ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2019 Profiles

Mary BertoneMs. Bertone graduated from the dental hygiene program at the University of Manitoba in 2005 (RDH), where she went on to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 and her Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in aging certificate in 2015. 

Ms. Bertone has served as the Director of the University of Manitoba’s School of Dental Hygiene since 2014. She is a registered dental hygienist with a passion for oral health promotion to underserved segments of the community, having worked extensively with the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Community Oral Health (CCOH) in the decade preceding her recent appointment as CCOH Director. Amid her teaching and service commitments, she continues her clinical practice in long-term care facilities and remote locations. She has been critically involved in the development of oral health care policies and created educational resources to train caregivers in the provision of oral care to residents of long-term facilities. 

Ms. Bertone has served as President of both the Manitoba Dental Hygienists Association and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and on numerous local, provincial and national level boards and committees.

Yong Hee Patricia ChunDr. Chun in an Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry (UTHSCSA SOD). She completed her D.D.S. in 1994 and earned a Dr. med. dent. degree from the University of Göttingen, Germany. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Chun served as a faculty member in Operative Dentistry at the Charité Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. After moving to Ann Arbor Michigan, Dr. Chun received a Master of Science in periodontics (2003) and a Ph.D. in oral health sciences (2009) from the University of Michigan. Dr. Chun is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

In 2010, Dr. Chun joined the Periodontics Department at UTHSCSA SOD. She is cross-appointed in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy. She engages in research, education and patient care at the School of Dentistry at UTHSCSA SOD. Dr. Chun teaches topics related to periodontics and oral biology in the predoctoral and postdoctoral curricula.

Dr. Chun directs a research laboratory to understand the mechanisms of tooth development and enamel formation in health and disease. The ultimate goal is to better understand the physiology and pathophysiology of oral tissues to find novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for the clinic. She serves as a mentor for predoctoral and postdoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Chun was recognized for her involvement in teaching and research with the Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology, the Sunstar - American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Research Fellowship and the inaugural American Association for Dental Research Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship.

Ryan CookDr. Cook is a Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Prosthodontics Department at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Cook was the former Director of Prosthodontics at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Cook received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and completed a dual residency program in periodontics and prosthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. During Dr. Cook’s residency, he completed his Master of Science evaluating the relationship between periodontal biotype and labial plate thickness. Dr. Cook is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Prosthodontics and the American Board of Periodontology. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Cook maintained a full-time specialty practice limited to prosthodontics and periodontics in Laguna Niguel, CA. Dr. Cook began lecturing while in private practice and has lectured on an array of topics, including restoration of the worn dentition, implant diagnosis and treatment planning, occlusion in dentistry, hard and soft tissue augmentation techniques, contemporary esthetics, digital work flow and multidisciplinary approach to full mouth rehabilitation.

Amy CoplenMs. Coplen is a tenured Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education at Pacific University College of Health Professions. She graduated with her bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in dental hygiene at the University of Michigan. She has a passion for providing access to care to underserved populations and coordinates the dental hygiene students’ involvement with project homeless and has gone on several humanitarian trips with students. She enjoys teaching to various learning styles and incorporating innovative active learning techniques into the classroom to engage students and has presented nationally on these topics. Her research interests include interprofessional education and exploring alternative dental workforce models to reach individuals with limited access to care.

Ms. Coplen actively serves the profession as Co-editor in Chief of the Health and Interprofessional Practice Journal and on the editorial review board of theJournal of Dental Hygiene. She is secretary of the ADEA Section on Dental Hygiene Education and the faculty founder of the ADEA Student Chapter at Pacific University, the first ADEA Student Chapter not associated with a dental school. She embraces her role as mentor and annually conducts research in collaboration with students. Under her mentorship, students received second place in the student research poster competition at the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition and won the Sigma Phi Alpha Journalism award through the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Ms. Coplen received the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award recognizing her service to the university. She will accept the 2018 ADEA Gies Award for Outstanding Vision of a Dental Educator in Orlando, FL. In her free time, when she is not spending quality time with her two daughters, she enjoys volunteering on the Medical Teams International dental van and working the guest relations desk at the Portland Rescue Mission.

