Mohammed Mohsen Abdelfattah, BDS, M.Sc.Mohammed Mohsen Abdelfattah, BDS, M.Sc.

Saffi Clinic
Bologna, Italy

Dr. Abdelfattah has completed his BDS from the faculty of oral and dental medicine, Cairo University, Egypt and his MS.c degree in Laser Dentistry from Genova University, Italy. He has authored and reviewed laser dentistry articles in many international journals. He finished his diploma in lasers in dental applications from National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Cairo University, and has continued to complete additional studies in lasers. He currently instructs laser dentistry continuing education courses internationally.

Allison M. Adams

Allison M. Adams, DMD

Adams Dental
Madison, NJ, USA

Dr. Allison M. Adams, recognized as one of the Top Dentists from 2010 to 2017 in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, was born and raised in Madison, New Jersey, and is proud to deliver comprehensive dental care to her friends and neighbors. She completed her undergraduate studies in 1985 at the College of St. Elizabeth and went on to study dentistry at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, graduating in 1991.

Dr. Adams is affiliated with a surgical implant mentorship at Vizstara, a renowned implant education center in New Jersey. Alongside other top dentists in the tri-state area, Dr. Adams advances her knowledge on progressive implant technologies and techniques. Through this program, she is able to provide elite care and service for her patients at a distinguished institution. Her patients benefit from her comprehensive approach to implant dentistry and her ability to both place and restore implants.

As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Adams is able to help diagnose and treat both snoring and sleep apnea. She recognizes the importance of a good night’s sleep and knows that whether it is “just snoring” that is disturbing a bed partner, or the more dangerous Obstructive Sleep Apnea that puts you at higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes, these situations can be treated with the use of a customized oral appliance.

Dr. Adams serves as an advisor to Buteyko Professionals International (BPI) Dental Advisory Board. Advisory Board members are part of the BPI Team and are recognized authorities on the Buteyko Breathing Method and support the mission of BPI by advising the BPI Management Board on clinical, scientific and dental matters. This includes the review of clinical trials on the Buteyko Method and other forms of breathing re-training in dentistry and the provision of support related to the continuing professional development of BPI members.

Laura Adelman, DMD

Laura Adelman, DMD

Pediatric Dentist
Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry
Twinsburg, OH, USA

Dr. Laura is a Pediatric Dentist who has an extra 2 years of specialized training after dental school, and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through young adulthood. Dr. Laura received her dental school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and her postdoctoral specialty training at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals of Cleveland, as well as Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. Dr. Laura, her husband Harlin, and their three daughters reside in Beachwood.

Pedro Azevedo, DVM

Veterinary Surgeon
Anjos of Assis Veterinary Medical Center
Barreiro, Portugal


dale batten dmdDale D. Batten, DMD, MAGD

General Dentist
Dale D. Batten, DMD, PA – Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry
DeLand, FL, USA

Dr. Dale Batten was born in Michigan; however he has lived in central Florida since 1960. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, he received his doctorate from UF College of Dentistry in 1979. Dr. Batten has also completed a number of post-doctoral studies at various dental schools and universities including two, two year fellowships in comprehensive dentistry. Additionally he has fulfilled the requirements and was designated a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1992 and a Master in 1996. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Florida Dental Association (past HOD representative), Central Florida District Dental Association (past representative to the executive board), Volusia-Flagler Dental Association (past president), West Volusia Dental Study Group (past president) and a member and Officer of the Woehler Research Group, Inc. (the oldest continuously registered dental study club in the United States), Halifax Implant Study Group and the Academy of Alumni and Friends University of Florida (past board member). Dr. Batten presently is licensed to practice dentistry in the states of Florida and Montana. In the year 2004, he was selected by the consumer research council as one of America’s Top Dentists.

richard baxter dmdRichard Baxter, DMD, MS, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Pediatric Dentist
Shelby Pediatric Dentistry
Pelham, AL, USA

Dr. Baxter finds great satisfaction in working with children and helping them have a positive dental experience. He attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate studies where he met his wife, Tara. He graduated magna cum laude, studying human and organizational development with a focus on health and human services, as well as pre-dentistry. He finished a semester early and spent that time as an inner-city school teacher in Nashville.

Dr. Baxter then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry where he graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. After he decided to pursue a specialty certification in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Baxter and his wife chose to move to Columbus, OH so that he could attend the residency program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric hospitals and busiest pediatric dentistry clinics. During his residency, he worked alongside the program’s world-renowned faculty and received extensive training in preventive and restorative care, dental emergencies and trauma, orthodontics, dental sedation and general anesthesia, and care for children with special needs. Dr. Baxter is a Board Certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Alabama Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

jan bellows dvmJan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, ABVP

Hometown Animal Hospital
Weston, FL, USA

Dr. Bellows is a board certified companion animal specialists (canine and feline), as well as a board certified veterinary dentist. He is past president of the American Veterinary Dental College and the Veterinary Dental Forum. He practiced in Pembroke Pines for over twenty years before opening Hometown Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic in February 2000. Dr. Bellows grew up in New York, attended the University of Florida for undergraduate training and Auburn University for his veterinary degree. He completed a medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Doctor Bellows has received numerous awards in his career including the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Gold Star Award in 2012.

Noel Berger, DVMNoel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Quail Hollow Animal Hospital
Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

Dr. Berger graduated in 1988 from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, and also earned the MS degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences in 1989 from Cornell University.  Following a residency in pathology, he entered private small animal veterinary practice and since that time he has been a clinician and successful business owner.  He was certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery in veterinary surgery, physics and safety in 2000 and provided leadership in the practical use of surgical and therapeutic lasers. He was a charter member of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society, and served as its president in 2002.  He is first author of several peer-reviewed papers in veterinary laser surgery, laboratory diagnostics, and regenerative medicine.  He has co-authored several book chapters and published a textbook of small animal laser surgery.  He is an internationally recognized speaker, having instructed hundreds of veterinarians and technicians how to use therapeutic and surgical lasers.  Dr. Berger delights in teaching the theory and safe techniques required to minimize post-surgical pain and inflammation using lasers.

Ashlee Bower, DMD

Ashlee Bower, DMD

Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Dr. Bower served as the Dental Director for ACC Health, a national mobile healthcare company for 10 years. She is now practicing in Phoenix, where she lives with her husband and three children. Dr. Bower is a member of the International Association of Tongue Tie Specialists.

Robert Burks, DDS, PARobert R. Burks, DDS, PA

Dr. Robert Burks
Winter Springs, FL, USA

Dr. Robert Burks has been creating beautiful smiles in Winter Springs since 1980. He has devoted his career to helping patients enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. The art and science of dentistry continually evolve, and Dr. Burks and his staff devote a great deal of time throughout the year to study all that dentistry has to offer. Dr. Burks completes over 100 hours of continuing education courses each year and is a member of the Seattle Dental Study Club.

Dr. Burks is proud to participate in the Give Back a Smile program offered through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Donated Dental Services through the Dental Lifeline Network. Through these programs, volunteer dentists restore smiles to those who have suffered from dental neglect, either from physical abuse in the past or from illnesses that have kept them from receiving needed dental care. There are no words to describe how it feels to give someone a reason to smile again!


L. Miguel Carreira, PhD, MSc, DTO, Pst-Grd, DMD, DVM

Veterinary Surgeon and Human Dentist
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinic, Surgery, University of Lisbon
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Animal Health, FMV/ULisboa
Anjos of Assis Veterinary Medical Center
Private Practice in Human Dentistry
Barreiro, Portugal

Phillip G. Cary, DDS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Canandaigua Oral Surgery, PC
Canandaigua, NY, USA

gordon christensenGordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD
Honorary Member of The American Laser Study Club

Founder and Director of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC)
Chief Executive Officer of Clinicians Report Foundation (CR)

Clinicians Report Foundation
Provo, UT, USA

Gordon J. Christensen is Founder and CEO of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC) and Co-Founder and CEO for Clinicians Report Foundation (CR) and a practicing prosthodontst in Provo, Utah. PCC is an international continuing education organization that provides courses and videos for all dental professionals. CR offers unbiased research on thousands of dental products.

Dr. Christensen has presented over 45,000 hours of continuing education throughout the world and has published many articles and books.

Gordon and Dr. Rella Christensen are co-founders of the non-profit Gordon J. Christensen CLINICIANS REPORT (previously CRA), which Rella directed for many years. Since 1976, they have conducted research in all areas of dentistry and published the findings to the profession in the well-known CRA Newsletter now called CLINICIANS REPORT.

Gordon’s degrees include: DDS, University of Southern California; MSD, University of Washington; PhD, University of Denver; an Honorary Doctor of Science from Utah State University, and an honorary Doctor of Dental Education and Research from Utah Valley University.

Early in his career, Gordon helped initiate the University of Kentucky and University of Colorado Dental Schools and taught at the University of Washington.

Gordon is a practicing prosthodontist in Provo, Utah. Gordon and Rella’s sons are both dentists. William is a prosthodontist, and Michael is a general dentist. Their daughter, Carlene, is a teacher.

Rella Christensen, RDH, PhDRella P. Christensen, RDH, PhD
Honorary Member of The American Laser Study Club

Co-founded Clinical Research Associates (CRA Foundation)
Team Leader of Technologies in Restorative and Caries Research (TRAC Research)
Registered Dental Hygienist

Clinical Research Associates Foundation
Provo, UT, USA

In 1960, Dr. Christensen received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California, and practiced dental hygiene for over 25 years. She co-founded Clinical Research Associates (CRA Foundation) in 1976, and for 27 years directed this well-known dental products testing institute. Subsequently she served as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Currently she is the team leader of a non-profit institute dedicated to in-depth and long-term clinical studies of restorative materials, preventive dentistry, and dental caries, known as Technologies in Restoratives And Caries Research (TRAC Research). She has presented over 1040 dental continuing education programs, totaling over 5200 hours, at U.S. and international locations.

Dr. Christensen has published research on restorative materials, dental caries, resin polymerization problems, disinfectants, facemasks, and effects of polishing on oral biofilm and tooth structure and has been the lead scientist and author of more than 1,800 studies reported in the CRA Newsletter. She is a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the International and American Associations for Dental Research. As a nondentist, she was inducted into the International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Dentistry International as an honorary member. She was selected as “A Distinguished Leader” by the Dental Manufacturers of America and a Leader in Continuing Education by Dentistry Today many times. In 2001 she became the Distinguished Alumnus of Brigham Young University’s School of Life Sciences. In 2002 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Utah Valley State University. In 2011, she was named one of Dental Products Report “Top 25 Women in Dentistry” and one of the “30 Leaders in Dentistry” by Takacs Learning Center. In 2012, she was named “Most Influential Researcher” by Dr. Bicuspid.

