Speakers Bureau

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Please contact one of the listed speakers or the ALD Education Chair to discuss the type of presentation your group would find beneficial. ALD is proud to have specialty interest educators to assist you. 
 

SPEAKER DIRECTORY

ALD TRAINERS & SPEAKERS BUREAU - Provide Standard Level Certificate Program Training

Walid Altayeb, DDS, MDSc, PhD
Juliana Barros, DDS
Mel Burchman, DDS, MALD

Nick Clausen, MBA, PMP

Yolanda Cox, RDH 
Arun Darbar, BDS

John Graeber, DMD 

Charles Hoopingarner, DDS 
Larry Kotlow, DDS

Ed Kusek, DDS
Timothy Larson, DDS
Mitchell Lomke, DDS

Jeanette Miranda, RDH

Shalizeh "Shelly" A. Patel, DDS, MEd

Marina Polonsky, DDS
Kristin Pristavec-Hunter, RDH
Gerry Ross, DDS
Angie Wallace, RDH

 

SPEAKERS BUREAU

Walid Altayeb, DDS, MDSc, PhD

Lynn Atkinson, RDH

Juliana Barros, DDS

Laura Braswell, DDS

Mel Burchman, DDS, MALD

James Carreiro, DMD

Lou Chmura, DDS, MS

Nick Clausen, MBA, PMP

Yolanda Cox, RDH

Nuran Culcuoglu, DDS, MSc

Arun Darbar, BDS

John Graeber, DMD

Charles Hoopingarner, DDS 
Larry Kotlow, DDS

Timothy Kosinski, DDS

Ed Kusek, DDS

Timothy Larson, DDS
Mitchell Lomke, DDS

Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd

Jeanette Miranda, RDH

Gloria Monzon, RDH

Ali Obeidi, DDS

Giovanni Olivi, MD, DDS

Shalizeh "Shelly" A. Patel, DDS, MEd

Marina Polonsky, DDS

Kristin Pristavec-Hunter, RDH

Joy Raskie, RDH

Gerry Ross, DDS

Manaf Taher Agha, DDS

Angie Wallace, RDH

Alfred Wyatt, DDS

 

 

     
 

Speaker Information and Course Descriptions

The focus of the ALD Speakers Bureau is to offer seminars and lectures to the dental community by some of our most expert Academy of Laser Dentistry members. These members have demonstrated through a rigorous application process their abilities to provide clinically relevant topics based upon sound science and innovation. Their opinions are their own.  Each speaker has demonstrated commitment to scientific relevance, clinical efficacy, patient safety, and full disclosure of commercial relationships.  


Course Classification Descriptions

Introductory Level

Introductory courses are designed to introduce the basic principles of laser physics, clinical safety practices and laser procedures and typically ranges from 1-6 CEU hours of either lecture and/or hands-on activities. 

Basic Competency Level

Basic competency courses are designed to teach basic laser principles including hands-on practice and typically ranges from 6-8 CEU hours. 

Standard Level Certificate Program 

Standard Level Certificate Programs (LINK TO CERTIFICATION PAGE) provide a level of demonstratable laser education for dental professionals in everyday patient care. These courses are a minimum of 12 hours: 6 CEUs are self-paced online including 1 hour for the exam and a full day 6-8 CEUs in-person hands-on learning. Learn more about the Standard Level Course Certification. The standard level course defines the standard of care for the dental professional. 

Customized Courses on Lasers

Customized laser courses are designed by each speaker to meet the needs of the intended audience, may be specific to pediatrics, perio, hygiene, endo, for example and can be lecture or hands-on and typically ranges 1-3 CEU hours. 

Apply for the ALD Speakers Bureau

Applicants must be a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.  Applications will re-open in September 2020.  Click on this link to review the ALD Speakers Bureau Application.


