Our Team

Management & Support Team

Chief Visionary Officer
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Lisa Philp is the Chief Visionary Officer and founder of TGNA – Transitions Group North America; a full service coaching company for dentistry.

Her career began in clinical hygiene, however she quickly transitioned into a world class coach; creating a periodontal disease management program, in which she coached thousands of dental professionals.

Lisa is an industry leader, author, consultant, coach and speaker providing insights to dentists and their teams on practice development and industry changes. Through Lisa’s leadership, TGNA has developed into one of dentistry’s premier full service practice development companies providing practice management solutions for dentists and dental teams through coaching, training, mentorship and support.

Account Relationship Manager
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Lisa maintains the critical role of conduit and liaison between clients, teams and coaches. Her solid understanding and appreciation for building client relationships along with her creative nature is an asset to the Transitions Group. She is solution focused with a make it happen attitude.

Lisa leverages her exceptional communication skills, empathy and organization to manage active client relationships. She is responsible to maintain an ongoing knowledge of project status and track project success. Her friendly manner along with her ability to create a solid project plan and adapt as required assists her as she works with our coaches to support our client needs.

She has a natural ability to conceptualize, and is skilled at coming up with unique strategies and dealing with complex problems. She is systematic thinker who is conscientious and pays attention to the details. These natural abilities are reflected in the caliber and quality of solutions and service she provides to our clients.

Dental Practice Coaching, Consulting and Training Team

Director of Virtual Coaching
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As a Dental Hygiene student, Lisa Mapplebeck considered herself very fortunate to have passionate, dedicated teachers. They inspired her to want to make a similar impact for her patients and clients, lighting a spark that ultimately lead her to support student and graduate healthcare professionals to make a difference in the health of Canadians.

Having been inspired by these wonderful mentors, Lisa has pursued various career roles in Clinical, Education, Consulting, and Corporate settings where Lisa has continued her dedication to Healthcare and Dental Hygiene practice and standards, while supporting others with their educational and professional goals.

Lisa has developed, facilitated, and presented numerous programs, workshops, and CE courses.  Audiences include students, faculty, and graduate professionals across local, Provincial and National Associations, as well as Dental, Dental Hygiene, and Pharmacy schools across Canada. Programs include:

  • Non-Surgical Perio Therapy Program: co-created and facilitated with Transitions Group
  • Ultrasonic Instrumentation: Hands-On workshop
  • Dental Hygiene Process of Care: Paradigm Shift
  • Professional Portfolio & Standards of Practice: Hands-On workshop
  • Locally Delivered Antibiotics in Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Programs
  • Pre-Procedural Rinsing to decrease bacterial aerosol production
  • Therapeutic Mouthrinses: Impact on Oral and Systemic Health
  • Dentin Hypersensitivity / Acid related Enamel Erosion / Xerostomia
  • Consumer Key Opinion Leader: 
    • Global roundtable scientific review producing Canadian Gingivitis publication
    • National consumer product launch campaign: TV/Radio/Print

Lisa lives with her husband and puppy in Southwestern Ontario. In her free time, she gives back in her community, and freely admits that she is 1 very big part dental geek, 2 parts aspiring yoga and meditation student, and 3 parts animal, flower, and nature lover…too many parts?

Team & Human Resources Coach
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Kris is a committed learner. After graduating from McMaster University where she earned her B.A. in Psychology she attended Humber College where she obtained her Certification in Human Resources Management. Based on her skills and continuing education over the past 15 years as a as a Human Resource Business Partner and Independent consultant within the health care industry and for several dynamic and growing dental clinics, she has been awarded her Certified Human Resources Leadership designation (CHRL). Kris’s learning has not stopped since graduation. She has acquired specialized training in one on one coaching. She was awarded a Kolbe Certification on Conative Strength evaluation. She has also obtained her Joint Health and Safety certification.

As a leader and coach; Kris has the ability to develop teams to understand their own unique strengths and gain a greater appreciation for the strengths of those around them. With her unique skills in Human Resources Management, Kris has strengths in supporting business owners in meeting legislative regulations along with coaching their leaders in best practices to ensure the business is protected.

Team & Leadership Coach
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Lori is an expert in professional empowerment; she motivates teams to maximize their capacity for excellence. She inspires by supporting clients in the discovery of their true potential. Lori enjoys meeting new people and is fascinated by their uniqueness. She is open-minded and passionate about helping individuals to identify and enhance their strengths. Lori validates the significance of talent diversity and shows how it effectively contributes to team success. She demonstrates how a healthy balance of capacity and exceptional collaboration can transform a good team to one that is outstanding.

With creativity, Lori discovers and delivers innovative conduits to drive effective results. Her vision stems from conceptualizing what could be. As a leader and a risk-taker who embraces challenge, she relies on her keen intuition and acts on instincts appropriately. Adaptability, empathy and her ability to improvise enhances Lori’s connection with clients, leading them to ideal solutions.

