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At Practice Cafe, we deliver on our motto to serve smart marketing daily! We offer the ingredients for dental marketing success, right here in-house, plus remarkable customer service.
Our team is what makes Practice Cafe special and worth fighting for! We strive to treat our staff fairly and generously, and we continually strategize about how to help individuals grow and thrive in their roles so everyone who works on your account is doing what they do best. We know that no matter what our owners or management group is doing behind the scenes, to you as a client, Practice Cafe is the sum of the great service that you receive from our great people.
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Brittany Brookshire Sales Account Manager
Brittany Brookshire (Corwin) was born and raised in Denison, Texas. After high school, she moved to San Marcos to attend Texas State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in mass communications. Brittany was a member of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society throughout college, and many people have speculated that she was the visual inspiration for the character of Merida in the movie Brave.
Before joining the Practice Cafe team, Brittany was a supervisor at Bath & Body Works for five years. She still has a stockpile of yummy-smelling products that she has, on occasion, used to combat the questionable smells of our office refrigerator. Brittany has background experience at PC in multiple roles, including as a Content Strategist (copywriter) and as a beloved Client Rep. Now, in addition to her talents in customer service, project management, and writing, Brittany is excited to be applying her dental marketing knowledge and instincts as part of our sales team! Brittany brings a truly uplifting personality to the dental cafe, and you can always count on her to brighten your day as she helps you plan your next smart dental marketing endeavor.
In her free time, Brittany loves taking her Labrador mix, Ralphie, to the dog park so he can exercise, socialize, and stay out of trouble. Brittany also enjoys flying to visit her parents, who currently live in the beautiful state of Washington. Fun fact: Brittany loves autumn and Christmas. To her, it’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit, and you can find her listening to Christmas music and watching The Grinch the day after Halloween!
Jamie Steed Director of Digital Operations
Jamie Steed was raised in Las Vegas and will always have a soft spot for it. Jamie is happy to be part of the Practice Cafe family, but he also really is family. Jamie’s wife and Angie’s husband are siblings.
Before completing his degree, Jamie took two years away from his everyday life to serve a full-time mission for his church in Germany. He brought his love for Germany and its language home, graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with degrees in both German and English, and a Master of Education. After teaching high school English and coaching volleyball, Jamie decided to broaden his professional experience by working for a human resources consultancy, during which time he obtained his PHR® certification (Professional in Human Resources). In his next job, Jamie further expanded his skills into marketing as an Internal Communications Manager for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas. He managed internal marketing communications for more than 27,000 employees at eight Caesars properties.
Fav Breakfast? Life cereal & a Topo Chico
As Director of Digital Operations and a part-owner of Practice Cafe, Jamie is who we consider the heartbeat of the dental cafe. He mentors most of our team members and runs most of our meetings, which tend to get a little rowdy even though there are only 30-something of us compared to 27,000. He’s dedicated to serving our clients with exceptional digital strategy and helping our digital marketing clients grow their practices. In general, Jamie tries to keep us all in line and laughing at the same time. He has been with Practice Cafe since 2011.
Included on Jamie’s list of hobbies are playing volleyball, softball, and Wiffle ball, and camping every time it rains. He also likes b-movies like Manos: The Hands of Fate. Jamie’s true obsessions can be found on a different list with Dodgers baseball, Runnin’ Rebel basketball, beef jerky, and Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia flavor. Ahead of Cherry Garcia are Jamie’s wife and their three lovable and crazy kids, a girl and two boys. Last but not least, Jamie’s shoes are almost always untied. It is one of the few things in this world that you can count on.
Angie Cannon Marketing Director
Angie Liddiard Cannon grew up in Austin. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing, as well as a minor in English, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Angie considers Salt Lake City her second hometown and especially enjoys spending time there in the fall when the leaves light up the mountains.
