Contributor Bios

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.

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. In 2010, Dr. Heidi Dickerson was named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry. 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 Physiologic 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.

Now on its 21st year, 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.

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Dr. Joseph Hickey, a resident of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is a respected physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and offers more than 30 years of experience in patient care, as well as more than 10 years in research.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York Medical College, Dr. Hickey completed his residency at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and served as a Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine at New York Medical College.

Dr. Hickey’s passion for research, tenacity for identifying the root cause of diseases or illnesses and dedication to integrative medicine have enabled him to achieve proven results in diagnosing and treating complex medical cases. In addition to his noteworthy research and success in the areas of fibromyalgia, arterial disease, heavy metal toxicity and autoimmune diseases, Dr. Hickey’s research regarding Lipoprotein Subclasses and a Carbohydrate Restricted Diet resulted in him being published in the area of Cardiovascular Disease.

A frequent lecturer and founder of Hilton Head’s prominent Hickey Wellness Center, which was established in 2004 and designated by LipoScience, Inc. as a Center of Excellence, Dr. Hickey also currently serves as Medical Director for Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry. He is highly sought out by patients and peers from around the country, as well as the globe, for his experience, compassion and expertise. Learn more about Dr. Joseph Hickey and the Hickey Wellness Center.


Matt Jones is known as the “Seven Continent Marathon Man.” He went from being a three-time cancer conqueror to relearning how to walk, to going through a bone marrow transplant, to completing seven marathons on seven continents and yes that includes Antarctica. Matt was diagnosed with cancer on September 11, 2002. After spreading to the fluid in his brain doctors did not think he would live. After victoriously conquering cancer he was told that there has never been anybody go through what he went through and be alive one year later. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett said, “Matt is a true champion and his story inspires others to be a true champion.” Matt is the author of numerous books and travels around the world sharing his inspiring story and message. For more information about Matt please visit


Dr. Gill completed her DDS at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2004.  She moved to Golden, Colorado upon graduating and opened a practice shortly after. Nancy has completed all of the Core Curriculum Classes at LVI along with OSA, PAT, and OMT.  She enjoys the constant challenge of new science and loves to bring it all back to her patients to give them the best dentistry has to offer.  Nancy resides in Golden with her husband, Dave, and their 3 year old daughter, Cecilia


Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Master of the Academy of General Dentistry

Master of the International Congress of Oral Implantology

Board Member- International Association for Comprehensive Aesthetics


Dr. Makarita graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1988, and maintains a private practice in Oakton, Virginia with an emphasis on aesthetic reconstructive and neuromuscular dentistry.

Dr. Makarita was awarded Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is among an elite group of cosmetic dentists who have achieved Accredited Fellowship status by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (FAACD).

In addition, he has achieved Mastership status with the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), where he is a clinical instructor and regional director.  His cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry has been featured twice on the cover of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry and he has authored clinical articles related to TMD, occlusion, intraoral photography and aesthetic dentistry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Comprehensive Aesthetics.


Anne-Maree Cole graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia with Honours in 1982. In 2014, she completed a Masters Degree in Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney. She has always had a passion for learning but this was truly ignited when she first came to LVI in the year 2000. Since that time She has completed almost 40 separate programs at LVI including the full Core Curriculum, and has reviewed many of the programs multiple times for a total of 70 in all. She is a Master of the Institute, having received her LVIM in 2006 after submission of cases and examination. In 2007, she was awarded Alumni of the Year. She is an instructor at LVI and was appointed the Director of LVI Global Australia to teach the Core Curriculum within Australia. She has been awarded LVI’s Most Educated Instructor and the International Leadership Award. Anne-Maree is a Past President of the IAPA and has attained her Mastership from the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopaedics (ICCMO). Anne-Maree travels from Australia to teach in the sleep and advanced TMD programs at LVI.

Anne-Maree has a passion for physiology and its application in dentistry, particularly with regards to sleep and pain. Having completed her Masters Degree in Sleep Medicine, the importance of respecting the physiology was driven home. Our goal should not be to do quickest and easiest but to do our very best for the patients who entrust us with their care. The physiologic approach to dental sleep medicine embraces this.

Acknowledgement for this article is given to the following giants upon whose shoulders I stand. Dr. John Mew, Dr. Steve Galella, Dr. Bill Hang, Dr. Jay Gerber, Dr. Mariano Rocabado, Dr. German Ramirez, Dr. Dave Singh, Professor Tim Brommage, Dr. Robert Jankelson, Dr. Jim Garry, Dr. Omer Reed, Dr. Norman Thomas, Dr. Christian Guilleminault, Dr. Colin Sullivan and Drs. Bill and Heidi Dickrson of LVI, the Institute which opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibility in dentistry. To all of you and all of my colleagues who have inspired me to be the best that I can be, I am greatly indebted to you.


Nan Dreves, RDH, MBA, of La Crosse, Wisconsin is an enthusiastic and comprehensive speaker/consultant specializing in dental occupational health, safety and practice management. She graduated from Ferris State University in dental hygiene, received her MBA from Cardinal Stritch University and is a Certified OSHA Safety Instructor.

Additional questions or to request a free incident report form?  Contact Nan Kosydar Dreves, RDH, MBA, Professional Health Horizons,


Dr. Dan Jenkins currently practices as a physiologic neuromuscular dentist in the area of Riverside, California, USA. Over his 41 years of practice he has bought, started, and sold eight dental practices in Tennessee, Michigan, and California as well as working as an associate in several private and large group practices. He is a clinical instructor at LVI and Editor in Chief for the American Association of Dental Editors & Journalists.