Now you can own a digital copy the incredibly successful 2018 American Laser Study Club’s Inaugural Symposium. Available immediately are high definition video copies of the ALSC Symposium’s presentations. The presentations are based on a wide variety of medical, dental and veterinary laser topics including tongue- and lip-tie releases (frenectomy), laser dentistry and oral surgery, veterinary laser surgery and dentistry, dermatology and cosmetic laser surgery, and laser-tissue interaction education.
ALSC Inaugural Symposium, April 6–8, 2018 in Orlando, FL
Infant Breastfeeding, Sleep and Airway
The ALSC Inaugural Symposium hosts the most comprehensive laser frenectomy / TOTS program available for pediatric and general dentists. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from pioneers and leading laser frenectomy providers and earn up to 14 CDE credits. Coming in at a fraction of what you would pay for other laser education programs.
The ALSC Inaugural Symposium hosts comprehensive laser dentistry / laser surgery programs, ideal for new and experienced laser physicians, dentists, and veterinarians. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from laser surgery pioneers and leading laser surgeons and earn up to 14 CDE credits. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of other laser education programs.
The ALSC Inaugural Symposium Frenectomy Track is ideal for pediatricians, pediatric dentists, dentists, oral surgeons, ENTs, IBCLCs, OMTs, SLPs, and other specialists. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from laser surgery pioneers and leading laser surgeons. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of other laser education programs.
The ALSC Inaugural Symposium Dentistry Track is ideal for dentists, dental hygienists, oral surgeons, veterinary dentists, and veterinary surgeons. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from laser surgery pioneers and leading laser surgeons. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of other laser education programs.
The ALSC Inaugural Symposium Veterinary Dentistry and Surgery Track is ideal for veterinary dentists and veterinary surgeons, dentists, and oral surgeons. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from laser surgery pioneers and leading laser surgeons. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of other laser education programs.
The ALSC Inaugural Symposium Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Track is ideal for cosmetic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, veterinary dentists, veterinary surgeons, and dentists. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from laser surgery pioneers and leading laser surgeons. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of other laser education programs.
Praveen Arany, BDS, MDS, MMSc, PhD
My major interest is focused on clinical translation of biological mechanisms for wound healing and tissue regeneration. Our group uses cell-molecular biology, biomaterials and biomedical technologies to explore biological regulation and use this information for therapeutics to control favorable clinical outcomes.
Non-surgical applications of Lasers in Dentistry – Photodynamic versus Photobiomodulation Therapy
The use of low dose lasers for non-surgical applications includes selective destruction of cells or microbes termed Photodynamic therapy. Advances in dyes and laser devices is enabling wide spread use of this technique in clinical dentistry. A key advantage of this technique is a lack of antimicrobial resistance that allows targeting of difficult to treat microbial strains. Another use of low dose laser treatments involves alleviation of pain and inflammation as well as promotion of tissue healing and regeneration termed Photobiomodulation Therapy. A more thorough understanding of its mechanisms is enabling the use of this innovative treatment for broad spectrum of dental diseases including TMD, accelerated tooth movement, periodontal and peri-implant therapy and regeneration with dental stem cells, among others. This presentation will provide an overview of these laser applications in clinical dentistry.
Diana Batoon, DMD
Dr. Diana Batoon is a graduate of Tufts University with specialized training in Dental Cosmetic from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She completed a General Practice Residency at VA Hospital in Loma Linda, California. Dr. Batoon has extensive training in Full Mouth Rehabilitation, TMJ, and Dental Implant Restorations.
In 1997, Dr. Diana Batoon founded Bonita Dental in Scottsdale, AZ. She has been most successful with her patients’ overall health and pairing it with the right treatment. It has been proven in our office that this approach leads to long lasting restorations and overall improvement in oral health. Dr. Batoon pays a lot of attention to detail and takes into account her patients’ desires in order to achieve the right outcome.
She regularly participates in continuing education courses to provide her clientele with the latest techniques and technology to deliver the best dental care available. Dr. Batoon enjoys doing her Health and Wellness seminars for the public to educate and inform the community about their oral and overall health. Dr. Batoon always finds time to be active in the community and give back. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three boys.
Sleep Disordered Breathing in the Pediatric Population – Lasers and the Airway
Untreated or misdiagnosed Sleep Disordered Breathing in the pediatric population has a significant impact on the deterioration of health, development, and self- confidence in young lives. Each year a large population of children with symptoms of mouth-breathing, snoring, bruxism, bed-wetting and ADD/ADHD go untreated and misdiagnosed. Unaware that Sleep Disordered Breathing is the root cause of their troubles, parents and children pursue treatments that make their situation worse, both in the present and the long run. It more important than ever for the dental community to empower families to heal this condition instead of just cope with it.
Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, DABLS
Dr. Baxter is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist at Shelby Pediatric Dentistry in Pelham, AL. 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. He has recently accomplished his American Board of Laser Surgery certification.
Clinical Pearls and How To Start Performing Laser Frenectomies in Your Office
Often hearing about the techniques and success stories of the laser frenectomy procedure for tongue and lip-tie release will inspire a practitioner to want to provide these services in his or her community. The difficult issue is how to practically incorporate these patients into the schedule, and how to actually get started seeing patients. With this “nuts and bolts” lecture, Dr. Baxter will share his insights, successes, and failures in treating patients with restricted frena. Dr. Baxter will also share clinical pearls regarding best practices and how to evaluate, treat, and ensure proper follow-up for these patients to give the best outcomes. Many cases will be presented from newborn to adolescent and from nursing, speech, and feeding issues. In addition, clinical videos will supplement the discussion to demonstrate techniques so the practitioner can see the release technique for different ages and anatomy.
Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS
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.
Veterinary oral laser surgery: Feline stomatitis, canine tonsillectomy, Laser epulis removal and gingival hyperplasia remodeling
Elongated soft palate correction, Tonsillectomy, Epulectomy / Gingivectomy, Stomatitis treatment in cats, Tongue tumor surgery, Marsupialization of salivary mucocele / ranula, and Oral cancer surgery will be reviewed. The oral cavity has an excellent blood supply and the soft tissues are generally very well hydrated. These features make traditional surgery challenging due to the inherent vigorous bleeding that is expected during surgical procedures. The use of surgical lasers provides an effective method to reduce or prevent excessive bleeding, thus reducing the time spent in surgery, and thereby reducing post-surgical complications.
Veterinary laser surgery of the skin: ears to rears and anything in between
Single Pass Full Thickness Skin Incisions in Veterinary Patients, Laser Surgery of the Ear Pinna, Laser Surgery of the Ear Canal, Laser Surgery of the Skin, Orthopedic Applications for Laser Surgery, Laser Surgery in Aqueous Environments, Veterinary Laser Surgery of the Perineum will be reviewed. Living tissue has an excellent blood supply and these soft tissues are generally very well hydrated and heavily innervated. These features make traditional surgery challenging due to the inherent bleeding and pain that is expected during surgical procedures. The use of surgical lasers provides an effective method to reduce or prevent excessive bleeding and pain, thus reducing the time spent in surgery, and thereby reducing post-surgical complications. Some procedures are so laser-dependent that it would be considered difficult or impossible for a general practitioner to perform it without the use of a surgical laser.
Yuliya Cherepinskaya, PhD
PhD, Ass. of prof. Conservative Dentistry Department of Kharkov National Medical University, Ukraine Mr. of Pedagogy, Member of WFLD-ED (European Division of World Federation for Laser Dentistry) and SLDU (Society of Laser Dentistry Ukraine)
Evaluation of Clinical Efficiency of Er.Cr: YSGG (2,780 nm) Laser for Gingivectomy
The literature data shows that erbium laser for the treatment of gingival hyperplasia is one of the promising directions in modern periodontics; and it allows achieving good clinical results due to several clinical advantages of laser impact, such as: the laser cut is more accurate and precise than the scalpel one, it allows to achieve hemostasis and coagulation of small blood vessels that create a dry operating area and provide a good visual control, minimal invasive intervention, thus improving healing, and reduced damage to surrounding tissue; the laser also disinfects the wound surface due to heat generation. Formation of coagulant layer and destruction of bacteria is leading to the reduction of the risk of diseases transmitted through the blood and prevention of a secondary infection. Coagulation of small lymphatic vessels and, as a consequence, the reduction in postoperative edema contribute to the reduction in the recovery time, pain reduction, minimal wound contraction with minimal scarring, etc. Laser surgery may be less painful and, therefore, requires less use of anesthesia than conventional scalpel surgery in oral soft tissue procedures, less prescription drugs for pain relief and possibly no prescription anti-inflammatory medications.
Robert Convissar, DDS, FAGD
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.
Periodontitis and Periimplantitis – State of the Art Laser-Assisted Tissue Regeneration 2018
Soft and hard tissue regeneration has always been an ideal, yet elusive goal when treating periodontal and peri-implant disease. This course will provide the attendee with a 12 step program to achieve laser-assisted periodontal tissue regeneration. This technique is also applicable to peri-implantitis treatment. Though lasers have been used in dentistry for over 25 years, and many laser companies have made many claims about regeneration of tissue, these techniques will be proven to work via case reviews and supported by a critical review of the peer-reviewed literature.