After serving an 18-month mission for her church in Brazil, Angie interned for Practice Cafe in 2005 during her senior year of college. She started full-time immediately upon graduating, initially working as a copywriter and project manager while helping her dad, Brian, manage and grow the company. Angie’s unanticipated journey as a business owner has been a wild ride, and she cherishes all that she has learned along the way!
Fav Breakfast? French toast
As part-owner and a managing member, Angie is very personally invested in the success of Practice Cafe and its clients’ marketing. She considers PC her first “baby.” Shortly before her first human baby was born in 2011, Angie transitioned from client-facing roles to the position of Marketing Director, which was more of an internal role that allowed her to adjust her schedule to the strange hours that accommodated her growing family. Angie is grateful for the continued flexibility that allows her to thrive—or at least survive—as both a mother and a professional.
Angie loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, music, reading (mostly audio books these days), movies and musical theater, finding gem restaurants in unlikely places, and being outdoors (particularly gardening, kayaking, or hiking). Outside in Austin, the trees nourish Angie’s soul. She appreciates an occasional thrill, too, like cliff jumping or organizing practically anything. Her current mega thrill is motherhood. Angie and her husband, Nate, have five kids: Maisy, Quincy, Wyatt, Jay, and Lucy. Angie’s heart and hands are full!
Brian Liddiard Business Director
Brian Liddiard studied finance and accounting, then earned a Master of Professional Accountancy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
After his formal education, Brian has had a lifetime of practical education with his hand in a bit of everything including accounting, consulting, real estate management and development, brokerage, general contracting, and new business development. After selling his homeowners association management company, Brian took on the business development of Practice Cafe in 2005. As Business Director and owner, Brian is responsible for much of the “behind the scenes” work that makes PC’s dental marketing campaigns successful and affordable for clients all around the country.
Fav Breakfast? Omelet with ham, cheese & onion
In addition to his broad professional experience, Brian has a lot of experience volunteering at church and keeping an eye on his four daughters, all of whom have married stellar guys. Angie Cannon, Brian’s oldest daughter, is grateful for the opportunity to work with her dad. He’s a great boss in addition to being an exceptional father.
Brian doesn’t really have spare time but he’s sure that if he did, he’d be a man of leisure, a connoisseur of fine cheeses, and a drag racer, among other things. While he waits for all that (not holding his breath), Brian does love the drags, classic rock music (especially Tom Petty), Word War II history, basketball, random YouTube videos, and spending time with his wife Connie and their family, particularly their 13 grandchildren.
Rachel Anthony Digital Marketing Manager
Rachel has worn a few hats at Practice Cafe, and her talents are deliciously layered with each role. First, she served our digital marketing team as a Digital Marketing Specialist and Client Rep. She then moved to the role of Sales Account Manager for several years. Most recently, Rachel has tackled the role of Digital Marketing Manager, where she applies her expertise in practice marketing and planning to digital marketing strategy. In addition to her experience at Practice Cafe, Rachel has expanded her internet dental marketing knowledge by completing a 12-month digital marketing apprenticeship program with Digital Creative Institute (DCI). Rachel loves helping clients and just people in general! In January of 2018, she traveled with Health Talents International to Nicaragua for a mission trip that brought necessary medical care to four different communities surrounding Managua.
Fav Breakfast? Beignets
In her free time, Rachel likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, watch movies, and travel. Her team members at PC like it when she uses her free time to bake cookies and other goodies that she shares. You can often find her baked treats at the birthdays and holiday parties of PC employees; they almost look too good to eat, but they’re too tasty to pass up!
Rachel Himle Lead Generation & Special Projects
Rachel Himle went to Texas A&M University, where she got a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in Russian.
Fav Breakfast? Fried chicken & waffles topped with poached pears
Originally from the Houston area, Rachel moved to Austin in 2011. After doing SEO and paid search for a local e-commerce company, Rachel came to Practice Cafe in 2015 as a SEO & PPC Specialist. She has been promoted through multiple roles in our digital marketing department and is currently putting her heart and soul into business growth and leading special projects. Rachel loves to see the visual and technical aspects of digital marketing come together to create a unique message about a business and to generate measurable practice growth for clients.