Charles M Cobb DDSCharles M. Cobb, DDS, MS, PhD
Honorary Member of The American Laser Study Club

Professor Emeritus, Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO, USA

Dr. Charles Cobb graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Dentistry in 1964, with a Certificate of Specialty in Periodontics. In 1966 he received a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from UMKC. Following two years of active duty with the U. S. Navy, Dr. Cobb returned to school at Georgetown University, from where he graduated in 1971 with a Ph.D. in Anatomy (emphasis on microanatomy). Following his graduation from Georgetown, he held teaching and research positions at Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Cobb devoted 15 years to full-time private practice in periodontics and 17 years to academia. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and presented over 200 programs at regional, national and international meetings. Dr. Cobb recently concluded one year as the Interim Director of the Graduate Periodontics Program at UMKC. He served 3 years on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Periodontology and 3 years as the Academy’s Parliamentarian. In 2012 the American Academy of Periodontology recognized Dr. Cobb as the Outstanding Periodontal Educator. He is retired from the UMKC School of Dentistry as a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Cobb retired from the U. S. Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel and is one of the few Reservists to have received the “A” Specialty Designator from the Office of the U. S. Army Surgeon General and induction into the Order of Military Medical Merit.

  1. Cobb, C.M., McCawley, T.K. and Killoy, W.J. (1992): The Effects of Root Planing With the Nd:YAG Laser In Vivo: An SEM Study. Journal of Periodontology. 63:701-707.
  2. Trylovich, D.J., Cobb, C.M., Pippin, D.J., Spencer, P. and Killoy, W.J. (1992): Effects of Nd:YAG Laser on In Vitro Fibroblast Attachment to Endotoxin Treated Root Surfaces. Journal of Periodontology. 63:626-632.
  3. Morlock, B.J., Pippin, D.J., Cobb, C.M., Killoy, W.J. and Rapley, J.W. (1992): The Effect of Nd:YAG Laser Exposure on Root Surfaces When Used as an Adjunct to Root Planing: An In Vitro Study. Journal of Periodontology. 63:637-641.
  4. Thomas, D., Rapley, J.W., Cobb, C.M., Spencer, P. and Killoy, W.J. (1994): Effects of the Nd:YAG Laser and Combined Treatments on Fibroblast Attachment to Root Surfaces. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 21:38-44.
  5. Rossmann, J.A. and Cobb, C.M. (1995): Lasers in Periodontal Therapy. Periodontology 2000. 9:150-164.
  6. Cobb, C. M., Spencer, P. and McCollum M. H. (1995): Histologic Comparison of the CO2 Laser and Nd:YAG With and Without Water/Air Surface Cooling on Tooth Root Structure. SPIE (Society for Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers). 2394:20-31.
  7. Spencer, P., Cobb, C. M., McCollum, M. H. and Wieliczka, D. M. (1995): Spectroscopic Comparison of the Effects of CO2, Nd:YAG, and Water Cooled Nd:YAG on Tooth Root. SPIE (Society for Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers). 2394:32-40.
  8. Tucker, D., Cobb, C. M., Rapley, J. W. and Killoy, W. J. (1996): Morphologic Changes Following In Vitro CO2 Laser Treatment of Calculus-Ladened Root Surfaces. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 18:150-156.
  9. Arashiro, D.S., Rapley, J.W., Cobb, C.M. and Killoy, W.J. (1996): Histologic Evaluation of Porcine Skin Incisions Produced by CO2 Laser, Electrosurgery and Scalpel. International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. 16:479-491.
  10. Conlan, M. J., Rapley, J. W. and Cobb, C. M. (1996): Biostimulation of Wound Healing by Low Energy Laser Irradiation. Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 23:492-496.
  11. Spencer, P., Cobb, C. M., McCollum M. H. and Wieliczka D. M. (1996): The Effects of CO2 Laser and Nd:YAG With and Without Water/Air Surface Cooling on Tooth Root Structure: Correlation Between FTIR Spectroscopy and Histology. Journal of Periodontal Research. 31:453-462.
  12. Arakawa, S., Cobb, C. M., Rapley, J. W., Spencer, P. and Killoy W. J. (1996): Treatment of Root Fracture by CO2 and Nd:YAG Lasers: An In Vitro Study. Journal of Endodontics. 22:662-667. Coffelt, D.W., Cobb, C. M., Rapley, J.W. and Killoy, W.J. (1997): Determination of Energy Density Threshold For Laser Ablation of Bacteria: An In Vitro Study. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 24:1-7.
  13. Lee, C.Q., Lemire, Jr., D.H. and Cobb, C.M. (1997): Effects of CO2 Laser Irradiation on Tooth Root Cementum. General Dentistry. 45:276-281.
  14. Gopin, B.W., Cobb, C. M., Rapley, J.W. and Killoy, W.J. (1997): Evaluation of the Soft Tissue Reattachment Following Root Therapy by CO2 Laser. International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. 17:317-325.
  15. Israel, M., Cobb, C. M., Rossmann, J. A., Spencer, P. (1997): The Effects of Nd:YAG, Er:YAG and CO2 Lasers With and Without Air/Water Surface Coolant on Tooth Root Surfaces: An In Vitro Study. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 24:595-602.
  16. Krause, L. S., Cobb C. M., Rapley, J. W., Killoy, W. J., Spencer, P. (1997) Laser Irradiation of Bone: I. An In Vitro Study Concerning the Effects of the CO2 Laser on Oral Mucosa and Subjacent Bone. Journal of Periodontology. 68:872-880.
  17. Cobb, C. M. (1997) Lasers in Periodontics: Use and Abuse. Compendium. 18:847-860.
  18. Spencer, P., Cobb, C. M., Wieliczka, D. M., Glaros, A. G., Morris, P. J. (1998) Change in Temperature of Subjacent Bone During Soft Tissue Laser Ablation. Journal of Periodontology. 69:1278-1282.
  19. Friesen, L. R., Cobb, C. M., Rapley, J. W., Forgas, L. B., Spencer, P. (1999) Laser Irradiation of Bone: II. Healing Response Following Treatment by CO2 and Nd:YAG Lasers. Journal of Periodontology. 70:75-83.
  20. Spencer, P., Payne, J. M., Cobb, C. M., Reinisch, L., Peavy, G. M., Drummer, D. D., Suchman, D. S., Swafford, J. R. (1999) Effective Laser Ablation of Bone Based on the Absorption Characteristics of Water and Proteins. Journal of Periodontology. 70:68-74.
  21. Cobb, C. M. (1999) Statement of the American Academy of Periodontology Regarding Use of Dental Lasers for Excisional New Attachment Procedure (ENAP). American Academy of Periodontology, Chicago, Illinois, September.
  22. McDavid, V. G., Cobb, C. M., Rapley, J. W., Glaros, A. G., Spencer, P. (2001) Laser Irradiation of Bone: III. Long-Term Healing Following Treatment by CO2 and Nd:YAG Lasers. Journal of Periodontology. 72:174-182.
  23. Cobb, C. M. (2006) Lasers in Periodontics: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Periodontology. 77:545-564.
  24. Callan, D. P., Evans, R. P., Cobb, C. M. (2007) Periodontal Disease, Bacteremia and Orthopedic Surgery. Grand Rounds in Oral-Systemic Medicine, 2:27-33.
  25. Vandana, K. L, George, P., Cobb, C. M. (2007) Periodontal Changes in Fluorosed and Nonfluorosed Teeth by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Fluoride, 40(2):128-133.
  26. Mullins, S. L., MacNeill, S. R., Rapley, J. W, Eick, J. D., Williams, K. B., Cobb, C. M. (2007) Subgingival Microbiological Effects of One-Time Irradiation by CO2 Laser: A Pilot Study. Journal of Periodontology, 78:2331-2337.
  27. Hein, C., Cobb, C. M., Iacopino, A. (2007) Report of Independent Panel of Experts of The Scottsdale Project. The Independent Study Initiative for Collaboration in Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Periodontal Disease Intervention. Grand Rounds in Oral-Systemic Medicine, 2(3, Supplement):1-27.
  28. Cobb, C. M. (2008) Microbes, Inflammation, Scaling and Root Planing and the Periodontal Condition. Journal of Dental Hygiene 83(Suppl. ADHA Access):4-9.
  29. Sweeting, L. A., Davis, K., Cobb, C. M. (2008) Periodontal Treatment Protocol (PTP) For the General Dental Practice. Journal of Dental Hygiene 83(Suppl. ADHA Access):16-25.
  30. Gapski, R., Misch, C., Stapleton, D., Mullins, S., Cobb, C. M., Vansanthan, A., Reissner M. (2008) Histologic, Histomorphometric and Radiographic Evaluation of A Sinus Augmentation With A New Bone Allograft Graft: A Clinical Case Report. Implant Dentistry 17(4):430-438.
  31. Hein, C., Cobb, C. M., Boggess, K. A., Ostfeld, R. (2009) A Chance to Influence the Insurance Industry with Evidence of Periodontal-Systemic Relationships. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry 30:2-13.
  32. Cobb, C. M., Williams, K. B., Gerkovitch, M. M. (2009) Is the Prevalence of Chronic Periodontitis in the USA in Decline? Periodontology 2000, 50:13-26.
  33. Dederich, D. N., Cobb, C. M. (2009) Position Statement on Dental Lasers. Council on Scientific Affairs, American Dental Association. March 2009. http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/positions/statements/lasers_final.asp
  34. Callan, D.P., Cobb, C.M. (2009) Excess cement and peri-implantitis. Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry 1(6):61-68.
  35. Vandana, K. L., Sadanand, K., Cobb, C. M., Desai, R. (2009) Effects of Tetracycline, EDTA and Citric Acid Application On Fluorosed Dentin And Cementum Surfaces: An In Vitro Study. The Open Corrosion Journal. 2:88-95.
  36. Cobb, C. M., Low, S. B., Coluzzi, D. J. (2010) Lasers in the Treatment of Periodontitis. Dental Clinics of North America. 54(1):35-53. Dhingra, K., Vandana K. L., Shah, A., Cobb, C. M. (2010) Effect of Er: YAG Laser Exposure on Fluorosed and Non-fluorosed Root Surfaces: An In Vitro Study. Journal of Oral Laser Applications. 10:87-97.
  37. Ward, A. S., Cobb, C. M., Kelly, P. J., Walker, M. P., Williams, K. B. (2010) Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior to Nurse Practitioners’ Understanding of the Periodontal-Systemic Link. Journal of Periodontology. 81(12):1805-1813.
  38. Driver, E., MacNeill, S. R., Cobb, C. M. (2010) Bone Regeneration Around a Failing Implant in an Osteopetrotic Patient: A Clinical Case Report. Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. 2(6):37-45.
  39. Cobb, C. M. (2011) Lasers and Periodontal Therapy: The Evidence. The Beacon (American Association of Dental Consultants). Spring Issue:15-21.
  40. Cobb, C. M. (2011) Lasers: Demand Good Science and Good Evidence. The Nugget, Journal of the Sacramento District Dental Society. 57(6):12-13.
  41. Ye, L., Lin, R., White, N., Alon, U. S., Cobb, C. M. (2011) Periodontal Status of Patients with Hypophosphatemic Rickets: A Case Series. Journal of Periodontology 82(11):1530- 1535.
  42. MacNeill, S. R., Rokos, J. W., Umaki, M., Satheesh, K. M., Cobb, C. M. (2011) Conservative Treatment of Localized Juvenile Spongiotic Gingival Hyperplasia. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. 1(3):198-203.
  43. Wallace, S., Cobb, C. M. (2012) Histological and Computed Tomography Analysis of Amnion Chorion Membrane in Guided Bone Regeneration in Socket Augmentation. Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. 3(6):61-71.
  44. Cobb, C. M., Blue, M. S., Beaini, N. E., Umaki, M. R., Satheesh, K. M. (2012) Diode Laser Offers Minimal Benefit for Periodontal Therapy. Compendium of Continuing Dental Education 33(4):April: Available Online.
  45. Cobb, C. M. (2012) Diodes, Nd:YAG and PDT Adjunctive to SRP: Evidence vs. Clinical Perception. The Nugget, Sacramento District Dental Society. 58(10):8-9.
  46. MacNeill, S. R., Cobb, C. M. (2013) Management of Patients with Aggressive Periodontitis. In: Hall’s Critical Decisions in Periodontology and Implantology. Editors: Harpenau, L., Kao, R.T., Lundergan, W., Sanz, M. 5th edition, People’s Medical Publishing House, USA, Shelton, Connecticut. Chapter 85; pp. 225-228.
  47. Williams, K., Glaros, A., Walker M. P., Cobb, C. M. (2012) Randomized Clinical Trials: Is Periodontal Research Good for Patients? Periodontology 2000, 59:32-40.
  48. Umaki, T. M., Umaki, M. R., Cobb, C. M. (2012) The psychology of patient compliance: A focused review of the literature. Journal of Periodontology, 83(4):395-400. Blue, M. J., Cobb, C. M. (2012) Expansion of Atrophic Posterior Mandibular Ridge: A Case Report. Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. 4(4):27-36.
  49. Dhingra K, Vandana KL; Girishc PV, Cobb CM. (2013) Effect of 980-nm diode laser–aide circumferential supracrestal fiberotomy on fluorosed root surfaces. Angle Orthodontics. 83(3):425-430.
  50. Slot, D. E., Jorritsma, K. H., Cobb, C. M., Van der Weijden, G. A. (2014) The effect of the thermal diode laser (wavelength 808-980 nm) in non-surgical periodontal therapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 41(7):681- 692.
  51. McClellan, A. C., Walls, S. L., Gibson, T. M., MacNeill, S. R., Cobb, C. M. (2015) Surgical and Laser Treatment of Hemangiomas of the Lips. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. 5:110-115.
  52. Satheesh, K. M., Cobb, C. M. (2015) Smoking: Periodontal Disease and Peri-implantitis. In: Nield-Gehrig, J. S., Willmann, D. E., eds. Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. Chapter 18; pp. 304-318.
  53. Smiley CJ, Tracy SL, Abt E, Michalowicz BS, John MT, Gunsolley J, Cobb CM, Rossmann J, Harrel SK, Forrest JL, Hujoel PP, Noraian KW, Greenwell H, Frantsve-Hawley J, Estrich C, Hanson N. (2015) Systematic review and meta-analysis on the nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing with or without adjuncts. Journal of the American Dental Association. 146(7):508-524.e5.
  54. Smiley CJ, Tracy SL, Abt E, Michalowicz BS, John MT, Gunsolley J, Cobb CM, Rossmann J, Harrel SK, Forrest JL, Hujoel PP, Noraian KW, Greenwell H, Frantsve-Hawley J, Estrich C, Hanson N. (2015) Evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing with or without adjuncts. Journal of the American Dental Association. 146(7):525-535.
  55. Cochran, D. L., Cobb, C. M., Bashutski, J. D., Chun, Y-H. P., Lin, Z, Mandelaris, G., McAllister, B. S., Murakami, S., Rios, H. (2015) Emerging Regenerative Approaches for Periodontal Reconstruction: A Consensus Report from the AAP Regeneration Workshop. Journal of Periodontology. 86(Suppl. 2):S153-S156.
  56. Rios HF, Bashutski JD, McAllister BS, Murakami S, Cobb CM, Chun Y-HP, Lin Z, Mandelaris GA, Cochran DL. (2015) Emerging Regenerative Approaches for Periodontal Reconstruction: Practical Applications from the AAP Regeneration Workshop. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. 5(1):40-46.
  57. Newkirk, S., Slim, L., Cobb, C. M. (2015) Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®): Strength of Evidence and Controversy. Periodontal Abstracts (Journal of the Western Society of Periodontology). 63:3-7.
  58. Beaini, N. E., Umaki, M. R., Cobb, C. M. (2015) Horizontal Ridge Augmentation Using Titanium Tenting Screws Followed by Implant Placement. Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. 7(3):11-16.
  59. Cobb, C. M, Vitruk, P. (2015) Effectiveness of a Super-pulsed CO2 Laser for Removal of Biofilm from Three Different Types of Implant Surfaces: An In Vitro Study. Implant Practice. 8(3):14-20.
  60. Cobb, C. M., Satheesh, K. M., Salas, M. L., MacNeill, S. R. (2015) Biophysical Factors Affecting Bacterial Adhesion to Dental Implant Surfaces: A Focused Review. Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. 7(5):61-67.
  61. Holt, A. E., Ferguson, B. L., Gibson, T. M., Satheesh, K. M., Cobb, C. M. (2016) Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: A Case Report. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. 6(1):21-26.
  62. Cobb, C. M. (2017) Is There Clinical Benefit From Using a Diode or Nd:YAG Laser In The Treatment of Periodontitis? Journal of Periodontology. 87(10):1117-1131.
  63. Cobb, C. M. (2017) Lasers and the Treatment of Periodontitis: The Essence and the Noise. Periodontology 2000. 75:205-295.
  64. Fujii, N., Gibson, T. M., Satheesh, K. M., Cobb, C. M. (2017) Thyroglossal Duct Cyst: Abbreviated Review and Case Report. Compendium for Continuing Dental Education. 38(2):97-100.
  65. Cobb, C. M., Daubert, D. M., Davis, K., Deming, J., Flemmig, T. F., Pattison, A., Roulet, J-F., Stambaugh, R. V. (2017) Consensus Conference on Supra- and Subgingival Air- Polishing. Compendium for Continuing Education in Dentistry. February;38(2):1-8. Available Online.
  66. Ziukaite, L., Slot, D. E., Coucke, W., Cobb, C. M., Van der Weijden, F. A. (2017) Prevalence of Diabetes Among Patients Diagnosed With Periodontitis: A retrospective Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Dental Hygiene. 14:1-7 DOI: 10.1111/idh. 12280.
  67. Cobb, C. M., Kelley, P. J., Williams, K. B., Babbar, S., Angolkar, M., Derman, R. J. (2017) The Oral Microbiome and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes. International Journal of Women’s Health 9:1-551-559.
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  69. Myneni, B. D., Cobb, C. M. (2018) A Seven Step Protocol for Non-Surgical Treatment for Chronic Periodontitis. Decisions in Dentistry. Accepted for Publication.

