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    Meet the Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2016

    Now in its seventh year of recognizing exceptional women in the dental industry, Dental Products Report is thrilled to present the Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2016.

     

    Dayna Johnson - Researchers / KOLs

    Dayna Johnson

    After 24 years in the industry, Dayna Johnson has seen her career change and evolve more than she had ever originally expected. Johnson started out installing computer networks into dental practices. Now, she’s the owner of Novonee.com, the premier Dentrix online community, and helps dentists and team members around the country make the transition from paper charts to electronic health records.

    Johnson loves helping the dental team create efficient, productive and stress-free systems so they can manage the business side of the practice and the doctor can focus on what he or she does best, taking care of the clinical side.

    “I have worked in two very successful dental practices and I know what it feels like to be given the tools and resources necessary to perform your job well,” Johnson says. “It feels good to be one of those resources and knowing you are helping that practice create their happy place.”

    Her journey may have been unexpected, but it isn’t without a bump or two in the road. Currently, Johnson is trying to reach a target audience of 40,000 Dentrix users across the country through Novonee.com and as the national office manager blogger for Dentrix. Managing her work and goals in the face of such a large population can be quite daunting at times.

    “It’s okay to get uncomfortable,” she advises. “When you are uncomfortable you are learning and growing. When you are uncomfortable you are taking risks--just make sure they are calculated risks.”

    So, what fork in the road did Johnson have to follow in order to get to this successful place in her life? She chose to leave her dental practice of 18 years to pursue her dream, thanks in part to the dentist with whom she was working at the time, Dr. Bob Giswold.

    “I kind of jumped off the cliff hoping there was a net to catch me,’’ she says. “In 2011, I was in a position where I had to choose between turning away work doing what I love and the security of staying at the dental practice that I loved. It was an extremely difficult decision and I knew that my decision would change my life forever. My choice was to take the leap and get very uncomfortable. My husband, Kevin Henry, was there holding the net so I wouldn’t fall.”

    Johnson draws inspiration from a variety of people in her life, from colleagues to friends but first and foremost is her daughter, Lauren. Lauren was diagnosed with epilepsy and other special needs when she was in the first grade and she never let it get in her way. Instead, she worked even harder and stayed motivated in the face of difficulty.

    Today, Lauren is 24 years old, lives independently and works full time. Lauren keeps Johnson grounded and helps her to remember what is important in life.

    “What I have learned is being unique and doing things that others are not doing has lifted me up and people have taken notice,” Dayna says. “I have been very uncomfortable over the years and now very excited about where I am both personally and professionally. I have learned to say yes to things that make me uncomfortable and not take the easy road. Even though this road has been financially and emotionally tough, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

    Read the profile for honoree Linda Miles on the next page

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