About Us

The Dental Leadership Academy (DLA) − established under the auspices of Dental Leadership, LLC − is a corporation exclusively dedicated to the professional development of dentists and dental staff. Our single-most important objective is to help you, the dental professional, ensure access to quality oral care and patient satisfaction through training and coaching of the dental practices we serve.

Our Mission − DLA is committed to improving operational excellence in dentistry by developing and implementing customized leadership development, executive coaching, and training for dentists and their staff.

Our Vision − To promote life-long learning and leadership in dentistry.

Our Purpose — DLA is established to provide dentists and select members of their staff with tools and techniques that assist them in becoming more agile and responsive to the needs of their patients. The Academy’s coaching and training will focus on preserving the core of the current work for those clinical and operational procedures that have worked well, while simultaneously stimulating progress so that there is room for personal growth and organizational expansion.

About our Coaches/Trainers

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Zina Berry, DDS

Dr. Zina Berry is a seasoned dentist and business owner. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fisk University, and graduated from Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry. Both highly acclaimed, research-based schools are located in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Dr. Berry completed a Fellowship with the International Congress of Implantologists, and a Dental Occlusion Residency program at the Center for Occlusal Studies in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She specializes in a variety of practical and advanced techniques for all ages and background, with focuses on Implantology, Prosthetics, Orofacial Pain Treatment, Neuromuscular Occlusion Carec Cad-cam, and Case Finishing. Dr. Berry is a member of the International Association for Orthodotics, the Fifth District Dental Society of New York, and the Crouse Hospital Executive Council.

In the last 27 years, Dr. Berry has owned operated, and purchased five dental offices, and transitioned them into profitable centers. She has a wealth of knowledge and keen insights into selling or merging a practice.

She is a highly successful entrepreneur and enthusiastic about helping her peers succeed, too!

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Yvonne Howze, PhD

Dr. Yvonne Howze earned her doctorate from Vanderbilt University. She also studied at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland. Dr. Howze is a Master Trainer in performance excellence and continuous improvement. She has trained and coached professionals from a variety of disciplines, including transportation, engineering, banking, and manufacturing. She has worked in the healthcare arena for more than 15 years, training countless healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, dentists, healthcare administrators, etc.) in leadership, business operations, process improvement, and data analytics for sound decision-making and increased revenue generation.

Dr. Howze is a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, a Society of Research Fellow, and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. She is also an American Society of Quality Certified Manager of Quality and Operational Excellence. She has received many notable awards in her esteemed career. She is the Owner and CEO of CYA Consulting Group, Inc. which specializes in leadership development, process improvement, and project management.

Her book, A Systems Thinking Model for Improving the Education and Training for Performance Excellence, was the #1 seller for Amazon new releases.

She is a nationally acclaimed presenter and a highly sought-after Executive coach.

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