturer, published author and is a member of the editorial board of several peer-reviewed publications. The cases presented in her lecturers are all published in peer review journals (http://www.drbassett.com/publications.html). She is a recipient of the Lucy Hobbs award for Clinical Expertise, Volunteer Dentist of the Year award for Arizona CASS dental clinic and has received the Give Back a Smile volunteer service award twice.
Jeff Brucia, DDS (Sponsored by GC America, Ultradent, and Kuraray American, Inc.)
Dr. Brucia is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Dental Practice. He is practicing Esthetic and Restorative dentistry full time in San Francisco, California. Dr. Brucia is the Co-Director of the FACE occlusion study club where he chairs the department of Esthetics and Adhesive Material Science. He is the 2011 recipient of the Gordon J. Christensen Recognition Lecturer Award. In 2010, Dr. Brucia was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and presently serves as Academy Secretary. He has also been selected by Dentistry Today as one of the top clinicians in dental continuing education today.
Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA, CSP
Leslie Canham is a speaker and consultant specializing in Infection Control, OSHA Compliance, Dental Practice Act, HIPAA regulations, and a variety of subjects surrounding accommodating and treating special needs patients. In dentistry since 1972, Leslie lectures nationally and internationally and has earned the reputation as an outstanding speaker in dentistry. Her fast paced, entertaining programs deliver up to date, accurate information that dental teams can relate to. Leslie is also a Certified Speaking Professional, which is a designation conferred by the National Speakers Association. Fewer than 10 percent of speakers worldwide hold this professional designation.
In addition to her busy speaking schedule, Leslie provides in-office training, mock-inspections, dental office audits, consulting, and webinars. Leslie is recognized as a continuing education provider by the Academy of General Dentistry and the California Dental Board. She is also authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer.
Charles “Cy” Carpenter, MD; Integrative “Health and Wellness” Medicine Physician
Dr. Carpenter graduated from Tulane Medical School and completed his residency in Preventive Medicine. In addition to his traditional medical training, he has pursued extensive studies in integrative and mind-body medicine from well-known leaders in the field of complementary medicine, including Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard Medical School and Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. He received his Board Certification from the American Board of Holistic Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Carpenter also has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and has studied the ancient healing traditions of Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. He incorporates the wisdom of these traditions with the latest scientific understanding of the human body to guide his clinical practice. He has also been a tai chi and meditation teacher for the past 15 years. Presently, Dr. Carpenter is the Medical Director of the Sacramento Center for Health and Healing.
Celena Donahue, Health Systems Manager; American Cancer Society
Ms. Donahue is the Health Systems Manager, Primary Care & State Based Systems for the American Cancer Society; West Region. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2008. Her current positions include high-level engagement with Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, Primary Care Associations, Indian Health Services, Tribal Primary care systems, Community Health Workers, Health Plans, State agencies, community-based organizations and regional/local networks. Ms. Donahue provides consultation and Quality Improvement coaching for implementation of evidence-based strategies and ACS cancer control programs. She has extensive knowledge in FQHC/IHS cancer statistics, data analysis, and disease tracking, and is a facilitator for cancer prevention: HPV, colorectal, breast, and lung. She has 17 years of clinical laboratory experience with knowledge of pathology, histology, molecular biology, and cytogenetics.
Donna Drury-Klein, RDA, BS, COO; Foundation for Allied Dental Education (SDDS Vendor Member)
As a veteran registered dental assistant, LaDonna Drury-Klein brings life, energy and inspiration to all her work both in the classroom and in the conference room. As a successful clinician turned educator, Ms. Klein is known for her no-nonsense approach to education with her strong and powerful message to motivate and inspire the next generation of clinical care providers.
Ms. Klein served as a two-time appointee to the Dental Board of California under Governor Gray Davis and has chaired numerous councils at the state and national level in furtherance of the dental assisting profession. In 2011, she founded FADE – the Foundation for Allied Dental Education – a non-profit corporation supporting dental assisting educators and serving as an advocate for improving the oversight of her profession. In 2016, she founded the FADE Institute, an advanced learning institute focused on the advancement of higher education for dental healthcare professionals.
Jaime Gerigk, MSW; Chief Program Officer of Counseling and Outreach at WEAVE in Sacramento
Jaime has worked in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault for 20 years and medical social work and hospice for 10 years. She has worked in domestic violence and sexual assault programs in California and Michigan as an advocate, counselor, educator, director and currently Chief Program Officer. Her passion is providing domestic violence and sexual violence prevention education for all ages and ensuring survivor-centered, trauma-informed services. WEAVE is the region’s widely respected provider of services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking and is Sacramento County’s sole rape crisis center.
