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Kevin Henry: IgniteDA Empowers Dental Assistants

“I've been speaking to dental assistants now for about 12 years around the country, and the one thing that I've found is so often they are told, 'You're the low man on the totem pole,'” says Kevin Henry. "The goal of IgniteDA is to break that mindset completely, because we want them to see how valuable they are, how trusted they are, and what a difference they make – not only in the lives of their patients but also in the bottom line of the practice.”

With more than 300,000 dental assistants in the United States and few educational resources they can access for free, IgniteDA is providing uniquely powerful informational and inspirational blogs, training videos, and more via its website and support community. Any dental assistant can register online and participate. Courses are sponsored by multiple parties in the dental industry to defray the cost.

A Rewarding Career

At speaking engagements around the country, co-founders Kevin Henry and Dr. David Rice meet with dental assistants and dentists, reminding them there is no such thing as a dead-end job. “The only ceiling that they really have in their careers is the one they establish for themselves,” says Henry. “We want them to see the many opportunities that are out there…that are available to them.”

Powerful Conversations

Conversations like this are powerful says Henry. “And, one of the things we tell dental assistants and dentists is that they need to have a conversation about why they first got into dentistry. What is it that you love to do? What's that one thing on the schedule that you know will be a good part of your day? We have found that when dental assistants and dentists talk to each other and learn that they both really enjoy oral surgery or endo or whatever it might be, that doors open to go to classes together. They learn together and maybe even build out the schedule to do more of what they love to do."



About this Industry Leader:

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Kevin Henry

Consultant & Dental Assistant Advocate, Author & Champion of Dental Assistants

Kevin Henry is an advocate for dental assistants and the author of the "Battling and Beating the Demons of Dental Assisting." He co-founded IgniteDA.net to provide an online community for dental assistants. He is also a nationally-known speaker on topics that empower dental assistants, propel dental practice growth, and restore peace between the front office and back office teams.

Kevin is the former Managing Editor for Dental Economics magazine and the former group editorial director for UBM Medica's dental division consisting of: Dental Products Report, Modern Dental Assistant, Modern Hygienist and many more magazines. He was named one of the top five influential voices in the dental industry on Twitter.

Previously, he was a public relations director for NAIA, a national small college sports organization. He is currently a beat writer for the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Nuggets. He is also a member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants, the Speaking Consulting Network, and the Association of Healthcare Journalists.

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