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    Meet the Dental Products Report Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2017

    Now in its eighth year of recognizing exceptional women in the dental industry, Dental Products Report is thrilled to introduce the Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2017.

     

    Dr. Heidi Dickerson

    Heidi DickersonCategory: Dentist

    The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies is among the premier postgraduate institutes for continuing education in the world, and Dr. Heidi Dickerson is proud to be LVI’s president. LVI works to educate thousands of doctors, hygienists, team and lab technicians a year and professionals travel from all over the world to learn at LVI. To date, LVI has more than 10,000 alumni from 48 different countries, and Dr. Dickerson is determined to help the organization grow in every way she can.

    “I do whatever it takes to educate them on physiologic dentistry,” Dr. Dickerson says. “Being a patient of physiologic dentistry is what propelled me to teach it. I was a lifelong migraine sufferer and my husband, Dr. Bill Dickerson, treated me with physiologic dentistry and I have not had migraines in close to two decades. Once you know the power of what you can do to help your patients, there is no turning back.”

    Within her role at LVI, Dr. Dickerson is a featured lecturer in 10 courses, oversees two clinics with a total of 20 operatories, produces and edits VISIONS magazine, and is the creator and producer of LVI TV, the institute’s YouTube channel. All that while traveling and giving lectures worldwide and helping run the business side behind the scenes. 

    “I am proud of the unique ways I have tried to educate the doctors and the public,” she says. “For example, the LVI TV videos are quite funny and informative. The public needs to be educated as much as the dentist and education needs to be fun.”

    Dr. Dickerson believes the biggest challenge to dentistry today is adapting in the face of change. She believes that everyone in the industry wants change but no one is willing to change when it comes to themselves; they would prefer to remain comfortable in what they know. To her, it can be frustrating to see a way for dentists to help their patients and to hear them say they want to help their patients but then not follow through or embrace new ways to help their patients.

    “Innovation by definition is a new method, idea or product; herein lies the issue,” she says. “We can have all these awesome new things out there, but if we do not know how to use them, or how to present the need for using them with our patients, they mean absolutely nothing. That is one thing we specialize in at LVI—training. We believe in hands-on training because once you use something or do a procedure, you will remember it.”

    One of her personal missions is to demonstrate to dentists the impact they have on their patients, and to show them that no other doctor in any other profession can help patients the way they can. Dr. Dickerson believes dentists have a power they don’t realize because annually they see their patients more often than any other health profession. Therefore, they have the ability to see changes, diagnose them and prevent conditions that could become pathologic otherwise. 

    “Once you understand how a human develops, and how we as their dentists can guide and enhance that growth so they have proper facial development and a functional airway, now that becomes exciting stuff,” she says. “When you are actually prolonging someone’s life by using these principles, it is very powerful and rewarding.”

     

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