Ethical and Legal Ramifications of Using Diode Lasers for Closed Periodontal Pocket Therapy
Since their introduction to dentistry, diode lasers have been advertised as magic wands to cure periodontal disease; however, the peer-reviewed literature does not confirm any positive effects resulting from diode use in pockets. The American Dental Association published Clinical Practice Guidelines advising dentists to not perform this procedure. This talk will discuss the ethical and legal ramifications of performing therapy in violation of Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Lorraine A. Corriveau, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline)
Dr. Lorraine (Lori) Corriveau received her DVM from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) in 1999 and after graduation was in private practice in Indiana for 2 years before joining the PVM Primary Care service and heading up the Exotic Pet Service within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) since 2001. Her daily caseload includes exotic (non-traditional) pets, as well as dogs and cats. She has been utilizing the surgical CO2 laser since 2006 and therapy laser since 2016 for many procedures integrated within the outpatient pet surgical service and referral exotic pet caseload.
She became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2016, certified in the canine/feline category. In addition to publication in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery on of the use of the CO2 laser to treat ceruminous gland hyperplasia in the cat, she has led basic and advanced CO2 laser surgery training labs for veterinarians and is the VTH small animal laser safety officer to certify all new veterinary faculty and residents. She has presented CE topics regionally and nationally related to exotic and pet animal wellness, medicine and surgery.
Dr. Corriveau continues to find ways to expand her veterinary knowledge and expertise.
General Practice use of the CO2 surgical laser in veterinary medicine: Case Presentations
Minimizing bleeding and pain in the veterinary patient is a benefit of the CO2 laser in veterinary medicine. The use of the CO2 laser for procedures that would traditionally be done with a scalpel blade allows for better visualization and can shorten the length of a procedure for a veterinarian and patient. Utilizing the CO2 laser allows for some procedures to even be done under a local anesthetic block, +/- sedation, instead of general anesthesia in older patients. The excellent hemostasis the CO2 laser provides makes it an ideal tool for use in small exotic species or in areas that are highly vascular such as the mouth and nose. This session will present several case studies where the CO2 laser was an asset in veterinary medicine such as with exotics, in the mouth for biopsy or nodule removals, and ablation of ceruminous gland hyperplasia affecting the feline ear.
- Demonstration of the value of using the CO2 laser for surgery in highly vascular regions
- Demonstration of the value of using the CO2 laser for surgery in exotics
- CO2 laser ablation as a good treatment modality for feline ceruminous gland hyperplasia
David D. Duclos, DVM, DACVD
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 CO2laser, 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.
Ablation of Various Dermatologic Lesions in the Dog and Cat
This presentation will focus on ablation of veterinary dermatologic lesions using larger spot size and fluence required to ablate the lesions. It will include demonstrations using higher watts and power density needed in the more dense part of theses lesions and then when the procedure approaches the normal tissue demonstrations of how easy it is for the surgeon to decrease the power density, and pulse rate using the newer VetScalpel by Aesculight. Dermatologic cases will include Bowenoid in-situ carcinoma and actinic lesions in the cat and follicular cysts and pigmented viral plaques in the dog.
Excision of follicular tumors, claw carcinoma and eyelid tumors in the dog using CO2 laser excisional technique
This presentation will show the precision that is made possible by use of good incisional laser technique in removal of dermatologic tumors in the dog. Follicular tumors arise from mutations in hair follicles and gradually form firm dermal tumors that have cystic centers filled with keratin and hair. The wall of these tumors is not very stable so when they get to a certain size they tend to rupture through the skin and cause severe pain, swelling, infection and drainage of the cystic contents. Removal before they rupture is important. Traditional scalpel excision requires a large incision around these tumors. Excision with the CO2 laser allows the surgeon to make much smaller incisions and remove the cystic tumor through this small incision. This results in less surgical time, less tissue damage and less sutures. Dogs tend to develop squamous cell cancer in the nail bed and treatment needs to have the entire claw removed. Removal of the claw with the CO2 laser is much simpler than with the traditional scalpel method. Finally dogs tend to develop tumors on the edges of the eyelids which cause irritation to the cornea and cause pain and continual eye discharge. Ablation of these tumors with the CO2 laser allows complete removal with little to no disruption of the eyelid margin.
Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS, COM
Board certified orofacial myologist consults, lectures and has written articles on Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and how they impact overall health and sleep. Paula offers a unique perspective on time proven oral rest posture principles combined with evidenced based science to assist her patients in achieving myofunctional goals and functional breathing. She operates Paula Fabbie LLC where she provides myofunctional services in the NY, CT and NJ tri state area.
