We would like to introduce our new board president Dr. Don Montano from Bakersfield, California. Dr. Montano has served as a board member since our inception and we are grateful for his willingness and desire to serve in the capacity of president upon the retirement of Dr. Ron Redmond. He has gifted over 100 S4L scholarships to children in his community!
Donald R. Montano, DDS, MSD - National Board President
"I decided to become an orthodontist in the seventh grade when I had to prepare a career paper."
The long road to becoming an orthodontist started with Don Montano paying his own way through a junior college, San Bernardino Valley College. After receiving an academic scholarship he transferred to the University of California, Riverside where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology. Next came four years of dental school at the University of California, San Francisco where he graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). He was also honored as a University of California Regent Scholar. To become an orthodontic specialist Dr. Montano attended the University of Washington in Seattle and received his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD). After ten years of college, he was finally Dr. Montano, DDS., MSD.
Dr. Montano has been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics since 1987. In 1988, he left Los Angeles and bought his current practice in Bakersfield. He has seen many changes over the years, but his dedication to providing a caring environment and state of the art treatment to each patient has remained.
In an effort to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology and great advances in orthodontic care, Dr. Montano regularly attends numerous training and educational seminars. He is also an active member of several organizations, including:
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- California Association of Orthodontists
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- California Dental Association
- Kern County Dental Society
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society)
- Rotary International Bakersfield West
- Founder of the Kern County regional chapter of Smile for a Lifetime Foundation
He was personally invited to join ORMCO-Insiders, a product design group for a national supply/fabrication company. Additionally, he is a board member of the Schulman Study Group, a prestigious North American Orthodontic study group.
He has been married to Melinda Montano since 1990, and they have enjoyed traveling all over the world together. Even the additions of their daughters, Hali and Chloe, have not slowed them down! However, their excursions have become more family friendly. In his spare time Dr. Montano takes pleasure in raising and riding horses, gardening, and tending to his large Koi pond.
Dr. Mark L. Dake
Dr. Mark L. Dake obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, where he graduated with distinction. Dr. Dake received his Master of Science in Dentistry and his orthodontic certification from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986. Having been in private practice since 1986, he is a Diplomate of the ABO, serves as chairman for the Council of Governmental Affairs for the AAO, and is a member of several professional organizations. Dr. Dake and his wife Kim have three children.
S. Richard Levin
S. Richard Levin is an Attorney with the Law Firm of Hall Estill, with offices in Tulsa, OK, Oklahoma City, OK, Washington, D.C. and Northwest Arkansas. He was previously the President of First National Title Company's Commercial Division. His work focuses primarily on commercial real estate, business and commercial law and commercial title insurance. Prior to merging with First National Title Company, Mr. Levin founded Triad Title Company. Previous to founding Triad Title, Mr. Levin was a partner in a private practice in Syracuse, New York and subsequently an Assistant General Counsel with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. dealing with real estate matters and acquisitions. During his employment at Wal-Mart, Mr. Levin performed the real estate due diligence on over 400 stores that were acquired by Wal-Mart in Japan. Mr. Levin holds an MBA from Adelphi University and a J.D. from Syracuse University. He is admitted to practice in NY, PA, CO and AR.
John K. McGill, CPA, MBA, JD
John K. McGill is a tax attorney, CPA and MBA. He serves as CEO of The McGill & Hill Group, LLC in Charlotte, NC, and a partner with the law firm of McGill & Hassan, P.A. He is also President of John K. McGill & Company.
Mr. McGill has been providing customized tax and business planning services exclusively for the dental profession for 30 years. During this time, he has helped over 850 dentists across the country achieve financial independence, for reduced stress and greater peace of mind. He is also the Editor of the McGill Advisory Newsletter, a monthly publication enjoyed by over 7,200 dentists nationwide helping help them increase profits, reduce taxes, and achieve their financial goals. Mr. McGill has also been a contributing editor to Dental Economics magazine for over 25 years.
He graduated with honors from Erskine College with a BS in Business and Economics and a concentration in Accounting. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was awarded the Touche Ross, CPAs, Tax Law Scholarship. He formerly worked with the Office of Chief Counsel, the legal branch of the Internal Revenue Service, in Washington, D.C.
Mr. McGill has presented hundreds of programs to local, state, and national dental organizations including: ADA and AAO National Conventions, Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting - Super Schulman Orthodontic Study Club, AAO Orthodontist as CEO, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Southwestern Society of Oral Surgeons, and American Academy of Dental Practice Administration.
