AGD2017 Las Vegas


0Region 17 Speakers
0Kris Abed-Canchola
There will be 1 proctor for every 30 examinees.
John L. Alonge MS, DDS
Dr. John Alonge is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology currently in private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was transferred to Hickam AFB, Hawaii where for three years he served as Chief of Outpatient Oral Surgery prior to entering formal Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. 

Dr. Alonge was assigned to Wright-Patterson USAF Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio where he served as Oral Surgery Training Officer for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program. As a result of his years of teaching, Dr. Alonge has extensive experience in all subspecialty areas such as dento-alveolar surgery, dental implants, corrective jaw and facial surgery. Dr. Alonge has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally and is a member of the Examination Committee for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He serves as a clinical preceptor for the LECOM School of Dental Medicine Erie Outreach Clinic.
Joshua Austin DDS
Dr. Joshua Austin, DDS FAGD FACD, excelled in dental school and was voted president of his graduating class. He capped off a successful senior year by being awarded the Texas Dental Association Outstanding Senior Dental Student award. Dr. Austin is a published author and lectures nationally on restorative dentistry and reputation management.  He has a monthly column and weekly e-Newletter in Dental Economics, the most read dental magazine in the world. 

In 2009, the Texas Dental Association honored Dr. Austin by naming him Young Dentist of the Year. In 2010, the Texas Academy of General Dentistry named him "New Dentist of the Year", the most prestigious award it gives for dentists who have graduated in the previous 7 years.  Dr. Austin has earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry by passing an exhaustive written examination and completing over 500 hours of continuing education. Continuing education and political involvement in dentistry are amongst Dr. Joshua Austin’s passions.
William Bachand DDS, MAGD, ABGD
Dental Pearls - Thursday
Dr. (COL RET) William R. Bachand currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Dental College of Georgia, Augusta, University, Augusta, Georgia.  He has served in the position since September 1, 2013.  Prior to that he served 34 years on Active Duty with the US Army Dental Corps.  Dr. Bachand is a native of Superior, Wisconsin.  He completed undergraduate school at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and dental school at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Dr. Bachand completed a General Practice Residency and an Advanced Education in General Dentistry- 2 Year. He served in a variety of positions in the US Army Dental Corps including command and teaching roles.

Dr. Bachand is Board Certified in Comprehensive Dentistry by the American Board of General Dentistry.  He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, and the American Dental Education Association.  He has earned Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. 

Dr. Bachand’s teaching responsibilities include the areas of pre-clinical and clinical operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, and diagnosis and treatment planning.  He is the course director for Restorative Dentistry for the 3rd year students.  He also serves on the Admissions Committee.  Dr. Bachand was awarded the Georgia Dental Association/American Student Dental Association Outstanding Dental Faculty Member Award for support to those organizations for 2015 and 2016. Dr. Bachand recently volunteered to serve on 2 humanitarian missions supporting the US Navy.  In 2015 he supported Operation Continuing Promise 2015 in Haiti aboard the USNS Comfort, and in 2016 supported Operation Pacific Partnership 2016 in the Philippines aboard the USNS Mercy.
Kirk Behrendt BS
Mr. Behrendt is founder of ACTdental Practice Coaching. Kirk has competed internationally in 4 Ironman Triathlons and 9 Half Ironman Triathlons. He currently trains with some of the best triathletes competing in the world today. His feeling is that there is no greater parallel to optimal business performance than optimal athletic performance. 

Kirk’s vision is driven by his commitment to provide highly personalized care to the dental profession. By creating a talented team of experts Kirk and ACTdental continue to positively impact dentistry one practice at a time. Dr. Peter Dawson called him "THE best motivator I have ever heard.

Mary Beilman DDS, FAGD
Dental Pearls - Saturday
1975 - Cornell University B.S. in Biology 
1980 - LSU School of Dentistry - DDS 
1982 - Certificate in General and Hospital Dentistry (2 year post-graduate residency program at LSU and Charity Hospital in New Orleans) 

Experience: 1983-present - Full- time private practice of general dentistry in Covington, LA .  Practice has a focus on implant restorative dentistry including hundreds of implants restored and over a dozen full arch fixed implant cases. Chairman of Northlake Dental Association’s Peer Review Committee (1997-2007). Expert witness, 22nd Judicial District Court; expert dental consulting and case evaluation, plaintiff and defense. 
Organizations: Academy of General Dentistry ,American Dental Association, Lake Pontchartrain Seattle Study Club (2004-2010), Spear Study Club (2015 to present), and Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation

1980: National winner of Block Drug student essay contest
1982: Commendation from Mayor of Kenner after participating in the identification of the 159 victims of Pan Am flight 759, which crashed in New Orleans.
2002: Fellowship in Academy of General Dentistry
James (Ken) Berley DDS, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Thursday
Dr. Berley has practiced general dentistry for more than 35 years and law for more that 20 years. He maintains a private dental practice in northwest Arkansas that is heavily involved in dental sleep medicine. Dr. Berley holds the distinction of being the only dentist, attorney and Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in the world. A former full partner in Travis, Borland & Berley, Attorneys at Law, he is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Texas. He is on the editorial board of Dental Sleep Practice Magazine, where he writes a column dedicated to the legal aspects of DSM. 

Dr. Berley has drafted many of the legal documents and consent forms that are currently utilized in Dental Sleep Medicine. He has lectured for numerous organizations within the dental sleep community and brings a style that is both entertaining and informative. Dr. Berley's educational background includes a dental degree from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from the University of Arkansas. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Gerald J. Botko DMD, MS, MAGD, FACD
Dr. Gerald Botko is the Chief Dental Service Miami Healthcare System in Miami, Florida. Previously he had a private practice and has been affiliated with several dental schools. Dr. Botko has written many articles for Dental Journals including Impact, He is a reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education and has been involved in dental research and development. 

He presented a webinar with Dr. Ghali and oral surgeon on the Role of the General dentist in oral cancer detection. He teaches on hospital dentistry and lectures to the medical staff on oral cancer He is a retired Army Colonel and is the president of the Academy of General Dentistry Foundation. Which focuses on oral cancer and emphasis on reducing the numbers that are detected in the late stages of the disease.
Lee Ann Brady DMD
Dr. Lee Ann Brady is a privately practicing dentist and nationally recognized educator and writer. From 2005 to 2008 Dr. Brady held the positions of Resident Faculty and Clinical Director for The Pankey Institute. In 2008 she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to join Dr. Frank Spear in the formation of Spear Education and the expansion of his curriculum.

She served as Executive VP of Clinical Education until June 2011. Dr. Brady is the president of Lee Ann Brady LLC, an dental education company that offers workshops, seminars and online education atŒæ Her website also features a popular blog full of clinical and practice management tips.
Myron J. Bromberg DDS

Myron J. Bromberg, DDS, Division Coordinator: A 1964 graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental School, Dr. Bromberg is the past chairperson of the AGD's LGA Council, as well as past chairperson of the Dental Care Council. He is Division Coordinator for the Advocacy Division for the past 3 years, encompassing the LGA and DP Councils. He was also the recipient of the 2000 AGD Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Bromberg has also served the AGD as a member of the Strategic Advancement Committee and has been a member of the House of Delegates for the past 27 years and consultant to Reference Committees for the past 20 years. He has received the California AGD's Outstanding Member Award as well as the CAGD Deon Carrico Spirit of Leadership Award and has served his constituent as dental care and legislative chair. He has been a member of the AGD Professional Relations Committee for 15 years. He was an author of the AGD White Paper on Access. He has testified in front of a government subcommittee regarding proposed ergonomics legislation. In 2010 he testified in front of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding access and workforce on behalf of the AGD. He has been a speaker and clinician at AGD annual meetings and conferences as well as conducting courses for the AGD on how to meet with and present AGD's positions to legislators. In addition to chairing the AGD’s Government Relations Conference, he has led AGD delegations to meet with legislators in Washington DC. Additionally, he has represented the AGD at the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) as well as at the National Oral Health Conference.

