We are grateful for the wisdom and input of some talented experts in the dental field. They have been pivotal in our building of our model and services.
We are honored to have Betty, one of the pre-eminent authorities on dental assisting, dental productivity and 4-handed dentistry as a resource.
Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, is a Faculty Emeritus at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI where she served as Chairperson of the Dental Assisting Program for over three decades. Betty began her career as an on-the-job trained dental assistant for the late Joseph S. Ellis, DDS in Grand Rapids, MI and later became a CDA and an RDA in the state of Michigan. She received Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She has served as a consultant and staff representative for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation and as a consultant to the Dental Assisting National Board. She was appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry from 1999 – 2004.
The fundamentals of Four Handed Dentistry were researched and developed at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Ms. Finkbeiner was very involved studying with this group.
Ms. Finkbeiner has authored articles in professional journals, authored several Continuing Education classes, and co-authored several textbooks including: Practice Management for the Dental Team, Comprehensive Dental Assisting: A Clinical Approach, Review of Comprehensive Dental Assisting, and a handbook entitled, Four-handed Dentistry: A Handbook of Clinical Application and Ergonomic Concepts. She has co-authored videotape productions including Medical Emergencies for the Dental Team, Four-handed Dentistry, An Ergonomic Concept, and Infection Control for the Dental Team and lectured to University of Michigan dental school classes and many dental meetings. Currently retired, she continues to write, lecture and provide consultant services in ergonomic concepts to practicing dentists throughout the country.
“Mary is the most gifted dental team member I have ever worked with. Since she joined our team in 1978 at the University of Colorado, we have been blessed to have Mary as a resource and friend.”
So, in Mary’s words, this is how she sums up her career. “OK, so now I need to remember what I’ve done for the last 42 years of my life….can’t you see I’m OLD!!! Let’s see….1969 I was attending dental assisting school…followed by expanded functions…..followed by University of Colorado…..then consulting….computer sales/consulting….dental hygiene….and the rest is history.”
Education: Dental Assisting (Jacksonville community College) Expanded Functions (University of New Mexico); BS in business(Regis University Denver); Dental Hygiene (Pima Community College Tucson).