Our Featured Speakers
Dr. David Ahearn
Dr. David Ahearn is, first and foremost, a full time practicing dentist. Although located in a rural location town, his office ranks among the nation’s most productive practices. Trained in prosthetics at the University of Michigan, Dr. Ahearn, like many of us, struggled to reconcile the desire for the utmost quality with the requirements for practice success. His discovery and application of the principles of the Toyota Production System to dentistry in the early 90’s began a quality and productivity revolution that is at the heart of his design work.
He is the founder of Design/Ergonomics; the nation’s largest independent dental office design firm. The company works with doctors across North America in designing comfortable, productive and yet highly cost-effective practices. He has held faculty positions at both the University of Michigan and NYU’s College of Dentistry. He is also a founding member of the ADA’s Ergonomics Subcommittee and a contributor to numerous dental publications.
From terrified dental patient to popular international speaker and dental consultant, Lois Banta, CEO of Banta Consulting, Inc., has been involved in dentistry for more than 30 years. With extraordinary insight into the dynamics that make a practice successful, Lois delivers her message with enthusiasm and heartfelt conviction.
Lois Banta’s SCI approach (See, Commit and Implement) has allowed her to take practices from mediocrity to excellence. Her no-nonsense approach and tenacity have earned this 5 ft. tall dynamo the apt reputation, “Ten Foot Tall & Bullet Proof.” As a staff trainer and team builder, Lois effectively teaches the dental team how to move in the same direction, while performing their individual tasks. Her recipe for success applies to practices of all sizes and her program is essential for dentists who are committed to reaching their potential.
Through Banta Consulting, Lois provides her expertise to dental practices, both large and small, across the country and internationally. And, as a highly sought after speaker on the American Dental Association circuit, the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, California Dental Association, Greater New York Dental Meeting, Yankee Dental Congress and other popular venues, Lois’ seminars are a valued resource for every member of the dental team. Lois also has written monthly columns for Dental Practice Reports and has been a featured writer for the Dental Economics, Dentistry Today, AGD plus other numerous journals. Lois is CEO, President and Founder of Banta Consulting, Inc., a company that specializes in all aspects of dental practice management. Lois has over 37 years of dental experience. She owns and operates The Speaking Consulting Network, and is a member of ADMC (Academy of Dental Management Consultants), AADOM (American Academy of Dental Office Managers), ADAA (American Dental Assistants Association) and AADPA (American Academy of Dental Practice Administration).
Dr. David Clark
Dr. David Clark founded the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, which is an international academy formed in 2002 to advance the art and science of microdentistry, micro-endodontics, micro-periodontics and dental microsurgery. He is a course director at the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute. Dr. Clark is a current member of CRA (Clinicians Report). He is on the editorial board for several journals.
Dr. Clark has conducted retrospective studies on retention and wear of minimally invasive posterior composites and cross sectional studies of coronal fracturing of previously restored teeth. Current studies include strength analysis and marginal leakage of the injection molding and snow plow techniques for class II composites.
Dr. Clark graduated in 1986 from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, DDS.
Dr. Clark has authored more than 20 articles, including the first comprehensive guide to enamel and dentinal cracks based on 16 power magnification in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Clark co-authored the chapter, Contemporary Molar Endodontic Access in the textbook Dental Clinics of North America. He is currently co-authoring a textbook for schools and practicing dentists, Contemporary Cavity Preparations and Vital Endodontics: Access and Instrumentation; Necrotic Tooth Endodontics: Access and Instrumentation.
Dr. Clark focuses on the re-designing of restorative and endodontic cavity preparations; an overhaul of the tragically outdated GV Black cavity shapes. For composite dentistry, this includes the non-retentive Class II preparation which requires the Injection molding filling technique. He has had a long and fruitful working relationship with 3M restorative. For endodontics, Dr. Clark is developing new techniques, materials, burs, and files to better access, shape and restore non vital teeth. This includes the new Endoguide micro-endo burs. He is part of the design team for the SS White line of rotary files and obturation systems, ‘CORE” endodontic system with V Taper rotary files. He has helped pioneer the concept of Biomimetic Micro-Endodontics, which is a significant departure from Schilderian shaping. Dr. Clark has developed a matrix and interproximal management system, the Bioclear Matrix System that promises a real advancement for placement of biologically appropriate, esthetically pleasing direct composite restorations. He owns US patents on diastema closure, anatomic anterior matrices, along with utility patents on Injection molding of composites.
