About Us

Kirk Behrendt

Kirk Behrendt

President

Kirk Behrendt is a dental practice coach, international speaker and author. Kirk has invested his entire professional life studying the elite practices in dentistry and the leadership that guides them.

Barb James

Barb James

CFO

Barb brings strong organizational and financial skills to ACT from her years of experience as a business owner and an independent sales representative. Barb joined ACT in April 2012, and is the heart of our home office in Kansas City.

Leigh Ann Faight

Leigh Ann Faight

Director of Coaching & Lead Practice Coach

After becoming a dental hygienist in 2006 Leigh Ann was drawn to learning everything possible about what makes dental teams work synergistically, with both effectiveness and efficiency, through collaboration and accountability.  Her leadership, facilitation, and coaching skills have been refined through her work with the Arbinger Institute and also the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Tiffany Esterline

Tiffany Esterline

Marketing Director/ Business Development

Tiffany strives to make your day better.  Her positive attitude and get-it-done spirit serve her well at ACT.  Tiffany has never met a stranger.  Every new friend is an opportunity to learn something amazing!

Nate Elniff

Nate Elniff

Business Development Analyst

After many years working in the health and fitness industry, marketing and advertising, and healthcare IT recruiting, Nate has found his place within the ACT Dental family. Nate has a passion for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, a keen understanding of analyzing needs, dissect complex problems quickly and efficiently, and the tenacity to advise toward precise solutions.

Emily Schram

Emily Schram

Director of First Impressions

Emily is the Director of First Impressions and Events Coordinator at ACTdental; otherwise known as the “sunshine pumper.” She loves to serve and build relationships with others. She helps to coordinate ACT events and facilitates client relations. She is joyful and works with a positive mindset. 

Christina Byrne

Christina Byrne

Lead Practice Coach

Chris has been involved in dentistry since 1985. Over the years she has held many positions on the dental team including dental assistant, business office, and dental hygienist. Chris’ extensive knowledge of the front office and clinical procedures is a great asset and she loves to impart her knowledge to help dental teams do the best they can to achieve a Better Practice Better Life!

 

 

Samantha Hauber

Samantha Hauber

Lead Practice Coach

Samantha started working in the dental industry when she was just 16 years old. She discovered her deep passion for dentistry early on after developing strong relationships within her team and amongst the amazing patients. She is an absolute expert at all things administrative, and loves the guidance she can provide to all facets of a dental practice. When she is not immersed in her beloved ACT community, you can find her reading, doing Yoga, kayaking and spending time with her family.

Janelle Walters

Janelle Walters

Lead Practice Coach

Janelle started her dental career in the military and is just as passionate about the field now as she was then! She has served 17 years in the Army National Guard, currently serving as the Chief Dental Non-Commissioned Officer. She also worked as a dental assistant on an amazing team for over 16 years before joining ACTdental. When she is not working with dental practices or in uniform serving soldiers, she can be found spending time with her fur-child, Phog. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with the ACT community as a Lead Coach.

Angela Heathman

Angela Heathman

Lead Practice Coach

Angela brings ACT Dental over 15 years of clinical dental hygiene and dental sales experience.   It wasn’t until she transitioned from her role as a clinician to her role as a sales account manager that she realized both her passion for education and practice development.    She is currently enrolled in the online dental hygiene graduate program through UMKC while residing outside of Chicago.

Adriana Booth

Adriana Booth

Lead Practice Coach

After spending over 20 years in the dental industry working along side highly trained/skilled teams, Adriana came to ACT to share her passion for dentistry with our teams.  As a dental hygienist with a focus on periodontal therapy and experience in front office and insurance systems, her passion for dentistry is focused around life long learning and personal/ professional growth.  When she’s not spending time with loved ones, working out or volunteering- you may find her with a great book and her fur-baby Duke.  She looks forward to continuing to learn and grow with the ACT Community, helping teams achieve their goal of Better Practice, Better Life.

Geri Gottlieb

Geri Gottlieb

Lead Practice Coach

Geri Gottlieb, Lead Coach, brings a breadth of experience gained from her over 25 years serving in the industry.  Geri has first hand experience in practice management and patient treatment in general, orthodontic and periodontal offices. She also knows the ownership side from her years owning a periodontal practice. This allows her a unique perspective to better understand the multiple silos in our industry; clinical, leader, manager and owner. Geri’s passion for administrative excellence and organizational health are the foundation of her training philosophy and are all necessary ingredients for Better Practice Better Life.

John Miller

John Miller

Executive Producer

John Miller is ACTdental’s Executive Producer. He is part of ACT’s commitment to delivering  the latest, strongest, most useful coaching strategies and information to our clients.  John is a six-time Emmy Award winning television reporter, producer and photographer.  He is excited to share his storytelling skills and creativity with the ACT community.

Lauren Pearson

Lauren Pearson

Marketing Coordinator

Lauren brings the energy to the ACTdental team. She is well versed in creative digital marketing and strategy and will not rest until the job is done, and done right. She has a background in marketing strategies and handles ACT’s social media and advertising. Lauren makes the little things exciting.

Kaylie Beckley

Kaylie Beckley

Graphic Designer

Kaylie is the Graphic Designer for ACTdental. She uses her creativity and tact to give life to our vision. Kaylie gets the job done efficiently and accurately with a forward thinking mentality. She is honest and open and a much needed addition to the ACTdental team.

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