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Amir Aalam, DDS
Dr. Aalam graduated with a DDS degree from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice (France). He, subsequently, specialized in Advanced Periodontics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA). Dr. Aalam is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology. The French Society and the California Society of Periodontology awarded Dr. Aalam for his contribution to clinical research in the field of implant dentistry. Dr. Aalam is a Clinical Associate Professor at the USC School of Dentistry in the department of Advanced Periodontics. In 2012, Dr. Aalam was appointed as the USC dental school representative on the Board of Governor and in 2019 as a member of the Board of Counselor. He maintains a private practice in Los Angeles limited to Periodontics and Reconstructive Implant Dentistry. Dr. Aalam lectures and publishes in the field of dental implant and site development procedures

Audrey L. Boros, MSc., DDS
Dr. Audrey Boros is the laboratory director of Oral Pathology Associates.
Dr. Boros earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and a Master’s of Science in Pathology and Molecular Medicine from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). She graduated amongst the top of her class, earning her DDS from The University of Southern California, Ostrow School of Dentistry.
She is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist and an active educator. She is a part-time Assistant Professor at Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Boros is the immediate past President of the Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology (SCAOP.

Dr. Matthew S. Bryington, DMD, MS, FACP
Dr. Matthew S. Bryington, DMD, MS, FACP graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2007. He completed his prosthodontic training and received his Master’s in 2010 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was an ITI Scholar at Malmö University, Sweden from 2011-2012. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Prosthodontics and Program Director for Advanced Education in Prosthodontics at West Virginia University. His research efforts currently examine the use of digital dentistry workflows to improve implant surgical outcomes.

Dr. Prof. Daniele Cardaropoli
Adjunct Professor in Periodontology at the University of Catania. Scientific Director of PROED - Institute for Professional Education in Dentistry, Torino. Active Member of the European Federation of Periodontology. Fellow ITI. Member of the Editorial Board for The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry and The International Journal of Oral Implantology, Editor of the textbook “Soft Tissues and Pink Aesthetics in Implant Therapy” (Quintessence Publishing, 2019). Private practice in Torino, Italy.


Douglas N. Dederich BSEE, DDS, MSc, PhD, Cert. Perio.
Dr. Dederich earned a BS in electrical engineering and DDS from the University of Iowa, followed by an MSc and PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Alberta, with his research focusing on laser-tissue interaction. He did his specialty training in periodontics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He ran a full-time private periodontal practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for over 6 years before assuming the position of Head, Department of Periodontics, at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry from 1998 to 2005. He has served as Acting Chair of the Department of Dentistry at the University of Alberta and is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Periodontology (Clinical) in the School of Dentistry, at the University of Alberta. He also maintains a part-time specialty practice in periodontics and dental implants. His clinical interests also include implant and cosmetic dentistry.

Sillas Duarte, DDS, MS, PhD
Dr. Duarte is Associate Professor and Chairman, Division of Restorative Sciences, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California. Dr. Duarte is also Director of the Advanced Program in Operative and Adhesive Dentistry and the Master of Science in Biomaterials and Digital Dentistry, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California and he is the editor-in-chief of Quintessence of Dental Technology (QDT). Dr. Duarte serves on the editorial boards of other journals, and has lectured and published nationally and internationally on esthetic dentistry and adhesion. He has been involved in teaching cutting edge clinical techniques and technologies related to esthetic and adhesive dentistry. Dr. Duarte’s scientific work has been supported by governmental and commercial grants and he serves as a consultant for several manufacturers.

Alon Frydman
Dr. Frydman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry in the Division of Periodontology, Diagnostic Sciences and Dental Hygiene and the Division of Restorative Sciences at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and serves as the Director of Continuing Education at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Frydman received his dental degree from UCLA and graduated from the Advanced Periodontology Program at USC, where he has since been a faculty member. Dr. Frydman has served on the Education Committee for the AAP, serves as a Board Examiner for American Board of Periodontology and has served as a Task Force member.
Dr. Frydman is involved locally with peer review and has served as a reviewer for the State Board. Dr. Frydman teaches courses in treatment planning and implant therapy for both Advanced Periodontology residents as well as dental students. He lectures nationally and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Maria Galvan
Dr. Maria Galvan obtained her dental degree from University Complutense of Madrid, Spain.
She completed her certificate in Periodontics, as well as her Masters of Science in Craniofacial Biology, at the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2013.
After graduation, she successfully became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
Dr. Galvan has held a part time teaching position as Clinical Assistant Professor in the section of Periodontics at the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
She maintained a private practice limited to Periodontics and dental implants, in Dallas (Texas) for two years before becoming a full time academician for 2 years at UCLA school of dentistry as a Health Science Assistant Clinical Professor of Periodontics.
She currently works in private practice as a Periodontist in the Orange County in California.

