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ALD Speakers Bureau

The Academy of Laser Dentistry is built on the foundation of educating those in the dental profession who desire to learn and expand their knowledge of the appropriate use of lasers to improve their ability to provide quality care for their patients. The ALD provides a variety of education formats to suit the needs of members and those that may approach the organization for assistance.

Since the inception of our organization changing cultures and economic factors have influenced decisions that are being made with regard to laser purchases and educational choices. The ALD stands flexible enough to offer courses that will fulfill multiple needs. Our Certification Programs continue to offer the profession comprehensive information that represents the standard of care for those that treat patients.

The organization maintains its recommendation that all who use lasers for patient care strive to obtain a minimum of ALD Standard Proficiency certification. This Certification program serves as the core of our education program. However, other courses may better satisfy the needs of the dental community, laser manufacturers, or the individual dental practitioner desiring specific subject material. A wide range of courses is available.


Speaker Information and Course Descriptions

The speakers listed below have, at a minimum, demonstrated ALD Advanced Proficiency in the use of lasers in dentistry. Some have submitted course material for review by their peers and are recognized as course providers (RCP) by the Academy of Laser Dentistry and as such are authorized to present the standard proficiency certification course. The Academy of Laser Dentistry has in accordance with the internationally accepted Curriculum Guidelines established classifications of courses as Introductory, Basic Competency, Standard Proficiency, and Advanced Proficiency. In addition, many of the speakers listed are able to tailor a course for a specific need. Contact information for individual speakers is provided to assist in obtaining more specific information about the courses they offer or addressing your specific needs.

Course Classification Descriptions

Introductory Level

Introductory courses are designed to introduce the basic principles of laser physics, teach clinical safety practices and demonstrate procedures that can be done with lasers. These courses typically range from 1-6 hours and may or may not have a hands on portion. The course may include many types of lasers or be limited to one specific type of laser. There is no type of learning assessment instrument included.

Basic Competency Level

Basic competency courses typically range from 6-8 hours and include some hands on opportunities. They are designed to teach basic principles of laser physics, safety practices, specific usage techniques; These courses can be for lasers in general or for a specific wavelength or type of laser. There is a short interactive learning assessment opportunity included. The objective of these courses is to give the attendee the basic tools necessary to begin using a laser in clinical practice.

Standard Proficiency

Components of Standard Proficiency include:

  • A Lecture and Hands On Course provided by an ALD Recognized Course Provider (RCP)
  • A Clinical Simulation Exam administered by the RCP
  • An online 75 question written exam administered by the Academy of Laser Dentistry (to be taken within 90 days of course)

Standard Proficiency is the basic level of education in dental laser usage, including specific laser proficiency and laboratory knowledge. Candidates for standard proficiency must demonstrate basic understanding of all wavelengths via an online 75 question multiple choice examination and a clinical simulation proficiency exam, with at least one wavelength. The standard proficiency level should be considered the standard of care for the dental professional. These courses are a minimum of 12 hours, three of which are hands on learning. Standard Proficiency courses are conducted only by speakers who are ALD Recognized Course Providers.


Customized Courses

These courses are available by request to fit the needs or desires of the presenting entity. Most course providers can customize a presentation that will address any specific desires of the attendees. They may be wavelength or laser type specific, modality or procedural and/or treatment and subject specific and may or may not include participation opportunities.

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


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Speakers

 

Walid Altayeb, DDS, MSc, PhD

Madina Dental Center
Contact email: dreltayeb@hotmail.com
Doha, Qatar

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Application Specific Courses
  • Lasers –Assisted Pink Aesthetic, Crown Lengthening and Gingival Depigmentation with different Laser Techniques.

Topic(s)

  • Lasers and Implants
  • Intro to Diode and Erbium Lasers

Biography
Dr. Altayeb received his dental degree from Damascus University in 1998. He completed his MSc and Phd in Periodontics. He was awarded the Fellowship and Mastership of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He continues to participate in many conferences in the Middle East, Spain and USA as speaker in the fields of Periodontics and Laser Dentistry.

