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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.

     

    Joanne Klempner

    Category: Industry leader

    Joanne KlempnerWithin the dental industry, there’s the practice and the patient, and it is Joanne Klempner’s job to facilitate the care of both in the most fluid, natural and effective way. As the business development manager at Dentsply Sirona, Klempner works to help bring Dentsply Sirona’s products and services to customers through Henry Schein Dental. 

    “I help to foster partnerships between the two companies and develop strategies to achieve our respective goals,” she says. “Dentsply Sirona’s corporate mission is to provide better, safer, faster dentistry. Henry Schein Dental’s mission is focusing on practice care so the dental professional can focus on patient care. Dentsply Sirona’s products and services can facilitate both and I seek to find ways to help our teams partner together to achieve that.” 

    Klempner has been with Dentsply for almost 20 years and she is confident that the company was the best and right choice for her. During her tenure, she’s observed a variety of changes, both on the chair side and on the manufacturing side. Email and cell phones have changed the game for her and made communication much more efficient. She believes that technological adoption within practices has evolved the most within dental practices and across the industry as a whole. She is also glad to see the growth and impact of dental service organizations and industry consolidation across all spaces.

    “I have accepted professional changes over the years that I was terrified about, and not one of them do I regret,” she says. “The only regret would have come from not trying out of fear.” 

    As a woman in the industry, it makes her proud to see more women and diversity in leadership positions within dentistry.

    “With roughly 50 percent of our graduating dentists being women, it is critical that the industry which supports them is reflective of the demographic,” she shares. “I know today it is almost unheard of for someone starting out in their career to stay with a company for 20 years, but I am truly grateful for the opportunities I have been given and believe I need to continue to earn those opportunities going forward.”

    Personally, Klempner has found success by balancing her work and professional relationships and her life outside of the office. Within both realms she is fierce and driven. She believes in order to make the greatest contributions—in your life, in your work, to your family, in everything—you must start within yourself.

    While she is proud to have fostered many relationships and strides within Dentsply Sirona, she is most proud of the overall contribution she’s made to the Dentsply Sirona-Henry Schein partnership. She recognized that both organizations wanted to bring innovation to their customers to improve patient care and help dentists build successful businesses, so she took that common ground and cultivated its growth. Thus, a very close and successful relationship was created between two large and influential establishments.

    “I am extremely proud to be part of the team that built the foundation of success, partnership and trust that exists today between Henry Schein and Dentsply Sirona,” Klempner says. “I am even more excited to be a part of where we go from here.”

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