Instructor Donna Harbers
Donna Harbers began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant after graduating from college in 1981. After moving to a rural town outside of Austin, Texas, Donna Harbers fell into the dental field out of luck and loved working and growing within the dental field. Donna Harbers started working for a general dentist who was the President of the Area 10th District Dental Association.
Dr. Ben Sobotik trained Mrs. Harbers in all aspects of dental assisting. After studying merchandizing and marketing in college, Donna Harbers had a smooth transition to Office Manager. She attended a variety of continuing education courses and worked with several dental consulting firms who helped her grow over the years, including Linda Miles – MG Miles Global, Pride Institute, Levin Group, McKenzi Management, Seattle Study Club, and the American Association of Dental Office Managers. With encouragement from her employer, she started helping other practices train their administrative employees and developed local study clubs for dental offices in Austin and central Texas.
Mrs. Harbers’ work in dental practices is multifaceted. Donna Harbers has worked in a large pediatric practice, several cosmetic practices and now works for a practice for every type of specialty. She became a Dental Office Manager after working as a Dental Assistant and Front Office Staff Member. She is now the Director of Operations for a multi-office practice. Since 2006, Mrs. Harbers has been the Director of Operations with Omni Dental Group, a Multi-Specialist Group practice with 3 offices in Austin, Texas.
In 2007, Donna Harbers taught the Texas Dental Association Registration Course to multiple dental assistants, as Texas dental assistants were required to have proof of competency in jurisprudence, infection control, and radiology.
Donna Harbers has been in the dental field since 1981 and has 33 years of experience in a dental office. The 33 years in the dental field has helped her understand the dynamics of success in the dental team. Mrs. Harbers understanding of leadership is deep. She knows the demands of quality patient care, leading and training a winning team, and running a successful business. She believes that the most important thing in a dental team is the quality of well-educated and trained dental staff.
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