Shaun Buck

I’ve owned a handful of successful businesses, including my dream business (and the one you’re most interested in): The Newsletter Pro. I wanted to help other business owners, like myself, market and expand their companies, and The Newsletter Pro allows me to do just that. The company took off like a rocket (we grew over 4000% in the first two years alone) and it hasn’t stopped growing ever since.

Scott W. Cairns DDS
Dr. Cairns graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1999 and is a multiple-office owner dentist supported by Pacific Dental Services®. He currently serves as a faculty member for the PDS Institute® and has been recognized as a subject matter expert in both occlusion and dental photography. He has had numerous speaking engagements, published articles, and more.

John F. Carpenter DMD, MAGD, DICOI
Emerging Speaker - Friday
Received BS in Chemistry from Boston College in 1977, MS in Chemistry from Boston College 1979. Obtained Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1982. Post Doctoral Training (1982-1983): Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, NY under the Directorship of Dr. Norman Cranin - a pioneer in Implant Dentistry. Has been in private practice in New Windsor, NY since 1983. 

Attending at Westchester Medical Center's Dept. of Dental Medicine from 2013 to present. Received AGD Fellowship in 1988, AGD Mastership in 2003. Received Diplomate in International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI) in 2010. Has served on numerous Dental Committees at the local and state level. Published several articles on multiple dental subjects, including Implant Assisted Removal Partial Dentures.

Anthony Carroccia DDS, MAGD, ABGD
Dr. Carroccia is a general dentist who works in his five chair practice four to five days a week in Clarksville, Tennessee. He began teaching his peer reviewed courses in Tennessee back in 2010 but his sedation training dates back to 2002. He achieved a Diplomate from the dental organization for Conscious Sedation in 2006. He has consulted with nitrous delivery unit innovators as well as the authors of the "Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation." Ann L. Brunick and Morris S. Clark. Last year he spoke at the ADA annual meeting on the topic to great reviews.
Steve W. Carstensen DDS, FAGD
Dr. Steve Carstensen, DDS, is the co-founder of Premier Sleep Associates, a dental practice dedicated to treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. He achieved Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentists in recognition of over 3000 hours of advanced education in dentistry, with an increasing amount of time in both practice and classwork devoted to sleep medicine. A lifelong educator himself, Dr. Steve is currently the Sleep Education Director for both Pankey Institute and Spear Education, recognized as among the finest places for dentists to further their education. 

 As a volunteer leader for the American Dental Association, Dr. Steve was a Program Chairman and General Chairman for the Annual Session, the biggest educational event the Association sponsors. Together with a partner he founded Premier Sleep, a practice in Bellevue, WA entirely devoted to helping people breathe better and sleep better. Along with seeing patients he keeps a very active international speaking schedule, addressing 20+ groups of dentists, physicians, and leaders in medicine each year to help them find ways to improve the health of their communities.
Bruce Cha DMD, FAGD
Dental Pearls - Saturday
  • Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
  • Endodontic Section Chief, Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
John Christensen DDS, FAGD
Dental Pearls - Thursday

Dr. Christensen graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1979. He practices general dentistry in Layton, Utah.

0Mike Cindrich MS
Mike Cindrich has built a successful thirty-year career in the dental industry based on his highly effective leadership philosophy. His journey to effective leadership began while he was studying Marketing at The Ohio State University as a member of the Navy Reserve
Officer Training Corps. In 1986, he graduated with a BS in Marketing and headed to Pensacola, Florida. After earning his wings in 1988, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island, WA to fly the EA-68 Prowler. Mike was deployed to fly 22 successful missions during Operation Desert Storm where great leadership skills were critical to the survival of his team. After embarking on a successful career teaching leadership skills at Cysco, Mike “fell” into a career in the dental community where he found an avenue to apply and hone his leadership skills even further to create a successful leadership philosophy that has served to inspire passion, increase revenues, and the development of new strategies to ignite teams to achieve more. Mike has held the position of General Manager in a dental supply company, National Sales Director with a dental manufacturing company specializing in advancing technology, and the position of International Sales Director for a world- renowned dental company. This experience has given him the insight into the potential of dental
professionals to become great leaders in their professional and personal lives to create life-long success. Mike currently owns his own company dedicated to elevating and enhancing the careers and lives of the dental community through courses designed to ensure “Leadership for Life.”
Carla Cohn DMD
Dr. Cohn holds an appointments at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Manitoba. She has surgical privileges as a shareholder at Western Surgery Centre - a private surgical clinic. Dr. Cohn is a member of the following organizations:Canadian Dental Association, Manitoba Dental Association, Manitoba Dental Alumni Association, Winnipeg Dental Society, Women’s Dental Group, American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the Canadian Dental Institute. 

She was recently inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Cohn has lectured nationally and internationally on risk assessment, prevention, behavior management and restorative treatment options. She evaluates dental materials for the Catapult Group and speaks as a clinician who has observed first hand and dealt directly with everything presented in her courses. As a mother, Dr. Cohn strives to have her own children grow up cavity free. As a dentist, after spending many years repairing and extracting decayed teeth, she looks forward to a future in which we can truly see a decline in cavities. 
John C. Comisi DDS, MAGD

Dr. John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD, Dr. Comisi has been in private practice in Ithaca, NY since 1983, and is President and CEO of Dental Care with a Difference®, PC, and Sleep Focused Solutions, Inc. and is a Clinical Instructor in Dentistry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University.

Dr. Comisi is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists. He is an Editorial Board Member for Dental Product Shopper magazine, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Dental Products Report and a Continuing Education Advisory Board member of Dental Learning.

Dr. John C. Comisi is a member of the National Dental Practice Based Research Network (NDPBRN) and the International and American Association of Dental Research. He also serves as a Scientific Advisory Board member of the Dental Biomaterials Science and Research Group and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Izun Pharmaceuticals. His practical approach to the trends in dentistry has made him a much sought after speaker, author and consultant in the dental industry. He brings a passion and a knowledge base that is refreshing and sincere.

Robert A. Convissar DDS, FAGD
Dr. Convissar is a pioneer in lasers. An internationally acclaimed lecturer from London to Florence to Hong Kong, he has published 14 peer-reviewed papers translated into six languages. He is the only dentist in the history of Dental Clinics of North America to have edited two issues: Lasers and Light Amplification in Dentistry (October 2000) and Lasers in Clinical Dentistry (October 2004). He practices cosmetic, laser and restorative dentistry in New York. Dr. Robert A. Convissar has been named one of the TOP 100 DENTISTS in continuing education by Dentistry Today magazine, the nations' leading clinical news magazine for dentists.

Ralph A. Cooley DDS, FAGD

Ralph A. Cooley, DDS, FAGD: Dr. Cooley graduated from Rice University in 1977 and earned his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1980. After 34 years in private practice, Dr. Cooley is now a full time associate professor at UT School of Dentistry in Houston focusing on patient care with second, third and fourth-year dental students. He currently is serving as the interim admissions coordinator for the school. He has a passion for “dental fitness” and teaches this as an elective at the school and at continuing education meetings in Texas. Dr. Cooley has been involved with organized dentistry in many capacities. He has served as president of the Texas Academy of General Dentistry (TAGD), served on the national AGD Board for six years, the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and the ADA Code Revision Committee. He has served as a delegate to the Texas Dental Association (TDA) House of Delegates, the AGD House, and the ADA House. Currently, he serves on the executive committee of the Dental Quality Alliance, and is the AGD representative to the Code Maintenance Committee.

Erin Curley MSP

Erin Curley, MSL, is the Underwriting Manager for Dentist’s Advantage in the Healthcare Division of Aon’s Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. She has worked with Dental Professional Liability insurance for over 8 years. Erin has her Masters in Organizational Leadership from Cabrini University and is a licensed Property & Casualty agent. She earned a BS in Psychology from Penn State University.

