Speakers

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Almie Borromeo
Almie Borromeo brings over 18 years of experience in sales and marketing with the last 6 years focused on the dental and health care industries. Almie is currently the Business Development Manager for Sesame Communications where she manages online marketing initiatives for practices, builds brand awareness and and helps with practice management education. Almie holds a BA in Marketing from Seattle University.
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Jaime Couden
Jaime Couden is a Seattle native who graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political communication. She has been working in the digital marketing world of the dental industry for 10 years. To work with dentists and their teams and to help them build successful, thriving practices is her passion. Currently Jaime manages a team of sales professionals at Sesame Communications, which is headquartered in the heart of Seattle.
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Marshall Perez
Marshall brings over ten years of Consultative problem solving experience to Sesame Communications with the last six focused in the Dentistry vertical. For the last three years he has developed expertise in creating custom tailored marketing strategies, streamlining practice efficiencies, and promoting brand awareness in local communities. He currently leads a team of Solutions Consultants and Market Development Representatives.
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Ken Fischer
Dr Ken Fischer has been practicing as an orthodontic specialist in Southern California since 1975. He is a Past-president of the California Association of Orthodontists and currently serves as a council chair for the AAO. Dr Fischer embraced clear aligner treatment in 2000 and has treated a broad spectrum of malocclusions in over 1200 patients. He served on the Invisalign Clinical Advisory Board for 13 years, and currently serves ClearCorrect as its Clinical Advisor. He is the author of a number of published articles, a mentor, domestic and international lecturer, and is a consultant for clear aligner orthodontic corrections.
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Char Eash
Char Eash is the founder and CEO of Profit Marketing Systems South, inc., a Systems and Communication Enhancement firm for the progressive Orthodontic practice. Char works with orthodontic teams across the country and defines orthodontic systems for efficiency and profitability. As a consultant, Ms Eash strives to create systems that provide a positive platform that allows each team member to contribute to the practice at the highest level on a day-to-day basis. Ms Eash has an extensive background in business, communication, leadership training, and systems development strategies for the progressive specialty practice. Through her training programs, emphasis is placed on cultivating the talent within the team and communicating the vision of the practice to maintain profitability and efficiency. In addition to 30+ years’ experience in practice workflow management consulting, Char has also played a vital role in the development and launch of OrthoLync.
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David Sarver

Dr David Sarver received his DMD from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and his MS in Orthodontics in 1979 from the University of North Carolina. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

Dr Sarver has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific articles, 16 book chapters, and his book, "Esthetics in Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery" was published in 1998. He is also co-author (with Drs Proffit and White) of the surgical text “Contemporary Treatment of Dentofacial Deformity", and is co-author the 4th and 5th editions of Proffit’s classic textbook “Contemporary Orthodontics”. His 2-part article, with Dr Marc Ackerman, on smile analysis won the 2004 BF Dewel Award for the best clinical article in the AJO/DO. He has given more than 300 professional presentations in the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle and Far East. He has given the Salzmann, Mershon, and Angle Lectures at an AAO annual session. Dr Sarver has been featured on NBC’s “The Today Show”, ABC’s “The View”, and Fox National News.

David's wife, Valerie, worked 23 years as a Systems engineer with IBM. Their daughter Suzanne (25) is a student, daughter Leigh (28) works in graphic design, and son Dave (33) is in a Radiology residency after finishing Medical School at UAB in 2013. In 2010, Dr. Sarver was named “Citizen of the Year in Vestavia Hills.

