Fighter Pilot to Headline Hinman Dental Meeting

Dentistry Today


The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting will be held at the George World Congress Center in Atlanta from March 19 to March 21, 2020. Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Nicole Malachowski, one of the first women to fly modern fighters in combat, will be the featured keynote speaker on March 19.

“We have an outstanding program lined up for Hinman 2020 with the theme ‘Come Home to Hinman—Where Teamwork Meets Success.’ It promises to be one big homecoming event dedicated to improving skills, expanding capabilities, and collaborating with colleagues and your dental team to achieve success,” said Dr. Bob O’Donnell, general chair.

“We are also excited to feature Col. Nicole Malachowski as our keynote speaker this year. She was not only a jet fighter pilot, but also became the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron and defied odds to forge a successful path through many cultural changes in the military,” said O’Donnell.

Malachowski served more than 21 years as an officer, leader, and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. She was a mission-ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E squadrons and accumulated more than 2,300 flight hours, including 188 hours in combat. She also served as commander of a fighter squadron, was the first female Thunderbird pilot, served as a White House Fellow, and is a member of the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame. 

However, Malachowski’s career ended when she contracted a tick-borne illness that left her unable to speak or walk for 10 months. She fought back against the disease and now draws on stories from her career and personal life to inspire others to rethink the challenges they face every day, Hinman’s organizers report. 

In addition to the keynote session, Hinman 2020 has a full slate of educational lectures and workshops presented by the best and brightest in the dental profession. Many new speakers, as well as dentistry’s favorites, will be at Hinman 2020,” added O’Donnell.

Confirmed speakers include Dr. Gordon Christensen, Ms. Susan Gunn, Dr. Henry Gremillion, Dr. Mel Hawkins, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Dr. Samson Ng, Dr. Uche Odiatu, Ms. Laci Phillips, Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley, Dr. “Sully” Sullivan, and Ms. Rachel Wall. Hinman 2020 also will feature nearly 400 companies in its exhibit hall. Registration will open on December 10. For more information, visit

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