 

ALD TRAINERS & SPEAKERS BUREAU

Walid Altayeb, DDS, MDSc, PhD
Private Practice
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: [email protected]
Doha, Qatar

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Laser-Assisted Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Laser-Assisted Periodontology and Implantology
  • Integration of lasers and Digital in Dentistry

Biography
Dr. Altayeb achieved an advanced level of knowledge in the application of lasers in dental science and patient treatment (Advanced Proficiency certificates from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 980-nm diode and Er:YAG lasers). He has Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry, is a member of the ALD Board of Directors, Chair of the ALD International Relations Committee, Founder and Chair of the ALD Gulf Laser Chapter. He is the founder of the laser section in the British Academy of Implant and Restorative Dentistry (BAIRD) and the founder of the Professional Diploma in Advanced Laser Dentistry of BAIRD. Dr. Altayeb conducts “Pink Aesthetics & Laser Dentistry” courses with the British Academy of Implant and Restorative Dentistry in Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and UAE. He has participated in many conferences in the Middle East and USA as a speaker in the fields of periodontal medicine and laser dentistry. He works in private practice as a periodontist and implantologist in the Tamim Dental Polyclinic, Doha, Qatar, The British Lasik and Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dubai, UAE, and the Masters Dental and Aesthetic Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Walid Altayeb does not have any financial affiliation with a corporate organization offering financial support or grant money. Dr. Altayeb is a speaker in the British Academy of Implant and Restorative Dentistry and receives a modest honorarium for his educational activities.

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Juliana Barros, DDS, MS
The University of Texas School of Dentistry
Email: [email protected] 
Houston, Texas, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics
Laser-Assisted Dentistry

 

Biography
Dr. Juliana 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 earned a master's degree in laser dentistry from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute and the 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 great 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 is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Academy of Operative Dentistry, International Association for Dental Research, and Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators.

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Mel Burchman, DDS, MALD
Email: [email protected]
Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Intro and Basic Competency for Diodes, Nd:YAG, Er:YAG, Photobiomodulation (PBM)
  • Standard and advanced proficiency for Diodes, Nd:YAG, Er:YAG, Photobiomodulation (PBM)
  • Hands-on workshops for Diodes, Nd:YAG, Er:YAG, Photobiomodulation (PBM)
  • Using lasers to treat the Medically Compromised Patient
  • Using laser to treat and prevent Oral Mucositis
  • Using Photobiomodulation (PBM) to Treat the Side Effects of Chemo Therapy

Biography
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 the Nd:YAG laser from the ALD. In 2003, he received the The Science Behind the Clinic of Laser Dentistry Award for his presentation, “Nd:YAG and Diode Laser Therapy in the Medically Compromised Patient,” and his office was written up in Men’s Health magazine in “The Drill Is Gone.” In 2005, he became a Certified Laser Educator with the Academy of Laser Dentistry and received its Certificate of Mastership in 2008. He has been published twice in the ALD journal Wavelengths on the subject of lasers in the care of medically compromised patients. Awarded the ALD’s Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012. He has served the ALD as a mentor, examiner, chairman of many committees, member of the ALD Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Secretary, Treasurer, and is currently President of ALD. He was the General and Scientific Chairman of the ALD conference in 2015 and the Co-Program Chair of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery conference in 2016, the same year he received his Recognized Course Provider certification. He is the Chairman of the ALD’s 2019 conference.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Burchman is in private practice in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, He has presented for Sirona Dental, Benco Dental, and Henry Schein, Advanced Dental Hygiene and MedX Lasers, but has no commercial interest in these companies.

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Yolanda Cox, RDH
Heartland
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: [email protected]
Blacklick, OH, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Advanced Hygiene Clinical Applications and Techniques
  • Lasers and Implant Dentistry
  • PBM Application

Biography
Yolanda graduated from the University of Cincinnati in dental hygiene 17 years ago. After 3 years in private practice, she joined Heartland Dental and has worked in several capacities as a dental hygienist, hygiene mentor, and clinical educator covering preventatives, periodontology, ergonomics, leadership, and laser dentistry. Her current role is Doctor Training Developer which includes the development and execution of blended learning training for 1400+ supported doctors, covering leadership, oral surgery, implants, aesthetics, sedation, and her favorite - laser dentistry.


