Speaker Biographies


Juliana Barros Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA


Dr. Barros is an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She serves as the Director for the Laser Dentistry Clinic, Operative Dentistry I and II. Dr. Barros earned her DDS from the University of Uberaba, Brazil, in 1995. She has postgraduate training in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. In addition, she has earned a master’s degree in Laser Dentistry from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute and University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Barros lectures and conducts research in the fields of restorative dentistry, biomaterials, and hard/ soft tissue laser applications. Recognizing opportunities to advance knowledge and treatment in laser dentistry, she developed the laser dentistry curriculum at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston and is the acting director of the laser clinic. She isa member of several organizations such as the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), Academy of Operative Dentistry (AOD), International Association for Dental Research (IADR), American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators. In 2019, Dr. Barros was the recipient of the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research.


Disclosure: Dr. Barros has only academic interests in further studying and understanding lasers and their interactions with biological tissues.


Laura Braswell

Laura Braswell, DDS
Buckhead Periodontics, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Dr. Braswell is a periodontist in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been using lasers for over 27 years. As a new Board member of the ALD, she hopes to support laser technology for oral and systemic health. Dr. Braswell is on the FDA committee for lasers and devices. After graduating from University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1982, she practiced general dentistry then joined the faculty at Emory University School of Dentistry. She completed a 4 year residency there and is still on the research faculty, and teaches at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Dr. Braswell is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. She is a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology, a charter member and Master Clinician in the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Veterinary Dental Society. She is the staff dentist for Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium.


Disclosure: Dr. Braswell has reported no conflicts of interest.

 Mel Burchman Mel Burchman, DDS
Private Practice, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA 


Dr. Burchman has maintained a general dentistry practice in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, since 1976. He began using lasers in 1999 and now has eight lasers in his practice. In 2001 he received Advanced Proficiency in Nd:YAG laser from the ALD. In November 2003 he received the “The Science Behind the Clinic of Laser Dentistry” award for his presentation on “Nd:YAG and Diode Laser Therapy in the Medically Compromised Patient.” Also in 2003 his office was written up in Men’s Health magazine in an article titled “The Drill Is Gone.” In 2005 he became a Certified Laser Educator from the ALD and received its Certificate of Mastership in 2008. Dr. Burchman has been published twice in the ALD journal Wavelengths on the use of lasers in the care of medically compromised patients. Dr. Burchman calls this his passion and has presented on this topic over 50 times. He was awarded the ALD’s Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012. He has served the ALD as mentor, examiner, and chairman of many committees, is a member of the its Board of Directors Executive Committee. In 2015 he was the General and Scientific Chairman of the ALD annual conference and in 2016 was the Co-Program Chair of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery conference. In 2016 he received his Recognized Course Provider certification and is currently the ALD President. Previously he has lectured for Sirona Dental, Benco Dental, and Henry Schein Dental.


Disclosure: Dr. Burchman has reported no conflicts of interest.
 James Carroll James Carroll, FRSM, CEO
THOR Photomedicine Ltd, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom


James Carroll is an electronics engineer and is the founder and CEO of THOR Photomedicine Ltd. With over 30 years of photobiomodulation experience, he is a recognized authority and much-published author on low-level laser therapy (LLLT) / photobiomodulation mechanisms of action, dose, dose rate effects, and the measurement and reporting of PBM parameters. He has co-authored 22 PBM papers and contributed to chapters of five PBM books. Mr. Carroll is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine (2009-present), co-chairs the annual Biomedical Optics Society conference on PBM mechanisms (2009-present), and is a Board member of the World Association for photobiomoduLation Therapy (2000-2004 and 2018-present). He has presented at Congressional and White House briefings on PBM as a solution for the opioid crisis, and at a United Nations Global Health Impact Forum on PBM treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Disclosure: Mr. Carroll is founder and CEO of THOR Photomedicine, a LLLT manufacturing company and has ownership interest in Lumithera, Inc., a developmental stage medical device company developing photobiomodulation treatment protocols for age-related macular degeneration and other ocular indications, compensation for which is significant. THOR receives significant research support from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Health Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Sydney University Dental School, Birmingham University Dental School, Tel Aviv University, and others.
 Arun Darbar Arun Darbar, BDS, DGDP(UK)
Private Practice, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom


Dr. Darbar is an award-winning laser dentist constantly striving to provide the best in service and patient care. He has been instrumental in pioneering the use of photobiomodulation therapy( PBMT) with high-power surgical lasers with diffusers, beam splitters, and expanders. He has been continuously involved in research and development, and designs and beta-tests numerous laser units. Dr. Darbar recently introduced the concept of preconditioning with various wavelengths to achieve quicker, better outcomes for compromised and routine patients in dentistry and other medical applications. Some of this data has been presented and published as proceedings of SPIE conferences in 2006, 2007, and 2011 USA, World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) 2008 South Africa and 2012 Australia. His memberships include British Dental Association, British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), British Society for Occlusal Studies (BSOS), American Dental Association (ADA), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), ALD, World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and many others. Dr. Darbar is the 2017 recipient of ALD’s John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award.


Disclosure: Dr. Darbar lectures for several organizations and receives modest honorarium for his courses.


 Ed Kusek Edward R. Kusek, DDS
Private Practice, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA


Dr. Kusek is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, and an Honored Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has achieved Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska Dental School and University of South Dakota Department of Dental Hygiene. Dr. Kusek is the President-Elect of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Disclosure: Dr. Kusek lectures for Ultradent Products and receives an honorarium. He consults with laser companies Biolase, Great Plains Technologies, Ultradent, and Convergent Dental, and with Straumann on dental implants.


 Shalizeh Patel Shalizeh "Shelly" A. Patel, DDS, MEd
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry, Houston, Texas, USA


Dr. Shalizeh A. “Shelly” Patel is an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). She is the Director of Clinical Simulation for the School of Dentistry and she designed the didactic, laboratory, and clinic-based teaching curriculum in laser education at UTSD. In 2019, she received the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award and Academy of Laser Dentistry T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research.


Disclosure: Dr. Patel has only academic interests in further studying and understanding lasers and their interactions with biological tissues.

 Annette Quinn Annette Quinn, RN, MSN
UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Annette Quinn is the Program Manager of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s in Nursing Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has already had a strong passion for prevention and treatment of oral mucositis with numerous publications on the topic. She was instrumental in implementing the first low-level laser therapy (LLLT) oncology clinic in her practice for oncology patients at risk for mucositis.


Disclosure: Ms. Quinn is an advanced practice nurse at University of Pittsburgh and has no other disclosures.


 Gerry Ross Gerald Ross, DDS

Allston, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Ross has been practicing General Practice Dentistry with a special interest in lasers and facial pain since 1971. He has been using lasers since 1992and has given more than 200 lectures on lasers, both nationally and internationally, and has published 15 articles on lasers. He has written chapters on photobiomodulation (PBM) in dentistry in 2 textbooks, does peer review for 4 journals, and is a member of the editorial board of Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine, and Laser Surgery. Dr. Ross is a Past President of the North American Association for Photobiomodulation and holds Advanced Certification from ALD. He is also a member of the ALD speaker’s bureau, the ALD Board of Directors, and heads the ALD Certification Committee. In 2016 he was presented with ALD’s Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence.

Disclosure: Dr. Ross is paid a fee for giving lectures for Zolartek Diode Laser and MedX but has no financial interest in either company.