The chief medical architect of our landmark study and training curriculum on how to create successful dentistry programs, Dr. Cindy Charlier, DAVDC brings 30+ years of small animal practice and ownership experience to the Midmark Academy continuing education seminars. She is one of the most sought after speakers and trainers on veterinary dentistry, and recently sold her dental and oral surgery referral practice, Fox Valley Veterinary Dentistry and Surgery to devote her full attention to training and education. She spent the first 19 years of her practice career as a partner in a 22 doctor, 3 hospital, AAHA small animal practice. She is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and member of the American Veterinary Dental Society. She has been recognized by her peers as a recipient of the Peter Emily Outstanding Resident Award and the Fellow of the Year award.
Joined the Midmark Academy training network in 2015. He is a Diplomate and immediate past President of the American Veterinary Dental College, an author, researcher and renowned speaker on veterinary dentistry. Following almost ten years as a Pfizer/Zoetis dental specialist where he lectured and taught in-clinic dentistry labs across the U.S., he continues to practice at a private dental specialty clinic. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and has served on the American Veterinary Dental College Exam Committee and Board of Directors. He worked for Veterinary Centers of America from 1999 to 2006 as a dental specialist and as their National Dental Educator. Dr. Mitchell received the "Peter Emily Service Award" in 2012 from the American Veterinary Dental College.
Dr. Jamie Berning owns Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery of Ohio, a veterinary dental specialty practice located in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and worked as a small animal general practitioner for a few years before transitioning to a dental residency program. In 2014 Dr. Berning began in-clinic training for veterinarians and technicians, and she has taught across the country and into Canada. She became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2019. Dr. Berning joined the Midmark Academy training network in 2020.
Practices dentistry for small animals in Memphis (Memphis Veterinary Specialists) and Little Rock (Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists), and joined the Midmark Academy training network in 2017. His love for veterinary dentistry and passion for service has given him the opportunity to be elected to the Board of Directors of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), and is the President of the AVDC. He is the past Treasurer for the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) and past Chair of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry (F4VD). He is also the recipient of the prestigious Peter Emily AVDC Service Award in 2016. Dr. Greenfield is also the founder of the Mississippi Valley Veterinary Dental Educational Center (MVVDEC) providing quality veterinary dental education to DVM’s and technicians across the country.
Dr. Sharon Startup, DAVDC owns Animal Dental Services, a veterinary dental specialty practice in Knoxville, TN and Charleston, SC. Dr. Startup started practicing veterinary medicine more than 30 years ago. She graduated from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine, and in 1989, she started a general veterinary practice in Knoxville, TN. She began performing dental procedures and oral surgery in 1997. Her interest in Veterinary Dentistry grew, and she pursued advanced training so that she could provide the best dental care for her patients. In 2014, Dr. Startup became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). A long-standing member of the American Veterinary Dental Society and the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, Dr. Startup’s passion for her field has led her to stay very involved. She has published articles and book chapters and taught senior veterinary students, veterinary interns, as well as private practitioners from around the globe.
We continuously add to our training network, using only fully credentialed technician trainers across the country. All of our trainers are either accredited specialists of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) with the VTS (dentistry) designation or have submitted reference letters from at least two Diplomates of the American Veterinary Dental College. Our network is of such high quality and experience that the American Association of Veterinary State Boards has approved Midmark courses to offer Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) credits both for technicians and veterinarians.
All of our AMTEN trainers are NAVTA-accredited specialists with the VTS (anesthesia) designation. The network includes faculty members of several top veterinary university programs and national conferences, as well as the immediate past president, current president and president-elect of the American Veterinary Technician Anesthetists organization. They have support from members of the American Veterinary College of Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVCAA) to provide training both for technicians and veterinarians.