Speakers Directory
 
The Council on Education of the American Dental Assistants Association is proud to introduce you to the crème de la crème of dental assistant speakers.
Each one of these dental assistants is a member of the ADAA and has unique messages that are relevant to dental assistants across the country.  Their messages come from years of actual experience from the trenches as clinical and business assistants in dental practices.
Their topics include clinical skills, practice management, infection control, HIPAA and communication styles…..to name a few.  You will find topics presented as lecture, workshop, or a combination of both.
Read on – there is sure to be the perfect speaker to fit your needs.
The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dental assisting.  The listing of speakers and topics listed in this directory does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique by the American Dental Assistants Association.

 

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Sheila Clancy

Sheila A. Clancy, CDA, MBA

ADAA Member Since: 06/92

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 42 years
Roles held: 
Clinical Dental Assistant
Administrative Dental Assistant
Professional Speaker 
Officer Administrator
Practice Management Consultant
Credentials held: CDA, MBA
Years of experience as a public speaker: 19
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: Communication for the Dental Team
Event: Indianapolis District Dental Society Study Club
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date(s): March 9, 2010
 
Topic: “Straight Talk: The Mechanics of Communication and Conflict Resolution”
Event: Northeastern Soc. of Orthodontists Annual Meeting
Location: New York, New York
Date(s): November 13, 2009
 
Topic: “Creating a Dream Team” 
Event: American Academy of Orthodontists Webinar
Location: Webinar
Date(s): November 17, 2009 and November 19, 2009
 
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Niki Henson, RDA

ADAA Member Since: 01/05

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 19 years
Roles held: 
Clinical Dental Assistant
Administrative Dental Assistant
Educator
Professional Speaker
Credentials held: RDA
Years of experience as a public speaker: 7
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: “Don’t Let Your Provisionals Look Temporary” Lecture and Workshop
Event: Pacific Dental Conference
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada
Date(s): April 16-17, 2010

Topic: a. “Don’t Let Your Provisionals Look Temporary” Lecture and Workshop
b. “Cord Techniques to Keep You Packing” Lecture and Workshop
Event: Hinman Dental Meeting
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date(s) March 25-27, 2010

Topic: “Don’t Let Your Provisionals Look Temporary” Lecture and Workshop
Event: Western Regional Dental Convention
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date(s): March 6, 2010
 
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Niki Henson

 

 

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Lori Garland Parker, B.S., MAOM, RDAEF, CDA, COA

ADAA Member Since: 05/86

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 36 years
Roles held: 
Clinical Dental Assistant
Administrative Dental Assistant
Educator
Professional Speaker 
Consultant
Credentials held: RDAEF, CDA, COA, Bachelors in Business, Masters in Organizational Management
Years of experience as a public speaker: 20
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: “Unlocking the Myths of Patient Education”
Event: American Association of Orthodontists
Location: Washington, DC
Date(s): May 1, 2010
 
Topic: “Professional Development – Advanced Train the Trainer”
Event: American Association of Orthodontists
Location: Washington, DC
Date(s): May 2, 2010
 
Topic: “Management Strategies for Clinical Coordinators”
Event: American Association of Orthodontists
Location: Washington, DC
Date(s): May 1, 2010
 
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Rhonda R. Savage, DDS

ADAA Member Since: 06/10

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 27 years
Roles held:
Clinical Dental Assistant
Administrative Dental Assistant
Educator
Office Manager
DDS/DMD
Professional Speaker
Credentials held: DDS
Years of experience as a public speaker: 10
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: ”The Key Essential of a Successful Practice”
Event: Texas Dental Association Annual Session
Location: San Antonio Texas
Date(s): May 6, 2010

Topic: “Communication and Marketing” and “Customer/Patient Service at its Best”
Event: Tunica Extravaganza
Location: Tunica, Mississippi
Date(s): April 30, 2010

Topic: Shhh! Discover the Secrets of Communication and Marketing” and “The Key Esentials of a Successful Practice”
Event: Star of the North Meeting
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Date(s): April 24, 2010
 
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R_Savage

 

 

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Sonja Lauren

ADAA Member Since: 06/10

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 6 years
Roles held: 
Educator
Office Manager
Professional Speaker 
Credentials held: N/A
Years of experience as a public speaker: 7.5
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: Minutes With The Masters: The Covered Smile and the Sonja Lauren Foundation Inc. The Sonja Lauren Story-view dental history at www.thecoveredsmile.com
Event: Linda Miles Speakers Consulting Network Annual Event Location: Anaheim, CA
Date(s): May 16th through May 18th

