Our Featured Speakers
Dr. Bruno Azevedo
Bruno Azevedo, DDS, MS is a Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and an Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Timothy Bizga
Timothy M. Bizga, DDS, FAGD is a general dentist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. His background in dentistry is lengthy and diverse. Once a former chairside assistant, he also worked as a dental lab-technician, making his perspective unique among others in the field of dentistry. He received his DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Bizga is a Certified John Maxwell Speaker/Trainer/Coach, a certified DISC profile trainer, clinical consultant for The Dental Advisor and member of Catapult Education. Dr. Bizga gives back to the community via dental missions around the world.
Dr. Joe Blaes
Dr. Joe Blaes created a unique, insurance-free, fee-for-service general practice in St. Louis, Missouri, that emphasizes preventive, esthetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry. Because of his interest in new, innovative and more efficient materials and techniques, Dr. Blaes began writing a column, “Pearls for Your Practice” in Dental Economics. This column became a trusted source for maximizing dental practice efficiency. For almost two decades he was best known as the Chief Editor of Dental Economics. His lectures and hands-on programs for Dentists, Dental Assistants and Hygienists have won rave reviews around the country. In addition to memberships in many professional organizations, Dr. Blaes is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a past President of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration and a Founding Member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. His honors include St. Louis University’s coveted Alumni Merit Award and the AGD Missouri Dentist of the Year Award 2007. Dr. Blaes is an Educator, Clinician, and Life Long Learner.
Dr. Garth Bobrowski
Dr. Garth Bobrowski currently serves as Chairman of the KDA Council on Governmental Affairs and Chairman of the KDA Medicaid Dental Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). He is a Past President of the KDA and has served on many dental-related committees and boards. He is author of OPIOIDS IN TODAY’S WORLD, which was created as a guide for KDA dentists who treat patients with substance abuse disorders. Dr. Bobrowski also serves on the Green County Health Board and is a community and religious leader in Greensburg, KY.
Patty Bonasso Byrd
Patty Bonasso Byrd, RDH, BS is currently co-director of Infection Control at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry as well as in private practice.
In dental hygiene since 1978, Patty is a graduate of the University of Louisville Dental Hygiene Program. She received her BS in Occupational Training and Development in 2002. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association as well as past president of KDHA.
Having an accomplished background in several dental hygiene arenas, such as clinician, national speaker, corporate educator, faculty, sales and author, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her courses.
Dr. James M. Braun
James M. Braun, D.D.S., M.S.pursued the D.D.S. program at the University of Michigan and after graduation, he earned a master’s degree in Prosthodontics from the same institution. Upon returning to his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, he established a full-time private practice specializing in Prosthodontics, which has been in continuation for over 30 years. Staff appointments have included the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and hospitals in Ann Arbor and Saginaw, Michigan.
For over 15 years, Dr. Braun has offered seminars at a great number of national and international meetings. Presentations have been made to over twenty A.D.A. affiliated state dental associations and have also included the A.D.A. Annual Session, Greater New York Meeting, the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting and the Thomas Hinman Meeting. Besides his lecture series, he has conducted numerous hands-on workshops, webinars and published a variety of articles on esthetic restorative dentistry for journals and magazines. Several major dental manufacturing companies utilize his professional skills on a consultant basis for the development of new products. Dr. Braun continues to be selected by Dentistry Today as one of the top clinicians in dental continuing education.
Dr. Brittany Camenisch
Dr. Brittany Camenisch graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2013 as a Doctor of Dental Medicine. After graduating, she worked in private practice and public health. As a general dentist in Richmond, she felt that there was a greater need for access to a periodontal specialist.
She returned to complete a three-year residency in periodontology and implantology at UKCD, where the curriculum focused on digital dentistry, LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), minimally invasive soft tissue procedures and traditional periodontal surgeries.
During her residency, Dr. Camenisch served as the chief periodontal resident. She is an active member of the Kentucky Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontics, and International Team for Implantology.
Dr. Camenisch has a private practice in Richmond, KY, Kentucky Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, which is open three days a week. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for the periodontics department at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her niece, Caroline, and rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats!