Shawn Dunning
Director & COO

Shawn studied Speech Communication and Psychology as an undergraduate at California Polytechnic State University and holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University. He has presented at a variety of conferences across several disciplines on topics related to leadership, team development, and conflict resolution, and once served on the roster of certified mediators for the Supreme Court of Virginia. Shawn is a qualified administrator of several leadership and personality assessment instruments including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC, and Emotional Intelligence. Having led several engagements with dentists, including facilitating similar workshops for the AGD Board, Shawn has come to appreciate many nuances of this audience, including their natural inclination towards attending to minute details.  Therefore, this program will leverage individual strengths in a manner that allows participants to better understand working and collaborating in a group environment.

Henry (Butch) Ferguson DMD
Dr. Henry W. Ferguson, DDM, DMD, is an Oral Surgery (Dentist Only) specialist in Augusta, Georgia. He attended and graduated from medical school in 1980, having over 37 years of diverse experience, especially in Oral Surgery (Dentist Only). He is affiliated with many hospitals including Medical College Of Ga Hospitals And Clinics. Dr. Henry W Ferguson also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Georgia Health Sciences University College Of Dental Medicine.
Douglas K. Fettig CPA, MBA

Doug Fettig, CPA, MBA is the Dental Business Advisor at Aldrich CPAs + Advisors, ranked as one of the top 100 accounting firms nationwide. With over 25 years of business and advising experience, he has a unique ability to effectively communicate business concepts to dentists, partnering with practitioners to help them grow efficient and profitable practices. Doug’s knowledge of the business side of dentistry helps dentists understand and apply key tax and retirement strategies, thereby improving the profitability of their practice and impacting their quality of life.

Doug has spoken at numerous dental seminars, academies, study clubs and vendor forums around the country and I convey an energetic, engaging, and entertaining speaking style. Past presentations include events for dental companies such as Henry Schein, Dentsply/Sirona, A-dec, the Hispanic Dental Association, the Pacific NW Dental meeting, as well as numerous dental study clubs.

In addition to Doug’s professional speaking roles, he has been an Adjunct Faculty Member at Portland State University’s College of Business. During his volunteer time Doug co-founded and served as the President of Precious Beginnings, a nonprofit organization, speaking at numerous medical and charitable events to further the mission of supporting parents with critically ill newborns.

Paul Feuerstein DMD
Dr. Paul Feuerstein, DMD, has brought in the latest in dental technology not only to the office for patient care, but to the entire dental industry. He installed one of the first in-office computers in 1978 and has been teaching and consulting since then. Dr. Paul is currently the Technology Editor of Dental Economics, dentistry’s leading trade journal, author of several technology articles and lectures at many national and local dental meetings.
Jennifer Flynn CPHRM
Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, is Risk Manager for Dentist’s Advantage in the Healthcare Division of Aon’s Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. Specializing in risk management and having worked in the healthcare insurance business for over 16 years, Jennifer is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals on professional liability risks and offers strategies to mitigate those risks. Working at Dentist’s Advantage, she was instrumental in bringing the most recent dental claim report to the healthcare community; created self-assessment tools, website content and other materials on healthcare risk management issues. She has presented at professional organization meetings on healthcare risk management & other insurance related topics. Jennifer is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), and is a licensed Property & Casualty agent. She earned a BA in Psychology from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.


Kelly Fox-Galvagni CDA

Ms. Kelly Fox-Galvagni, has dedicated her career to empowering dental team members and teaching them how to derive the greatest fulfillment from her work. Kelly understands the employee point of view and is a master of bridging the communication gap between the dentist and team. She encourages dental auxiliaries to realize dentistry is a career, not a job. She focuses on self-respect, respect for the dentist and team respect. Her love of dental technology and emphasis on embracing new techniques and ideas is contagious.

James Gibney DMD, MAGD, JD
Emerging Speaker - Thursday
Dr. Gibney is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry and a 2009 graduate of Stetson University College of Law. He currently practices dentistry and law in Spring Hill, FL. Dr. Gibney is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
N. Cory Glenn DDS

I attended dental school in Memphis at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and upon graduation, was chosen to do the advanced education in general dentistry residency associated with Lutheran Medical Center. As a continual student of dentistry, I completed the year long AOS Comprehensive Orthodontic Continuum, the year long AAID Georgia Maxi Course, and I've been credentialed as an associate fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. I've served as the Continuing Education Director for the TN Academy of General Dentistry and as President and CE director for the Middle TN Dental Study Club.

My areas of interest are dental implants, guided surgery, digital dentistry, photography, and complex full mouth rehabilitation. Since 2009, I've owned and operated a solo practice in Winchester, TN. I love living in a beautiful rural area but, I faced challenges early on due to the relatively low income in my area. I wanted to have a high tech practice and do a lot of complex dentistry so I've had to develop numerous creative techniques and treatment approaches that allow me to offer comprehensive dentistry while still making it affordable for my patient base.

I've traveled and taught extensively on a variety of dental topics but particularly on guided surgery using the Blue Sky Bio software. For the first half of my career, I did not have CBCT and did not embrace guided surgery, mainly due to the cost. The BSB software changed all that and has led me to become what I call a "recovering freehander". I am now a huge advocate for guided surgery and do most of my implant surgeries fully guided and at a cost of $20 per case.

Alex Gonzalez DDS, MAGD
Dental Pearls - Saturday
A 1983 graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch-Houston, Dr. Gonzalez received his Fellowship from the AGD in June 2012 and his Mastership in July 2016.  He is a member of the ADA, Texas Dental Association, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry.  Dr. Gonzalez also serves on the education committee of the Texas AGD and is an advisor for the Del Norte component of the Seattle Study Club.  He maintains a private practice in El Paso, Texas; he and his wife have two adult children.
David A. Grossman DDS, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Saturday
Dr. Grossman has been in private practice for 30 years on Long Island in New York. He is a member of the federal disaster team DMORT (Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), the FBI's InfraGardProgram, the Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

He is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, and he also graduated from the FBI's Citizen's Academy. He has lectured at the Greater New York Dental Meeting as well as at Yankee Dental Conference and the Nassau County Dental Society.
Mary Charles Haigler DMD, FAGD
Dental Pearls - Thursday
Dr. Mary Charles was raised in Laurens, SC, and graduated from Winthrop University. She then went to the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine where she earned her DMD in 2006. She has been actively involved in continuing her education, and as a result is now a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. The main area of focus for the last few years has been on Orofacial Pain, TMJ Disorders and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Besides standard CE courses and seminars covering these topics, Dr. Mary completed:

  • A one year Orofacial Pain Continuum through the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. 
  • She is continuing her studies by pursuing a Master’s in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the University of Southern California’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. This is a three year residency which she is planned to complete in 2018.
James H. Hebert DDS, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Friday
Dr. James Hebert earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisiana in Monroe. In 1983, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Louisiana School of Dentistry in New Orleans. After several years of serving the dental needs of Central, Baker, and Zachary, Dr. Hebert opened his solo practice in Central.

Dr. Hebert's passion is General Dentistry. He is a life-long member of the American Dental Association. He also holds a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and is striving for the Mastership Level. He has completed multiple Continuing Education Courses on implants. These include the Shatkin Dental Implant Training Centre, the Zimmer Institute (Implants) and the Misch Implant Institute. He holds a Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologist.

Dr. Hebert is active in his church at St. Isidore. He completed 3 years of studies at the Religious Studies Institute and he aided several dental and medical mission trips to Mexico. Dr. Hebert is an avid fisherman and he resides in Central with his wife.
Edward E. Herschaft DDS,
Dr. Edward E. Herschaft received a BA (Bio/Chem) from the City University of New York (CUNY) - Queens College in 1965 and a dds from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 1970.  He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1975, and received a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans in 1978.