Success with complex cases: Utilizing CO2 laser and OMT to achieve optimal function and long term results
From infants to older adults TOTs restrict function, growth and sleep quality and breathing. These untreated issues continue throughout adulthood. Dentists for decades have tried to deal with the deleterious adverse growth and development that evidence has contributed to TOTs. A team approach which utilizes oral rest posture therapy, and functional nasal breathing along with habit elimination is key to success in these complex dental/medical cases. Timing of treatment is critical, and uncovering underlying etiology is essential for long term treatment goals and stability of treatment.
Martin A. Kaplan, DMD, DABLS
Dr. Martin Kaplan 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 recently earned his Fellowship status at the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). He has lectured nationally and internationally, has co-authored several articles and has been a contributing author of the unique, first of its kind, Color Atlas of Infant Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Laser Frenectomy. Dr. Kaplan is the developer of the first in the country comprehensive Infant Laser Frenotomy class at Tufts University Dental/Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Kaplan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS) and the director of Dental Laser Education and Development for the ABLS.
Laser Frenum Surgery is More than just the Frenum
The review of case studies will demonstrate why the frenum surgery is more than just ablation of soft tissue. This is a health imperative. Ways in which laser surgeries and techniques benefit patients will be discussed.
Review of Techniques for Biopsy, Mucoceles and Fibromas in Infant and Pediatric Frenectomy Patients
Based on a large collection of case studies, the course discusses the best technique for biopsy, mucocele and fibroma excision in infant and pediatric patients with a 10,600-nm CO2 laser.
Jack Krauser, DMD
Dr. Jack T. Krauser graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a DMD degree and achieved a certificate in periodontics from Boston University. He is a member of the AAP, AO, ICOI (International Secretary), and AAID. He has written several chapters in implant related texts and authored or co-authored more than 20 articles in various publications. He is also on the editorial board of several journals and newsletters.
The 10,600 nm SuperPulse CO2 Laser May Alleviate the Late Implant Failure Linked to Tissue Tension
Implant therapy is now mainstream and continues to gain popularity. That said, we now have an abundant number of cases that are exhibiting tissue recession and possibly “late loss failure”. This presentation will identify the issue and demonstrate a quick, effective and relatively painless concept to prophylactically address this issue with the adjunctive use of a 10,600 nm CO2 laser. The depth of incision and the depth of coagulation will be discussed, as well as specific laser handpieces and treatment protocol.
Leonard Kundel, DMD
Leonard Kundel, DMD is a 1999 graduate of Tufts Dental School. He is a member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the International Academy of Oral medicine and Toxicology, the American Academy of Physiological medicine and Dentistry, and the Academy of Sleep Disorder Disciplines. Dr. Kundel has always focused on treating his patients as a complete system. He collaborates with medical professionals across various disciplines to bring about the best possible treatment outcome.
Osteopathically guided release of oral restrictions and return to proper orofacial function
Surgical goals of tongue tie release are different for infants and adults. The goal of infant lingual frenectomy is to establish proper eating/breastfeeding and nasal breathing. Adult needs are much more diverse. Repetitive, incorrect use of the tongue leads to deformation and potentially damage to orofacial structures; these issues need to be corrected. Therefore, the lingual release is more extensive for adults than for infants; and it also involves the mandatory pre- and post-frenectomy myofunctional therapy. In this presentation the instructor introduces and describes the osteopath-guided tongue tie functional release (OGTTFR). The real-time osteopathic assessment take place during a CO2 laser frenectomy, guiding the clinician for ideal tongue tie release. The ultimate goal of such a release is to improve the whole body function.
Brynn L. Leroux, DDS
Dr. Brynn Lewis Leroux is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans 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 the second year of her program. 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 in Baton Rouge.
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. She has also completed several research projects and presented the results across the country. Dr. Leroux regularly attends continuing education seminars to remain up-to-date with the latest information in the specialty of pediatric dentistry.
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, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Academy of Laser Dentistry. She is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Society, C. Edmund Kells Honorary Society, and Pierre Fauchard Honor Society. 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. 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.
Pediatric Dental Laser Procedures with X-Lase Diode and LightScalpel CO2 Laser
This presentation shows a clinical comparison of multiple different types of soft tissue laser procedures commonly performed in the pediatric dental setting, including frenectomies and mucocele removals. Clinical cases are shown using both the X-lase diode and LightScalpel CO2 lasers. Cases include infants, children, adolescents and teenagers and were performed using various levels of sedation specific to what was required to safely and successfully accomplish the procedure in each individual patient. Pre-op and post-op histories are reviewed, including the involvement of therapists where appropriate.
Robert Levine, DDS
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.
Laser Trends in Dentistry 2018
Lasers have a history dating back to 1957. Many innovative changes have occurred in the field of lasers that are supportive to all areas of dentistry. This lecture will review the progress of laser dentistry and discuss where laser dentistry is heading in the future with respect to new technologies that might be available to all practitioners.