Disclosure Statement
Yolanda is the Doctor Training Developer for Heartland Professional Learning and Development Services.

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Nick Clausen, MBA, PMP
Dental Laser Coaching
Specialties: Laser Safety
Email: [email protected]
Las Vega, NV, USA

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Course to satisfy NV state requirements plus other courses offered by manufacturers and Practice Management firms

Biography
Mr. Clausen is the founder and owner of Dental Laser Coaching which offers clinical and product laser consultation services to various organizations and clinicians around the world. He holds Standard Proficiency in Laser Dentistry from the ALD and currently is the 2018 Chair of ALD’s Manufacturing Council and serves on ALD’s Educational Committee. He has attended trainings and consulted with numerous dental training organizations and dental manufacturers.

 

Disclosure Statement
Nick Clausen is a consultant and trainer for Convergent Dental. He is also a shareholder of Sonendo, on the Advisory Board of The Dominican Training Institute, and is an Affiliate Partner of NuCalm.

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Arun Darbar, BDS
Smile Creations Dental Innovations,
Specialties: PBM
Email: [email protected]
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Lasers in Dentistry
  • PBM in Dentistry
  • Phototherapy and photo activated disinfection
  • Lasers and the Orthodontist

Biography
Dr. Darbar is a multi-award-winning laser and aesthetic dentist. He serves on the certification committee of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) as an accredited member and examiner. A Master, Educator, and Founder member of the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI), he has served on their advisory board and is involved with the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT), North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy (NAALT), British Society for Occlusal Studies (BSOS), World Federation for Laser Dentistry (WFLD), and International Society for Oral Laser Applications (SOLA). An ex- officio Board member and executive secretary of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, he holds a Master’s and Educator status and has served on their committee as Chair of International Relations and Co-Chair of Education and Certification Committees. He has lectured internationally on the use of lasers for more than 20 years, written numerous articles, and pioneered and introduced the concept of photobiomodulation with surgical lasers and preconditioning using various wavelengths. His data has been presented and published at proceedings of SPIE IN 2006, 2007, and 2009/10 in San Francisco, , WALT 2008 South Africa and 2012 Australia.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Darbar lectures for other educational organizations and receives a modest honorarium and expenses for these activities. He receives discounts on devices and supplies. He conducts trials of new devices and provides unbiased feedback. Dr. Darbar is in private practice in Leighton Buzzard, UK, and has no other commercial relationships with any specific company or manufacturer.

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John Graeber, DMD
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Specialties: Erbium laser, orthodontics, oral surgery
Email: [email protected]
East Hanover, NJ, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Lasers in orthodontics
  • Lasers in oral surgery
  • Basic and advanced diode Laser workshops
  • Erbium lasers for all tissues
  • Lite- based diagnostics
  • Soft tissue handpiece for restorative dentistry

Biography
Dr. Graeber maintains a full-time comprehensive cosmetic practice in East Hanover, New Jersey. He has utilized Nd:YAG, diode, Erbium:YAG and Erbium,Cr:YSGG dental lasers since 1991. An alumnus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1972), Dr. Graeber is a past president of the Tri-County Dental Society and the Metropolitan Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has served as a member of the American Dental Association Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has lectured internationally in many dental schools, esthetic continuums, and major dental meetings for more than 23 years on both lasers and air abrasion. He has trained thousands of new owners for most of the major dental laser manufacturers. An Academy of Laser Dentistry Standard Course Provider, he has served as Certified Laser Educator at the Las Vegas Institute and has written 11 nationally published articles on high-tech subjects. Dr. John Graeber is a Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has recently published a textbook, Microdentistry: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr Graeber lectures for Pioneer and Ultradent Lasers and receives a modest compensation for these activities. Both companies provide equipment for workshops. He receives free devices and supplies. He is the principal of Soft Touch Seminars and provides online laser education.

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Charles Hoopingarner, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Diode laser
Email: [email protected]
Houston, TX, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • 7 Things You Can Do in Your Office Tomorrow with a Dode Laser.