Melinda Heryford, MBA; Dental Practice Enhancement Consultant and Business Strategist (Sponsored by Care Credit)
Melinda holds an M.B.A. from the School of Management, University of California, Davis. Melinda has worked in dentistry over the last three decades and understands what it takes to make a dental practice successful. Melinda is known as the “Practice Implementer,” in practice development strategies and implementing best business practices in four specific areas: practice systems, empowering people, financial acumen, and satisfied patients.
Melinda brings her business expertise along with years of practical experience to inspire change and transformation. Her primary focus is building dental teams that produce outstanding results. Her system for developing doctors, employees and managers, is based on acquiring core practice knowledge and building leadership, communication and relationship skills, for exceptional performance.
Ramona Lazar, PT, DPT; North Area Physical Therapy
As a graduate of Dental Hygiene School Tehran, Iran with several years of experience, Dr. Lazar chose to change careers to become a physical therapist. Her undergraduate degree is in kinesiology from San Francisco State University. She is a doctor of physical therapy graduate from CSUS currently practicing as an out patient and in patient clinician in the Sacramento area. Her passion is to help people feel better by improving their physical wellbeing.
Marcella Oster, RDA
Marcella Oster is a current RDA with 37 years’ experience in many areas of the dental field. In 1995 she co-founded and was president of the first female owned hazardous waste treatment facility called EcoSolutions. In 1999 it was acquired by the largest transport and treatment facility of hazardous and bio waste. Marcella is an independent speaker for CDA and co-created one of the first dental hazardous waste training videos offering continuing education and approved by the Dental Board of California. She is a current CE provider and lectures all over California. She donates her extra time at a free dental clinic in Auburn and enjoys assisting at CDAcares.
Paul Raskin, DDS (SDDS Member)
Dr. Raskin graduated from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1964. He passed the California State Boards in 1965 while serving a Rotating Dental Internship at Martinez VA Hospital, Martinez, CA.
Concurrently with private practice in Berkeley, CA and later in Sacramento, CA, he served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves Dental Corps, being honorably discharged in July, 1977 with the rank of Major. As a private practitioner, he spent several years on the part time Prosthodontic Staff at Highland General Hospital, Oakland, CA. In 1976 he was promoted to Commanding Officer, 6253 General Hospital Sacramento Unit. In 1975 he was appointed Director of the Department of Dentistry at UC Davis School of Medicine with the academic rank of Assistant Clinical Professor, a position he held until returning to private practice in 1977.
With a consuming interest in removable prosthodontics, Dr. Raskin maintains a research laboratory that has brought forth several patents covering important discoveries in the fitting and fabrication of removable prosthodontic appliances.
Over many years, Raskin has studied with Bernie Levin, Earl Pound, Robert Brigante, John Frush, and others. Notable among his mentors was Dr. Gino Passamonti who, in 1964, first suggested we could make our own denture teeth, a concept that has been the basis of Dr. Raskin’s practice, limited to removable prosthodontics, since 1981.
Alex Ray, PT, DPT; North Area Physical Therapy and Aquatic Therapy
Alex Ray graduated with a Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in 2004 with a major in Exercise Science. He then went on to graduate from the University of the Pacific with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007. He has been a practicing physical therapist at North Area PT for 12 years, and took over ownership of clinic in 2012.
Initially Alex’s continuing education focused on athletes and he was certified as a strength and conditioning specialist. As he worked in private outpatient PT, he became more interested in the weekend warrior and the aging population that was motivated to stay active. A long term manual therapy program was completed at Folsom Physical Therapy, which teaches the Nordic system of hands on PT, heavily focused on the cervical and lumbar spine.
Jessica Rector, MBA (Sponsored by BPE Law Group and Tri Counties Bank)
The top mindset and burnout expert, Jessica is the authority on turning your negative thoughts into positive action. As a former TV talk show host and award-winning #1 sales producer at a Fortune 100 company, she helps you Blaze Your Brain to get more done with less burnout. Jessica has written nine books, and as a #1 best-selling author, she works with leaders, teams, and organizations like NBCUniversal, Dallas Mavericks, and American Airlines to fire up your thinking, extinguish burnout, and ignite your people (while having a lot more fun)! Jessica has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX for creating and igniting change. She is also mom to Blaise, the youngest published author in the United States.
