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Awards recommendation for 2018

2017 ALD Award Recipients

Dr. Arun Darbar and Dr. Beatrijs DeruyterMany 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:

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 2017, ALD honors the following recipients: Dr. Beatrijs Deruyter is our recipient of the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Arun Darbar is the recipient of the John G. Sulewski 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

The Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence

Beatrijs Deruyter, LTH, MSc, PhDs
Private Practice -Leidekerke (Belgium)

About Dr. Beatrijs Deruyter

Dr. Beatrijs DeruyterDr. Deruyter maintains a private practice in Liedekerke, Belgium, since her graduation from Brussels Free University (Belgium) where she received her dental degree in 1980. She was clinical instructor in Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry at the same university from 1980 to 1984. Currently she is also working on a PhD in Lasers in Periodontics at KU Leuven (Belgium) where she instructs students and postgraduates. She defended a Master of Science thesis on laser use in Periodontal Therapy at the University of Genoa in 2014. She achieved her AP in Nd:YAG in 2006 and Master status of the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2009. She has served as examiner for both SP and AP candidates on regular basis since that time. She dedicated herself for several years to the Laser Safety committee. She is also a Master of the Society for Oral Laser Applications (SOLA) Academy, University of Vienna, Austria, since 2004. She has been using Nd:YAG lasers in periodontal treatment and for photobiomodulation since 1991. She has also been working with argon lasers since 1994, Er:YAG since 2000, and Er;Cr:YSGG since 2006. She presented on the use of Nd:YAG in Periodontics at the 2007 SOLA conference in Bruges (Belgium) and 2016 ALD conference in Orlando (USA) and on the advantage of free-running pulsed lasers for the Laser and Health Academy (LA&HA) in Bled (Slovenia). Lasers are devices in service of patients' good healthcare and is a technology of our present-day and future medicine that keeps the medical profession fascinating.

What does this award means to me?

"At first, I was a bit shell-shocked when I got the confirmation that I was to receive this great honor of the Leon Goldman Award. I’m also proud to be added to a list of practitioners I admire for their knowledge and dedication to laser dentistry. For me, using lasers for over 26 years, it is also an encouragement to continue my further education and research about lasers in Periodontics. Taking lasers and laser education to the next level for the benefit of patients is the exceptional spirit that is promoted within ALD. I saw this in many of you and it has been an inspiration from the day I joined. By giving, step-by-step, from good basic knowledge to sharing experiences about research, new insights and technologies during ALD’s annual meetings and contacts, I found a source I will always cherish. Thank you!"

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The John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award

Arun Darbar, BDS, DGDP (UK)
Private Practice -Smile Creations Dental Innovations, Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdon

About Dr. Darbar

Dr. Arun DarbarDr. Arun Darbar is a multi-award-winning laser and aesthetic dentist. He is at the forefront of laser dentistry in the United Kingdom and lectures on the subject worldwide. He has been a clinical laser user for nearly 25 years, and is dedicated to providing cutting-edge dentistry to his patients. Dr. Darbar is an accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Credentialing Committee and an examiner. He is an Academy of Laser Dentistry Master and Educator, an ALD board member, and co-chairs the ALD Education and Certification Committees. He is a published author, and some of his concepts in low-level laser therapy (LLLT) data have been published as proceedings of SPIE in 2006, 2007, and 2009/10; WALT 2008 South Africa and 2012 Australia; and in UK dental publications. Dr. Darbar is the first and only laser dentist in the UK to be invited to the House of Lords for a charity fundraiser organized by Lasers for Life.

What does this award mean to me?

"I am truly stunned! It took a long time to sink in, but I am thrilled with this recognition and appreciation by the Academy and all my laser colleagues. It’s an absolute honor and privilege to receive "THE" John Sulewski Award. Never in my wildest imagination did I think this could happen to me, nor did I expect to travel and have so many friends worldwide just through laser dentistry. At my very first meeting with John Sulewski in 1995, I saw this quiet, unassuming person who seemed to always be around if you needed him, and believe me, I did. As I proceeded through the ALD certification ladder it became apparent that without John’s organization, totally dedicated efforts and focus, I would have struggled. Having had the privilege of working with John closely over the years on different and difficult projects, I am greatly indebted to him for all his help. My admiration and respect for him has continued to grow and his contribution to the Academy remains unparalleled. John mirrors the Academy’s mission with commitment and excellence. That is a hard act to follow and represents the ultimate in dedication, so in my opinion this award bears the right laser guru’s name. Having known the individuals receiving this award in years gone by, I am truly humbled to share this honor with all my colleagues who have also given their time selflessly to make the Academy the success it is today. Thank you, all."

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