 

 

Laura Braswell, DDS

Buckhead Periodontics
Contact email: laurabraswelldds@gmail.com
Atlanta, GA, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Periodontal therapy
  • Implant rehab
  • Fractional laser therapy

Biography

Dr. Braswell is a Periodontist with over 25 years of experience using lasers in dentistry. Her practice promotes whole body health with a focus on the oral/systemic connection. Laser therapy provides a relatively more conservative and less invasive way to treat patients with excellent results.

 

Mel Burchman, DDS

Mel A. Burchman, DDS, PC
Contact email: MEL712A@AOL.COM
Langhorne, PA, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • LLLT photobiomodulation techniques
  • Intro and basic competency for Nd:YAG, Diode, LLLT, and Er:YAG
  • Laser treatment of the Medically Compromised Patient
  • Incorporating lasers into your practice
  • Laser periodontal techniques

Biography

Dr. Burchman began using lasers in 1999. He currenly uses 8 lasers in his clinical practice. He holds ALD Advanced Proficiency. He has earned several awards: The Science Behind the Clinic of Laser Dentistry and the ALD Leon Golman Award for Clinical Excellence. He was written up in Men's Health Magazine, has completed the ALD Educator Course and earned ALD Mastership for ongoing CE activities. Dr. Burchman has lectured for Sirona Dental,Benco, and Henry Schein in the past.

 

 

Louis Chmura, DDS, MS

Chmura Orthodontics
Contact email: louiechmur@aol.com
Marshall, MI, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Intro to Diode Lasers, Orthodontic Laser Procedures, Soft Tissue Laser Procedures

Biography

Dr. Chmura was the first orthodontist to achieve Advanced Proficiency and to achieve Fellowship of the ALD. He has presented nationally and internationally on lasers soft-tissue procedures, (>30 in-person,>50 webinars), including a live demo at the AAO and he wrote Chapter 13 of "Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry."

 

Sandra Chong, BSc, DDS, MSc (Perio)

Kanata Periodontics
Contact email: s.chong@kanataperio.com
Kanata, ON, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Intro to Lasers in Dentistry
  • Hard and soft tissue procedures Er:YAG lasers
  • Clinical applications of lasers in periodontal therapy

Biography

Dr. Chong has a practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. Since 2009, she has utilized an Er:YAG laser in her periodontal practice for both soft and hard tissue procedures. Her practice also uses a 940nm diode laser for soft tissue management on a daily basis. Dr. Chong has  spoken locally and internationally on Periodontics, Implants and Laser Therapy.
 

Stuart Coleton, DDS,FACD,FICD

Contact email: scoleton@aol.com
Chappaqua, NY, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Overview of current and future uses of lasers in Dentistry.
  • Current soft and hard tissue (operative dentistry) applications will be discussed using both clinical slides and videos.
  • Future applications based on current research will be included in this presentation.

Biography

Dr. Coleton is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Medicine. He is Chief Attending in Periodontics at Westchester Medical Center University Hospital and holds the rank of Assistant Professor in Dental Medicine at New York Medical College. He has been awarded an ALD Fellowship and is a designated ALD Educator.

 

William Gianni, DDS

Contact email: Laserdentist@mac.com
Twain Harte, CA, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Dental hygiene implementation 
  • Dental implants
  • Cosmetics
  • Bread and butter dentisty 
  • Intra oral digital impression taking

Biography

Dr. Gianni teaches all aspects of lasers and photonics in dentistry; hard and soft 3D scanning, CBCT, and printing, especially as it relates to dental implants, materials, treatment planing and guided surgery. Dr. Gianni is an ALD recognized course provider for Standard Proficiency. He has been featured on international and national television, print media and some of the largest podiums in Dentistry.

 

John Graeber, DMD, MAGD, MALD, FICD

Contact email: hitekdr@mac.com
East Hanover, NJ, USA

Course Classifications:

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Intro to any laser device 
  • Oral surgery for diodes and erbium
  • Diodes in Orthodontics
  • Restorative and prosthetic dentistry 
  • Lasers in periodontics
  • Workshops in diodes, Nd:Yag and Erbium

Biography

Dr. Graeber has  been a Recognized Course Provider for 15 years. He has presented Standard Proficiency courses for 20 years, introductory courses and single device training courses. He has practiced comprehensive dentistry for 40 years, earned three Fellowships and Masterships in the AGD and ALD. Dr. Graeber is a life member of the ADA and an Emeritus member of the AGD.