Biography
Dr. Hoopingarner has had a private practice in Houston, Texas since 1973. He serves as faculty at the University of Texas School of Dentistry Houston  and was past instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for reconstruction and laser dentistry. He has served as President of ALD. Dr. Hoopingarner has used dental lasers of various wavelengths as integral parts of his patient care delivery system for the last 21 years. He holds Advanced and Standard Proficiency certifications in the Er:YAG and diode wavelengths from the ALD and holds a Mastership in that organization.  He has lectured internationally on the safety and use of laser technology in the dental practice.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Hoopingarner has reported no conflicts of interest.

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Lawrence Kotlow, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Pediatric Dentistry, TOTS
Email: [email protected]
Albany, New York, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • 9300nm Laser all topics
  • Infant oral care. all topics
  • TOTS
  • OSA
  • Reflux

Biography

  • Graduate of SUNY Buffalo Dental School 1972
  • Pediatric Dental fellowships 1972-1974 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry 1980
  • Life member of the American Dental Association, (ADA)
  • Life Fellow of the American Board of Pediatric dentistry (FABPD)
  • Life member of the NYSDA and 3rd District Dental Society of NY
  • Member of American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD)
  • Member of Academy of Laser Dentistry since 2000
  • Mastership Academy of Laser Dentistry (MALD)
  • ALD advanced proficiency in Erbium: YAG, Nd: YAG, Standard Proficiency in Diode 810nm, and 9300nm CO2 lasers
  • Author of over 30 peer reviewed articles, 2 texts: Atlas of TOTS and SOS 4 TOTS, about lasers, infant frenectomies, and breastfeeding.
  • Contributed to various chapters in 6 textbooks on laser dentistry

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Edward Kusek, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Implants, diode and erbium lasers, oral surgery, PBM
Email: [email protected]
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Diode, erbium and both CO2 lasers, implants, oral surgery, perio,endo,PBM, SP proficiency, lip and tongue ties

Biography
Dr. Kusek is a 1984 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and is a Recognized Course Provider for the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Kusek received his Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from AGD in 2012. He is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota and has published numerous articles on implant and laser dentistry.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Kusek is a consultant for Convergent Dental, Ultradent, and Straumann Dental Implants.

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Timothy Larson, DDS

Heartland
Specialties: Implants, aesthetic dentistry, PBM
Email: [email protected]
St. Louis, MO, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Advanced Clinical Applications and Techniques
  • Lasers and Implant Dentistry
  • Lasers and Aesthetic Dentistry
  • PBM Application

Biography
Dr. Larson is a St. Louis native, and graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry. After 25 years as a solo practitioner, he affiliated with Heartland Dental in 2005, and became a full-time clinical director. He helped develop the Clinical Mentor program for Heartland Dental, and supports educational programs in leadership, business, and a variety of clinical topics.  He has a strong clinical focus in endodontics, prosthetics, surgery, implants, aesthetics, full-mouth reconstructions, clear aligner therapy and lasers. He has been the lead educator for Heartland Dental's laser training program since 2011. Married over 40 years to wife, Carol, they have two daughters and two granddaughters.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Larson is a lecturer and trainer for Heartland Dental.

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Mitchell Lomke, DDS
Olney Family Dentistry & Laser Center
Email: [email protected]
Olney, MD, USA

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics
As an ALD RCP, I have conducted many laser courses including SPC at our annual conferences and at many other national venues. I would like to be considered to present at ADA, AGD, CDA, Yankee Dental, GNYDM among others.

 

Biography
Dr. Lomke - general practice 39 years; attained ALD Educator. Full time general dentistry practice - a special interest in dental lasers. Dr. Lomke teaches dentists and hygienists the safe and effective use of dental lasers around the US as well as to international audiences. Dr. Lomke serves on the Dean’s Faculty @ the University of Maryland Dental School; served as a special advisor to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners on dental lasers. Dr. Lomke served two terms on ALD Board of Directors & Chaired many committees; achieved Advanced Proficiency - Erbium & Diode wavelengths; published peer reviewed articles on clinical applications of dental laser technology.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Lomke has reported no conflicts of interest.

