About Us


Company Overview

Dental Education Partners (DEP) provides customized training and educational solutions to dental support organizations, private dental practices, dental suppliers, and dental manufacturers to achieve educational, marketing, and sales initiatives. 

We have proven training solutions with transformative benefits. Our training programs are easy to implement and maintain. Your employees will enjoy learning and applying a consultative selling approach. Your patients will respect and appreciate your services and become loyal and happy patients for life. 

Our core educational activities emphasize comprehensive patient care and best business practices. By helping our customers do what’s right for their patients, they in turn will be doing what’s right for their practice(s)!   


Experienced Leadership

The DEP owners and instructors are experienced dental professionals dedicated to improving the dental industry through customized training and ongoing continuing education. 

Mary K. Hughes, R.D.H., B.S.

CEO, Founder, and Instructor

Dental Education Partners

Mary is a trained clinician and educator with a proven track record of coaching dental teams to success. She is known for bringing passion and energy to education emphasizing the highest standard of care for patients and maximizing profitability for practices. 

Click to view Mary's biography. 

Stephanie Palmer, D.A., B.A. 

COO, Instructor

Dental Education Partners

Stephanie joined Mary as co-owner of the business, bringing experience in event management, training, financial analysis, business operations in addition to her experience in corporate dentistry and training as a Dental Assistant. 


Why Partner with Dental Education Partners (DEP)?


DEP offers customized training solutions to help you achieve your growth goals. Whether you want a supplemental speech to motivate your team, to a series of continuing education lectures, we can support your needs and objectives! 


DEP understands how critical training is to the success of a business, and how much of a financial investment and time commitment training can be. We therefore work with our customers to develop cost-effective packages to help you meet your objectives and your budget!

Customer Satisfaction

Attendee evaluations on average are 4.9 out of 5 in overall training satisfaction. Attendees leave motivated to implement what they learn and our customers see sales growth following training. 

Continuing Education

DEP is an approved AGD PACE Program Provider. Whether you need a speaker for a continuing education program you host, or you wish to partner with us to offer your attendees credit, we can work with you. 

We are an approved AGD PACE Program Provider!


Dental Education Partners, LLC is designated as an Approved

PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General

Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs

of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for

Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance

credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by

a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD

endorsement. The current term of approval extends

from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2019.  

Provider ID #377409