Dr. Jerry Caudill
Jerry W. Caudill, DMD, FAGD, MAGD, CDC, CTCP, FPFA, FICD, FACD is the Kentucky State Dental Director and a Senior Dental Director for Avēsis Incorporated, a Guardian Company. Avēsis administers the dental benefits for four of Kentucky’s five MCOs, administering an aggregate of over 1.1 million Kentucky Medicaid patients for Aetna, Humana-CareSource, Passport and WellCare. He is a graduate of the UK College of Dentistry, a Fellow and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Certified Dental Consultant by the AADC. Dr. Caudill is a board examiner for the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA Board) which administers the ADEX Board exam, recognized in 47 states and territories, including Kentucky. He has practiced in rural Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina and participated in treating Medicaid patients in all three states. Dr. Caudill also practiced over seven years in Dubai, UAE and Kuwait. He was the National Dental Director of a multi-state, 120-office DSO and Special Advisor and contributor to the Academy of General Dentistry National Taskforce on Corporate Dentistry. He is a former President of the North Carolina AGD and is a member of the ADA, KDA, LDS, AGD, KYAGD, ADEA, IAO, CITA and AADC. In addition, he is board-eligible in the International Association for Orthodontics, having completed over 500 CE hours and a five-year course of study in orthodontics from the United States Dental Institute. In 1991, He was among the first general dentists licensed in both general anesthesia & conscious sedation in Kentucky. Dr. Caudill has lectured extensively on Medicaid dental administration, both, statewide and nationally.
Rex is an Owensboro native and played two years with the University of Kentucky Wildcats and twelve years in the National Basketball Association.
Currently living in Lexington, Rex can be found on several media outlets giving colorful commentary on UK Basketball. Rex is a very entertaining speaker who has a personal story he’s willing to share that you won’t want to miss!
Dr. Fiona M. Collins
Dr. Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA, FPFAhas given presentations on dry mouth, oral disease and prevention, risk assessment, infection prevention and OSHA, HPV, vaping, tobacco cessation, and other topics. She has lectured nationally and internationally in North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. She is also a consultant and trainer, author and editor. Dr. Collins is the ADA representative to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), a member of the ADA and OSAP, and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. During her career, Fiona has lived and worked in five countries. Dr. Collins can be reached at email@example.com.
Jocelyn Coupal is a family violence speaker, expert, consultant and senior trial attorney. She has acted as both, defense and prosecuting attorney, and has tried hundreds of family violence cases. Jocelyn is internationally acknowledged as a family violence expert. She has lectured and taught to a wide variety of audiences, including health care professionals, justice system participants, and educators and in business and community forums on the subject of family abuse. Most recently, she chaired the 2018 Canadian Dental Association Oral Health Roundtable and presented at the 2018 Hinman Meeting and the 2018 GNYDM.
Dr. Howard Farran
Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, is a practicing dentist with more than 25 years of clinical experience, founder and CEO of Dentaltown Magazine which is celebrating 20 years in publication, #1 Best Selling Author of his book Uncomplicate Business, host of the popular Podcast “Dentistry Uncensored” as well as a noted international speaker on faster, easier, more efficient dentistry. He has captivated audiences around the world with his innovative, informational, off-the-cuff and entertaining lectures for more than two decades. His area of expertise covers many aspects of dentistry, including the business of dentistry and clinical topics. Howard was voted by his peers in the top three on the list of the 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry from 2017-2019.
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Dr. Darren Greenwell
Darren S. Greenwell, DMD, MAGD, who currently serves as President of the Kentucky Dental Association, has had a passion for organized dentistry since his graduation from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2000. After graduation, Dr. Greenwell served in the U.S. Air Force and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate in 2001. After serving three years in the military, Dr. Greenwell returned home to Kentucky and started his private practice.
Dr. Greenwell was appointed to the Dental Practice Council in 2018. He has served on the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Council from 2013 to 2017. He was Immediate Past President and CE Chair for the KY AGD and previously served as President, Vice-President and Public Information Officer for that organization. He has also served several times as delegate of the AGD House. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Association, Louisville Dental Society, American College of Dentists, and International College of Dentists. He also serves on the Legislative and Governmental Council and the KDA Council on Annual Sessions and is Immediate Past President of the Louisville Dental Society. In 2016, Dr. Greenwell was appointed Chair of the Donated Dental Services of Kentucky Committee.
Dr. Greenwell received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2007 and his Mastership in 2015. He also was awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists in 2014 and the International College of Dentists in 2016
Dr. Greenwell is married to Hollie and has two beautiful daughters, Megan and Amelia.