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Jeanette Miranda, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene, Diode lasers
Email: [email protected]
Sioux Falls, SD, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Introduction to Diode Lasers
  • Basic Competency for the Diode Laser
  • Standard Certification for the Diode Laser
  • Advanced Technique for the Diode Laser

Biography
Jeanette Miranda received her dental hygiene degrees from Indiana University at South Bend and Minnesota State University Mankato. She has attained Standard Proficiency and Fellowship status in the diode laser with the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and Standard Proficiency, Advanced Proficiency and Mastership status with the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). Jeanette is employed as a clinical hygienist and teaches dental lasers. She serves ALD as chair of the Communication Committee and is a member of the Auxiliary Committee. She is a past-president for the South Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association.

 

Disclosure Statement
Jeanette Miranda is in private practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has no other commercial relationships.

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Shalizeh "Shelly" A. Patel, DDS, MEd
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry,
Email: [email protected]
Houston, Texas, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Laser-Assisted Dentistry

Biography
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 Statement

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

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Marina Polonsky, DDS
Private Practice: Alta Vista Laser
Email: [email protected]
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Biography
Dr. Polonsky maintains a private general practice in Ottawa, Canada, with focus on multi-disciplinary treatment utilizing lasers of different wavelengths. She is the owner of the Alta Vista Laser Dental Centre in Ottawa, Canada since 2006. Dr. Polonsky holds a Mastership with WCLI (World Clinical Laser and Imaging) Institute, Mastership in Diode and Erbium lasers from AALZ (Aachen Dental Laser Center), Master of Science in Lasers in Dentistry degree from RWTH University in Aachen, Germany, Advanced Proficiency Certificate and Mastership with ALD (Academy of Laser Dentistry). She is a founder of the Canadian Dental Laser Institute (CDLI), the only ALD affiliated international study club in Canada. Dr. Polonsky teaches laser safety courses, Diode and Erbium certification courses, as well as lecturing world-wide on laser-assisted dentistry. She is a key opinion leader (KOL) and a Clinical Mentor for Biolase Technologies Inc. and has been involved in the development of the newest all-tissue laser system, Waterlase Express.

 

Disclosure Statement
Consulting for Biolase Technologies, Trainer, Clinical Mentor and KOL for Biolase lasers, President of ALD affiliated Canadian Study Club.

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Kristin Pristavec-Hunter, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: [email protected]
Forney, Texas, USA

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Dental Hygiene Laser Applications
  • Dental Hygiene Courses

Biography
Ms. Hunter began her career in dentistry over 17 years ago and has used lasers since her very first day as a dental hygienist. Seeing the benefit the laser provides to her patients Kristin now speaks, trains, and does in-office consulting while still working full time in clinical practice. Kristin has completed her standard and advanced proficiency in lasers from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, The American Dental Hygiene Association, and Nevada Dental Hygiene Association. Kristin has spent a great amount of time volunteering in her community to promote whole-body health and dentistry, she has also served on mission trips to Mexico with the Flying Doctors Organization.

 

Disclosure Statement
Ms. Hunter does not have financial interests with any dental manufacturer, and she does not receive commissions for the sale of any equipment. Kristin is the head of Dedicated Dental Hygiene where she receives an honorarium for conducting training. For Dedicated Dental Hygiene's public courses sponsorship may be provided in the form of food or equipment from some companies such as, but not limited to; Ultradent, Biolase, Young Dental, Waterpik, and Lumadent.

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Gerry Ross, DDS
Specialties: Photobiomodulation (PBM)
Email: [email protected]

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Photobiomodulation
  • Standard Certification for PBM


Biography
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 Statement 

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

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Angie Wallace, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental hygiene
Email: [email protected]
Owasso, OK, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Dental Hygiene classes

Biography
Ms. Wallace is a laser educator for the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and has achieved her Mastership with ALD. She is currently the co-chair for ALD’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and serves on several other committees. Angie was the 2014 recipient of the John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award from the ALD. She has been recognized as an international speaker and provides in-office laser certification courses.