Dr. Herschaft is a Professor of Emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine and is currently Professor and Interim Chairperson of the Department of Biomedical Science at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine and Guest Professor at the Medical School of Nankai University in Tianjin, China.

As a forensic dental consultant to the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner (CCOCME) in Las Vegas, Nevada, the University of South Carolina School of Law- Children's Law Center, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC); he has provided over 40 years of forensic dental expertise to these and other legal agencies.  Additionally, Dr. Herschaft is a member of the Nevada State Disaster Identification Team and Director of Education and an Associate Dentist with Health Promotion Specialist of South Carolina.

He has served as vice-president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, president of the American Society of Forensic Odontology, and is currently vice-president of the American Board of Forensic Odontology.  Dr. Herschaft is the recipient of the Reider F. Sognnaes and Lester Luntz Awards of Excellence in FOrensic Odontology from the American Academy of Forensic Odontology Section, and is the 1998 West Virginia University, School of Dentistry Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award honoree.

Dr. Herschaft is a Diplomate of the American Boards of Oral Medicine and Forensic Odontology and a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, American Academy of Forensic Science and Pierre Fauchard Academy.  He has published and presented extensively on subjects regarding the relationship between oral and systemic health, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral medicine, pharmacology, and forensic dentistry. 

Steven Holbrook DMD, MAGD
Dental Pearls - Thursday
Dr. Holbrook D.M.D is a general dentist who is board certified in implant dentistry. He maintains a private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with an emphasis in comprehensive dental care. He is a graduate of the Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also a graduate of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s Maxicourse at the Medical College of Georgia and has completed the continuum of study at the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Holbrook is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and has received the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Holbrook has lectured nationally and internationally on the subjects of implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and occlusion.
Udoka Holinbeck DDS
Emerging Speaker - Friday
Dr. Udoka Holinbeck is a graduate of the University of Southern California Ostrow School of Dentistry, where she was introduced to the principles of biomimetic dentistry. Udoka Holinbeck believes in the importance of a biological and holistic approach to dentistry. Though she enjoyed a successful career in Houston, Texas, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to move to Pewaukee and join the Integrative Dental Solutions team.

She believes there is a strong correlation between oral health & general well being, so she considers each patient's comprehensive needs and works closely with dental, medical, and naturopathic teams to help patients realize their optimal overall health. Dr. Holinbeck now works in private practice and uses modern technology to efficiently provide conservative and biological dental care to patients in Wisconsin.

Kay Huff RDA
Ms. Kay Huff is a Certified Consultant with Bent Ericksen & Associates, as well as a member of the The Academy of Dental Management Consultants (ADMC) Board Member and The Speaking Consulting Network (SCN) American Assoc. of Dental Office Managers AADOM.

Ms. Huff began helping teams as a Dental Practice Coach, and she proudly has been the driving force for hundreds of practices to reach and exceed their professional goals. Kay is passionate about her work and carries a strong background in dental business systems, team motivation, leadership, and practice profitability. Kay is gifted at seeing the strengths, and also the challenges of each practice, and then thrives on applying creative solutions that consistently prove to impact teams in a positive way.
Richard Huot DDS, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Saturday
Huot is the founder of Beachside Dental Consultants, Inc. He has lectured at many meetings on topics such as leadership issues, assisted dental hygiene, transitioning to an insurance free practice, common sense office design, proper insurance coding, financial planning, and buying/selling dental practices. Past articles have been featured in Dental Products Report, Dental Economics, Dental Practice Report, Dental Compare, ADA News, SGD Details, and other state dental journals. 

Dr. Huot retired from the USAF Reserve Dental Corps, after 30 years of military duty, and his last assignment was as the Commander of the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Patrick AFB, FL. He served on active duty from 1982 to 1985. A past President of the Maine Dental Association in 1994, and the 2006 President of the Atlantic Coast District Dental Association in Florida, Dr. Huot is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and is a past member of the Speaking Consulting Network founded by Linda Miles. He currently serves on the Florida Dental Association Board of Trustees, and in the FDA House of Delegates. Dr. Huot was a private practice owner from 1985 to 2008, and still practices clinical dentistry. He was an employee of Heartland Dental Care from March of 2012 to August of 2013. He then served as the interim dental director for Treasure Coast Community Health Center in 2013-14.and works as a FQHC clinician/consultant for other centers. 

Dr. Richard Huot served on the American Dental Association, ADPAC board from 2008-2012, and was Treasurer in his last year. He is presently on the ADA Council of Government Affairs, and is a current professional content contributor to the Colgate Professional Website. He was employed by Leidos Health as subject matter expert for the Department of Defense Electronic Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) Program, and is a member of their Clinical Advisory Council. He is also a member of the ADA Standards Committee for Dental Informatics (SCDI).
Arthur H. Jeske DMD, PHD
Dr. Arthur H. Jeske is currently Professor in the Department of General Practice & Dental Public Health and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning & Continuing Dental Education at the UT School of Dentistry in Houston.  Dr. Jeske received his B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and D.M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. 

He is Editor-in-Chief of Mosby's Dental Drug Reference and serves as Section Editor in  Pharmacology for the journal Cranio. He is also Coordinating Editor of Oakstone's Practical Reviews in General and Cosmetic Dentistry.  Dr. Jeske is a Fellow in both the American and International College of Dentists and in the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is past Editor of the Journal of the Greater Houston Dental Society and the Texas Dental Journal, and previously served four years on the American Dental Association's Council on Scientific Affairs, including one year as Council Chair. 

Dr. Art Jeske honors include membership in Omicro Kappa Upsilon, Delta Sigma Delta, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Jeske has been in the part-time practice of general dentistry for over 35 years.
Steven M. Katz DMD, MAGD
Dr. Steven Katz combines the best elements of modern dentistry with the warmth, concern, and personal touch that were the hallmarks of dentistry in the "old days." He cares about each of his patients, not simply in terms of their oral health, but in every regard. He truly wants his patients to feel their best, both physically and emotionally, and understands how fundamental having a beautiful smile is to that. Dr. Katz has lived every dentist's nightmare, seeing his practice destroyed by a series of life tragedies. His recovery is an even more compelling story. Today he will share the strategies and skills that are necessary to build YOUR incredibly successful practice.

Dr. Steven Katz lost his practice through a series of tragedies over a dozen years ago. By adopting the belief that ‘we can make a difference’, his practice has helped individuals overcome great physical and emotional hardships. The process begins with understanding each other’s emotional needs, showing that we care, and begin by caring for our loved ones and the fellow members of our dental team.
Scott Keys DDS
Dr. Keys is a 1996 Graduate of LSU School of Dentistry and currently serves as a faculty member for the PDS Institute. He has served as past member of the Spear Faculty Club as well as leader of Seattle Study Club and Spear Education Study Clubs. He is a multiple office owner dentist supported by Pacific Dental Services® in New Braunfels, TX.
Lance Kisby DMD, MAGD
Emerging Speaker - Thursday
Dr. Kisby is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After he completed his Residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Floating Hospital at New England Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Kisby was Chief of Pediatric Dentistry and Assistant Director of Dentistry at R.I. Hospital in Providence. He then went on to spend 17 years in private practice in Massachusetts before accepting the position of Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. followed by positions as Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA and Division Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. 

He is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry since 1983, a former Contributing editor to the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, and a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Kisby created and was Program Director of the Pediatric Dental Residencies at Geisinger and A.I. Dupont Hospitals. The author of numerous articles and a contributor to a Pediatric Dentistry textbook and a textbook on Cerbral Palsey, Dr. Kisby is a Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Associate Clinical Instructor at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. Dr. Lance Kisby brings over 35 years of clinical and teaching experience to bring new and exciting techniques and insights to those who treat children.
David E. Klingman DMD, MAGD, ABGD
Emerging Speaker - Thursday
Dr. David Klingman is a graduate of UMDNJ - New Jersey Dental School. After completing a 1-year GPR and one year of Oral Medicine training at UMDNJ - University Hospital, Newark NJ, Dr. Klingman was an associate in private practice for 4.5 years.

