A Forum for Women in Orthodontics


This event is all about you. You will spend time learning, relaxing, and rejuvenating with other women who understand you both professionally and personally. So come for the knowledge, the camaraderie, the downtime, or all three. You’ll be glad you did.



Get ready to absorb some knowledge! From improving your personal and professional relationships to building a strengths-based practice and managing your wealth, our dynamic lineup of speakers will arm you with the tools and information you need to create the practice and life of your dreams.


Annapolis is known as the “Sailing Capital of the World.” Spend an extra day exploring the quaint boutiques, restaurants, lighthouses, and museums, then take in the sights of this historic city from Chesapeake Bay on our sunset wine and cheese cruise.



Your final morning with us will be focused on inner reflection and restoration. Enjoy yoga and meditation among fellow female entrepreneurs and return to your busy lives enlightened, renewed, and ready to take on whatever challenges come your way.


Our dynamic lineup of speakers will leave you with new tools and information to grow your practice and attain the life you've always dreamed of. From building a strengths-based and engaged team, to building a solo practice, incorporating the best new technologies to improve patient care, and improving your relationships in all aspects of your life, you are sure to leave with a renewed outlook and practical tools!

Melanie Mills, MAed

Keynote Speaker

Emily Watson DMD, MSD

Warsaw Orthodontics

Mart McClellan DDS, MS

Macro Wealth Management

Amy James DMD, MS

Owner, Dr. Amy James & Associates Orthodontics

Manon Newell J.D.

COO, Systemized Orthodontics Consulting Group

Vicki Newell

CEO, Systemized Orthodontics Consulting Group


6pm (2 hrs)

Welcome Reception

8am (3 hrs)

Building Relationships: Thriving in Life

Melanie Mills

The best part of life is the people we share the journey with. And, the most challenging part can also be the people we share the journey with. Amid navigating the relationships we encounter from patients and parents, staff and doctors, friends and family, how do we really thrive in life? In this interactive session Melanie will uncover 7 ways you can be a relationship builder no matter the situation you are in. It has to do with moving from fear and anxiety to what is possible, a fixed mindset to a growth mindset and thriving no matter the changes that are happening in your world. This course is designed to support you always in being the best version of yourself. When that happens, every relationship in your life is better!

11am  (1 hr)

From the Ground Up!

Dr. Emily Watson

If you want to build an exceptional practice, it’s time to implement a different strategy, one that focuses on strength and engagement. This approach has proven to be very effective, driving practice performance and developing a top-notch team.

12pm (1 hr)


1pm (1 hr 15 min)

The Financial Curve of Life: Why Women Understand It Better for Success

Dr. Mart McClellan

Dr. McClellan brings a unique perspective to the world of orthodontics. He is an orthodontist as well as a financial strategist! His wife is also a dentist! Most Orthodontists he meets are heading down a financial path to significant and unnecessary pay-cuts in retirement. Women have an advantage to prevent this! Guaranteed full-income replacement and the ability to give to charity is the gold standard for retirement planning. Dr. McClellan will share unique strategies for women to reach their maximum financial potential so that they can enjoy more time with family and engage in their personal interests. Retirement can be enjoyed to the fullest extent with less risk and complete peace of mind!

2:15 pm (1 hr)

Building the New Practice

Dr. Amy James

Our profession has faced a multitude of advancements in the last 15 years and will continue to do so in the near future as technology becomes less expensive and bioengineering becomes more mainstream. If we are to survive as a specialty, we must embrace the opportunity to incorporate these major changes into our practices. You will not be progressive if you only make incremental refinements with brackets and wires or aligners. You must also become comfortable with digital, 3D diagnostics and treatment planning. And if that is not enough, the successful practice can never feel “too old” to incorporate new approaches to team cohesiveness and personal strengths, as well as community outreach through media marketing and search engine optimization. We must look at the big picture and build the whole package and continuously refine it, no matter what stage of our career!

3:15 pm (1 hr 15 min)

How a Data Driven Practice Leads to Employee Engagement and Profitability

Manon Newell J.D.

Did you know that employee engagement increases every key performance indicator including profitability? This presentation offers an an in-depth review of the process of creating employee engagement in the orthodontic practice. How we help to build and nurture strengths-based orthodontic teams and connect them to the data-tracking that we recommend for our clients. Measuring efficacy of key roles in the practice such as Front Desk Coordinator, Treatment Coordinator, Financial Coordinator, and clinical assistants, help us to focus in on areas that need improvement. Measuring starts, collections, and employee engagement can give us valuable insights into key performance indicators. Join us for this interactive session to see how to thrive and not just survive in the current orthodontic market!

5 pm (2hr)

Schooner Woodwind Sailing Cruise

Located in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is “America’s Sailing Capital.” Help raise the sails, steer the boat, or simply sit back and relax as Woodwind sails from the historic Annapolis waterfront, past the Naval Academy and cruises into the Chesapeake Bay. Sail away with us!

8:30am (1 hr 30 min)

Yoga & Guided Meditation

On Saturday morning, we are offering a 45-minute gentle yoga class followed by guided meditation.This class will be both invigorating and calming. There will be instruction and guidance through the poses as well as modifications. This class is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

The class will be given by Bryson Newell and Melissa Brandfass. Bryson has studied yoga and meditation in Tibetan monasteries throughout Asia. He also maintains the highest level of certification in the U.S. through the Yoga Alliance. Melissa is a practicing physical therapist as well a certified yoga instructor. They focus their study and teaching on the profound link between mind and body.

Meditation instruction will be in the Vipassana style. Vipassana literally means “insight.” This form of meditation is a very natural, simple way to calm one's mind and body. The health benefits of Vipassana include decreased stress and anger, emotional balance, and overall improvement of mental health. These benefits extend into one's personal and professional life.



The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

This Marriott International's Autograph Collection property is the city's only waterfront hotel. Known for its magnificent views of Annapolis Harbor and historic downtown, this 150 room hotel is just steps away from the city's most popular historical attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife, and harbor cruises.

80 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 USA

To book by phone, call 410-268-7555 and mention the Systemized Women’s Forum for a discounted rate.

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