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- Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS, Speaker, Author. Dental Hygiene Coach & Consultant

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Happy Thanksgiving to Our Dental Professional Colleagues!

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

November 25, 2015

Thank you from all of us

All of us here in the US are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. I wanted to send you a note of “Thank you” because we would not be where we are today if it were not for your support!
I have a special Thanksgiving video message for you because during this time of “Giving Thanks” I want you to know how much you matter to me!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Happy Thanksgiving to Our Dental Professional Colleagues!

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

All of us here in the US are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. I wanted to send you a note of “Thank you” because we would not be where we are today if it were not for your support!

I have a special Thanksgiving video message for you because during this time of “Giving Thanks” I want you to know how much you matter to me!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Are You Concerned About Telling Your Patients They Have Disease?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

November 18, 2015

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Are you a hygienist who wonders what to tell your routine prophy patient (who you have been seeing every 6 months for the past 4 years) that at today’s appointment, they now have periodontal disease?

Are you concerned about telling your patients they have disease?

If you are concerned, I want you to know that you are not alone!

This is a very common concern that we hear about every month from doctors and hygienists.

It’s so common that many clients, when we begin working with the hygiene team, they feel overwhelmed and so concerned that they will lose their long time patients if they tell them that they have periodontal disease. These are hygienists who really care about their patients. I mean, they consider these people to be a friend!

Do you have the “What will my patients think if I…” syndrome?

Here is what our team of coaches tells our clients:

You are obligated to tell your patients when they have active disease. You can do this in a way that creates an even deeper relationship with patients whom you care so much about.

Today, I share with you the results of an amazing team that had this very concern and they learned how to overcome this situation which can be so challenging.

Be sure to keep reading below because today I will give you some specific words you can use when you experience this challenge and feel concerned.

“How can I tell my long-time prophy patient today, that they have periodontal disease?”

This is a question the team at Nicosia Dental asked before we really got down to business.

The team has worked really hard to build a a great reputation in their community and close relationships with most of their patients.

The#1 goal for this team when they began working with us was to:

  • have a system for the hygiene department that is turn-key with a step-by-step implementation process,
  • how to make the perio diagnosis (especially when their patients are routine prophys but now have active disease),
  • how to make time for all the services a hygienist needs to complete in their allotted time,
  • enroll patients into high-end treatment plans,
  • update their verbal skills so that now, they will be recommending what is best for their patients while maintaining a trusting relationship

And… the results are in!

Here is the evidence which shows how well they have take action and implemented what they have learned from Hygiene Empowerment:

Here is what they have created in just six months!

Perio Percentage Increased                                425%

Open Hygiene Appts Decreased                          80%

Hygiene Production Increased                              55%

Case Acceptance from Hygiene Increased          40%

Here are the tips you can use to enroll prophy patients into perio:

1. Explain to patients before a bib is placed and the chair reclined “Do you have any areas of concern? Any bleeding gums?” Now tell patients: “Mr. Patient, today we will do X, Y and Z (An example of this: “checking for any abnormalities”) so that you don’t have any inflammation, infection, tooth loss or loss of life. I will use this ruler (Show your perio probe) and take some measurements. You will hear me call out some numbers; 1-3 is healthy. A 4 means inflammation and anything 5 or higher means infection. Now, not to be concerned if you hear a 5 or higher because when I am finished with the numbers I will sit you up and we will create a plan to get you back to health. Now, Mr. Patient, I will be asking you at the end to tell me what the lowest and the highest number I call out is.”

  • Can you imagine how this conversation will bring your patient into a partnership vs. you, telling patients “What you found”?

2. Look together at what you “see.” Show your patient their previous past perio charts, take pictures of bleeding gums, calculus, etc., with the intraoral camera or have them hold up a mirror and look with you.

3. Use words you know your patient understands. Do you know for sure that your patient understands what the word “Periodontal” means? Try using words and phrases such as: gum or bone infection, inflammation. Don’t be afraid to say “bleeding and bleeding gums.” Nix that word “Cleaning” and never use the phrase “Deep cleaning.” Tell your patients they will need some gum treatments and if they do understand the word periodontal, explain this is non-surgical periodontal treatment.

4. Explain that gum (or periodontal) disease can cause other systemic diesases.  If your patient does have high blood pressure or diabetes, etc., explain how this can exacerbate their current inflammatory disease(s) and explain that treatment of their gum infection can help improve their systemic disease. Talk about gum therapy or gum treatments as a way to prevent other diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimers, various cancers, etc., etc.