Juliana Branco da CostaDr. da Costa received her D.D.S. from the Universidade Paulista School of Dentistry in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2001 and certificate and M.S. in operative dentistry from the University of Iowa in 2004. She joined the Restorative Dentistry Department faculty at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry in 2004. She was promoted Associate Professor in 2010, appointed Preclinical Director in 2011 and promoted to Professor in 2017. Dr. da Costa was awarded the OKU Honor Dental Society faculty member in 2012 and OHSU Student Council Faculty Award in 2015. She is the author of a book chapter and has published numerous abstracts and articles in international peer-reviewed dental journals. Dr. da Costa lectures on esthetics, dental materials, minimally invasive dentistry and treatment planning. She currently practices in faculty dental practice. Her clinical areas of interest focus on minimally invasive dentistry, management of high caries risk patients and esthetic dentistry. She is a member of several organizations including the American Dental Association (ADA); the Academy of Operative Dentistry (AOD); the International Association for Dental Research (IADR); American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD). Dr. da Costa served as Councilor of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, AADR Dental Materials group program chair, IADR Dental Materials Group treasurer and president of ADEA Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials section, and she currently holds leadership positions at AOD, SCAD and ADEA.

Saulius DrukteinisDr. Drukteinis is an Associate Professor and Director of Predoctoral Periodontics at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, has held faculty appointments at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and served as Guest Lecturer at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Drukteinis serves as a Site Visitor for advanced dentistry programs for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is also an ADEA CCI Liaison. He has been actively involved in leading curriculum management and development at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Drukteinis completed his B.S. in biology-psychology and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees at Tufts University in Boston, MA. He also completed a General Practice Residency Program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine with advanced training in hospital, special needs and operating room management of dental patients. Following general residency training, Dr. Drukteinis was awarded a National Institutes of Health scholarship for advanced residency training in periodontics while also completing a Ph.D. in materials engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His studies involved laser surface engineering of implant biomaterials, and he continues to research and teach on the use of lasers in dental surgery. Dr. Drukteinis also practices periodontics and implant surgery in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas.

Rhonda EverettDr. Everett, Assistant Dean for Student Services and Associate Professor in Residence, Clinical Sciences, joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine faculty in November 2006.

Dr. Everett earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and a Master of Public Health from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She was a chosen Faculty Scholar for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, in Geriatric Interdisciplinary Training. She received several commendations for this program including recognition from United States Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller. In 2015, Dr. Everett was the recipient of the Enid A. Neidle Scholar Award from the American Dental Education Association. She has been a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Honor Dental Organization and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi since 2011. In 2015 she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society and serves as UNLV chapter president for 2018. Dr. Everett is also an active member of ADEA, the American Institute of Oral Biology and the National Dental Association.

Dr. Everett’s research: “Awareness and Beliefs Regarding Intimate Partner Violence among First Year Dental Students” was published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of Dental Education. Other research activities include the use of Electronic Health Record data for patients of record at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine to determine the association between oral health status and the risk factors of cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes and sleep disorders. Dr. Everett serves as a committee member and advisor for several research projects for the predoctoral students and graduate orthodontic residents. Currently she is working on a project which addresses the clinical significance and utility of neck circumference measurements in the dental clinic.

Carlos González CabezasDr. González-Cabezas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he is also the Director of Global Initiatives in Oral and Craniofacial Health. Dr. González's research interests are mostly related to increasing our understanding of dental caries and their clinical management.

He is regularly engaged in numerous research projects with particular interest in remineralization, fluorides, diagnosis and oral health products in general (e.g., dentifrices, rinses, toothbrushes, etc.). Currently, he is focused on three research areas: 1) development of new approaches to prevent or reverse caries activity by using new information from biofilms obtained using innovative wireless devices with microsensors, 2) development of new methods to remineralize non-cavitated caries lesions more efficiently, and 3) development of more efficacious and safer fluoride varnishes.

Dr. González is greatly involved and interested in the teaching of cariology to predoctoral and graduate students. Dr. González is also interested in developing and integrating new teaching methods to improve the education of dental students. Additionally, he regularly mentors students conducting research projects in cariology. In the last few years, Dr. González has developed and led educational/service programs for dental students in eight different countries.

Sarah GraftonDr. Sarah Essek Grafton earned her dental degree (D.M.D.) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM) in 2000. Following graduation, she completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. After several years in a private practice setting, she began working full time at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) where she participated in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). During this time, Dr. Grafton was appointed adjunct faculty with Pitt SDM in the Department of Dental Public Health. Students from the Student Community Outreach Program (SCOPE) completed rotations at Dr. Grafton's clinic, where she instructed and supervised them as they provided dental treatment to her patients.