Todd Goldman
Todd Goldman is President of Goldman Association Management. He has worked within the dental, publishing and meeting fields for over 27 years. He has managed numerous sales organizations and trained more than 100 salespeople during his career. His background in sales is second to very few. His sales volume totals in the hundreds of millions and has sold on a corporate and individual level. Mr. Goldman has an in-depth knowledge of the sales process, but more
important is his ability to train both salespeople and non-salespeople. With his intimate knowledge of the dental field, he is able to work with dental staff members, including the dentists, to improve their sales knowledge and ability to enhance treatment acceptance. His current and past clients include the Who’s Who of dentistry: The Academy of General Dentistry, The Chicago Dental Society, The AACD, The Western Society of Periodontology, The American Academy of Periodontology and about a dozen more.

Dr. Salah Huwais, DDS
Dr. Huwais is the founder of Osseodensification. He maintains a private practice focusing on periodontics and surgical implantology in Jackson, Michigan. Dr. Huwais completed his periodontics and implantology surgical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Dental Implant Program. Dr. Huwais lectures nationally and internationally on periodontal and surgical implantology procedures. He is Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology and was the 2017 Recipient of the AAID Foundation Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award. Dr. Huwais is the inventor of the Densah® Bur technology.
Dr. Salah Huwais, DDS
•  Private practice limited to Periodontics and Implantology.
•  Diplomate, The American Board of Periodontology.
•  Diplomate, The American Board of Implantology.
•  Adjunct assistant Professor at University of Minnesota, Dental Implant Fellowship Program.
•  Founder of the Osseodensification and the inventor of the Densah® Bur technology.
•  2017 Recipient of the AAID Foundation Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award.

Saj Jivraj, DDS
Dr. Saj Jivraj Completed his dental degree at the University of Manchester in England and his Advanced Prosthodontic training at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is the Former Chairman Section of Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Dr Jivraj has published numerous articles on Esthetic and Implant Dentistry in Peer Reviewed journals, and has presented on aspects of Implant Dentistry and Advanced Prosthodontic procedures both nationally and internationally. He is co-author of the textbook “Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry”, published by the British Dental Association and is chief editor for the book "Graftless solutions for Edentulous patients", published by Springer. He is on the Editorial board of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. He currently holds a Faculty Position as an Associate Clinical Professor at the USC School of Dentistry, and Clinical teacher at the Eastmann Dental institute in London. He maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry in Oxnard CA

Kian Kar
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Satish S. Kumar, DMD, MDSc, MS
Dr. Kumar’s educational background includes advanced specialty training in periodontics, oral medicine, temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain, all at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kumar is a board-certified specialist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, the American Board of Oral Medicine, and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Kumar also has a vast experience in teaching and mentoring dental students and residents since 2007. He currently serves as an Associate Professor and Director of Periodontics at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH), A. T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Prior to joining ASDOH, Dr. Kumar taught and provided patient care at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California and at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Kumar is a certified evidence reviewer by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) where he also teaches the practice of applying best available clinical research evidence to patient care. He is an invited lecturer and provides continuing education courses in his areas of clinical expertise throughout the country. He has won several awards for his efforts in education as well as research including American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation’s Educator Scholarship and AAP’s Balint Orban Memorial Award. Dr. Kumar has published about 60 original articles, reviews, critical summaries and book chapters. He serves as a peer-reviewer for several leading academic journals. Dr. Kumar is a member of American Academy of Periodontology, Western Society of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, Central Arizona Dental Society, and American Dental Education Association. Dr. Kumar provides care of private patients on a part-time basis at the Greater Phoenix Periodontics and Implants, Mesa, AZ.


Ian McNickle, MBA
Ian leads WEO Media's sales, marketing, consulting, and business development teams. He brings over 20 years combined experience in technology, business development, sales, marketing, and operations.
Ian is widely considered a dental industry Key Opinion Leader for dental marketing and practice growth, and was named a 2019 Top CE Leader by Dentistry Today. He lectures extensively throughout North America on all aspects of dental marketing and practice growth at dental conferences, study clubs, and CE events. For more information please visit our WEO Media Event Speaker page
Ian writes articles on a wide range of marketing and growth related topics for publications such as Dental Products Report, Dental Economics, The Progressive Dentist, and many others. He has also been interviewed for numerous podcasts including Dentaltown by Howard Farran. Earlier in his career Ian spent a combined 10 years working for high-tech companies Siltronic and Xerox. While at Siltronic he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. Eventually Ian left Xerox to co-found (with Cory) a very successful regional business and marketing consulting firm. After dozens of successful consulting engagements Ian left consulting to co-found WEO Media.
Ian has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University where he was also a graduate of the University Honors Program. In addition, he received an MBA from the University of Washington.

