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Award Recipients - 2015

Dr. Mitch Lomke Dr. Claus Neckel

Many of the members of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) submerge themselves in the dynamics of laser dentistry on a day-by-day basis. They put in long days at the office serving their patients, and in their "free time" dedicate themselves in even deeper ways. They spend time in research, developing new treatment techniques, write journal articles, teach at seminars, mentor colleagues, and spend countless hours volunteering on Academy committees. They do this without the thought of being given an award.

The ALD has three awards to celebrate the hard work of its members: The T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research, The Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence, and The John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Commitment and Contributions to the Academy.

Because of the level of sacrifice our members are committed to, they understand the criteria required when nominating another member for one of these prestigious awards. Their nominees are above the standard and show such dedication and passion. Not every award is given each year.

In 2015, ALD honors two of our members: Dr. Claus Neckel is our recipient of The 2015 Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence.Dr. Mitch Lomke is our recipient of the John G. Sulewski 2015 Distinguished Service Award

The 2015 Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence

ALD honors Dr. Claus Neckel as the recipient of The Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence.

Dr. Claus Neckel"I was first informed by email of my selection for the Leon Goldman Award by Dr Gabi Kesler the Chair of the nomination committee. I think every one of us who are long-standing members and attendees of the annual meeting have participated in the award ceremonies, and all have longed one day to be part of this ceremony as a recipient of the award. This has motivated me and many others to regularly submit and present our work. It is therefore a great honor for me as foreigner to receive this distinguished award. I can remember when I first presented our experience with the diode laser, a laser at that time unknown to most colleagues in the US. Everybody was just shaking their heads about the crazy European. And this award, it is unbelievable. This award is not only an acknowledgement for my clinical work, but should also serve as a motivation for our younger colleagues to push the envelope further, so that we can say in near future: "Yes we can!" I am honored to receive the 2015 ALD Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence. Thank you." - Dr. Claus Neckel

Dr. Claus NeckelClick for Larger ViewDr. Neckel has attended Dental and Medical School at the University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany, and completed clinical training in Neurosurgery, ENT, and Maxillo-Facial Surgery at the University of Würzburg. He is a former member of the Clinic for Maxillo-Facial Surgery at the University of Würzburg.

Dr. Neckel works in private practice limited to maxillo-facial surgery, periodontics and implant surgery together with Dr. B. Kubik. The office is associated with the dental group practice of Drs. B. Neckel, H. Streit, C. Kubik, V. Lazutin, and T. Lazutin and the orthodontic practice of Dr. B. Orth, covering all fields of dentistry.

He is a graduate of the Master class in advanced Periodontology and Implantology of the University of California Los Angeles and has achieved mastership in implant dentistry at the Advanced Center of Excellence (ACE). He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Genoa, Italy.

The 2015 John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award

ALD honors Dr. Mitch Lomke as the recipient of The John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Mitch Lomke"I am truly humbled and honored being recognized by my peers at the ALD with our John Sulewski distinguished service award. This is a rare moment that even renders me speechless. There are many other of my ALD colleagues that I feel deserve this award as much or even more than I do. When friends and family ask me why I volunteer my time and energy to our Academy, my response is - "No matter how much I give back to our Academy, it will never come close to how much I've received in return". It is really our work as a team that makes our Academy so great, not any one of us. My heartfelt thanks to the awards committee and to our membership." - Dr. Mitch Lomke

Dr. Mitch Lomke graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland College Park in 1976. He graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry in 1979 where he earned his DDS degree. His General Practice Residency was as a 2nd lieutenant in the USPHS in 1980. Mitch has been in private general practice for over 35 years in Montgomery County, Maryland. He is a clinical instructor in laser dentistry at Maryland Dental School as a member of their part time post-graduate faculty. Dr. Lomke serves as a member of the Maryland State Dental Association CE Committee and is a special advisor to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners on Laser Dentistry.

Click for Larger View Dr. Lomke earned his Standard Proficiency at the ALD 1998 conference and has attended every ALD annual conference since. He has been active on many ALD committees through the years. He has served as Chair of our Membership Committee and Chair of our Education Committee. Dr. Lomke earned his advanced proficiency in 2000 and went on to attain the level of Recognized Course Provider after attending the ALD Educator course at UCSF in 2000.

Dr. Lomke has conducted many laser dentistry based lectures and hands-on courses at our annual conferences as well as to audiences around the US. He has volunteered as mentor to many colleagues seeking Advanced Proficiency as well as Recognized Course Provider levels. Dr. Lomke has served as an examiner for our membership seeking SP and AP levels during our conferences. He earned his ALD Mastership in 2008.

Dr. Lomke was honored to serve as a member of the ALD Board of Directors for 2 three year terms. In addition, Dr. Lomke has conducted SP courses representing the ALD at the ADA, AGD, Yankee dental conferences among many other venues. Dr. Lomke has published several articles on Laser Dentistry, including some peer reviewed. Dr. Lomke is currently Chair of our Honors Review Committee is now honored to serve as Chair of our General and Scientific Sessions Committee for our 2016 Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida.

ALD 2015 Awards Ceremony and Installation

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