Reviewers and Contributors for Consumer Guide to Dentistry
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Stephen Ancowitz, DDS, is the program director for the Advanced Prosthodontic Residency Program at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles, Calif. Dr. Ancowitz is also an assistant clinical professor in prosthodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He has been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally on various dentistry-related topics, such as dentures.
Robert V. Fontanesi, DDS, of Orange, Calif., is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a past president of the Southern California Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Fontanesi has also served as chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Western Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital.
Thomas K. Hedge, DDS, established the Dental Health Center in West Chester, Ohio, in 1988, where he practices restorative dentistry using cutting-edge technology. He has participated in more than 250 hours of continuing education per year over the last decade and is a frequent lecturer and contributor to publications that promote professional development. He is also the course director for the digital dentistry program at Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where he teaches once a month.
Michael Helgeson, DDS, is one of the founders of Apple Tree Dental, a non-profit organization serving the Twin Cities and surrounding areas of Minnesota. Dr. Helgeson has helped lead the delivery of dental care through mobile units, nursing home initiatives, head start programs and other community-based outreach projects. He has held a number of prestigious positions throughout his career, including United States Public Health Service dentist, East St. Louis, Mo., clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and president of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry.
Gary Hirsh, DDS, MS, of San Diego, Calif., is a board-certified orthodontist focusing on the latest procedures in orthodontics. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the California Dental Society and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. He is a past president of the Paul Revere Dental Club, The Neil Brahe Study Club and the San Diego Orthodontics Study Club.
Cynthia L. Koudela, DDS, MSD, is a craniofacial orthodontist at Seattle Children's Hospital and affiliate associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She received her DDS from UCLA School of Dentistry and completed her postdoctoral training in orthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and has more than 20 years of experience in craniofacial and surgical orthodontics.
Robert Lauf, DDS, of Mayville, N.D., is a successful general dentistry practitioner. Dr. Lauf has made many contributions to dentistry, notably as a past president of the North Dakota Dental Association and past chair of the Council on Access Prevention and Interprofessional Relations for the American Dental Association.
N. Summer Lerch, DDS, is the founder of the Center of Esthetic Dentistry, LLC, located in New Haven, Conn. Dr. Lerch has served as president of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where she now acts as an examiner and consultant for the organization's accreditation process. She was editor of the AACD's Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry for several years.
Mike Malone, DDS, FAGD, of Lafayette, La., is a past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Malone is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Equilibration Society and the Pankey Alumni Association. He is the official cosmetic dentist for the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants.
Allen Ali Nasseh, DDS, MMSc, is a clinical instructor and lecturer in the Postdoctoral Endodontics program at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Nasseh also lectures nationally and internationally in surgical and non-surgical root canal therapy. Dr. Nasseh has performed thousands of surgical/non-surgical root canal procedures over the past two decades of practice. His state of the art endodontic office is located at the Copley Plaza in Boston, MA.
Jacinthe M. Paquette, DDS, of Newport Beach, Calif., is a prosthodontist specializing in esthetic, implant and reconstructive dentistry, as well as the management of occlusion and temporomandibular disorders. An international lecturer, Dr. Paquette serves as co-executive director for the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute, a non-profit international teaching facility recognized as one of the finest microsurgical training centers in the world.
Donald Patthoff, DDS, of Martinsburg, West Va. is a past president of the Professional Ethics in Dentistry Network and ethics consultant to the Council on Ethics Bylaws and Judicial Affairs of the American Dental Association. Dr. Patthoff was co-developer of the Intensive Bioethics Course for Dentists at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and is developing an applied ethics model designed to improve healthcare access for the underserved.
Brian Quesnell, DDS, of San Diego, Calif., is a partner at Hillcrest Endodontics. Dr. Quesnell completed the general dentistry residency training program at UCLA and an endodontic residency at the University of Illinois. He has conducted clinical research and published his findings in leading dental journals throughout the United States and abroad, notably regarding the success rate of root canals in HIV patients.
Charles D. Samaras, DDS, FACD, FICD, is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. A fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, Dr. Samaras served as the director of practice management at Tufts Dental and was an associate clinical professor. Dr. Samaras has authored more than 100 articles for several established dental publications and lectures nationally and internationally about dental technology, practice management, CAD/CAM dentistry and advice for the new dentist. He co-founded 21st Century Practice Solutions and lives in Pinehurst, N.C.
Michael D. Silverman, DMD, is president and co-founder of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, which educates dentists, their teams and the public on sedation dentistry. A general dentist in practice for more than 20 years in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Silverman is an international speaker on sedation dentistry for The International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Anesthesia Committee for the American Dental Association and numerous state boards.
Dennis J. Wells, DDS, of Nashville, Tenn., is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has served as an examiner for its accreditation process. He is founding president of the Academy's Tennessee chapter and lectures internationally on cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Wells received the President's Award from the AACD and has been recognized in Woodward/White's 2004-2005 edition of The Best Dentists in America.
Todd Cubbon, DDS, of Crete, Ill., is a general dentist and founding board member of the Crete Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Cubbon has served as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president for the Chicago Dental Society.
Bill Dorfman, DDS, of Los Angeles, Calif., is a general and esthetic dentist, as well as an inventor of several innovations in esthetic dentistry. He is the founder of Discus Dental, the company that invented Zoom, and holds patents for Brite Smile, an in-office tooth whitening system. Dr. Dorfman has consulted for television programs such as Extreme Makeover. He is author of The Smile Guide and past editor of Current Opinions in Cosmetic Dentistry, Form & Figure magazine and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry.