All MEC courses scheduled through May 31st are canceled at this time due to COVID-19. We care about our dental community and we are fully committed to remaining an educational resource to you during this crisis. Visit MEC’s COVID-19 Web Series for video announcements from our clinical director, Dr. Lou Graham, and other trusted sources to keep you updated on the crisis within the dental context.
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Upcoming LIVE & INTERACTIVE Courses by Location
Steven’s Point, WI
South Bend, IN
Grand Rapids, MI
Our LIVE Course Speakers
Amber Auger, RDH, MPH
Amber Auger, RDH, MPH is a practicing dental hygienist and clinical innovations implementation specialist. With over 15 years of experience in the dental industry, Amber provides customized protocols to allow the practice to thrive, refocuses on the patient experience, and utilize systemic approaches to Periodontal Therapy.
Amber is a monthly contributor to RDH Magazine,
#AskAmberRDH. Amber also provides preventive services abroad yearly and is always happy to have dental
professionals join her team.
Dr. Tim Bizga, DDS, FAGD
Timothy M. Bizga, DDS, FAGD is a general dentist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. His practice focuses on comprehensive care, with Dr. Bizga’s special interests in implants, cosmetics and facial aesthetics.
His background in dentistry is lengthy and diverse. Once a former chairside assistant, he also worked as a dental
lab-technician, making his perspective unique among others in the field of dentistry. He received his DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association and a Fellow in the
Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Bizga is a Certified John Maxwell Speaker/Trainer/Coach, a certified DISC profile trainer, clinical consultant for The Dental Advisor and member of
Catapult Education. Dr. Bizga gives back to the community via dental missions around the world.
Andrea Carpenter, B.S., M.A.
Andrea R. Carpenter has worked in the dental industry for over 8 years as an Office Manager and HR Director for large group practices, and currently serves as the Professional Relations Director for Compliance Training Partners. Her role in the organization is to assist dental and medical professionals across the United States achieve compliance with HIPAA, OSHA, infection control, safety and other regulatory required training.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, as well as a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. In addition, Andrea is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, with special emphasis on compliance for dental and medical facilities.
Dr. Karson Carpenter, DDS.
Karson L. Carpenter is a practicing dentist and serves as President of Compliance Training Partners. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and has over 25 years experience designing educational programs to bring dental and medical facilities into compliance with
governmental regulations including OSHA, HIPAA and
Kristina Callow, RDA, CDA
Kristina Callow has been in the dental industry for over 10 years and serves as a head dental assistant in a large group practice.
She does regulatory research for Compliance Training Partners and is a member of technical services.
Teresa Duncan, MS
With over 20 years of healthcare experience, Teresa addresses topics such as Insurance Coding, Office Manager Training and Revenue Growth. Her memberships include the National Speakers Association and the National Association of Dental Plans. She has been named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry and is the author of Moving Your Patients to Yes: Easy Insurance Conversations as well as a contributing author to the ADA’s annual CDT Companion Guides. Her podcast “Nobody Told Me That!” provides regular coding and management updates. Teresa received her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management.
Dr. Lou Graham, DDS
Dr. Graham is the founder of the Catapult Group, a continuing education company whose philosophy and programs use contemporary, interactive formats to integrate
time-proven conservative dentistry with 21st century materials and techniques.
Dr. Graham is a published author in many leading national and international dental journals.
He emphasizes the same concepts he practices: dental health diagnosis, treatment plans for medically compromised patients, conservative treatment, cosmetic dentistry, and customized approaches to periodontal care, implants and laser dentistry.
Jack developed the curriculum for, and has taught the Social Media Marketing track in the MBA program at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management in Provo, Utah. He is also the founder of My Social Practice, an agency providing social media content, strategy and support to dental,
orthodontic, and dental specialty practices worldwide. Jack was the former CEO at Lava7®, one of the nation’s first
agencies focused exclusively on social media marketing
solutions for technology businesses.
Jack is an award-winning copywriter and former ad agency Creative Director with a rich background in all aspects of the creative process. He’s an engaging speaker who is frequently asked to address dental groups about social media marketing, creativity, and digital marketing.
