AAFDO Advisory Board

Richard A. Lazar is the founder and president of Readiness Systems. Richard has been at the forefront of AED program operations, risk management, legal and public policy issues for over 20 years. He has authored national AED program industry standards and served as a speaker, AED program compliance and risk management consultant, and expert witness for clients nationwide. Richard’s deep understanding of AED program compliance and risk management has led him to testify before the U.S. Congress in support of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, the FDA on AED over-the-counter and reclassification issues and numerous state legislatures on AED public policy issues and immunity laws.

Earlier in his career, Richard practiced emergency medical services law, designed EMS systems, served as an EMS system administrator and was an emergency medical technician. Richard holds a law degree from Lewis & Clark School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon.





Christine Taxin is a vision-driven person finding strength and direction from her inner convictions. Her energetic, thought provoking and successful program development shines a bright light for others to preview the future and find their place in it. She is the founder and president of Links2Success, who delivers continuing education seminars for dental and medical professionals and serves as an adjunct professor at the New York University (NYU) Dental School and Resident Programs for New York City Programs.

Christine Taxin has been awarded “Leader in Consulting” for the past six years in Dentistry Todays List. Christine is on the board of Stem Cell Collection, and works with the ADA and AMA as Consultant. ADIA Fellowship

As a provider of continuing dental education, Ms. Taxin has been a guest speaker for many meetings. The AGD has approved her company Links2Success as a national provider of PACE continuing education credits. Ms. Toxin’s Books “Introduction to Medical Billing”,” Introduction to CT Scan Billing” and “Oral Surgery and Implant Surgery” have been received by many as the go to workbook for training. Mrs. Taxin has an eBook available so the dental world that dentists can understand what we need to do with Medicare. “Medicare in the Dental Practice” with a fellow expert. Ms. Taxin will continue to travel across the country teaching dental and medical coding, with the skill to learn how to utilize diagnosis codes within the dental world. Her main concern is to provide every patient that has a medical necessity the ability to utilize all of their insurance benefits, to benefit the patient and the oral providers who have taken the role of oral physicians.

Larry J. Sangrik, DDS is a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Returning to his hometown of Chardon, Ohio he volunteered with the local EMS service as he established his general dental practice. While serving a diverse array of patients, Dr. Sangrik took particular interest in those with dental fear. As his expertise in apprehension management grew, in 1999 he bean lecturing nationally and writing on the dental subjects of:

  • medical emergency preparedness in dentistry

  • dental fear

  • the use of conscious sedation and

  • patient monitoring


Having lectured at most of the nations’s preeminent dental meetings, Dr. Sanrik was asked to write and develop a video and workbook on medical emergency preparedness for the American Dental Association (release scheduled early 2018). Dr. Sangrik enjoys travel and Big Ten College football. He and his wife, Wendy, have two adult children and reside in Chardon, Ohio.



Brady leads Alabama's largest CPR+AED company - Trio Safety - responsible for training over 85,000 individuals in BLS, ACLS, PALS, and lay provider First Aid CPR AED since 2012. Additionally, as CEO of Stop Heart Attack, he oversees daily operations responsible for managing thousands of AED programs with over 15,000 AEDs across the country.


His professional background includes serving as an Adjunct Faculty member at Troy University, Special Agent with the Investigations & Intelligence Division of the Alabama Dept. of Corrections, Chief of Police with the Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission Police Department, Firefighter/EMT with the Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service Department, and Agency Instructor II with the NDPC US Dept of Homeland Security's TEEX Emergency Operations Training Center. His passion, though, is fulling his company's motto: lifesaving made easy.


Brady resides in Birmingham, AL, with his wife, Malynda, and three young children.






Stephen is the Chairman and CEO of LifeWings Partners LLC – a team of physicians, astronauts, nurses and pilots that have helped over 180 healthcare  organizations and dental practices in the U.S. and abroad implement the best safety practices from aviation and other high reliability industries. He is the author, or contributing author, of three books on patient safety. Results of his patient safety work have appeared in over 35 publications and news outlets.

Mr. Harden has been involved in safety training for over 25 years, producing over 40 separate training programs for commercial aviation, military flight squadrons, heavy construction, military contractors, healthcare and dental practices. He is a certified TeamSTEPPSTM Master Trainer and has personally trained over 20,000 physicians, nurses, staff and administrators in the last 13 years.

Stephen is a dynamic presenter. His interactive presentations have been enjoyed by audiences at annual conferences conducted by AORN, The Joint Commission, American College of Surgeons, American Hospital Association, Society for Thoracic Surgeons, AmSECT, and many state hospital associations and QIOs.

A professional pilot with 39 years of experience, Stephen is a captain for a major international airline. His expertise in the field of aviation safety training has garnered him eight awards for superior performance and Quality Achievement.

Harden is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He accumulated over 300 aircraft carrier landings during service with the U.S. Navy and was selected to be an instructor pilot at the Navy’s elite Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).  He holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and Type ratings in B-727, B-737, and MD-11 aircraft and has served as an FAA certified flight examiner.