 

Charles Hoopingarner, DDS, FAGD, FACD, FICD

Contact email: drhoop@drhoop.com
Houston, TX, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Hard and soft tissue dentistry and hygiene
  • Courses may be customized to the needs of the group or be standard ALD courses including standard proficiency
  • Wavelength specific courses  are available for all Diode, Er, ErCr and 10.6 CO2 wavelengths
  • Lecture and hands on workshops that emphasize developing techniques that can be immediately used

Biography

Dr. Hoopingarner graduated in 1973 from the University of Texas Houston. He is Clinical Associate Professor of General Practice and member of the Laser Instructional team. He has a Private Practice in Houston, TX. Dr. Hoopingarner holds Standard and Advanced Proficiency and is a Recognized Course Provider for the ALD. He has obtained Fellowship and Mastership in ALD and has presented at multiple national meetings including ADA, AGD, NY, TX. He is the 2015 Vice President of the ALD and also Past Chair of Education and Regulatory Affairs.

 

Rishita Jaju, DMD

Smile Wonders, PLLC
Contact email: drjaju@smilewonders.com
Reston, VA, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Pediatric Laser Dentistry, Infant Oral health

Biography
Dr. Rishita Jaju is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentists who has achieved Advanced Proficiency Certification from ALD. She completed education at Harvard School of Dental Medicine has written many articles and provided seminars nationally and internationally to general dentists, pediatricians, lactation consultants, and speech pathologists.

 

Lawrence Kotlow, DDS

Contact email: kiddsteeth@aol.com
Albany, NY, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • All areas of hard and soft tissue laser dentistry in the field of infant and pediatric dental treatments

Biography

Dr. Larry Kotlow serves the specialized needs of children and is known internationally for his innovative techniques and caring manner. He has lectured for dental societies and universities in many countries including Australia, Taiwan, Canada, Italy, and throughout the United States concerning pediatric laser dentistry. He has written more than 35 articles and authored chapters on pediatric and laser dentistry for textbooks. He received ALD’s Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in 2014.

 

Ed Kusek, DDS, DABOI, MALD, MAGD, FAAID

Contact email: edkusek@me.com
Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Soft tissue treatment with lasers using Erbium, Sode and CO2.  This can be intro, standard or advanced.
  • Hard tissue treatment with lasers using Erbium and CO2. This can be intro, standard or advanced.
  • Surgical applications with lasers using Erbium, Diode and CO
  • Endodontic procedures using Erbium and CO2

Biography

Dr. Kusek is a 1984 University of Nebraska College of Dentistry graduate. He holds the titles of Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and World Clinical Laser Institute. Dr. Kusek is a Recognized Course Provider for the Academy of Laser Dentistry and is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota Hygiene School.

 

Mitchell A. Lomke, DDS

Mitchell A. Lomke DDS
Contact email: thelaserdds@comcast.net
Olney, MD, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Laser photonic energy use in everyday general practice. ALD Intro courses and Standard Proficiency Courses at different venues nationally and internationally.

Biography

Dr. Lomke is a 1979 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, GPR USPHS 1980 and maintains a private dental practice in Olney, Maryland. He is a Clinical Instructor at the MD Dental School; serves on MSDA CE Committee and is an Advisor to MSBDE. He earned Standard Proficiency in 1998, then Advanced Proficiency and is an ALD Recognized Course Provider. Dr. Lomkie received Mastership of the ALD in 2008. He served on the ALD Board from 2008-2013. He is Chair Honors Review Committee and Chair of General and Scientific Sessions Commmittee for the ALD 2016 Conference.

 

Jeanette Miranda, RDH BSDH

Contact email: jkmrdh@gmail.com
Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Dental Hygiene procedures for the Diode Laser

Biography
Ms Miranda has been a practicing hygienist for over 30 years incorporating lasers into her periodontal treatment since 2004. She is an ALD member with Advanced Proficiency and Fellowship. Her passion is sharing dental laser with her peers.