When not reading about the latest Google update, Rachel’s personal interests include painting and eating tacos. She also tries to fit in occasional visits to her local yoga studio. Rachel and her husband, Thor, like to go on adventures together, whether it’s traveling, exploring the outdoors, or simply trying new food. Their latest and greatest adventure is their kids, Owen, Sloane, and Marlowe! Their family dog, Ellie, likes to swim and eat in her free time, which is all the time.
Candice Cox Client Rep & Office Manager
Candice Cox was born and raised in Austin, and she grew up spending as much time on the lake as she could. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, where she majored in horticulture and minored in business. Candice worked in the service industry during college, and then she followed her love of plants into horticulture sales for about seven years.
Fav Breakfast? Breakfast tacos
In 2019, Candice felt compelled to pivot into the field of marketing. As a Client Rep at Practice Cafe, Candice has been able to apply her business education as well as her years of sales account management experience in a new and fulfilling role. Candice’s organizational skills help her thrive when there is a lot of information to keep track of and many pieces to fit together for marketing success. These skills also help Candice in her additional role as Office Manager, as she helps keep everyone informed, equipped, in line, and fully stocked with snacks!
Even though it’s not her full-time job anymore, Candice still cares a lot about plants and frequently adopts sick ones from the sales section to nurse back to health. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Candice’s other loves include country music (especially live shows), the Dallas Cowboys, and her poodle Phoebe.
Savannah Gawlik Client Representative
Savannah moved to Austin after growing up in Houston, where she attended University of Houston – Clear Lake and received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She moved to Austin in 2021, where she enjoys listening to live music and participating in the close-knit music community.
Fav Breakfast? Breakfast tacos & kolaches
At Practice Cafe, Savannah puts great care and thought into her work and client projects. She’s thorough and committed to seeing success in all of PC’s marketing efforts on behalf of clients. Savannah also has great style and a love for design, which gives her a unique perspective on design projects.
When she’s not helping clients with their marketing flair, Savannah is living her late 60’s movie dream with her pet snake, Andwella. She enjoys all things vintage (especially fashion), music, and dancing. She brings cheer to PC and we are here for it!
Sophie Brenner Client Representative
Sophie spent much of her childhood in Lorena, but graduated from high school in Conroe. She went on to attend University of Texas, where she graduated with a double major in Rhetoric & Writing and Humanities.
Fav Breakfast? Potato, egg, and cheese breakfast tacos
As a Client Representative at Practice Cafe, she helps our clients reach their marketing goals at their practices and keeps projects running along smoothly. She’s cool and collected, and she makes dental marketing look easy! We think you’ll find her a refreshing and competent marketing partner.
Outside of work, Sophie enjoys reading, writing, and crocheting. She’s a vinyl connoisseur and you can often catch her perusing the local record shop. She’s the oldest of six, but resides with her cat, Odie. She also hopes one day to publish a book. On that day, we’ll be in line waiting for autographed copies!
Carla Quakenbush Controller
Carla Quakenbush is originally from the Houston area (a small town at the end of the ship channel called La Porte). After graduating from high school, Carla moved to Austin and started doing office work.
Fav Breakfast? Pancakes topped with cottage cheese & syrup
With many years experience in bookkeeping and office management, mostly in smaller companies that required her to wear many hats, Carla is an ideal fit for Practice Cafe. Her ability to prioritize, think creatively to solve problems, pay attention to details (especially in spreadsheets), and work as a team player with employees from other departments make Carla a great addition to the PC staff. We’re happy to have Carla as our Controller at the dental cafe! She is easygoing and good natured, and she has been enjoying the lighthearted atmosphere at Practice Cafe since 2011.
