LVI Visions Contributors
Dr. Heidi S. Dickerson is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois, School of Dentistry. She began her dental career with a private, Physiologic Based, restorative practice in Philadelphia, PA. Because of her commitment to excellence and spending countless hours mastering aesthetic, restorative and Physiologic Dentistry, Dr. Heidi Dickerson was excited to teach others the optimal possibilities, to integrate into their practices!
From Physiologic Based Dentistry to Full Mouth Reconstruction, Dr. Dickerson teaches a hands-on approach to learning. She holds the prestigious LVIM (Mastership) title at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. As an international lecturer and corporate leader, she has shared the Physiologic Based Dentistry philosophy with dentists around the world. In 2010 and 2017, Dental Products Report named Dr. Dickerson one of the Top Women in Dentistry.
As an executive administrator and President, she facilitates the operations of the Las Vegas campus and the Australian campus. Expressing her passion, Dr. Dickerson guides and encourages doctors and their teams through the LVI Curriculum. She is the Editor of the Visions Magazine and a featured writer. She is also the creator and producer of LVI TV, a bimonthly dental news source on YouTube. Her goal is to assist dentists in being the best that they can be… by becoming perpetual students of dentistry and life!
Like so many dentists, Dr. Dickerson was busy creating a practice based on the skills and knowledge he obtained in dental school, however he was increasingly frustrated and disenchanted by the traditional approach to dental care. Developing a “Patient Centered Practice” gave him his passion driven purpose. Propelled by this new excitement for dentistry, Bill started sharing his passion with other dentists and quickly became recognized as a respected opinion leader and highly sought after speaker as well as one of the most influential people in dentistry. He was instrumental as a pioneer in the aesthetic revolution as well as igniting the professions interest in Physiological Based Dentistry. His focus for the past two decades has been to create a better future for the profession.
Since 1994, Bill’s efforts have been channeled into creating the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global), providing an educational forum for advancing our profession, and developing many aesthetic and occlusal techniques that enhanced comprehensive restorative procedures.
Over nine thousand dentists from all over the world have attended LVI and over 10,000 of their patients have been treated there, as well as the thousands of others who have enhanced their practices by attending lectures of Bill’s or reading his several books. From Aesthetic dentistry to scientifically based occlusal approaches, Bill has encouraged, assisted and propelled dentists from over 43 nations to grow and excel.
Marilyn Sherman is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence. For the last 22 years, she has motivated audiences all over the country, and internationally with topics about hope, inspiration, and practical tools to implement immediately.
With clients in government, corporations, and hospitality, Marilyn is known for giving people success strategies to overcome obstacles, have a more positive mindset, and reduce conflict in the workplace. Her live presentations and her accompanying motivational books have been described as ‘life-changing’.
She is a graduate of Washington State University and is currently an Artist in Residence for High Point University. Her first job in corporate America was with a finance company who saw her management potential early on and put her into a 18-month accelerated management program. She eventually became a training officer for that company writing and delivering their leadership training. Marilyn worked for a seminar company before starting her own speaking and training company. Clients that have been inspired by her keynotes include Coca- Cola, McDonald’s, the F.D.I.C., the US Post Office, and every kind of association from Candle companies to Bar Association Executives, to SHRM.
She is the author of 4 motivational books including her latest on goal-setting released this year called “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List?”.
Marilyn is a Certified Speaking Professional TM, the highest earned designation in the speaking profession with only 12% of speakers worldwide holding this designation.
She loves living and working in Las Vegas with her French Husband, Yves. She serves on the board of a non-profit after school program for homeless and under-privileged youth called The Village of Hope and is very involved with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.
Dr. John Highsmith is a graduate of Davidson College. He earned his dental degree from the University of North Carolina (go Heels!). Following a residency at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, he pursued additional training in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Highsmith is one of only six accredited members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in North Carolina, a Diplomate of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and a fellow in the Misch Implant Institute. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Western NC Dental Society, and the NC Dental Society. He has been using ozone in his office since 2007 and is a founding member of the International Association of Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry. Dr. Highsmith has taken many continuing education courses at LVI, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Education, starting in 1999. Dr. Highsmith has served as a clinical instructor at LVI, helping other dentists in the cutting edge techniques for cosmetic and functional dentistry.
Dr. Highsmith is married to Sandra Hayes, with two rented children, Mark 23 and Becky 21. His non dental passions include photography (above and under the water), scuba diving, astrophotography, theater, art and fitness.
Jill Taylor graduated from the Community College of Southern Nevada in 1987 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She later received her Bachelors of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University graduating Summa Cum Laude and is also a Certified Health Specialist, and Certified Nutritional Consultant. In August 2017, she passed the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board and is now a Doctor of Naturopath.
She has worked in clinical practices as a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 28 years, retiring from the Exceptional Dental Practice in Las Vegas, Nevada and pursuing her Independent In-Office Consulting full time. She joined Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies as their Hygiene Program Director in 2010. As an In-Office Coach, Jill brings her passion and expertise to dental teams across North America on comprehensive treatment planning for the dental patient including restorative, occlusal, medical risk, sleep apnea, oral cancer, and periodontal health.
In the clinical setting, Jill specialized in non-surgical periodontal treatment, with special emphasis on Molecular Testing and Laser Therapy. She previously worked with Premier Laser and became certified on three different lasers since 1997. Jill has co-authored several articles appearing in well-respected dental journals regarding Laser applications in periodontal therapy. In addition to being a published author, Jill is an accomplished International speaker who presents on topics including Molecular Testing, Restorative Communication and Acceptance, and Laser Therapy in Periodontal Treatment.
She is trained in the newest technologies and treatments available and brings extensive knowledge of current science and research into every training she facilitates. Her work with the Las Vegas Institute allows her to express her enthusiasm for the future of dental hygiene while training others in the most up-to-date methods of patient care.
Dr. Barton grew up in Jacksonville Florida and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 1986. He chose to remain in Jacksonville and has been practicing dentistry in his private practice, Admira Dentistry, for 26 years. As an avid triathlete Dr. Barton has a deep appreciation for a healthy lifestyle. This appreciation extends into his practice. Beyond creating and maintaining beautiful, healthy smiles, addressing signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders and sleep apnea there is a strong focus on total health that can assist people with lifestyle changes, including areas of nutrition, exercise and physical and medical concerns. He has dedicated his practice to help his guests’ achieve a sense of Beauty · Health · Balance in their lives.
In addition to his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, Dr. Barton is also an esteemed Fellow and Instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and earned his LVI Mastership Award in 2005.
Dr. Barton was the inaugural President and current board member of the International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics (IACA) and remains an active member of several organizations including the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association as well as several local dental societies and study clubs.
DMD- Doctor of Dental Medicine 1986
Admira Dentistry with Dr Joe Barton
Grace Rizza began growing businesses at the age of 22. She has guided the growth of more than 300 successful businesses while building a business and family of her own. Grace is not limited to dental marketing in her speaking topics. She is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about corporate culture, sales, and innovative business development. Her mentality, approach to business, inner strength and leadership perspective will challenge you to think big, act bigger and amplify your life. She teaches entrepreneurs how to achieve growth in the most ethical and efficient way. She inspires her audience to embrace change in order to grow. She directly challenges business owners to come to their own conclusions about which marketing solutions are right for their business. Whether connecting with an audience of 20 or 2,000, Grace will educate, empower and entertain.