Robert Convissar, DDS, FAGD

Robert A. Convissar, DDS, FAGD

General Dentist
Full Spectrum Seminars
New York, NY, USA

Dr. Convissar is a pioneer in laser dentistry. One of the first dentists to incorporate lasers into general practice, Dr. Convissar has over 2 decades of experience with CO2, Nd:YAG, Diode and Erbium wavelengths. The contributing author/editor of over a dozen peer reviewed papers and 4 textbooks on laser dentistry, Dr. Convissar has presented over 300 seminars on 5 continents. He practices cosmetic, restorative and laser dentistry in New York City where he serves as Director of Laser Dentistry at NY Hospital Queens.

Textbooks are in BOLD……scientific papers are in regular face

  1. Co-Author – Color Atlas of Infant Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Laser Frenectomy  April 2017
  2.  Author: Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry  June 2010 published by W.B. Saunders/Mosby/Elsevier
  3. This is the # 1 selling laser dentistry textbook in the world.  The 2nd edition was released April 1, 2015.  Translations available in Spanish and Portuguese – and a Mandarin translation is underway.
  4. “Top Ten Myths About CO2 Lasers: Dentistry Today Volume 28 Number 4, April 2009.  Eligible for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit
  5. Author: Atlas of Laser Applications in Dentistry  – January, 2007 published by Quintessence Publications
  6. Guest Editor: Textbook of Lasers in Clinical Dentistry – October, 2004 published by W.B. Saunders
  7. “Lasers in General Dentistry” – chapter in the textbook  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, May, 2004
  8. ‘A Rationale For The Use Of Er.YAG Lasers In Endodontic Therapy”  Proc. SPIE Vol 5 No. 28, November 2003
  9. “An  Overview of Lasers in Dentistry”  General Dentistry Volume 51 Number 5, September, 2003
  10. “Laser Palliation of Oral Manifestations of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection”   Journal of the American Dental Association  Volume 33 May, 2002
  11. “Caries Detection for the 21st Century” Dentistry Today Volume 20 No. 8, August 2001
  12. “A Combined Erbium/Carbon Dioxide Laser for Soft and Hard Tissue Procedures” –  Dentistry Today, January, 2001
  13. Guest Editor, Dental Clinics of North America – Lasers and Light Amplification in Dentistry – October, 2000 published by W.B. Saunders
  14. “Soft Tissue Biopsy Techniques for the General Practitioner”   Parts I and II- September and October 2000 in Dentistry Today – both peer-reviewed papers eligible for 1 hour of C.E. Credit through Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery
  15. “Lasers and biopsy artifacts”  (letter) Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Radiology and Endodontics November 1997 Volume 84 number 5 page 458
  16. “Aphthous ulcers and lasers “(letter) Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Radiology and Endodontics August 1996 Volume 82 Number 2 Page 18
  17. “Laser Treatment of Orthodontically Induced Gingival Hyperplasia”   General Dentistry January/February 1996 Volume 44 Number 1 Pages 47-51
  18. “Laser Treatment As An Adjunct To Removable Prosthetic Care”   General Dentistry July/August 1995 Volume 43 Number 4 Pages 336-341
  19. “Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers: Etiology and Laser Ablation”  General Dentistry November/December 1992 Volume 40 Number 6 Pages 512-515
  20. “Reshaping A First Premolar With A Composite Resin To Replace A Missing Canine” General Dentistry July/August 1986 Volume 34 Number 4 Pages 301-302

Craig Crippen MD CCFP FCFPCraig Crippen, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine
Kelowna Skin Care
Kelowna, BC, CAN

Born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, Dr Crippen has attended three Canadian Universities and obtained four educational titles including his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Since graduating in 2001, Dr. Crippen has continued to expand his knowledge, focusing his practice in the fields of Medical Dermatology, Vein, Laser & Cosmetic Medicine.