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Robert Rohm
For over 40 years, Dr Robert A Rohm has affected people’s lives through speaking, teaching and inspiring individuals across the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia to develop better relationships in their professional, family and personal lives. Dr Rohm earned his PhD in Higher Education Administration and Counseling at the University of North Texas. Dr Rohm is a sought-after speaker who empowers people to improve their relationships and teams. Dr Rohm has been a teacher, director of curriculum development and a school principal. He is an international motivational speaker, best selling author, educational consultant and guest lecturer. Dr Rohm addresses critical issues affecting the full range of human mental, social and spiritual development. The theme of his message is training people to understand and use the DISC model of human behavior. Dr Rohm has authored over 20 books and training programs including the top sellers, Positive Personality Profiles, Who Do You Think You Are Anyway?, A Tip in the Right Direction Volumes 1,2,3 and A+ Ideas for Every Student’s Success. He has also written four fantastic new books for children ages 4 – 12 entitled The Four Pals Series.
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Eric Bednar
Dr Eric D Bednar is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. He earned his dental degree and subsequently received a masters degree while completing his orthodontic residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following residency training, he joined the UNC orthodontic faculty full-time as the first William R. Proffit Teaching Fellow. In 2008 he moved to Kentucky where he joined the orthodontic faculty at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and entered private practice. Dr Bednar works three days a week at the University of Louisville as a Clinical Associate Professor and director of predoctoral orthodontic education where he teaches didactic seminars to orthodontic residents, supervises patient care in the graduate orthodontic clinic, mentors orthodontic residents' in research and oversees the predoctoral orthodontic curriculum. He teaches didactic seminars on a wide variety of topics such as treatment planning, clinical decision making, biomechanics and surgical-orthodontic treatment. Dr Bednar is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
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Felipe Porto
Dr Felipe Porto received his Dental Degree from the University of Pernambuco (Brazil) in 2000. Three years later he received his degree as a specialist in orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics from the same institution. He became certified in Orofacial Pain and received his Masters of Science degree from the University of Kentucky after three years of training. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He taught Orofacial Pain and TMD at the University of Connecticut for 4.5 years. He is currently a second-year resident in orthodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr Porto has a passion for education and wants to resume his career in academia afer graduation from his orthodontic training at MUSC.
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Katie Maassen
Katie Maassen is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Association of Orthodontists. Prior to joining the AAO in February 2017, Katie worked for TEGNA Media (formerly Gannett), specializing in the area of digital marketing. During her career in the media, Katie helped hundreds of companies nationwide (as well as TEGNA media properties) to develop and execute digital marketing strategies that worked for them. Some of her favorite marketing campaigns included the 2012 London & 2016 Rio Olympics on NBC. Katie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri.
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Carol Hayes
Carol is the founder of Virginia Creative Group, a full service marketing agency specializing in helping orthodontic practices grow. Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Studio Art from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before opening the Virginia Creative Group, Carol taught Art and Design at Meredith College, North Carolina State University and Christopher Newport University. Carol has also worked as a professional photographer with clients ranging from Pepsi to Golden Living Centers.
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Todd Boak
Since joining Harris & Ward in 2013, Todd has been an instrumental part in shaping the company and its direction of the website development branch. He received an undergraduate degree in Marketing as well as a Masters in Management from Wright State University. Todd has over ten years of marketing experience within the dental industry and oversees the search engine optimization services for Harris & Ward.
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Corey Maple
Corey is the managing partner of Harris & Ward and oversees the operations of the company. He studied business at the University of Kentucky, and his family has an accomplished history in hospitality. As a founding member of H&W, Corey helped to establish the company’s flagship creative services of photography and video production. His passion for customer service and his keen attention to detail are what drive the quality of these creative services.
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Tim Sawyer
Tim Sawyer is a highly regarded motivational speaker, author & practice management consultant within the modern medical/aesthetic industry. He currently is the President & Co-Founder of Crystal Clear Digital Marketing and his expert consulting has been implemented in hundreds of medical practices across the globe – further educating doctors and staff on how to find, serve, and keep more patients profitably.
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Matt Hendrickson
Matt Hendrickson is a business graduate from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and an expert in the field of digital imaging in dentistry and orthodontics. Currently the U.S. orthodontic director for Carestream Dental, Mr. Hendrickson has over 20 years of experience in the dental and orthodontic industry ranging from clinical, office management and dental business consulting. Mr Hendrickson has been published in Orthotown, Orthodontic Products, Orthodontic Practice and other publications covering several orthodontic technology topics and was founder and President of Integrated Dental Solutions. He was a founding member of the national Dental Technology Consulting group AIM (Advanced Integration Mentoring) and served on various dental software development committees. Prior to his national corporate experience, Mr. Hendrickson worked first-hand in dental practices in a variety of roles ranging from clinical and chairside to office management and consulting. In addition to lecturing nationally on dental technology to a variety of dental groups such as DPR World, Digital X-Ray World Congress, Mr. Hendrickson has also addressed various chapters of the AGD and AACD, dental universities, as well as many state and local groups.
