Mommy Dentists in Business
Dr. Grace Yum has quietly become one of the highest profile pediatric dentist in Chicago and beyond. She is in a small pool of less than 5% of all dentists who become certified in pediatrics. She also founded and built Yummy Dental and Orthodontics for Kids into a leader in its category. In this Podcast, Dr. Yum shares pearls of wisdom based on her experience that are designed to help moms be successful in their medical careers and in their lives more broadly. She interviews a rotating cast of experts who give invaluable advice from a variety of perspectives: fashion stylists, lawyers, CEOs, nutritionists, skincare experts, parenting experts and more. Along the way, Dr. Yum shares the secrets to her success in balancing motherhood and her growing business interests in dental, real estate and beyond.
Amy Morgan joined Spear in 2018 as Vice President of Consulting Strategy. For more than 25 years as a consultant and trainer, and as former CEO of Pride Institute — a nationally acclaimed, practice management consulting company — she and her teams have revitalized thousands of dental practices using management systems proven to help dentists become more secure, efficient and profitable.
Dr. Julia Latham enjoys working with people of all ages and genuinely cares about improving the oral health of her patients. Dr. Latham grew up in New Zealand and moved across the Pacific in 2001 for her undergrad at Boston University, completing her DDS from the University of Michigan school of dentistry in 2011. While attending UMSoD, Dr Latham was the recipient of the William S. Kramer Award of Excellence, inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and served as co- chair for the Scholars Program in Dental leadership where she led a capstone project collaborating students, faculty and community dentists to increase the efficiency and efficacy of local children’s clinic to help improve access to care. Additional honors include: the 2009 Periodontal Alumni Association Award for excellence in preventive periodontics and the 2011 American Academy of Oral Medicine Award.
Dr. Latham began her dental career as a general dentist for the US Navy serving in a military dental clinic in Rota, Spain and returned to the US to practice general dentistry with Tidewater Dental Group in Virginia Beach, VA. In 2014, Dr. Latham partnered with a successful multi-disciplined practice, Brush and Floss Dental Center in Stratford CT, where she now maintains a private practice focused in orthodontic and restorative care.
In her not so spare time, Dr. Latham is the proud mother of two young sons, and enjoys making rap videos with her husband, an emergency room physician at Bridgeport Hospital, including a recent video about dentistry they made during the Covid-19 shutdown.
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Dr. Tina Saw is a General Dentist in Carlsbad, California. She obtained her DDS at Loma Linda University. She currently is a practice owner at Elevated Smiles in North San Diego. Dr. Saw founded Light Solutions Dental in 2020, bringing affordable wireless loupe lights to the dental market. In 2021, Dr. Saw founded her third company, Oral Genome, to help people understand what affects their dental health and how to target specific salivary factors to reduce their risks for dental problems.
Zeeba is an internationally experienced Ayurvedic clinician, meditation teacher, energy healer and motivational speaker who uses holistic treatment to restore her patients’ mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and to prevent disease. She is a leading practitioner with Mindvalley’s Soulvana, and was honored to be part of a session hosted by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Zeeba is certified in the Ayurveda Sciences and is a registered member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva earned his DMD from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. V spent the next few years working at various DSOs and private practices, recognizing the benefits and challenges of each. Dr. Villanueva is the founder and CEO of MB2 Dental—the original Dental Partnership Organization. Since its founding in 2007, MB2 has partnered with hundreds of dentists to help them stay in the driver’s seat as they maximize their talents, connect as part of a community and build exceptional wealth.
Ben is a vice president, wealth advisor with RMB Capital and works with clients across the country. He is passionate about helping successful families and individuals navigate all aspects of their financial lives. He is a registered CPA and a Certified Financial Planner. Outside of work, Ben loves spending time with his wife and their dog Olive. As a cancer survivor, Ben actively volunteers with Imerman Angels, where he provides support, empathy and understanding to those currently battling the disease.
Julie Woods has worked as a periodontist, graduating from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2004 and has owned a practice for 15 years. In 2017, at the height of office production, she was burned out and making less money than ever before. Thankfully, someone suggested she read Profit First by Mike Michalowicz. She believed in the system so much that she pursued certification as a Profit First Professional and helps dental colleagues implement the PF cash management system within their own dental practices.