Michael Scherer, DMD, MS, FACP; (Sponsored by Zest Dental Products)
Dr. Michael Scherer is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University, a clinical instructor at University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and maintains a practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Sonora, California. He is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, has published articles, DVD training series, and in‐person and online courses related to implant dentistry, clinical prosthodontics, and digital technology with a special emphasis on full‐arch reconstruction. As an avid technology & computer hobbyist, Dr. Scherer’s involvement in digital implant dentistry has led him to develop and utilize new technology with CAD/CAM surgical systems, implement interactive CBCT implant planning, and outside of the box radiographic imaging concepts. Dr. Scherer also maintains online education: Formal online courses and popular YouTube channels.
Theresa Sheppard, RDA; Theresa Sheppard Solutions
Theresa is a Registered Dental Assistant, speaker, consultant and author, with experience in all clinical and administrative aspects of the dental practice. This, coupled with her extensive hands-on experience of over 35 years, including over 25 years as an office administrator, uniquely qualifies her to train dental teams and develop leaders. She trains on risk management, HIPAA, insurance coding and billing, and mouth-body connection. Her priority is to protect the clinical and financial integrity of your practice.
Theresa’s passion for dentistry and love of teaching merged when she became the owner and director of Career Express Dental Assisting School, as well as a California Radiation Safety Course Provider and Dental Board of California Continuing Education Provider. Theresa is the founder and managing partner of “Care 2 U Tele-Dentistry Services.” She is dedicated to breaking the barriers between oral care and total health by bridging technology with comprehensive care to deliver oral care services to those without access.
Theresa is a member of many professional organizations including Speaking Consulting Network, AAOSH, American Association of Dental Office Management and Dental Codology Consortium. She is privileged to serve on the Congressional Veteran’s Advisory Council based in Modesto.
Jamison Spencer, DMD, MS
Dr. Jamison Spencer is the director of Dental Sleep Medicine for the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ, in Boise Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Spencer has personally treated thousands of patients with sleep apnea and TMJ problems, and now focuses on helping dentists help their patients with such problems.
Dr. Spencer is the Past-President of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP), a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and has a Masters in Craniofacial Pain from Tufts University. He taught head and neck anatomy at Boise State University, is adjunct faculty at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Spencer has been invited to give lectures on TMD, Dental Sleep Medicine and head and neck anatomy throughout the United States at every major dental meeting, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and India. Dr. Spencer created Spencer Study Club, an online education, mentoring and implementation program to help dentists and their teams help more of their patients with sleep apnea and TMJ disorders.
Dr. Spencer now lives in Pleasant View, Utah with Jennifer, his wife of 28 years. They have 6 children, 3 of whom are still at home. Dr. Spencer enjoys outdoor activities including running, skiing, waterskiing and mountain biking, and can still out ski all of his children and recently ran a Boston qualifying marathon time.
Mercy San Juan Medical Center Trauma Team
MSJMC is a level II ACS verified trauma center. Our trauma center offers state of the art equipment and dedicated trauma rooms with specialized trauma nurses, techs, and social workers. All of our trauma surgeons are board certified in surgical critical care from the American Board of Surgery. As part of the Trauma Center Stop the Bleed is taught free of charge to the members of the community by the trauma team which includes trauma surgeons and registered nurses.
John Urrutia, CPA; MUN CPAs (SDDS Vendor Member)
John Urrutia has been providing public accounting, tax, business and strategic consulting services for over 30 years and is a principal at MUN CPAs. John is in charge of the dental division at the firm and has many years of helping his dental clients make the right decisions for their business and life goals.
Christina Vetter, Account Manager; TDSC
As an account manager with The Dentists Supply Company, Christina connects dentists with the products they need to be empowered to achieve their unique visions of practice success. She is an expert on dental supply shopping on tdsc.com, engaging in discussions with loyal shoppers and providing education on the site’s benefits.
Christina has more than 26 years of experience in the dental industry. In addition to 15 years as a representative for major dental supply manufacturers, she has 10 years in the practice setting as a registered dental assistant and as an office manager. Additionally, she’s honed her teaching skills as a clinical instructor at Sacramento City College.
Christina believes that “Few journeys to success are ever accomplished without a first, very uncertain, step.” She understands the importance of practicing dentistry on your own terms. And, she’s proud to be part of a company that empowers dentists to do so.