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Jay Burton
Dr Jay B Burton is a Tennessee native who grew up in McKenzie, a couple of hours outside of Nashville. He completed his undergraduate education at Bethel University and earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin, prior to earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Louisville. While in dental school, Dr Burton served as class president and conducted dental mission work in Belize and the Philippines. Dr Burton subsequently completed his orthodontic residency at the prestigious New York University (NYU) in Manhattan, before achieving Certification from the American Board of Orthodontics.
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Melisa Rathburn
Dr Melisa Rathburn grew up in Texas and Louisiana, attended Louisiana State University, and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her advanced training in orthodontics at Emory University. Dr Rathburn has practiced with her husband, Dr Michael Stewart, since 1990. Her son has now joined Atlanta Orthodontic Specialists. Dr Rathburn has served on the Board of Trustees for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal school and loves to coach soccer and basketball, where she is known in the community as “Coach Missy”.
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Arlen Hurt
Arlen Hurt CDT graduated in 1984 from Indiana University with a Dental Laboratory Technology Degree. Mr Hurt started working for Specialty Appliances in 1984 and is currently Vice President. He has traveled to numerous orthodontic meetings as an exhibitor and presenter and has lectured at universities, study clubs, state, regional and national meetings. Mr Hurt assisted in Hands-On Herbst™ training for 9 years with Dr Terry Dischinger. Mr Hurt invented the RES™ Expansion screw, Herbst AppleCore Screw, Mini-Palex™ Expansion screw, Herbst MiniScope mechanism, M-4 Herbst Mechanism, ROC Crowns and various orthodontic appliances over the last 33 years. Mr Hurt was the 2008 winner of the NADL Harry Hagman inventor of the year award.
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Chris Kabot
The son of an orthodontist, Chris Kabot started working in his father’s laboratory when he was a mere 13 years old, with every intention of eventually going to dental school himself. At his Dad’s practice, Chris not only worked on patients, he helped fabricate appliances and develop innovative new ones. His interest in dentistry continued in college where he studied biology and biomedical engineering at Albion University. Upon graduation, Chris patented and developed one of the first 3D printed surgical guide systems and helped lead IBUR BioSystems product development team. Chris is now EnvisionTec’s Dental Applications Specialist where he is leading their R&D efforts in the dental field and pushing the envelope on 3D printing in dentistry.
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Jason Tuschman
Since 1997, Jason has developed digital marketing and consumer acquisition channels for some of the nation’s leading brands such as GEICO, Netflix, T-Mobile, Sony, and more. Jason started Red Spot Interactive with the intention of providing elective health care practices with the same ROI driven customer acquisition and automation capabilities that Fortune 500 clients utilize, but accompanied by an affordable price.  Jason has a JD/MBA from The University of Toledo (1997) and a BA from The Ohio State University (1992).
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David Boschken
Dr David Boschken graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Biology and Anthropology. He went to dental school and did his orthodontic residency at the University of Pennsylvania. To help his patients achieve the perfect smile, Dr Boschken uses the most advanced orthodontic techniques and technology. With 20 years of clinical and lecturing experience, Dr Boschken has advanced his profession in orthodontics, especially in aligner therapy. His years of teaching and mentoring general dentists and orthodontists around the world in aligner therapy have led him to achieve an expert level of clinical skill and treatment outcomes, which have resulted in the coveted achievement of being a Top 1% Elite Invisalign® Provider.
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Nicole Pruitt
Nicole comes from a corporate background with over 14 years of experience in making sure that her clients were well taken care of. It is Nicole’s primary goal to ensure exceptional customer service at Boschken Orthodontics, where she works in both the San Jose and Los Altos offices. Nicole loves working with patients and families to ensure they feel great about their smile.
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Brad Kucharo
Brad joined McGill & Hill Group in November 2007. He graduated from the University of Iowa and holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Accountancy degree. Brad obtained his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 2007 and his Certified Financial Planner™ certificate in 2008. He formerly worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in the Personal Financial Services Group where he performed tax and financial planning services for high net-worth individuals. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.
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Chris Sleight

Chris specializes in the preservation of principal through income-driven investments and planning, recognizing that people are searching for a reconnection in their financial relationships. With a holistic approach to financial planning rather than simply leading with product. Chris specializes in pre-retirement, retirement and income planning for business owners and their families. Prior to forming The Sleight Group, Chris was a compliance officer for Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. He made the transition into the financial advisory industry to help serve a community in need of a professional who specializes in the legacy of wealth. After becoming managing director of Global Financial Private Capital in September 2009, Chris was responsible for building and mentoring a distribution network of 500 advisor’s groups and helped GFPC grow from $200M AUM in 2009 to over $5B AUM at the time of their Private Equity sale in September 2016. Chris’s focus on High Level Practice management through his mentoring tutelage with CEG Worldwide helps him maintain his high-level practice management consulting.

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