In 2014, she became a full-time Module Leader at Pitt SDM as an Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Grafton is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and ADEA, where she has been appointed as the Women’s Liaison Officer for Pitt SDM. She also is the faculty advisor for the Pitt SDM student branch of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). Dr. Grafton attended the American Dental Association's Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop in 2016 and has been appointed Chair of the Evidenced Based Dentistry Task Force at the University of Pittsburgh. As Co-chair of the Instrument and Material Selection Committee, she has enhanced the protocol for evidence-based decision-making in the evaluation of current and new dental materials.

Most recently, Dr. Grafton has been named Director of the Comprehensive Care Clinic and has been charged with increasing clinical efficiency in the predoctoral dental clinic. Dr. Grafton's academic interests include dental materials, substance abuse, marijuana use in dental populations, dental school admissions and evidence-based dentistry. 

Eileen HoskinDr. Hoskin is Director of the Division of Operative Dentistry within the Restorative Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). Previous positions at RSDM include course directorships, Director for Academic Affairs and Group Practice Administrator.

Dr. Hoskin earned a dental degree from New Jersey Dental School (now RSDM); attended a General Practice Residency at St.Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and attained a master’s degree in dental education through ADEA/AAL and University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She completed a teaching certificate in effective college instruction through the Association of College and University Educators and has participated in many ADEA/AAL programs, including the Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders, the Pathway program and the Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Hoskin is a Pankey Institute-trained, part-time private practice general dentist who directs the Operative curriculum for the school’s four-year undergraduate program, clinical and preclinical. She has published research for Evidence-Based Dentistry, Nutrition and Gerodontology, as well as Strides in Development of Medical Education, and has recently submitted a paper to the Journal of Dental Education on educational domains within dental education. Within dental education, her focus is pedagogy and cariology. Updating the curriculum and researching new methods for best teaching practices are her passion. She has presented programs at ADEA’s Annual Session & Exhibition, including Short Talks and Workshops.

Dr. Hoskin has served on and chaired many committees within RSDM, including the Curriculum committee, Admissions and the Student Academic Performance Committee. She has been active in CODA accreditation on the undergraduate and postgraduate level at the school. Her current leadership roles include Vice President of the RSDM Alumni Association and Chair of the ADEA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Special Interest Group.

Carolyn HuynhDr. Huynh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD), where she earned her dental degree. Dr. Huynh also received a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction and a Doctor of Education in professional leadership with an emphasis in health science education from the University of Houston. She is the ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program Liaison for UTSD, and she is also the faculty sponsor the newly established ADEA Student Chapter. She is also an Academic Dentistry Curriculum Committee member of Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP); this organization addresses the efforts to promote diversity and inclusion of the underrepresented minority (URM) individuals serving as faculty at academic health centers.

Chung KauDr. Kau is Chairman and Professor of Orthodontics at the Department of Orthodontics, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, and Clinical Professor in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and completed Specialist Registration with the General Dental Council (U.K.). He serves as the Director of the Craniofacial Orthodontia Clinic in partnership with the Children’s Rehabilitation Service and Medicaid of Alabama and enjoys practicing clinical orthodontics with a special interest in craniofacial anomalies and dentofacial deformities. He is also a researcher with a keen interest in clinical translational research focusing on clinical efficiency, accelerated tooth movement, alternative aligner therapy and 4D jaw tracking. At present, he is Principal Investigator on a number of NIH and industry grants and has a research involvement in excess of $4 million dollars. He actively contributes and publishes in the orthodontic literature and has over 350 peer-reviewed publications, conference papers and lectures. He was also made the 2011 King James IV Professor by the Royal College of Surgeons where he serves as the International Advisor for the United States.

Thomas KunkelDr. Thomas is a Board Certified Prosthodontist and serves as the Interim Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM). He also earned his D.M.D. (1985) and certificate in prosthodontics (1987) at this institution. He received a certificate in maxillofacial prosthodontics at The Eye and Ear Institute of Pittsburgh (1988). Following his residency training, Dr. Kunkel established and ran a successful prosthodontic practice in Pittsburgh, PA, for 25 years. He also served part time as a clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh for 12 years. Dr. Kunkel returned to Pitt SDM full time as an Assistant Professor in 2013.