He has since completed residencies and earned board certification on both Comprehensive Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and holds appointment as Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Dr. Klingman has lectured as part of AGD Region 17 for the Fellowship Review Course in Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine, Periodontics, and Occlusion/Orofacial Pain.
Douglas L. Lambert DDS, FACD, FASDA, FASD, ABAD
Douglas L. Lambert, DDS, FACD, FASDA, FASD, ABAD, graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management in 1980 and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1984, where he received the Outstanding Senior Student Award and the Quintessence Award. He is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. He has been recognized annually as one of the Top Dental Educators by for 12 consecutive years, and has been honored as a Top Dentist by Minneapolis/St. Paul and Minnesota Monthly magazines each year the past 11 years. 

Dr. Lambert has held many societal positions in organized dentistry including Past President of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, six years as a Trustee to the Minnesota Dental Association, and a delegate to the ADA. He has authored and co-authored several articles on cosmetic and aesthetic topics, and has presented numerous lectures and hands-on seminars nationally and internationally for dental organizations, universities, and study clubs, and is part of the education team for the Post-Graduate Course in Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Catapult Group. He also serves as an independent consultant and clinical researcher for many dental manufacturers, and as the team dentist for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. Dr. Lambert is senior partner in an aesthetic-based practice in Edina, Minnesota emphasizing cosmetic, comprehensive, and sports dentistry. In his spare time, he enjoys relaxing with his family at their cabin in Wisconsin, and playing a little golf.
David Landwehr DDS, MS
As a leading practitioner, educator and speaker, David Landwehr, D.D.S., M.S. serves as a frequent lecturer and teacher for a variety of organizations at dozens of events around the country each year focusing on dentistry, endodontics and oral pathology. Dr. Landwehr ongoing work as an opinion leader has positioned him at the forefront of modern endodontic treatment. A Wisconsin native, Dr. Landwehr studied as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to earn his D.D.S. at the University of Minnesota in 1994. From there, he earned an M.S. degree and certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at The Ohio State University followed by specialty training in Endodontics at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Landwehr has provided exemplary care to patients in a private practice setting, most recently at Capital Endodontics in Madison. Though his daily work focuses on endodontics, his dual certification makes him uniquely qualified to diagnose sources of oral pain. He has presented case studies and research findings both nationally and internationally, published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as an evidence reviewer for the American Dental Association.

Dr. David Landwehr is an advocate and Key Opinion Leader for Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties, the largest and most innovative developer of endodontic instruments and technologies. He also served as Chief of Endodontics for the Meriter Hospital general practice residency for more than 10 years.
David Lazarchik DMD, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Saturday
Dr. David Lazarchik received his dental degree at University of Florida in 1984 and then a GPR certificate at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has 23 years of experience in academic dentistry including serving as the GPR Program Director at UAB. Although his primary focus has been on hospital dentistry & dentistry for the medically complex patient, he also has experience in private practice, public health, long term care facilities, and insurance consulting.  

Currently as Associate Dean for Patient Care and Clinical Education he is responsible for the clinical operations and education program at Western University of Health Sciences. His research/clinical interests include medically complex patients, dental erosion & GERD, and the plaque control potential of carbamide peroxide.
Jan LeBeau RDH
As director of dental hygiene for Pacific Dental Services®, Jan LeBeau has been in the practice and education of dental hygiene for over 30 years and currently serves as the Chair of Dental Hygiene for the PDS Institute®. In her 30 + years of experience, LeBeau has been recognized as a subject matter expert in dental hygiene. She has had numerous speaking engagements, published articles, and more. Jan has lectured and published articles on lasers and periodontal disease, the hygienist's role in implant maintenance, and effective communication for the dental hygienist. Jan Lebeau is also an active member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Dental Hygiene Association.
Samuel Lee DDS, DMSc
Emerging Speaker - Saturday
Dr. Samuel Lee is an innovator with a passion for teaching and developing new technologies. When he was a dental student, he taught Biochemistry at UCLA. Today, he teaches across the globe to dental schools and makes time to conduct CE courses for general dentists and specialists while increasing access to care to underserved populations in developing countries. He is a diplomate of the International Academy of Dental Implantology, and past diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He actively conducts research and development while running a busy private practice in Boston, MA and San Diego, CA limited to implant surgery and orthodontics.

Dr. Lee's credentials include two doctorate level degrees, Doctor of Medical Science and a specialty certificate in Periodontology from Harvard University and a DDS from UCLA. He also won multiple 1st place Table Clinic Presentation Awards at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in 2008, American Orthodontic Society and International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2007. He invented the "Crestal Window Sinus Grafting Technique" and owns the patent on various sinus and surgical instruments. He introduced a new method of dental radiography that boasts of ultra low dosage radiation and allows for angulation correction that enhances 3D imaging capabilities.
Harvey Levy DMD, MAGD
Harvey Levy, DMD, MAGD practices general and hospital dentistry in Frederick, Maryland, where he emphasizes comprehensive dental care for individuals with anxiety or special needs. He graduated from Tufts Dental in 1974, two-year GPR at Rochester’s Eastman Dental Institute, taught at Hospital Univ of Penn GPR, and now teaches at University of MD Dental School. Dr. Levy has authored 40 publications and presented 150 courses and webinars.

Dr. Levy has earned Mastership and five Lifelong Learning Service Recognitions by the AGD along with nine fellowships, five diplomate certificates, and board certification in Integrative Medicine. His work with anxious patients has earned him the AGD Humanitarian Award, the ADA Access to Care Award, the Maryland Governor’s Doctor of the Year Award, the Maryland State Dental Association’s First Humanitarian Award, Morgan State Public Health Award, Special Care Dentistry’s Saul Kamen Award, Tufts Distinguished Achievements Award, and the honor of running the 2002 Olympic Torch. Dr. Harvey Levy also holds ten black belts, and was inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Jeffrey Lineberry DDS, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Friday
Dr. Jeffrey W. Lineberry, DDS currently lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with his wife and two boys and currently owns and operates a full-time restorative focused practice. Outside of the office, Dr. Lineberry takes numerous continuing education courses every year as well as helping other dental colleagues learn and understand principles in occlusion, treatment planning and complex restorative dentistry. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Lineberry spends time with his family, enjoys the great outdoors and reads numerous articles and books each year. 

After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Western Carolina University in 1995, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000. In 2001, Dr. Lineberry began the pursuit of furthering his education by attending the Pankey Institute in Florida and completing all of the continuums, along with attending multiple other courses every year and has done so ever since then. In 2009, he obtained his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and was selected to become a lead mentor at Spear Education.

In 2011, he became Visiting Faculty member at Spear education and is also involved with Spear Education Online as a Moderator for their online forum. He recently became an Accreditation Member in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) as well as is involved in several AACD committees. He is also a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and American Equilibration Society. Dr. Jeffrey Lineberry continues his professional growth in dentistry as he has become active in dental education as an up and coming dental educator. He is continually looking for ways to improve the dental profession as a whole along with helping his fellow dental professionals grow and develop.
Charles Loretto
Charles received his BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an investment advisor representative of Cain, Watters & Associates, PLLC. Charles began his career with CWA in 2001 and continues to help the company educate dentists on the financial decisions they face. Charles began presenting to dental schools in 2004 and since that time has spoken to over 15,000 students and residents at more than 40 schools. He also speaks regularly at dental study clubs as well as state and national dental meetings on the benefits of owning a dental practice. Charles also launched National Dental Placements, a company designed to help associates and established doctors with practice transitions. His firm has advised hundreds of dentists on the most effective way to purchase into a dental practice or transition out of a dental practice.
Joseph J. Massad DDS
Master Communicator and Lifelong Educator, Dr. Joseph J. Massad, DDS is an internationally renowned clinician in the field of prosthodontics. He has lectured literally around the world. Named one of the top clinicians in CE for years 2001 through 2016 by Dentistry Today. Dr. Massad holds faculty positions at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, Memphis Tennessee, an adjunct associate faculty with the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Joseph Massad is one of the most honest, respected and well-known clinicians in the field of removable prosthodontics. It's because of his practical "real world" presentations that dentists return to his courses time after time, knowing that he wants them to succeed in this difficult and neglected area of dentistry. Following Joe's recommendations ensures that success. div>
Dora Matheidesz

