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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 to offer courses that will fulfill multiple needs. Our Certification Programs continue to give 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 Level certification. This Certificate 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 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. This benefit provides the community an opportunity to showcase some of the most distinguished speakers in the field of lasers in dentistry. Acceptance as a speaker places you among those who recognize the benefits of continuing education.

The speakers listed below have demonstrated through a rigorous application process their abilities to provide clinically relevant topics based upon sound science and innovation. Applications are peer reviewed and speakers are required to submit various course materials and outlines for specific programs. Many speakers have demonstrated ALD Advanced Proficiency in the use of lasers in dentistry. Some have submitted course material for review by their peers and are recognized by the Academy of Laser Dentistry to present the standard level Part 2 hands-on training certificate course. The Academy of Laser Dentistry bases the course classifications descriptions in accordance with the internationally accepted Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education (1998) and the updated Curriculum Guidelines for Standard Level Dental Laser Education and Certification in Dentistry September 2018 (Ver.3.0). These documents established classifications of courses as Introductory, Basic Competency, Standard Level, 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 Level Certificate Program

Components of Standard Level Course Certification (previously known as Standard Proficiency) include:

  • Part 1 - Foundations in Laser Dentistry - Self-paced Digital Learning (6 CEU hours at your leisure)
  • Part 2 - Hands-on (in person) Clinical Simulation Training Program - provided by an ALD Recognized Speaker that includes a Clinical Simulation Oral Exam on the specific laser you are using in your practice (6 CE hours from training program)
  • Part 3 - Standard Level Online Exam - 75 question multiple choice online exam administered by the Academy of Laser Dentistry (1 CE from ALD)

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 level course defines the standard of care for the dental professional. 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 CEUs in person hands-on learning. Learn more about the Standard Level Course Certification.

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 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.

 

Speakers

 

Speaker     Speaker Info
Mountaha Al Hage, DMD Algiers, Algeria Description

Mountaha Al Hage, DMD
Private Practice
Specialties: Prosthodontics
Email: moonhage337@gmail.com
Algiers, Algeria

Course Classifications

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

Topics

  • Lasers and Esthetic

Biography
Dr. Al Hage is the medical director and head of the prosthodontic department in Clinique Dentaire Kouba in Kouba, Algeria. She is also the supervisor of all laser procedures conducted in the Clinique Dentaire Kouba and the Clinique Dentaire Internationale d’Oran, Bir El Djir, Algeria. Dr. Al Hage is chairperson of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) Affiliated Study Club of Algeria. She began using lasers in 2012 and has obtained ALD Standard Proficiency in 940-nm diode and Er,Cr:YSGG lasers. Dr. Al Hage achieved Mastership in Lasers in Dentistry from RWTH Aachen University in Germany and is a member of the World Academy for Laser Education and Research in Dentistry.

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Al Hage has reported no conflicts of interest.

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Walid Altayeb, DDS, MDSc, PhD Doha, Qatar Description

Walid Altayeb, DDS, MDSc, PhD
Private Practice
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: dreltayeb@hotmail.com
Doha, Qatar

Course Classifications

  • 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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Laura Braswell, DDS Atlanta, GA, USA Description

Laura Braswell, DDS
Buckhead Periodontics
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: laurabraswelldds@gmail.com
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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Keith Brewster, DDS Dallas, TX, USA Description

Keith Brewster, DDS
Email: drkbrewster@sbcglobal.net
Dallas, TX, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course

Topics

  • Lasers and Implants
  • Lasers and Periodontics

Biography
Dr. Brewster graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1984 and maintains a private practice in Dallas, Texas, practicing General Dentistry. He has taken extensive continuing education including orthodontics, laser, implantology, occclusion, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), and digital dentistry.

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Brewster has received modest compensation from Sirona for individual meetings to perform live guided dental implant placement with digital crown design surgeries. He is a lecturer for Dental Aim.