Dr. Ron Kaminer, DDS
Dr. Ron Kaminer is a 1990 graduate of the State of New York (SUNY) Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Kaminer has always been passionate about technology and was one of the first 100 dentists in the country to include a hard tissue Dental laser into his practice. Over the years Dr. Kaminer has taught Dental Lasers, technology and minimally invasive Dentistry to thousands of dentists worldwide. He sits on the Board of Catapult Education, is a frequent contributor to Mentor magazine, sits on the editorial board of Dental Product Shopper and acts as a clinical consultant to numerous Dental manufacturers. While doing all of the above, Dr. Kaminer practices full time in both his offices in Hewlett and Oceanside N.Y. focusing on Minimally Invasive and Digital Dentistry. He is a Fellow of The Academy of General Dentistry, member of the American Dental Association, and member of The Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Dr. Susan McMahon, DMD
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Dr. McMahon enjoys the largest cosmetic dental practice in Western Pennsylvania.
She is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a fellow in the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics, and a fellow in the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
An author and lecturer, Dr. McMahon has devoted her professional career to the pursuit of advanced technologies in cosmetic dentistry and smile design. She is a past clinical instructor in Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and a guest lecturer at the University of West Virginia, School of Dentistry.
Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA
Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, is a national and international
speaker and published author. She has been a full-time practicing dental assistant for more than 25 years and works for Dr. Robert Korman in Virginia Beach, VA. She is an active member of the AACD, was the first auxiliary to sit on the AACD Board of Directors, and was
awarded the AACD Rising Star Award. Shannon was selected one of Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians. She was also selected as Dental Products Report’s 25 most influential women in dentistry and Dr. Bicuspid’s dental assisting educator of the year. She has written more than 300 articles about clinical applications and has a current column in Dental Product Reports for team evaluations of dental products and materials. She has her own publication for dental assistants called Side by Side. She has started one of the first online platforms designated for dental assistants called the Academy of Chairside Assisting.
Dr. Scott Parker, DDS
For over 20 years, Dr. Parker has delivered lectures at local study clubs, state meetings and internationally. He has
advocated for increased standards in aesthetic and
restorative procedures, minimally invasive techniques, and dental technology.
After sixteen years of dental practice experience, Dr. Parker transitioned from clinical dentistry into leadership roles in the dental industry and most recently serves as the Vice
President of Sales and Clinical Affairs for Diamond Dental Supply where he supports the hands-on, in-office clinical training using lasers.
Dr. Parker has a deep, hands-on understanding of dental aesthetics, lasers, implants, functional reconstruction, and dental technologies. His professional affiliations include or have included: The Academy of RV Tucker Study Clubs, The American Dental Association, American Society for Dental Aesthetics (accredited), The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Gwen Smukowski, RDH, BS, MBA
Gwen is the Founder of Continuity Consulting, an educator and coach, a national speaker, as well as clinical hygienist in private practice. Gwen maintains her focus on the development and expansion toward excellence in periodontal care and aesthetic/restorative team support. This focus on
excellence has taken her worldwide as an instructor and speaker on the subjects of laser-assisted periodontal health, practice management, leadership development, operational excellence, integrated marketing and team based comprehensive dentistry.
Gwen brings this broad prospective of clinical, managerial and academic experiences to her work. As a consultant and coach, her focus is to inspire and empower dental teams with current research, technology, and the systems necessary to reach new levels of growth and success for their practice.
Gwen’s professional affiliations include or have included: The American Dental Hygiene Association, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
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Midway Education Center
This is Who We Are. This is Who We Will Be:
We are not a commercial. We are not a CE grab. We are a community of engaged professionals working diligently in the dental space to move us forward. Some build spaceships. Some build skyscrapers. We build you. As a part of our community you will be treated to 1st class, cutting-edge business and clinical education—without the commercialism
A Brief, but Evolving History:
Midway Education Center (MEC) opened in 2018 as a resource to provide high quality dental education for the doctors and team that we serve. We provide relevant, cutting edge clinical and business topics in local environments that are requested by you, the clinician. We have provided this viewer-driven content to over 3,000 dental professionals by hosting live lectures, hands-on workshops, and online learning.
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Our core courses are called LIVE.
In these seminars, we bring a fantastic speaker to your locale and pack their engaging content into a traditional lecture and presentation.
Connect Members receive one complimentary tuition per office enrolled for each LIVE course.
Our workshops are called INTERACTIVE.
These workshops take the core course elements and make them interactive and hands-on. Single-day, multi-day, and multi-module continuums are offered.
Connect Members receive one discounted tuition per office enrolled for each INTERACTIVE workshop.
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All webinars will be recorded so if you miss a live session, catch it later with popcorn on the couch or at your lunch break between patients.