Dr. Larry Emmott – is a certified HIPAA professional, a practicing dentist who has been recognized as the leading dental high tech authority in the country and is one of the most entreating speakers in dentistry. Dr. Emmott has addressed hundreds of professional groups, and has been a featured speaker at every major US dental meeting. His topics include data safety, paperless electronic records and using the Internet effectively for both practice development and enhanced patient care. He has written three books on using technology in the dental office; and is a featured contributor to the ADA book “Expert Business Strategies”. He has contributed hundreds of articles to dental publications; he has been a pioneer in online publishing with his blog EmmottonTechnology.com and has been recognized as one of the top ten dentists in social media.



Dr. Roberson performed his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. His training included dentoalveolar surgery, anesthesia, implants, corrective jaw surgery, facial trauma, reconstructive surgery, TMJ, oral medicine & pathology, cleft lip & palate surgery, facial cosmetic surgery and skin rejuvenation. In addition, Dr. Roberson attends continuing education seminars throughout the year to stay current with new technology and procedures as it relates to the field of oral surgery. Dr. Roberson is a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, and also has Board Certification from the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, Mississippi Dental Association, and the South Mississippi Dental Association. He was awarded a Presidential Citation from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons for his ongoing community service project, M.O.S.T. (Mississippian’s Opposed to Spit Tobacco). He has published articles in the following journals: – Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery – Journal of American Dental Association – Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology – Mississippi Dental Association Journal – Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports Dr. Roberson is married to his wife, Melanie, and they have two children, Margaret “Maggie” Aileen and John Boone Jr. Dr. Roberson enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, golf, tennis and exercising.



A versatile interior designer with experience in the corporate, hotel and hospital architectural design field, Pat Carter focused specifically on the medical specialty dental office project type in 1979. This led to exclusive expertise as a dental office specialty interior designer, consultant, author and continuing education speaker. To her credit, she has been involved in the design and construction of 1500 plus dental offices, has presented over 200 continuing education courses and written articles specific to the dental office specialty project. Since the inception of the Practice Design Group, her clients have won 16 national dental office design awards.

Core Qualifications

  • Dental design specific space planning design principles

  • Wide range of architectural and Interior design concept development from
    modest to higher end aesthetic

  • Comprehensive drawing Documentation for effective pricing

  • Selection and collaboration with “other” project professionals (engineers,
    architects, contractors, dental suppliers)

  • Expertise in finish / fabric selections specific to medical specialty
    performance and long term durability

  • Review and counsel regarding client project pricing – negotiation of the
    construction contract final

  • Project management – oversight of design intent through the construction
    process, project cost management related to design issues during

  • Client consultation based on experience with all aspects of the design to
    construction process.

  • Public speaking – dental office design specialty

Dr. Jeff Carter has a unique background and very specific expertise as dental office designer, consultant, author and continuing education speaker. Since 1997, Dr. Carter has worked exclusively advising dentists and dental specialists on the design, financing and construction of their dental facilities. Dr. Carter has participated in the design and construction of over 500 dental facilities, presented over 100 continuing education courses and written over 75 published articles on dental office design.
Dr. Carter and the Practice Design Group clients have won 16 national dental office design awards.

Core Qualifications

  • Dental design and space planning

  • Site selection and qualification

  • Equipment and technology integration

  • Financing and investment consultation

  • New business development

  • Construction observation and administration

  • Public speaking



Ernie Luce completed Dental School in Houston, Texas in 1985 immediately followed by a one year General Practice Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He joined the faculty in San Antonio and continues today as the primary resource for sedation training and emergency management training to the residents in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program.


Faculty, Advanced Education in General Dentistry program

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio



Laney Kay, JD, MPH of Entertaining Training, LLC. is a nationally known speaker and writer on technical and regulatory topics, especially HIPAA and OSHA. Her expertise is in taking very complex, and/or incredibly boring, topics and making them both fun and informative. She is a featured consultant with the ADA’s CELL Seminar Series and has taught courses at multiple Hinman and ADA meetings, the TBSE, the Yankee Dental Congress, the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the Pacific NW Dental Conference, the Texas Meeting, the SW Dental Conference, plus other national, state and district meetings, study clubs and in individual offices all over the country.


  • Kay, Laney. HIPAA Alert: We’re from the government and we’re here to help. GDA Action. Jan. 2016. 16-26.

  • Kay, Laney. Because We Love You: 30 Things You Can Do to Stay in Compliance with HIPAA. GDA Action. Jan 2014. 8-26

  • Kay, Laney. New HIPAA Rules: Dentists to face more stringent notification and reporting requirements. GDA Action. Mar 2013. 12-17.

  • Kay, Laney. How GDA Dentists Can Comply with OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard. GDA Action. June 2012.12-13

  • Kay, Laney. Handling Confusion Regarding Electronic Health Records and HIPAA-Governed Breach of Patient Information. GDA Action. Oct 2010. 13-15.

  • Kay, Laney. The new tuberculosis guidelines and low-risk dental offices. GDA Action. Mar 2006. 11-12.

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