What makes them unique is they all have hands-on experience in the dental world; they’ve worked in the same chairs, with the same patients, and experienced (and overcome!) the same challenges you face. And the best part is they are eager to share their knowledge with you and your team.
America’s Most Productive Dentist, Dr. Bruce B. Baird has a lifelong commitment to dental excellence. A nationally renowned cosmetic dentist, Dr. Baird is an international teacher and speaker on cosmetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry, business management, and communication development.
Instrumental in development of the Quadra-Guide surgical stent and Equaspacer Implant System, Dr. Baird also founded the Texas Centers for Implant Dentistry and Compassionate Finance. He is also involved with the American Academies of Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and the Academies of Osseointegration and General Dentistry.
Recognizing his ability to help other dentists achieve the same success he has experienced in his practice, Dr. Baird partnered with Vicki McManus Peterson to create the Productive Dentist Academy which has been an invaluable resource to dentists nationwide. Dr. Baird hosts a weekly podcast – The Productive Dentist Podcast – where he shares the knowledge he’s gained in his over-thirty year career.
Vicki McManus Peterson, Co-Founder & CEO of Productive Dentist Academy, is a twice published author, celebrated public speaker, and has owned and operated several successful dental practices over the span of her 30-year career in dentistry. In 2013 she was honored with the Silver Stevie Award in 2013 as Female Entrepreneur of the Year. Productive Dentist Academy has been on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2018. Vicki uses her own life experiences to coach others in highly interactive programs that incorporate expertise in emotional intelligence, practical business solutions, and energy healing. In 2018, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Spiritual Studies from Emerson Theological Institute.
Mr. Moriarity spent years working with attorneys and physicians before going into dental consulting and marketing in 2008 (just in time for all the fun). As a national speaker and the Vice President of Client Relations for the Productive Dentist Academy, he’s been able to share tactics and ideas from coast to coast, helping hundreds of businesses grow and better serve the communities they love. New ideas are hard to come by in any profession, but this is truer for health care than most. Doctors are screaming all over the country for new ideas, strategies, and insights, and Mr. Moriarity delivers.
“I believe at the heart of every business is the people and groups it serves. As a leader, I am responsible for developing and steering initiatives that create a positive transformation that enhances client experiences, employee satisfaction, and the overall market.
Success lies within teamwork. Fostering the collaboration between like minded businesses and teams to achieve the best results possible is a driving factor in my life. I help weave the vision of the company throughout divisions in a way that is consistent and translates seamlessly to the market.
My personal passion is in supporting the arts. A graphic designer, illustrator, and color guru at heart, it is our duty to help the next generation experience as many opportunities at flexing their creativity muscles as much as possible”.
Patti Sooy is a speaker and author with 30 years of clinical, restorative, laser, practice management, dental hygiene, and business development coaching experience. In the past 9 years, she has helped her clients grow over $60,000,000. Patti also has experience as a clinical and restorative hygiene instructor at Eastern Washington University and continues to speak annually to the EWU graduating dental hygiene class. Her skills include office management, financial reporting, and new patient treatment coordination. Patti has been with PDA since 2009 where she develops training programs that allow doctors to grow their practices and lead their teams to success.
Christine Uhen earned her degree in dental hygiene from the University of Minnesota and has worked hands on in the dental industry for over 30 years. With experience in marketing, sales, hygiene, surgical assisting, office management, and management consulting, Christine has served as the director of a leading CEREC training center and taught dentists and their teams to use CAD/CAM technology to efficiently and profitably created same-day dental restorations.
Before joining forces with PDA, Christine owned a dental consulting firm which focused on helping dentists add dental implants to their practice to improve the quality of the services they offered. She also served as an educational consultant for the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) in the development of an international implant education program. Christine has been with PDA since 2007 and uses proven skills and strategies to help dentists and their teams to enhance communications, efficiency, and care standards so they can provide the highest level of patient care possible.