5. Tell patients: “I care about your total health!” What impact will this sentence have on your  patients (some who already consider you a friend)?

How smoothly is your treatment planning process going today?

– – Are hygienists helping to enroll 70%+ of all treatment plans?

How is your case acceptance from hygiene appointments?

Do all the hygiene clinicians agree when a patient is healthy or has disease?

– – Does one hygienist say the patient is healthy and there are no probing depths above 4 mms while other clinicians (Maybe doctor) say the patient has 5 and 6 mm probing depths?

– – What do you do in this situation? Do you know the cost of hiring a new hygienist vs. asking for help from an expert to work with your existing hygiene team?  Typically, it is much more expensive to go out and hire a new hygienist!

Are you satisfied with your answers above?

Check out our Hygiene Empowerment Program and then enroll in our no-cost 3-Part Hygiene Empowerment Video Series, EBOOK about treating gingival diseases and get access to our most recent webinar “5 Steps to Creating a More Productive and Profitable Hygiene Department.” Register here and get started today!

Lead Pages picABOUT DEBBIE SEIDEL-BITTKE, RDH, BS

In 1984 Debbie Graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaining patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

All of this means that the doctor can come to the office to do their job as a Dentist and not worry about managing people!

Are You Concerned About Telling Your Patients They Have Disease?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

Are you a hygienist who wonders what to tell your routine prophy patient (who you have been seeing every 6 months for the past 4 years) that at today’s appointment, they now have periodontal disease?

Are you concerned about telling your patients they have disease?

If you are concerned, I want you to know that you are not alone!

This is a very common concern that we hear about every month from doctors and hygienists.

It’s so common that many clients, when we begin working with the hygiene team, they feel overwhelmed and so concerned that they will lose their long time patients if they tell them that they have periodontal disease. These are hygienists who really care about their patients. I mean, they consider these people to be a friend!

Do you have the “What will my patients think if I…” syndrome?

Here is what our team of coaches tells our clients:

You are obligated to tell your patients when they have active disease. You can do this in a way that creates an even deeper relationship with patients whom you care so much about.

Today, I share with you the results of an amazing team that had this very concern and they learned how to overcome this situation which can be so challenging.

Be sure to keep reading below because today I will give you some specific words you can use when you experience this challenge and feel concerned.

“How can I tell my long-time prophy patient today, that they have periodontal disease?”

This is a question the team at Nicosia Dental asked before we really got down to business.

The team has worked really hard to build a a great reputation in their community and close relationships with most of their patients.

The#1 goal for this team when they began working with us was to:

  • have a system for the hygiene department that is turn-key with a step-by-step implementation process,
  • how to make the perio diagnosis (especially when their patients are routine prophys but now have active disease),
  • how to make time for all the services a hygienist needs to complete in their allotted time,
  • enroll patients into high-end treatment plans,
  • update their verbal skills so that now, they will be recommending what is best for their patients while maintaining a trusting relationship

And… the results are in!

Here is the evidence which shows how well they have take action and implemented what they have learned from Hygiene Empowerment:

Here is what they have created in just six months!

Perio Percentage Increased                                425%

Open Hygiene Appts Decreased                          80%

Hygiene Production Increased                              55%

Case Acceptance from Hygiene Increased          40%

Here are the tips you can use to enroll prophy patients into perio:

1. Explain to patients before a bib is placed and the chair reclined “Do you have any areas of concern? Any bleeding gums?” Now tell patients: “Mr. Patient, today we will do X, Y and Z (An example of this: “checking for any abnormalities”) so that you don’t have any inflammation, infection, tooth loss or loss of life. I will use this ruler (Show your perio probe) and take some measurements. You will hear me call out some numbers; 1-3 is healthy. A 4 means inflammation and anything 5 or higher means infection. Now, not to be concerned if you hear a 5 or higher because when I am finished with the numbers I will sit you up and we will create a plan to get you back to health. Now, Mr. Patient, I will be asking you at the end to tell me what the lowest and the highest number I call out is.”

  • Can you imagine how this conversation will bring your patient into a partnership vs. you, telling patients “What you found”?

2. Look together at what you “see.” Show your patient their previous past perio charts, take pictures of bleeding gums, calculus, etc., with the intraoral camera or have them hold up a mirror and look with you.

3. Use words you know your patient understands. Do you know for sure that your patient understands what the word “Periodontal” means? Try using words and phrases such as: gum or bone infection, inflammation. Don’t be afraid to say “bleeding and bleeding gums.” Nix that word “Cleaning” and never use the phrase “Deep cleaning.” Tell your patients they will need some gum treatments and if they do understand the word periodontal, explain this is non-surgical periodontal treatment.