Dr. Kunkel is keenly interested in digital dentistry, particularly CEREC and 3D printing technology. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Kunkel established the Digital Dentistry Program at Pitt SDM. He received the 2014 Faculty Technology Adoption Award in recognition of his efforts to advance CEREC technology at Pitt SDM. His extensive training prompted his involvement in several continuing education courses as well as publications related to digital dentistry. He attended the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in 2015 as well as the 2016 ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders.

Dr. Kunkel was promoted to Interim Chair in June 2017. His primary focus is to advance and expand the digital dentistry program while also improving didactic and clinical prosthodontic instruction at the school. Prior to his promotion, Dr. Kunkel was largely involved in postdoctoral clinical instruction continues to be involved in postdoctoral research. He is also active in the Undergraduate Student Promotions Committee, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee and various task forces. With his acceptance into the ADEA Leadership Institute, Dr. Kunkel hopes to gain a greater understanding of leadership in higher education and develop skills that will serve as a foundation for his Chairmanship role.

Alexander LeeDr. Lee is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Dental Informatics at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine (WU CDM). He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, and received his D.M.D. from the University Of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

In 2010, he joined the WU CDM faculty and served as the college’s primary clinician during its formative years. He established critical clinical workflows, setup axiUm and delivered a majority of patient care. After the inaugural class began their clinical training, he transitioned into a preclinical course director, overseeing and delivering the Essentials of Clinical Dentistry curriculum to the second-year classes. His teaching responsibilities included: delivering course content, creating and managing the second-year OSCE for clinical entry and providing logistics for colleagues teaching within the course. In order to support technological innovation for dentistry, he was promoted to Coordinator of Dental Informatics.

As coordinator, his role is to design, develop and deploy innovations to increase the effectiveness of educational and clinical operations. His research focuses on utilizing technologies to drive the dental educational experience; it branches into subjects like big data management, 3D modeling and printing and customized content delivery. He is a named inventor of iFF, the world’s first and only assessment tool which can quantify, assess and improve soft skills like communication, professionalism and compassion. Currently, he is developing applications to improve nutrition counseling outcomes, optimize clinical imaging techniques and interpretation and immerse student learners in augmented reality patient treatment scenarios.

In addition to ADEA, Dr. Lee is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Tri-County Dental Society and a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also serves on several collegiate and university committees. He is the current Chair of the University Faculty Grievance Committee.

Wing LeeDr. Lee is a Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and Dr. S. Orlando Somers Professor of Advanced General Dentistry at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry (UMKC SOD). Dr. Lee received her D.M.D. degree from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in 2002 and completed a General Practice Residency at Lutheran Medical Center in New York in 2003. She received a graduate certificate in clinical research from the UMKC School of Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Lee joined the faculty of UMKC SOD in 2011. Her teaching responsibilities involve didactic and clinical teaching of the AEGD residents. She is actively involved in the curriculum planning for the AEGD program. Prior to joining UMKC SOD, Dr. Lee was in private practice in Los Angeles and was a part-time Clinical Instructor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC GPR program from 2008 to 2011.

Dr. Lee is actively involved with the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) and ADEA. She currently serves as Secretary in AAWD, and previously she has served as the Director of Student Chapters in AAWD. Dr. Lee serves as Secretary in the ADEA Section on Graduate and Postgraduate Education. She maintains an active practice in the UMKC Dental Faculty Practice.

Amy MartinDr. Martin is the Associate Professor and Director for the Division of Population Oral Health at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. She is a Senior Investigator and Adjunct Associate Professor at the SC Rural Health Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Martin’s health policy research foci are safety net populations, access to care and oral health with an emphasis on rural health care and public health systems. Dr. Martin holds Doctor of Public Health and a Master of Science in public health. She is active in national health policy through various rural-serving organizations. She serves on a number of rural and oral health policy related advisory groups, including the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Health Policy Council. She teaches health policy courses as well as dental public health.

Gail Link McCauslandDr. McCausland, a native of Rochester, NY, is an Associate Clinical Professor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). She earned her dental degree at of University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 1994 and her certificate of advance graduate studies in periodontology and Master of Dental Science there as well in 1997.

Dr. McCausland maintained a full-time private periodontal office for many years until joining the periodontal department at GSDM. Beginning part time, she slowly increased her teaching time in the department until she became the Clinical Director of the postdoctoral periodontal program in 2013. Her responsibilities include oversight of a busy clinic with 27 residents, four implant fellows and 10 faculty members.

