Join these awesome speakers throughout the event. They come from various working backgrounds and experience and will come with a wide array of thoughts and opinions.
Dr. Alexandra Chamberlain | Workflows of a Virtual Receptionist
Discover how digital tools enable orthodontic practices to create flexible remote positions without compromising quality of care in healthcare.
Dr. Alexandra Chamberlain-Umanoff is the Managing Partner at Chamberlain Family Orthodontics. As an active member of WIO, Dr. Chamberlain is passionate about promoting women’s leadership in orthodontics and opportunities for professional growth.
Dr. Chamberlain has transformed how her practice operates by leveraging digital technology to maximize workflow potential. In fact, her well-defined digital systems have helped CFO double its revenue while reducing the daily patient load and clinic days by more than 30%.
As a thought leader for digital ortho systems, Dr. Chamberlain will share this experience in her presentation: Workflows of a Virtual Receptionist.
Dr. Colby Ann Cajero | Persevering Through Life’s Curveballs
Discover how you can overcome major obstacles in your life as we explore the challenges I faced and the strategies I used to conquer them.
Dr. Colby Ann Cajero considers DeQueen, Arkansas her hometown, despite moving frequently during her childhood. She aspired to become an orthodontist since age 13. Married to her high school sweetheart, Justin, they share a passion for travel, scuba diving, and trying new foods. Dr. Cajero enjoys relaxing with massages and binge-watching TV shows. She is currently training for a bodybuilding competition and is also a breast cancer survivor.
Dr. Sonia Palleck | Perfectionism in Practice: The Princess Complex and Other Fairy Tales
Design a strategy to help even the most die hard perfectionist see past the spell that has been cast to what lies just beneath perfection...peace.
Dr. Sonia Palleck is a two time graduate of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She received her dental degree in 1993 and her specialty in orthodontics in 1999. Upon graduation she opened a solo practice in Woodstock, Ontario where she became involved in digital technology. She pioneered the use of custom braces with Insignia and has lectured internationally about the benefits of customization and efficiency in office systems. A clinical instructor at her alma mater for 10 years, Sonia has always enjoyed teaching. Her passion turned to writing in 2020 and she has authored and self-published a series of four books entitled "Leave the Little Light On". They are a fictional memoir and are an ode to the human condition of what it means to love and be loved.
Dr. Dafne Ellis | Embracing the Divine Feminine
Dr. Dafne Ellis is an orthodontist living and practicing in the community of Lakewood, Colorado.
A native of San Juan, Argentina, Dr. Ellis developed a passion to become a dental professional at a very early age, drawing inspiration from her own orthodontist. She attended the University of Cordoba in Argentina before matriculating to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2001, graduating summa cum laude with a Health Professions degree. She was accepted to the University of Florida in 2005, and completed dental training at the UF College of Dentistry, graduating at the top of her class in 2009. She immediately began a three-year orthodontic residency at the University of Florida, where she was awarded a Master of Science degree after completing a thesis focusing on patients with cleft lip. Dr. Ellis acquired ownership of Lakewood Orthodontics, after completing her residency training in 2012. For 11 years her practice has thrived and maintained all original team members. She is also part of the Dream Team at Shining Stars, a Pediatric/orthodontic practice. Dr. Ellis is the proud mom of two beautiful, smart, and energetic boys. Bear who is 10 and Ronan who is 8. In her free time, she enjoys some of the best activities Colorado has to offer, including cycling, snowboarding, running and travel. Her family and her patients are her number-one priority.
Dr. Mindy Streem | Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Your Practice
Learn how to create a safe and inclusive dental environment for LGBTQ+ youth. Understand the importance of pronouns and gender transitioning. Gain valuable insights to become a role model in your community.
Dr. Mindy Streem, a Board Certified Orthodontist, is a member of various dental associations and organizations. She graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Voice Performance and Biology, and later completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Streem earned her Master of Science degree and Orthodontic certification from the University of Michigan. She has a passion for attending continuing education courses, singing, collecting antique books, traveling, and spending time with her family. Dr. Streem is married to Dr. Jason Streem, a periodontist, and they have two children and three dogs.
Dr. Parul Taneja | Insights Honed from Over a Decade of Practice
Dr. Parul Taneja has had one foot in the west, and one in the east for most of her life. She is an orthodontist by training, with a passion for science, a seeker by nature with the drive of an athlete. Dr. Taneja received her DMD from Boston University Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Master’s degree and specialty certificate from the University of Oklahoma. She and her practice partner own two practices in the Greater Boston Area. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University for a decade. She guest lectures at Tufts and at Boston University. She is a recipient of the “Ten Under Ten” from the Massachusetts Dental Society award for contributions to dentistry within the first ten years of practice. Dr. Taneja has authored several articles in peer review journals. She has also written the chapter on inter-disciplinary care in the textbook Orthodontics – Diagnosis and Management of Malocclusion and Dentofacial Deformities published by Elsevier. Dr. Taneja believes that both practice and life are best approached with equanimity and a robust sense of humor. For leisure she likes to explore water bodies for open water swimming and Argentine tango.
Dr. Tamara Jones | Leading Through Tough Situations: From Duress and Difficulty to Possibility and Hope
Dr. Tamara Jones owns Willow Bend, Richardson, & Allen Orthodontics in Dallas. She started as an orthodontic assistant at 19 and then bought her mentor’s small practice after graduation and was an IC at a DSO and a part-time private practice associate. In the last five years, she has merged a practice, opened a start-up, bought a location, and added an associate/future partner. Her team describes her as a walking encyclopedia and always looking to improve. She tries to keep up with her lawyer/real estate investor husband, Jason, and their children Madeline (9) and Kenton (6). Happy patients, reading and water (swimming/lake) makes her smile 😊
Harrison Bagdan | How to Convert Digital Leads into Starts and Grow Your Practice Like the Top 10% Practices in the Nation
If you’ve ever thought: -More new patients would grow your practice -Digital leads are low quality -Industry-leading practices know something about marketing you don’t This talk will set things straight. There is a formula for growing your practice with online marketing.
