W. Ronald Redmond, DDS, MS, FACD, National Board President
My profession is great! Equal parts art and science, I love all aspects of orthodontics including the relationships that inevitably develop between our patients and myself as treatment progresses and we reach our mutual treatment goals
The science is intriguing, but the artistic aspects of orthodontics are what draw me to this profession. I love the day braces come off and experiencing the moment that a patient sees their new smile for the first time. It is magical for me, like opening an anticipated gift. The thrill of that first smile is exhilarating.
I think the best part of the relationship I cultivate with each patient is being a part of this very exciting time in a patient’s life. The transformation a patient goes through in having orthodontic treatment is a life changing process. I am honored to be asked to be part of their lives and to help them fulfill their personal goals.
Our entire team is excited to develop a long-lasting relationship with our patients over our time together. Along the way, we develop a beautiful smile that is a result of the collaboration between patient and practice.
On my way to becoming an orthodontist, I received the following certificates:
University of California in San Diego, Bachelor of Arts
University of Pacific, Doctor of Dental Surgery
General Practice Residency
University of Southern California Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology and Certificate in Orthodontics
Dr. Mark L. Dake
Dr. Mark L. Dake obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, where he graduated with distinction. Dr. Dake received his Master of Science in Dentistry and his orthodontic certification from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986. Having been in private practice since 1986, he is a Diplomate of the ABO, serves as chairman for the Council of Governmental Affairs for the AAO, and is a member of several professional organizations. Dr. Dake and his wife Kim have three children.
Teresa D. Gast
Teresa D. Gast is a partner with Cain, Watters & Associates, PLLC (CWA). CWA is a fee only financial planning firm located in Dallas, Texas that primarily helps clients in the dental field. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing her clients' entire financial plan which includes their pension plans, insurance, investments, taxes, etc in addition to her responsibilities as part owner in the firm. Teresa graduated from Kansas State University with a master’s in Accountancy. Teresa resides in Coppell, Texas with her two children, Cody and Reilley.
S. Richard Levin
S. Richard Levin is an Attorney with the Law Firm of Hall Estill, with offices in Tulsa, OK, Oklahoma City, OK, Washington, D.C. and Northwest Arkansas. He was previously the President of First National Title Company’s Commercial Division. His work focuses primarily on commercial real estate, business and commercial law and commercial title insurance. Prior to merging with First National Title Company, Mr. Levin founded Triad Title Company. Previous to founding Triad Title, Mr. Levin was a partner in a private practice in Syracuse, New York and subsequently an Assistant General Counsel with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. dealing with real estate matters and acquisitions. During his employment at Wal-Mart, Mr. Levin performed the real estate due diligence on over 400 stores that were acquired by Wal-Mart in Japan. Mr. Levin holds an MBA from Adelphi University and a J.D. from Syracuse University. He is admitted to practice in NY, PA, CO and AR.
John K. McGill, CPA, MBA, JD
John K. McGill is a tax attorney, CPA and MBA. He serves as CEO of The McGill & Hill Group, LLC in Charlotte, NC, and a partner with the law firm of McGill & Hassan, P.A. He is also President of John K. McGill & Company.
Mr. McGill has been providing customized tax and business planning services exclusively for the dental profession for 30 years. During this time, he as helped over 850 dentists across the country achieve financial independence, for reduced stress and greater peace of mind. He is also the Editor of the McGill Advisory Newsletter, a monthly publication enjoyed by over 7,200 dentists nationwide helping help them increase profits, reduce taxes, and achieve their financial goals. Mr. McGill has also been a contributing editor to Dental Economics magazine for over 25 years.
He graduated with honors from Erskine College with a BS in Business and Economics and a concentration in Accounting. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was awarded the Touche Ross, CPAs, Tax Law Scholarship. He formerly worked with the Office of Chief Counsel, the legal branch of the Internal Revenue Service, in Washington, D.C.
Mr. McGill has presented hundreds of programs to local, state, and national dental organizations including: ADA and AAO National Conventions, Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, , Super Schulman Orthodontic Study Club, AAO Orthodontist as CEO, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Southwestern Society of Oral Surgeons, and American Academy of Dental Practice Administration.
Through innovative, proven and proprietary Systems, LeeAnn Peniche has consistently brought smiles to orthodontists for more than 20 years. As the founder and President of Peniche & Associates, she has earned a reputation as one the country's premier orthodontic consultants who specialize in case acceptance, scripting, marketing and practice systemization. Over 2,000 practices have experienced first-hand her creative outlook, years of expertise and proven track record of success.
Donald R. Montano, DDS, MSD
“I decided to become an orthodontist in the seventh grade when I had to prepare a career paper.”
The long road to becoming an orthodontist started with Don Montano paying his own way through a junior college, San Bernardino Valley College. After receiving an academic scholarship he transferred to the University of California, Riverside where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology. Next came four years of dental school at the University of California, San Francisco where he graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). He was also honored as a University of California Regent Scholar. To become an orthodontic specialist Dr. Montano attended the University of Washington in Seattle and received his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD). After ten years of college, he was finally Dr. Montano, DDS., MSD.