4. Explain that gum (or periodontal) disease can cause other systemic diesases.  If your patient does have high blood pressure or diabetes, etc., explain how this can exacerbate their current inflammatory disease(s) and explain that treatment of their gum infection can help improve their systemic disease. Talk about gum therapy or gum treatments as a way to prevent other diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimers, various cancers, etc., etc.

5. Tell patients: “I care about your total health!” What impact will this sentence have on your  patients (some who already consider you a friend)?

How smoothly is your treatment planning process going today?

– – Are hygienists helping to enroll 70%+ of all treatment plans?

How is your case acceptance from hygiene appointments?

Do all the hygiene clinicians agree when a patient is healthy or has disease?

– – Does one hygienist say the patient is healthy and there are no probing depths above 4 mms while other clinicians (Maybe doctor) say the patient has 5 and 6 mm probing depths?

– – What do you do in this situation? Do you know the cost of hiring a new hygienist vs. asking for help from an expert to work with your existing hygiene team?  Typically, it is much more expensive to go out and hire a new hygienist!

Are you satisfied with your answers above?

Check out our Hygiene Empowerment Program and then enroll in our no-cost 3-Part Hygiene Empowerment Video Series, EBOOK about treating gingival diseases and get access to our most recent webinar “5 Steps to Creating a More Productive and Profitable Hygiene Department.” Register here and get started today!

Hygiene Department Empowerment

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

November 11, 2015

Tuesday November 10, 2015, Dental Practice Solutions hosted a webinar called “5 Steps to Creating a More Productive and Profitable Hygiene Department” (and without working harder or more days)

This subject of this webinar was Hygiene Department Empowerment.

There were hundreds of dental professionals in attendance.

We were at maximum capacity and if you want to be included in this information to boost your hygiene department you can enroll in the webinar to receive the recording and also the 3-Part Hygiene Empowerment Video Series plus an Ebook about treating the gingivitis patient, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

During the webinar we had numerous questions and I will re-cap 3 of them here:

1. “What happens after we do scale and root plan 1-3 teeth?”

Answer: After scaling and root planing you will want to bring your patient back 4-6 weeks for a “tissue check,” aka: “re-evaluation” or “post-op” visit.

After a long conversation with Dr. Charles Blair, he says that most insurance companies will not pay for the visit 4-6 weeks. The American Academy of Periodontolgy explains about checking the patients “balance-point.” unless you see the patient 4-6 weeks after scaling and root planing, you will never know if the active disease has been put into remission. It is very important to know if the perio therapy has resolved the active disease before you schedule them for three or four month periodontal maintenance appointments.

Dr. Blair told me that you can bill insurance for a prophy after you complete 1-3 teeth of scaling and root planing however, there are insurance companies that will never pay for periodontal therapy after you have billed for a prophylaxis when periodontal therapy was completed and billed to the insurance company.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to document and bill insurance, what services you actually completed that day.

Dr. Blair told me that as clinicians we need to tell our patients that they will need to pay because their insurance may not pay for the service.

2. “What should a hygienists’ production be per hour?”

The most important thing is for dentists and hygienists to “know the numbers.”

It is not uncommon that we see hygienists who have production of approximately $800 USD per day however, after we begin working with a hygiene department and they implement a higher level of patient care: scaling and root planing followed by perio maintenance visits and sealants, fluoride, etc., it is not uncommon to have hygienists average $250 per hour USD.

3. “If you register for Hygiene Empowerment” when does it begin?

Answer: Once you enroll, for example if you send in your registration by or before Friday November 13, 2015, you will begin on Monday November 16, 2016. On Monday you will receive your first video module which is approximately sixty minutes long as well as the video transcipt and your implementation guide. My office will call your office if you are open on Monday and we will schedule your calls/webinars with the hygienist(s) and with Debbie and doctor(s).

All of our current clients enrolled in the program triped their return on the money invested within three weeks of the hygiene program. The program works because we monitor specific hygiene department metrics weekly and monthly a full office report is reviewed with doctor to create a plan of action for the next 30 days and eliminate any inefficiencies that made me discovered.

  • Do you want to have a collaborative hygiene department?
  • Do you wish doctor and hygienist or all the hygienist could agree when it’s a prophy patient and when it is a periodontal patient?
  • Do you want a more empowered team?
  • Do you want to not work as hard?
  • Do you want to understand how to enroll patients who were always a prophy into periodontal therapy?
    • Are you comfortable changing routine patients from prophy to perio?

