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Marianne Harper is the owner of “The Art of Practice Management”, a dental practice management company. Her diverse educational background compares to the myriad colors on an artist’s palette that will seek to complement each other in an artistic creation. Her “palette” consists of an education major, certification in a dental assisting curriculum and courses in business and accounting. Her ability to combine these resources with her career experiences has created a consultant with multifaceted talents.
Marianne has spent almost thirty years in the dental field. The first five years were spent as a dental assistant enjoying the personal satisfaction of helping her patients with their dental needs. She then shifted her career into the business arena of dentistry. It is in this area that Marianne flourishes! She has been an office administrator for dental practices for over twenty years. Some of her more notable achievements are the following:

  • Creation of medical coding manuals for dental practices

  • Published author of dental practice management articles for Dental Practice Report and other dental journals

  • Maintaining an above 98% collection to production ratio for more than ten years as a dental practice administrator

  • Development of dental practice policy manuals

  • Assisting in the maintaining of a very high staff retention rate as an office administrator

  • Development of a unique insurance filing system

  • Development of an accounts receivable collection system

  • Member of The Academy of Dental Management Consultants

  • Member of SCN (Speaking Consulting Network)

  • Member of Professional Management Consultants Association

  • Alumna of CareerFusion

  • Lioness Principle Certification

  • Speaker and trainer

There are three areas of specialty in Marianne's consulting practice. The first area is the implementation of systems to lower accounts receivable. The second area is the implementation of a medical-dental cross coding system. The third area of specialty is front desk systems and business forms.

Marianne resides in New Bern, North Carolina with her husband Rodney. She has two children and five grandchildren. As an artist, she especially enjoys working in water-based media. Her other loves are her dogs, the beach, and reading. Marianne's spiritual life is of the utmost importance to her and is a driving force in her life.

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