• Make the Leap Towards a More

    Successful Career & Fulfilling Life

    CareerFusion 2 - Your Future Starts Here!

    CareerFusion 2 is a dedicated group of multi-generational, inter-disciplinary thought-leaders, coaches and mentors who help their dental industry colleagues achieve professional development, personal growth and optimal life balance during each phase of their careers.


    Every January, CareerFusion 2 membership kicks off with a 4.5 day retreat in Daytona Beach, Florida.The teaching format is relaxed and consists of lectures, workshops and focus groups as well as networking breakfasts, lunches, receptions and evening activities. This relaxed, social atmosphere keeps everyone highly-engaged.


    For 2019 we have re-engineered our curriculum to deliver value to CareerFusion 2 members no matter where they may be on the career-continuum. Whether you've been in clinical practice for only a few years, or trying to figure out your Plan B, the CareerFusion 2 Annual Retreat will point you in the right direction and help you earn up to 20 continuing education credits.


    Dentistry is rapidly changing and so is your personal life. They are closely intertwined. Instead of merely rolling with the punches, why not learn how to anticipate and embrace change? CareerFusion 2 can help.

  • CareerFusion 2 Leadership

    Beth and Her Team Are Taking CareerFusion 2 to the Next Level!

    Beth Thompson, RDH, BS, OMT

    Founder & Director CareerFusion, LLC

    With over 30 years as an RDH, Beth established The Florida Institute of Orofacial Myology, LLC, in Port Orange, FL. She is a graduate of Indiana University, and past President of the Indiana Dental Hygienist's Association.


    Beth's multi-faceted career includes clinical dental hygiene, education, sales, marketing and management. She provides industry consulting services, corporate recruiting and placement, and was the editor-in-Chief for Contemporary Oral Hygiene for over six years. Reach Beth at: beth@careerfusion.us.

    Shirley Gutkowski, RDH

    Director of Curriculum and Lead Instructor

    Shirley is a practicing dental hygienist specializing in orofacial myofunctional therapy. Her practice, Primal Air, LLC, is in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Ms. Gutkowski is also the host of Cross Link Radio, a podcast with timely information integrating oral and systemic health.


    Shirley has been with CareerFusion from it's very beginning and has played an intrumental role in curriculum development and conducting workshops on public speaking, building PowerPoint presentations, article writing, and resume development.

    Catherine Stark, RDH, OMT, RYT

    CareerFusion Faculty

    Catherine has been a part of CAREERfusion since 2008. As a CAREERfusion alumni and faculty she has had many professional opportunities which have been a rewarding lifetime experience. Catherine was a recipient of a Clinical Dental Hygiene award presented by Proctor & Gamble, ADHA and Oral B at CLL in Nashville 2011.


    Ms. Stark is currently working outside the clinical setting with Solutionreach as an expert at building dental and medical practices. As a Continuing Education presenter for Coltene, Catherine has helped accelerate the market adoption of the Suvi Pro Elite. Reach Catherine at: catherinestark321@gmail.com.

    Fran Pangakis, RDH

    CareerFusion Faculty

    Fran Pangakis brings more than 30 years experience working in dentistry as a dental hygienist, assistant and business manager, providing transformational solutions to her consulting business.


    Fran has extensive experience providing consulting services on leadership, team building, appreciation in the workplace, motivational coaching and emotional intelligence. ​You can reach Fran at: fusioncoachfran@gmail.com.

    Debra L. Grant, RDH, CA

    Focus Group Manager

    Debra L. Grant is an expert in branding, marketing and business creation. Debra is a nationally renowned speaker, columnist, published author, educator, consultant, clinical practitioner and certified aromatherapist.


    She has been influential and active in the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) at the state and national levels. Debra was appointed as a member of the Illinois State Board of Dentistry by the Governor of Illinois in 2004. She also is a member of the National Aromatherapy and Holistic Association (NAHA). Reach Debra at: debralgrant@gmail.com.

    Tim Twigg, BS

    CareerFusion Faculty

    Tim Twigg is one of the founding partners of HYGIENEfusion and as the President of Bent Ericksen & Associates and CRC, Inc., has over 30-years of practice management and business consulting experience. Tim's expertise extends to leadership and business development, strategic planning & marketing and communication.


    Tim is a published author and currently co-authors a regular column in Dental Economics entitled: Staff Issues. He is part of the management faculty and/or speakers bureau for: CAREERfusion, Seattle Study Club, Jameson Management, LVI Global, Transitions Group and Fortune Management. Reach Tim at: timtwigg@msn.com.

    Jessica Thompson

    CareerFusion Photographer

    Jessica discovered her profession at an early age and has been photographing a wide range of activities ever since. Over the past 5-years Jessica has been photographing each 4.5 day CAREERfusion Discovery event.


    Jessica also provides freelance services for weddings, family portraits, sporting and other events, headshots and commercial services for advertising and promotions. Reach Jessica at: jessicathompsonphoto@gmail.com.

    Michael Ventriello

    Marketing Advisor

    Michael has been focusing on strategic dental industry marketing and public relations for more than 15 years. During this time, he helped launch many game-changing products as well as the careers of several of today’s most prominent key opinion leaders.


    Michael founded Ventriello Communications LLC in 2013, and is continuing his mission to help innovative dental companies bring their products to market. He is currently leading the re-branding strategy and tactical execution of CareerFusion 2. Contact him at Michael@Ventriello.com.










    CareerFusion 2 Sponsors



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    American Eagle Instruments is the second largest manufacturer of dental hand instruments in North America. Click for web site.

    Coltene develops, manufactures and sells consumables and small equipment for restorations, endodontics, prosthetics and auxiliaries. Click for web site.

    Crest + Oral-B is the professional arm of Proctor & Gamble focused on educating dental professional. Click for web site.

    Straumann is a leading provider of solutions in implant dentistry and dental tissue regeneration. Click for web site.

    Sunstar is a CareerFusion Sponsor

    Sunstar is a provider of the highest quality oral care products for dental professionals and consumers. Click for web site.

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