Amanda Sheehan, DDS
Dr. Amanda Sheehan graduated with honors from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and received her certificate in dental oncology from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She maintains a full-time private practice in Waterford, Michigan, and is on staff at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan, as a member of the hospital’s head and neck tumor board. Dr. Sheehan is also a faculty member at the Misch-Resnik Implant Institute, where she mentors colleagues on implant surgery and prosthetics. She is a Diplomate of the ICOI and AADSM, and a Master of the AGD.
Amerian D. Sones, DMD, M.S.
Dr. Amerian Sones is an associate professor at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, and serves in various leadership positions for the university’s continuing education, dental oncology and prosthodontic programs. She graduated from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and attended the UCLA School of Dentistry for postgraduate studies in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthodontics. Dr. Sones has maintained a private practice focused on prosthodontics and dental implant treatment for more than 35 years. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). Dr. Sones received her AO certificate in implant dentistry in January 2020 and also serves as the academy’s president elect.
Angela M. Pickett, RDH, M.S.
Angela Pickett is an executive vice president for Levin Group. She received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Maryland, and then became the hygiene department manager of the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic there. She holds a master’s degree in administrative science, with a concentration in management, from Johns Hopkins University. Angela joined Levin Group in 1994 and has been speaking and consulting with dentists for over 35 years, 27 of which have been spent working directly with Dr. Roger Levin and Levin Group clients.
Barry Raphael, DMD
Dr. Barry Raphael received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his specialty training in orthodontics from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His private practice at the Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics in Clifton, New Jersey, focuses on facial growth and the development of a healthy airway. He is a highly sought-after lecturer and is a past president of the Passaic County Dental Society.
Bart Silverman, DMD
Dr. Bart Silverman graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1982 Summa Cum Laude and received his doctorate in dental medicine in 1986 from Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. School of Dentistry, where he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial residency at Westchester County Medical Center in 1989 and was chief resident in his final year. He maintains a private practice specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery in New City, New York and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Oral Implantology. He has been lecturing in the field of implant dentistry for over 25 years. Dr. Silverman is also an attending physician at Westchester County Medical Center, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a clinical associate professor at New York Medical College, an adjunct clinical associate professor at Roseman School of Dentistry and director of the Roseman University MaxiCourse® in Implant Dentistry.
Brad Mckeiver, CPA, MBA
Brad McKeiver is partner-in-charge of Aprio’s National Dental Industry Practice, an accounting solutions group. He arms dentists with real-time financial data about their practices and has helped numerous practitioners make informed business decisions that focus on driving increased profitability, growth and value. McKeiver speaks regularly at dental conferences and professional organization events across the nation. He received both his bachelor of business administration in trusts and investments and his MBA in finance from Campbell University in North Carolina.
Bradley Eli, DMD, M.S.
Dr. Bradley Eli graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry and received a Master of Science degree in oral biology from UCLA. Based in Encinitas, California, he is a nationally recognized specialist in orofacial pain management who treats all types of head, neck and jaw pain as well as sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Eli has served as an educational staff member at Loma Linda University Medical Center, the UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology and Scripps Memorial Hospital. He also holds several patents for medical devices designed to improve patient care.
Chad C. Duplantis, DDS
Dr. Chad Duplantis is a graduate of the School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has been in private practice since 2000 in the Fort Worth, Texas, area, and has been incorporating CAD/CAM technology into his practice since 2004. Dr. Duplantis lectures and publishes frequently in the field of digital dentistry, with a particular focus on how to transition new technology into the private dental practice.