Topic: Sonja Lauren Foundation, Inc-The Sonja Lauren Story and development of the Sonja Lauren Foundation. The importance of providing access to dental care for children and young adults who do not have access to dental insurance or Medicaid.
Event: The Sonja Lauren Foundation Inc., first Grand Gala fundraiser.
Location: Richmond, VA
Date(s): February 18, 2010

Topic: The Covered Smile-A true story of surviving sever dental neglect, being marked off as ‘situation-hopeless’ even by my dentists in 1975, wearing dentures since age 13 and 3 months of age, and the importance of this never happening again….
Event: Access Dental Partnership
Location: ODU
Date(s): November 2009
 
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Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA

ADAA Member Since: 02/07

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 38 years
Roles held: 
Clinical Dental Assistant
Administrative Dental Assistant
Educator
Office Manager
Professional Speaker
Credentials held: RDA, CDA
Years of experience as a public speaker: 10
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: “There’s an App for That”
Event: OSAP Symposium
Location: Tampa, FL
Date(s): June 10, 2010
 
Topic: “Got OSHA- 6 Easy Steps to Office Safety” and “CSI Dental Office-Infection Control for 2010”
Event: Inland Northwest Dental Conference
Location: Spokane, WA  
Date(s): May 6, 7, 2010
 
Topic: “Got OSHA?”
Event: American Association of Orthodontists
Location: Washington, DC
Date(s): May 1, 2010
 
 
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Leslie Canham

 

 

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Sharon Dickinson

Sharon K. Dickinson, CDA, CDPMA, RDA

ADAA Member Since: 01/74

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 41 years
Roles held: 
Clinical Dental Assistant
Administrative Dental Assistant
Educator
Office Manager
Professional Speaker
Consultant 
Credentials held:CDA, CDPMA, RDA, Federally Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer
Years of experience as a public speaker: 28
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: Infection Control Compliance: Questins and Answers (1 session)
Integrating Infection Control Into Your Dental Practice (2 sessions)
Event: Southwest Dental Conference
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date(s): January 21-22, 2010
 
Topic: OSHA CDC and the Dental Practice Ergonomics and the Dental Practice Four Handed Clinical Dentistry
Event: Private Dental Group
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date(s): May 19-21, 2010
 
Topic: Integrating Infection Control Into Your Dental Practice
Event: New Mexico Dental Association Annual Session
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date(s): June, 2009
 
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Lynn A. Whalen

ADAA Member Since: 10/95

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 14 years
Roles held: 
Clinical Dental Assistant
 
Credentials held: CDA, CDD
Years of experience as a public speaker: 1/2
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: Dental Digital Photography
Event:   Dental Assistant Students
Location: IRSC Ft Pierce Campus
Date(s) : April 9,2010

 

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Lynn Whalen

 
 

 

 

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Denise Ciardello

Denise Ciardello

ADAA Member Since: 12/10

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 13 years
Roles held: 
Administrative Dental Assistant
Educator
Office Manager
Professional Speaker
Credentials held: Certified Dentix & Easy Dental Trainer, Consultant for Bent Ericksen & Assoc.
Years of experience as a public speaker: 1
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: Scheduling 101 and Understanding Recall
Event: Academy for Dental Assisting
Location: Houston, Texas
Date(s): December 11, 2010
 
Topic: Patient charting and treatment planning using Dentrix
Event: Roundtable for ADAA
Location: Texas Dental Assoc. Meeting
Date(s): May 6, 2010
 
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Theresa A. Groody, M.Ed., CDA, EFDA

ADAA Member Since: 01/11

 
Years of work experience in dentistry: 31 years
Roles held: 
Clinical Dental Assistant
Educator
Professional Speaker
 
Credentials held: CDA, EFDA
Years of experience as a public speaker: 20
 
3 most recent speaking events:
 
Topic: The ABC’s of Restorative Procedures
Event: PDAA Spring Session
Location: Lancaster County DA Society, Lancaster PA
Date: April 2, 2011
 
Topic: EFDA 101
Event: PDA Meeting
Location: Chambersburg, PA
Date: November, 2009
 
Topic: EFDA Certification Examination Review
Event: Harcum College
Location: Harcum College
Date(s): 7 sessions in 2008, 2009

 

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Theresa Groody

 

 
 

 

 

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