The above questions are addressed in Hygiene Empowerment. Do not begin 2016 without looking into your future “Hygiene Empowerment.”

It works! Hygienists are getting really excited about this! Just ask to see all the emails they have sent because they are so excited about this.

ABOUT DEBBIE SEIDEL-BITTKE, RDH, BS

In 1984 Debbie Graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaining patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

o   This means doctor can come to the office to do their job as Dentist not manage people

Hygiene Department Empowerment

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

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Tuesday November 10, 2015, Dental Practice Solutions hosted a webinar called “5 Steps to Creating a More Productive and Profitable Hygiene Department” (and without working harder or more days)

This subject of this webinar was Hygiene Department Empowerment.

There were hundreds of dental professionals in attendance.

We were at maximum capacity and if you want to be included in this information to boost your hygiene department you can enroll in the webinar to receive the recording and also the 3-Part Hygiene Empowerment Video Series plus an Ebook about treating the gingivitis patient, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

During the webinar we had numerous questions and I will re-cap 3 of them here:

1. “What happens after we do scale and root plan 1-3 teeth?”

Answer: After scaling and root planing you will want to bring your patient back 4-6 weeks for a “tissue check,” aka: “re-evaluation” or “post-op” visit.

After a long conversation with Dr. Charles Blair, he says that most insurance companies will not pay for the visit 4-6 weeks. The American Academy of Periodontolgy explains about checking the patients “balance-point.” unless you see the patient 4-6 weeks after scaling and root planing, you will never know if the active disease has been put into remission. It is very important to know if the perio therapy has resolved the active disease before you schedule them for three or four month periodontal maintenance appointments.

Dr. Blair told me that you can bill insurance for a prophy after you complete 1-3 teeth of scaling and root planing however, there are insurance companies that will never pay for periodontal therapy after you have billed for a prophylaxis when periodontal therapy was completed and billed to the insurance company.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to document and bill insurance, what services you actually completed that day.

Dr. Blair told me that as clinicians we need to tell our patients that they will need to pay because their insurance may not pay for the service.

2. “What should a hygienists’ production be per hour?”

The most important thing is for dentists and hygienists to “know the numbers.”

It is not uncommon that we see hygienists who have production of approximately $800 USD per day however, after we begin working with a hygiene department and they implement a higher level of patient care: scaling and root planing followed by perio maintenance visits and sealants, fluoride, etc., it is not uncommon to have hygienists average $250 per hour USD.

3. “If you register for Hygiene Empowerment” when does it begin?

Answer: Once you enroll, for example if you send in your registration by or before Friday November 13, 2015, you will begin on Monday November 16, 2016. On Monday you will receive your first video module which is approximately sixty minutes long as well as the video transcipt and your implementation guide. My office will call your office if you are open on Monday and we will schedule your calls/webinars with the hygienist(s) and with Debbie and doctor(s).

All of our current clients enrolled in the program triped their return on the money invested within three weeks of the hygiene program. The program works because we monitor specific hygiene department metrics weekly and monthly a full office report is reviewed with doctor to create a plan of action for the next 30 days and eliminate any inefficiencies that made me discovered.

  • Do you want to have a collaborative hygiene department?
  • Do you wish doctor and hygienist or all the hygienist could agree when it’s a prophy patient and when it is a periodontal patient?
  • Do you want a more empowered team?
  • Do you want to not work as hard?
  • Do you want to understand how to enroll patients who were always a prophy into periodontal therapy?
    • Are you comfortable changing routine patients from prophy to perio?

The above questions are addressed in Hygiene Empowerment. Do not begin 2016 without looking into your future “Hygiene Empowerment.”

It works! Hygienists are getting really excited about this! Just ask to see all the emails they have sent because they are so excited about this.

ABOUT DEBBIE SEIDEL-BITTKE, RDH, BS

In 1984 Debbie Graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaining patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

o   This means doctor can come to the office to do their job as Dentist not manage people

 

Can we alternate our Perio Maintenance Appointments with a Prophy Appointment?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

November 5, 2015

I get this question at least every month so I want to address this publicly.

The question is ” Can we alternate our Perio Maintenance appointments with a Prophy Appointment?”

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You may ask “WHY?”

Here is Why:

  • Periodontal disease is episodic and although your patient may seem healthy there will be times when the disease will return to an active phase.
  • There are several insurance companies (and this is constantly changing) who will never cover perio procedures once you revert to billing for a prophy appointment

When you perio patients returns about every ninety days, you have an opportunity to re-evaluate the total health of your patients and if their periodontal condition becomes active again, you can now intervene with the appropriate care.