Dora works on the Partnerships team at Earnest where she maintains relationships with various professionals associations and employer partners. Before joining Earnest, Dora was the VP of Business Development at Doorman, a package delivery start-up in San Francisco. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, Dora worked at J.P. Morgan in New York for five years. Dora is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Melanie E. Mayberry DDS, FAGD, MS, HCM
Emerging Speaker - Friday
Dr. Melanie E. Mayberry is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Previously, she was the Director of the Pre-Doctoral Patient Care Clinic, a 42 chair dental clinic at the University Health Center on the Detroit Medical Center Campus. Dr. Mayberry is a member of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Perinatal Oral Health Education Taskforce and the Interprofessional Education Taskforce. She is also a member of the State of Michigan Infant Mortality Advisory Council and is the co-developer of a grant funded teaching, training, and education program that integrates oral health into OB (obstetrics) practice.

Dr. Mayberry received Fellowship status from the Academy of General Dentistry and was recently inducted into the Pierre Fauchard International Honor Dental Academy. She maintains a part-time private practice and has a strong interest in interprofessional education and collaborative care. Dr. Mayberry is a graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. She completed a General Practice Residency in Hospital Dentistry at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Thomas McDaniel DMD, FAGD
Dental Pearls - Thursday
University of Louisville DMD 1987. University of Kentucky GPR 1988. Private Practice Lexington, KY 1988-1991. Medical College of Georgia / Georgia Highlands College 1991-2010. Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Glendale, AZ 2010-Present. AGD Fellowship 1994.
Susan McMahon DMD
Emerging Speaker - Saturday
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Dr. McMahon enjoys one of the largest cosmetic dental practices in Western Pennsylvania. She is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a fellow in the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics, and a Catapult Education KOL. An author and lecturer, Dr. McMahon has devoted her professional career to the pursuit of advanced technologies in cosmetic dentistry and smile design. She is a past clinical instructor in Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and a guest lecturer at the University of West Virginia, School of Dentistry. She also lectures in both the United States and Europe on cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening. A seven-time award winner in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Annual Smile Gallery, Dr. McMahon has twice been awarded gold medals. She has been honored as a Top Cosmetic Dentist seven times. She has also been voted by her peers numerous times as a Top Dentist in Pittsburgh. Dr McMahon was recently inducted into the prestigious American Society for Dental Aesthetics. The ASDA’s members are national and international leading dentists who have a lifelong commitment to learning and providing exceptional dental care. Very active in charity work and fundraising, Dr. McMahon is a board and founding member of Music for MS. Music for MS, Roots Music Festival, is a daylong, family friendly live music festival held at Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA. Six live bands, food, drink and thousands of attendees mark the annual event. $120,000 has been presented to the Western PA MS Society since it’s inception in 2014.
Charles M. Meek DDS, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Friday
Dr. Charles M. Meek was a 1997 graduate from the dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.  His class was the first undergraduate dental class to receive training in implant dentistry.  Because of this fortunate timing, implant dentistry has been a part of his practice from day one.  Since 1997, the application of implant dentistry to all areas of prosthetics has grown organically in this practice, and has become the most rewarding part of private practice for the doctor. 

Dr. Charles Meek was awarded the Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry(FAGD) in 2012 and has made the study of implant dentistry and prosthetics the center of his continuing education.  With its location in Central Austin, 38th Street Dental has provided Dr. Meek and his practice partner a fantastic platform their restorative driven implant practice.
Gigi Meinecke DMD,FAGD
Dr. Gigi Meinecke has been active in the field of facial injectables since 2004. In 2013 Dr. Meinecke established “FACES” – Facial Anatomy for Comprehensive Esthetic Seminars- which provides education in cosmetic and therapeutic injectables to medical and dental professionals with its core focus on comprehensive facial anatomy. FACES is the only training offered in this discipline to regularly integrate cadaver study with live patient injections. Dr. Meinecke has been teaching injectables nationally for 7 years.

Dr. Meinecke is immediate past president of the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry and currently serves on the Maryland State Dental Associations Legislative and Government Affairs Council. Nationally, she is a spokesperson for the AGD and serves on their Legislative and Governmental Affairs Council. Dr. Meinecke also serves on the ADA Council on Communications. She is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and in the International College of Dentists. Dr. Meinecke maintains a full time practice in Potomac, Maryland.
Vincent Michael DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dental Pearls - Saturday
Vincent J. Michael, D.M.D., F.I.C.O.I. earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and a Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. The University of Connecticut Dental School consistently ranks as a top dental school and ranked #1 when Dr. Michael graduated in 2003. Passionate about the importance of continuing education, Dr. Michael has done extensive advanced training in cosmetics, implants, oral surgery and anesthesia. He is a certified Invisalign provider and a certified Mini Dental Implant provider. 

Dr. Michael currently serves as a part-time academic faculty member at UConn Dental School. Dr. Michael is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, the New Haven Dental Association, and the Shoreline Study Club.Dr. Michael is also a member in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a worldwide organization whose members have made a commitment to continuous study and training in the field of Implantology. He was awarded Fellowship status, an honor ICOI bestows on a dental professional who has demonstrated an exceptional interest in the advancement of Implant Dentistry by pursuing voluntary programs that evaluate and test their knowledge of implant dentistry by experts in the field. ICOI Fellows have been recognized by their peers and are local leaders as well as global ambassadors. 

Accordingly, Dr. Michael enjoys and has a strong focus on implant restorations, from simple to complex cases. As a dental student, Dr. Michael was awarded the Community Service Award which recognizes contributions to the local community in the area of oral health. This spirit of volunteerism has continued over the years, with Dr. Michael volunteering his time and dental expertise locally and abroad. Every year, he proudly participates in the CT Mission of Mercy, providing free dental care to any patient in need. He has worked at the Connecticut Special Olympics, the Southpark Homeless Shelter, and area senior centers. Abroad, Dr. Michael has volunteered under the auspice of the Haitian Health Foundation, providing dental care to the remote villages of Haiti.


Professor Mark Miodownik PhD
Mark Andrew Miodownik is a British materials scientist, engineer, broadcaster and writer at University College London. Previously, he was the head of the Materials Research Group at King's College London and a co-founder of Materials Library. Prof Miodownik is a materials engineer. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996. Before joining UCL in Feb 2012 he worked in engineering research institutions in the USA, Ireland, and in the UK. He was included in the The Times 2010 list of the top 100 most influential people in science. He is a Chartered Engineer and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Prof Miodownik regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and presented a three part BBC4 series on materials science called "How it Works in Spring 2012". He writes for The Guardian and The Times, and he is a regular presenter of engineering TV programmes the BBC. In 2013 he was awarded the Rooke Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering. His book Stuff Matters was published in June 2013 and won the Royal Society Winton Prize and the US National Academies Keck Futures Prize. In 2016 he was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Public Engagement with Science.
Robin Morrison
Robin Morrison’s passion for dentistry and health care, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, lead her to become the founder of two successful companies. She is the president of RLM Healthcare Marketing & Consulting, Inc., founded in 1997, and Dental Consultant Connection, founded in 2011.

Robin began her career in dentistry in 1981, working in a premier dental practice as an office administrator and marketing director. In 1997, she began to live her dream and launched her first business, RLM Healthcare Marketing & Consulting. As many entrepreneurs do, Robin recognized more business opportunities and needs, and couldn’t resist launching her second 
business, Dental Consultant Connection (DCC). DCC connects dental consultants and dentists to ensure the practice selects the right consultant to fit their needs. DCC has formed a “dream team” of 35 brilliant dental consultants who specialize in niche areas of dentistry.

