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Award Recipients - 2014

2014 Leon Goldman Honoree for Clinical Excellence

Dr. Lawrence Kotlow is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo Dental School and has a private practice in Albany, New York, where he specializes in Pediatric Dentistry. He is a founding member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals, a group dedicated to improving infants' and mothers' ability to breastfeed. He has contributed his expertise in lasers in dentistry in textbooks and has had articles published in various dental journals, including the ALD Journal of Laser Dentistry.

Dr. Lawrence KotlowDr. Kotlow is an active member of ALD and has served on the Board of Directors, achieved Advanced Proficiency in erbium lasers as well as Standard Proficiency in the use of diodes and Nd:YAG lasers, and ALD Mastership status. He is a regular presenter at the Annual ALD Conference and throughout the world, sharing his knowledge on a wide range of clinical applications of laser use in pediatric dentistry. He helped establish the ALD one-day Pediatric Program at the ALD Annual Conference.

Upon receiving the honor, Dr. Kotlow remembered his first chance meeting with Dr. Goldman 30 years ago during his residency program at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. At the time, Dr. Goldman was experimenting with lasers for tattoo removal. He is humbled to receive an honor in the name of Dr. Goldman who is known as the "Father of Laser Surgery." Dr. Kotlow is also honored to be recognized by his peers of the ALD, who have also become his friends. He is committed to educating dentists on the benefits of lasers for both patients and dentists.

2014 Leon Goldman Honoree for Clinical Excellence

Dr. Fred Margolis received his dental degree from The Ohio State University and his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He has received a Mastership in laser dentistry from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. His accomplishments and contributions to lasers in dentistry are recognized throughout the dental community. During the past 13 years of practicing laser dentistry, Dr. Margolis has taught laser dentistry at universities and pediatric dental residencies throughout the world. He also helped establish the ALD one-day Pediatric Program at the ALD Annual Conference.

Dr. Fred MargolisDr. Margolis is the author of "Beautiful Smiles for Special People," a course manual for working with disabled patients. He is co-author of Pediatric Laser Dentistry: A User's Guide. He is in the private practice of pediatric dentistry in Highland Park, Illinois. He is a Recognized Course Provider of the ALD, has provided the Standard Proficiency Course to hundreds of dentists worldwide.

Dr. Margolis expresses what it means to receive this honor: "The highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual is to be recognized by one's peers. Since this honor is being bestowed by the Academy of Laser Dentistry, which I have been a member since 2001, it gives me great pleasure to be recognized for the work that I have done for the Academy. I strive to share my knowledge of lasers to encourage pediatric and general dentists to become involved in laser dentistry in their dental practices and research. This award of 'Clinical Excellence' allows me to continue my personal goal of finding new ways to improve the lives of my patients and to share this knowledge with my students and peers through the field of laser dentistry."

2014 John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Honoree

The recipient for The Academy of Laser Dentistry John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Commitment and Contributions to the Academy is Ms. Angie Mott, RDH.

Ms. Angie Mott, RDHAngie Mott has been an active member of ALD for the past 10 years. She has served 2 terms on the ALD Board of Directors as the Auxiliary Chair. She is the first Dental Hygienist to serve as co-chair for the Regulatory Affairs committee. Ms. Mott has earned Advanced level proficiency, holds an Educator Status, has been an ALD Recognized Course Provider since 2007, and earned ALD Mastership in 2008. In January of 2013, she co-authored the book Soft-Tissue Lasers in Dental Hygiene. She has worked with the Nd:YAG soft tissue lasers since 2000, and diode soft tissue lasers since 2005.

Ms. Mott is currently serving as Co-Chair for the Regulatory Affairs and the Chair for the Dr. Eugene Seidner Student Scholarship Subcommittee; she also serves on the Auxiliary, Membership, and Certification Committees. Angie is passionate about teaching in-office laser certification courses for private offices and for larger groups throughout the United States and Canada, promoting the Academy of Laser Dentistry. You will often hear Angie say, "I would quit Dental Hygiene if I couldn't use my laser." She continues to work clinically 4 days a week in Dental Hygiene and teaches most weekends. Her greatest joys are her two boys, Brandon who is 21 and Trevor who is 17.

Angie attributes this great honor of the distinguished service award to the wonderful "ALD family." "This really is a family. The knowledge of this group of individuals is unbelievable and the loyalty to this organization by so many wonderful people is amazing. What an honor it is to be recognized by my peers for the hard work I have tried to do for ALD. The most exciting part of this award is that recently it was renamed the John Sulewski award, which makes this a huge honor to receive!! John has made such huge contributions to ALD, to even be placed in that category is breathtaking for me."

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