John provides marketing strategy development along with helping dentists find untapped profit in their dental practices. He has over seventeen years of experience working exclusively with high-end, fee-for-service dentists to develop marketing campaigns that work. Becky has business management and marketing degrees and has been working in the healthcare industry for 20 years, spending the last 7 years focused on the dental community and helping dental offices increase efficiency and profitability.
Dr. Hema Patel received her dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry and also holds a dental degree from Gujarat University in India. She is a seasoned business executive and medical professional with 20+ years of business development experience in the medical and adventure-business sectors. She sold her accomplished dental practice in 2014 to be able to balance her devotion for clinical and business of dentistry with family life and her passion for adventure travel.
Dr. Mario Romero is the clinical director of Romero Dental Seminars. He received his DDS from the University of Guayaquil (Ecuador) School of Dentistry and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at the University of Rochester. Dr. Romero was awarded the Augusta University and the ACD Outstanding Faculty award, the Research and Scholarship award from the Dental College of Georgia, the Excellence in Dental Education Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy and was inducted in the OKU Dental Honor Society.
John McCarthy joined TeamSmile as Executive Director in May of 2017 and is excited to help fulfill the mission of using sports as a force for good. McCarthy has been involved in various capacities within college athletics for over 25 years and very engaged in the non-profit community since 2013. He has become one of the country’s pre-eminent authorities on small college basketball and travels the country speaking to coaches and athletic administrators. He resides in Kansas City with his wife and son.
Dr. Madelyn Fletcher-Stark attended Loma Linda University in California, graduating with honors in 2000. After teaching and practicing, she completed a three-year master’s degree in Graduate Prosthodontics in Seattle, WA. She was an associate professor in removable prosthodontics at Loma Linda University and was owner of a general dentistry and prosthodontics practice in Albuquerque, NM until it was closed in March 2020. She decided not to re-open and is starting a Remote Reiki Energy Healing Practice.
Dr. Dana Van Elslande is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, in addition to being a member of the Alberta Dental Association & College. Currently in private practice in Calgary, Okotoks, and Canmore, Dr. Van Elslande manages a dental study group in Calgary and has several publications in peer-reviewed literature.
Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy is a Motivational Speaker and Podcast Host of The Business of Happiness Podcast, empowering business leaders and leaders of their own dreams to strive for inner fulfilment. Dr. MacCarthy is an Orthodontist and co-owner of Mbrace Orthodontics in Maine a top 1% Invisalign Provider in the US. Dr MacCarthy coaches business owners across the globe on empowering their teams to be ambassadors of their dreams and how to redefine success to find happiness in work and, ultimately, in their lives.
Dr. Effie Habsha earned her DDS, Diploma in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degrees from the University of Toronto. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and instructs both at the undergraduate and graduate level in Prosthodontics at U of T. She is also the founder of Women in Dentistry: Work. Life. Balance, maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics in Toronto and lectures nationally and internationally.
Dr. Bilski owns and operates a private practice in Independence, Ohio. He continues his pursuit to promote clinical awareness through educational courses focusing on emerging dental technology and trends for treatment devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty and health to the patient. He is an active member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Midwest Implant Institute as Co-Director, Certified CEREC Doctor & The United States Dental Institute.
Suzanne R. Mericle, DMD, has been practicing for 29 years in her home-town on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she received her BS in Microbiology. She then attended dental school at the Medical College of Georgia and graduated in 1991 with honors. She has written several articles on Dental Sleep Medicine, Periodontal Disease, and several others on dental products. Dr. Mericle is a diplomat with ASBA, Qualifying Dentist with AADSM, and has her Fellowship with DOCS.
Ross Kimbarovsky, founder and CEO at Crowdspring, where more than 220k experienced freelancers help agencies, small businesses and entrepreneurs with custom logo design, web design, graphic design, product design, and company naming services. Crowdspring has worked with the world’s best brands, including Amazon, LG, Starbucks, Microsoft, Barilla, Philips, and thousands of entrepreneurs, startups, and non-profits. Before founding Crowdspring, Ross practiced law for 13 years as a successful trial attorney.