Leigh Ann Faight, RDH
Founder & Coach

As early on in life as I can remember, I’ve always been inquisitive. Always asking why, and working to get to the bottom of things. My natural and insatiable curiosity led me to name my company Upstream. Upstream embodies my pursuit to know “why” along with my years of coaching discovery. I believe the secret to building good systems and even better teams is to go Upstream and find the source of the problem. My work with leaders and teams is centered around finding the greatest opportunities for growth! These areas of growth include: team culture, conflict resolution, business strategies, goal setting, leadership, and overall dental practice development and performance. 

I started my career in dentistry more than 20 years ago, first as a dental assistant then earning my degree in dental hygiene. In 2012 I left private practice when my curiosity took over and I joined the world of dental practice management with ACT Dental. For 9 years I coached and continued learning alongside hundreds of dental teams and leaders – Coaching became my hunger and passion.  In my role as Director of Coaching, I started on the lecture circuit. I love the experience of speaking to study clubs and dental associations throughout the country on the subjects of Hygiene Department Performance, Leadership, and Practice Management.

Outside of the dental world, I am a mom of 2 grown children and I have a sweet grandbaby- Oaklyn. My husband and I love being outdoors hiking, biking or walking our sweet pup Brylee whose ‘voice’ often shows up on my coaching calls! If I’m not coaching then I’m likely in the kitchen cooking for the people I love. A core value of mine is to “Keep it Simple” and it’s a daily practice to stay aligned with that!

FAVORITE AUTHORS or LEADERS: Brene Brown, Patrick Lencioni, Simon Sinek, Daniel Pink, The Arbinger Institute, Don Miguel Ruiz, Adam Grant…and so many others!