Lasers in Academics 2018
Only a few dental schools in the country are providing full laser training to their predoctoral students. We will discuss why this has occurred and why it is critical to the laser industry to support the academic environment. All attendees are encouraged to participate and contribute to the discussion.
Brooke Pettus, RDH, BSDH
She completed her initial training through the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) and MyoMentor, then took part in an online mentorship program. She was among the first class to complete the orofacial myology specialist program through the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences. She attended symposium training through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), and plans to start their training program and certification track this year. A lover of lifelong learning, Brooke has taken extensive continuing education courses relating to myofunctional studies. She lights up discovering different approaches and perspectives pertaining to orofacial myofunctional issues.
Passionate about the multidisciplinary span of myofunctional science, Brooke has spent hundreds of hours studying with, shadowing, learning from, and partnering alongside pediatric and airway-focused dentists and orthodontists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, otolaryngologists, occupational therapists, and international board certified lactation consultants. She strongly believes a team approach is necessary for optimal oromyofunctional outcomes.
Brooke has a background in dental hygiene, and graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. She has spoken nationally and internationally on a variety of oral health topics.
Having Fun to Achieve Function: A Quick Guide to Motivating Patients and Customizing Pre/Post Frenectomy Care Techniques for All Ages
Pre and post frenectomy care is a topic surrounded by much debate, confusion, and varying instruction. As a complex subject that can be perplexing even to top leaders in healthcare, patients can be left with many questions, feeling overwhelmed and unsure about the frenectomy care process. In this talk, Brooke will provide some unconventional guidance and care techniques based on a “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” approach for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. She will share examples of how to customize pre and post frenectomy care based on parent/patient motivation, individualized needs, and myofunctional principles. Successful and unsuccessful case studies will be shown and discussed.
Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, DABLS
Dr. Cara Riek graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her practice – Arizona Breastfeeding Medicine and Wellness – focuses on providing comprehensive holistic care for the breastfeeding dyad. Dr. Riek specializes in the frenulum release for infants to improve breastfeeding outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Riek employs the use of laser science in her practice to help care for patients of all ages ranging from one day old through 70+ year old patients. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. In her free time, Dr. Riek enjoys spending time with her family and hiking through the beautiful landscape of Arizona.
Unbuckling the Buccals: Case studies discussing laser revision of buccal ties from a breastfeeding standpoint
Little is known or understood about buccal ties as they relate to breastfeeding or proper oral development. Buccal ties are atypical mucosal tethers that extend from the cheek to the gingiva. This talk addresses the epidemiology of buccal ties within the population patients seen with our practice. This talk further addresses the physiological changes noted with breastfeeding post buccal tie release. Multiple case studies will be presented.
Research to Practice: Putting together a multi-center study to address laser frenotomy release and long-term breastfeeding rates
Much research has been done to look at the short-term effects of tongue and lip tie release. Little is known about long term breastfeeding rates of patient who have undergone lingual and labial frenotomies. It is well known that both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and world Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for a period of 6 months, with complimentary breastfeeding extending beyond one year. Healthy People 2020 has a set goal aiming to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates at 3 months and 6 months. This talk aims to present a protocol for looking addressing long term breastfeeding rates in patients who have undergone frenotomies and necessary steps to implement this study for projected publication.
Infant Laser Frenectomy IRB Study Design Parameters
Tongue and Lip ties may interfere with the normal functioning of the mouth during breastfeeding in infants. Releasing ties may dramatically change infant’s ability to breastfeed. Objective, reproducible, and affordable in-office measurements of the difficulty or the ease that the infant is having in feeding before and after the frenectomy is lacking presently. We propose a quantitative study of the intra-oral air pressure during breastfeeding pre- and post-frenectomy utilizing an intra-oral air pressure measurement and recording device. The device consists of a pressure transducer, data acquisition module, and laptop computer. Data is collected and stored on the computer for latter analysis. Soft silicone tubing includes a single use sterile section with a microbial filter that is attached to the breast for one time use; the other piece of silicone tubing connects to the pressure transducer. Requirements for the multi-center IRB controlled study will be presented and discussed. A modified device for diagnosing chewing and swallowing function in older population will be also presented and discussed.
Matthew J. Rowe, DDS, MSD
Dr. Matthew Rowe is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and received his Bachelor 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 sons. 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.
Laser Frenectomy: Integration of a Tripartite Approach to Collaborative Care
The topic of infant frenectomy has become a polarizing area of debate and discussion within the pediatric and social media communities. A novel approach to integrating diagnoses, pre-surgical interventions, post-operative wound management and therapy services has been developed and implemented in the private practice clinical setting. Professional networking across collegial borders has been utilized as an attempt to provide optimal outcomes and to develop assessment strategies for improvement of function following frenectomy laser surgical procedures. The overall goal in collaboration with supportive colleagues is to provide a decision tree and toolset to providers, which will aid the proper diagnosis, referral, treatment and rehabilitation of tethered oral tissues. Secondarily, the collaborative approach to networking colleagues has been developed to provide patients the access necessary to increase the likelihood of positive post-surgical outcomes.