She is passionate about teaching is actively involved in didactic and clinical teaching. Her teaching roles include Course Director for Periodontal Case Conference and Guest Lecturer in Classic Literature and Periodontal Therapy. Clinically she supervises periodontal surgeries and implant placements for the periodontal residents as well as the implant fellows. Recently she initiated a periodontal interest group for predoctoral students.

Dr. McCausland was chosen by the dental school to attend the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy Emerging Health Care Leaders Program in 2017. She is involved in many school-based committees, activities and search committees.

She is an active member of many local, state, national and international dental organizations, including the ADA, ADEA and American Academy of Periodontology and was recently inducted as a member to the Fellowship of the International College of Dentists.

Dr. McCausland has spent time with various volunteer activities including service at local conferences. She been a member of the Board of Health of the town of Lynnfield, MA, for more than 10 years. In this role, her job is to oversee all health-related issues for the town.

Rosemary McPharlinDr. McPharlin is an Assistant Professor in Restorative Dentistry and Integrated Group Practice Leader at the Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Dentistry (OHSU SOD) in Portland, OR. She received her D.D.S. from Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry in 1987 and practiced in Louisiana and California until 2000. From 2000 to 2004, she practiced as a civilian dentist for the United States Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL. In 2004, she began her career in academic dentistry as a volunteer in restorative dentistry at OHSU SOD and joined the faculty full time in 2006. At OHSU SOD, Dr. McPharlin has been actively involved in teaching and mentoring at the predoctoral level as Course Director of several restorative dentistry courses and, after serving on the Western Regional Examining Board Operative Committee, she has organized and conducted the operative dentistry portion of the School Board Exam every year since 2012. She is an Integrated Group Practice Leader and co-Course Director of the Comprehensive Dentistry Clinic Series. She is an Executive Board Member for the Faculty Dental Practice and serves on numerous school and university committees, including the Executive Committee to the Dean, University Outcomes Assessment, University Faculty Affairs and Faculty Senate. She has collaborated in an NIH-funded multi-institutional research project on patient safety with the University of Texas at Houston; University of California, San Francisco; and Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. Her interests include quality improvement, patient safety and portfolio as a means of assessment. She is involved regionally with the Western Caries Management by Risk Assessment Coalition and Western Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators and has traveled with students to Brazil and the Philippines for humanitarian missions.

Patricia MeredithDr. Meredith is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics ((UI COD). She is the Program Director for both the Iowa Dental Advanced Standing Program and the Expanded Functions Level II Training Program. She has served as the Chair of the Admissions Committee since 2014.

She received her D.D.S. degree in 1983 and her master’s degree in 2008, both from UI COD. Eleven years of private practice and public health dentistry provided depth and breadth to her experiences before she joined the UI COD faculty in 1996 and the Operative Dentistry Department in July 2011. Leadership roles in the college have utilized her training from the Iowa Leadership Development Program and the ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program in areas of organizational management, finance, accounting and leadership. Dr. Meredith provides dental care three half-days per week in her faculty practice and teaches in experiential track, clinical and didactic courses for dental students. Dr. Meredith has been active in organized dentistry, serving as President of both the Iowa Academy of General Dentistry and the University District Dental Society (ADA). She served for six years at the national level as the Region X Trustee for the Academy of General Dentistry. She participated in the first Iowa Mission of Mercy in 2007 as the Dental Chief, an event that was awarded the Summit Award by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She continues to lead the Mission of Mercy, providing over $1 million in dental care to more than 1,500 patients each year. Dr. Meredith is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Mindy MotahariDr. Motahari is the Interim Director of Clinical Education, Director for the Clinical Care Unit and Director for Inter-Professional Education at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). She received her D.M.D. from the same institution while she received her certificate of core public health concepts from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Motahari is a graduate of the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning. She received her certificate of dental education along with her Master of Art in education with the concentration on dental education from University of the Pacific in California. She also received her business/legal certificate from Arizona Summit Law School.

Dr. Motahari’s current research makes her actively involved in curriculum development and assessment in preclinic, clinic and interprofessional education for students from dental, physician assistant and medical programs. Dr. Motahari is active with state and national licensing organizations and currently serves as a consultant for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. Meanwhile she follows her passion for patient care in the private practice setting.