 

Disclosure Statement
Ms. Wallace provides laser training and educational consulting through her company Laser Hygiene, LLC. Angie reports modest earnings from tuition for courses. She receives support with lasers for her educational programs from several laser companies. She also speaks for King Dental and Biolase and receives honoraria.

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ALD SPEAKERS BUREAU

 

Lynn Atkinson, RDH
Genesis Dental Group/ Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: [email protected]
Mission Viejo, CA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Diodes in Hygiene
  • Documentation
  • Communication
  • Perio Diagnosis in Hygiene
  • Hygiene and Doctor Collaboration
  • Laser Terminology for entire team

Biography

Lynn Atkinson has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 30 years. She graduated from Cypress College with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1989. Since obtaining the Associate Fellowship Certification through the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) in 1996, Lynn has been actively applying the use of dental lasers in hygiene on a daily basis. Lynn went on to achieve the Standard Proficiency Certification through the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) in 2013 and the Advanced Proficiency Certification Parts I and II in 2019. Lynn is an active member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the American Dental Hygiene Association, the California Dental Hygiene Association and is the Hygiene Member on the Biolase Advisory Board. Lynn serves on the Board of Directors at the Academy of Laser Dentistry as Auxiliary Chair and is involved in the testing committee. Lynn is married with four children and lives in Torrance, California.

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Laura Braswell, DDS
Buckhead Periodontics
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: [email protected]
Atlanta, GA, USA

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Cosmetic laser procedures
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Laser adjunct to Orthodontics

Biography
Dr. Braswell is the owner of Buckhead Periodontics where she enjoys treating patients using alternative therapies that save teeth and enhance esthetics. She is passionate about laser periodontal therapy and works with several companies on research and development. Dr. Braswell is the staff dentist for Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Georgia State University Primate Research Laboratory. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Periodontology atthe 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.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Laura Braswell has received research support from Biolase. She currently conducts research on periodontal therapy involving diode lasers.

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James Carreiro, DMD
Largo Laser Dentistry
Specialties: Laser safety, diode lasers
Email: [email protected]
Largo, FL, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
Topics
  • Laser safety
  • Introduction to diode lasers, periodontal, restorative, ErCrYsGG

Biography
Dr. Carreiro is an experienced general dentist with a focus on minimally invasive dentistry.  Dr. Carreiro has been utilizing laser technology in his practice since 2007.  Since starting with one wavelength device he has expanded into multiple wavelengths in performing soft and hard tissue, and photobiomodulaton procedures.  He routinely attends laser continuing education programs and is always seeking to improve patient care delivery with laser technology.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Carreiro provides educational training for Biolase and is a stockholder of PerioScience.  He is an administrator for SmileB for which he receives compensation.

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Lou Chmura, DDS, MS
Chmura Orthodontics/Complete Orthodontics
Specialties: Orthodontics
Email: [email protected]

 Marshall, MI USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course

Topics

  • Diode Lasers for Orthodontics

Biography
Dr. Chmura is an early adopter and an innovator. While maintaining a private practice in Marshall, MI, Dr. Chmura has participated in over 10,000 hours of continuing education (currently about 300 hours a year), has served as an advisor to numerous companies and has been involved in developing practical courses to help orthodontists incorporate soft tissue lasers, 3D CBCT, and screening, testing and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in the orthodontic office. With numerous professional publications and over 100 professional presentations, Dr. Chmura is passionate about helping others see possibilities beyond their current situation. Dr. Chmura will help you expand the possibilities available to you and your patient for enhanced results.

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Nuran Culcuoglu, DDS, MSc
Private Practice
Specialties: Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics
Email: [email protected]
Istanbul, Turkey

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Biography
Dr. Culcuoglu graduated from Ankara University in 1977. She received ALD Advanced Proficiency certificate in 1996. She completed a Fellowship and MSc at Genoa University for Advanced Laser Dentistry. She is still continuing her private practice in Istanbul and continuing her researches on low level lasers and stem cells.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Culcuoglu has no commercial relationships.

