Ray McKinley

November 4, 1949 - August 9, 2022

We are all still reeling from the shock of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. Ray McKinley, and we are comforted by the memory of a life well-lived, and the certainty that he is with his Lord and Savior.

Dr. McKinley worked up to his very last day doing what he loved most: serving others. For nearly forty-eight years he worked to build a world class-dental practice which he has left as a legacy. Our team will continue his vision. He built a dental home that warmly welcomed all of us, the people he cared for most: his community, his patients, his team, and his family.

Episodes of Dr. McKinley's Podcast: "Ride the Elephant Today" remain available on your favorite podcast streaming service. Please enjoy this content for now.

Ray McKinley has provided a framework that allows us to engage each of our children as an individual with a clear understanding of what makes them tick. We find ourselves asking open-ended questions rather than always giving answers.

– Jay Lang, DDS, MS


Ray McKinley provides a unique perspective and tools to challenge the narrative and raise societal bars. This material crafted me into a successful young woman who is comfortable in the challenging social norms of today.

– Kim (Sturtz) Duffy – former student


Ray McKinley poses questions that causes a deep dive into what makes us tick. Frank and to the point, he does not sugar-coat the difficulties of life nor the struggle to overcome those ideas we may have once held immutable.

– Rob Ellison – teacher and mentor

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

We have a choice to experience the perils of bondage that come with a failure to lead or the fulfillment and the joy of personal freedom that comes with personal leadership.

We need to renew our leadership mindset, based on time tested beliefs and principles that have worked for thousands of years that we have left to the wayside. We have bought into a leadership mindset that controls and manipulates by blaming, excuse-making, victimhood, fear, anxiety, presumption, narcissism, situational ethics and value-judging (which is – criticism, complaining, guilting, and shoulding).

We have chosen leadership that leads by control and manipulation, fear and suppression, rescuing and enabling, conformity and labeling, and by marginalizing others by using ad hominem rhetoric. 

We have lost sight of edifying leadership principles. It is my mission to make us aware that we have lost them and what we need to do to get them back.

Leadership is an inside job; it is having a leadership mindset.

A healthy leadership mindset is based in:

  1. Taking personal responsibility in every situation that happens.
  2. Holding others in high esteem.
  3. Edifying others by affirming their character.
  4. Being authentic.
  5. Being a person of reliable character.
  6. Being humble.
  7. Being an inspiration to others.
  8. Being compassionate, empathetic, and showing love for others.
  9. Being other-centered by putting yourself in their shoes.
  10. Doing the right thing.
  11. Having faith, hope, trust, and courage in your given abilities.
  12. Being accountable in your leadership role.

Leadership begins with you! What will you do?


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Ride The Elephant - Ray McKinley

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to Ride the Elephant?
Are you ready to experience True Success?
Are you ready to order the book and begin the conversation?


an experiential adventure of self discovery through the magic of questions!

– Kathi Piech, RDH, Mentor


a fascinating account of a personal life changing journey that is engaging, transformative, and brutally honest

– Dr. John A. Herzog, Ph.D.

For General Questions, Media & Press Inquiries

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Tel: 586-337-5492 


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