Charles Schlesinger, DDS, FICOI
Dr. Charles Schlesinger is a dental implant educator and clinician who has been lecturing internationally throughout the United States, Canada, China, Saudi Arabia and the U.K. for over 15 years. He graduated with honors from The Ohio State College of Dentistry in 1996. After graduation, he completed a general practice residency at the San Diego VA Medical Center, and then went on to become the chief resident at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. During his time in Los Angeles, he completed extensive training in oral surgery, implantology and advanced restorative treatment. He is a fellow of the ICOI. Additionally, he continues to provide comprehensive implant care to patients in a private practice setting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Christian Coachman, DDS, CDT
Dr. Christian Coachman received degrees in dental technology in 1995 and dentistry in 2002 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In 1996, Dr. Coachman opened his own laboratory and later worked as a technical consultant on Willi Geller Creation Ceramics. He served as an instructor at the Ceramic Specialization Program at Ceramoart Training Center. From 2004 to 2009, he served as the head ceramist for the Atlanta-based practice of Drs. Ronald E. Goldstein, David Garber and Maurice Salama. Dr. Coachman currently works as a consultant and develops products for companies. He has lectured and published internationally in the fields of esthetic dentistry, oral rehabilitation, dental ceramics and implants.
Christopher Resnik, DMD, MDS
Dr. Christopher Resnik is a prosthodontist in Winter Park, Florida, and a faculty member at the Misch-Resnik Implant Institute. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree as well as a certificate in the advanced specialty of prosthodontics and master’s degree in Oral Implantology from the University of Pittsburg School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Resnik has contributed to textbooks on implant dentistry and avoiding complications in oral implantology.
Chuck Cohen, Managing Director
Chuck Cohen is managing director and third-generation owner of Benco Dental Company, the nation’s largest independently owned dental distributor, and Clarion Financial, a sister company offering financing to dentists. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, Benco serves over 25,000 dental offices and dental laboratories across the United States. The company is based in northeastern Pennsylvania with locations in 40 states. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Charles joined Benco as a territory representative in 1989. After taking on management roles in the company’s sales and marketing department, he assumed a senior leadership role in 1997.
Clint Stevens, DDS, FAGD, FICOI
Dr. Clint Stevens attended dental school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio and completed a one-year post-doctoral Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, the International College of Oral Implantologists, and is a member of the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry. When not providing patient care, Dr. Stevens is engaged in ongoing laboratory and clinical research dealing with adhesive restorative materials, digital dentistry workflows, endodontics and dental implants, regularly publishing articles in dental literature.
David G. Hochberg, DDS
Dr. David Hochberg graduated from the Emory University School of Dentistry and completed advanced training in the surgical and restorative phases of implant therapy at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) MaxiCourse® held at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Hochberg operates a general practice in Atlanta that has provided restorative, implant and cosmetic dentistry services for more than 30 years. He has lectured nationally, is the immediate past president of the AAID, and is a former chief editor of the AAID News.
Elizabeth Carr, DHA, MDA, RDH
Elizabeth Carr is chair of dental hygiene at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Dentistry. She earned both a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene and a doctorate degree in health administration from the UMMC School of Dentistry, as well as a master’s degree in dental hygiene from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. A native of the Mississippi Delta, Carr worked in private practice as a registered dental hygienist before joining the UMMC School of Dentistry’s dental hygiene department as a full-time instructor in 2006.
Frank Deluca, DMD, J.D.
Dr. Frank DeLuca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and earned his J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. As a practicing lawyer, he owns a private law practice in Hollywood, Florida, with an emphasis on issues relating to dentistry, including litigation representation as well as defense of administrative and licensure matters. Dr. DeLuca is also a frequent lecturer on risk management and related topics.
Frank Golding, J.D., MBA
Frank Golding has more than 25 years of digital media experience, including positions at Google and ESPN. He led the North American sports group for YouTube, managing two of the world’s largest multichannel sports networks, and launching live Major League Baseball and NCAA Division I FBS college football games. Golding invests in promising technology and media startups with novel missions to improve our environment, health, and communication. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and has won a Sports Emmy Award for innovation.
Gary Pritchard, J.D.
