Meet the Woman Who Started it All

Get to know the American Association of Dental Office Management Founder, Heather Colicchio.

“When I launched the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) in 2005, there were national organizations for dental hygienists, assistants and, of course, dentists, but none existed to meet the unique needs of the dental office manager.”
– Heather Colicchio, Founder & President.

I created AADOM to fill the need for:

  • An organization designed to foster a sense of community

  • An educational resource for all things dental practice management

  • Support in running a thriving dental practice

  • A source for help, answers, and companionship

  • A practical approach for continuing education for dental practice leaders

AADOM's founder Heather Colicchio standing at a podium giving a stirring speach
“When I launched the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) in 2005, there were national organizations for dental hygienists, assistants and, of course, dentists, but none existed to meet the unique needs of the dental office manager.”
– Heather Colicchio, Founder & President.

I created AADOM to fill the need for:

  • An organization designed to foster a sense of community
  • Support in running a thriving dental practice
  • A source for help, answers, and companionship

Background Information

How It All Started:

Many AADOM members don’t know this, but my husband is a neurologist, and I had tremendous respect for the abilities of my husband and the other doctors in his practice…but I also saw firsthand evidence that their practice could never be as successful and lucrative without the talents of their office manager, Mary.

I knew that office managers in the dental care field might respond to and benefit from an organization designed to foster a sense of community among them, one that would cater to their unique needs and help them thrive and succeed. My goal was to use my skills in business development and networking to create this association.

To say that I recognized a need in the dental industry would be an understatement: Dental office managers heralded our arrival as one would welcome water in the desert. And over the years, AADOM’s membership has continued to grow at an astonishing pace.

Dental Office Manager leader, Heather Colicchio speaking during the AADOM annual conference
Dental Office Manager leader, Heather Colicchio sitting at a table during the AADOM annual conference

How It All Started:

Many AADOM members don’t know this, but my husband is a neurologist, and I had tremendous respect for the abilities of my husband and the other doctors in his practice…but I also saw firsthand evidence that their practice could never be as successful and lucrative without the talents of their office manager, Mary.

I knew that office managers in the dental care field might respond to and benefit from an organization designed to foster a sense of community among them, one that would cater to their unique needs and help them thrive and succeed. My goal was to use my skills in business development and networking to create this association.

To say that I recognized a need in the dental industry would be an understatement: Dental office managers heralded our arrival as one would welcome water in the desert. And over the years, AADOM’s membership has continued to grow at an astonishing pace.

Heather Colicchio and AADOM members at the Annual AADOM Conference
Become a Part of a Community

Become a Part of a Community

Through networking and the sharing of information, our members have indeed created a sense of community, (something they commonly refer to as their "tribe"). AADOM members interact not as each other’s competition, but rather as each other’s source for help, answers, and companionship. After all, who better to understand the demands and responsibilities we face in our jobs than those in the same position?

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Dental Management Conference

Dental Management Conference

At a time when many conferences are declining in attendance, ours is breaking records! The annual AADOM Conference has earned its reputation as the nation's premier event for dental practice management and business professionals to learn best practices from internationally recognized speakers, consultants and most importantly, each other!

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Be Empowered

Be Empowered

Dental management professionals hold one of the most important roles in the practice. Managing the day to day operations, training the team, keeping up with insurance issues, compliance regulations, and the list goes on and on. Yet, individuals in these positions frequently go unrecognized. At AADOM, we recognize the value of these professionals and encourage and support empowerment and growth both professionally and personally!

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Most Importantly: We UNDERSTAND!

‘‘ We remain committed to meeting the needs of dental office managers and practice administrators across the nation. We understand the unique challenges you face and want you to know that you are not alone! AADOM members are the best and brightest in dentistry, and it is my privilege to have AADOM represent them.

Heather Colicchio, AADOM Founder

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