In 2012, Robin teamed up with Linda Miles to form Oral Cancer Cause, Inc. (OCC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As founders of OCC and partners in additional dental projects, Robin and Linda have worked tirelessly to form an organization that financially assists oral 
cancer patients and their families, while creating awareness about oral cancer. OCC was founded in memory of Robin’s brother, Mike Collins and Linda’s sister-in-law, Charlotte Estep, both who lost their battles with oral cancer.

Robin is a member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants (ADMC), the Speaking Consulting Network (SCN) and a lifetime member of the American Association of 
Dental Office Managers (AADOM).
Mohammed Mujeeb DDS, MAGD, ABGD
Dental Pearls - Saturday
Dr. Mujeeb graduated from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine , New York, NY in May 1993. He completed General Practice Residency from Hackensack NJ 1994. Moved to Melbourne Florida and have been in Private Practice since then. Achieved Fellowship and Master from AGD and Board Certified from American Board of General Dentistry in 2014. Member of American Dental Association, International College of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Own multiple offices and mentor Associates, organize and conduct study club meetings. Married with 5 children. Enjoy outdoor activities, hiking, biking and running.  
Rocky L. Napier DMD

Rocky L. Napier, DMD: Dr. Napier, a former electrical engineer, has been in the private practice of pediatric dentistry in Aiken, SC for over 27 years. As a graduating senior of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) - College of Dental Medicine, he served as the Student Body President of the MUSC. He received his internship and residency training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry and the Children's Hospital of Alabama, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Napier was honored to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Service Award from the MUSC, the Meritorious Achievement Award from the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA), and is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of South Carolina-Aiken. He is a past-chair of the SC Chapter of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and past-president of the SCDA Central District Dental Society and the Aiken County Dental Society. Locally and nationally, Dr. Napier serves as a strong advocate for children's dental issues and the established, traditional practice of dentistry, including the patient-centered dental home. Dr. Napier has been an associate member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of its Section on Oral Health since 2006. He is a national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) since 2007 and the AAPD Public Policy Advocate for South Carolina since 2016. From 2010-2014, he served as the 16th District member to the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Access, Prevention, and Inter-professional Relations (CAPIR), and is currently completing the final year of his second term (2011-2017) on the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) Dental Practice Council (DPC). Dr. Napier is a 16th District Alternate Delegate to the ADA’s House of Delegates for 2014-18 and a Region 19 Delegate to the AGD House of Delegates for 2014-2018.

At the state level, Dr. Napier is President of the SCDA for 2017, President-elect of the SC AGD for 2016-2017, and is a charter member and Chair-elect for 2016-2017 of the SC DHEC Oral Health Division’s Oral Health Advisory Board. He is a past board member and current Secretary of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry for 2017.

Dr. Dhaval Patel DDS
Dr. Dhavel Patel is a multiple-office owner dentist supported by Pacific Dental Services®. Dr. Patel is a faculty member for the PDS Institute® and has been recognized as a subject matter expert in anterior and posterior CEREC® CAD/CAM dentistry. He has had numerous speaking engagements, published articles, and more.
Seena Patel DMD, MPH
Dr. Seena Patel currently serves as the Associate Director of Oral Medicine and Assistant Professor at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University. She is also an associate at the Southwest Orofacial Group in Phoenix, AZ, practicing orofacial pain, oral medicine, and dental sleep medicine since 2012. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Oral Medicine. Her educational interests are in myofascial pain, neuropathic pain, oral mucosal diseases, management of obstructive sleep apnea with mandibular advancement devices, and the dental management of medically complex patients. She has authored several publications that encompass these topics, and her current research endeavors are focused on dental sleep medicine, management of myofascial pain affecting the orofacial structures, oral complications of cancer therapy, and the dental management of patients taking direct oral anticoagulants. She also serves as a peer-reviewer of scientific articles for dental journals and as the dental public health expert on the National Board Dental Examination Part II Test Construction Committee. Furthermore, she has lectured at several local and national dental meetings on various topics on orofacial pain and oral medicine-related conditions.

Dr. Daniel G. Pompa DDS
After graduating from New York University College of Dentistry in 1978, Dr. Pompa completed a General Practice Residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital, followed by specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Lincoln Hospital, New York Medical College. In 1982, he became a Fellow of The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and in 1992 a Fellow in The International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Pompa has been a guest lecturer at both Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and New York University College of Dentistry and is now a guest faculty at NYU College of Dentistry. Dan has lectured extensively, including at the Academy of Osseointegration, the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, and has presented at the annual Greater New York Dental Meeting numerous times throughout the years. In November 2013, Dr. Pompa became a Seminar Series Speaker/Consultant for the American Dental Association.

Dr. Pompa is an author, having published in such journals as the Journal of the American Dental Association and Dentistry Today, where he has also been listed as a “Leader in Continuing Education.” In December 2013, he became an online author for the ADA with the course: “Apical Surgery: To Pull or Not to Pull.” Recently, in the Winter 2014 Journal of NYSAGD, Dr. Pompa published “Update on Basic Physical Diagnosis,” which summarizes many new innovations for a simple, chairside medical workup.

Dan is also an inventor, having been issued a U.S. Patent for his innovative work in the field of Dental Implantology (U.S. Patent # 5,320,529). Dr. Pompa has four lectures which have been presented throughout the United States:

- Update on Medical Emergencies: How to Save a Life, Including Your Own
- The “Top 10 List” for Essential Drugs needed for an Emergency Drug Kit
- The Single Tooth Implant: The Ultimate Creative Challenge
- To Pull or Not to Pull: Apical Surgery vs. Implant Placement
Dental Pearls - Saturday
It was at The University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio that Dr. Pratt discovered and developed his passion for implant dentistry and oral surgery. He graduated in 1981 and was licensed to practice on June 10 of that year. Dr. Pratt moved back to Atlanta following his graduation from dental school and became an associate of Michael Thurman, D.D.S. Dr. Thurman encouraged Dr. Pratt's thirst for knowledge, and stressed the importance of continuing education in order to stay current with the ever-evolving science of dentistry. In 1983 

Dr. Pratt opened his office at its current location. He founded Atlanta General and Implant Dentistry five years later. Dr. Pratt holds fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the International College of Dentists. He is a member of the American Dental AssociationAmerican Academy of Dental Sleep MedicineTexas Dental Association, Texas First District Dental Society, ArkLaTex Academy of Dentistry, Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Orthodontic Society. He has attended six World Symposiums of Dental Implants in five foreign countries. 

Dr. Steven Pratt has logged over 2,200 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school, with 700 of those hours in the field of dental implants. His work in this field has been published nationally, and he frequently addresses groups of dentists on the subject of dental implants. Much of Dr. Pratt's time out of the office is spent in the great outdoors. Among his favorite recreational activities are biking, running, and hiking mountain trails with his wife, Nora. He and Nora are also very active in their church.


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Gilda Pronych DDS, FAGD
Dental Pearls - Thursday
Dr. Pronych graduated in 1998 from Dalhousie University and completed a residency at Miami Valley Hospital and a fellowship in geriatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota. She received her fellowship from the AGD in 2006. She sees patients at both ends of the age spectrum, but few and far between! She practices as a general dentist at Core Pediatric Dentistry and maintains privileges at Exeter Hospital. She has also been caring for residents in long-term care facilities in the seacoast region of New Hampshire since 2000. She has been involved in research and teaching and is also actively associated with the Special Care Dentistry Association.
Dental Pearls - Thursday
Dr. Robinson travels extensively to Post Graduate seminars keeping abreast of the most current procedures so that he can provide to our patients the best Dentistry has to offer.    In 2013 Dr. Robinson attended Programs in Hawaii,  Illinois,  New York,  Michigan, Louisiana, Florida  and California. In 2014, Dr. Robinson attended Programs in Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Nevada, Louisiana, California and Michigan Dr. Robinson travels extensively to Post Graduate seminars keeping abreast of the most current procedures so that he can provide to our patients the best  Dentistry has to offer. In 2013 Dr. Robinson attended Programs in Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Michigan, Louisiana, Florida and California. 