After receiving his M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, Dr. Crippen then completed his specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba over the next two years. He has worked extensively in public and private medicine since 2003, but in response to rising demand, Dr Crippen has devoted his practice exclusively to both medical & cosmetic skin care procedures/treatments at his clinic.

A Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology as well as a past Fellow of the Canadian Society of Phlebology, Dr. Crippen has trained with physicians who are at the forefront of laser medicine. He has made many educational visits to medical laser clinics throughout North America and Europe.

Dr Crippen believes that to be a competent physician you must always be learning and increasing your depth of knowledge. As a speaker at national medical conferences, and a medical student educator in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Dr Crippen strives to educate those who are interested in the services he provides.


Carla Damon, DDS

Carla Damon, DDS

Pediatric Dentist
Robert E Morgan DDS, MSD – Pediatric Dentistry of North Texas
Irving, TX, USA

Dr. Carla Damon, a native Dallasite, attended Baylor University in Waco for her undergraduate degree. She followed her college sweetheart, Clark, to dental school at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. During dental school, she and Clark married.After dental school, Dr. Carla attended Baylor College of Dentistry for a 2 year residency in Pediatric Dentistry where she worked at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Dr. Carla is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Greater Dallas Pediatric Dental Society. Dr. Carla is currently recognized as a board-eligible pediatric dentist by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Michael Dowling, DMD

Michael Dowling, DMD

Pediatric Dentist
Falmouth Pediatric Dentistry
Falmouth, ME, USA

​Dr. Michael Brown Dowling earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Bates College, Dr. Mike went on to attend dental school at Tufts University. Dr. Mike completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry through Boston University earning a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. Dr. Mike has completed numerous continuing education classes in restorative dentistry, sedation, treatment of ankyloglossia (tongue tie) and laser dentistry. Dr. Mike is the president of the Maine Society of Pediatric Dentists and sits on the board of directors for the Maine Dental Association.

Ethan J. Drake, DMD, MSEthan J. Drake, DMD, MS

Drake Orthodontics
Chambersburg, PA, USA

Dr. Ethan was born and raised in Chambersburg, PA, eventually attending Chambersburg Area Senior High School from which he graduated with honors. Dr. Ethan then went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA for four years where he earned a B.S. in Biology and completed the pre-dental/medical based curriculum. After earning his undergraduate degree, Dr. Ethan returned home for a year where he became certified in orthodontic lab work, learning to fabricate orthodontic appliances and retainers and then using those skills to work in his father’s office. It was here that Dr. Ethan really developed a passion for orthodontics and decided that orthodontics was what he wanted to pursue as a career. Dr. Ethan then went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Medicine and a Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry in five years from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. After that, Dr. Ethan spent some time in Rochester, NY at a fellowship studying Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJD) and Oral Facial Pain at the University of Rochester. Dr. Ethan then went on to complete his orthodontics residency at Seton Hill University Center for Orthodontics in Greensburg, PA, earning both a Masters of Science in Orthodontics and a Certificate in Orthodontics after two and a half years of training.

David Duclos, DVMDavid Duclos, DVM, DACVD

Veterinary Dermatologist
Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic
Lynnwood, WA, USA

Dr. Duclos received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from St. Martin’s College, in Lacey, Washington, and received his professional training at the School of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, and his degree in Veterinary Medicine (Cum Laude) from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. After graduation, he was engaged in private clinical practice in Forks, Washington, before going to the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, for his dermatology residency. After residency, he attained board-certification status, and in 1991, moved back to the Northwest to become the owner of the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, near Mill Creek, Washington.

In addition to his duties as a specialist in the dermatology practice, Dr. Duclos has also contributed to the advancement of the specialty of veterinary dermatology by writing many articles, book chapters, and scientific papers on various subjects in the specialty of veterinary dermatology. He also gives continuing education lectures to veterinarians and their staff in the local Northwest region, as well as in other areas of the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Duclos is well known in the veterinary dermatology specialty for his expertise in CO2 laser surgery and for his interest in clinical photography. Many veterinary dermatologists use his photographs in their lectures and publications.

Dr. Duclos is also known for his discovery of interdigital follicular cysts as one of the causes of pododermatitis in dogs. He developed a special procedure using the CO2 laser, which can cure the cause of this condition in affected dogs. He has published several papers and has given many veterinarians hands-on training in the surgical techniques used in treatment of interdigital follicular cysts in dogs.


Susan Estep DentistrySusan Estep, DMD, FACE, FAGD

General Dentist
Intown Smile Studio
Atlanta, GA, USA

Dr. Susan Estep presents a distinguished list of scholastic achievements in her field, beginning with the very prestigious honor of Fellow to the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE). The Academy created an extensive, rigorous process to evaluate dentists who are committed to advanced learning, attention to detail, and clinical excellence. To earn the accreditation of Fellow, Dr. Estep had to pass an extremely thorough exam and she had to present her own cases in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry to a panel of strict examiners.

In 2011, Dr. Susan Estep achieved the award of Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). To earn a Fellowship award, a dentist must complete at least 500 continuing dental education hours, pass a rigorous and comprehensive exam, and maintain AGD membership for three continuous years. In 2010, Dr. Estep helped found the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), a group of healthcare providers dedicated to expanding awareness of the relationship between oral health and whole body health.  AAOSH members come from all healthcare disciplines and include the nation’s healthcare leaders.  Dr. Susan Estep sits on the Executive Board for AAOSH and chaired its inaugural scientific session.


Richard Fisher, MD

Richard D. Fisher, MD

Cosmetic Surgeon
Peoria Cosmetic Surgery
Peoria, AZ, USA


Milton Geivelis

Milton Geivelis, DDS

Best Dental Group
Bartlett, IL, USA

Dr. Milton Geivelis is a Board Certified Specialist, whose practice is limited to Periodontics, Lip and tongue tie release and dental Implants. Born in Athens, Greece, Dr. Geivelis received all of his education and graduate training from Northwestern University. He holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree, a Master’s of Science Degree, and a Specialty Degree in Periodontics.

Dr. Geivelis regularly participates in continuing education, and is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Geivelis was a professor and director of Graduate Periodontics at Northwestern University Dental School, training the dental residents in Periodontics. He has been involved in academic research, and has authored and co-authored several professional articles. Dr. Geivelis lectures about Periodontics and Implants nationally and internationally; and he has received several academic and clinical awards for his work as a Periodontist.

Jill Ghormley, ND, MAMSJill Ghormley, ND, MAMS

Naturopathic Physician
Hands On Natural Medicine
Bellevue, WA, USA

Dr. Jill Ghormley, as a Naturopathic Physician, proudly embraces all aspects of medicine and stands ready to use the necessary modalities that best suit her patients.  Her vested interest in is supporting the patient’s vitality.  She investigates how a patient’s brain communicates with the body and uses that insight to re-educate the brain and body to work in harmony.  While Dr. Ghormley is trained in and loves doing primary care, she specializes in physical medicine, which encompasses pelvic floor rehabilitation for both men and women, head and neck trauma, neurological delayed development and neurological deficits caused by trauma or brain injuries along with musculoskeletal rehabilitation and maxillofacial rehabilitation (TMJ, facial neuralgia, sinus congestion, Eustachian tube congestion).  She practices primary care through the use of physical medicine through sacral occipital technique, visceral manipulation, spinal and extremities manipulation, hydrotherapy, physical therapy rehabilitation, applied kinesiology, acutonics, cranial osteopathy, muscle energy stretching – to name a few.


Leslie Haller, DMDLeslie Haller, DMD
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

General Dentist
Tongue Tie South Florida
Lauderhill, FL, USA

Dr. Leslie Haller graduated first in her class from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1992. She is a general dentist with specialized training in laser dentistry and advanced training in diagnosing and treating tongue and upper lip ties. She is passionate about the advantages of using a CO2 laser for frenectomies and about the amazing difference such a safe and simple procedure can make in people’s lives.

Dr. Haller is actively involved in research looking at a possible connection between tongue-ties and SIDS. In May, 2016 a paper written by Dr. Haller and Dr. Brown was published in the Journal of Rare Disorders: Upper-Lip Frenum as Predictive Marker for Risk of Unexpected and Unexplained Asphyxia in Infants.

She is available to give talks about tongue ties, upper lip ties and why it is important to look for and treat them if they exist. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the International Association of Tongue-Tie Professionals.

dr. hannanvashNajmeh Hannanvash, DDS, MSD

Pediatric Dentist
Little Star Pediatric Dentistry
San Diego, CA, USA

Dr. Najmeh Hannanvash, DDS, MSD, is a board certified pediatric dentist who owns and operates Little Star Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Najmeh was born in Iran and moved to the United States at the age of seven. After some time in California and Iowa, her family settled in Oregon where she spent most of her childhood. Upon completing high school, she attended Portland State University and obtained her Bachelor of Science in 2005. She then attended University of California, San Francisco and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2010. She spent one year in Maui, Hawaii completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency prior to moving to Seattle, WA for a pediatric dental residency at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. There she also received her Masters of Science in Dentistry (MSD) in 2013.