Ann NastiDr. Nasti is a Clinical Associate Professor currently serving as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (Stony Brook SDM). Her responsibilities include oversight of the Digital Dentistry Initiative, the transition of the clinic to the Group Practice Clinical Model and the development and initiation of Stony Brook SDM’s College Pipeline Program. Dr. Nasti is the inaugural founder of the Discover Dental School Summer Scholars Program and has mentored hundreds of dental students during her time at Stony Brook SDM. Her research interests focus on education, technology and diversity in the health care professions. She has published in Dental Economics and has presented at the International Technology, Education and Development Conference.

Dr. Nasti serves as Chair of several search committees, including the Digital Dentistry Faculty Champion committee and CommUniversity Day Health and Wellness Event, and is a member of multiple committees, including Clinical Affairs, IT, Clinic Utilization and Quality Assurance. She is a member of many local, state and national dental organizations, including the Suffolk County Dental Society, the American Dental Association and Omicron Kappa Upsilon and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Nasti earned her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1982 and began teaching part time shortly thereafter. She gradually increased her teaching responsibilities before leaving her general dentistry practice, which focused on esthetic and CAD/CAM dentistry to assume the Directorship of the Year 4 General Practice Program in the Department of General Dentistry.

Dr. Nasti is passionate about education and works diligently to improve the educational experience and learning outcomes of students while simultaneously emphasizing a patient-centered care philosophy. Dr. Nasti practices restorative dentistry at Stony Brook Dental Associates and serves as Vice President of their governing board.

Hesham NouhDr. Nouh is the Director of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry in the Department of General Dentistry at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). He graduated from October 6 University, Giza, Egypt in 2006 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. In 2009, he joined Boston University to pursue a Doctor of Science degree in the discipline of oral biology. Upon completion, he pursued a certificate of advanced graduate studies in prosthodontics and a master’s degree in biomaterials. Upon finishing his residency, he joined the Department of General Dentistry at GSDM as a faculty member.

As a Clinical Assistant Professor at GSDM, Dr. Nouh has developed a distinct philosophy of teaching and education in the dental field. He has devoted a great deal of effort to bring new technologies to the forefront at the school, such as 3D printing and digital dentistry. He is Course Director for multiple courses such as Occlusion, Fixed Prosthodontics and Implantology, to name a few. He also holds multiple leadership roles at GSDM as well as in the community. He is the Chair of the Quality Control Committee and the faculty advisor to student organizations, including the Student National Dental Association, Boston University Chapter and the Muslim Student Association. He also is the Secretary of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a reviewer for the Journal of Prosthodontics since 2016. He holds memberships in the ADA, ADEA, MDS, ACP and the AADR. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists. Dr. Nouh prides himself on his approachability and dedication to his role as an educator, proven by receiving Outstanding Faculty awards from D.M.D. and Advanced Standing classes in both 2016 and 2017.

Avina ParanjpeDr. Paranjpe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UW SOD) in Seattle. She graduated with her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Mumbai University, India, in 2000. She was in private practice in Mumbai, India, from 2000 to 2002, after which she obtained her master’s degree in 2004 and a Doctor of Philosophy in oral biology, immunology, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. Dr. Paranjpe earned her Master of Science in Dentistry and certificate in endodontics from the University of Washington Graduate Endodontics Program in August 2009, after which she joined the faculty at UW SOD as Assistant Professor. Dr. Paranjpe still continues her research and actively is involved in several ongoing research projects related to dental materials and regenerative endodontics. She has over 35 publications in the areas of pulpal regeneration and revascularization, stem cell characterization, tumor immunology and compatibility of biomaterials. She has presented her research at various national and international conferences. She currently serves on various committees UW SOD and on the Public and Professional Relations Committee of the American Board of Endodontists. Dr. Paranjpe was named the first recipient of the Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Endodontics at UW SOD. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Shalizeh PatelDr. Patel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). She currently serves as the Director of Clinical Simulation. After joining the faculty at UTSD in 2008, she completed the Health Educators Fellowship Program, a multi-institutional course of study aimed at improving the teaching skills of medical and dental educators. Furthermore, she is currently working on her master’s degree in education. 

Dr. Patel is Course Director for Simulation I and II and Operative I, and she teaches Clinical Restorative Dentistry to second-, third- and fourth-year dental students. In addition, she designed didactic, lab and clinic-based teaching curriculum in laser education at UTSD.