In her personal life, Carla has two rowdy kiddos. She appreciates the order and organization she can maintain at work, because her home is chaotic with the energy and activities of her children. To Carla, this is the perfect balance between life and work that she has sought to achieve. Carla is dedicated and loyal to both her family and job, and she feels the best way to succeed in life is to always maintain your sense of humor.
Shannon Steidel Sr. Content Strategist
Shannon Steidel is a native Austinite and is happy to be living and working in her hometown. She attended Texas A&M University in College Station, where she graduated in 2017 with a degree in telecommunication and media studies, and a minor in economics. During her time in college, Shannon frequently volunteered with her all-female service organization. She also completed her first marketing internship abroad in Dublin, Ireland.
Fav Breakfast? Honey Bunches of Oats
Shannon joined the Practice Cafe team in 2019. Prior to that, she was the Digital Marketing Coordinator for a real estate education company. Although she enjoyed working in social media, Shannon decided to pursue a more writing-focused role at Practice Cafe first as a Content Strategist and now as our Senior Content Strategist. She loves being able to use her writing skills every day to create effective and engaging content for Practice Cafe’s valued clients. Shannon is not only a great writer, but she’s also efficient and pleasant. A winning combination, if you ask us!
In her free time, Shannon enjoys being outside on Austin’s beautiful walking trails or doing hot yoga (Yes, even in the summer!). You’re also just as likely to find her at home, catching up on new Netflix shows or reading.
Mirella Gonzales Content Specialist
Mirella grew up in Melbourne, Florida. She attended The University of Texas at San Antonio for her Bachelor’s degree in Communication before graduating from Texas Tech University with her Master’s (wreck ’em, Tech!)
Fav Breakfast? Avocado Toast
In her free time, Mirella enjoys bodybuilding, yoga, archery, and going to comedy shows. She is a proud cat and leopard gecko mom as well. Living in Austin allows Mirella to drive down to San Antonio to visit her family frequently, which she loves to do. In the future, Mirella hopes to devote some of her time to writing long-form content, like a book or a screenplay.
Julie Farnham Senior Print Design & Web Designer
Julie Farnham graduated with honors from Texas State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in English. While in school, Julie was an active member of the Texas State Student Volunteer Community, and she made the dean’s list all four years.
Fav Breakfast? Kolaches
Working full-time in the service industry to help put herself through college gave Julie many opportunities to learn excellent customer service skills. She loves working with people and really enjoyed serving Practice Cafe’s clients in the capacity of design project manager for several years. She has been at PC since 2011. During those first years, Julie trained in print design and did creative design work for freelance clients, including several local restaurants as well as groups in the Austin racing community. In the spring of 2016, Julie was elated to be promoted to Senior Print Designer at Practice Cafe, and since then she has also started cooking up website designs for PC’s clients! Around the office, Julie is quick to make a joke and keep everyone smiling.
Julie loves hanging out with family and friends. She enjoys staying active by training for and participating in triathlons and other races. She also likes to read and write, and put together puzzles of sharks. Julie’s biggest weaknesses are iced coffee, french fries, and Target. She has a fur child named Kourtney, a loving German Shepherd mix. The light of Julie’s life is her little boy, Landon, who was born in 2018.
Chase Newman Web Team Director
Chase Newman grew up in a small rural town called Pleasant View, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. The population is around 5,000 and Chase says there’s no Walmart, just to give you a sense of scale.
Fav Breakfast? English muffin breakfast sandwich
Chase graduated from Maryville College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in art, with a concentration on visual communications and a minor in business. Maryville is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, with the beautiful Smokies right down the road, and Chase enjoyed his time there. Upon graduating, Chase moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee to start his career as a graphic designer.
At his first couple jobs, Chase worked in print design while his interest in web development grew. After a few opportunities to do some coding professionally, Chase decided that jumping completely into web development was the right move for him. He is in awe of the thing we call “the Internet,” so he views working as a website developer as a meaningful chance to make the web even more awesome. Chase joined Practice Cafe as a Web Developer in 2016, after which he was promoted to a Senior Developer. In 2021, Chase became our Web Team Director!