Dr. Carla Cohn
Dr. Carla Cohn graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba in 1991. She then went on to complete a post graduate internship in Children’s Dentistry at Health Science Centre Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cohn entered into private practice after graduation and dedicated most of the first decade to working and raising her three sons. She was alarmed at the rampant tooth decay she encountered in very young children, despite all of the knowledge and education available on preventing tooth decay. Dr. Cohn wanted to help these children regain their health in a quick and efficient manner and thus began her second decade in practice. Today Dr. Cohn’s private practice, at Kid’s Dental, the focus is on prevention. It is both pro-active and ground breaking. A system that would finally allow dentists to eradicate cavities and treat caries by risk assessment is extremely exciting. As a mother, Dr. Cohn strives to have her own children grow up cavity free. As a dentist, after spending many years repairing and extracting decayed teeth, she looks forward to a future in which we can truly see a decline in cavities.
Change can only occur through education. Dr. Cohn’s goals for the future are to help educate the community, dental professionals and medical professionals on prevention of tooth decay. Her hope is to help to create a new generation of cavity free children, one in which a child has never experienced an injection of local anesthetic or the dental drill.
Dr. Cohn holds appointments at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Manitoba. She has surgical privileges as a shareholder at Western Surgery Centre - a private surgical clinic. Dr. Cohn is a member of the following organizations: Canadian Dental Association, Manitoba Dental Association, Manitoba Dental Alumni Association, Winnipeg Dental Society, Women’s Dental Group, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Canadian Dental Institute. She was recently inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Cohn has lectured nationally and internationally on risk assessment, prevention, behavior management and restorative treatment options. She evaluates dental materials for the Catapult Group and speaks as a clinician who has observed first hand and dealt directly with everything presented in her courses.
Jennifer de St. Georges
Jennifer de St. Georges is known for delivering her content-driven, practice management programs with her no nonsense approach and her distinctive sense of humor. She bases her management philosophy on the benefits of a practice being pro-active in their management approach, but always provides take home solutions to key current management problems and issues. She places enormous emphasis on raising the level of Doctor/Team and patient communication. Jenny loves having a direct rapport with audiences and encourages Q & A’s. Each program is supported with a detailed workbook to assist Doctor and team to make implementation and change easier and stress free.
A Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, she presently serves as the Senior Executive Efficiency Consultant to The Massad Center for Higher Learning. Mrs. de St. Georges was the first non-dentist to be appointed to the Dentistry Today Contributing Editors Board. With more than 300 published articles, Jenny has presented more than 1,000 programs on five continents. Her bookings run from large international conferences to small private workshops.
Dr. Paul Feuerstein
Dr. Paul Feuerstein, DMD received his undergraduate training at SUNY Stony Brook during the ‘60s, studying chemistry, engineering, computer science and music and is a 1972 graduate of UNJMD. He maintains a general practice in North Billerica, Massachusetts.
He installed one of the first in-office computers in 1978 and has been teaching and consulting since then. He is the Technology Editor of Dentistry Today, author of several technology articles and lectures at many national and local dental meetings. His work with CAD/CAM helped develop the LAVA COS intraoral scanning system.
He was named Clinician of the Year at the 2010 Yankee Dental Congress and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in General Dentistry at Tufts University.
Matt Glassgold graduated with a degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida in 1994. He has worked for the dental photography specialists, Lester Dine Inc., since 1995. Matt assumed the role of president of Lester Dine Inc. in 2010. During his time with Dine he has seen the dental photography industry evolve from film driven cameras to the exciting digital world we see today. Matt lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with his wife, Tara, daughter, Kylie, son, Jacob and two German Shepherds.
Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva’s programs have captivated dental professionals worldwide using story as a catalyst for change. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Eva is the author of two children’s books, Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek and Mr. C the Globetrotter, in the Talk4Hope Family Book Series.
Dr. Robert Harris, Jr.
Dr. Robert E. Harris, Jr., DMD, NMD is a 1971 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and a 1999 graduate of Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Fort Benning, GA 1971-1973. Dr. Harris has held faculty positions at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and Capital University of Integrative Medicine. He is currently on the faculty of the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry and the Institutional Review Board of the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Harris is Chairman of the Scientific Review Committee of The Institutional Review Board of The American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. He is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer on the use of oxygen/ozone in dental medicine.
Dr. Harris has been in private practice since 1974 and maintains offices in Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. His practice emphasizes a biological approach to patient treatment. He works in conjunction with local physicians, dentists, oral surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, orthodontists and allied health care practitioners to provide a multidisciplinary/integrative philosophy of comprehensive patient care.
