IDM Scholar Society is a collaborative of health professionals committed to implementation of clinical and business strategies that empower patient and practice health.

DeWitt C. Wilkerson, DMD

Founder, CEO

The majority of dentists have similar clinical concerns when diagnosing and treating masticatory problems: What is causing the problem? Is it going to break? Should I even get involved? Will I make it worse? How can I make it better? Dr. Wilkerson’s presentations help dental professionals gain the skills and understanding to become a problem solver and not a problem causer.

Dr. DeWitt “Witt” Wilkerson joined Dr. Peter Dawson’s private practice in 1982 where he is a partner. This has provided invaluable clinical experience in a world renowned clinical culture. Dr. Wilkerson lectures world- wide on the subjects of restorative dentistry, dental occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, airway/dental sleep medicine, and integrative dental medicine. He serves as a Senior Faculty/Lecturer and Director of Dental Medicine with the Dawson Academy and has provided 600+ days of lectures and hands on instruction to over 4,000 dentists. His book, The Shift: The Dramatic Movement Toward Health Centered Dentistry, provides a step-by-step guide to implementing complete health through dentistry.

Dr. Wilkerson is Past-President of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) and Past-President of the American Equilibration Society (AES). Additionally, he is pleased to serve as Director of Dental Medicine at the Dawson Academy, Adjunct Professor of Graduate Studies, the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and former Associate Faculty and Special Lecturer, the L.D. Pankey Institute.


Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Vice President, Clinical Director

Lora received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University in 1995. Lora is a member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) and a 2011 Preceptor of the BaleDoneen Method.

She is training through the Seeds Scientific Research & Performance (SSRP) Institute, completing their peptide program focusing on disease reversal and prevention at the cellular level. Her current passion is moving the dental hygiene profession from symptom suppression to disease reversal.

Lora is also Vice President and Clinical Director of IDMSS, Integrative Dental Medicine Scholar Society. As a speaker and workshop coach, she helps dental professionals gain the knowledge and skills to address dental patients’ complete health. Plus, she is featured on the Ask Why Medicine and Cheat Codes for Health podcasts educating the public and colleagues on the new gold standard in healthcare.

Lora is a member of the ADHA, ODHA, and CDHA. She has previously served as Continuing Education Chair for the CDHA and as a liaison for the ODHA to the OSDB. She has been a clinical dental hygienist for over 28 years.

Lora is a care coordinator and patient educator for Dr. Gina Pritchard at the Prevent Clinic. She integrates her expertise in dental knowledge, managing patient care, and incorporating her passion for improving patients' lives through integrating oral & general medicine into practice.

Lora is a visiting Faculty Member of the Pankey Institute and a dental speaker for MDVIP Cardio Collaboration.

Lora was previously co-owner of Dental Hygiene Excellence, coaching dental teams on her founded DHEmethod. She has been a key speaker, coach, and consultant for over 20 years in the industry. You can find her spending quality time with her family and reading oral systemic health research in her spare time. One fun fact about Lora is that she was a figure skater for The Ohio State University.

Key Opinion Leader for The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), ProBiora Health, Stella Life, Direct Diagnostics & IDM Scholar Society.

“Dr. Witt Wilkerson is a natural teacher.

His exceptional knowledge of functional and restorative dentistry combined with his expertise in airway issues and integrative dental medicine bring a unique perspective to his programs.”

–Joan Forrest; Executive Vice President The Dawson Academy

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