Denobi Awards Event Honors Cindy Roark, Many Other ‘Unsung’ Dental Heroes

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Industry-wide dental awards program announces 2023 winners at third annual red carpet gala March 4.

Cindy Roark, DMD, took home the highest award at the Denobi Awards, an industry-wide dental awards program celebrating outstanding individuals and dental teams. The third annual red-carpet gala event was held earlier this month and named 14 individuals and 2 dental teams as recipients.

The Denobi Awards Gala recognizes and honors excellence in dentistry and is focused on honoring the “unsung heroes” from all roles in dentistry–those who’ve made outstanding contributions to the world-wide dental industry. With the 2023 gala exclusively sponsored by Crown Seating and DNTLWorks, hundreds of nominations were received from across various roles in the industry, with a shortlist released in January. In partnership with the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference, the prestigious gala took place on March 4, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.


The gala culminated with the presentation of the Dr. Lou Shuman Denobi Pinnacle Achievement Award, the program’s highest award honoring an individual whose leadership and ongoing contributions have dramatically impacted the profession. The recipient of this year’s award was Dr Roark, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Sage Dental.

Tickets are on sale now for the next Denobi Awards Gala on March 2, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. Nominations will run from October 1 to December 31, 2023.

Congratulations to the following 2023 Denobi Award winners:

  • Aman Kaur, DDS–Founder, Women in DSO
  • Beverly Wilburn, DAADOM–Diplomat, American Association of Dental Office Managers
  • Cindy Roark, DMD–SVP & CCO, Sage Dental; Recipient of the Dr. Lou Shuman Denobi Pinnacle Achievement Award
  • Crystal Spring, BSDH, RDH, LAP–Executive Director, Smiles Across Montana
  • Fiona Perry, RDH–Founder, Flying Smiles (Scotland)
  • Jill Rethman, RDH, BA–Editor in Chief, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene; President-Elect, International Federation of Dental Hygienists
  • John Cutter, DDS–President, Teethcloud
  • Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF–Founder, Sanders Board Preparatory
  • Kelly Tanner, PhD, RDH–CEO, Next Level Dental Hygiene
  • Lisa Moler, CEO–Founder, MedMark LLC
  • Ryan Vet, MBA, CVP–Owner, Speaking Consulting Network
  • Sampada Deshpande, DDS, FACD–Founder, New Dentist Club
  • Tija Hunter, CDA, CDIPC, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, CDSH, MADAA–Past President, American Dental Assistants’ Association
  • Uche Odiatu, BA, DMD–International speaker
  • Sound Dental Care–Washington; Recipient of the Denobi Dental Team Award
  • Mainely Teeth–Maine; Recipient of the Denobi Dental Team Award

To learn more about The Denobi Awards and watch highlights, visit; for more information about the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference, visit