She is principal investigator or collaborator in several research projects in the fields of caries diagnosis/management, simulation teaching and laser dentistry. These efforts have led to scholarly publications, a textbook chapter and several presentations at both state and national levels. In 2012 and 2015, Dr. Patel was recognized with Dean's Teaching Excellence Awards for Innovation in Teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching, respectively. She was the 2014 winner of the John H. Freeman Award for Faculty Teaching.

Jennifer PerkinsDr. Perkins is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry (UCSF SOD). She received her D.D.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry in 2007. She received her M.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2011 and completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at UCSF in 2013. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Perkins is the Director of Predoctoral Education for her department. In this role, she is a Course Director for multiple courses and teaches in didactic, simulation and clinical settings. She also has a deep interest in career mentoring for dental students. Dr. Perkins has received a number of awards for her teaching, including the ADEA/ADEA CoSRF/Colgate-Palmolive Company Junior Faculty Award in 2017. She also received the Distinction in Teaching Award from the UCSF Academic Senate in 2017, which is the highest teaching honor awarded at her institution.

In 2015-16, she participated in the Teaching Scholars Program, a year-long intensive teaching fellowship at UCSF. She was subsequently admitted to the Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education, which is jointly offered by UCSF and Utrecht University Medical Center (UMCU), and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D.

Dr. Perkins will be serving as Chair of the UCSF SOD’s Faculty Council in 2018-2019 and also serves on the Curriculum Steering, Admissions and Accreditation Committees. She is the Vice-chair of the campus Committee on Education Policy and also represents UCSF at the UC system-wide Committee on Educational Policy. Along with her teaching and service commitments, Dr. Perkins maintains a busy clinical practice at UCSF SOD, which is primarily focused on outpatient dentoalveolar surgery. She is also a member of the UCSF Head and Neck Cancer team at UCSF, where she provides oral surgery services to patients with head and neck cancer and other malignancies.

Leslie SmitheyDr. Smithey is the Assistant Dean of Quality Assurance and Risk Management at the New York University College of Dentistry and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, serving as the Course Director for Seminars in Ethics for fourth-year students. In these capacities, she is responsible for the design, development and implementation of quality metrics leading to modifications in practice or policy to effect positive change in the delivery of care.

Her personal history in the dental profession began as a receptionist and later advanced to become a dental assistant; she then went on to obtain a certificate in dental hygiene from the Howard University College of Dentistry. She furthered her pursuit of a full dental education by earning her D.D.S. from the Georgetown University College of Dentistry. She has spent most of her career working in underserved communities; for 10 years she served as the Chairman of the Department of Dentistry at North General Hospital in East Harlem and during her tenure was elected the first female president of the Medical Staff, Chair of the Medical Executive, Credentials and Ethics Committees and a member of multiple ambulatory care service teams.

Later, she became the Co-director of the General Practice Residency Program and Director of Clinics at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center (BLHC). Her responsibilities included the oversight of both the clinical care and didactic curriculum for the residents as well as providing mentoring and leadership opportunities.

With the residency program’s rich history in recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority faculty and residents, Dr. Smithey was actively involved in the collaboration between the BLHC Department of Dentistry and the Academy for Academic Leadership in the Dental Faculty Development Program, a year-long introduction to academic careers in dentistry focused on minority faculty and residents. Within the framework of this initiative, Dr. Smithey was one of two faculty members who received HRSA grant funding and acquired her Master of Public Health at the Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine with a focus on population health.

Dr. Smithey has participated in multiple educational programs through the Academy for Academic Leadership, including CAAMP and the Compass Programs. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and recently trained to become a Site Visitor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

She resides in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and enjoys tennis, acting and riding her Peloton bike.

James WahlDr. Wahl is a professor in the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry (UNMC COD). He is a native of Toledo, OH, and earned his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Toledo and joined the faculty at UNMC in 2001.

Dr. Wahl’s research interests include understanding the cell and molecular biologic aspects of epithelial cell-cell adhesion and the effects on cell migration and metastasis. His NIH-funded research projects focus on understanding the assembly and dynamics of desmosomal adhesive junctions. He participates in the preclinical instruction at UNMC COD as an instructor in biochemistry and Course Director for the general histology course. He also serves as mentor for numerous dental student research projects. Dr. Wahl served as Co-chair of the College of Dentistry Strategic Planning Committee in 2015 and currently serves as Chair of the Strategic Planning Initiative Oversight Committee.

