ABOUT US

Shimmin Consulting was started out of a passion for teaching and training others to understand the enormity of the impact they have on others and how that represents personal and professional success. When your team succeeds, your practice and your business succeed. Our goal at Shimmin Consulting is to give you and your team the tools to understand human nature and the significance we have to effect and impact our patient’s lives, not only through their smiles, but through the relationships we build with our patients and professional partners.

 

In helping doctors and team members truly understand this impact, we are giving you the step-by-step guide to a powerful referral program, all within our exceptional quality of care.

 

Shimmin Consulting believes in setting up systems and processes as complete, recorded steps for efficient training, streamlining your practice through each new employee, saving you both time and money.

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Diana Weaver
Director of Consulting and Training

Diana has quickly become one of the most sought-after practice consultants in the industry, leading countless practices to amazing growth. Building all-star teams that consistently push for new levels of greatness within their practices.

I was drawn to dentistry at an early age.  While I originally dreamed of becoming an orthodontist, I obtained my degree in Communications and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I have had the pleasure of being in the orthodontic profession for close to 20 years.  This has given me the unique opportunity to work in all areas of the dental and orthodontic profession which has lead me to become detail oriented and organized.  I am passionate about our industry!

 

My husband, Adam, and I, along with our two children ages 5 and 2, live in Northwest Arkansas.  As natives to this area, we enjoy the outdoors of the Ozark Mountains.  You will often find us hiking or camping.  We take a summer vacation each year as a family to Colorado tent camping, yes you heard that right! Good thing I’m a patient person!

 

I look forward to working with you, to encourage and support you in ensuring that your goals are achieved.  Your success is my success.  Let’s put the passion of what we love back into the practice together and give our patients the experience we all desire!

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Jenny Gessler
Senior Consultant / Business Analyst

I started in the dental field over 20 years ago, working with specialists in Orthodontics and Oral Surgery with my focus and experience in Operational Management. Early on, I found my passion in Orthodontics that has stood the test of time! The ability to build and develop relationships with patients and to truly make a difference in someone’s life through their smile has always had a significant impact on me.

 

I studied Business Communication in college and this, combined with my many years of Operational Management, deliver a remarkable resource to our clients. I have a talent to truly ‘hear’ the needs of those around me, helping each team member maximize their individual strengths, contributing to the practice as a whole. I am very proactive in connecting with team members, which ultimately provides unbelievable practice results with the elevated patient experience they deserve. Through a precise and calculated approach to coaching, I thrive at bringing teams together, cultivating teams that are vested and proud to contribute!

 

Born and raised in Alaska, my husband and I now reside in the Pacific Northwest due to his military career. I am a Mom to high energy four legged kids and enjoy outdoor adventures and RV camping whenever possible.

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Julie Kim
Senior Consultant / Business Analyst

Dentistry and Orthodontics is in my blood, having had the privilege of being born and raised in my father's home/dental office. My family lived and learned under one dentist's roof, while my father built his home practice into eventually multiple dental practices in the Northern Virginia area. In conjunction with my adolescent influences of dentistry, I trained to become a high performance tennis player, which awarded me a full athletic tennis scholarship at a Division 1 University. During the course of a multi faceted career journey in finance, coaching, and technology industries, my family circled back together, and we worked tirelessly to build my sister's orthodontic practice. Over the last decade, the current success of my sister's orthodontic practice thrives from the initial stages of the elite training and development with Shimmin Consulting.  

 

As I serve as your Consultant/Business Analyst, my Shimmin Consulting armor and life long dental testimonies will facilitate your specific business objectives. I strive to remain flexible and open minded through adversities and challenges. I truly look forward to delivering and implementing the strategies of Shimmin Consulting's targets through communication and data metrics in partnership with you and your team. 

 

I currently reside very close to our Nation's Capital of Washington, D.C. My personal enjoyments include: quality time with my family and puppies; everything outdoors and water related activities; culinary explorations; and the arts & design world. 

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Lori Samarco
Senior Consultant / Business Analyst

I have been working in the dental industry for nearly 25 years, both general dentistry and orthodontics. During my tenure in this prestigious field, I have worked in every position from chairside assistant to Treatment Coordinator to Office Manager and I’m thrilled to bring my experience and passion to Shimmin Consulting. I have found my passion and joy in the innovative world of orthodontics and my experience has afforded me the opportunity to join the Shimmin Consulting firm to emulate their proven skills in creating a professional, proficient and profitable practice.

