Colleen Huff – President & Founder
About Colleen Huff
My dental career began 18 years ago when Metlife hired me to work customer service for them in Utica. I have been honing and expanding my knowledge and skills ever since.
I spent 8 years in New Jersey as an insurance coordinator and front office staff. Majority of my time there was at Union Dental-a general office with an oral surgeon, orthodontist and periodontist on staff. During that time, I worked as the insurance coordinator as well as assisted with oral surgery.
… When my husband and I moved back to buffalo I took on the challenge of being a multi-location practice manager at Advantage Dentistry. During my time there I helped the practice’s grow and expand to meet their full capacity. I have trained numerous staff with no knowledge of dental who are now productive leaders in other practices. While working at Advantage I discovered AADOM and realized it’s potential as an essential tool for any and all Dental Managers . I was published in The Observer in the Fall 2008-“Understanding Types of Insurance.” Each and every day we are met with new and exciting challenges and support from our fellow managers can help make things run just a little bit smoother.
I left Advantage Dentistry to move to North Tonawanda Family Dentistry under the ownership of Dr. Kevin Clauser. There I have had the unique experience of growing an office from the ground up. With Dr. Pavneet Sachdeva as our associate, we developed our patient base and continued to grow despite difficult economic times. I am very proud of all we had accomplished. When you come from a practice that has been established for over 20 years –starting with no patients was an exciting new challenge for me. From there I have recently moved to my new home with Dr. Patricia Haberman DDS and Mira Edgerton, D.D.S. This current move will allow for my continued growth as a Practice Administrator and also allow me the time to dedicate to the continued growth of this study group. All three doctors are educators at U.B Dental School and allows me to keep up to date on the most recent advancements in the dental field. I have also done freelance consulting in which I have developed marketing and office procedures for various clients. This has included but not been limited to staff training along with target marketing procedures.
… I look forward to many years as President of the D.E.N.T.A.L. Study Group and all that we will learn from each other. I hope you will join me as we bring knowledge and experiences together.
** watch for my newest article in The Observer “For the New Kid on the Block”
Margaret Wasieleski – Sponsor Chairperson
About Margaret Wasieleski
My name is Margaret Wasieleski. I currently manager Wood Dental Associates LLC for DR. Kevin C. Wood DDS. I have been working in the dental field for the past 18 years. I started with Dr. Robert Cook DDS without any dental experience. He gave me on the job training for about 2 years. I then enrolled in the dental assisting program at the University of Buffalo and became certified.
I really developed a passion for the dental field. I worked for a few different specialists such as an Endodontists, an Oral Surgeon, and a Periodontists trying to learn all aspects of dentistry. I Then started to take on the business side of dentistry and really loved it. This is where my true calling is. Having all that experience in dental assisting helps me to better serve my patients better. I am able to answer and explain just about any question the may have regarding their treatment or any other matter that may come up.
When I heard of the A.A.D.O.M I was very excited to be able to have this kind of informational tool at my fingertips. This is the type of networking that will make any office manager stronger. With this local study group If I have a question or a project that I need help with I now have a large pool to sit and brainstorm with.People do business with the people you know and trust. That is another good reason to be involved with this organization so that you can expand your individual knowledge and build a strong referral base. I am very grateful that Colleen Huff has organized this study group. I know that I will prove to be a valuable asset to all that are involved.