After completion of her final degree, she moved to sunny San Diego and has been providing excellent care in pediatric dentistry since 2013. After learning, researching, and further understanding the issues caused by tongue and lip ties, she decided to open her own, specialized clinic to provide advanced laser treatment to this patient population. Dr. Najmeh states that her work in this specialty clinic and with these patients has “been profoundly rewarding and has changed the focus and direction of her career”.

In 2017 she opened her full pediatric dental practice where she prides herself in using the most current and state-of-the-art equipment and technology to provide the most efficient care for her patients.

Dr. Najmeh is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDC), San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDBC), and International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals (IATP).

Dr. Najmeh Hannanvash is locally known for her commitment and work on treating newborns, infants, toddlers, and children of all ages with lip and tongue ties with the used of advanced laser surgery. She is an expert in her field and is a preferred provider in Southern California.

John Hauge, DMDJohn T. Hauge, DMD

Bangor Center for Dental Medicine
Bangor, ME, USA

Dr. Hauge has been a practicing dentist for nearly 41 years, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and has been practicing in Maine for the last 17 years. Although he has ample experience in all areas of dentistry, Dr. Hauge has special interest and extra experience in treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea and TMJ pain problems.

Naomi Hillel

Naomi Hillel, DMD

Pediatric Dentist
Growing Facing Pediatric Dentistry
Edison, NJ, USA

Dr. Naomi Hillel graduated from Columbia College in 1988 and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1992. She then completed a one year internship in oral surgery at Rambam Hospital in Israel in 1993 and a residency in pediatric dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2010. She is presently on the teaching staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. During her time at Mt. Sinai, Dr. Hillel studied under Dr. Barry Raphael, an integrative orthodontist who introduced the concept of achieving ideal facial growth through proper use of the oral and facial musculature. The idea that nursing, breathing, swallowing and chewing all have critical roles in facial and airway development so intrigued Dr. Hillel that she went on to complete the Alf Orthodontics mini residency, enabling her to use the alf appliance to establish good jaw relationships and favorable growth patterns on even the youngest of patients. Presently Dr. Hillel practices both comprehensive pediatric dentistry as well as ALF orthodontics on even the youngest of patients. With a kind and gentle manner, Dr. Hillel evaluates each child, both from the perspective of the health of his individual teeth and oral tissues as well as his growing face and airway.


Martin Kaplan, DMD, DABLS

Martin A. Kaplan, DMD, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Pediatric Dentist
Kid Care Dental, P.C.
Stoughton, MA, USA

Dr. Kaplan earned his dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1975. Dr. Kaplan is a 37 year member of the American Dental Association, and is a member of the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Diplomate of and Director at the American Board of Laser Surgery.

Dr. Kaplan maintains a full time pediatric dental practice in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He is a part-time adjunct clinical instructor in the pediatric post-graduate department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. He has been an early adopter of laser dentistry and has been standard certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry since 2004. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has co-authored several dental articles and been a contributing author in several dental textbooks. Dr. Kaplan was instrumental in developing the first-in-the-country comprehensive Infant Laser Frenotomy class which is co-presented with Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, Catherine Genna Watson, and Dr. Robert Convissar at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

  1. Convissar R, Hazelbaker A, Kaplan M, Vitruk P. Color Atlas of Infant Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Laser Frenectomy. PanSophia Press, 2017.
  2. Kaplan M, Hazelbaker AK, Vitruk P. Infant frenectomy with 10.6 micrometers dental CO2 laser. WAGD Newsletter. 2015 Apr;34:10-12.
  3. Kaplan M, Vitruk P. Soft tissue 10.6 micrometers CO2 laser orthodontic procedures. Orthodontic Practice US. 2015;6(6):53-57.
  4. Kaplan M, P. Vitruk P. “Infant Frenulectomies with SuperPulse 10,600 nm Dental CO2 Laser LightScalpel LS-1005”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  5. Kaplan M, Vitruk P. “10,600 nm SuperPulse CO2 Laser Frenectomies and Gingivectomies”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.

Shalini Kapoor, MDShalini Kapoor, MD, CM
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

LaserAway Clinics and Revive Beverly Hills Medical Institute
Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Dr. Kapoor is an award-winning published research scholar, medical doctor and surgeon, and expert laser specialist and cosmetic/aesthetic physician consultant who graduated from the McGill University School of Medicine, a world-renowned Ivy League Institution, with Honors (“Faculty/University Scholar” standing). She is a prominent and skilled, Triple Board Certified Eye and Multidisciplinary Laser Surgeon specializing in Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK), Aesthetic Laser Surgery for total Facial and Body Rejuvenation as well as Facial Aesthetics and advanced injectable and shaping procedures including BOTOX and Fillers. Dr. Kapoor is also board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and of the American Academy and Board of Ophthalmology. Active in research, Dr. Kapoor has published many scientific papers throughout the world, presented her findings nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards for her work. Dr. Kapoor, as a member of the National Association of Medical Communicators (NAMC) has also had considerable experience as an expert lecturer, consultant and medical television show host, and has made numerous media and national television show appearances featuring her work in lasers.

Shelly Klein, MDShelly Klein, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Cornerstone Pediatrics
Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

Dr. Klein is a board certified pediatrician. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed her residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. After working in Nebraska for two years, she returned to Arizona and has been working in Prescott since 1999. Dr. Klein started Cornerstone Pediatrics in 2002.

b krupp, ddsBernard I. Krupp, DDS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Krupp Center Maxillofacial, Oral & Cosmetic Surgery
Towson, MD, USA

Dr. Krupp graduated from University of Maryland Dental School in 1982 and completed his residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC in 1985. Dr. Krupp earned his Board Certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1987. He has been in private practice ever since and he remains in the top of his field by vigorous training in advanced procedures. He enjoys teaching and has taken the opportunities for hands on teaching and lecturing throughout his career. He makes no compromises when it comes to patient care. It’s clear upon an office visit that Dr. Krupp drives this sense of patient centered care throughout his practice. It’s evident that Dr. Krupp loves his work and taking care of people.

Bharat Kundnani, DDS, FAGDBharat Kundnani, DDS, FAGD

Hershey Plaza Dental Center
Bloomington, IL, USA

Dr. Kundnani, DDS, FAGD is an esteemed member of the Doctor Mastery Program. The five-year program consists of clinical training conducted by world renowned clinicians, from building on foundational skills and advancing to mastery of the most complex dental care.


fiona lee vmd dacvdFiona Lee, VMD, DACVD

Veterinary Dermatologist
Friendship Hospital for Animals
Washington, DC, USA

I grew up in NY/NJ with a flawless accent and attended New York University for my undergraduate studies in Chemistry. During this time, I performed research with the human side of medicine, volunteered with a general practitioner veterinarian, and took an elective course in goat husbandry. Realizing that a career in veterinary medicine could combine these diverse interests, I attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Despite the lack of goats in New York City, I returned to the city for my rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

While the subject of dermatology had always interested me (it may have been in the NY/NJ water as my brother is a human dermatologist), what I found most compelling about the specialty was that I could see the problem AND the owner could see the problem. Together, we could make a formidable team to help diagnose, treat, and monitor their pet’s dermatologic disease. Therefore, despite the lack of New York City in Philadelphia, I returned to the University of Pennsylvania for my dermatology residency and became board certified.

Brynn Leroux, DDSBrynn L. Leroux, DDS

Pediatric Dentist
Associates in Pediatric Dentistry
Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Dr. Brynn Lewis Leroux is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and was ranked 2nd in her graduating class. She then proceeded to the Medical University of South Carolina to complete a two year residency in Pediatric Dentistry, acting as Chief Resident during her second year. A native of Maringouin, LA, Dr. Leroux graduated as Valedictorian from Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee in 2000 and continued on to study Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University.

Throughout her educational vocation, Dr. Leroux has received numerous awards, scholarships, and honors. Her most notable awards include the American Student Dental Association Award of Excellence, the Louisiana Dental Association Outstanding Senior Dental Student Award, the Delta Dental Student Leadership Award, the National Collegiate Scholar Award, and the Baldridge and Grace Voight Scholarships.

Dr. Leroux is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member of the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, American Dental Association, Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Society, C. Edmund Kells Honorary Society, and Pierre Fauchard Honor Society. Most recently, Dr. Leroux has been invited to be a board member for the Capital Area Partners Cleft Initiative and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women project.

Dr. Leroux takes a special interest in tethered oral tissues and airway centered dentistry. She evaluates and educates her patients on signs and symptoms of sleep disordered breathing and provides laser lip and tongue tie revisions for patients of all ages. She is Standard Proficiency certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Leroux regularly attends continuing education seminars to remain up-to-date with the latest information in the specialty of pediatric and laser dentistry. In her spare time, Dr. Leroux, her husband, Lance, and her children, Anson and Amelie, enjoy entertaining family and friends, attending LSU football games, exercising, and traveling.

Robert Levine, DDSRobert Levine, DDS

General Dentist
Global Laser Oral Health
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Dr. Robert Levine is President of Global Laser Oral Health, LLC, and Levine Consulting. GLOH is a CERP Recognized provider for On-line Laser Training.  Dr. Levine designs these programs for General Dental and Hygiene professionals as well as, Academics.  He has been in the field of dentistry since 1973. He graduated from N.Y. University and completed a two year residency from 1973 to 1975 at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.  He remained as a consultant from 1975 to 1985 and was in private practice in NYC from 1978-2005.

Dr. Levine has 12 years of experience in the laser arena, both in academic and private practice.  For the past 8 years, Dr. Levine has been a full time faculty member at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, (ASDOH). He served as clinical director of the AEGD Post Graduate program from 2009-2013,   as well as, Director of Laser Dentistry.  Dr. Levine has published many papers on the science and use of CO2 Laser technologies for use in dentistry. He also lectures on Lasers and the new emerging technologies in dentistry. Dr. Levine is also a proud co-developer of the first accepted laser curriculum at an accredited United States dental school.  He also works heavily in the Special Care Dentistry arena, where he is able to apply this technology to a special group of patients.

eric linden, dmd, msdEric T. Linden, DMD, MSD

Periodontal and Implant Dentist
Dr. Gums – Eric Linden DMD MSD
New York, NY, USA

Dr. Eric Linden is a periodontist in the field of Laser Periodontal Surgery. In addition, Dr. Linden performs traditional periodontics, bone regeneration, cosmetic enhancement procedures, and dental implants. He has been practicing his specialty since 1985. Dr. Linden is an occasional guest expert in the Oral Health community of WebMD. Dr. Linden is the “Most Thanked Periodontist in New York” on HealthTap, due to his helpful responses to people’s questions.