William E. Schultz, DVM
Dr. Will Schultz graduated from Michigan State University in 1973, went into private practice and opened his companion animal practice in the fall of 1974. Dr. Schultz has been a board member on the Synbiotics Reproductive Advisory Panel, The Society for Theriogenology and The Theriogenology Foundation with speaking engagements at several veterinary conferences, veterinary associations and national specialties because of a special interest in canine reproduction. Dr. Schultz has lectured and published articles on transcervical and surgical inseminations using fresh, chilled and frozen semen. Soft tissue and orthopedic surgery are also areas of special interest with laser surgery being an important modality for over 20 years.
Veterinary Soft Palate Laser Resection, and Laser Repair of Nares, Lip and Palate Deformity
Elongate soft palates in bulldogs cause breathing problems. Prior to the use of a surgical laser the palate was clamped with hemostats, trimmed and then over sewn with absorbable suture material. The advent of the CO2 laser changes the dynamics of the surgery making the procedure rapid, fully hemostatic and suture free. Cleft palates, cleft lips and Nasal deformities are rare problems in dogs. When encountered by the general practitioner the usual outcome is euthanasia. Repair of extensive defects using conventional sharp surgical technique is very difficult due to the inability to control hemostasis. CO2 laser utilizing different diameter beam and power settings allows the surgeon to complete the surgery with excellent visibility and less tissue damage.
Annette Skowronski, DDS, DABLS
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.
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 8100nm diode and 2940nm Er:YAG wavelengths and an Advanced Proficiency Certification in the 810nm diode wavelength.
She is also a member of the North American Association of Light Therapy and utilizes Low Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLT) or cold lasers. Dr. Skowronski is also an advocate of naturopathic methods for preventing and treating disease.
She is always adding new dental technology to her office and has been a paperless “green” office since 2001.
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.
The Ethical Conundrum: Separating Science and Marketing
With the explosive increase in public awareness of out-patient surgery to release naturally occurring muscle attachments purported to relieve a myriad of dysfunction, can health professionals reliably know that today’s procedure will achieve a long term positive outcome? What are the potential variables to a successful outcome and are they real or perceived? How much of the long term success is based upon the subjectivity of the procedure performed? Why does the scientific evidence lag? Why are many early invasive procedures considered appropriate to ‘prevent’ dysfunction that has not been proven to reliably occur? The focus of this lecture is for the health care provider who is currently performing surgical release of muscle attachments; to consider what the purpose and long term goal is of the surgical intervention? Is that goal reliably occurring? Is it procedural or protocol dependent or does the body rule in the end? In addition, the interaction the health professional has with the general public and their presence in online social media platforms regarding this treatment should be ethically considered. This may foster the new laser term of WGOOCHY What Goes On Online Can Hurt You.
Peter Vitruk, PhD
Dr. Peter Vitruk was born and raised in Western Ukraine. He earned his PhD degree in Physics from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Moscow in the late 1980s. In the 1990s he held Research Scientist position with the Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and then a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He later worked as Senior Scientist with Synrad Inc. in Seattle, WA, and then as Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis also in Seattle, WA. In 2002 Dr. Vitruk founded Luxarcare LLC – an exclusive certified Luxar laser service and accessories provider for 12,000+ surgical Luxar laser installations around the globe. In 2005 he founded Aesculight LLC and LightScalpel LLC – the only American based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for small office out-patient market. Dr. Vitruk has authored 10 patents and over 20 articles on CO2 lasers, and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, UK and a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, USA, and its current Director of Laser Physics and Safety Education. In 2017 he founded the American Laser Study Club, an educational platform to support clinicians studying for the written Certification Exams with the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is married to his wife of 32 years Natasha and they together have two children, Olga and Alexander.
Literature Review of Wound Healing as it relates to Frenectomy Tools
The presentation reviews the four stages of conventional scalpel wound healing and compares those with the healing of CO2 laser surgical wounds. The role of myofibroblasts in tissue healing is discussed. This literature review addresses such issues as CO2 laser wounds display prolonged healing, reduced scarring, decreased postoperative pain and discomfort.