Through innovative, proven and proprietary Systems, LeeAnn Peniche has consistently brought smiles to orthodontists for more than 20 years. As the founder and President of Peniche & Associates, she has earned a reputation as one the country's premier orthodontic consultants who specialize in case acceptance, scripting, marketing and practice systemization. Over 2,000 practices have experienced first-hand her creative outlook, years of expertise and proven track record of success.
Roger K. Hill is president of Roger K. Hill & Company (a member of The McGill & Hill Group), a firm specializing in dental practice transitions. With over 30 years of experience in working with general dentists and specialists, Mr. Hill serves clients across the United States providing transition planning for practice sales, partnerships (buy-in/buy-out), associateships and other activities. Mr. Hill is an active speaker, frequently addressing national, state, study clubs, and other professional groups. He has been published extensively in many publications on these subjects and, at the request of the American Dental Association, has published a definitive guide to practice transitions. Prior to his work in these areas, Mr. Hill held an administrative position at Baylor College of Medicine, and before that, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. He received his M.S.A. from the University of Houston in 1976 and has participated in professional graduate training in the specialties of Valuation Theory and Application as well as real estate law. He joined The McGill & Hill Group in February 1997. Mr. Hill resides in Charlotte with his wife, Sandra; he has two daughters.
Jeff Behan – VisionTrust Communications
Jeff Behan is currently in his 28th year as a marketing communications specialist. He is a frequent speaker at orthodontic meetings where his subject matter focuses on internal/external communication, sales performance, connecting with existing and prospective patients, referral-building and practice branding. Over his career, he has played an integral role in the development of strategy and implementation of marketing campaigns for a diverse array of clients including; Major Public Utility Companies, Intel Corporation and Delta Airlines as well as numerous dental and orthodontic companies including Align Technology, Ormco and OraMetrix. He is the principal member of VisionTrust Communications, providing staff training, customized communications tools and consulting to a wide array of clients throughout the United States, with a primary emphasis on orthodontic practice development, including many of the top practices in North America.
Charlene White's expertise and depth of knowledge in the orthodontic specialty is world renowned. She has successfully consulted in over 700 orthodontic practices in 26 years, interviewed over 6,000 team members, presented over 300 Continuing ED courses and has written and filmed 18 training products. She consistently hears from program directors, "We are so excited about the turnout for our event." Charlene is passionate about orthodontics. Her energy and enthusiasm for her clients and teams to succeed is unparalleled. Innovative, hardworking and down to earth describe Charlene. As a result of her knowledge and reputation she is proud to report that she has partnered with Dolphin Management to create the "Charlene White SOS" computer module. Her expertise and training is now available and ready to be installed on your computer to be accessed daily by your team.
Bill Holt has 32 years of experience in risk management solutions. He entered his professional career in 1979 with the Credit Bureau of Chattanooga, working as a technology specialist and ultimately as sales manager. In 1989 he opened the Chattanooga office of ChoiceData, Inc., a credit reporting agency based in Knoxville, Tn. In 1996, as Chief Operating Officer, Bill had responsibility for operations and sales over all of east Tennessee and northwest Georgia.
In 2000, he brought Dr. Keith Dressler and ChoiceData, Inc. together to form OrthoBanc, LLC, a payment management solutions company serving orthodontists nationwide. In 2002, he divested himself of all ChoiceData, Inc. responsibilities to concentrate on the growth of OrthoBanc. OrthoBanc has been recognized on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Michelle Von Fange
Michelle Von Fange serves as the National Executive Director of Smile for a Lifetime. Michelle has over 21 years of non-profit experience serving with local, state and national organizations in leadership positions, with a majority of that work in youth serving agencies. Her masters and bachelor's degrees are in education with a minor in communications. Working closely with her husband, she has also served as an entrepreneur running several businesses over the years. As a volunteer, she served as a committee member with the Colorado Governor's Commission on Community Service's Disability Inclusion Team and with Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. She has also served as a youth counselor and drama coach in her local church. Michelle and her family reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she enjoys jeeping, hiking, family events and volunteering.
Dale Herman, Vice President, North America Sales for Ormco
Dale currently oversees sales operations in North America for Ormco, a leading Orthodontic Manufacturer in the World. In his almost 15 years in the Orthodontic Industry, he has served in the positions of Sales Representative and Regional Sales Manager for Ormco, based in the Southeast U.S.
Dale is a long- time advocate for our organization, and in his positions has had the privilege of working with almost 50 individual Smile for a Lifetime Chapters, and served on the local board for 3 chapters in North Carolina.
Dale makes his home in Chapel Hill, NC, along with his wife, Amy, and three children, Ivie, Macie, and Bryce. He graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1994 with a B.S Degree in Business and Economics.