Dr. Jim Grisdale
Dr. Jim Grisdale, B.A., D.D.S., Dip. Prosth., Dip. Perio., M.R.C.D.(C) is a Board-Certified Specialist in Periodontics and Prosthodontics with a part-time private practice in periodontics and implant dentistry in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Grisdale received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from McGill University, as well as a post-graduate degree in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. He then went on to the University of British Columbia where he received another post-graduate degree in Periodontics. Dr. Grisdale was formerly a full-time assistant professor in the graduate residency program in periodontics at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. Currently, Dr. Grisdale is a sessional lecturer in the Department of Periodontics at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Grisdale received an Award of Merit for Restorative Dentistry. He lectures extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and Europe. He is a mentor for Periodontic and Prosthodontic Study Clubs. Dr. Grisdale has published in the area of treatment for dentin sensitivity, implants, bone regeneration and soft tissue periodontal adhesives. He is an active participant in clinical research and the study of contemporary periodontal products. He is a member of several professional societies.
Dr. Jack Hadley
Jack Hadley developed the curriculum for and has taught the Social Media Marketing track in the MBA program at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management in Provo, Utah. He is also the founder of My Social Practice, an agency providing social media content, strategy and support to dental, orthodontic and dental specialty practices, worldwide. Jack was the former CEO at Lava7®, one of the nation’s ﬁrst agencies focused exclusively on social media marketing solutions for technology businesses. Jack is an award-winning copywriter and former ad agency Creative Director with a rich background in all aspects of the creative process. He’s an engaging speaker who is frequently asked to address dental groups about social media marketing, creativity and digital marketing.
Jennifer Hasch, BS, RDH is the founder of the PHRDH blog and community RDHonamission.com. She is the 2017 recipient of the Colgate/American Dental Hygienists’ Association Community Outreach Award and Kentucky Dental Hygienists’ Association 2018 RDH of the Year. She coordinates the hygiene volunteers for the Louisville Dental Society clinic for Louisville’s most vulnerable populations which has provided over $300,000 in free dental services for the community. She works full-time as the Dental Services Manager at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Her position at Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center includes, both, administrative and clinical roles at the fixed clinic in the underserved West End, providing portable school-based oral health services in eight community schools. She is a committee chair for the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition and Kentucky’s state representative for the DentaQuest Foundation’s Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) that fights for health justice and oral health equity for all. When it comes to advocacy, she knows health policy should be a non-partisan issue and is committed to raising the voices of those who are most effected by systemic neglect. She empowers her patients to advocate for their own health. Jennifer is enrolled at Western Kentucky University, studying for her master’s degree in public health and plans to further empower underserved populations. She writes and speaks on topics she passionately believes are important, including public health access, data driven outreach, cultural humility and oral health advocacy.
Dr. Fred Howard
H. Fred Howard, DMD is a 1982 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He has been in the private practice of dentistry in Harlan, KY for 39 years. Dr. Howard is an Assistant Professor at the UK College of Dentistry and an Independent Consultant for Guardian Insurance. He is past President of the Kentucky Dental Association and is the current Speaker of the KDA House of Delegates. Dr. Howard is a Delegate to the American Dental Association and has served on the ADA Council on Dental Practice and the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs. He currently serves as Parliamentarian for the American Association of Dental Consultants. Dr. Howard is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He received the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award in 2017.
Kyle Isaacs RDHEP, BHS is an expanded practice dental hygienist working in a variety of patient care settings in her home state of Oregon. She is passionate about serving the underserved – nursing homes, memory care facilities, schools, adult foster care homes and private residences for patients who are not ambulatory. Kyle is an ADHA member, and proudly serves on the board of the Oregon Dental Hygienists Association. She is a professional educator for Waterpik. Kyle is a published author in RDH Magazine and has been recognized for her dedication to her profession as a recipient of the 2017 SUNSTAR Award of Distinction and the 2018 Hu-Friedy/ADHA Master Clinician Award.
Dr. Joe Jacobi
Dr. Joe Jacobi graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1975. After running a successful solo general practice for 36 years, he transitioned to a different type of dentistry.
Over the last eight years, he has made 15 trips to areas in the U.S. and 13 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, India, Africa and the Philippines. He has traveled with the U. S. Navy, as well as with civilian, university and non-government organizations. In addition, he serves as a mentor to the Pre-Dental Society at the University of Louisville and has taken many students to Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, as well as to Louisville Dental Society community clinics.
Dr. Jacobi also serves as the volunteer Director of Manufacturing and Technology Development at WaterStep, a Louisville-based nonprofit that responds to critical needs for safe water and infection prevention in developing countries and disaster situations by evaluating and implementing simple solutions and teaching people to use those tools. He has helped build water treatment systems in Central and South America, India, Africa, the Upper Amazon and Puerto Rico.
