All of us at Morrison Education Center are dedicated to seeing our students and clients become successful in the dental field. We each stay up to date with the constant changes in our industry and learning how to make the dental experience an enjoyable one for all involved, while keeping the patient our number one concern.
Owner and Founder Dr. Robert F. Morrison
Morrison Education Center was founded by Dr. Robert F. Morrison, DMD in Williamsburg, VA. Dr. Morrison has always had a strong passion for education and providing students with the opportunity to succeed. Dr. Morrison and the staff at MEC strongly believe in giving back to their community and look forward to meeting all future MEC students. Dr. Morrison is married to Alison, an independent business owner. They have two sons: Frank, a LT in the United States Coast Guard; Alex, a post-baccalaureate student at Old Dominion University. In his spare time, Dr. Morrison is a dedicated family man, and enjoys fishing on the Chesapeake bay, as well as kayaking, and restoring British MG cars. Dr. Morrison is also the Chairman of the TNCC Dental Hygiene Advisory Board.
Chief Operations Officer Alison Morrison
Alison joined Morrison Dental Group as the Chief Operations Officer in charge of strategic planning and overall management of the Morrison Dental Group practices and affiliated corporations under the Morrison name. She oversees the four dental practices located in Williamsburg, Norge, Newport News and Chincoteague, VA, as well as The Morrison Education Center, The Morrison Migraine Center and The Cranial Facial Imaging Center.
Her career has spanned several decades and she began work in the corporate world and worked in London England as the Director of Occupational Health and Preventive Medicine for all of the naval detachments in the UK and Germany. After returning to the United States Mrs. Morrison owned her own businesses and was a director on the board of Union Bankshares Corporation for ten years. During her tenure, she was asked to take a position as a member of the bank’s audit board.
She has taught business management courses in an adjunct capacity at the University of Maryland, City College of Chicago and Thomas Nelson Community College. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish. After hearing her viewpoint on insurance reimbursements and how the business of managing a dental practice has changed, she will provide insight on the importance of what it takes to run a practice and also the key components in any successful office.
Program Director Becky Morrison
Becky Morrison has served as Morrison Dental Group’s Marketing Director for the past four years. She has enjoyed helping to increase practice production and bring in new patients to the practice through internal and external marketing efforts. She is also the Program Director for Morrison Education Center and was fundamental in starting the school along with Dr. Morrison and Alison Morrison. Becky believes in making the full dental experience an enjoyable one for both the patient and the dental office staff, from the first phone call to checkout. She has a passion for looking at the dental practice as a whole, and helping other dentists make their practice the best that it can be.
In her spare time, Becky enjoys visiting new places and relaxing at the beach with her two dogs, Duke and Ellie, and her husband, Alex.
Program Administrator, Katie Wilson
Katie was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and relocated to the Williamsburg area in 2016 after getting married. She works for Morrison Dental Group as a marketing administrator and just recently became the program administrator for MEC. Katie is excited to be a part of the MEC team because she loves getting to know people. She is excited to work with each student individually and help them be the best student they can be throughout the program. In her spare time, Katie loves to take her dog Fonzie on walks and go to the beach whenever she gets a chance with her husband Tim.
Instructor, Cindy Byrd
Cindy has experienced many different facets of the dental office over the years, as a hygiene assistant, front desk administrator, insurance coordinator and currently handles all the Billing and IT Services for Morrison Dental Group. Cindy began teaching with us in the Summer of 2013 and has really enjoyed working with students and watching them apply what they have learned. On a hot Summer day, you will be sure to find Cindy relaxing by the pool with her family. Also, she loves SpongeBob Squarepants, and some might even say they have the same laugh!
Instructor, Charman Payne
Charman has been a dental assistant for over 28 years. After being a team member with Morrison Dental Group and working with MEC interns, she saw how eager the students were to learn. Charman wanted to teach them what she has learned from past experience and help them on their journey as they navigate the dental profession. Charman loves her job as a dental assistant because she enjoys helping patients and the fun that she has with her coworkers. She is thrilled to be an instructor at MEC because she enjoys the student interaction and being able to make an impact on their future and she hopes to make a difference in their lives. In her spare time, Charman enjoys visiting her daughter in college, reading a good book, and going out on their boat with her husband. Charman has two cats that she loves to snuggle up with at the end of the day.
Instructor, Priscilla Hansen
Priscilla Hansen spent many years living in Pennsylvania but moved to Williamsburg when her husband, Howard, was stationed at Ft. Eustis. They loved the area and decided to stay and raise their daughter Abigail here. Priscilla has a background in HR but has been working in the dental admin world since 2013. She most enjoys teaching because she loves being able to watch students grow in their careers and make themselves more marketable to future employers. Her door is open to any current or previous student who wants to work on their resume or interview skills, or just pick her brain! In her spare time, Priscilla volunteers as much as possible with Girl Scouts, Give Kids a Smile, Smiles for Heroes, etc. She also loves spending time with her family as much as possible.
Instructor, Kelly Tanner
Kelly Tanner is a Virginia native and has spent half of her life in Williamsburg. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist as well as a certified dental assistant. She received her graduate degree in dental hygiene from ODU and has a PhD in Organizational Leadership. Her passion is educating and training people because she loves the ripple effect that teaching has on not only one student, but everyone they come in contact with. Kelly wants to always teach students to be collaborative and continue their education beyond just schooling. In her spare time, you can find Kelly at the beach, gardening, spending time with her kids, life-coaching, and working in personal development. She is eager to help develop the future leaders in the dental profession.
Instructor, Heidi Ellington
Heidi Ellington was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She moved to Colorado where she attended Colorado Mesa University studying business administration, management, and marketing. Heidi is a certified dental assistant with 13 years of dental experience under her belt. She is new to Virginia and, after working in many different positions in the dental office, has found that her passion lies in training and coaching. When she’s not at the office, you can find Heidi spending time with her niece and nephew, watching football, hunting, camping, and having fun outside!
Instructor, Stephanie Carneal
Stephanie grew up all over due to her dad being in the military, so she doesn’t have one place that she calls home. Her husband is in the Army, so she moves around quite a bit. The Army is what brought her here to Virginia where she is raising her three daughters and two fur babies. Stephanie has been a dental assistant for six years now, four of those years were spent in a pediatric office. She is most excited about teaching and being able to pass her knowledge on to future dental assistants. In her spare time, you can find Stephanie going to the beach, hiking, reading, and painting.