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. 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 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.


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.

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A Licensed Practicing Psychologist with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Psychology, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is not your typical shrink. She combines research findings, real life stories and humor to provide actionable tips you can benefit from immediately.

Considered Shaquille O’Neal’s “Head coach for Happiness”, Elizabeth is on a mission to free people from the stress of perfectionism caused by your own inner critic.

Dr. E’s unique ability to help leaders unlock their own, unique personal success code has made her America’s most interviewed celebrity psychologist, with over 100 radio and TV appearances on shows like Dr. Oz, The TODAY Show, Steve Harvey, CNN, Fox Business News and many more. She has been quoted in some of today’s top media outlets including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Forbes, and Health. Her own articles can frequently be found in SUCCESS, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Better Homes & Gardens, Huffington Post and other respected publications.

To help people “before they need the proverbial shrink couch,” Elizabeth speaks around the country to companies (including Lexis Nexis, Deloitte, UBS, Zappos, Canyon Ranch) and associations (such as Society of Human Resources Management, Women’s Foodservice Forum, Young President’s Organization)

Her newest bestselling book and online course, Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love help anyone suffering from conditional self-worth or perfectionism turn down their critic’s voice, turn up their self-confidence and gain essential skills to flourish in work, health, relationships and life.


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Dr. Ken Southward received his dental degree from the University of Toronto in 1971. He achieved his Fellowship in the AGD in 1980 and is now a Life Member. He enjoyed a preventively oriented dental practice in Beamsville, Ontario for 43 years and retired from active practice in 2014 to focus on dental research.

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Delwin R. Hemingway graduated from Brigham Young University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Northwestern University Dental School in 1979. Dr. Hemingway associated in a pedodontic/orthodontic practice for 3 years.  Since 1983 he has practiced general dentistry and orthodontics in Salinas, California in his own practice. Dr. Hemingway started his LVI training in 2000. He graduated from the full-mouth course in 2002.  He has returned to LVI for PrimeSpeak, CRUISE, PAT 1 and PAT 2, OSA 1 and OAS 2. He has lectured locally and nationally on topics of CAD/CAM dentistry, TMD and developing Airways. He has recently become a Fortune Practice Management Executive Coach assisting other dentists improve their teams and providing better care to their patients.

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Dr. Malin received his D.D.S. degree from Marquette University in 1991. He maintains a private practice in Onalaska, Wisconsin.  Dr. Malin’s dental practice is exclusively limited to the surgical and restorative phases of Implant Dentistry.  Dr Malin is also the Director of the Implantology and Bone Grafting Courses at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).  Dr. Malin is the instructor of a variety of courses each year, ranging from implant basics to advanced surgical and restorative protocols.  Doctors across North America and abroad attend these courses.

Early in his career, Dr. Malin discovered that the implant placement techniques typically used would not deliver a standard, predictable result.  Because of this Dr. Malin, along with other experts in the fields of radiology and occlusion, has developed an occlusion based implant placement technique.  This technique integrates the latest technologies to guarantee implant case control.  This technique has also led to four United States patents and provided exceptional clinical implant surgical and restorative results.   
Dr. Malin additionally lectures at venues across North America on full mouth reconstructions and implant placements.  He has received a variety of awards from his contributions in implant and neuromuscular dentistry. 


 Recognized in Dentistry Today for several years running as one of the top clinicians in dental continuing education.

Pres. and CEO of Implant One Implant Company.

Membership Organizations;

American Dental Association

Wisconsin Dental Association

La Crosse District Dental Society

International Congress of Oral Implantology

American Society of Osseointegration

Academy of Gen. Dentistry

North American Neuromuscular Study Club

International Congress of Cranial Mandibular Orthopedics 

International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics




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Joeseph has over 17 years’ experience working in dental offices and have worked as a Dental Assistant, Office Manager, Front Office, and Treatment Coordinator.  I was fortunate enough that I was introduced to the Las Vegas Institute over 11 years ago and have continuously been furthering my education and sharing the passion for teaching patients the benefits Physiologic Dentistry and helping them improve their dental and overall health.  Currently I work with Dr. Laurie Johnson and have been helping her treat patients for over 9 years.



Ashley is a Dental Practice Transition Coach, a national and international speaker and author.

He is a Featured Instructor at LVI Global. He lectures in the Core I, Core II, Core V and Core VII classes to both doctors and team members. Ashley has spent his professional life working with and studying the most elite dental practices in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Australia and Singapore and he continues to learn from the leadership that guides them. He coaches in these practices as well as any practices that want to get to a higher level from where they are. As the owner of Ashley’s Coaching he is driven by his vision to provide individualized coaching to every dental practice he works with.

Ashley has almost 40 years of experience working with dentists and team members and a wealth of information to share with you and your team. He has had the privilege of being a faculty member at the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study in St. Petersburg. He has also enjoyed the experience of serving on Dr. Frank Spears Board of Advisors and has been a speaker at The Schuster Center in Arizona.

Michael Reece

DR. MICHAEL K. REECE is a 1978 graduate of the University of Texas at Houston School of Dentistry. Post graduation, Dr. Reece served in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain in the Dental Corps for 3 years before establishing his cosmetic and restorative dental practice in 1981. Dr. Reece’s passion for teaching motivates him to serve as the Chief Clinical Instructor at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) as well as an LVI Regional Director. He also hosts other dental offices where they observe restorative systems in action.

Dr. Reece has obtained his Mastership at LVI, is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI).  He is also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Texas Dental Association (TDA).

Dr. Reece practices in Bryan-College Station, Texas emphasizing aesthetic and restorative dentistry that includes neuromuscular occlusion (bite) and implants. His specialty in Extreme Makeover Dentures has had a significant impact on the baby boomer generation in his community. The realization of “it’s my time” has inspired many people to seek out Dr. Reece’s expertise to not only restore their oral health but also give them a more youthful appearance.


Jim is an accomplished business executive with extensive experience in the medical device, healthcare, biotechnology, dental, market research, and IT industries.  Jim has successfully launched global products, managed growth strategies, and effectively optimized business operations for both large and small organizations.  He is the President and CEO of Solace Lifesciences, the neuroscience company that makes NuCalm.

Jim co-founded Focused Evolution, a premier global management strategy-consulting firm.  As a Managing Partner of Focused Evolution, Jim managed mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and growth strategies for venture capital and private equity firms.  Under Jim’s leadership, Focused Evolution grew into a multi-million dollar consulting firm serving a global client portfolio of 49 companies in several industries.

Jim serves on the board of directors of several medical device firms throughout the world.  He is a recognized business leader, speaker, and accomplished author.  He has published over 30 articles in industry trade journals.  Jim earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an MBA in International Business/Marketing from Babson College.