American Board of Laser Surgery Written Certification Examination
The presentation is designed to help clinicians preparing to take the written part of the Board certification exam with the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS). It reviews key concepts of the ABLS’ Study Guide and guides the audience through mock examination in a fast-paced, exciting format closely simulating the experience of the open book written certification examination. The review covers the most important concepts of laser-tissue interaction science, i.e., absorption, scattering, ablation and coagulation. Laser safety is also reviewed. Finally, the presentation outlines the additional reading materials to supplement the study guide of the ABLS (“The Study Guide for the Fundamental Laser Science / Laser Interaction & Laser Safety Written Examinations”). This presentation familiarizes the attendees with the fundamentals they need to know to better prepare for the certification exam.
Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, VMLSO, DABLS
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.
CO2 Surgical Laser in Veterinary Procedures: A Case Review
Certain procedures in veterinary surgery are conducted in vascular areas known for profuse bleeding and their sensitivity to pain and post-operative discomfort, making recovery difficult for the client and patient. This presentation will show in an animal model how conducting these procedures with a CO2 surgical laser can mitigate these effects, assisting the surgeon by providing an unobstructed surgical field while reducing pain, thus reducing anesthetic consumption, which in turn increase intra-operative safety for the patient and improve the pet’s post-operative comfort and recovery. Laser surgical case studies of a urinary bladder mass, an interdigital mass, an aural hematoma, an aural mass, and a perianal mass in an animal model will be presented for the edification of the symposium audience. The urinary bladder case will also demonstrate the extreme importance of obtaining biopsy results for definitive diagnosis of transitional cell carcinoma.
Richard B. Winter, DDS, MAGD, DABOI/ID, DICOI, FAAID, FADI, FICO, DABLS
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.
LightScalpel 10,600 nm Laser Use in an Advanced Reconstructive Implant Dental Practice
In a general dental practice the procedures we encounter are varied and complex. Having the best armamentarium and tools to efficiently and comprehensively treat our patients is of the utmost importance. This no-nonsense lecture will highlight several cases that this clinician sees in everyday practice and how he incorporates the LightScalpel CO2 10,600 nm laser to efficiently treat his patients. Some of the procedures that will be discussed range from MMCL (Modified Minimal Crown Lengthening), frenectomy, abscess removal and decontamination of extraction sites as well as areas being prepared for guided tissue regeneration.
Karen M. Wuertz, DDS, DABLS
Karen Wuertz, DDS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, Certified in Laser Dentistry by the American Board of Laser Surgery, and Fellow in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. She is passionate about treating and coordinating care for patients as it relates to Oral restrictions, Oral function and Airway management during Sleep. She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor, UNC Dental School, Chapel Hill, a Member of the North Carolina Dental Society, American Dental Association, American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Association of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, a Clinical Evaluator for Dr. Gordon Christianson’s Clinician’s Research Foundation. She holds active dental licensure in Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas. She has written and published numerous papers on restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Superpulse 10,600 nm CO2 Laser Revision of Lingual Frenulum Previously Released with a Diode
This study demonstrates the benefits of CO2 laser revision after patient presented with residual signs and symptoms of Ankyloglossia post Diode frenectomy. Patient had initial improvement after Diode frenectomy; however, admitted to non-compliance during the postoperative period and failure to complete prescribed Oro- Myofunctional therapy. Laser revision provided good visibility of the surgical field and the risk of postoperative edema and scarring was reduced. The importance of postoperative oro-myofunctional therapy (OMT) was demonstrated and was crucial in reestablishing optimum swallowing, chewing, speaking and breathing patterns that developed as a consequence of ankyloglossia.
C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MS, the Inventor of the CO2 Laser
C. Kumar N. Patel was born in Baramati, India in 1938. He received his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Poona University at the age of 19 (1958), then came to the US for graduate school. He earned an MS (1959) and PHD (1961) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He spent more than 30 years at Bell Labs, starting in 1961.
Dr. Patel began doing fundamental research in laser action in the pure rare gases. This led him to discover laser action in carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1963. He is the inventor of the carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the Spin-Flip Raman lasers. He pioneered the use of these and other lasers to measure trace gases in difficult environments.
In February, 2000 he founded Pranalytica, Inc. in Santa Monica, CA. where he is CEO and Chairman of the Board. The company initially developed revolutionary ultra-sensitive trace gas detection instrumentation based on laser spectroscopy. Driven by advances in its laser sources, Pranalytica led the commercialization of revolutionary new infrared light sources – quantum cascade lasers.
Dr. Patel is a Professor of Physics with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering at UCLA. He served as UCLA’s vice chancellor for research through 1999. Among his many awards, Patel was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1974 and the National Academy of Engineering in 1978. He received the National Medal of Science given by the President of the United States in 1996.
Keynote: The Discovery and Science of the CO2 Laser
Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MS, invented the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser in 1964. This presentation describes the invention of the CO2 laser. The course attendees are introduced to the main physics concepts behind the CO2 laser technology. The presentation outlines the changes the invention has brought to soft tissue surgery since the laser’s inception over 50 years ago.
