Meet our speakers.

Join these awesome women as they speak throughout the event. They come from various working backgrounds and experience and will come with a wide array of thoughts and opinions.

Dr. Ana Castilla

Dr. Ana Castilla | Stop the Dog and Pony Show

How to increase your case acceptance and grow your practice with disruptive marketing strategies that give your patients what they really want.

Dr. Ana Castilla grew up in Brooklyn, New York and obtained her dentistry degree from The Ohio State University. After practicing general dentistry for 5 years, she moved to Oregon to specialize in orthodontics; completing her training at Oregon Health and Science University in 2012. In 2013, she founded Castilla Orthodontics in Salem, Oregon.

Dr. Castilla is the author of “The Smile of Your Life”, a book she wrote to help orthodontic consumers along their smile journey. She is also a full-time MBA student at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Castilla lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Eddy.


Dr. Emily Peppers

Dr. Emily Peppers | Dollars & Debt

Master your debt by understanding the psychological, personal, and long-term financial impact of different types of debt and create a ‘debt plan’ that works for you.

Dr. Emily Peppers graduated from Loma Linda’s orthodontic residency in 2013 and has since been trying to make her work schedule as efficient as possible so she can be outside trail running. She has been married for 10 years to a guy she met in a Starbucks, and they have been foster parents to 4 children and adoptive parents to 2. Dr. Peppers is a D on the DiSC assessment, a 7-ish 1 on the Enneagram, and an extroverted Capricorn. She firmly believes that women should be in control of their financial lives, and she is thrilled to be speaking on this subject at WIO!


Dr. Jennifer Smith

Dr. Jennifer Smith | Building The Dream Team

Eliminate office drama and craft the team culture you’ve always wanted with a few simple communication tools.

Dr. Jennifer Smith is a practicing orthodontist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She is the mother of 3, wife of an oral maxillofacial surgeon and obsessed with learning - about everything, all of the time.  After purchasing a declining practice in 2011, her obsession with learning took a focus on building great teams of women.  Her passion is teaching other leaders of women how to communicate effectively with their teams to create the culture and work environment they’ve always wanted.


Dr. Lisa Babb

Dr. Lisa Babb | Starting A Practice On A Budget

Avoid the common spending pitfalls when starting a practice in a saturated community and set yourself up for long-term success.

Dr. Lisa Babb is an orthodontist in the south hills of Pittsburgh, PA.  She started her solo private practice in May of 2016 on a tight budget after a turbulent 2.5 year stint as an associate. Aside from orthodontics, some of her personal passions include budgeting, saving for retirement, and financial responsibility - and she'll probably talk your ear off about it.  In her free time, she's currently enjoying life with her husband, Bryan, learning Portuguese (so that she and her husband can have secret conversations), and giving her rescue pup, Ace, tons of love!


Dr. Megan LeCornu

Dr. Megan LeCornu | The Name is Bond . . . Digital Bond

Learn to create a more consistent, precise, and efficient bonding result with the latest in quality, digital solutions -- whether you’re a large practice or boutique operation.

Dr. Megan LeCornu is the owner of Embrace Your Smile Orthodontics in Southern California. She has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and enjoys presenting lectures and cases to students and colleagues at continuing education events. Dr. LeCornu is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry while minoring in Psychology at the University of Denver. She then went on to Harvard School of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Afterwards, she pursued her orthodontic training at the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Dr. LeCornu enjoys being outdoors with her husband, Chris, snowboarding in the winters and hiking in the summers.


Dr. Prashansa Sharma-Makwana

Dr. Prashansa Sharma-Makwana | Not JUST an Associate

What both recent graduates and owner doctors must know about becoming (or hiring) an associate doctor.

Dr. Prashansa Sharma-Makwana grew up as an only child moving around the U.S. and was expected to be a doctor-of-some-sort by her Indian parents.  Fortunately, she had a wonderful female orthodontist that inspired her and eventually had a dentist as a neighbor that let her help in his office throughout high school and college.  Since receiving her DMD from Case Western Reserve University and her orthodontic certificate from Tufts University, Prashansa has been practicing as an associate in the Phoenix area for almost five years.


Dr. Danielle Fry

Dr. Danielle Fry | Airway, Myofunctional Therapy, and the TMJ’s – A Case for Phase I Early Treatment

Learn the relation airway and tongue position have on craniofacial growth and the TMJs.

Dr. Danielle Fry is dually certified in Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain. She trained at USC for Orofacial Pain and at the University of Detroit Mercy where she was trained in the Roth Philosophy of joint-based orthodontics. Prior to orthodontics, Dr. Fry graduated from UNLV School of Dental Medicine in 2011 and practiced general dentistry for 4 years with a 1-year AEGD residency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She served as a Captain over 5 years in the Air Force and National Guard. She practices in Petoskey, Michigan and is the owner of Fry Integrative Orthodontics.


Dr. Christine Ferrell

Dr. Christine Ferrell | Stay Calm and Carry On - Practicing With Cancer

Learn why self-care is so important and how to deliver difficult news to patients and referring dentists.

Dr. Ferrell graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree, Certificate of Orthodontics and Master of Science in Oral Biology. She currently owns West Chester Orthodontics, a private practice in West Chester, PA for the past seven years. When she is not in the office, she serves on the board for the Salvation Army. In her free time, (does that exist?) she loves to spend time at the beach, cook, exercise and make family scrapbooks. She resides in West Chester, PA with her husband and three children ages 7, 9, 11 years old.


Dr. Courtney Dunn

Dr. Courtney Dunn

Dr. Courtney Dunn is a practicing orthodontist, wife, mother of three, the Founder of Women in Orthodontics® and the Co-Founder of Dunn Orthodontics, a multi-location orthodontic practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Described as smart, ambitious, opinionated and a force of nature, Courtney has won the Milo Hellman Award, served as President of the Arizona State Orthodontic Association and been interviewed by such diverse media sources as National Public Radio (NPR) and Fox News Channel. Dunn Orthodontics was recently named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and the Phoenix Business Journal’s list of the Largest Family-Owned Businesses in the Phoenix area.


Dr. Inȇs Guedes

Dr. Inês Guedes

Dr. Guedes acquired her orthodontics specialist designation and Master’s degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She is a certified specialist in orthodontics and a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Prior to her orthodontics training, Dr. Guedes received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in Brazil, followed by a Master of Science degree in temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Guedes started her clinical practice as an associate at a corporate office in Winnipeg. Three years ago, she acquired a practice in rural Manitoba. More recently she has expanded her clinical practice with a second location start-up in Winnipeg.

Dr. Guedes and her husband Jason have two children, Jack (3 years old) and Noah (1 year old).


Nicole McFarlane

Nicole McFarlane

Nicole McFarlane is the Office Manager of Dunn Orthodontics and a mother of two young boys. Nicole joined the Dunn Orthodontics team in October 2014 as a Scheduling Coordinator and quickly demonstrated her leadership and business acumen. By the summer of 2015, she had accepted the role as Office Manager. Nicole now manages a very busy two-doctor, four-location practice with 25+ employees. Dunn Orthodontics was listed among the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies and the Phoenix Business Journal’s Largest Family-Owned Businesses.

In addition to her duties for Dunn Orthodontics, Nicole is an accomplished consultant and speaker. She is a frequent contributor at the Women in Orthodontics® Elite Mastermind and Alumni Mastermind events.


Dr. Lisa Bienstock

Dr. Lisa Bienstock


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