Women Gather for EPIC Meeting at Dentsply Sirona Academy

Dentistry Today


Female dentists and CEREC owners gathered at the first EPIC Women’s Dental Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 27 and 28 at the new Dentsply Sirona Academy. The conference combined clinical breakout sessions, organizational and product insights, camaraderie among like-minded professionals, and a keynote by a bestselling female author and entrepreneur, Dentsply Sirona reports.  

The intent behind EPIC was to not only bring together female practitioners from all over the country for two days of education and networking, but to help foster a community that will develop into a national and global phenomenon,” said Linda Gehringer, Dentsply Sirona vice president of sales, CAD/CAM, and imaging.

The meeting began with Maureen MacInnis, Dentsply Sirona senior vice president, chief human resources officer, and communications, illuminating the company’s position on equality and the importance of recognizing the current industry climate and growth. 

Bestselling author, psychologist, and podcast and TV host Christine Hassler discussed how to avoid expectation hangovers, maintain self-care tanks, and manage expectations of others. Her interactive session was thought-provoking, Dentsply Sirona says, and attendees lined up for photos and autographs following her lecture. 

Later that day, Alisa Finocchiaro, global marketing manager implantology, presented a look forward for CEREC. Then, Ragan Hartman, an executive coach and president of Fortune Management of Tennessee and Alabama, shared her time management secrets and the benefits of planning up to one year ahead.

Kristine Aadland, DMD, concluded the first day by sharing why she chose dentistry, her journey in growing her practice, and highlighting the new features available in CEREC Software 4.6, which will be available later this year. Aadland is a cerecdoctors mentor and owns her own practice in Vancouver, Washington. 

On day two, Mona Patel, DDS, focused on the prominence of office design in acquiring new patients and the patient experience as it pertains to patient retention during the educational session she led. She revealed how she completely renovated her practice, both aesthetically and digitally, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, to suit her needs as well as the needs of her staff and patients and how it has positively affected her business.

Finally, Sarah Jockin, DDS, of Lake Park Dental in Lutz, Florida, shared numerous challenging cases she has encountered, prompting attendees to share their own experiences. Dentsply Sirona plans on hosting another event in 2019.

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