Gary Pritchard received his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and went on to serve as general counsel for Clayton Homes, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company, and Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company. As a board-certified trial lawyer, Gary was a managing partner for Pritchard & Hanszen in Houston, Texas, and holds active law licenses in Texas, Arizona, Tennessee and California. Gary is currently one of the in-house labor counselors for Glidewell, where he has been integral in instituting policies that protect both employees and the company.
Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, Ph.D.
Dr. Gordon Christensen is a practicing prosthodontist in Provo, Utah. He is director of Practical Clinical Courses and CEO of Clinicians Report. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics; Fellow and Diplomate of the ICOI; and a distinguished member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Christensen and his wife Rella are cofounders of the nonprofit Gordon J. Christensen Clinicians Report® (formerly CRA Newsletter).
Hamid Abedi, DDS
Dr. Hamid Abedi is an endodontist and the CEO and founder of Cornerstone Dental Specialties (CDS), the largest endodontic group in the country. CDS has 34 endodontists servicing over 200 offices in 10 states. The group has performed close to a million root canals and is helping navigate endodontic emergency services in their referring offices during the current coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Abedi has published over 20 scientific articles. He has coauthored two chapters in the primary textbooks of endodontics, “Endodontics: Principles and Practice,” and surgical endodontics, “The Art and Science of Contemporary Surgical Endodontics.” He has four issued patents in the dental arena and is part-time faculty at Loma Linda University.
Jack A. Hahn, DDS
Dr. Jack Hahn earned his DDS from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. A pioneer in the field of implant dentistry, Dr. Hahn has been placing and restoring dental implants for 50 years, and he developed the original tapered implant design in the 1990s. Most recently, he oversaw the design of the Hahn™ Tapered Implant, which was created to streamline treatment and improve results. Dr. Hahn is also clinical editor of Chairside® magazine. He lectures to dentists around the world and maintains a private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jamison Spencer, DMD, M.S.
Dr. Jamison Spencer is the director of the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ in Boise, Idaho, and the director of dental sleep medicine for Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, a group practice with more than 30 locations in North Carolina. A past president of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP), he is a founding faculty member of both the AACP’s Craniofacial Pain Mini-Residency and the AACP/Tufts University Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency program, and he developed and taught a cadaver-based head and neck anatomy program at Boise State University. Dr. Spencer is also the inventor of the Silent Sleep oral appliance, which is FDA-cleared for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.
Jinny Bender, DMD
Dr. Jinny Bender is a clinical dentist at Glidewell. After earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, she practiced general dentistry for 27 years before joining Glidewell in 2022. Dr. Bender is a member of the ADA, CDA and Orange County Dental Society.
Joy Poskozim, DDS
After working in various dental practices in the Chicagoland area, Dr. Joy Poskozim opened Joyful Dental Care, where she provides services ranging from general dentistry to cosmetic treatment. She also performs mobile care onsite in nursing homes, assisted care facilities and independent living centers, providing treatment to those unable come to her practice. Dr. Poskozim is dedicated to delivering excellent services and long-term solutions that lead to optimal dental health for her patients.
Joy Sorensen Navarre
Joy Sorensen Navarre is the president and founder of Navigate LLC. A national expert in student loan management, she consults with physicians and health systems across the country. Joy lives by a powerful core belief: you find your purpose where the world’s greatest need and your greatest joy meet. This is why she built Navigate. She loves doing work that helps everyone — physicians, health systems, and patients.
Justin Chi, DDS, CDT
Dr. Justin Chi is director of clinical technologies at Glidewell. He joined Glidewell as a clinical research associate in 2015 after graduating from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Chi’s previous education included receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in dental laboratory technology from the LSU School of Dentistry and earning his CDT in crown & bridge in 2007.
Karrie Letu is a social media expert with a focus on helping brands grow their Instagram following. She also believes in creating communities that advocate for their favorite brands. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a degree in English education and journalism, and has since managed social media presences in areas ranging from consumer products to C-suite personal accounts and nonprofit organizations.
Ken Berley, DDS, J.D.