Anna Matsuishi Pattison, R.D.H., M.S.
Anna Pattison received her B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California (USC) and her M.S. in Dental Hygiene from Columbia University. She is a Former Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC.
Mrs. Pattison is co-author of the textbook, Periodontal Instrumentation and has authored several chapters in the last six editions of Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology. These publications are translated into eight languages and have established Anna Pattison as an expert in periodontal instrumentation. She has also contributed to four editions of Esther Wilkins’ textbook, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist.
In addition to presenting lecture and hands-on advanced instrumentation courses to practitioners for the past thirty years, Mrs. Pattison is renowned for presenting faculty in-service courses for dental and dental hygiene educators in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a featured speaker for the A.A.P., A.D.A., A.D.H.A., Canadian D.H.A., Canadian Academy of Periodontology, 35 state associations and numerous universities and associations in Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia.
Mrs. Pattison is the former Editor-in-Chief of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Currently, she and her husband, Dr. Gordon Pattison, are Co-Directors of the Pattison Institute which offers online videos, lectures and hands on workshops in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2005, she received the Pfizer-ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award and the USC School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year Award. In 2006 she received the California Society of Periodontists Award. In 2010 she was inducted into the USC School of Dentistry Hall of Fame.

Flavia Pirih, DDS
Dr. Pirih is an associate professor in Periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. After receiving her dental degree at Universidade Federal do Parana in Brazil, Dr. Pirih received a PhD in Oral Biology from UCLA. Upon graduation, Dr. Pirih completed residency in Periodontics from the University of Michigan in 2009. Dr. Pirih is currently the director of the pre-doctoral clinical program in Periodontics at UCLA. Dr. Pirih’s main research interests are in periodontal disease and peri-implantitis initiation and development. Dr. Pirih is currently collaborating with investigators at the UCLA the School of Dentistry, the Human Genetics department at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Computer Sciences at UCLA to identify the genetic mediators of periodontitis.

Gian Pietro Schincaglia, DDS
Dr. Gian Pietro Schincaglia received the Dental degree from the University of Ferrara
(Italy) and the Periodontal Certificate from the University of Southern California ( Los Angeles). Since 2003 he is a Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology and in 2006 he received the PhD degree in bone biology from the University of Ferrara. From 2007to 2014 he was Associate Professor in Periodontology and Director of the Graduate Program in Periodontology at University of Connecticut .From July 2016 is Chair and Post Graduate Program Director of the Department of Periodontology at WVU. He has published extensively in peer-review journals. His research activity is focused on implant immediate loading, peri-implant mucosisits, periodontal regeneration and bone biology.

Dimitris N. Tatakis, DDS, PhD
Dr. Tatakis, a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, is Professor and Director of the Advanced Education Program, Division of Periodontology, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, and serves as Director for Global Initiatives at the College of Dentistry. Dr. Tatakis completed his dental education at the National University of Athens, Greece. He then attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated with a certificate in Periodontics and a PhD degree in Oral Biology. He has authored over one hundred forty peerreviewed scholarly articles published in biomedical, periodontal, and dental journals, and several book chapters. His active research interests include periodontal regenerative therapy outcomes. His clinical research has received honors such as the R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award and the E. Bud Tarrson Research Award in Oral Plastic Surgery. Dr. Tatakis serves as Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology, serves or has served on the Editorial Board of several publications, including the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and the Journal of Periodontology, and lectures nationally and internationally.

James Tom, DDS
Dr. James Tom is currently the Immediate Past-President of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA) and holds a full-time Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry position at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Tom has served as the ADA and ASDA representative on the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Moderate Sedation Guidelines and has authored references on the topics of dental anesthesiology. He is currently involved in the clinical and didactic anesthesia instruction of pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and dental hygiene students. Additionally, Dr. Tom also serves as the Associate Editor of Anesthesia Progress, and promotes the wide use of anxiety and advanced pain control techniques across all disciplines of dentistry.

Leondard Tau, DMD, PC
After purchasing his practice the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence
in Philadelphia in 200, Dr. Leonard Tau soley used the power of the internet
to help grow his new patient base and went against the traditional way of
marketing one’s dental office. He lectures nationally and internationally on
internet marketing, social media and reputation marketing and its ability to
make your dental office more visible and credible. He is also the General Manager of the Dental
Division for Birdeye, a reputation marketing platform and founder of iSocial Digital, a consulting firm that helps dentists develop a comprehensive online marketing plan. His content rich,
engaging seminars allow him to bring his first hand experiences to his audiences.

Bethany Valachi
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Hom-Lay Wang D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph D
Dr. Wang is a Professor and Director of Graduate Periodontics at the University of Michigan. He published 2 textbooks, 40 book chapters/invited reviews and more than 550 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Dr. Wang currently serves as a member of AAP Scientific Oversight Committee and is a Fellow, Secretary and Former Board of for the AO. Dr. Wang is a Diplomate, Former Chair and Director of the American Board of Periodontology, a Fellow of American College of Dentists and a Former President of Midwest Society of Periodontology. He serves as an Associate Editor for JOMI, International Journal of Oral Implantology, Editorial Board member for the JP, JCP, COIR, IJPRD and many others. He is the recipient of many awards and most recently ITI Andre Schroeder Research Prize (2014), AO Osseointegration Foundation Clinical Research Recipient (2016), AAP Outstanding Educator Award (2017), AAP Distinguished Scientist Award (2017), ADEA William J. Gies Annual Periodontology Award (2018), University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Research Mentoring Award (2019) and AAP Master Clinician Award (2019).

Sam Low, DDS, MS, M.Ed.
Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; 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 Board of Director of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Low provides periodontists, dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee. Website:

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