2018 Annual Session Presenter Bios

“Navigating New Opportunities”
September 28-29, 2018
Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC

 Tom Viola

Thomas Viola, the founder of “Pharmacology Declassified”, is a board-certified pharmacist who also serves the professions of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author. Tom is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses to dental professionals, nationally and internationally, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia and is well-known for his regular contributions to several dental professional journals. Through his informative, humorous and engaging live seminars and webinars, Tom has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team.


“This is by far the BEST presentation I’ve been to in 30 years of practice! I didn’t want it to end! Really!!!” R.L., Hinman Dental Meeting

“Thank you for making me laugh AND learn! Only you could make pharmacology THIS enjoyable and useful!” D.H., Greater New York Dental Meeting

“So much practical information! So many, many laughs! You held my attention every second! I’m blown away!” M.B., Yankee Dental Congress


Anne Guignon

Anne Nugent Guignon, RDH, MPH is internationally recognized for her numerous contributions to dental hygiene over the last four decades. She is a practicing clinician, prolific author with over 230 publications and two textbook chapters, an experienced researcher and has presented more than 350 programs all over North America on a wide range of subjects including ergonomics, the oral microbiome and biofilm, power-driven scaling, erosion, hypersensitivity and remineralization.  Anne has been involved in the development and testing for a wide range of clinical products and equipment. She holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Texas Dental School, was honored as the 2004 Philips RDH Mentor of the Year, received the 2009 ADHA Colgate Irene Newman Award for professional achievement in advancing the art and science of dental hygiene, recognized by DPR in 2012 as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry and was named the Most Effective Educator by RDH Magazine readers in 2017. In 2015 she was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional credential, the National Speakers Association’s highest earned certification.


Dianne Glasscoe Watterson

Dianne Glasscoe Watterson has had more than three  hundred articles published in Dental Economics, Dental Practice Report, Dentistry Today, Dental Graduate, Dental Equipment and Materials, Insurance Solutions, Woman Dentist Journal, and RDH, as well as several chapters for a national dental hygiene periodontal textbook entitled Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist. She is well-known for her monthly column in RDH, entitled “Staff Rx,” which addresses practice management problems faced by hygienists across the country. In addition, she authors a bimonthly column called “Practice Wisdom” for Dental Economics magazine that is devoted to practice management. Dianne is the author of Manage Your Practice Well, a comprehensive practice management text for dentists and office administrators and The Consummate Dental Hygienist, which is devoted to solving workplace issues for dental hygienists.

In 2005, Dianne was honored as a “Distinguished Dental Professional” by Dentsply. She has been named  by Dentistry Today magazine as one of the “Top Clinicians in CE and Consulting” every year since 2006.  In 2009 and 2010, Dianne was chosen to serve on the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board as a “Key Opinion Leader.”


“The information you presented was not only cutting edge but also “every day” useful. The handout you prepared was extensive, easy to read, and professional. Your presentation style was relaxed, pleasant, humble, and your accent was easy to listen to and so attractive.

“I came away from the seminar energized and ready to re-think why I’m a hygienist and how I can relate to my patients in a more approachable, caring sort of way. You are right that our patients (and our co-workers and jobs) are blessings!

“You are truly an inspiration to all hygienists and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen to share your wonderful gifts with us!


Angie Stone

While Angie has educated and entertained dental professionals with her fast paced fun courses in 44 states and 6 countries, her career did not begin as a speaker. She jokes with her audiences that she should have known she was destined to be a public speaker when the only “A” she received during her first semester of college was in Public Speaking! Her career in the dental profession began serving our great country as a dental technician in the United States Navy. Once she completed her enlistment, she obtained her associates degree in dental hygiene from Madison College, Madison, WI and later earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Upper Iowa University. Angie is also an accomplished writer who has had numerous articles published in a variety of publications and was the Editor in Chief of the Hygiene Tribune for 3 years. Her original research concerning elders and xylitol has been published in a peer reviewed medical journal and her book, Dying From Dirty Teeth is an amazon best seller in the category of Dental Hygiene. Angie was honored with receiving the Sunstar/RDH Magazine Award of Distinction in 2012 for her work with the geriatric population and xylitol. She is also a 7-time attendee of CareerFusion.


“Angie was one of the best presenters I have ever worked with.She was passionate, confident, funny,and knows her subject inside and out…”~Howard Pitkow, Professional Photographer

It never ceases to amaze me how Angie has this unique abilityto entertain, educate and inspire her audiences.
I walked away with renewed enthusiasm and excitement!…”~Pam Hawkins, RDH


Mary Otto

Mary Otto is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who began writing about oral health at The Washington Post, where she covered social issues, including health care and poverty.  In 2007, she wrote about 12-year old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland child covered by Medicaid who died after bacteria from a dental infection spread to his brain.  The death of the boy spurred congressional hearings, a revamping of Maryland’s Medicaid dental system and increased attention to oral health access for Medicaid children nationwide. After leaving the Post in 2008, Otto spent an academic year studying oral health at Harvard as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow.  She now works as an independent journalist and oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalist.  She is the author of the book Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health In America published in 2017 by The New Press.