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Mel Burchman, DDS, MALD Langhorne, PA, USA Description

Mel Burchman, DDS, MALD
Email: MEL712A@AOL.COM
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

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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Blake Cameron, DDS Logan, UT, USA Description

Blake Cameron, DDS
Aspen Dental of Cache Valley
Email: blakecamerondds@gmail.com
Logan, UT, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

Biography
Dr. Cameron received his DDS degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2012. He currently practices dentistry at Aspen Dental of Cache Valley in Logan, Utah. His goal is to simplify dentistry for patients by providing a wide variety of services in one convenient location. Since graduation, Dr. Cameron has received a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Laser Dentistry, as well as a Diplomate from the International Dental Implant Association. He currently chairs the continuing education committee for the Utah Academy of General Dentistry, where he shares his passion for learning with fellow dentists.

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Cameron is in private practice in Logan, Utah, and has no other commercial relationships.

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James Carreiro, DMD Largo, FL, USA Description

James Carreiro, DMD
Largo Laser Dentistry
Specialties: Laser safety, diode lasers
Email: carreirojs7@gmail.com
Largo, FL, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • Standard Certification

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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Nick Clausen, MBA, PMP Las Vega, NV, USA Description

Nick Clausen, MBA, PMP
Dental Laser Coaching
Specialties: Laser Safety
Email: nclausen@dentallasercoaching.com
Las Vega, NV, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • 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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Yolanda Cox, RDH Blacklick, OH, USA Description

Yolanda Cox, RDH
Heartland
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: ycox@heartland.com
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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Nuran Culcuoglu, DDS, MSc Istanbul, Turkey Description

Nuran Culcuoglu, DDS, MSc
Private Practice
Specialties: Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics
Email: nuranculcuoglu@gmail.com
Istanbul, Turkey

Course Classifications

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

Topics

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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Arun Darbar, BDS Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom Description

Arun Darbar, BDS
Smile Creations Dental Innovations,
Specialties: PBM
Email: adsmiles4u@aol.com
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, DDS East Hanover, NJ, USA Description

John Graeber, DDS
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Specialties: Erbium laser, orthodontics, oral surgery
Email: hitekdr@me.com
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 Houston, TX, USA Description

Charles Hoopingarner, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Diode laser
Email: drhoop@drhoop.com
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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Timothy Kosinski, DDS Bingham Farms, MI, USA Description

Timothy Kosinski, DDS
Smile Creator of Bingham Farms
Specialties: Diode lasers
Email: drkosin@aol.com
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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Edward Kusek, DDS Sioux Falls, SD, USA Description

Edward Kusek, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Implants, diode and erbium lasers, oral surgery, PBM
Email: edkusek@me.com
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 St. Louis, MO, USA Description

Timothy Larson, DDS
Heartland
Specialties: Implants, aesthetic dentistry, PBM
Email: tlarson@mydentalmail.com
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, MD, USA Description

Mitchell Lomke, DDS
Olney Family Dentistry & Laser Center
Email: thelaserdds@comcast.net
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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Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd Palm Coast, FL, USA Description

Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd
University of Florida
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: SLOW@dental.ufl.edu
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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Raminta Mastis, DDS St. Clair Shores, MI, USA Description

Raminta Mastis, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Laser Safety, Diod lasers
Email: MiLaserDentist@comcast.net
St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA

Course Classifications

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

Topics

  • Laser Safety
  • Intro to Diode Lasers

Biography
Dr. Mastis received her dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. She has been using a wide range of different laser wavelengths in her private practice for two decades. She has achieved Advanced Proficiency as well as recognition at the Mastership level through the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). She served as the ALD Laser Safety Committee Chair for 5 years and was the General and Scientific Sessions Chair for the 2014 ALD Annual Conference. She served as co-chair of ALD’s Education and Certification Committees (2014-2017). Dr. Mastis currently serves as President of the ALD Executive Board.

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Mastis has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest.