You’ll discover: -The truth about today’s leads and how to profit from their behavior -What it takes to schedule more leads into consultations -How to get those new patient exams to stick
Harrison Bagdan is the Senior Practice Advisor at HIP Creative and has become the big personality he is today from his experiences.
Harrison went to college on a lacrosse scholarship and studied Kinesiology--the study of the movement of the human body--and Athletic Training. During his sophomore year when he was 19 years old, he left college to pursue a business in the sales and marketing industry where he truly gained his knowledge and education. After leaving school, he read more books than in his entire high school and college career combined.
After becoming independent before the age of 21, it was then that he realized the value of personal development; continuous education; and constant, never-ending improvement. He regularly continues to read books and attend seminars to improve himself. A quote that he lives his life by is, "In order to help people up, you must first be on higher ground." Now, at the ripe age of 29, Harrison has personally trained and coached thousands of people on sales and marketing to help them 3x-5x their businesses. His personal passion today is to help people to realize that they are better than they think they are.
Dr. Daniela Toro | A Dynamic Duo: Orthodontist and ENT Sharing a Passion for Breathing
Discover why finding your interdisciplinary (dream) team is key.
Dr. Daniela Toro is a board certified orthodontist, mother of three young girls and owner of Burlington Orthodontics. Dr. Toro is originally from Venezuela. She earned her Master of Science degree and Orthodontic certification and received her DMD from Boston University Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Toro is a former clinical instructor and currently a guest lecturer at her alma mater. Over 10 years ago Dr. Toro attended her first Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symposium in Boston where Dr. Peter Catalano was a key speaker. That was the beginning of her airway journey and passion. Since then, Dr. Toro has been working very closely with ENTs (specifically Dr. Catalano), myofunctional therapists and other dental specialists that share her same passion in helping children and adults breathe better, one patient at a time! Dr. Catalano has treated her immediate family, and she has seen incredible outcomes after referring +400 patients over the years. Dr. Toro will share why as Orthodontists we should take advantage of the 7 and up campaign to create awareness for airway screening and how important it is to build your inner circle of interdisciplinary providers. Dr. Toro is married to her high school sweetheart, Cesar, and they enjoy Peloton rides, traveling and running on the road and behind their 3 daughters!
Dr. Peter Catalano | A Dynamic Duo: Orthodontist and ENT Sharing a Passion for Breathing
Discover why finding your interdisciplinary (dream) team is key.
Peter Catalano, MD, FACS, FARS graduated from Columbia University School of Engineering, followed by an MD from The Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine (NYC). Completed Residency at MSH and became a full-time faculty member (1990-1999) as an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, and Maxillofacial Surgery. From 2000-2010 he was Chair of Otolaryngology at the Lahey Clinic, followed by Chair of Surgery at Steward Health Care (2010-2012) then Chief of Otolaryngology and Rhinology Fellowship Director at SEMC and Professor of Otolaryngology at Tufts University from 2010-2023. Academically active with over 340 invited lectures, 25 book chapters, and 95+ peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Kyle Fagala | Good Leads, Bad Leads… You Know I’ve Had My Share
Dr. Kyle Fagala is the owner and orthodontist at Saddle Creek Orthodontics, with two locations in Germantown and Collierville, Tennessee. He is co-founder of the digital marketing agency Neon Canvas where he serves as the President of Neon Media. Dr. Kyle also hosts a podcast called The Digital Orthodontist: Live! and is author of the children’s books “The Best Faces Wear Braces" and the soon-to-be-released "There's Nothing Finer Than Aligners." Dr. Kyle graduated from UT Memphis in 2013 with a certificate in orthodontics and a master's degree in Dental Science for his thesis on three-dimensional imaging of the airway. Dr. Kyle is the course director and lecturer of Development of the Occlusion, a class for first-year dental students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and a Key Opinion Leader for 3M Oral Care. He loves music, specifically the drums, and indulges in a host of hobbies including cooking, travel, pinball, trivia, and Memphis Grizzlies basketball. Dr. Kyle, his wife Anna, and their four children Charlie, Libby, George, and Lucy live in Germantown and attend Highland Church of Christ.
Anna Fagala | Good Leads, Bad Leads… You Know I’ve Had My Share
Anna Fagala is the perfect complement to Dr. Kyle Fagala and has been his wife for 16 years. She is also the mother to Charlie, Libby, George, Lucy, and Saddle Creek Orthodontics. Anna graduated with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Education, but her entire professional career has been spent in the sales and administrative sides of orthodontic practices. After working in 2 different practices during Kyle's years of training as a Scheduling Coordinator and Treatment Coordinator, she then worked with Kyle to plan, launch, and grow Saddle Creek Orthodontics over the last 10 years. Anna is a dedicated worker and friend and is passionate about the relationship side of orthodontics. She knows that as leaders the most important relationships we foster and maintain are the ones with our teams, followed by the families who trust us with their care. While she plays many roles on Team SCO, her favorite role is Treatment Coordinator where she gets to encourage that initial enthusiasm for the value of orthodontic treatment. Her most important and cherished role in life, though, is as a support and champion of Kyle and their family. In her free time, Anna loves to cook, host, and feed anyone in her general proximity. For better or worse, "no" is a word that does not exist in her vocabulary, and she places great value in finding a way to make time for everyone.
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 Dunn Education events such as the Office Manager Workshopand Ortho Team Bootcamp.
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.