AADOM LIVEcast: Supercharge Your Career with AADOM Distinction

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Video Description:

Are you ready to advance in your career but aren’t sure how to get there? Are you motivated to take on your next professional challenge? Are you eager to reach new heights and achieve new goals? AADOM can help you do all of that and more through its distinction programs.

Earning AADOM distinction is an incredible achievement and a powerful tool to accelerate your career growth. Pursuing Fellowship, Mastership and Diplomate status through AADOM involves focus and commitment – but what you get back in return is even bigger. And we’ve got the data to show it.

If you’re considering earning AADOM distinction, or if you’ve already earned distinction and are ready to progress to the next level, you’ll want to tune in to this LIVEcast!

Join us on May 3 to be among the first to hear the results of the AADOM Distinction Benefits Survey. Find out the top personal and professional benefits AADOM distinction holders reported receiving and how they are making an impact in their practices.

In this one-hour session, we’ll go over the survey data and show you the numbers behind the benefits. We’ll be joined by two AADOM distinction holders who will share their personal experiences and how their careers have evolved since earning distinction.

Being part of the cap and gown ceremony during AADOM Conference is just the beginning. The professional benefits of AADOM distinction will last for years. If you’ve got your sights set on advancing your career, you’ll want to tune in to hear for yourself what’s possible and how you can achieve your next career milestone.

Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the professional profile of AADOM distinction holders
  • Learn the top personal and professional benefits of earning AADOM distinction
  • Describe the workplace advancements practice managers received after earning distinction
  • Explain how earning AADOM distinction improved workplace performance
  • Make the case to your employer to support your AADOM distinction journey

5 Benefits to Earning AADOM Distinction

Earning distinction through the American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) is a monumental achievement. AADOM’s Fellowship, Mastership and Diplomate programs are the only designation programs for dental practice managers, and these credentials are held by management professionals who are highly committed to their careers.

To understand and quantify the rewards of earning distinction, AADOM worked with the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the DALE Foundation to survey distinction holders. And the results were impressive.

Profile of distinction holders

Distinction holders are experienced, committed professionals. Of those who responded to the survey, 60% have more than 20 years of experience and nearly 90% are a leaders in the practice at the level of manager, director, vice president or executive. Among this group, 85% report being satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs.

Personal benefits

Practice managers said the number one personal benefit of earning AADOM distinction was pride, as reported by 95% of those surveyed. Other top personal rewards included greater confidence, enhanced career commitment, and deeper connections in the AADOM community.

“I find myself to be a pretty confident person, but the more respect that I receive after receiving my FAADOM has made me feel amazing,” says Priscilla Hansen, FAADOM.

Professional benefits

Practice managers listed several professional benefits of holding AADOM distinction, such as elevation of the profession, greater credibility at work, and standing out when applying for jobs.

Debbie Evans, DAADOM, says there is a distinct pride in earning distinction. “When AADOM added the three distinctions, it was the best thing for all of our careers. Managers now feel more validated!”

Betsy Cord, DAADOM agrees. “Patients are always impressed at my awards in the reception area,” she says. “It’s very rewarding to get the recognition from them and from my coworkers. We work hard, so it’s nice that others can see that.”

Career benefits

Since earning AADOM distinction, nearly half of the practice managers surveyed said they received a pay raise and more leadership opportunities. About one-third of practice managers said they were given increased responsibilities after earning distinction.

 Tiffany Dalton, DAADOM, says she felt great pride in achieving the highest AADOM distinction. “I can now help practice administrators learn and grow in dentistry to provide the best for their doctors, teams and patients through the knowledge gained during the designation process and through the AADOM national chapter program.”

 Earning distinction can be especially beneficial to enhance on-the-job training. As Jenny Brown, MAADOM, says, “Receiving my FAADOM allowed me to further educate myself when the only resource I had was experience. I had little training from a previous office manager. I finally found AADOM and it provided me with the support and education I needed. My MAADOM allowed me to find my purpose. It reminded me of the reasons I do what I do and provided a voice to help lead others.”

Practice benefits

Earning AADOM distinction has helped practice managers improve their performance. They reported the enhanced ability to lead and support the team, greater understanding of the business, greater ability to improve work processes, increased productivity and efficiency, and stronger financial management skills.

Beverly Wilburn, DAADOM, says she not only has more respect from her team, she also stands out in her role. “Distinction truly sets apart those office managers who are serious about their role for and responsibility of their doctors, teams, and practices,” says Wilburn, who was named the 2022 Practice Administrator of the Year. “Any private practice owner looking for someone that can help pave the way to the ‘practice of their dreams’ should look to an AADOM distinction-level manager. Any DSO looking to fill higher echelon positions in their organizations should look to an AADOM distinction holder. These are your desired administrative partners in practice.”

Taking the next step

The rewards of earning AADOM distinction are wide-ranging and can impact so many areas of your professional life. As Tamara Whitley, MAADOM, says, “When you pursue the various AADOM distinction levels, you are not only investing in yourself, but you are investing in the success of your dental office. In addition to all of the knowledge you will gain, you will also gain new friendships with those who are working to advance their career in dentistry.”

Click here for the key findings from the AADOM Distinction survey

Get started on your Fellowship journey, with the DALE Foundation’s Office Management Bundle.

To learn more about AADOM distinction, visit AADOM’s website.

Learn about the presenters:

Hanna Aronovich is the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the DALE Foundation. She has been with DANB and the DALE Foundation for more than 10 years. Previously, she worked at Edelman on public relations and communications campaigns for numerous healthcare clients. She began her career as a writer and editor for business publications and has bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jen Hawley Price, M.S., MAS, is Chief Learning and Engagement Officer at Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the DALE Foundation. She oversees DALE Foundation educational products and supports DANB and DALE Foundation strategic initiatives. She earned a Master of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality from Johns Hopkins University.


Kim McQueen brings more than 30 years of dental industry experience and passion to AADOM.  In her role as the Executive Director, Kim’s responsibilities include managing the membership operations team, providing day-to-day member support, as well as developing membership programs and overseeing their execution. She is also the event planner for AADOM’s annual conference and other AADOM member events. Her awards and recognition include 2018 Expo Group Show Manager of the Year, 2016 Top 25 Women in Dentistry, and a Certificate of Distinction from the Shaw Academy. Kim lives in Florida with her husband, Bob. She has two grown daughters and two awesome grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, spending time at the beach and has a passion for cooking and golf.

 Nicole Hartshorn, MAADOM, is a seasoned dental practice manager with 19 years’ experience in the dental industry. She began her career as an assistant in high school. Her success is rooted in building quality relationships with team members. She is the President of the Denver area AADOM Chapter. Nicole is currently specializing in managing multi-site teams and fostering leadership training opportunities.


Debbie Evans has been in healthcare for more than 30 years and currently works as the Practice Administrator and Vice President at Wainright & Wassel, DDS in North Carolina. She has earned her Diplomate in the American Association of Dental Office Management (DAADOM) and is co-president of the AADOM Triangle Area Chapter, which has won AADOM’s Chapter of the Year for the past five years. She was one of AADOM’s 2020 Practice Administrators of the Year and was named an AADOM Practice Administrator with Distinction in 2017, 2018, and 2019.



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