Dr. Ken Berley is a dentist and attorney with a practice focused on the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and TMD. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), a lecturer, and a consultant in the areas of risk management and the development of a successful dental sleep medicine (DSM) practice. Dr. Berley has written numerous consent forms that are used in general and DSM practices. In addition, he is the president of the Dental Sleep Apnea Team, which provides educational opportunities for doctors and dental staff, and he is the coauthor of “The Clinician’s Handbook for Dental Sleep Medicine.”
Kevin Suzuki, DMD, M.S.
Dr. Kevin R. Suzuki earned his D.M.D. from Nova Southeastern and completed Periodontics and Oral Implantology residency at Temple University. Dr. Suzuki holds faculty positions at Temple and University of Washington. Dr. Suzuki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is past president of the Washington State Society of Periodontists, a member of OKU, American and International College of Dentists, and an Eagle Scout.
Lambert Stumpel, DDS
Dr. Lambert J. Stumpel has been in private practice since 1982. He graduated, from the Royal University of Utrecht, School of Dentistry, the Netherlands. He has published over 35 articles and book chapters in the international peer reviewed literature and is the holder of five dental related patents. He is a Fellow of the AO, a member of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and is a board member of the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Stumpel is the developer of the 3D-Click-Guide and the Quikbar.
Lan Chi Le, DDS
Dr. Lan Chi Le is founder and CEO of ZYGO Dental Group, where she manages 11 practices and oversees approximately 60 employees while providing dental services to residents throughout Texas. In 2016, she partnered with Walmart to open dental clinics inside Walmart Supercenter locations, including six in Dallas-Fort Worth and one in San Antonio. She has built a business designed to make dental care easy, affordable and accessible to all. Dr. Le also participates in health fairs throughout her community, where she provides screenings and educates people on the importance of oral care.
Larissa Figari-Goller, DDS, MAGD, FICOI
Larissa Figari-Goller, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, received her education from SUNY at Stony Brook. She completed a one-year GPR at North Shore University Hospital and was selected and completed a 2 year Fellowship in Advanced Prosthodontics & Implant Dentistry. She focused intensely on advanced treatment planning and dental care. Her education has not stopped- she has completed over 1600 hours of CE. She graduated from the Kois Center and since has become a Mentor of the Kois Center. She continues to integrate and apply the highest level of dentistry that is driven by the clinical application and the scientific evidence that supports it. She is a partner at Huntington Bay Dental and has been working with the team at Huntington Bay Dental to provide the best clinical care. Dr Figari-Goller is a proud graduate of the inaugural Guiding Leaders program in 2019.
Mark T. Hebner is the founder and president of Index Fund Advisors, Inc. (IFA), and author of the highly regarded book “Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors,” which focuses on investor education. Nominated as one of the three all-time greatest investment books, “Index Funds” details the possible perils associated with stock picking, mutual fund manager picking, market timing, and other wealth depleting behaviors. Hebner’s 12-Step Program teaches the differences between active and passive investing, explains the emotional triggers that impact investment decisions, and offers an enlightening education on evidence-based investing that may forever change the way an investor perceives the stock market. Hebner is a Wealth Advisor (Series 65) and has an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor’s in Nuclear Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico.
Mark Romano is cofounder and co-owner of Now Media Group, a San Diego-based marketing firm that specializes in web design, social media, advertising and content curation to promote dental practice growth. With over a decade of experience in the dental marketing industry, Mark has positioned his firm as a dependable business partner for dentists and has served more than 750 clients in the U.S. and in multiple countries around the world. Contact him at 858-333-8950 or nowmediagroup.tv.
Mary K. Shields, DDS, MPH
Dr. Mary Shields owns a private practice in Louisville, Kentucky, focused on family and cosmetic care. She is an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology, where she provides forensic services ranging from the identification of human remains to legal consultations. Dr. Shields is also in the process of finalizing the requirements for board certification by the American Board of Forensic Odontology.