Dr Jacobi lives in Louisville, Kentucky, is a Life Member of the ADA, and is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists.
Dr. George Kushner
Dr. George Kushner is a graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry. Dr. Kushner received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Louisville. Currently, Dr. Kushner is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Louisville. He is the Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program. Dr. Kushner is the author of several publications and articles and lectures extensively throughout the country. He maintains a faculty practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery through the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.
Dr. Beverly Largent
Dr. Beverly Largent is a retired Pediatric Dentist living in Paducah, KY. Her career in Dentistry spans over 50 years as a dental hygienist and practicing dentist. She is a life-retired member of the KDA, ADA, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has served as KDA President, AAPD president, and on numerous councils and committees, most notably, six years on the AAPD Council on Government Affairs. She is currently the editor of KDA TODAY.
For over a decade, Libby Milligan, Director of Client Services, McCarthy Strategic Solutions has worked at both the federal and state levels of government. She served as Special Assistant to the Governor for Administration and Legislation to Governor Ernie Fletcher and as a member of his Senior Policy Committee. With extensive experience in legislation and regulatory analysis, she understands the process and function of various departments of government.
In 2000, Libby began her career as Executive Assistant to former Kentucky Sixth District Congressman Ernie Fletcher in his District Office. Following the 2003 general election, Libby worked as an aide to Governor Elect Ernie Fletcher during his transition and then went on to serve as Special Assistant to the Governor for Administration and Legislation during the Fletcher Administration. As a member of the Governor’s Senior Policy Committee, Libby participated in developing a broad range of policy initiatives, policy analysis and coordination of legislation. In addition, she served as the Governor’s proxy to numerous boards and commission including, the Governor’s Fort Knox BRAC Task Force, the State Investment Commission, and the National Governor’s Association’s Policy Academy for State Strategies for Promoting Innovation Clusters and Regional Economies, and was appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women.
Dr. Terry Norris
Dr. Terry Norris received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Geneva College in 1974 and received his DMD from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1978. He maintained a full-time practice for 40 years and is now the Senior Associate at Jackson Norris Family Dental. In 2014, he began reviewing dental claims for Health Resources, Inc. (HRI) in Evansville, IN and is now Director of Dental Review for HRI/Paramount Dental Insurance, based out of Toledo, OH. He earned the Certified Consultant designation from the American Association of Dental Consultants in 2015. Besides being a Life Member of the American Dental Association, he has also served as President of the Kentucky Dental Association. In addition, he has served on the KDA Council on Annual Sessions for 20 years and as its chair for 15 years. He has Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He will serve as Regent for Section 4 of the American College of Dentists, beginning in September. He has published two papers in The Beacon titled, “Four Quad Scales in One Appointment” and “What is Quality of Care for the Dental Subscriber?” He presented, “Exploring the Paramount Dental Website” for Paramount at their home office.
Dr. Jeffrey Osborne
Dr. Jeffrey Osborne has been in private practice for the past 30 years. He graduated with his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston and received his MBA in Health Care Administration from the University of Houston.
He has been in private practice for the past 30 years. He has also worked for United Concordia and Cigna Healthcare, and was appointed the head of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by past Gov. G.W. Bush.
Dr. Osborne has incorporated snoring and sleep apnea treatments in his practice for over 20 years. He is a member of the ADA, TDA, AGD, AADSM, ASBA, and AAOSH. He does reviews for the Texas Workforce Commission and serves on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners expert review panel.
He lives in Pilot Point, Texas on a working ranch where he and his dad breed, sell and race thoroughbred horses. He, and his wife, Kim, have three children who currently attend the University of Mississippi.
Justin Perron has been doing small business consulting since the age of 17, when he started his first business designing websites in Seattle.
While completing a Computer Science degree at the University of Washington, he went on to start two other tech companies white labeling laptops from Taiwan and providing IT training and support, all before the age of 20. As a serial entrepreneur and business consultant, Justin has helped start and scale a number of businesses at various stages, only taking a break to work for large firms like Google and Swisscom Global in order to learn new technologies for his clients. Justin got his first taste of Dental consulting at Google and hasn't looked back, since. He now represents a large staff of IT Engineers, Cyber Security Specialists, and HIPAA consultants at Visual Edge Technology and Commonwealth Technology, companies that have over 5,000 healthcare clients. His daily goals include working with practices to keep them HIPAA-compliant and secure from cyber threats while helping them operate more efficiently and grow to scale by leveraging talent and technology.
