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Meet the movers and shakers, power brokers and thought leaders accelerating change across dentistry, healthcare, business and media. Hosted by Benco Dental’s senior executives and experts from our company, each episode delves deep into how the brightest minds are shaping dentistry’s future through remarkable innovation—and how you can position yourself for personal and professional success in this fast-changing world.

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July 22, 2021Episode 22
An interview with Rella Christensen, PhD – Lucy Hobbs Industry Icon
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

RELLA CHRISTENSEN, PHD
Lucy Hobbs Project Honoree
INDUSTRY ICON

Rella Christensen, PhD, recipient of the Industry Icon award, shares her inspirational level of knowledge as a clinical researcher in numerous capacities, without any monetary compensation. Within her purview: Expanded Function Dental Hygiene, for which she founded and directed the Bachelor of Science Program at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Christensen’s competencies in the areas of Physiology and Microbiology power the team at Technologies in Restoratives and Caries Research (TRAC Research), a nonprofit institute she established in Provo, Utah. At its core: in-depth studies of restorative materials, preventive dentistry, and dental caries.

During her lifelong commitment to the betterment of patient treatment, Dr. Christensen also dedicated 27 years to Clinical Research Associates, a dental product testing institute that she founded and directed. She has presented over 1,040 dental continuing education programs, totaling over 5,200 hours, at U.S. and international locations and has published 121 abstracts. She is a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the International and American Associations for Dental Research. As a non-dentist, Dr. Christensen has been inducted into the International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry International as an Honorary Member. In 2001 she was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of Brigham Young University’s School of Life Sciences, and now serves on its National Advisory Board.

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July 8, 2021Episode 21
An interview with Stephenie Goddard, Chief Experience Officer with Glidewell Dental.
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

Chuck Cohen interviews Lucy Hobbs Award winner Stephenie Goddard, Chief Experience Officer with Glidewell Dental.

Fourteen years ago, when she started at Glidewell Dental, Stephenie Goddard was not exactly an industry lifer. Indeed, she’s no dentist at all—instead, she’s the resident organizational psychologist at Glidewell, with influence that extends well beyond supply-chain management and corporate strategy into leadership and mentoring.

Under Goddard’s guidance over the last decade and a half, the Southern California manufacturing giant launched Glidewell University, a 10-month leadership development program—an internal mini-MBA, in essence—for midlevel managers, as well as a six-month version for senior management. “I get personal joy and satisfaction watching people and their careers grow,” she says. “When I came to Glidewell, we didn’t have a learning program at all. We had 1,100 employees, and we kept hiring leaders from outside, while we had this amazing talent inside that just needed to be developed.” (Glidewell today has some 5,000 employees.)

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June 24, 2021Episode 20
An interview with Dr. Michelle Farnoush, Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 Honoree
Hosted by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen interviews 40 Under 40 Honoree Dr. Michelle Farnoush

For Dr. Farnoush, the world of dentistry is a perfect fit for her high standards and continuous strive for excellence. Helping patients build confidence over time and enjoy a higher quality of life is extremely rewarding for her, and it’s hard for her to imagine having any other career.

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June 10, 2021Episode 19
An interview with Dr. Amos Yahav, CEO of Augma Biomaterials USA
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

Amos Yahav, D.M.D, is the Chairman of the Board and Founder of Augma Biomaterials Ltd. From his practical knowledge, highly experienced background and after handling a vast number of cases, Dr. Yahav began to revive his vision to combine simplicity, efficiency and proven results in the dental surgery field.

The vision behind the formation of the company originated from the inspiration of the developer, Dr. Amos Yahav, D.M.D, to find a bone graft substitute that could serve clinicians on a broader spectrum of indications, based on motivation to find the ultimate one.

Dr. Yahav is known worldwide for the revolutionary products he invented, which aim to improve the results of oral augmentation process results. In April 2019, Dr. Yahav received the Thomas Edison Award for his innovation and contribution.

The company continues to operate under these principles in order to bring further developments and innovation to the dental field, all for the benefit of the clinician and the patient.

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May 27, 2021Episode 18
An interview with 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Diana Tadros, Florida
Hosted by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen interviews 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Diana Tadros, Florida

Dr. Diana Tadros has been voted Best Dentist in Fort Lauderdale by Fort Lauderdale magazine for 2020. She also was named America’s Top 40 under 40 Dentists. She is the first and only Accreditation Candidate of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale. She is a Florida Native who is was well known and respected premier cosmetic Dentist in Manhattan for years prior to returning to Florida.

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May 13, 2021Episode 17
An interview with 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Shalom Fialkoff, Paradise Valley Dental, AZ
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

Dr. Fialkoff has run Paradise Valley Dental since 2016. His practice serves multigenerational families and patients who have been coming to the practice for decades. He has boosted revenue growth by 50 percent a year using only word-of-mouth referrals. He expertly blends classic techniques (TMJ analysis, gold restorative preparations and perio-prosth design) with more modern technological tools (CBCT, intraoral scanning, occlusal analysis) in a whole-body approach. He has helped patients get diagnosed and treated for a variety of serious medical conditions.

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April 29, 2021Episode 16
An interview with 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Jackie Johnson, Preston Dental Care, WV
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

Dr. Johnson left behind her aspirations to become an actress to pursue an unexpected career in dentistry. (She does, however, keep her interest in theater alive via her office’s humorous YouTube and Facebook videos.) She dedicates her time and practice to helping her hometown, including special assistance for veterans during the local Smile for Heroes initiative each November.

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April 15, 2021Episode 15
An interview with 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Kianor Shah, Desert Dream Dentistry & Spa, CA
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

An interview with 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Kianor Shah, Desert Dream Dentistry & Spa, CA

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April 1, 2021Episode 14
An interview with 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Blake Warner of Bethesda, Maryland

Driving Dentistry Forward Podcast #14. An interview with 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Blake Warner of Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Warner specializes in Oral and maxillofacial pathology and is employed at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health.

“There are often setbacks in research and academics. You must be mentally and emotionally prepared to persist in achieving your goals while sharpening your patient-care skills. I think it’s also important to equally develop your empathy, competence and confidence—not only for yourself and family but for your patients too.” – Dr. Blake Warner

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MEET OUR HOSTS

Chuck Cohen: Managing Director

Chuck Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 with a degree in English, and joined Benco as a territory representative soon after graduation. He’s taken on increasing responsibilities in the sales and marketing areas, becoming Managing Director in 1996. He serves on a variety of industry and community boards, including Wilkes University, the Dental Lifeline Network, and Jewish Community Alliance of Wilkes-Barre.

Rick Cohen: Managing Director

After three years as an IT consultant at Accenture, Rick Cohen joined Benco in 1994 to create Painless, the industry’s first windows-based e-commerce software. Since then, he’s taken on increasing responsibilities within Benco, focusing on Information Technology, Logistics, Clarion Financial, and our private brand. He is Co-Chair of the Benco Family Foundation, a trustee of WVIA public television and public radio, and a Director of the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation.

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