Meghna Dassani, DMD
Dr. Meghna Dassani received dental training at the University of Mumbai, India, and the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. For the past 17 years, her private practice in Houston, Texas, has focused on treating patients with sleep-disordered breathing. She is the author of two books on sleep apnea and the dental practice: “Healthy Sleep, Happy Kids” and “Sleep. Breathe. Dream.”
Michael Dorociak, DDS
Dr. Michael Dorociak is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. He serves as chairman of the board, project director and clinical evaluator for the Gordon J. Christensen Clinicians Report®. Dr. Dorociak maintains a family-based private practice in Sarasota, Florida, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of Florida’s AEGD residency program.
Neil I. Park, DMD
Dr. Neil Park is vice president of clinical affairs for Glidewell. He received his DMD from Temple University School of Dentistry and practiced general dentistry in Florida before moving on to an accomplished career in the dental implant field, developing continuing education programs and implementing a predoctoral implant curriculum in universities throughout North America. In 2016, Dr. Park joined Glidewell, where he oversees clinical research as well as training and education programs for implant and restorative solutions.
Paresh B. Patel, DDS
Dr. Paresh Patel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and the Medical College of Georgia/AAID MaxiCourse. A clinical instructor who has placed more than 5,000 implants, Dr. Patel has published numerous articles in leading dental journals, is a diplomate of the ICOI, and has worked extensively as a lecturer and clinical consultant on dental implants and prosthetics for several companies.
Patricia Swanson, DDS, FACP
Dr. Patricia Swanson is the director of predoctoral prosthodontics at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. She earned her DDS from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and then earned her certificate in the advanced specialty of prosthodontics from Stony Brook University. Dr. Swanson has performed research in dental cements and implants, and she has a special interest in removable prosthodontics. She maintains a faculty practice in prosthodontics in Stony Brook, New York, and she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.
Randolph R. Resnik, DMD, MDS
Dr. Randolph Resnik graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has earned specialty certificates in prosthodontics and oral implantology, as well as a Master of Dental Science. He was chief of staff and surgical director of the Resnik Implant Institute for over 15 years and is currently the institute’s director and primary lecturer. Dr. Resnik lectures in the U.S. and internationally, and he has authored several definitive textbooks on oral implantology.
Randy Curran is the founder and CEO of Pristine Medical Billing. He has helped over 1,000 dental practices optimize the financial side of medicine. He also educates dental teams about topics such as proper workflows, medical necessity, documentation requirements, and ethical coding. During the past 14 years, Curran has helped obtain medical insurance coverage for over 28,000 patients for the treatment of sleep apnea.
Raymond Choi, DDS
Dr. Raymond Choi received his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and has taught there for over 10 years as an assistant clinical professor. He is a Fellow of the ICOI, an Associate Fellow of the AAID, and a graduate of the Misch International Implant Institute. As a general dentist who has been placing implants for over 20 years in his private practice in Tustin, California, he was one of the first dentists on the West Coast to place mini dental implants for loose-denture stabilization. He founded the Global Mini Implant Institute and has taught and lectured extensively on various aspects of mini implant dentistry in the U.S. and internationally.
Rella Christensen, RDH, Ph.D.
Dr. Rella Christensen cofounded the nonprofit Clinical Research Associates (later known as the Clinicians Report Foundation) in 1976, and served as its director for 27 years. Currently, Dr. Christensen is the team leader of Technologies in Restoratives and Caries (TRAC) Research, a nonprofit institute devoted to long-term clinical studies on restorative materials and oral microbiology. She has also authored many published scientific studies and articles.
Robert J. Miller, DDS, FACD, DABOI, PA
Dr. Miller is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology (ABOI), honored fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and diplomate of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). Dr. Miller is also chairman of the Department of Oral Implantology at the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic (ACDRC) in Palm Beach, Florida, director of the Center for Advanced Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry in Delray Beach, Florida, and has been a pioneer in the use of CBCT imaging, surgical navigation and surgical microscopes for over two decades.
