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. Maggie Law | Opening a Practice from Scratch
Steps to go about opening your practice from scratch and some of the most commonly asked questions fellow orthodontists have asked me about the process.
Dr. Maggie Law is board-certified orthodontist practicing in Birmingham AL. She is a graduate of UAB’s dental school & orthodontic residency programs. Upon dental school graduation, she received the school's highest honor, the Dean's Medal for exceptional leadership and scholastic ability, given to one graduating senior. After associating, she knew it was time to open her own boutique-style office in March 2020 from scratch. Dr. Maggie prides herself on southern hospitality, efficient treatment outcomes, & excellent clinical care. She loves coffee, digital technology, greeting her patients by name, college football, being a mom of three & spreading joy with a smile.
Dr. Natalie Parisi | Incorporating Herbst Treatment in the Orthodontic Practice
Dr. Natalie Parisi, with her partner Dr. Denny Mauro, of ROG Orthodontics have continued the 60-year tradition founded in part by her father, Dr. Vince Parisi, of providing the finest orthodontic care. With three locations and 40 employees, ROG has been in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania since 1969 and has earned a reputation as one of the top orthodontic providers in eastern Pennsylvania.
As resident at Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York, Natalie focused on craniofacial anomalies and timing growth-related treatment plans, using the hand-wrist x-ray. Natalie and the rest of the ROG team have been using the Herbst appliance for Class II correction for more than 25 years. After having treated over 1,000 Herbst cases, Dr. Nat believes that a well-planned protocol incorporating variable anterior torque delivers consistent and excellent results.
Dr. Prashansa Sharma-Makwana | Associate Contracts
What should an associate look for in a contract; what should an owner offer in a contract; how can an owner know if he or she is even ready to take on an associate?
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 seven years. She and her husband have an 18-month-old daughter named Sahaana, meaning “patience.”
Dr. Courtney Dunn | Lessons Learned After 15 Years of Practice Ownership
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. Emily Peppers | Financial Literacy
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 running and skiing. She has been married for 10 years to a guy she met in a Starbucks, and they have been foster parents to 6 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 in dealing with conflict and criticism head-on, and she is thrilled to be speaking on this subject at WIO!
Dr. Megan LeCornu
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.
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.
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 WorkshopandOrtho Team Bootcamp and .
Dr. Jessica Backinger | DiSC Profile
Do you wish your daily work life was drama free? Would you like to handle difficult conversations with ease? Can you become a communication Wonder Woman? Discover how DiSC personality profiling can be used to create a harmonious work environment.
Dr. Jessica Backinger is a private practicing orthodontist in Jackson, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College, her DDS from Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and her orthodontic certificate from Rutgers University. Jessica purchased her first practice in 2013 and her second practice in 2014. Along with working in private practice, she also teaches a business management course for the orthodontic department at Detroit Mercy. Her passions include: team building, traveling, reading and spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband, Douglas, for 12 years and is the proud mother of a 7-year-old girl, Sophia, and a 5-year-old son Connor. You can follow her on TikTok @summitorthobraces.
Dr. Nicole Wax | Adding a Digital Coordinator
Dr. Tuhina Roy | Running a Practice Without Practicing