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Timothy Kosinski, DDS
Smile Creator of Bingham Farms
Specialties: Diode lasers
Email: [email protected]
Bingham Farms, MI, USA

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
Topics
  • Diode Laser Use in Modern Dental Practices
  • Revolutionizing Your Practice with Lasers: A One Day Hands on Program

Biography
Dr. Timothy Kosinski serves as the Associate Editor of the AGD journals and is a Past-President of the Michigan AGD. He is a Diplomat of the ABOI/ID and the ICOI.  He is a Fellow of the AAID.  His honors include Fellowship in the American and International Colleges of Dentists and the ADI. In 2017 he received the ADI’s Humanitarian Award. He is a member of OKU and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Kosinski was the UDM Dental School of Dentistry Alumni Association’s “Alumnus of the Year,” and in 2009 and 2014  received the AGD’s “Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition.”

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Kosinski is a lecturer, trainer and consultant for Denmat.

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Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd
University of Florida
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: [email protected]
Palm Coast, Florida, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Periodontal disease and implantitis management
  • Soft tissue management

Biography
Dr. Low is Professor Emeritus, University of Florida College of Dentistry, and Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers, and implant placement. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a current member of the Board of the Academy of Laser Dentistry and Pankey Institute. Dr. Low provides dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal practices and is affiliated with the Florida Probe Corporation. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and recipient of the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past American Dental Association (ADA) Trustee.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Low receives significant compensation as an employee of Biolase. He also receives signficant honoraria from Phillips, has significant ownership interest in Florida Probe, and receives significant compensation as a consultant for PerioScience. Biolase is contributing equipment for his workshops.

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Gloria Monzon, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: [email protected]
Milpitas, California, USA

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification
  • Application-Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

  • Lasers in hygiene

Biography
Ms. Monzon has enjoyed 30 years in the dental hygiene profession. She has used lasers since 1993 and earned Advanced Proficiency in diode and Nd:YAG lasers in 1998. In 1999, Gloria achieved University of California San Francisco (UCSF)/ALD Educator Status, and in 2002 she became an ALD Recognized Course Provider. She has served as Certification Examiner and Educator for the Academy of Laser Dentistry and World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI). She has presented abstracts for the ALD and WCLI. With more than 20 years as an educator, she has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Gloria heads Advanced Laser Hygiene consulting.

 

Disclosure Statement
Ms. Monzon does not have financial interests with any dental manufacturer, and she does not receive commissions for the sale of any equipment. Gloria heads Advanced Laser Hygiene Consulting where she receives an honorarium for conducting training.

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Ali Obeidi, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Frenectomy
Email: [email protected]
Houston, TX, USA

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Laser crown lengthening in the aesthetic zone
  • Laser Frenectomy to improve breast feeding

Biography
Dr. Obeidi graduated from SBMU university as a General dentist. He hold a Master degree in “Laser Dentistry” from Aachen University (2006) and a Master degree in Clinical dentistry- Dental Biomaterials from University of Alabama (2007). He then joined the University of Texas as a full time faculty and involved in many academic/research and teaching activities related to laser dentistry. Dr. Obeidi presented in many National and International conferences. He is a member (2007) and fellow of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (2009) and achieved Advanced Proficiency status in 2016. Dr. Obeidi is currently a Prosthodontic Resident at Rutgers University.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Obeidi has reported no conflicts of interest.