Roger P. Levin, DDS
Dr. Roger Levin is the CEO of Levin Group, Inc., a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with more than 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is one of the most sought-after speakers in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and has authored 65 books and more than 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing.
Roger Pham, DDS
Dr. Roger V. Pham is a visionary leader in the dental field, dedicated to driving innovation and transforming the way oral healthcare is delivered. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Pham has established himself as a trusted expert, consistently pushing the boundaries of what is possible in dental technology.
As a passionate advocate for leveraging emerging technologies, Dr. Pham harnesses the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and 3D technologies to revolutionize dental practices. His deep understanding of these advancements enables him to develop innovative solutions that enhance patient care, improve diagnostic accuracy, and streamline treatment processes.
Dr. Pham graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the UCSF School Of Dentistry with a focus on Esthetics and Full Mouth Rehabilitation. He maintains a practice in Bakersfield, CA where he leverages all the latest technologies including CBCT, Digital Impressions, 3D Facial Scanning, Digital Photography, Laser Dentistry and 3D Printing to transform and speed up care for his patients.
With his unwavering commitment to excellence, innovative thinking, and transformative leadership, Dr. Pham is driving the future of technology and leaving an indelible mark on the industry. Connect with him to collaborate on groundbreaking ventures and be a part of the next wave of innovation.
Samuel Low, DDS, M.S., M.Ed.
Dr. Samuel Low is professor emeritus at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, and an associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past president of the American Academy of Periodontology and Florida Dental Association (FDA). He currently sits on the board of directors at the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the FDA, distinguished alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and received the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. Dr. Low provides dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal practices and is affiliated with the Florida Probe Corporation and is a past trustee of the American Dental Association.
Shankar Iyer, DDS, MDS
Dr. Shankar Iyer is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, where he went on to serve as a clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics. Currently, he is Director of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) MaxiCourse® in UAE and India, and he holds two appointments in the periodontics and prosthodontics departments at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. A past president of the AAID, Dr. Iyer has taught and trained more than 5000 dentists from around the world, and he has lectured in over 34 countries.
Shefali Shah, DMD
Since graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Shefali Shah has been practicing general dentistry and providing comprehensive care to her patients. She is a partner at Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry, where she provides various types of dental services, such as implant surgeries, cosmetic transformations and Six Month Smiles® orthodontics. When Dr. Shah is not practicing, she often mentors, and has instructed several seminars. Dr. Shah is a member of the ADA and various other dental organizations.
Sree Koka, DDS, Ph.D.
Dr. Sreenivas “Sree” Koka is the dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry. After receiving a DDS and M.S. in prosthodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. A Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the Academy of Prosthodontics, Dr. Koka has received numerous Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards and the Margaret L.A. MacVicar Award from the MIT Alumni Association. He has given more than 180 invited presentations at national and international dentistry meetings, and is the author or coauthor of 105 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.
Stacy Spizuoco, DDS
Dr. Stacy Spizuoco is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry. She works in private practice, serves as a clinical instructor at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and performs charitable work including annual dental missions to underdeveloped countries, as well as local missions such as Give Kids a Smile Day. Dr. Spizuoco is a member of the ADA, the American Association for Women Dentists, and various other dental organizations.
Stephanie Botts, RDH
Ms. Stephanie Botts has been a clinical dental hygienist for over 14 years. She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist providing both in-office and virtual ergonomics consulting and coaching to dental professionals. She also provides continuing education (CE) to dental and dental hygiene associations on the topic of ergonomics. Her experience as a clinical dental hygienist and ergonomics expert has allowed her to recognize the unique challenges of practicing pain-free in the dental setting. Botts believes that by learning effective strategies to optimize proper ergonomics both inside and outside the operatory, dental professionals can practice pain-free and ensure career longevity.
Stephenie Goddard, M.S.