Dr. Gary Radz
Dr. Gary Radz’s practice, Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado, is located in downtown Denver. He received his dental degree from the University of North Carolina. He is a graduate and former chief resident of both AEGD and GPR residency programs. He has completed and served as an associate instructor for several post graduate dental educational institutions. Over the course of the past 18 years, Dr. Radz has lectured internationally, teaching the materials, techniques and technology used in esthetic dentistry. He has presented at many major national meetings including the ADA, Yankee Dental Congress, Greater New York, Chicago Mid-Winter, both northern and southern California Dental meetings, the Texas Dental Association and 13 years in a row at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Since 2004, Dr. Radz has served as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in the department of Restorative Dentistry.
He has published over 150 articles related to esthetic dentistry and serves on the editorial board of seven different dental journals, including the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has served as editor-in-chief of two dental journals and served for 10 years as an evaluator for Reality, and now performs product evaluations for Catapult Education.
In 2003 and 2011, he was the program co-chairman for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s annual scientific meeting; in 2013 he was Chairman. He is an active member of the AGD. From 2004-2012, he has been listed in Dentistry Today’s “Top Clinician’s in Continuing Education”. Locally, he’s been consistently listed in 5280 magazine’s list of Colorado’s “Top Dentists” by his peers.
Dr. Radz has served as a clinical consultant for dozens of dental manufactures and laboratories. He has provided clinical and promotional photography for commercial publication. His photography has been featured on the cover of five different dental journals, as well as in two calendars. Outside the scope of dentistry, Dr. Radz has contributed his photography to the model portfolio of dozens of local models, professional cheerleaders, TV personalities, and even has had his photography used by an online swimsuit catalogue.
Mr. Andy Reynolds
Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Andy Reynolds grew up in a family that believed in two things: give to others and be the best version of yourself. He and his wife, Laura, have since gone on to seek to instill those values in their children, Harper, Emma Kate, Caroline and Mack. Whether it is family, clients or colleagues, Andy’s greatest sense of achievement is in helping others reach their goals and desires.
Andy came to Kentucky for his education. He attended Centre College, then continued his education at the University of Kentucky, earning a Master of Business Administration degree.
For Andy, his work is more than a job. The combination of a service-based, yet highly technical field of personal financial decision-making is both, rewarding and challenging. As a partner at Ballast, Andy helps shape the future of the business.
Andy is a Financial Advocate for his clients and is a CERTIFIED FINANACIAL PLANNERTM practitioner. In the community, Andy is a Kentucky Colonel and is a current Board Member for Life Plan of Kentucky, Blue Grass Community Foundation and the Bluegrass Estate Planning Council.
Dr. Jonathan Rich
Dr. Jonathan Rich resides in Union Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2004. Upon graduation, he joined his families private practice where he presently works. In addition to private practice, he is a certified dental consultant (CDC) where he currently consults in claim adjudication. He is also a Accredited Health Care Fraud Investigator (AHFI) consulting in fraud, waste and abuse. .
Dr. Rich understands the importance of organized dentistry. This is demonstrated by his involvement as a past local society president, chairman of the state dental executive board, president elect of the Kentucky Dental Association, a past member of the ADA Membership committee, Alternate Delegate to the ADA and over seven years with the Student Success Program.
Aside from dentistry, Jonathan spends time with his family. He and his wife have three young boys that keep them very busy.
Mr. Fred Sagester
Fred Sagester was a software developer, consulting for Fortune 500 companies, when a friend asked if he would install the computer system in his new dental office. 18 years later, Fred now leads a dental technology company regarded as one of the Midwest’s most talented and respected.
A native of Batesville, IN, Fred holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Franklin College of Indiana. After graduation, he worked 15 years for various technology consulting firms, specializing in writing database management systems.
Fred’s significant experience in dental technology and computer integration has led him to be noted as one of the foremost system designers and troubleshooters in the field. He and his team have exceptional knowledge in virtually all of the leading practice management software packages and digital radiography systems. A number of manufacturers, suppliers and even some competitors consult Fred on some of their most challenging technology issues.
Under Fred’s leadership, Sagester Associates Group, Inc. now supports dental offices in five states and maintains bases of operation in Columbus and Indianapolis, IN, and Louisville and Lexington, KY.