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Jeanette Miranda, RDH Sioux Falls, SD, USA Description

Jeanette Miranda, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene, Diode lasers
Email: jkmrdh@gmail.com
Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Basic Competency Level Course
  • 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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Michael Miyasaki, DD Sacramento, CA, USA Description

Michael Miyasaki, DDS
Private Practice: Miyasaki Dental
Email: drmiyasaki@gmail.com
Sacramento, California, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • Application Specific Lectures and Workshops

Topics

Biography
Dr. Miyasaki is in private practice in Sacramento, California. He has been a user of dental lasers for over 25 years and today utilizes soft tissue diode lasers and all-tissue lasers in his practice. He speaks on adhesive dentistry, aesthetics, occlusion and lasers regularly. His educational programs focus on showing his colleagues how to enjoy delivering dentistry and create remarkable visits for their patients.

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

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Gloria Monzon, RDH Milpitas, CA, USA Description

Gloria Monzon, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: laserglo@comcast.net
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 Houston, TX, USA Description

Ali Obeidi, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Frenectomy
Email: aliobeidi@gmail.com
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 Rome, Italy Description

Giovanni Olivi, MD, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry
Email: olivilaser@gmail.com
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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Marina Polonsky, DDS Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Description

Marina Polonsky, DDS
Private Practice: Alta Vista Laser
Email: polonmar@gmail.com
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Course Classifications

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

Topics

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 Sparks, NV, USA Description

Kristin Pristavec-Hunter, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: dedicateddentalhygiene@gmail.com
Sparks, Nevada, USA

Course Classifications

  • Introductory Level Course
  • 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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Joy Raskie, RDH Littleton, CO, USA Description

Joy Raskie, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: joyraskierdh@gmail.com
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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Craig Sanford, DDS Nantucket, MA, USA Description

Craig Sanford, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Oral surgery, restorative dentistry
Email: craig@sanford-dental.com
Nantucket, MA, USA

Course Classifications

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

Topics

  • 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 practice.

Biography
Dr Sanford graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry and a General Practice Residency from Irwin Army Hospital. He uses multiple laser wavelengths to optimize patient care. Dr Sanford obtained Advanced Proficiency in Er:YAG lasers and Mastership certification. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ALD.

Disclosure Statement
Dr. Sanford is in private practice in Nantucket. He has no commercial relationships or conflicts of interest.

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Mary Lynn Smith, RDH McPherson, KS, USA Description

Mary Lynn Smith, RDH
McPherson Dental Care
Specialties: Dental Hygiene
Email: marylynnrdh@gmail.com
McPherson, KS, USA

Course Classifications

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

Topics

  • Dental Hygiene applications, Dental implant care, photobiomodulation therapy,
  • Wavelengths in nm: diodes 810, 940, 980; Nd:YAG 1,064; CO2 9,600 and 10,600.

Biography
Mary Lynn Smith is a registered dental hygienist, working clinically since 1994. Practicing with lasers daily since 2000. Mary Lynn holds both Standard and Advanced Proficiencies in multiple laser wavelengths. She is currently a Recognized Course Provider with the Academy of Laser Dentistry. In April 2018, Mary Lynn was awarded ALD’s Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in laser dentistry. She has contributed to the dental community through speaking at national conferences and small groups on care of implants, periodontal therapies, laser-assisted hygiene techniques and principles. She has authored published articles and a chapter on laser- assisted non-surgical periodontal therapy in the text book Principles and Practices of Laser Dentistry. Her passion for sharing her knowledge, developing other clinicians’ skills, and inspiring them to work with excellence is evident in her teaching. She is the owner and CEO of Aspiring Dental Hygiene, LLC.

Disclosure Statement
Ms. Smith has reported no conflicts of interest.

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Manaf Taher Agha, DDS Dubai, United Arab Emirates Description

Manaf Taher Agha, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Periodontics
Email: doctormanaf@gmail.com
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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Angie Wallace, RDH Owasso, OK, USA Description

Angie Wallace, RDH
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental hygiene
Email: Angie@Laserrdh.com
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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Alfred Wyatt, DDS Atlanta, GA, USA Description

Alfred Wyatt, DDS
Private Practice
Specialties: Dental Public Health
Email: doc2th@bellsouth.net
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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Applicants must be a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Applications will open in December 2019.


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.

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