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Giovanni Olivi, MD, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry
Email: [email protected]
Rome, Italy

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Introduction to diode and Nd:YAG lasers
  • Introduction to erbium lasers
  • Lasers in Endodontics
  • Lasers in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Lasers in Periodontics
  • Lasers and labial/lingual frenectomies

Biography
In 2002 Dr. Olivi achieved the postgraduated diploma in laser dentistry at the University of Florence, the laser certification from ISLD (2004), the Advanced Proficiency and the Master status from Academy of Laser Dentistry (2006-2009). He received the Leon Goldman Award for clinical exellence in 2007 from ALD. Giovanni Olivi is professor and scientific Coordinator of the Laser Dentistry proficiency and master courses at Catholic University of Rome and  author of over 70 peer-reviewed articles and several books on laser dentistry topics. He lectures on laser dentistry topics worldwide. Dr. Olivi is professor and scientific coordinator of the Laser Dentistry proficiency and master courses at the Catholic University of Rome. He is the author of more than 70 peer- reviewed articles and several textbook chapters on dentistry topics, and has he co-authored several books on lasers dentistry.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Olivi provides research support for Fotona and receives modest compensation for these activities.

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Joy Raskie, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: [email protected]
Littleton, CO, USA

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Introduction to Lasers - this is a class on what can the laser do with more emphasis on the diode laser

Biography
Joy Raskie has been a clinical hygienist for 15 years and is the owner and director of Advanced Dental Hygiene, which specializes in diode laser training courses. She is director of Advanced Dental Hygiene and lectures, conducts laser courses, and does in-office laser consulting. She has been using and researching soft tissue lasers for five years. Her passion for lasers has led her to obtain Fellowship Certification and 2 Associate Fellowship Certifications for the diode laser through the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI). She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) where she obtained Advanced Proficiency as well as Standard Proficiency. Joy is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and Colorado Dental Hygienists’ Association.

 

Disclosure Statement
Ms. Raskie teaches and conducts laser training courses and has received sponsorship by means of supplies, food, and/or giveaways and honorarium at times from the following companies: Dentsply Sirona, Biolase, Ultradent, Henry Schein, Patterson, Crest, Phillips Sonicare, GSK, Peebles Dental Lab, Hu-Friedy, and Cloud Dentistry.

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Manaf Taher Agha, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: [email protected]
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Diode Lasers in Dentistry
  • Laser in Restorative Dentistry
  • laser assisted Endodontic treatment
  • Laser Assisted Perio treatment
  • PBM
  • Laser in Esthetic Dentistry
  • Laser Soft tissue management
  • Laser in Oral Surgery
  • Whitening

Biography
Dr. Taher Aga has a private clinic as GP Dentist and as clinical Supervisor in the Faculty of Dentistry in Aleppo University. He obtained Laser Dentistry Mastership from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2006. He is faculty of Dentistry at Ajman University and is head of the laser research unit in Department of Surgery where he teaches laser and modern technology courses. He teaches  the laser dentistry andCAD/CAM technology for the Master Degree program and esthtetic anterior composites and digital smile design.

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Taher Aga has reported no conflicts of interest.

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Alfred Wyatt, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Public Health
Email: [email protected]
Atlanta, GA, USA

 

Course Classifications
  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops
Topics
  • Diode Laser Course
  • Lasers and Their Role in Biopsies
  • Photobiomodulation and Diode Lasers

Biography
Dr. Alfred Wyatt is an associate professor of Oral Rehabilitation at the Dental College of Georgia and a private practice general dentist. During his 16 years with the ALD he has attained Advanced Proficiency, Educator Status served on the Board of Directors, and been chair of the Education Committee. He has clinically used Er: YAG, (2940nm), Diode (810,970, 980. And 1064nm), and CO2 lasers in his practice. He has trained hundreds of dentists and hygienists and lectures on all levels of topics pertaining to laser use in dentistry

 

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Wyatt has reported no conflicts of interest.

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Resources

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Academy of Laser Dentistry Disclaimer on Protocols and Opinions

The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during a presentation represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speakers and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. The Education Committee of the Academy of Laser Dentistry may review content only as it relates to topics within the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education. The Academy of Laser Dentistry assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by individual speakers pertaining to protocols for laser treatment. Any suggested protocols for treatment may be based upon the speakers' own clinical experience and should not be construed as Academy of Laser Dentistry recommended protocols.