In 2014, Dr. Robinson attended Programs in Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Nevada, Louisiana, California and Michigan.  We are placing special emphasis on Implant Dentistry for Single and Multiple Tooth Replacement as well as Denture Stabilization (snap in) or Elimination (replaced with Full Arch Cemented Crowns) , but as always,  the Total Focus is on your  Dental and Overall Health. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry,   Fellow and Michigan's only Master of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants (IAMDI) and Fellow, Master, and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Robinson received his Diplomate award (the highest credential awarded for Practictioners by the ICOI) in January, 2015 in Orlando, FL . 



George Schmidt DMD, FAGD
Dental Pearls - Thursday
Dr. George Schmidt is a New Jersey Native who graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Biology. He received his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1998. While in graduate school Dr. Schmidt received numerous academic and patient care awards. He was inducted into OKU dental society and served as class president and later as president of the entire student body.

As a post graduate, Dr. Schmidt completed a three year continuum in the surgical placement of dental implants at the NYU College of Dentistry and then remained on staff, as a clinical associate, for an additional year. He has been awarded fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Dental Implant Association. In addition to private practice Dr. Schmidt is a Faculty member at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in the department of restorative dentistry and is an attending at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBMIC). 

Dr. Schmidt is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry’s Council on Dental Education, serves on the resident selection committee at NBIMC, and the Executive Council at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) and the CE committee for RSDM. He is a board member, co-chairperson of the CE Committee, and a delegate to the Academy of General Dentistry National Meeting, for the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry. 

Dr. Schmidt resides in Morris County with his wife and two children. His hobbies include cooking, fishing, and traveling. He has been active in the community serving as a coach in a myriad of sports. The professional organizations, of which he is an active member are the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, the Tri-County Dental Society, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The international Congress of Oral Implantologists, and American Dental Implant Association
Mr. Robert Siciliano
Emerging Speaker - Thursday
"#1 Best Selling Author ROBERT SICILIANO CSP, CEO of is fun, funny, but serious about teaching you and your audience fraud prevention and personal security. Robert is a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Staff Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security whose motto is Semper Paratus (Always Ready). His programs are cutting edge, easily digestible and provide best practices to keep you, your clients and employees safe and secure. Your audience will walk away as experts in identity theft prevention, online reputation management, online privacy and data security.

Robert is a 4 time Boston Marathoner, Private Investigator and is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering people so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. As a Certified Speaking Professional his “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, leading corporations and meeting planners, to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news. Robert lives in Boston with his wife and young daughters and he rides a 1987 purple Harley Davidson Low Rider." 
Erik Solberg DDS
Emerging Speaker - Saturday
Dr. Solberg Graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2012 where he was the Founder and Co-President of the MN Student AGD group. He went on to complete an AEGD program at Idaho State University and practice for two years at a privately owned group practice in Minneapolis, MN, before returning to complete a year long full time Implant Fellowship at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. 

Since completing the fellowship in July 2016, Dr. Solberg works in Eagan,MN as a general dentist with special interest and concentration on Implant, Surgical and Sedation Dentistry. He has had the fortune of serving on the AGD Membership committee since 2012 and enjoys helping to promote the benefits and message of the AGD.
Emil Svoboda DDS, FAGD
Emerging Speaker - Thursday
Dr. Svoboda earned his PhD and DDS at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the AGD, Honored Fellow of the AAID and Diplomate of the ABOI/ID. He has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 25 years and has spent the last 4 years investigating implant prosthesis installation techniques and their relationship to peri-implant disease. This has led to a better understanding of the current techniques and the development of new abutment and prosthesis designs, and processes that promise to reduce iatrogenic complications. His research on intra-oral cementation is pertinent to both dental implants and natural teeth.
Leonard F. Tau DMD
Dr. Leonard F. Tau maintains a full time private practice in Northeast Philadelphia focusing on general, cosmetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry. He received his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA and a Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at UMDNJ in Somerdale, NJ. Dr. Tau has had extensive training in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry including Invisalign, which allows him to offer you beautiful anterior esthetics and the smile you have always dreamed of. His primary focus in his practice is patient comfort and painless dentistry.
Jamie Toop DDS

      Dr. Jamie Toop graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and is an owner dentist supported by Pacific Dental Services®. In her years of practice experience, Dr. Toop has been recognized as a subject matter expert in oral-systemic health. She has had numerous speaking engagements, published articles, and more. She currently serves as a faculty member for the PDS Institute® and a member of the Pacific Dental Services’ National Advisory Board.

Glennine Varga AAS, RDA, CTA
Glennine Varga is CEO of DSM Boot Camp and has been employed in dental education for 20 years. Glennine is certified in radiology, electro-diagnostics, and expanded duties dental assisting and in treatment of temporomandibular disorders. She has been a TMD/Sleep Apnea trainer and speaker with emphasis on medical billing and documentation for over fourteen years and has trained doctors and teams in the use of electro-diagnostic equipment for five years. 

Dr. Varga is also an active faculty member of The Pankey Institute, American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and Spear Education’s Dental Sleep Medicine courses. Dr. Varga is currently a dental sleep medicine coach for DSM Boot Camp. She has been published by Aesthetic Dentistry and is a columnist for the quarterly publication Dental Sleep Practice magazine. Dr. Glennine Varga has recently been recognized as a professional member with the National Speakers Association.
Dr. Lawrence N. Wallace DDS
Dr. Lawrence N. Wallace, DDS, the developer and founder of the Larell One Step Denture. He is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who maintained a private practice in Des Plaines, Illinois. Dr. Wallace has lectured nationally and internationally and has written many articles in dental industry journals.  He has volunteered extensively and brought the Larell One Step Denture to the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic program across the country. 

Dr. Wallace technique is being taught at many dental schools across the country, and is being used in the faculty practice at NYU College of Dentistry.  Dr. Lawrence Wallace company Larell One Step Denture, the Larell denture system is now providing comfortable functional and esthetic dentures for thousands of people nationwide. Larell has grown to include numerous dental professionals throughout North America with extensive clinical and laboratory experience in fabricating dentures, dentures over implants and immediate denture placement and surgery.
Rudy Wassenaar DMD, MAGD, DABOI, FAAID
Dental Pearls - Thursday
Rudy M. Wassenaar is a general dentist practicing in rural British Columbia , Canada where he has been since 1987. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 1981 with a DMD degree. In 1986 he passed the National Dental Examination Board of Canada requirements for licensure in Canada and moved to Williams Lake, BC Canada. Dr. Wassenaar is a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry and in recognition for his involvement with organized dentistry he received his Fellowship ( 2000) and his Mastership (2007) designation. 

Dr. Wassenaar is a member of the Alumni Organization of the LD Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education, the American Academy of GP Orthodontics and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In 2001 Dr. Wassenaar received his Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist and as such has received his Fellowship (2005).Mastership (2007) and Diplomate Award (2011).  Dr. Wassenaar studied under Dr.Carl Misch and in recognition of his ongoing involvement with the Misch International Implant Institute received his surgical Fellowship Award in 2011. Dr. Wassenaar has received his certification and credentials from the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry (2014). Dr. Wassenaar is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and as such is currently working towards his Fellowship designation with this organization.
Parsa T. Zadeh DDS, FICOI, MAGD
Full time private practice emphasizing cosmetic and full mouth rehabilitation since 1988. Developed the very first totally paperless dental office in US in October 1997. Founded Beverly Hills Center for Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry. Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology, since 2006 and a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, since 2012.