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Dr. Allen Honigman, originally from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, received his B.Sc in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. He then pursued an honors degree in Genetics at the University of Western Ontario. He then attended Idaho State University, and received his Masters degree in Microbiology and Immunology. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1991 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and then went to complete his periodontic specialty training residency at UCLA in 1993. Dr. Honigman has practiced in Southern California and in 1995 was offered a position in Guam. While there, he had the opportunity to lecture at local dental society meetings. In 1999, Dr. Honigman was offered a faculty position as the Director for Undergraduate Periodontic Clinical Education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he was also awarded “Clinical Faculty of the Year” by the dental students. While there, he also gave a continuing education course on Periodontal Esthetic Surgery for the Cleveland dental community. In 2001, he moved to Arizona to practice and in 2003, opened his periodontics and implant practice in Chandler. He began utilizing CT guided implant treatment planning and placement in early 2004, and is one of the most prolific users of the technology in Arizona. In 2006, he became the first periodontist in Phoenix to incorporate the LANAP® protocol into his practice, and in 2007, added a cone beam CT scanner to aid in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning of his periodontal and implant patients. He has lectured for various implant companies on the utilization of CT guided implant treatment planning and placement to optimize results. In 2009, he became a certified instructor for the IALD and has lectured across the country on the LANAP® and LAPIP™ protocols.
Dr. Ron Kaminer
Dr. Ron Kaminer is a 1990 graduate from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He maintains two practices, one in Hewlett, NY and one in Oceanside, NY. Dr. Kaminer is an international expert in the field of dental lasers and has lectured on lasers and minimally invasive dentistry, both nationally and internationally. He is the Director of the Masters of Laser training program in New York and is a clinical instructor with the International College of Laser Education. He evaluates new dental materials for the Catapult Group and sits on the advisory boards and is a clinical consultant for numerous dental manufacturers. He has authored numerous articles on dental lasers and minimally invasive dentistry and is an associate editor for Dental Product Shopper. He is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, International College of Facial Esthetic and American Dental Association. He lives in Hewlett, NY with his wife and three children.
Dr. Douglas Lambert, D.D.S., F.A.C.D, F.A.S.D.A., F.A.S.D., A.B.A.D. graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management in 1980 and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1984, where he received the Outstanding Senior Student Award and the Quintessence Award. He is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. He has been recognized annually as one of the Top Dental Educators by Dentistry Today for twelve consecutive years, and has been honored as a Top Dentist by Minneapolis/St. Paul and Minnesota Monthly magazines each year the past eleven years. Dr. Lambert has held many societal positions in organized dentistry, including Past President of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, six years as a Trustee to the Minnesota Dental Association, and a delegate to the ADA. He has authored and co-authored several articles on cosmetic and aesthetic topics, and has presented numerous lectures and hands-on seminars, nationally and internationally, for dental organizations, universities, and study clubs, and is part of the education team for the Post-Graduate Course in Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Catapult Group. He also serves as an independent consultant and clinical researcher for many dental manufacturers, and as the team dentist for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. Dr. Lambert is senior partner in an aesthetic-based practice in Edina, Minnesota emphasizing cosmetic, comprehensive, and sports dentistry. In his spare time, he enjoys relaxing with his family at their cabin in Wisconsin, and playing a little golf.
Dr. Robert Lowe
Dr. Robert A. Lowe received his DDS degree, magna cum laude, Loyola University in 1982, has maintained a full-time practice for 30 years and is a world recognized teacher and clinician. He taught for 10 years at Loyola University School of Dentistry and has received Fellowships in the AGD, ICD, ADI and ACD.
In 2004, Dr. Lowe received the Gordon Christensen Outstanding Lecturer Award and in 2005 received Diplomate status on the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Lowe has authored numerous scientific articles and has contributed to dental textbooks. He is a consultant for a number of dental manufacturers and a member and clinical evaluator for Catapult Elite, the dental industry’s premier speaker’s bureau. Dentistry Today consistently names Dr. Lowe to the “Top 100 Clinicians in Dentistry”.
Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz
Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz is the Director of the Los Angeles Institute of Esthetic Dentistry and former Director of the “University of Southern California’s Esthetic Dentistry Continuum” from 2004-2009. He is an Associate Instructor at Dr. Gordon Christensen’s PCC in Utah, as well as an independent evaluator of dental products for CRA. He is Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Ruiz was named as one of the “Top Clinicians in CE in 2005-2012” by Dentistry Today.
Dr. Ruiz has been practicing in the studio district of Los Angeles for over 18 years and enjoys a clientele of many stars and entertainers. His focus is on treating complex Cosmetic, Rehabilitation and Implant cases.