Dr. Montano has been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics since 1987. In 1988 he left Los Angeles and bought his current practice in Bakersfield. He has seen many changes over the years, but his dedication to provide a caring environment and state of the art treatment to each patient has remained.
In an effort to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology and great advances in orthodontic care, Dr. Montano regularly attends numerous training and educational seminars. He is also an active member of several organizations, including:
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- California Association of Orthodontists
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- California Dental Association
- Kern County Dental Society
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society)
- Rotary International Bakersfield West
- Founder of the Kern County regional chapter of Smile for a Lifetime Foundation
He was personally invited to join ORMCO-Insiders, a product design group for a national supply/fabrication company. Additionally, he is a board member of the Schulman Study Group, a prestigious North American Orthodontic study group.
He has been married to Melinda Montano since 1990, and they have enjoyed traveling all over the world together. Even the additions of their daughters, Hali and Chloe, have not slowed them down! However, their excursions have become more family friendly. In his spare time Dr. Montano takes pleasure in raising and riding horses, gardening, and tending to his large Koi pond.
Roger K. Hill is president of Roger K. Hill & Company (a member of The McGill & Hill Group), a firm specializing in dental practice transitions. With over 30 years of experience in working with general dentists and specialists, Mr. Hill serves clients across the United States providing transition planning for practice sales, partnerships (buy-in/buy-out), associateships and other activities. Mr. Hill is an active speaker, frequently addressing national, state, study clubs, and other professional groups. He has been published extensively in many publications on these subjects and, at the request of the American Dental Association, has published a definitive guide to practice transitions. Prior to his work in these areas, Mr. Hill held an administrative position at Baylor College of Medicine, and before that, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. He received his M.S.A. from the University of Houston in 1976 and has participated in professional graduate training in the specialties of Valuation Theory and Application as well as real estate law. He joined The McGill & Hill Group in February 1997. Mr. Hill resides in Charlotte with his wife, Sandra; he has two daughters.
Jeff Behan – VisionTrust Communications
Jeff Behan is currently in his 28th year as a marketing communications specialist. He is a frequent speaker at orthodontic meetings where his subject matter focuses on internal/external communication, sales performance, connecting with existing and prospective patients, referral-building and practice branding. Over his career, he has played an integral role in the development of strategy and implementation of marketing campaigns for a diverse array of clients including; Major Public Utility Companies, Intel Corporation and Delta Airlines as well as numerous dental and orthodontic companies including Align Technology, Ormco and OraMetrix. He is the principal member of VisionTrust Communications, providing staff training, customized communications tools and consulting to a wide array of clients throughout the United States, with a primary emphasis on orthodontic practice development, including many of the top practices in North America.
Kim Barrs-Jenkins works in the marketing field and is a Senior Account Manager at Mass Media Marketing. Her previous experience included seven years as an Account Executive with The Augusta Chronicle, where she specialized in developing, creating and selling advertisements to a variety of clients, both local and national. After being recruited for her expertise in print media, in 2006 she accepted a position with Mass Media Marketing, a full service advertising agency. She became involved with Smile For A Lifetime Foundation because of her compassionate personality and to help those less fortunate receive the gift of a beautiful smile. Kim Barrs-Jenkins resides in North Augusta, South Carolina with her husband, Jimmy and two beautiful boys, Britten and Brady.
R. Todd Blanton
R. Todd Blanton is Vice President of Global Champions and Group Accounts for Ormco Corporation, the exclusive orthodontic provider for Smiles 4 Life. With more than 20 years of experience working with orthodontists across the country, Todd has been a key contributor to Ormco’s reputation as the premier supplier of orthodontic equipment and appliances in the industry. Since joining the company in 1989 as a sales representative in North Carolina, Todd served as regional manager for various regions in the United States, has led the company’s North American sales effort and has been serving in his current position since 2011. He is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Todd and his wife, Lisa, reside in Charlotte, NC, with their two sons, Robert and Matthew.
Charlene White’s expertise and depth of knowledge in the orthodontic specialty is world renowned. She has successfully consulted in over 700 orthodontic practices in 26 years, interviewed over 6,000 team members, presented over 300 Continuing ED courses and has written and filmed 18 training products. She consistently hears from program directors, “We are so excited about the turnout for our event.” Charlene is passionate about orthodontics. Her energy and enthusiasm for her clients and teams to succeed is unparallel. Innovative, hard working and down to earth describe Charlene. As a result of her knowledge and reputation she is proud to report that she has partnered with Dolphin Management to create the “Charlene White SOS” computer module. Her expertise and training is now available and ready to be installed on your computer to be accessed daily by your team.
Michelle Von Fange
Michelle Von Fange serves as the National Executive Director of Smile for a Lifetime. Michelle has over 18 years of non-profit experience serving with local, state and national organizations in leadership positions, with a majority of that work in youth serving agencies. Her masters and bachelor’s degrees are in education with a minor in communications. Working closely with her husband, she has also served as an entrepreneur running several businesses over the years. As a volunteer, she currently serves as a committee member with the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Community Service’s Disability Inclusion Team. Michelle and her family reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she enjoys jeeping, hiking, family events and volunteering.
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