Outgoing and approachable, Lori is proficient in people engagement and relationship building. She is an upbeat coach and dynamic facilitator who ignites excitement about team growth and development. With enthusiasm, she focuses on the lighter side of life and encourages others to do the same. Lori appreciates that although we do not always have the power to change what happens to us, we do have the power to control our attitude towards them.

LPB Dental Services Ltd.
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Bronko brings more than 25 years of experience working with dentists across Western Canada as an equipment specialist and a dental consultant. His experience covers being involved in building hundreds of clinics.

He has helped with finding great clinic locations, negotiating leases, clinic design, and securing financing. He also has consulted on growth plans for practices, practice analysis, and human resources (HR) issues.

Bronko has reviewed hundreds of practice evaluations, and he believes there is a better way to represent both the seller, and the buyer.

With his knowledge of the dental industry and with the many contacts he has made over the years, he knows what is important for the seller and the buyer. He believes that to provide the best possible evaluation, you must satisfy the seller, the buyer, the banking professionals, the lawyers, and the accountants.

His knowledge, experience, and integrity allow him to create a successful evaluation and sale, while minimizing stress, and reducing the time involved in processing the sale.

Clinical Hygiene Coach
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Jeannine brings 30+ years of experience in the field of dentistry to our team. She’s worked as a bilingual registered dental hygienist in Northern Ontario and taught at College Boreal with the Dental Hygiene Program. Graduating from Cambrian College in 1992, she started her career as a Hygienist, then returned to school (Algonquin College) in 2002 to obtain her Restorative Hygienist licence, which she practiced for the balance of her career.

Jeannine has always been eager to learn and to teach. She’s participated in the CDHO mentorship program, restorative continuing education programs, as well as joining numerous advanced training programs at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI).
Her qualities of professionalism, integrity, honesty, confidentiality, along with her desire to continuously learn while providing optimal dental care. Over the years, she’s learnt the value of being coachable, open to change and creating a strong rapport with her clients, all leading to solidify a successful career of having a positive impact on her patients, co-worders and family.

In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her kids, grandkids, extended family, and friends. She is goal driven, always looking for ways to challenge herself to improve mentally and physically, such as completing a full marathon! Some of her hobbies include biking, woodworking, sewing, reading, kayaking, camping and travel.

Advisory Board

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Before becoming a dentist, I attained my BSc from Laurentian University in Sudbury, and my Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Toronto. I know that in order to provide quality dental care, I must always learn about the latest dental methods and technologies.

I actively pursue my continuing dental education with a primary focus on comprehensive reconstructive and rehabilitation dentistry. I also pay special attention to courses and seminars that teach the latest innovations in esthetics, implants, CAD/CAM dentistry, sleep disorders, and Invisalign® orthodontic aligners. My highest priority is helping my patients attain and retain optimal oral health for a lifetime, and my continuing education helps me do my job efficiently and with more comfort for my patients.

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Dr. Walter Heidary prides himself on helping his patients understand what their “desired smile” is, and works with them to create a plan to achieve it. He emphasizes a collaborative doctor/patient relationship; by truly listening to what his patients want, he is able to consistently achieve dental results that meet (and often, exceed) their expectations.

Dr. Heidary has been practicing dentistry since 1993. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He is licensed to practice by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario Canada and in 41 US states.

He is married with three children, and is also the President, Founder and CEO of Child ventures Early Learning Academy.


Prep Doctors Compliance & Education Specialist
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Dr. Waschuk holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto and has taught ethics, communication, recordkeeping and clinical skills to students in five health professional educational programs at six institutions of higher education.

Among many previous roles, she was an invigilator and examiner for the Assessment of Clinical Skills exam for the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) and held a number of roles with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), where she was employed for 21 years.

At Prep Doctors she is responsible for developing and maintaining compliance processes for the organization, course design and assisting with content creation and instruction in our Continuing Dental Education Department.

Prep Doctors Co-Founder & CEO
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With an education from Harvard Business School, Ryerson University, York University and a background in engineering and business, Firas co-founded Prep Doctors with one vision – to create an inclusive learning space for dentists from all over the globe. Overseeing the business and marketing portfolios at Prep Doctors, Firas ensures that through compassionate and meticulous business strategy, the institute puts dentists first in everything we do. Prep Doctors began as an idea between friends to help dentists get qualified to practice in Canada – with Firas’ entrepreneurial vision, the institute has become Canada’s largest private dental institute and is ever-expanding. His mission is to create as many opportunities as possible for healthcare professionals to thrive and pursue their passion in Canada.