More than anything, Chase loves traveling and music. He studied abroad for a semester in the Netherlands and was able to explore much of Western Europe, during which time he caught a permanent travel bug. Whether at home or traveling, Chase also loves being outdoors, particularly hiking and kayaking, which is part of what led him to move to Colorado in 2021. Chase is mildly obsessed with cooking and eating delicious food, and breakfast is his forte. He’s ready to help cook up a smokin’ website for your dental practice!
Angela Weldy Web Developer
Angela Weldy was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her family moved to Atlanta when she was 15, but after she completed her associate’s degree in web development at Chattahoochee Technical College, Angela decided to move back home to Chattanooga.
Fav Breakfast? Cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese
Not all paths are straight. Angela worked as a Pharmacy Technician for 20 years before deciding to pursue her passion for web development full-time. It’s never too late to make a change in pursuit of a goal! As one of Practice Cafe’s valuable back-end Web Developers, Angela codes our clients’ dental websites, troubleshoots any web issues that arise, and just generally makes website dreams come to life!
When she’s not at work, Angela likes to spend time with her daughter, their dog, and their cat. Angela enjoys all water-related activities, including fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. As much as she loves the water, Angela despises the interstate and will take the back roads even if it takes longer to get to her destination. After most weekends, Angela has great pictures to share of her adventures hiking and exploring nature in her area.
Ross Bassett SEM Strategist & Team Mentor
Ross Bassett is originally from Richmond, Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Ross moved to Austin in 2016 and is happy to be here!
Fav Breakfast? Pancakes
Ross’ previous work experience includes a role as a training specialist for Superior Access Insurance Services and a tech support position for Apple. He has always had a strong interest in advertising (perhaps influenced by his dad who has spent his career in the field), and Ross holds multiple marketing certifications. Ross enjoyed gaining experience in the niche of dental marketing first as a Client Rep at Practice Cafe. He then transitioned to our digital marketing team, where he now works as a Digital Content & SEM Specialist. (SEM stands for “Search Engine Marketing.”)
When he’s not working, Ross enjoys cooking, reading (especially detective fiction), and relaxing with his miniature poodle, Hugo, who is a welcome canine guest at the dental cafe. Ross also plays the guitar and piano.
Chloë Miller SEM Strategist
Chloë Miller was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of North Texas, majoring in communications studies and minoring in Journalism.
Fav Breakfast? Waffles
After graduating from UNT, Chloë went on to work with a Dental Partnership Organization and was a Marketing Coordinator for over 45 dental practices. She also created the social media content for over 250 dental practices! Chloë enjoys working in the dental space and is excited to be part of the Practice Cafe digital marketing team as an SEM Specialist.
In her free time, Chloë enjoys making candles, traveling, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with friends.
Tara Cunningham SEM Analyst
Tara was born in Barnegat, NJ but moved to Ormond Beach, FL when she was 12. She’s the oldest of 3 and has 2 younger brothers. She attended University of Central Florida and is also is a certified Dental Assistant! She worked in an Oral Surgery office before switching to digital marketing over 5 years ago.
Fav Breakfast? Croissants
Tara joined Practice Cafe in 2022 as an SEM Analyst. She combines her knowledge of dental practices and oral surgery seamlessly with the newest and greatest online marketing strategies. We think you’ll be pleased as punch to have her on your digital marketing team!
Tara resides in Orlando with her partner, Cameron. Tara enjoys painting, reading and traveling abroad in her free time!
Shaina Shemirani SEM Analyst
Shaina is from Poway, a suburban town in San Diego. She went to college in Santa Barbara and graduated from UCSB with a degree in International Studies.
