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JUNE 2023

"Gina's GI Gems"

Presented by Dr. Thomas Nabors, Lora Hooper BSDH, RDH, EFDA, Julie Cox BSDH, RDH, EFDA,

and Dr. Gina Pritchard, DNP, RN, CNS, ACNP-BC 

June 2, 2023

Dr. Tom Nabors

Dr. Tom Nabors

For thirty-seven years, Dr. Tom Nabors has served as a leader in advancing oral microbiology, immunology, and the emerging field of Oral Systemic Health. Following a career in Dentistry, he launched Oral DNA in 2008, the first diagnostic laboratory to focus on the indemnification and diagnostic relevance of oral pathogens. The company was acquired by Quest Diagnostics in 2009 where Tom remained the Chief Dental Officer until 2012. 

He has remained active in the industry working to advance the science as well as its implementation and impact on practice management. Tom received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Health-Sciences and has served in senior roles across numerous professional organizations including the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and as Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center: Bioscience Research Department

Dr. Gina Pritchard

Dr. Gina Pritchard, DNP, RN, CNS,


Gina Pritchard, DNP is an acute care nurse practitioner, specializing in cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment. She is the owner of The Prevent Clinic with offices in New York and Texas and is the Clinical Program Director for the BaleDoneen Method. She is one of the nation’s leading specialists in prevention of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and vascular-related dementia.


The BaleDoneen Method has been scientifically proven to facilitate regression and stabilization of arterial disease. The knowledge, techniques, and treatments are now available to live life free from heart attack and stroke. Dr. Pritchard’s life work is focused on bringing this life-saving education and tools to millions in order for each individual to live life uninterrupted by cardiovascular disease.

Julie Cox, BSDH

Julie Cox, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree of science as well as her EFDA certification at The Ohio State University. She has provided compassionate and comprehensive dental care for 15 years. She has extensive experience in individualized treatment of periodontal disease. She believes deeply that identifying the root causes of periodontal infections is the key to successful treatment. 


She also has over ten years of experience in dental consulting. Julie is very passionate about coaching and empowering clinical providers on the topic of the oral systemic connection.


Julie’s role with Direct Diagnostics is to coach clinicians on the importance of detecting high risk oral pathogens to aid not only in the treatment of periodontal diseases, but also to lower the risk for other systemic events.

Lora Hooper, BSDH

Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Lora received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the Ohio State University in 1995. Lora is a founding member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and a Preceptor for the BaleDoneen Method. Lora is a member of the ADHA, ODHA, and CDHA. She has served as Continuing Education Chair for the CDHA and as a liaison for the ODHA to the OSDB.

At the Prevent Clinic, Lora is one of our care coordinators. In this position, she is able to integrate her expertise in dental knowledge, managing patient care, and incorporating her passion for improving patients’ lives with implementing oral systemic care into practice. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her children and reading oral systemic health research. One fun fact about Lora is that she was a figure skater for The Ohio State University. She is also co-owner of a business, DHE Method, that provides coaching and resources to implement oral systemic care into practice. She also co-hosts the Ask Why Podcast.

Exclusive to Direct Diagnostics' clinics, this series offers guidance, support, and education from the oral systemic and salivary diagnostics fields. 

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