Dr. Brian Shumway
Dr. Brian Shumway is an associate professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry. He received his dental degree from The Ohio State University in 2003, followed by one year of advanced education in general dentistry at the Veteran’s Affairs Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He then completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and master’s degree at The Ohio State University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. He teaches in the dental hygiene, predoctoral dental and all specialty dental residency programs. He has an active clinical practice specializing in diagnosis and management of oral diseases and participates in the University of Louisville oral pathology biopsy service.
Dr. Steven Stack
Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP was appointed Commissioner for Public Health for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in February 2020, and was subsequently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in the fall of 2020.
Dr. Stack is a board-certified emergency physician with more than 20 years of emergency medicine clinical practice and emergency department management experience.
Throughout his career, Dr. Stack has served in numerous medical professional association leadership roles. In 2006, he was the first board certified emergency physician ever elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and in 2015 he served as the youngest President of the AMA since 1854.
Dr. Stack has extensive experience in healthcare policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Presently, he is Adjunct Professor for health policy and advocacy at the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business. He also has significant engagements in health information technology as well as physician licensure, regulation, and assessment.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Stack graduated magna cum laude in classical studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his medical education and emergency medicine residency at the Ohio State University and his MBA at the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business.
Dr. Pamela Stein-VanArsdall
Dr. Pamela Stein-VanArsdall graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990. She has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in health behavior. She practiced general dentistry for 13 years in Carlisle and Mt. Olivet, KY.
In 2003, she became a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky in the College of Medicine, teaching anatomy. In 2009, she became a full-time faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, teaching geriatrics and public health. She is the past Academic Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and is currently teaching there, part-time. She has published funded research in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, the Annals of Long-Term Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, and the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dr. VanArsdall has a holistic approach to health. She is a trained health and wellness coach. She is very interested in food as medicine and recently completed training in plant-based professional culinary arts. In her spare time, she enjoys running, gardening, cooking and spending time with her new grandson, Henry.
Allyson Cox Taylor is a native of Frankfort, KY. She is a graduate of Western Hills High School, Morehead State University where she received Bachelors of Arts in English and Government, and the University of Louisville’s Brandeis College of Law where she received her law degree in 2002 and was named the “Outstanding Female Graduate” for her work on issues related to violence against women and children.
Allyson worked as a domestic violence and sex crimes prosecutor in Louisville for almost 10 years before moving back to Frankfort in 2011 to work for Attorney General Jack Conway as Director of the Prosecutors Advisory Council and the Office of Victims Advocacy, helping to shape policy related to crime victims protection, human trafficking and the administration of the state’s 177 prosecutors’ offices. She served two and a half years as Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, operating as Chief of Staff and Legislative Liaison for the Department where she helped to guide policy decisions related to unaccompanied minors, human trafficking and the long term public health outcomes of trafficking and adverse childhood events.
In 2016, Allyson was appointed by Attorney General Andy Beshear to serve as the Executive Director of his newly developed Office of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution where she works to shape policies and provide training and prosecution assistance related to child abuse and neglect, child pornography, internet safety and child sexual abuse. She lives in Frankfort with her daughters, Brooklyn and Regan. They are active members of the First Baptist Church of Frankfort.
Hernan Varas is a Clinical and Practice Development Executive for Arrowhead Dental Laboratory and the Dr. Dick Barnes Group. He has been in the dental industry for over 30 years. Originally from Chile, Hernan moved to Utah to attend Westminster College in Salt Lake City for a bachelor’s degree. After completing his degree in marketing and communications, Hernan continued his studies at Westminster and received a Master’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in international management. Since working at Arrowhead, Hernan has visited and worked with hundreds of dental practices alongside Dr. Dick Barnes—including every state in the contiguous United States. Hernan specializes in strategies and techniques for increasing efficiencies and productivity in dental practices, so they can become strong businesses.
Mr. Frank Yozwiak
Born and raised in Lexington, Frank Yozwiak earned a B.S. in Business from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Frank earned his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.
Frank has passed the Bar Exam in both, Illinois and Kentucky. While in Chicago, Frank gained experience and tax knowledge working in the IRS Office of Appeals. Prior to joining the team at Ballast, Frank worked in a boutique Tax and Estate Planning law firm in Lexington where he further expanded his knowledge in those areas.
Frank is a Financial Advocate at Ballast and is active in the community as a Kentucky Colonel, Bluegrass Estate Planning Council Member and Committee of 101 Member. Additionally, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Alyssa.