Dr. Eric Linden was an early pioneer in the field of laser periodontal surgery. With 30 years’ experience in periodontal specialty practice, he trains other doctors in laser procedures worldwide. He has treated patients from all over the world, performing tooth extractions, implants, laser periodontal surgery and other periodontal procedures with various lasers appropriate to each procedure. Dr Linden developed the first “closed” protocol with the CO2 10,600 nm for the treatment of Peri-Implantitis.

  1. June 1, 2016. Laser Use in Periodontics and Peri-implantitis – in Decisions in Dentistry, the Journal of Multidisciplinary Care
  2. Laser Basics – in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
  3. List of research on ResearchGate.
  4. August 24, 2015. SuperPulse 10.6 µm CO2 laser-assisted, closed flap treatment of peri-implantitis
  5. 2014. Pulsed Nd:YAG Laser Treatment for Failing Dental Implants Due to Peri-implantitis.
  6. July, 2011. Letter published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) in response to an inaccurate and misleading article regarding laser periodotal therapy.
  7. Tufts University School of Medicine Cancer Research Center. Department of Anatomy and Biochemistry. Research on Alpha-foetoprotein and Cancer Growth Factors.
  8. Cold Spring Harbor Research Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Research conducted with Dr. James Watson in biochemistry and cancer proliferation.
  9. Publication of research in the Journal of Periodontology entitled “A Comparison of Post Operative Pain Experience Following Periodontal Surgery Utilizing Two Local Anesthetic Agents” This study has been referenced in two other recently published studes: “Efficacy and safety of bupivacaine versus lidocaine in dental treatments: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials” and “A dose-response study of adrenaline combined with lignocaine 2%: effect on acute postoperative pain after oral soft tissue surgery”.

Cynthia M. Lopez, MDCynthia M. Lopez, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Cosmetic Surgeon
Fresno, CA, USA

Dr. Cynthia M. Lopez graduated from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, School of Medicine in the Philippines, in 1982. Soon after, she began a family practice residency at the U.S Naval Hospital in Subic Bay, Philippines, where she focused on obstetrics and gynecology. After three years she traveled to the United States and obtained a medical license after training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. While at Cook County she met Frank Lopez, another physician there, and whom she married. The couple moved to California and settled down in Fresno in 1993, with plans of starting a family. Within a few years they had five children, four rowdy boys and a girl. At the same time, they built a family health clinic together and began seeing people from all walks of life.

Dr. Cynthia discovered Cosmetic Medicine in 2007 when she sought a local plastic surgeon to help her look better for her 25th medical school reunion. She was 51 at that time and the undeniable signs of aging could not be hidden anymore. The recommendation for a face lift did not appeal to her. Many of her classmates who had face lifts looked a little odd and unnatural. The mid-face are is stretched out but the wrinkles around the eyes and mouth remained. After researching and attending numerous seminars on Cosmetic Medicine, she realized that one does not have to go through plastic surgery to look better.


gary myers, dmdGary R. Myers, DMD

Pediatric Dentist
Myers Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Middleburg, FL, USA

Dr. Gary joined Myers Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in 2001 after completing a residency program in pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a native of Orange Park and graduate of Orange Park High School, he is happy to make Clay County his home and cherishes the opportunity to work with his father. Dr. Gary graduated from the University Of Florida Dental School in 1998 after earning a degree in chemistry from Furman University.

He is a member of the Florida Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the former President of the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (FAPD), and a former Board Member of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SSPD). Dr. Gary is also a member of the Florida Dentofacial Study Club and the IAOTP (International Association of Tongue-tie Professionals). He has published research on oral sedation techniques in the leading journal for the profession, the AAPD Journal. He has also given lectures for the Florida Lalache League, SSPD, and the FAPD, the Volusia-Flagler dental association, and the Northeast Florida Dental Hygiene Association.


Mikel Newman

Mikel Newman, DDS

Newman Family Dentistry
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Dr. Mikel graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Indiana University and earned his DDS at Indiana University Dental School in 2012 before joining his brothers at Newman Family Dentistry.

Of all the procedures Mikel does daily, helping with tongue tied or lip tied infants with breast feeding difficulties is his favorite. In these cases, “frenectomies make a huge difference in a child’s ability to nurse or eat. Mothers (or parents) have to trust their child’s doctor, so my job is to be trustworthy, patient, caring, and skilled so I can live up to that trust!”

Dmitry Nurminsky, DDS, PhDDmitry Nurminsky, DDS, PhD

General Dentistry
Bowie, MD, USA

Dr. Nurminsky has the highest commitment and dedication to the practice of dentistry. After earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Moscow State University, Dr. Nurminsky obtained a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland. He studied at Harvard and held faculty appointments at Tufts University and University of Maryland, teaching at Tufts Dental School and U. Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Nurminsky is a well published author, and an active member in the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Society, Southern Maryland Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Bowie/Crofton Study Club.


Merlin Ohmer, DDSMerlin P. Ohmer, DDS, MAGD

Dental Doctors of Florida
St. Augustine, FL, USA

Dr. Ohmer, a native of Thibodaux, LA, graduated from Nicholls State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Chemistry. He then earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1979 from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He spent three years on active duty in the United States Army. After his release from active duty he practiced in Baton Rouge, LA, until 1989 when he returned to active duty in the United States Navy Dental Corps as a Lieutenant Commander. He completed a one-year fellowship in oral surgery in 1984 at Naval Dental Center Great Lakes, IL. He has served the Navy in many roles all around the world.

Dr. Ohmer retired as a Captain in the Navy Dental Corps and is happy to join Dr. Trunk in forming Dental Doctors of Florida. He brings 37 years of dental practice weighted heavily in surgical care, including wisdom tooth removal, implant placement, bone grafting and periodontal care.

He is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, a recognition earned by only 1% of dentists, member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Academy of Laser Dentistry. He is a continuous learner, having earned over 3200 hours of continuing education credit. Dr. Ohmer is happy to bring his experience and education to serve you, providing the most comprehensive dental care possible.


Chiyadu Padmini, BDS, MDSChiyadu Padmini, BDS, MDS

Pediatric Dentist
Medcare Women and Children Hospital
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Chiyadu Padmini has practiced pediatric dentistry at Medcare women and children hospital, Dubai, UAE since 2016. She completed masters in Pediatric Dentistry from India in 2011. She pursued her diploma in lasers from British Academy of implant and restorative dentistry in 2016. She has also completed standard proficiency in diode and erbium lasers and advanced part 1 and 2 completed from the Academy of Laser Dentistry, USA, where she is also a member.

She has an immense passion for pediatric lip- and tongue-ties and has presented several seminars and posters on pediatric lip- and tongue-ties and importance of lasers in pediatric dentistry in various scientific conferences.

John C. Park, DMDJohn C. Park, DMD

General Dentistry
Hopkinton Dental Associates
Hopkinton, MA, USA

Dr. John Park, a New York native, received his Baccalaureate Degree from the University of Vermont and subsequently received his D.M.D. from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. After completing his residency on Long Island, NY, he affiliated with dental practices in New York, Washington, D.C., and in Massachusetts before establishing Hopkinton Dental Associates, P.C. in Hopkinton, MA. Dr. Park is an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, Multi-Disciplinary Institute, and local Spear Study Group, where he enjoys broadening his clinical knowledge and horizons.


Dianne Quibell, MDDianne Quibell, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Cosmetic Laser Surgery & Medical Aesthetics
Wellesley, MA

Dr. Dianne Quibell, MD is a Board-Certified Internist, World Renowned Cosmetic Laser Surgeon, and Aesthetic Physician. She is the Vice President of the American Board of Laser Surgery (since 2008) and Fellow of The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Quibell has lectured nationally and internationally since 2001 and is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has privately trained over 500 clinicians in aesthetic laser procedures, BOTOX®, fillers, and laser assisted lipolysis. She teaches over 25 courses a year in the same fields.

Dr. Quibell is originally from New York, but she has demonstrated her loyalty to Boston by becoming a Red Sox fan! She enjoys helping people identify their signature features to optimize and enhance their unique, physical beauty. Dr. Quibell takes your cosmetic concerns seriously, and will work with you in a team approach to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. She has a history as a makeup artist with full training in the field. Her knowledge of cosmetics combined with facial anatomy gives her the background needed to properly rejuvenate and recreate physical structures lost in the aging process. Dr. Quibell is very interested in fitness and wellness, but admittedly enjoys cooking and eating even more! She has a particular passion for cooking Italian food for her guests. Dr. Quibell is 51 years old and has had every treatment we offer at MD TLC done to herself and can confidently attest to our procedures and results.


Rita Ramalho, DVM

Veterinary Surgeon
Anjos of Assis Veterinary Medical Center
Barreiro, Portugal

German Ramirez-YanezGerman Ramirez-Yañez, DDS, Pedo. Cert., MDSC, PhD, FRCD

Pediatric Dentist
Aurora Kids Dentistry
Aurora, ON, 

Dr. German Ramirez is the owner and primary dentist at Aurora Kids’ Dentistry. Graduated from Javeriana University in Colombia in 1983. Obtained his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the technological University of Mexico in 1986. Certified Pediatric Dentist by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in 2012. Trained in Orthodontics and Functional Orthopedics at the faculdade do Norte do Parana in Brazil. Master of Dental Science (2002) and PhD in Oral Biology from the University of Queensland in Australia (2006). Master of Science with a major in Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders from Tufts University in Boston, USA in 2014. Associated with the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada as an Adjunct Professor from 2008 – 2013. As part of his area of expertise, he has a special interest in intervening early when a problem is developing in the maxilla or mandible in order to correct deviations from normal facial growth and oral function. Dr. R has over 20 years’ of experience in treating malocclusions at an early age with a functional approach.

Dr. Ramirez-Yañez has published more than 20 scientific articles about functional appliances, the biological rationale for functional treatment of malocclusions and intervention at an early age in peer-review journals. He has published 2 books on how to intercept a craniofacial growth and development problems at an early age. Dr. R is advocated to prevention before treatment. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Dentistry, the Journal of Orthodontic Science and Practice, and Oral Health Magazine.


Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Family Nurse Practitioner
Arizona Breastfeeding Medicine & Wellness
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Dr. Riek graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner in addition to having her IBCLC certification. Dr. Riek employs the use of laser science in her practice to help care for patients of all ages. Dr. Riek is mostly focuses on frenulum release for infants to improve breastfeeding out comes.