Kari Miller has worked in dentistry for over 20 years. An AADOM Member, Kari is proficient in Eaglesoft and Dentrix. Kari is also particularly knowledgeable in front office and administrative processes and procedures and how exceptional execution from the administrative staff can support and positively impact the doctor, hygiene and assistant teams, and patients.
From phone protocol, to insurance billing, to case presentation, Kari has successfully coached doctors and their teams to better efficiency, productivity, and patient care. She has also successfully billed medical insurance for sleep apnea treatments.
Before entering the world of dentistry, Deidra Bentley earned her degree in Communications from San Diego State University and enjoyed a decade-long career with Washington Mutual Bank and JP Morgan Chase as a Bank Branch Manager. In her financial career, she worked with individuals and small businesses to help them achieve their financial goals.
She joined the world of dentistry when her husband, a practicing dentist and business owner, asked her to lead his practice through a major transition. She fell in love with the dental field and now uses her financial background and understanding of the unique challenges of the dental industry to coach dentists and their teams to financial success.
When not focused on helping PDA clients achieve their goals, she can be found travelling the world to enjoy new cultures, great food, and great wine.
Sommer Carrol has worked for PDA Co-Founder Dr. Bruce Baird at his practice in Granbury, TX for most of her 21-year career and has spent the past 16 as his chairside assistant. She lives and breaths the practices Dr. Baird talks about and is instrumental in teaching hundreds of assistants how to apply the scheduling and productivity tactics in their own offices.
Robyn successfully completed the BaleDoneen Method® Preceptorship which teaches the root causes of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes and the necessary prevention measures. Robyn recently earned her certification as a Conversational Intelligence CI-Q Coach which focuses on the neuroscience of conversation. She provides solid strategies to help manage stress in the dental office and turn frustration into positive action, career success, and personal well-being.
Kathryn Gilliam is a published author, consultant, and speaker who is passionate about empowering dental hygienists to elevate the standard of care for their patients. Kathryn graduated with honors from the University of Texas with her certificate in dental hygiene and has been a top-producing clinical dental hygienist for over 20 years. Kathryn currently serves as the Education Director for Oral Cancer Cause and is an active volunteer for The Oral Cancer Foundation. An active member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), Kathryn serves on the marketing committee and is among the first thirty members of AAOSH to earn her fellowship in that prestigious organization.
A two-time graduate of the BaleDoneen Method® Preceptorship for cardiovascular disease prevention for healthcare practitioners and of the Lioness Principle Advanced Transformational Training Program, Kathryn has published continuing education courses for ineedce.com and DrBicuspid.com. In addition, Kathryn completes over 100 hours of continuing education annually to stay current on the latest research and technology.
Machell Hudson, RDH, is the Director of Oral/Systemic Wellness for Granbury Dental Center and a Hygiene Consultant with Productive Dentist Academy. She fell in love with dentistry at 24 when she became a dental assistant and earned her hygiene degree through Tarrant County College. She has worked as a hygienist for Dr. Bruce Baird at Granbury Dental Center for 10 years where she has applied her passion for hygiene and helping people.
A member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), Machell serves on the AAOSH marketing committee and leadership track. She holds an advanced laser and arterial wellness certification through the BaleDoneen Method® Preceptorship. Machell shares that she feels blessed to have a job where she is able to positively impact the lives and health of her patients who she considers as family.
Dr. Chad Johnson is a practicing general dentist in Iowa. He has served as Visiting Faculty at Spear Education in Scottsdale, AZ as part of the CEREC Mentor Group, used CAD/CAM and CBCT since 2011, and has served as a CEREC Trainer. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2005 and is a Fellow of the AGD. He is the immediate past president of the Iowa Academy of General Dentistry, and he also participates in the AACD, the AAFE, and the ALD. In addition, he is a Diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association.
Passionate about digital dentistry and practice management, Dr. Johnson is dedicated to helping doctors actualize their potential within their practices. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, and recreational basketball.
Productive Dentist Academy is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 10/1/2016 to 9/30/2020. Provider ID# 217561