Partner, The Dental Broker Team
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Dr. Robertson is a founding partner and lead appraiser of The Dental Broker Team. A graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, he has also studied with the Canadian Chartered Business Valuation program. Beyond the scope of appraising and selling practices, he has worked hard to establish solid relationships with executives at the major Canadian banks with whom he has developed the appraisal formulas used by our firm. Because of this dialogue, his reputation, and his grounded research based approach to valuation, he has been called upon by the major Canadian banks to consult on trends, predictions, and perspectives in the Ontario and Canadian dental practice marketplace. He has authored articles on the topic of practice appraisal rationale in Ontario Dentist, The Journal of The Ontario Dental Association, and presented publicly with the Canadian Dental Association on the topic. As a dentist and brokerage partner, he contributed to the development of the Career Options Initiative with the Canadian Dental Association. Dr. Robertson is the author of The Science of Opinion, a research-based paper that establishes the only known evidence-based formula specific to dental practice appraisal value. He is the author of the book, From DEBTistry to Dentistry: A Buyer’s Guide to Successful Transitions.

Partner, The Dental Broker Team
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Michael Griffith is a founding partner of The Dental Broker Team and a 7th generation Burlington/Hamilton resident with a rich family history in the local area. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economics and Marketing. Upon graduation he was recruited directly out of school by a Large International Company where he received his MBA and held a variety of management roles in Sales and Marketing taking him across North America over a span of 10 years. Having a passion for real estate over the years he began to renovate houses as a hobby and after a number of successful projects decided to pursue his real estate dream by acquiring his Real Estate License. Once fully licensed he was hired on by Coldwell Banker Burnhill Realty in Burlington and over the past 18 years has managed to assemble a team of extremely skilled professionals that has reached tremendous success. Currently, ranked in the Top 10 teams in Canada and Top 1% internationally for Coldwell Banker Global he continuously strives to improve skills and processes while providing impeccable service for his clients. Most recently he obtained his Broker License and is now the President/Broker of the Brokerage. Michael is also an avid golfer and board member at the Burlington Golf and Country Club, Board member of the BSO (Burlington Symphony Orchestra), curler at the Burlington Curling Club and Downhill Ski Racer.
CEO Patient News
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As CEO and founder of Patient News, Wayne Lavery has extensive experience developing effective marketing strategies in the health care provider marketplace.

Over the past 28 + years Patient News has worked with 7500 dental offices, and generated millions of new patients for their clients. Over this time the company has expanded from being a direct mail provider, to services that now include: software, call analytics, staff training, web development, SEO, and social media.

Patient News has been the recipient of many awards including being named a Top 100 Employer for four consecutive years – as compared with more than 70,000 companies across the country. We’ve received multiple awards for graphic design, direct marketing, and our environmental efforts. Our clients give us an NPS (Net Promoter Score) level of 86, putting us in the same company for service as Zappos and Amazon.

Not one to sit still for too long, in his spare time you’ll find Wayne on a mountain bike or ski racing – on his new bionic knees. A good thing the company headquarters has a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio.

Chief Excitement Officer | Ripe VIP
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Gavin is known for changing the traditional mindset of online marketing in dentistry. He brings 10 years of experience working with global brands, including Four Seasons, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, GQ, Samsung and Stella Artois.
President & CEO | Goldring Financial Leadership Inc.
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Prior to being elected mayor, Rick had a long and successful career in financial services. He began in 1979 and, prior to establishing Goldring Financial Leadership Inc., was a Senior Financial Advisor at Assante Financial Management Ltd. Rick is qualified as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). He was elected President of the Hamilton Chapter of Advocis – The Financial Advisors Association of Canada.

In the community, he has served as a board member at the Ron Edwards Family YMCA, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. Rick is a Rotary “Paul Harris Fellow” and recipient of both a Canada 125 medal and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for service provided to Rotary and the community.

Rick has also served on the Boards of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, Burlington Hydro, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Tourism Burlington, Halton Community Housing Corporation, Association of Municipalities of Ontario and continues to serve on the Board of the Municipal Employers Pension Centre of Ontario

President & Senior Executive Financial Planner
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John Moakler, a Financial Planner well known across Canada, wants to rectify this imbalance. With a client list exclusively comprised of physicians, this is his straightforward but ambitious vision: That every doctor in Canada will take as much care of their financial health as they do of their patients’ health.

Financial health is something that John understands intimately. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1986 with a Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science, he spent 18 years in the high-tech industry – capped by building a software start-up and selling it to IBM for $76-million. In the course of that transaction, he became dissatisfied with the financial advice he was receiving. So, he set out to become a financial planner himself.

As he puts it: “I know what I want to see when I’m looking for a doctor: Lots of letters after their name. That’s why, when I decided in 2003 to become a financial planner, I added to my BMath by obtaining the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations.”


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