Practice Administrator of the Year

Nominate a prestigious dental office manager!

Are You the Next Practice Administrator of the Year (PAOY)?

Do you know an exceptional Practice Administrator? Nominate them for Practice Administrator of the Year Award.

Do you know an exceptional dental practice management professional? Nominate them for the prestigious Practice Administrator of the Year award.

  • Requirements to Apply
    Tell us why you feel your Practice Administrator should win the AADOM Practice Administrator of the Year award in 1000 words or less in the form below.

    Please note that nominations must come from the doctor or team member. Multiple nominations may be submitted from one office.

    To be eligible, nominees must:

    • Be an AADOM member
    • Attend the AADOM Dental Managers Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida on September 9 -11, 2021.

    The winner will receive $1,000, free conference registration to the 2022 conference and will be featured on the cover of THE OBSERVER magazine. Please assure that the nominee, practice principal, and team are aware of the nomination.

    Deadline for submissions is July 9, 2021
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    The AADOM Practice Administrator of the Year award will be presented at the Conference. For more information, email us at or contact an AADOM representative at 732-842-9977.

  • The PAOY Criteria
    Must exhibit four out of six of the following:

    • Exemplifies leadership
    • Responsible for an increase in practice efficiency and revenue
    • Community involvement (practice or personal)
    • Actively pursues continuing education/professional development
    • Implementation of technology within the practice
    • Implementation of marketing strategies for the practice
  • What will you win?
    • $1000 prize
    • Cover feature in The Observer magazine
    • Practice Administrator of the Year Award
    • Exposure throughout the dental industry
    • Complimentary Lifetime AADOM Membership
    • Free tuition to #AADOM22 in Scottsdale, AZ

Nominate The Practice Administrator of the Year 2021

The deadline for submitting 2021 nominations has passed. We will be announcing the winner on September 9th, 2021 at our annual conference in Orlando, FL.

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Debbie Evans, MAADOM

2020 Practice Administrator of the Year

Debbie Evans has been in the dental industry for almost 30 years. She has been the Practice Administrator for Wainright & Wassel, DDS in Raleigh, NC since 2005.

Debbie is a proud lifetime AADOM member and serves as Co-President of the AADOM Triangle Chapter. She received her AADOM Fellowship in the Fall of 2016 and most recently received her Mastership in September of 2020. Her AADOM Triangle Chapter is the largest chapter in the country and has won the “Chapter of the Year” for the last 2 years. Prior to being named the 2020 Practice Administrator of the year Debbie was recognized as an AADOM “Practice Administrator with Distinction” for the past 3 years.

Debbie and her husband Ron, have two married children, Ryan, and his wife Emily, who reside in Overland Park, KS, and Brittany, and her husband Kevin, who live in San Clemente, CA. Debbie has 3 grandsons, Carson, Jack and Logan, and a 1 granddaughter, Ila Marie. Debbie loves being “NaNa” and she proudly says that she’s going to be one of “THOSE” grandparents – and she loves every minute of it.

Jennifer Steadman, MAADOM

2020 Practice Administrator of the Year

Jennifer Steadman has been with Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA since 2009.  Jennifer obtained her bachelor’s degree from Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Upon joining Dentistry by Design as a dental hygienist, Jennifer’s role grew significantly. Through extensive training and continuing education courses, she now acts the director of operations where she oversees the dental team and keeps them up-to-date on the ever-changing advances within the field.

Jennifer has taken on a true passion for dentistry, and continually strives to advance her education, and pass on her knowledge and charisma. She became a Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Management (FAADOM) in 2015, and most recently was inducted as an AADOM Master (MAADOM) in September of 2020. Jennifer was the founder of the Boston Chapter of AADOM and remains actively involved in the chapter today. In 2019, she was recognized for her on-going hard work and dedication, as she was nominated and honored by AADOM as a Practice Administrator of Distinction.

During her time away from the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband Dominick, and their two daughters Addison and Caroline. You can find them taking trips to the lakes region of New Hampshire, and spending time with their extended family and friends!

Greg Prince, FAADOM

2019 Practice Administrator of the Year

Greg Prince is a Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Management and AADOM’s 2019 Practice Administrator of the Year. He has managed Adams & Seaton Pediatric Dentistry in Nashville, TN since August 2015. Greg has successfully navigated the practice through the transition of owners, addition of an associate who has become a partner, and is currently designing the new office/relocation of their office scheduled for March 2020. He is currently the president of the Nashville AADOM chapter. Team building, practice growth, and project management keep Greg busy during the day. After hours, he volunteers at Interfaith Dental, is Logistics Coordinator for Sacred Selections’ Nashville chapter, and event support for the Heimerdinger Foundation. In his spare time he enjoys backpacking the gorgeous Tennessee mountains, exploring the Nashville food scene, and cooking for friends and family, because no one should work on an empty stomach!
Betsy Cord, MAADOM

2018 Practice Administrator of the Year

Betsy is the office administrator for Ryan F. Mueller, DMD in Downtown Portland, Oregon. Single-handedly, she runs the front office of Dr. Mueller’s busy private practice; analogous to an octopus, with a hand in all areas of patient care and practice management. Betsy’s experience in dentistry began in 1997 in dental assisting school in Virginia Beach, VA. She spent two years in the clinical setting with Dr. Ira Langstein, increasing her knowledge in patient treatment, then transitioned to the front office as a patient coordinator. In 2009, she returned home to Oregon and was quickly recruited by Dr. Mueller’s young, growing practice. Committed to self-improvement, Betsy earned her CDPMA designation through DANB in 2002, and FAADOM designation in 2014. In September of 2020 Betsy achieve her AADOM Mastership designation.