Loeta Robles

Loeta Robles, DDS

General Dentist
Loeta Robles, DDS, Inc
Chico, CA, USA

In 1996, Dr. Robles received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of California, San Francisco. She came home to practice dental hygiene for the next 14 years in Dr. Beckett’s practice. In 2011, Dr. Robles returned to the University of California, San Francisco to pursue her Doctorate in Dental Surgery. In 2015, Dr. Robles graduated with honors and earned certificates of excellence in clinical endodontics and patient-centered care, anesthesiology, and orofacial pain. In addition, Dr. Robles was the recipient of the University of California, San Francisco Alumni Association Award for being the most motivated student in her class.

Currently, Dr. Loeta Robles belongs to a number of organizations such as the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, Spear Faculty Club, UCSF Alumni Association, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. In addition, Dr. Robles is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English, and is able to provide dental care to a diverse community.

justin roche md

Justin Roche, MD

The Infant Feeding Centre
Clonmel, TIP, Ireland

I qualified from Leeds in 1996 already having decided that pediatrics was the path for me. I was fortunate enough to be able to get one of the first house officer (intern) jobs in Pediatrics in Leeds before moving onto SHO rotations initially at St Mary’s, Isle of Wight and then at the Southampton Hospitals group. I started my specialist registrar training at Coventry followed by Birmingham Children’s Hospital. As a family we then relocated to Ireland and I completed my higher specialist training between Sligo General Hospital, Crumlin Children’s Hospital and The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. As a Consultant Pediatrician I have worked at the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght and Sligo General Hospital before taking a permanent position at South Tipperary General Hospital in March 2009. I have Membership of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) and have registration with the Medical Council (Number 171584) under the Specialist Division for Pediatrics.

Rachel Rosen, DDS

Rachel Rosen, DDS

Pediatric Dentist
Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry
Twinsburg, OH

Dr. Rachel was born and raised in Orange Village, Ohio and studied as a Buckeye at The Ohio State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Rachel completed two additional years of advanced training at The Boston University School of Dental Medicine, with a pediatric dental residency, and received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. Dr. Rachel’s expertise and knowledge includes the care of infants, children and adolescents with special health care needs.

Matthew Rowe, DDS

Matthew Rowe, DDS, MSD

Periodontist and Implant Dentist
Southern Roots Periodontics: Implant & Laser Dentistry, LLC
Columbia, SC

Dr. Matthew Rowe is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and received his bachelor’s of science in Biology and a minor in business. He attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry, obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2010. He went on to specialize in Periodontics and completed his training in 2013. He received the prestigious Dr. Henry Swenson award for excellence in clinical periodontics while in his residency. He obtained his Diplomate status in periodontology and is now owns his practice in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. His passion for treating patients with tethered oral tissues grew when he was approached by a local lactation consultant and physician assistant, to help do frenectomies for babies that are tongue and lip tied. Since being asked, he researched various laser wavelengths and adopted the LightScalpel CO2 laser into his practice for soft tissue surgeries and periodontal treatment. He works closely with supporting colleagues such as lactation consultants, pediatricians, speech language pathologists, chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, etc. to provide a continuity of care for his patients. Dr. Rowe enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys. Hiking, running, and biking are some of his favorite ways to relax. Dr. Rowe is currently a Major in the Army National Guard and enjoys serving while providing dental care within the military.


Saravanakumar dentistM. S. Saravanakumar, MDS

Pediatric Dentist
Chennai, TN, India

Masahiro Seki, DVMMasahiro Seki, DVM, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Animal Laser Center
Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Japan

Dr. Seki is the Owner and Medical Director of the Animal Laser Center, located in Nagoya, Japan. Dr. Seki completed his D.V.M. at the Rakuno Gakuen University for Veterinary Medicine. Following training in Veterinary Medicine at Animal Hospitals in Yokohama and Nagoya, Japan. Dr. Seki completed further training in small animal surgery at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Seki is Board Certified in Laser Surgery from the American Board of Laser Surgery. His professional practice includes small animal laser surgery with CO2 lasers, laser therapy for small animals, and percutaneous laser disc decompression for dogs with Diode lasers.

Dr. Seki is a director of the Japan Laser Veterinary Science Society, a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Japanese Society of Veterinary Dermatology, the Japanese Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the Japan Animal Hospital Association, and the Nippon Animal Hospital Association.

Through his position as director of the Japan Veterinary Science Society, he is educating Japanese veterinarians about laser surgery basics and applications and laser safety. He is also encouraging pet owners to get more gentle treatment using lasers for pets.

warren seiler mdWarren B. Seiler, III, MD, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Cosmetic Surgeon
Seiler Skin Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics Center
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Seiler is a board-certified cosmetic laser surgeon and the Owner and Medical Director at Seiler Skin Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After training in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., Dr. Seiler, completed extensive further cosmetic specialty training, which extends well beyond any traditional residency or fellowship program. He is also a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Seiler completed his specialty board certification through the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS). After gaining national recognition as a prodigious provider in laser medicine and surgery, Dr. Seiler was appointed as the Executive Director of the ABLS. He subsequently went on to co-author multiple editions, including the current, of the ABLS examination text book and certification exams (written and oral).

As Executive Director, he currently serves as a trusted advisor and educator to ABLS members and non-members who seek expert training and higher education opportunities in the field. Dr. Seiler also works with state medical boards, health departments and laser safety societies in the U.S. and abroad to help create stronger safety and training regulations that govern practitioners who provide these procedures.

Dr. Seiler has trained and examined practitioners in 11 countries on laser, injection and aesthetic procedures. He trains practitioners for Allergan—the maker of Botox, Juvederm, SkinMedica, Kybella and Latisse—and is one of the few expert trainers for the popular Vampire® procedures. Dr. Seiler has developed his own training company, which provides physicians and non-physician practitioners the highest level of training on the procedures offered at Seiler Skin.

Dr. Seiler has served in the capacity of expert witness for both plaintiff and defense attorneys in civil and medical-malpractice lawsuits concerning laser, energy-based device and and injection complications. These include medical malpractice cases, civil cases and state medical board investigations. Dr. Seiler assists attorneys and/or state medical board representatives to help determine what state medicals laws pertain to the case (laser, energy-based device or injection), what devices can legally be used by the practitioner (physician or non-physician), proper levels of training required for a practitioner to perform the procedure and what level of supervision a non-physician must have in order to perform the procedure safely. Dr. Seiler also provides information specific to the type(s) of condition treated, procedure and device used and treatment parameters, proper pre- and post-treatment protocols per procedure and device, patient information (which types of patients and conditions are good candidates for the procedure), side effects and complications and what should and should not happen before, during and after the course of treatment.

Additionally, Dr. Seiler provides counsel, literature and additional medical references to support his advice and or statements regarding standard of care issues (i.e., typical results from procedure in question, risks vs. benefits, common or expected side effects or complications, rare or unexpected side effects or complications, proper device use and settings, etc.). He educates the attorney and/or state medical board representatives to whatever degree necessary in order to achieve the best possible case outcome, which may include determining misdoing, negligence, malpractice or non-adherence to medical laser law. Additionally, Dr. Seiler helps determine what the opposing side may discuss, and provide insight as to the legitimacy of such topics. His work ranges from simple review of documented material or providing an opinion to extensive case work, depositions and trial involvement.

Annette Skowronski, DDS, FAGDAnnette Skowronski, DDS, FAGD, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

General Dentist
Dr. Annette Skowronski: Family Dentistry
Shelby Charter, MI, USA

Dr. Annette Skowronski is a 1986 graduate of University of Detroit Dental School. She graduated first in her class and received many Academic Awards, including the prestigious induction into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honors Fraternity as a student. Dr. Skowronski is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, Master of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, member American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, member of Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and was awarded Talk of the Town 2011-2015. She is a certified Invisalign Provider since 2001, certified AVADent and Palodent Digital Denture Provider, and is listed in 2009-2015 “Guide to America’s Top Dentists”. She holds a Standard Proficiency Certification for the 810 nm diode and 2,940 nm Er:YAG wavelengths and an Advanced Proficiency Certification in the 810 nm diode wavelength.

Dr. Skowronski has lectured on various topics from digital imaging, laser treatment of oral restrictions in infants and children, critical thinking in dental procedures, and dental laser techniques to dental groups. She has also lectured to students at Macomb County Community College on skills necessary to operate a small business.

brandon schwindtBrandon J. Schwindt, DMD

Pediatric Dentist
Kona Kids Dentistry
Tigard, OR, USA

Dr Brandon Schwindt, or ‘Dr Brandon’ to his patients, grew up in Oregon, just east of Salem. He received his biology degree at the University of Oregon and later attended Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Dentistry.

During his time in dental school he discovered his talent for working with children. After graduating with honors from OHSU he moved to Charleston, SC to complete his pediatric dental residency. Following gradation, he received the Richard C. Pew Award, for scoring in top 3% in the nation on his pediatric board exams. After returning to Portland, Dr Brandon became associate professor of Pediatrics at OHSU dental school and was later selected by his pediatric colleagues to serve as the President of the Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In 2009 the Oregon Dental Association and Governor Kulongoski choose Dr Brandon to serve on Oregon’s Board of Dentistry. He was then reappointed by Governor Kitzhaber 2012. Recently he was elected to President of the Oregon Board of Dental Examiners.

david stall dentistDavid Stall, DMD

David Stall Dental
West Chester, PA, USA

Dr. Stall is originally from the Catskill Mountain region of New York State and graduated from SUNY at Buffalo in 1977 with his B.A. in Geography. After receiving his Masters degree in Public Health at Tulane University, he moved to Philadelphia in 1979 to attend one of the top 5 dental schools in the nation, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Following graduation in 1983, he spent the next year as a resident at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where he received additional training in General and Hospital Dentistry. In 1985 he opened his dental practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

In 1989, Dr. Stall received the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship Award, given to those dentists who have shown dedication to patient care through continuing education. Dr. Stall has taken over 1800 hours of continuing dental education courses since 1983 and is a past clinical instructor in restorative and cosmetic dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he mentors other dentists in areas relating to implant and restorative dentistry.

elizabeth sugg, ddsElizabeth Sugg, DDS

General Dentist
Ocean Dental
Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

Dr. Sugg graduated from Case Western Reserve University where she completed the eight-year dentistry program in seven years. After scoring a perfect 100 on her operatives, she worked in a private practice in Cleveland, Ohio while teaching at the Dental School at Case Western Reserve. Two years later she opened a private practice in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where she served the community for 14 years. In 2008 Dr. Sugg moved to Hilton Head and began construction on Ocean Dental. While the building was underway she accepted a position at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Port Royal. She was awarded secret military clearance in order to work with recruits coming through boot camp. In 2010, she opened the doors of Ocean Dental and began practicing on Hilton Head full time. Dr. Sugg believes in patient education and that it’s vital to find out what’s most important to the patient before recommending a course of action. In her (rare) leisure time, Dr. Sugg enjoys relaxing on the island, spending time with her three daughters and their two dogs, reading, and traveling.

ben sutter dentist


For Beautiful Smiles
Eugene, OR, USA

Dr. Sutter delivers advanced dentistry for beautiful smiles and optimal oral health. He cares about his patients and invests the time and concern required to sustain lasting relationships. Dr. Sutter received a BA in psychology as well as a BS in biology from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He earned his DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he received numerous academic awards. While in New Jersey, he completed a one year, hospital-based residency at the Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Dr. Sutter is the author of several articles and abstracts, and has vast clinical, research, and teaching experience. He has been awarded Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry, Las Vegas Institute, and the International College of Crainio Mandibular Orthopedics. Dr Sutter also serves as a manuscript reviewer for General Dentistry.