Dana WolfDr. Wolf is an Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Director of Predoctoral Periodontics. She received her dental degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2002 and her Master of Science in periodontics from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (Columbia CDM) in 2005. Dr. Wolf became a full-time faculty member at Columbia CDM in 2006.

Dr. Wolf’s primary teaching responsibilities involve overseeing the didactic and clinical education in periodontics; however, she is also involved in other aspects of predoctoral education. She is an elected member of Columbia’s Committee on Instruction and has been involved in the development and implementation of significant changes to the preclinical curriculum. Dr. Wolf serves on a number of Columbia CDM committees and has been the Chair of the school’s Ethics Committee since 2010. She helped develop Columbia CDM’s Honor Code and Guidelines on Professionalism. Dr. Wolf is one of Columbia CDM’s ADEA CCI liaisons.

Dr. Wolf was the recipient of The American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Teaching Fellowship, the American Academy of Periodontology award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics, Columbia CDM’s Association of Dental Alumni Junior Faculty Award for dedicated and compassionate teaching and Columbia CDM’s Edward V. Zegarelli Teaching Award. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Wolf maintains a private practice in Manhattan and New Jersey.

John WonDr. Won is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Division of General Dentistry at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD), where he oversees prosthodontics, operative dentistry, oral diagnosis and the clinical education of students in general dentistry.

Dr. Won received his doctoral and postdoctoral training at LLUSD. He completed his D.D.S. degree in 2005 and a dual certificate program in prosthodontics and implant dentistry in 2009. He completed his master’s thesis and received an M.S. in prosthodontics in 2011.

Dr. Won joined the LLUSD faculty in 2009. On the predoctoral level, he has served as the Course Director for topics such as occlusion, fixed prosthodontics and implant dentistry and has been a clinical instructor. He is a faculty member in the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics program and has been involved with research related to prosthodontics, implant dentistry and dental education.

Dr. Won has been a leader in a number of dental organizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and has served as a member of the American College of Prosthodontists Predoctoral Educators Committee, the Chair of the American Dental Educators Association Section on Prosthodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Won has received honors and has been recognized for his contribution to the scientific community and his passion for teaching. He was awarded the 2013 Robert James Award for Education in Implant Dentistry and the 2013 LLUSD Teacher of the Year Award and has been a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honors Society since 2014.

Dr. Won also enjoys being involved in serving the underprivileged and has helped lead mission trips to Honduras, South Korea and Thailand.

Fariba YounaiDr. Younai is a Professor of Clinical Dentistry in the Department of Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain and the Vice Chair of the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD). She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in 1985. She also completed certificate programs in hospital dentistry from Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1986 and a Geriatric Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center in 2005. With academic positions at New York University College of Dentistry and UCLA SOD, her 32-year professional career has consisted of health services research, clinical patient care, dental education, community outreach and patient advocacy. Her research has focused on the oral health aspects of HIV infection and substance abuse and also on factors influencing access to care. Dr. Younai’s clinical practice is in the management of oral mucosal and salivary gland diseases. Her teaching responsibilities are on topics in internal medicine and the dental management of the medically compromised patients, topics that she teaches in the predoctoral dental curriculum and in community training programs. She is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Academic Senate in 2009 and the Academy of Excellent Educators Award at UCLA school of Dentistry in 2015.

Dr. Younai is a faculty of the UCLA AIDS Institute, the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Centers and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. As a faculty of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, she has developed the oral health component of the Academy’s Fundamentals of HIV Medicine curriculum and certification requirement. She has also contributed to the development of the dental treatment guidelines developed by the American Dental Association, the New York State AIDS Institute and the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Centers for California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. From 2002 to 2017, she served on the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV and spearheaded the development of HIV/AIDS care and prevention standards in a number of service categories, including oral health, medical care, case management, care coordination, housing, mental health and substance abuse. She has been recognized for her role in HIV education and care by Leadership Awards from the AIDS Education and Training Centers and the Los Angeles Mental Health Task Force in 2013 and the County of Los Angeles Commission on HIV in 2017. Dr. Younai is an active member of a number of professional organizations and has published extensively on topics related to her areas of expertise in oral medicine and HIV infection. She is a reviewer for Journal of the American Dental Association, Journal of Dental Education, Journal of Public Health in Dentistry and Special Care in Dentistry.