Betty Ladley Finkbeiner, is a Faculty Emeritus at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI where she served as Chairperson of the Dental Assisting Program for over three decades. She has served as a consultant and staff representative for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation and as a consultant to the Dental Assisting National Board. She was appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry from 1999-2004.
Ms. Finkbeiner has authored articles in professional journals and co-authored several textbooks including: Practice Management for the Dental Team, Comprehensive Dental Assisting: A Clinical Approach, Review of Comprehensive Dental Assisting, and a handbook entitled Four‑Handed Dentistry: A Handbook of Clinical Application and Ergonomic Concepts. She has co-authored videotape productions including: Medical Emergencies for the Dental Team, Four‑Handed Dentistry, An Ergonomic Concept, and Infection Control for the Dental Team and lectured to dental school classes and many dental meetings. In 2010, she was awarded the ADAA Journal Award for the article, Managing Cultural Differences in the Dental Practice. In 2017 Betty was featured in the DANB Certified Press for her over fifty year career as a Dental Assistant. Currently retired, she continues to write, lecture and provide consultant services in ergonomic concepts to practicing dentists throughout the country.
Updated: Aug 2017
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