About B&B Dental
B&B Dental was started by two dental students, just like you. We're now a team of medical and educational professionals nationwide. Meet our team and learn a bit about our story.
As dental and medical professionals, we know what it’s like to agonize over your boards. We remember the sleepless nights, the flashcards, and the mountains of red bull and pizza. And while we came out on top, we left thinking… There’s got to be a better way to study for these exams!
And so, after graduation, we bonded together to launch B&B Dental – in addition to running and growing our own dental practices. We recruited and partnered with a team of medical professionals in other areas to help us teach and design the curriculum. Hoping to create something that was more inline with the way that students learn in today’s environment, we incorporated videos, online flashcards, and a comprehensive textbook to link it all together.
While it was rough around the edges, the feedback we received from students was amazing. Individuals loved the interactive component and they felt better prepared than their peers when they sat down to take the test.
In 2017, we performed a complete overhaul of the course – redesigning the interface and started building a mobile app to extend the learning to mobile. We now work with students at over 30 schools across the nation and have helped hundreds of students ace their dental exam.
Many students have questions about the content in this course, so we put together this article that explains all about where we find content, create questions, and develop the tools inside B&B Dental.
The B&B Team is comprised of dental, medical, and educational professionals from a variety of backgrounds. This allows us to delve into the expertise needed to design and deliver highly effective content and training that increases the likelihood of students passing their NBDE® Part I exam.
D.D.S | Co-Founder
Benjamin R. Canida, DDS graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics and a concentration in Pre-Medical Science. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Canida expanded his dental education through completion of extensive curriculums at both The Dawson Academy and The Pankey Institute. This has instilled a dedication to deliver complete dental care focusing on occlusion, the temporomandibular joints and comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry. His thorough understanding of clinical dentistry allows him to explain complex concepts in simple terms students can readily comprehend and remember.
O.D., F.A.A.O, DIP ABO | Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Cheatham has spent his entire career helping professional students pass standardized examinations. He has taught over 100 live review courses across the country and brings specific experience in Biochemistry and Immunology to the B&B Dental team. Dr. Cheatham is passionate about education, particularly board review for professional students. He enjoys breaking down complex topics into simplified parts and reducing the anxiety associated with standardized exams for students. In the field of optometry, he is the lead author of the top selling textbook for students in the United States.
D.D.S. | Co-Founder
Dr. Brent A. Moore graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree, with concentrations in Pre-Medical Science, Art, and Health Promotion and Wellness. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he graduated with distinction and was one of the top seven in his class. He received the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators Award, American Society of Dental Anesthesiology Award, Dean’s Silver Award, and was inducted into the dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Moore received additional training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He completed two externships at the Carle Clinic at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL. He also was accepted into the Indiana University oral and maxillofacial surgery program. Before finally going into private practice as a dentist in Fishers, IN, he completed seven months of training there.
PA-C | Co-Founder
Melissa graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies before receiving her Master’s in Physician’s Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a board certified PA with experience in cardiology, family practice, and obstetrics and gynecology. She has taught review courses across the country for over 10 years and brings specific experience in General Physiology to the B&B Dental team. She has co-authored two different textbooks that are widely used in board review in the field of optometry. The combination of her diverse clinical background and extensive board review instruction lead to practical lectures with bottom line relevance for students.
V.P. of Student Success
Kayla works directly with schools and students to help them maximize their B&B Dental experience. With experience in both education and health care, Kayla brings an incredible amount of organization and direction to the B&B program. Kayla has B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining the B&B team, Kayla worked for a large mail order pharmacy specializing in patients with diabetes – overseeing all new product launches, new business development, and then eventually serving as the Director of Operations. While not working with students to set up webinars and answer questions, Kayla loves spending time with her family, entertaining and doing anything adventurous!
D.D.S. | Director of Student Success
Dr. Joseph DePalo is from the greater Boston area and received his B.S. in Biology magna cum laude from Boston College. He completed his education in dental medicine at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he received his DMD degree cum laude. Joseph has also worked for several large and small pharmaceutical companies, with research focusing on cell biology, and has a great interest in education. Outside of the dental clinic, Joseph enjoys cooking, spending time with families and friends, and exploring local coffee shops.
Jana Lytle is an executive assistant who works directly with the B&B team to organize and simplify day to day operations and streamline student services. She studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she began her studies in design, before eventually changing her major to business management. Jana began her professional career in retail management, where she oversaw employees, tracked sales patterns, and created and developed merchandising techniques. While in retail, she realized that her true passion was handling the business operations, and switched to the administrative field. Jana began her administrative portfolio by working as an office manager, and then progressing to a wholesale distribution company as an administrative sales assistant