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My name is Jason Helkenn Equipment & Technology Sales Specialist with Henry Schein Dental. For the past 12 years, I’ve worked with doctors throughout Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Illinois building many strong relationships. I’m driven by the opportunity to help doctors grow their practice thru Dental Office Design, Equipment, Technology and Marketing.
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My name is Brandt Eischen and I am a Commercial Loan Officer at the Raccoon Valley Bank. As a Dental Connection advisor for financial and lending, I bring over 8 years’ experience to medical professionals, commercial real estate investors, manufacturers, farmers, and many other types of businesses. Graduating in 2003 from the University of Northern Iowa where I majored in Finance and a minor in Economics, I now reside in Des Moines with my wife and three daughters. Coaching youth soccer, family activities, hunting and golfing are all activities that I enjoy with family and friends.
I can be reached by email at BEischen@raccoonvalleybank.com and by phone at
Cheryl has been in the marketing industry with corporate and small business for 30+ years. With experience in both designing marketing & event coordinating for corporate clients she is known to get into the “trenches” with her clients. Cheryl not only coaches her client’s on how to tell their story through digital marketing but also demonstrates just how to get it done. The #ThisIsFortDodge branding campaign with KCCI/Hearst Corporation is receiving national attention. Alison Pfaff , Director of Creative Services/Hearst Story Studio San Francisco, CA Marketing and Advertising states that in over 1,000 custom contact stories -“This is hands down the best performing story we’ve ever run.”
She is on the board of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Fort Dodge Noon Rotary President, SSMID Executive Board, North Central Iowa SBDC Board, and ABI LI Board of Governors. Cheryl’s community involvement in spearheading projects has put Fort Dodge on the map as an Iowa Great Place, Market on Central as a downtown event and most recently the Main Street Iowa designation. Her diverse experience is what sets her apart and gets client’s results. Owner of Spin Markket operating in Fort Dodge, she resides in Barnum with her husband Tom of O'Hern Farms and Trucking.
My name is Brett Drea and I work for Henry Schein. I live in Ankeny with my wife Nichole. We have four kids, Brennan 23, Kaylee 19, Makenna 16, and Brayden 13. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids doing activities with them. Much of my time is spent enjoying the outdoors on the family farm in western Iowa.
During my 20 years in the Dental Field I have held a number of positions that allow me to offer a unique perspective on a wide variety of subjects relating to dental. Times are changing and it is vital that Dentists at any point in there career have access to the most current solutions. I'm grateful that Henry Schein continues to invest heavily in resources that help with the challenges we are facing.
I have been fortunate to work with some of the most successful dental offices in the state of Iowa, they rely upon me to help them avoid pit falls and implement proven systems. If you would like to learn more about these resources or have a question please contact me. 515-954-5339 and email@example.com
Paul Donnelly is a native of Iowa and grew up in an entrepreneurial family exposed to the attraction of accounting from an early age. A 1989 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa he successfully passed the CPA exam and began his career in public accounting
After several years in public accounting he transitioned to private accounting before re-entering pubic accounting as a Partner with Short & Company, CPA PLC in 2007. On October 1, 2018, Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. (HK), a Top 100 CPA and business consulting firm in the U.S., acquired greater Des Moines area firm, Short & Company, CPA, P.L.C.
Donnelly serves clients throughout the Midwest with a strong emphasis in the dental community. He understands the industry and works with single doctor practices as well large multi-doctor - multi-location practices.
Hands on experience with dental practices include a skill set of accounting systems establishment and review, internal control systems, performance bench marking, cash flow and tax planning and succession planning including practice analysis and valuation.
Donnelly recommends that each practice owner have a close relationship with his or her accountant and that accountant should be industry specific.
Jeremy grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he graduated from Hoover High School in 2000. After high school, he enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard and was deployed to Kosovo in 2003. Following his deployment, he attended night classes at Upper Iowa University while working full time for a local Coca-Cola bottling company. Jeremy served in the Army for eight years and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 2011.
Jeremy graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Finance in 2009 from Upper Iowa University and went on to complete his legal education at Drake University Law School. While at Drake Law School, Jeremy co-founded the Drake Business Law Society and helped provide student support for a newly created Business Law Certificate.
While in law school the idea of starting a law firm was firmly planted and immediately upon graduation Jeremy co-founded the law firm that is now MB Law. Jeremy’s various life experiences and personal business knowledge make him uniquely qualified to assist business owners as they transition in and out the many phases of their life.
Whether you are wanting to move into the practice of dentistry, change how you operate within the profession, or transition out of the practice, Jeremy would like to help. This invariably involves many players and Jeremy enjoys collaborating with other professionals to ensure that all of the needs of a business owner are addressed. He also recommends taking regular looks at your individual business plans, corporate structures, and succession plans to ensure you and your family’s needs are met now and into the future.
Tyler works for Carr Healthcare Realty, a commercial real estate firm that provides numerous real estate services for dental practices. As a Dental Connection advisor for real estate, Tyler works with practices throughout Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, helping them find the perfect location and negotiate the best possible terms for their lease or purchase.
Tyler graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology in 2008 and has nearly 10 years of experience negotiating at a high level in critical situations. He can help navigate the most complicated real estate scenarios for a practice startup, acquisition, expansion, relocation or renewal.
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Gail Renee St. Pierre-Piper
Ms. Piper is a licensed hygienist and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health Education from the University of Nebraska. She is currently practicing clinical dental hygiene and is the Continuing Education Chair for the Iowa Dental Hygienist’s Association and retired as the Coordinator of Dental Hygiene at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge Iowa. She developed the Iowa Central’s Dental Hygiene program, curriculum and the clinical facilities.
Community outreach initiatives included a collaboration with the Unity Point Cancer Center for free cancer screenings; Share Your Smiles event that provided free dentistry to those in need and the Your Own Head Start Fl varnish program.
Previously, at Iowa Western Community College in affiliation with Creighton School of Dentistry she taught didactic and clinicals in dental hygiene.
Areas of expertise include; dental assisting, dental hygiene, public health, analysis of scientific research, inter-professional collaborations, local anesthesia, radiology, oral pathology, dental materials and periodontology.
In addition to education, she has worked in private dental offices as a dental assistant, receptionist and hygienist. She was the dental clinic manager at One World Community Health Center in Omaha Nebraska.
Awards received, include the Distinguished Alumni award from Iowa Western and Outstanding Clinical Performance by a dental Hygiene student from the Wyoming Dental Association.
She has present numerous continuing education seminars and received a Master Presenter from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in 2010.
Dr. Greg Gilbaugh has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and currently provides oversight and vision for two large dental facilities, The Family Dental Center and The Children's Dental Center.
A graduate of the University of Iowa School of Dentistry in 1985 and Advanced General Dentistry residency in 1986.
He also serves as a Senior Vice President of New Life Leadership providing leadership development and coaching for healthcare professionals. Greg also serves on the pastoral team at Grace Community Church where his primary focus is in the development of men in the areas of marriage, parenting, work, and life vision and mission.
Greg lives in Coralville, Iowa, with his wife Laura and they are the delighted parents of nine children.
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