Fav Breakfast? Breakfast burrito
In college, Shaina studied abroad in Southern Spain, which is only a taste of the globetrotting she’s accomplished so far. She enjoys traveling in her free time, from Mexico to Israel. Her adventurous spirit extends to her love of learning everything she can about digital marketing and beyond.
At Practice Cafe, Shaina perfects digital marketing efforts for clients with curiosity and kindness. Her upbeat approach to digital marketing strategy is effective and fresh.
Her hobbies include outdoor activities like hiking, camping and skating. She’s an avid beach-goer as well. Shaina enjoys being close to her family in California, as she comes from a large family; she has two older brothers and is the youngest of 30 cousins!
Mackenzie Jeskie Blog Specialist & Editor
Mackenzie Liddiard Jeskie was born and raised in North Austin. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University, where she met her sweetheart, Joseph.
Since their wedding in 2014, the Jeskies have lived in Utah (Salt Lake City and Provo), Texas (Cedar Park and Houston), and New Mexico (Placitas and Santa Fe). In 2019, they relocated again following Joe’s graduation from the University of Houston College of Optometry. Joe is currently assigned to serve in Jacksonville, Florida as an eye doctor for the U.S. Navy.
Fav Breakfast? Crepes
Her health-centered college experience taught Kenzie to enjoy learning about how lifestyle habits influence general body wellness. As a Blog Specialist & Editor at Practice Cafe, Kenzie leads readers to discover accurate, valuable information about various dental-related topics so they can enjoy superb oral and overall health, and a better quality of life!
Kenzie is grateful to work remotely from home so she can still spend her days with her new baby boy as well as her sweet rescue dog, Cookie. Kenzie loves animals, running, hiking, visiting national parks, reading, baking, researching genealogy, and playing games with her many nephews and nieces.
Dan Hill Blog Specialist & Editor
Dan Hill was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in political science and speech communication before escaping to the Washington, DC area to attend graduate school at American University, earning an MA degree in international affairs.
Fav Breakfast? Honey Bunches of Oats
Dan worked as an Intelligence Research Analyst for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN), specializing in Southwest Border money laundering currency flows. He spent a great deal of time in Austin, Texas working with the State Attorney General’s Office and state and local law enforcement on state anti-money laundering legislation.
Dan, his wife Cassie, and their two baby boys Derek and Sawyer, moved back to Utah to be closer to grandparents and the open spaces of the Intermountain West. Dan and his recently retired father, Dan L. Hill, started a sculpture-based art business that spiraled into a 20-year endeavor, including a 10-year stint developing and operating the Hill Gallery & Sculpture Park. Since the summer of 2018, Dan has worked for Practice Cafe as a Blog Specialist & Editor. Dan has enjoyed learning more about dentistry and SEO, while embracing the flexibility of working from home.
Connie Liddiard Blog Specialist & Editor
Connie Liddiard is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has lived in Austin with her family since 1989. Connie completed a life-long goal in 2009 when she graduated from Texas State University with her English degree with an emphasis in editing.
Fav Breakfast? Omelet or quiche
Before raising her four daughters, Connie was a manager at Mountain Bell. Throughout the years, Connie has worked to support the various businesses and real estate projects that have been part of her husband Brian’s entrepreneurial endeavors, including multiple investment-home remodels. Connie has also done quite a lot of commercial landscape design, installation, and maintenance in addition to countless hours spent on the many iterations of her own home’s lovely garden oasis. Currently for Practice Cafe, Connie edits the writing and completes the technical aspects required for our SEO program’s monthly blog posts. Connie enjoys working with her daughter Mackenzie on this important part of our digital marketing services.
Connie loves spending time with her family, especially her 13 grandchildren (soon to be 14). Her personal hobbies include walking, biking, tennis, kayaking, gardening, reading, sewing, and knitting. She plays the organ for her church congregation, and she helps lead the chapter of Days for Girls International in her area, which is an amazing organization focused on health and dignity for girls and women through menstrual education and care solutions. Connie also loves to travel.