Dr. Ruiz has made numerous television appearances highlighting his Esthetic Dental makeovers, including NBC Channel 4 News, ABC’s Vista La and Channel 52’s Telemundo. He lectures nationally and internationally and has published multiple articles on Cosmetic Dentistry, Occlusion and Team Leadership.
Dr. Larry Schoonover
Dr. Larry Schoonover was a Union Carbide Corporation analytical chemist who returned to dental school, graduating from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 1980. He immediately established a private practice in Clendenin, WV, and attended the L.D. Pankey Institute in 1980. He is a member of the ADA; Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention; the International Association for Orthodontics; and a Master of the AGD. In 1984, Dr. Schoonover developed ID Days with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and a forensic guide to identifying missing children. He was the Program Director for Health Volunteers Overseas in Haiti from 1999-2001, and a past Liason to the ADA Committee for International Affairs. He has spoken for the National Rural Health Care Association, the Michigan and Florida Dental Associations, the Ohio AGD, WVU Continuing Education, the ADA, Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Evolution Dental Science, Midwest Dental, and 3M-ESPE at locations across the nation. He began the transition to Mini Dental Implants in 2005; became an Opinion Leader for IMTEC, and later 3M-ESPE; founded the Association for Mini Dental Implantology; and published on Mini Dental Implants. He served as Assistant Clinical Professor at WVU as MDIs were introduced to the curriculum. He assisted the pursuit of research on MDIs to Schools of Dentistry at WVU and UNC, and participated in clinical research on implant attachment systems in his office in WV. Dr. Schoonover maintains two rural West Virginia private practices in Clendenin, and Elkins, WV. He has trained hundreds of dentists to place MDIs in removable, fixed, and immediate extraction site applications, and to graft bone using guided tissue regeneration techniques. He retired as umpire for baseball and softball after twenty years, enjoys bow-hunting, real estate management, and amateur stock trading. His wife, Kathy, is a Nurse Practitioner who manages his office, and they are the parents of four adults, who have successes in Internet Sales, Head and Neck Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, and Behavioral Neuroscience.
Dr. Randy Shoup
Dr. Randy Shoup is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Shoup served in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1981 to 1984. In 1984 he established a private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana based on high technology and comprehensive restorative dentistry.
Dr. Shoup obtained the first intraoral camera in the United States. Dr. Shoup has pioneered numerous techniques to treat teeth with no shots and using no drill. Dr. Shoup is also a pioneer in using the dental surgical microscope for routine restorative dentistry coupled with the extensive use of air abrasion technology.
Dr. Shoup lectures for the American Dental Association on microscope based dentistry and lectures around the country, as well as in Great Britain and Kenya on cariology and minimally invasive dentistry.
Dr. Shoup holds a patent on an anterior alignment device used to communicate with the laboratory the ideal anterior position of teeth undergoing esthetic restoration.
Dr. Jorge Vera
Dr. Jorge Vera graduated from the National University of Mexico in 1989 and received a Postgraduate Endodontic Certificate from Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine, Boston Mass. USA 1993. Professor of Endodontics University of Tlaxcala, Mexico. Visiting Professor Harvard University Boston Mass. USA, Recipient of the Samuel Seltzer award from the Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics Journal in 2005. Scientific advisory Board Member for the Journal of Endodontics, International Endodontic Journal and the Italian Journal of Endodontics, Ex-President of the Mexican Association of Endodontists. He has presented more than 350 lectures in 28 countries around the world, including the European Endodontic meeting and the American Association of Endodontists meeting. He has published 71 Endodontic articles and has a Private Practice limited to Endodontics.
Dr. Lawrence Wallace
Dr. Lawrence Wallace received his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with 25 years of private practice. He is a medical consultant to major medical insurance companies and is the founder and developer of the Larell One Step Denture, for which he has lectured nationally and internationally.
Dr. Mollie Winston
Dr. Mollie Winston was born and raised in Tyler, TX. After completing her studies at Texas A&M University Cum Laude, she attended dental school at the University of Texas, Houston, graduating in 1983. Dr. Winston completed her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She has been in private practice since 1986. Dr. Winston lives in Atlanta with her husband, Dr. Daniel Barrow, and their three children.
Rita Zamora is an international speaker and published author on social media marketing and online reputation management. She and her team offer experienced social media training, mentoring, and support. Their healthcare professional and corporate clients are located across the United States and internationally.
Rita’s advice on managing your online reputation was published in the American Dental Association’s Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing and has over 18 years of experience working in the business of dentistry.