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


CEO, Founder, and Instructor - Dental Education Partners

Mary Hughes, RDH is Dental Education Partners CEO, Founder, and Instructor. Her passion for dentistry, sales training, and helping individuals achieve their full potential is a hallmark of her career and the founding of Dental Education Partners. With a proven track record of coaching dental teams to success, Mary has always brought a passion to deliver the highest standard of periodontal care for patients.  

She began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant. She fell in love with dentistry, and continued her education as a clinical dental hygienist after graduating from the State University of New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Mary became an expert in staff training and effective patient communication coaching methods, which tripled daily hygiene production for the office and operatories of colleagues she also coached.  

As a natural educator, Mary’s career transitioned to corporate dentistry to professionally consult with dental offices in the Northeast emphasizing comprehensive treatment and increasing treatment enrollment. Since that time, Mary was promoted in the corporate dental industry to roles including International Training Manager, Senior Director of North American Sales, and Senior Director of Professional Relations. 

Mary has the unique credential of being certified as a Professional Selling Skills Trainer by Achieve Global® – a prestigious and widely recognized leader in sales, training and personnel development. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association and has been published in peer reviewed dental journals. Mary is an internationally recognized lecturer and educator known for her fun and interactive teaching style. Most recently, Mary joined Tralongo as Vice President of Clinical Growth and is dedicated to serving the organization to achieve excellence and maximize growth opportunities in addition to her roles with Dental Education Partners.