Bonnie Benjamin – is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Media for Healthy Mouth Media, Inc. She is a published author and researcher, with an extensive background in business development and marketing.
Education and Experience –
Ms. Benjamin received her BSBA from the University of Connecticut, initially working in the accounting field before starting her own company and writing her first book. Finding that her true passion and talent lay in product development, sales and marketing – as well as writing – she grew that company to seven figures in sales and twenty-eight employees, becoming the dominant player in her market niche. Feeling burned out after over 25 years, she sold the company in early 2011, planning to “retire” and do part-time consulting. That plan did not last long.
She had previously met Dr. Saunders and soon realized that with her marketing expertise, as well as strong background in writing, she could help him realize his vision of bringing cutting-edge, actionable information to the dental and general health-care consumer. Although oral-systemic health care was a new area to her, she was not new to medicine, having grown up in a medical family with a grandfather who was a physician (Jefferson Medical College, 1920), a mother and grandmother who were nurses, and a sister who is a nurse.
Working with Dr. Saunders, she has developed an interest in dentistry, and has become deeply involved in research and writing for this site and other projects, as well as for the book she is currently writing, Healthy Mouth – Healthy Mom – Healthy Baby.
Her research has shown that the pregnant and pre-pregnant woman is largely uninformed about the implications of oral-systemic health for herself and – more importantly – for her baby. This represents a major gap in consumer education, as well as a wonderful opportunity for fostering collaboration among primary-care physicians, obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, and dental practices.
Ms. Benjamin is excited to be part of the early stages of a transformation of the accepted norm for health consciousness. She maintains the view that a person is an interconnected whole, not just separate parts or isolated systems to be independently treated, as the current health paradigm tends to do, focusing on “one size fits all” protocols and prescriptions that only treat symptoms. Instead, she envisions a set of health precepts that respect and seek to heal the individual patient by addressing functional causes of disease.