In the above video I explain how my parents had high cholesterol (They are no longer alive so I put this into past tense.  And no, they did not die from this disease but other systemic diseases. More on this later.), and every three months they saw their physician to re-evaluate if this disease was status-quo or needed more medications, etc.

Our family also stopped eating eggs because at this point in time, they thought “eggs” were part of this cause for high cholesterol.

What we did not address with regard to these “inflammatory” diseases is to “treat” the inflammation. We have since, learned that oral inflammation will contribute to systemic inflammation.

Bottom line. A healthy mouth means less chance of systemic diseases such as high cholesterol.

The high cholesterol as I previously stated did not cause the death of my parents however, my mother died from endocarditis which occurred after a tooth abscess and extraction. This led to the a hemorrhagic stroke, her kidneys failed and ultimately she lost her life.

My father on the other hand died of Acute Mylocytic Leukemia.

May God Rest their sole.

Our message as Dental Professionals?!

“We are in the business of helping our patients live a longer and healthier life.”

Can we alternate our Perio Maintenance Appointments with a Prophy Appointment?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

 

I get this question at least every month so I want to address this publicly.

The question is ” Can we alternate our Perio Maintenance appointments with a Prophy Appointment?”

The answer to this question is going to be “No.”[video_player type=”embed” width=”560″ height=”315″ align=”center” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”20″]PGlmcmFtZSB3aWR0aD0iNTYwIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjMxNSIgc3JjPSJodHRwczovL3d3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbS9lbWJlZC9KLVg2dGlDVkJ4VSIgZnJhbWVib3JkZXI9IjAiIGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbj0iIj48L2lmcmFtZT4=[/video_player]

You may ask “WHY?”

Here is Why:

  • Periodontal disease is episodic and although your patient may seem healthy there will be times when the disease will return to an active phase.
  • There are several insurance companies (and this is constantly changing) who will never cover perio procedures once you revert to billing for a prophy appointment

When you perio patients returns about every ninety days, you have an opportunity to re-evaluate the total health of your patients and if their periodontal condition becomes active again, you can now intervene with the appropriate care.

In the above video I explain how my parents had high cholesterol (They are no longer alive so I put this into past tense.  And no, they did not die from this disease but other systemic diseases. More on this later.), and every three months they saw their physician to re-evaluate if this disease was status-quo or needed more medications, etc.

Our family also stopped eating eggs because at this point in time, they thought “eggs” were part of this cause for high cholesterol.

What we did not address with regard to these “inflammatory” diseases is to “treat” the inflammation. We have since, learned that oral inflammation will contribute to systemic inflammation.

Bottom line. A healthy mouth means less chance of systemic diseases such as high cholesterol.

The high cholesterol as I previously stated did not cause the death of my parents however, my mother died from endocarditis which occurred after a tooth abscess and extraction. This led to the a hemorrhagic stroke, her kidneys failed and ultimately she lost her life.

My father on the other hand died of Acute Mylocytic Leukemia.

May God Rest their sole.

Our message as Dental Professionals?!

“We are in the business of helping our patients live a longer and healthier life.”

Introduction Video 3Part Series

Do you want to take your hygiene department to the next level of success? Do you find it challenging to enroll patients into perio therapy when they have been coming into your office for years as a Prophy Patient? You are not alone and Debbie Created a Program to answer these challenges and much more. Enroll in the introductory Video Series to get more answers. You receive a 3-Part Video Series and Webinar Plus More. Enroll by clicking here

 

ABOUT DEBBIE SEIDEL-BITTKE, RDH, BS

In 1984 Debbie Graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

She is also a former clinical assistant from the University of Southern California and co-taught the senior dental students Practice Management course until the school went to a PBL learning format.

In 2000, she founded Dental Practice Solutions and works with dental practices world-wide to:

  • create profitable and sustainable dental hygiene departments
  • known for reactivating and retaining patients for dental practices world-wide
  • organically grow new patient numbers

Dental Practice Solutions creates:

  • sustainable dental hygiene departments throughout the world
  • a “team-driven” practice, where the employees feel like leaders vs. employees

o   This means doctor can come to the office to do their job as Dentist not manage people

In 2007, Debbie wrote the accreditation for a dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and spear-headed the build-out of the college, wrote the curriculum, hired the team of professor’s and purchased all equipment, etc., etc.

For the last ten years she has been named “One of Dentistry’s Top Leaders in Consulting” by Dentistry Today.