 

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and have recently relocated with my husband and two children, to Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. My family is everything to me and I enjoy spending time making memories with them. 

 

I am committed, enthusiastic and eager to start this journey with your practice. Together we will take your vision and create a bespoke process that will support and benefit you and your team.

Melissa Haske
Senior Consultant / Business Analyst
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I have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Columbia College Missouri with many years of experience in sales and management, which have supported the roles I’ve held during my tenure in Orthodontics. I’ve run the marketing for a large practice in the San Francisco Bay area, where I quickly moved into Treatment Coordinating and found my true passion! As I moved to Chicago, I was able to continue my career as a Treatment Coordinator and expand my knowledge and experience as the Practice Manager for a large, multi-doctor practice.

My combined experience in sales and orthodontics give me the tools to bring a unique blended approach to consulting. I specialize in bringing each person’s strengths to the surface as I partner with our clients for maximum growth and efficiency. I look forward to using my knowledge and passion to help your practice and your team!

I live in Woodstock Illinois (yes, the Groundhog Day movie town) with my husband and two teenage children.  We also have a bulldog Roxy!   In our free time, we enjoy traveling, especially cruises, participating in car shows and rallies and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Jensvold
Senior Consultant / Business Analyst
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My desire to have a career in Orthodontics started at a very young age as a patient. I have been through many phases and all types of treatment, including orthognathic surgery. I have always been fascinated and intrigued by the impact a beautiful smile can have on a person and wanted to be a part of that journey for others.

I have been in the orthodontic field for over 20 years. My career has allowed me to experience every aspect the field has to offer from scheduling to treatment coordinating to lecturing with large focus in clinical leadership, protocols, efficiencies and ordering.

My career in Orthodontics has taken me all over the world with Shimmin Consulting to share my passion and dedication to this amazing field with others . 

 

I was born and raised in the Seattle area and still live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, Casey, our two children and our dog and cat. I love hosting large events for family or friends, which usually ties into my other passion..cooking!! On the weekends, you will find us camping, watching our kids play sports, watching football (GO HAWKS!), in the pits at the race track or chasing the sun.

I am excited to get to know your team and together, building a valuable vision for your office, team and patients. 

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Laryssa Loya-Valdizon
Senior Consultant / Business Analyst

I have worked in the orthodontic field since 2007, and have held every position possible within the industry both administratively and clinically. I started as a sterilization technician and eventually moved chairside as an orthodontic assistant. I later transitioned to treatment coordinator, financial coordinator, office manager and finally into the Director of Operations for a prominent orthodontic organization, overseeing 3 offices and over 50 team members. I have extensive knowledge and experience with startups, treatment coordinating, customer service, marketing, leadership, development of policy and systems and managing multiple offices.

 

I am a strong critical thinker and strategic planner. I am a high achiever and work hard to achieve the best result possible. I'm highly competitive, and always strives to “win first place”. These qualities support me as a great team player, especially when it comes to “co-opetition” 

 

I was born and raised Texan and the mother of two beautiful children. My wonderful husband, Geovany, and I have been married since 2016. I am very bubbly, outgoing and adventurous. I love traveling, watching movies, going to amusement parks, cooking, and being outdoors.

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Delana Pomada
Director of Operations
Crystal Green
Financial Coordinator Consultant
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My education and experience is in project management and leadership. I have an excessive background in managing large teams and multi-level projects. As Shimmin Consulting’s Administrator, I bring an extreme level of organization that helps to keep our team running smoothly.

 

I live in Edmonds, WA, with my husband, our three sons, and two dogs. We love everything football, from our youngest playing flag football to Friday Night Lights with our oldest. We are loyal Seahawks fans and rarely miss a game, unless of course, one of our children are playing. As a family, we enjoy taking new ‘adventures’ where we explore new destinations, usually involving a ferry ride. Outside of my family, my passion is cooking, baking, reading, and cake decorating.

I have been working in the orthodontic field since 2002, and after a break to have a family I am excited to part of Shimmin Consulting managing their social media and marketing. I love being able to create engaging and interactive content that consistently communicates to our followers, colleagues and clients Shimmin Consulting’s core values.

 

My husband and I live in Everett, WA with our 4 kids. We spend most of our weekends watching our kids play football, lacrosse and soccer. If we’re not at the field, we love enjoying the PNW together as a family, and spend much of our summer camping and boating.  Any extra time you will find me at the gym working out, out on a long run or reading a book.