Through specialized training, she has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best management groups in the industry, and she loves to pass on the wisdom that she has gained. With consideration to all the different aspects of her career, she says her true passion lies in customer service. She is always designing new ways to make patients feel at home in the office, and never too busy to drop what she is doing and make you a cup of coffee. Her dedication to constant learning, and growth in business and in her personal life has helped her motivate her team to achieve continuous success.

Terri Lenihan, FAADOM

2017 Practice Administrator of the Year

Terri is the Practice Administrator at Midwest Endodontics in Omaha, NE.  She began her career in dentistry in 1978 as a dental assistant. She keeps her license current and is still a registered dental assistant in the State of IA. Terri received her CDPMA (Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator) through DANB in 2007 and was inducted as an AADOM Fellow in the first class in 2010. She is a lifetime AADOM member, a past member of the AADOM Virtual Study Club and is currently the president of her local study club, (where she has been a member since 2008), Metro Omaha Dental Office Leaders. Terri loves to volunteer her time, serving as a member of the Dentistry by 1 Coalition, participant in GKAS for the past 11 years, participates in Mission of Mercy in IA and is a volunteer for her church. She is married and has two sons and two grandsons. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends.
Jamie Perryman

2016 Practice Administrator of the Year

Jamie Perryman is the manager of Grove Dental Associates in Grove, Oklahoma. Grove Dental Associates provides uncommon customer service while utilizing the latest technology and training for their patients so they can enjoy the highest quality of health and life!

Jamie has always enjoyed meeting people and he says if you don’t know him, you are missing out! By the time he was 7 years old he had started his own business as a shoeshine boy in his father barbershop. This was the start of his love affair with the public. His first social interactions were with his father’s clients. Jamie, his dad and the men in the barbershop celebrated friendship with friendly banter, small talk, and a kind or encouraging word. Some men didn’t even come in for a haircut, they just came to visit, read the paper, or talk about sports, politics, economics etc… He has always been in the people business.

Jamie entered the dental business in 2008 when Dr. Crawford and Dr. Miller discovered him at the local vocational school where he was an administrator. Prior to Jamie’s 10 years of school teaching and administration he was a vice president of a community bank. Jamie was invited to Grove Dental’s annual planning meeting and was introduced as an observer and consultant. During the meeting, he witnessed the doctors sharing patient before and after photos and each employee described the depth that the patient’s life had been touched. Patient 1, 2, 3 … 40, orthodontic patient, lost 40 pounds, changed their hair, got engaged, had a child, returned to their 35th class reunion and fell in love with their high school sweetheart. He watched as each team member shared what they had contributed and witnessed the pride that they have in the “job” dentistry played within these transformations. Well, needless to say he fell in love with the relationships established with patients and the transformation of lives. He said, “Sign me up!!!!” Eight years later he is still learning the language of dentistry!

His favorite part of the job is making a difference, with patients, with the dental family, and community. Grove Dental allows Jamie to maintain constant monitoring of daily operations. He finds the finance part of management most engaging. Making the deal, negotiating, reducing costs, recruiting new doctors, expanding services, while always asking what is best for the patient keeps Jamie every day.

Jamie and his wife, Jenean, have two sons, Jacob and Jared. Both sons are married to beautiful, wonderful girls Chelsea and Ellise, respectively (both just happen to be daughters of the doctors Jamie works for). Jamie and Jenean are proud grandparents to one granddaughter, Kate.

  • Cecilia Mescain, FAADOM, 2015 Office Manager of the Year
  • Lisa Spradley, FAADOM, 2014 Office Manager of the Year
  • Cindy Sooter, FAADOM, 2013 Office Manager of the Year
  • Deanna Alexander, FAADOM, 2012 Office Manager of the Year
  • Robyn Rossetter, FAADOM, 2011 Office Manager of the Year
  • Melissa Meredith, FAADOM, 2010 Office Manager of the Year
  • Kay Valentine, FAADOM, 2009 Office Manager of the Year
  • Melanie Duncan, FAADOM, 2008 Office Manager of the Year
  • Mindy Altermatt, 2007 Office Manager of the Year
  • Jennifer Russell, 2006 Office Manager of the Year
  • Connie Elwell, 2005 Office Manager of the Year
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