James Thomas, DDSJames M. Thomas, DDS, MS

Pediatric Dentist
Bellevue, WA, USA

Dr. Thomas received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He discovered his love for working with young patients while volunteering at a special needs camp in Bay Cliff, Michigan and decided to focus on preventing oral health problems in the youngest population. He completed his Masters in Pediatric Dentistry (MS) from The University of Michigan in 2005. After relocating to Seattle in 2006 with his family, Dr. Thomas practiced as an associate in Lakewood and Mt. Vernon before opening his own practice – Everyone By One – in Bellevue, and later a second practice in Lynnwood and business office in Centralia. He sold the entire business in April 2016 in order to found health:latch. After treating thousands of children, some of whom struggled with breastfeeding due to tongue and lip tie, he has a unique understanding of the issue. Seeing firsthand how stressful it can be for families, he has created a specialty practice dedicated to changing the lives of these babies and their families.

Dr. Thomas is a member of the Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Support Network, the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the WA State Association of Pediatric Dentists, the WA State Dental Association, and the Seattle Lactation Journal Study Club.


Lynda VanAntwerp, DVMLynda VanAntwerp, DVM

Carrollton West Pet Hospital
Carrollton, TX, USA

Dr. VanAntwerp graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1994 after early admission in 1990. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science in 1991 while completing her first year of veterinary school. While in veterinary school she did externships with the AVMA government relations division in Washington DC and also at the Oklahoma City Zoo as well as a general practice. She has been with Carrollton West Pet Hospital since 1995. Her veterinary interests include preventative care, senior care, internal medicine, cytology, and nutrition. She has a special interest in the human animal bond and the use of animals with people in physical and mental therapy and the benefits to all parties involved. For the past 15 years Dr. VanAntwerp has been a presenter at the American Association of University Women’s “Reach for the stars” program designed at keeping 7th and 8th grade girls interested in math and science careers. She also has been involved with other career day and educational opportunities for children/youth and enjoys having these students shadow for a day at the clinic. Her other animal interests include sea turtle rehabilitation. Her pet family includes three English bulldogs, and several farm cats, ducks, rabbits and turtles that have all been rescued.


Geri-Lynn Waldman DDSGeri-Lynn Waldman, DDS

Pediatric Dentist
Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry
Middletown, NY, USA

Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado where she received her BA in psychology. After undergraduate school she worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for two years doing research in the field of immunology. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 2000. Following dental school she completed a two year residency in pediatric dentistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (now Rutgers University). During her residency she received specialized training in all areas of pediatric dentistry including sedation and working with children of special needs.

Dr. Geri is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Dental Association and the 9th District Dental Association. She has been elected as a “Favorite Doctor” by her patients in Hudson Valley Parent Magazine for the past 4 years. She has also been recognized by her peers as one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s “Top Dentists” since 2009.

C Winkler DVMChristopher J. Winkler, DVM, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness and Laser Surgery Center
Selden, NY, USA

Following graduation from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Winkler began his veterinary career on Long Island with 3 years experience as an emergency room veterinarian before moving on to private practice as a small animal practitioner, and currently owns and operates Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness and Laser Surgery Center on Long Island.  He introduced laser surgery in his practice in 2010 and developed a special interest in both laser surgery and laser therapy, beginning training and education in laser physics, tissue interaction, laser safety, and photobiomodulation soon after.  He is certified in Veterinary Laser Medicine and Surgery by the American Board of Laser Surgery, a certified Veterinary Medical Laser Safety Officer, and a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.  Dr. Winkler offers the benefits of laser surgery and laser therapy to his own patients and referrals he receives from other local veterinarians, and has appeared nationally as a laser surgery instructor for conferences such as the NAVC, the WVC, and the AVMA, and as a presenter on photobiomodulation for the ASLMS.  He also contributes articles on laser surgery for Veterinary Practice News, and has acted as a consultant for laser surgery and laser therapy companies.

Barbara Winslow, DVMBarbara Winslow, DVM

King’s Ridge Veterinary Clinic
King City, ON, Canada

I love always having new things to learn, new understandings of the body, and new treatments to support my patients. I am a confirmed Science Geek with an interest in many branches of science; I love that I have a career that challenges me to keep learning, and presents puzzles to solve on a regular basis. The bond between people and their animals has always been important to me – animals have always been a big part of my life.

Richard Winters, DDS

Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

General Dentist
Hampton Dental Associates
Milwaukee, WI, USA

Dr. Winter is one of Dentistry Today’s CDE Leaders. Dr. Winter is one of Dentistry Today’s CDE Leaders. Dr. Winter has lectured on advanced reconstructive and implant dentistry throughout the country and has published several articles on Upgradeable Dentistry, Advanced Treatment Planning, Reconstructive and Implant Dentistry and General Dentistry As A Specialty.

  1. Upgradeable dentistry, part 4. Winter R.B. Dent Today. 2009 Dec;28(12):64, 66, 68. PMID: 20055040 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  2. Upgradeable dentistry, part 3. Winter R.B. Dent Today. 2009 Nov;28(11):94, 96, 98-9. PMID: 19994825 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  3. Upgradeable dentistry, part 2. Winter R.B. Dent Today. 2009 Jul;28(7):97-8, 100. PMID: 19630282 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  4. Upgradeable dentistry: part 1. Winter R.B. Dent Today. 2009 Jun;28(6):82, 84, 86-7. PMID: 19554910 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  5. Upgradeable Dentistry A New Treatment Paradigm for Total Patient Care. Winter R.B. Inside Dentistry. 2011 April; 7(4): 48-54
  6. Compromised Foundations Require Confident Conversation. Winter R.B. Dent Today. 2011 April;30(4); 110-115.
  7. General Dentistry As A Specialty. Winter R.B. Dent Today. 2012 Feb; 31(2); 156-160.
  8. Cosmetic nightmare! Composite success! Winter R. Dent Today. 2012 May;31(5):102, 104, 106-7. PMID: 22650089 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  9. Advanced treatment planning: one recipe for implant success. Winter R. Dent Today. 2012 Nov;31(11):114, 116, 118- 21. PMID: 23189911 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  10. Treatment Planning for Periapical Cemental Dysplasia. Winter R. Inside Dentistry. 2014 February; 62-71.
  11. Close Encounters of the Nerve Kind. Winter R. Dentistry Today 2014. Volume 33. No. 11. November; 126-129.
  12. Solving Complex Treatment Challenges: Increasing Occlusal Vertical Dimension via Full Arch Rehabilitation. Winter R. Dentistry Today 2015. Volume 34. No. 1. January; 112-115.
  13. Bulimia Complex Etiology, Challenging Treatment. Winter R. Dentistry Today Vol.34. No. 7. July 2015; 119-123.
  14. Rehabilitation of Mandibular Atrophy: The Case of the Prolonged Partial. Winter R. Dentistry Today Vol. 34 No. 11. November 2015; pp. 136-143.
  15. Maxillo-Mandibular Atrophy: Success through Interdisciplinary Planning Winter,R, Kimmel,A. Dentistry Today Vol. 35 No. 10 October 2016; pp. 114-120.

karen wuertz ddsKaren M. Wuertz, DDS, PA, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Craniofacial Transformations
Chesapeake, VA, USA

Dr. Wuertz has made it her mission to be on the cutting-edge of dentistry and all the newest options available. From making your smile beautiful and your teeth healthy – to the latest dental sleep appliances, cosmetics, technologies and advancements. Dr. Wuertz also offers specialized dental appliances, designed to aid patients with snoring, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.


Shervin Yazdi DDSShervin K. Yazdi, DDS

Pediatric Dentist
Shervin Yazdi, DDS and Associates
Castro Valley, CA, USA

Striving to maintain a high standard of care for my patients my intent is that all professional care delivered at my office will be of the best possible quality my staff and I can provide for each patient. Efforts are made to obtain cooperation from children by the use of warmth, friendliness, persuasion, humor, gentleness, kindness, and understanding. We are a full service office and if sedation is desired we are well equipped to provide that for you. Personally, I enjoy building, flying, crashing, and repairing radio control airplanes and helicopters. I also enjoy sprinting at the local track, swimming, and ball room dancing with my wife Cassandra.

Dr. Yazdi has been providing safe and effective pediatric dental care for over 20 years. Dr. Yazdi is a graduate of the world renowned dental doctorate program at University of California Los Angeles(UCLA 1994) and furthermore the post-doctoral pediatric residency program at UCLA (1996).


Edward Zimmerman, MDEdward M. Zimmerman, MD, DABLS
Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery

Cosmetic Surgeon
Las Vegas Laser & Lipo
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Dr. Zimmerman graduated with departmental honors in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and has a Masters in Physiology from Georgetown University. He received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, after which he completed a three-year residency in Family Medicine in Beaver, Pennsylvania, with a heavy emphasis on surgical procedures, emergency room and urgent care medicine.  As faculty of that residency, he introduced the first outpatient CO2 laser to Western PA.

He has been a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery since 1994; the American and European Academies of Cosmetic Surgery; the American Society of Liposuction Surgery; the American Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgery and the American College of Phlebology.  He has received the prestigious Award for Academic Excellence in Cosmetic Surgery Education from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.  Dr. Z is currently serving as President of the American Board of Laser Surgery and is an Examiner for that Board. He sits on the Board of Trustees and Membership Committee for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and has been active with the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

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