Recently named Glidewell CEO Stephenie Goddard is an executive leader with multidisciplinary experience in organizational development, business strategy, change management, customer experience and digital transformation. She joined Glidewell in 2006 as vice president of human resources, establishing various programs that have served to augment the company’s relentless expansion. In 2019, she established the Guiding Leaders program to empower women dentists throughout the U.S. in all facets of business and leadership, and the following year she received the Mentor Award from The Lucy Hobbs Project® (Benco Dental Supply Co.; Pittston, Pa.).
Steve Carstensen, DDS
Dr. Steve Carstensen has treated sleep apnea and snoring in Bellevue, Washington, since 1998. He serves as a consultant to the ADA for sleep-related breathing disorders, has completed the UCLA Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Carstensen lectures internationally, advises several sleep-related manufacturers, directs sleep education at The Pankey Institute, and is a guest lecturer at multiple schools of dentistry. He also served as editor-in-chief of Dental Sleep Practice magazine from 2014–2019, and he is the coauthor of “The Clinician’s Handbook for Dental Sleep Medicine,” which was published by Quintessence in 2019.
Steven Barrett, DDS
Dr. Steven Barrett earned his DDS from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and shortly after joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for three years. In 1991, he joined Greenberg Dental & Orthodontics, a private group practice now with over 80 locations in Florida. Currently the clinical director and a senior partner with the group, he uses his 30 years of experience practicing restorative dentistry to organize the group’s in-house continuing education program, lecture at dental schools and provide one-on-one mentorships throughout the state.
Steven Sadowsky, DDS
Dr. Steven Sadowsky is a professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, he worked full-time as a prosthodontist in private practice for 35 years. Dr. Sadowsky served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Prosthodontists from 2008–11, and was director of the American College of Prosthodontists Annual Review Course from 2012–16. He is also past-president of the American Prosthodontic Society and the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics.
Susan McMahon, DMD
Author, lecturer and instructor Dr. Susan McMahon is an expert in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, dental care and teeth whitening. She is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and has received Top Dentist awards from Pittsburgh Magazine and the Consumers' Research Council of America.
Taylor Manalili, DDS
Dr. Taylor Manalili is director of clinical prosthodontics at Glidewell. Since joining Glidewell in 2018 as the company’s first-ever Fellow, she has conducted clinical research and performed advanced restorative work, including implant placement, chairside restorations and full-mouth rehabilitations. Dr. Manalili earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree as well as a certificate in the advanced specialty of prosthodontics from Stony Brook University. Throughout her residency, Dr. Manalili served as a clinical instructor for predoctoral students, and provided lectures to students, residents and local dentists.
Thomas Jackson, DDS
Dr. Thomas Jackson is the founder of The Chicago Center for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, and lectures internationally about the periodontium and its relation to the cosmetics of teeth and implants. A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, he served a two-year general practice residency and subsequently taught as an attending dentist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After completing his training in the combined four-year periodontics and periodontal-prosthesis residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Jackson practiced periodontics and reconstructive dentistry in Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Timothy F. Kosinski, DDS, MAGD
Dr. Timothy Kosinski graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and received a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from Wayne State University School of Medicine. In addition to serving on the editorial review board of numerous dental journals, Dr. Kosinski has published over 180 articles and contributed to textbooks on the surgical and prosthetic phases of implant dentistry.
Trent Watrous, CPA, CFE, CVA, CEPA
Trent Watrous is a Nashville-based accountant and practice management specialist who has become a go-to source of information for dentists across the U.S. who seek solutions to common practice management issues. He serves clients in a range of roles, including oversight of practice transitions and startups, methods to improve cash flow, and strategies to minimize taxes. Whether working to improve profitability of dental practices that struggle from limited cash flow, or analyzing dental practice metrics, Watrous is comfortable with confronting difficult issues and developing solutions to alleviate them. He speaks regularly to groups across the country on a variety of topics.