Four AACDers Make DPR's Top 25
Women in Dentistry

Congratulations to our four Top Women in Dentistry honorees, as selected by Dental Products Report. The number of influential women in the industry continues to grow—and this year, DPR selected four of our own—AACD members and leaders who have contributed to their profession and the communities in which they work. The Top 25 Women in Dentistry will be featured in the September issue of DPR.

Ms. Shannon L. Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD
Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, a national and international speaker, published author and 1994 graduate of the Dental Assisting Program at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, works with Dr. Dan Etheridge in his private practice in Chesapeake, VA.

She has been a full-time practicing dental assistant for more than 23 years and on faculty at Spear Education. Shannon and her husband Erik are the owners of a new publication, Contemporary Product Solutions, the only dental editorial that combines product reviews for the whole team (dentists, assistants, hygienists, front desk associates, and the dental laboratory).

Shannon is an active member of the AACD and is the first auxiliary to sit on the AACD Board of Directors. She was the former Co-Editor-in-Chief for REALITY Publication TEAM 'aRTie’ and Inside Dental Assisting. Shannon is a member of the E4D Clinical Operations Operators (ECO) group and had extensive input for the certified dental designer CDD certification. Shannon was selected one of Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians of 2009. She is the Editor in Chief for Contemporary Product Solutions and consultant for many dental manufacturers.

Barbara Warner Wojdan, CDT, AAACD Barbara Warner Wojdan
 Barbara Wojdan is a highly accomplished ceramist-artisan and is becoming nationally recognized as a leader in functional-esthetic dentistry.  With more than 20 years' experience in multiple phases of comprehensive dentistry, she has achieved recognition as an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry  and the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where she was the 2007 and 2009 Annual Smile Gallery “Peoples Choice Award” recipient, as well as an active member of the National Association of Dental Laboratories.

Barbara currently serves as Executive Vice President of Knight Dental Group, located in Oldsmar, FL, where her passion and focus remains in the development and direction of high profile functional-esthetic dentistry and advanced laboratory-dentist communications.


The Accreditation process, which was developed by the AACD and is the world’s most recognized advanced credentialing program, encourages further education, interaction with like-minded colleagues, and the opportunity for professional growth. Accreditation requires dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care.

Dr. Nancy Norling, FAACD Dr. Nancy Norling
Dr. Norling received her dental degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1989.  She practices in Minneapolis, MN, where she began her career in dentistry as a dental hygienist.     

She attended her first AACD meeting in San Diego in 1996 and attributes her renewed passion for dentistry to being an AACD member. In 2004 she achieved AACD Accreditation and in 2011 became the 53rd Fellow in the Academy.

Dr. Norling is president of the Minnesota Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is also a member of the ADA, the AGD, and the Seattle Study Group. She has been named one of the top cosmetic dentists in the Twin Cities area by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.

She feels very blessed to be in the dental profession and believes strongly in sharing her talents as a volunteer for Give Back a Smile and for Common Hope in Guatemala.

Dr. Joyce Bassett, AAACD, FAGD Dr. Joyce Bassett

Dr. Bassett is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is a KOIS Mentor. She is an active member in the Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, and serves on the editorial board of the PPAD. Dr. Bassett is the founder of “Women Teaching Women” whose mission is educating women across the country in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. She is adjunct faculty at the Arizona Dental School where she teaches the Aesthetic Continuum. The techniques taught in this course have been published by Dr. Bassett in multiple journals including PPAD, Inside Dentistry, Dental Economics, The Academy of General Dentistry Journal and Compendium.