Hygiene Growth Strategist I 7 Figure Hygiene

Sue Rusalen

I’m Sue Rusalen, a passionate dental hygiene clinician with nearly four decades of experience, a dental practice management consultant, and a pioneer in transforming dental practices through the power of the hygiene department. My journey began in Broken Hill, transitioned through Switzerland, and eventually brought me back to Australia, where I’ve continued to evolve within this dynamic field.

In 2009, I transitioned into practice management quite by accident, but this shift led me to found 7 Figure Hygiene—a consulting business dedicated to revitalizing the careers of Dental Hygienists. I passionately believe that Dental Hygienists are the cornerstone of every successful dental practice. In my view, the patient journey should ideally start and end in the Hygiene room, where true dental health begins.

My most notable collaboration has been with Professor Thomas Larkin from Lexington, Kentucky. Together, we developed The Larkin Protocol™, an innovative approach encouraging dental clinicians to move from a traditional disease/repair model to proactive risk assessment. This protocol employs phase contrast video microscopy to deeply analyze oral biofilm, enabling a more engaging patient experience and better disease risk management. This has gained traction globally, being adopted by practices across the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, and the UK.

Recently, The Larkin Protocol received the World Federation of Laser Dentistry - Distinguished Recognition Award in 2023, a testament to its impact and innovation in dental hygiene.

Alongside my professional endeavors, I am a co-founder of Senyum International, a charity dedicated to aiding disadvantaged children in Australia and Indonesia. Through this organization, we strive to provide children with the opportunities and resources they need to thrive.

With a career that spans across continents and decades, my commitment remains steadfast: to empower dental professionals to achieve excellence in their practice, ensuring every patient receives the highest standard of care possible.

In Your Element™

Dr. Vicky Prokopiou, BDent BPharm (Syd) (Dentist)
Pioneering a New Era for Health Professionals

Hi! I’m Dr Vicky Prokopiou — a dedicated dentist, practice owner, proud mum, and lead coach at Above It®. At the core of my passion lies a singular vision: to transform the narrative for women in dentistry, especially in practice ownership. I’m here to help you navigate, harmonise, and thrive in both your professional endeavours and personal life.

Empowered by the best training in Brain-Based Coaching Techniques, Communication & Getting Results™ from the respected Neuroleadership Institute, and a proud holder of the WWC Coaching Certification through Real Entrepreneur Women, I’ve curated a unique approach to support and guide my fellow women in dentistry.

I’ve not only walked the path but paved new ones: from launching three successful dental practices to fostering vibrant teams and curating business blueprints that have stood the test of time and challenges. My resilience was evident when, against the backdrop of Australia’s most challenging drought, my rural practice achieved the remarkable feat of grossing nearly $1 million in its first year.

My efforts and innovations have been spotlighted in platforms such as Bite Magazine, 9 News, and recognised at prestigious award ceremonies, with the latest accolade being a finalist at the Australian Women's Small Business Champion Awards 2023. And in 2024, appointed on two committees for the Australian Dental Association (ADA NSW) - the Education Committee and the Professional Support and Innovation Committee.

Yet, at the heart of it all, my true calling is to serve the incredible women in dentistry. I’ve seen our shared challenges, from mental well-being to harmonising the myriad roles of personal life. That’s why I am deeply committed to creating a community where we uplift, support, and empower one another.

Through the Leading Dental Woman Method, I’m here to show you the way to rise above stress, make empowered decisions, and reignite the fulfilment in your life.

If you’re ready to embrace a life of purpose, joy, and harmonisation, I’m here to guide, support, and celebrate with you every step of the way.

I invite you to join our thriving community in the 'Dental Women’s Circle' and 'Healing Health Professionals’ FREE Facebook groups. Dive into a space where we share, learn, and grow together. Here, we embrace holistic well-being, skyrocketing confidence, purposeful living, and celebrate eachother.