2016 Clinician Presenters

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Bob Spiel

Bob Spiel, MBA

Providing time-tested insights into personal and group leadership, Bob Spiel brings audiences a refreshingly unique take on the core actions and mindsets needed to unlock the talents and gifts inside each of us. Drawing on his experience as a practice management and leadership coach to doctors and practice leaders throughout the country, Bob helps participants discover new ways to challenge old limitations. Whether sharing insights from mentors who worked with such greats like Stephen Covey and Brian Tracey, or giving leading edge examples from clients today, Bob cuts through the fog and brings participants his trusted perspective on personal growth and practice success. Spiel is a personal and business coach to dental practice leaders and owners from Portland to Boston. His firm, Spiel Consulting (spielconsulting.com), provides proven business solutions in practice leadership & management, as well as associate hiring and transitions. Before dentistry finding him almost 10 years ago, he served as a hospital and surgical center CEO and turned entities from near bankruptcy to profitability. He has spoken at the Hinman, AADOM, AADPA, PALS, Carestream, numerous state meetings as well as internationally. Bob is also the author of the recently released book Flip Your Focus: Igniting People, Performance and Profits through Upside-down Leadership.

John Burgess

John Burgess, DDS

Dr. John O. Burgess is a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry. He received his M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, completed a one year General Practice Residency and a two year General Dentistry Residency in the Air Force.

Currently Dr. Burgess is the assistant Dean for Clinical research and director of the Biomaterials Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He served as military consultant in General Dentistry to the Air Force Surgeon General. He received certification from the American Board of Dentistry and is a diplomat of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry.  He is a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Dental Association, the American Association for Dental Research and the Academy of Operative Dentistry.  In 2010, he received the Hollenbeck Award for outstanding work in Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials from the Academy of Operative Dentistry.  Dr. Burgess is a fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials and the American College of Dentists.  A prolific researcher, he has authored more than 400 articles, abstracts and book chapters.  He is past chair of the Biomaterials Section of the American Association for Dental Schools, served as a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs and was a member of the Executive Board for the American Association for Dental Research.  Currently he is a member of two ADA committees on specification development.  He is active in clinical evaluations of dental materials and is the principal investigator on 9 clinical protocols evaluating adhesives, ceramic restoratives, low shrinkage posterior composites, digital impression materials, self adhesive restoratives and vital pulp therapy materials.  Dr. Burgess lectures extensively nationally and internationally and has presented more than 1000 all day continuing education courses. In 2015 he received the “Burning Bush” award for excellence in Continuing Education. Dr. Burgess is married to a wonderful lady, Patricia. They currently make their home in Birmingham, AL.

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RHD, PhD

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients.  She has presented over 900 lectures and has more than 100 professional publications.  She is Professor, Course Director of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology, and Director of Research at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, where she also teaches part-time in the Special Care Clinic.  Ann is also Associate Director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice.  This year, Ann was among the first of four dental hygienists in the country to receive fellowship status in special care dentistry. Ann practices dental hygiene part-time, specializing in geriatrics.

Larry Emmott

Larry Emmott, DDS

Dr. Larry Emmott is one of the most entertaining speakers in dentistry.  His high energy programs provide the tools needed to make wise technological decisions, saving time and thousands of dollars. Recognized as a leading dental high tech authority in the country and with over thirty years of experience as a practicing general dentist, Dr. Larry Emmott’s mission is to help dentists make good technology choices. Dr. Emmott has addressed hundreds of professional groups, and has been a featured speaker at every major US dental meeting. He has written three books on using technology in the dental office; and is a featured contributor to the ADA book “Expert Business Strategies”. He has contributed hundreds of articles to dental publications; he has been a pioneer in online publishing with his blog Emmott onTechnology.com and has been recognized as one of the top ten dentists in social media.

Lee Silverstein

Lee Silverstein, DDS, MS

Dr. Silverstein has been in Private Practice for over 30 years in addition to holding the position of Associate Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, in Augusta, Georgia.  Dr. Silverstein lectures both Nationally and Internationally on the topics of Periodontal Plastic Surgery, Dental Implantology, Hard and Soft Tissue Regenerative Surgical Techniques, and Oral Medicine. Dr. Silverstein has committed his entire career to expanding the scope and level of Dentistry by writing over 140 scientific articles published in refereed journals, as a contributing editor to numerous textbooks, AND by authoring 11 textbook chapters, and four refereed textbooks. In addition, Dr. Silverstein Co- Founded Advanced Dental Educational Seminars, a worldwide leader in providing Hands-On Surgical dental courses. He continues to lecture extensively and over the past 30 plus years, Dr. Silverstein has given more than 400 lectures and Hands-On-Courses. Dr. Silverstein has been granted Fellowships in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Silverstein maintains his private practice; Kennestone Periodontics in Marietta, Georgia. Most importantly, Dr. Silverstein is also known as Coach Lee, and can be found on the Lacrosse field at Kennesaw State University coaching their Division II Men’s Lacrosse Nationally ranked team, The KSU Owls.  Or, if you ask his family, he is also known as Honey to his wife, Phyllis and Dad to their 7 children. 

Rita Zamora

Rita Zamora, BS

Rita Zamora is an international speaker and published author on social media and online reputation management. She and her team offer experienced social media training, mentoring, and support for healthcare clients across the country. Rita served as a Contributing Faculty Member on the topic of marketing for the American Dental Association Center for Success Certificate Program. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. With over 20 years experience in the business of dentistry, working with general and specialty practices, she also brings a solid understanding of the dental world to the table.

Founder Presentation

Gordon J. Christensen

Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD

Gordon J. Christensen is founder and CEO of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC), CEO of Clinicians Report Foundation (CR), and a practicing prosthodontist in Provo, Utah. He has presented over 45,000 hours of continuing education throughout the world and published many articles and books. Gordon and Dr. Rella Christensen are cofounders of the nonprofit Clinicians Report Foundation (previously CRA), which Rella directed for many years. Since 1976, they have conducted research in all areas of dentistry and published the findings to the profession in the well-known Clinicians Report. Gordon is a member of numerous professional organizations. Gordon and Rella’s sons are both dentists.

Jason Nicholson

Jason Nicholson

Dr. Jason D. Nicholson is a board-certified periodontist. He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Following the completion of his dental training, he next pursued a specialty in periodontitics at the University of Oklahoma Graduate Periodontics program. Here he completed his three-year residency with a certificate in periodontics. During his residency he also completed a master’s program during which he earned the graduate student association award for outstanding academic achievement. Dr. Nicholson is in private practice in Provo, Utah where he is the founder and owner of Sundance Implant and Periodontal Center.