Angie Mott Wallace, RDH

Contact email: Angie@Laserrdh.com
Owasso, OK, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Dental Hygiene related courses

Biography

Ms. Mott has been a clinical hygienist for over 25 years. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), where she  obtained her Advanced level proficiency, her Educator Status and received  her ALD Recognized Course Provider in 2007 and her Mastership with ALD in 2008.

 

Glenda Payas, DMD, MAGD, MALD


Payas Dental Restoration
Contact email: drglendapayas@msn.com
Tulsa, OK, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Clinical Applications of Lasers in Restorative Dentistry
  • Intro to Lasers in Dentistry
  • Historical perspective on Lasers in Dentistry
  • Advanced procedures utilizing Carbon Dioxide and Er:YAG lasers
  • Periodontal therapy utilizing lasers

Biography
Charter member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Utilizes 5 wavelengths of lasers in private practice with emphasis on restorative dentistry. Advanced Proficiency in 2 wavelengths, Carbon Dioxide and Er:YAG. Presentation focuses on Clinical Applications of Lasers in Clinical Dentistry. Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

 

Gerald Ross, DDS

Contact email: ddsross@rogers.com
Tottenham, ON, CA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Photobiomodulation- Low Level Lasers
  • Hands-on surgical Diode courses

Biography

Dr. Ross has been in general practice dentistry since 1971 and has used soft tissue lasers since 1972 and low level lasers since 1993. He holds ALD Standard and Advanced Proficiency and is an ALD Recognized Standard Proficiency Course provider. Dr. Ross has published 20 articles on low level lasers, has written chapters for two textbooks and is a peer reviewer for three laser jounals.

 

Craig Sanford, DDS

Craig R. Sanford, DDS
Contact email: craig@sanford-dental.com
Nantucket, MA, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Use of the Er:YAG laser to enhance current techniques in periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and restorative dentistry that can be integrated into a general dental practice.

Biography

Dr. Sanford served as the continuing education officer of the Army 766th Med Det. in Germany and has lectured in the USA and Germany on a variety of dental topics. He helped instruct a Hoya ConBio (Er:YAG) course for the Mass Dental Society. He presented advanced proficiency cases for ALD certification and to Advanced Proficiency candidates.

 

Annette Skowronski, DDS

Annette Skowronski, DDS, PC
Contact email: askowr1018@aol.com
Shelby Township, MI, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Breast feeding and Infant frenectomies
  • Intro to Diodes
  • Intro to lasers
  • Orthodontic treatment, tooth exposure and lasers
  • Diode laser use, digital impressions  and cosmetic dentistry

Biography

Dr. Skowronski is a 1986 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. She graduated 1st in her class. She is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and Academy of Laser Dentistry. She holds  Standard Laser Proficiency in diode 810nm and Er:YAG 2940nm wavelengths and Advanced Laser Proficiency in diode 810nm wavelength.

 

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Mary Lynn Smith, RDH

Contact email: marylynnrdh@gmail.com
McPherson, KS, USA

Course Classifications(s)

  • Introductory Level
  • Basic Competency
  • Standard Proficiency
  • Application Specific Courses

Topic(s)

  • Laser-assisted hygiene using Nd:YAG 1,064 nm, Diode 810, 980, 1,064 nm, and super pulsed CO2 10,600 mm wavelengths.

Biography

Ms. Smith has been practicing as a RDH for over 20 years and has used various laser wavelengths for 15 years. In 2016, Ms. Smith serves on the ALD Auxiliary Committee and the Certification Exam Committee. She is recognized as an ALD Standard Proficiency Course Provider. Her passion in using cutting-edge education and technology is frequently shared with the dental community through speaking, mentoring, and writing. Ms. Smith’s knowledge and excitement for excellent dentistry is inspiring.

 

ALD POLICIES

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.

Disclosure Policy Regarding Dual Commitment and Conflicts of Interests

Disclosure of Unlabeled and /or Investigational Product Usage or Noncompliance with Manufacturer’s Directions for Use

Policy on Accuracy of Information about Commercial Products

AntiTrust Compliance Policies

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