Rave Reviews

I cannot express how thankful I am to have had you as a mentor on my journey through the last year or so. You have pushed me to look at the world in different ways and inspired me to find new ways to really challenge myself. I feel more motivated and well-equipped to take life “head on” in the coming years than I ever have before.   

Willson Venrick

“Everyone is in agreement—yours was the best program ever presented to the Society.”

Dr. French Hickman

Program Chairperson, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists

“…almost without fail, everyone answered the “What did you enjoy most?” question with… “the Joan Garbo presentation!” Even though you are a little lady, you are about as effective as a little atomic blast!”

Mary Hadfield

VP Education, Kwik-Kopy Corporation

“Your program was so popular with our staff that most of the comments we received were that they wished the program could have been extended because the time flew by. They really liked the enthusiasm you portrayed and the colorful examples you used to make a point. Considering we have a very professional, highly educated and independently-minded staff, it is quite a compliment to have this kind of consensus of opinion!”

Kim Charles McGuire

VP Business Development , Irvine Associates Architects, Inc.

“Joan Garbo sits at the top of the list of the very best speakers to both staff and doctors. She pulls in standing room only attendance at Orthodontic meetings at all levels. She is a must when a practice brings in a motivator for a staff retreat.”

Gib Snow

DDS, Specialist in Orthodontics

“Joan’s wisdom, judgment, knowledge of people and their relationships, enthusiasm, and inspiration give to others a very special insight on how to make the most of their lives on earth.”

Charles Wear


“Your motivational speech combined with our rally was off the board on the enthusiasm charts. Our bankers are still talking about the rally after 2 months. What an impact!”

Bruce Bradley

Branch Manager, Texas Commerce Bank

Many years ago I had the pleasure of going to an incredible work meeting and hearing Joan Garbo speak.  I sat through a lot of financial speak and things we “knew”… like most meetings they are good reminders or refreshers of our day to days and if you’re lucky you’ll go home and take back to the office a nugget or two to share with your team!

I know for us we went back to the office with a whole bunch of nuggets (massive nuggets if you will!!) of wisdom and new found energy that we absolutely needed. This tiny woman took the stage with such gusto and her charismatic positive no nonsense approach infected us all! All of a sudden everyone sat up straight and hung on to every word she spoke with heads nodding and a chuckle here and there. I never took so many notes on a business trip.

When  I went back to the office we had so much to share and couldn’t wait to implement our renewed excitement for our office.

I’m so excited to have just bought Joan’s long awaited book!! I cannot wait until it comes, I’m so excited! I’m so proud to know you and so beyond thankful for that day almost 16 years ago and for all of the countless nuggets of wisdom you’ve continued to share with Adam and his office. We are truly blessed to call you a friend. We love you Joan!”

Melanie Borrman

Lautt Orthodontics

“You are a gifted speaker and an energetic and enthusiastic human being. We are still getting comments about how excited everyone was to go back to their offices and implement your ideas. I whole-heartedly recommend your seminar to anyone in the business of serving people.”

Jack Feller

D.D.S., M.S., Salt Lake City, UT

“Joan says what every doctor wants their staff to hear, and what every staff wants their doctor to hear.”

Michael Baron


“I want you to really take what I am about to say to heart. Joan, you live every day in this practice. The relationships you have fostered between me, my staff and our patients are a result of your teachings and philosophy. For that, I will be eternally grateful. One of the mysteries in life for me is why more people don’t ‘get it.'”

John Gerling

DDS, MS, McAllen, TX