Scott Siegel, MD, DDS
Dr. Scott A. Siegel is a Board Certified, Dual Degree Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a pioneer of Lip and Tongue-tie Laser Surgery. Dr. Siegel’s full-scope OMFS practice is located in New York City and Huntington, Long Island. He is also the Founder and Medical Director of the Center for Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs) dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of lip- and tongue-ties, in New York City. His groundbreaking research on the association of Aerophagia Induced Reflux (AIR) and Lip and Tongue-Tie in breastfeeding infants was recently published by the International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics.
Continuing his scholarly and surgical distinction in private practice, Dr. Siegel is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stony Brook Dental and Medical Schools. Dr. Siegel is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; he was also was accepted as a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons in 2011 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Keynote: Laser frenectomy: 18-year experience with CO2 laser from infants through adults
This presentation is focused on 18 years of private and academic clinical practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery in which the primary focus is the treatment of infants through adults for frenectomies with Tethered Oral Tissues (most commonly known as lip and tongue ties). To date over 17,000 frenectomy procedures using CO2 laser have been tracked and documented. The history of my practice stemming from introduction to CO2 lasers in my surgical residency training, utilizing scissors and scalpels to complete transition to lasers will be discussed. The patient population in my practice receiving these minimally invasive surgical treatments are broken down into the subcategories of infants with breastfeeding/feeding problems, infants with aerodigestive problems, babies and toddlers with feeding problems, children and adolescents with speech/articulation disorders, children and adolescents swallowing/feeding disorders, children and adults with craniofacial, oromyofunctional disorders and sleep apnea. Diagnosis, indications, surgical techniques, aftercare and outcomes will be discussed. Historic relevance of laser technology, use of various types of soft tissue lasers in my practice and superiority of CO2 laser for these procedures will also be discussed.
Warren B. Seiler III, MD, DABLS, Executive Director of Education, Development & Accreditation at the ABLS
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.
Keynote: Review of Laser Wavelengths Utilized in Modern Day Cosmetic Surgery Practice
Over the last 10 years there have been many new wavelengths that have been discovered to be usable to treat different medical and cosmetic concerns in a cosmetic laser surgery practice. This presentation will discuss some of those different laser/light wavelengths, what conditions they treat, how they can be utilized in a cosmetic practice, what training and regulations are necessary, and why one would use one wavelength over another depending on the patient skin type, condition, funds available and downtime allowance. This presentation will also show some before and after pictures (with patient permission) and give some clinical guidelines and pearls for application and treatment. The importance of pre- and post-treatment skincare and preparation will also be discussed. Time for questions will be allowed.
American Board of Laser Surgery Certification Process
American Board of Laser Surgery was founded in 1984 to promote the safe and efficacious use of lasers in medicine and surgery by establishing standards of acceptable levels of knowledge and competence through a certifying examination for medical professionals. It is currently the only true board for laser medicine and surgery in the world and has national and international diplomates that have taken the time and effort to study the extensive study guide and textbook and pass the written and oral examination. This presentation will discuss the American Board of laser surgery, it’s materials and certifying process, and the benefits of being a diplomat of the American Board of laser surgery both in improving a practitioners clinical practice and as a source for greater learning networking and research.
Robert Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS
Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS, Professor and Director of the Residency Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and Past President of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Strauss is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a former Chair of the Major Surgery Section of the Board. Over the last 30 years he has authored numerous publications and textbook chapters on the use of lasers in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Strauss received his dental degree from the University of Buffalo and his medical degree from the UHSA School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Buffalo General Hospital and residencies in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and in Anesthesiology at the Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago.
Dr. Strauss specializes in laser surgery of the head and neck, facial and jaw reconstructive surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, and sleep apnea surgery. His research interests include laser and cosmetic surgery, sleep apnea, anesthesia and orthognathic and reconstructive surgery.
Keynote: Ablational and lncisional Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Lasers have become an important tool in the field of soft tissue surgery. Using them safely and efficiently in private practice requires understanding of how to choose the correct wavelength, power, time and beam spot size. In his presentation, Dr. Strauss will discuss, demonstrate, and guide participants through the most popular laser wavelengths, physics of laser surgery, means of controlling a laser’s effect on tissue, and the basic techniques of laser use. In addition, the attendees will learn safety principles associated with laser use.
CDE credits will be provided through partnership with ADA CERP CDE Providers
The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) promotes Science-Based Laser Surgery, Dentistry and Safety Education. The ALSC fills the void in current Laser Surgery and Laser Dentistry education (i.e., the physics of laser tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and helps Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Practice Staff Members to excel at efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice.
ALSC Inaugural Symposium, April 6–8, 2018 in Orlando, FL
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