Speakers Bureau 

As there is a shortage of faculty with Dental Public Health training and expertise, an objective of the project was to establish a Speaker’s Bureau through AAPHD to teach the dental public health curriculum that was developed. The Speaker’s Bureau is a resource to dental schools and dental hygiene programs where faculty with a dental public health background and expertise may be lacking. The following are the Speaker’s Bureau members:

 

Dr. Bunmi Adekugbe, DDS, MPH

Dr. Adekugbe is a compassionate, competent and caring public health dentist. Excelling in the predoctoral curriculum at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, his pursuit for excellence took him for advanced training at the Harvard University where he obtained the Master of Public Health, and University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) where he obtained the DMD.  While at UPenn, Dr. Bunmi was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Award based on demonstrated leadership qualities. He also completed a Dental Public Health Residency at the New York State Department of Health. His work on cost savings in the state Medicaid program from community water fluoridation has received national attention and increased funding for community water fluoridation in New York State. Dr. Bunmi’s unique approach to dentistry combines his exceptional education and training in preventive/public health dentistry with compassionate clinical care. Email: bunmiadekugbe@yahoo.com

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Dr. Folasayo Adunola, DDS, MPH
Office of Minority Health

Dr. Adunola is a graduate of the Doctor of Dental Surgery-Master of Public Health (DDS-MPH) program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her Master of Public Health concentration was in Community and Population Health. She completed a dental public health residency at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institute of Health (NIH). Her primary research interests are to understand the role of non-financial factors such as health literacy and perceived need on health care utilization. She is currently a Health Policy Fellow at the Office of Minority Health/Office of the Secretary. Moreover, she is pursuing a dental public health career in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Email: sadunola@gmail.com

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Dr. Azam Aleemuddin, BDS, MPH

Dr. Aleemudin graduated with Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Baqai Dental College, Karachi, Pakistan. He completed a Masters in Public Health Program at Nova South Eastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After which, he joined the Post-Graduate Dental Public Health Residency program at the University of California, San Francisco. During his residency training, he worked as an intern in the Oral Health Unit of the California Department of Public Health. He worked on many dental public health projects related to the State of California, and had contributed to the development of California’s burden of oral disease report. He has experience in teaching and directing dental assisting departments at multiple vocational training schools.  Email: azamaleemuddin@gmail.com 

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 Dr. Jay R. Anderson, DMD, MHSA
Director Oregon Health & Science University Russell Street Dental Clinic
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Dentistry

Dr. Jay Anderson is a member of the faculty of the OHSU School of Dentistry (SOD). He is the Director of OHSU SOD Ryan White Dental Programs and the Russell Street Clinic, an OHSU teaching site for dental students and residents. He reports to the Dean of OHSU and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry.  Prior to coming to OHSU, Dr. Anderson was Director of Practice Improvement and Director of the DentaQuest Oral Health Center.   He served as He served as Chief Dental Officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration.  Dr. Anderson has 37 years of experience serving in Public Health and Community Health Center programs.  Email: anderjay@ohsu.edu

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 Dr. Kathryn A. Atchison, DDS, MPH
Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry

Kathryn A. Atchison is Professor in the UCLA School of Dentistry and School of Public Health and Vice Provost, New Collaborative Initiatives at the University of California, Los Angeles. As Vice Provost, she has broad responsibility over developing collaborative partnerships for UCLA with private and public entities. Atchison received her D.D.S. degree from Marquette University Dental School, an M.P.H. degree from Boston University School of Public Health, and a residency in Public Health Dentistry at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Atchison participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Fellowship, the Bureau of Health Professions Mid-Career Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Dentistry, and was a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Health Care Policy Fellow. Atchison is a past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and past President of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research. Email: katchison@conet.ucla.edu

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 Dr. Vinodh Bhoopathi, BDS, MPH, DScD
Assistant Professor, Temple University Maurice H Kornberg School of Dentistry

Dr. Bhoopathi is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. He graduated with a bachelor’s in dental surgery from the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR University in India. He holds a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree from East Tennessee State University, an advanced residency degree in dental public health (CAGS), and a doctorate of science in dentistry in dental public health degree (DScD) from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Bhoopathi has previously worked at the Dental Bureau of New York State Department of Health, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and at the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. Currently he is appointed as a tenure track faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Sciences at Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. His specific research interests include access to dental care and health disparities in pediatric population, dental workforce issues, and dental education. Email: Vinodh.Bhoopathi@temple.edu

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 Dr. Bonnie Branson, RDH, PhD
Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry

Dr. Branson is currently a professor in the Department of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry. She has worked to establish place-based dental homes in a variety of settings, including long term care facilities and public schools.  Her current teaching and research interests include service learning, program implementation/evaluation and access to care issues. She teaches public health courses and coordinates service learning activities for the dental and dental hygiene students at UMKC School of Dentistry. She has a doctorate in education and holds a certificate in public health from the University of Iowa.  Email: BransonB@umkc.edu 

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Dr. Ronni Brown, DDS, MPH
Public Health Dentist, California Forensic Medical Group, Santa Rosa, California

Dr. Brown graduated dental school from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), obtained her Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA and completed a Dental Public Health residency at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry (UCSF).  Dr. Brown has been a faculty member at Diablo Valley College, Department of Dental Hygiene, teaching community oral health and at UCSF School of Dentistry as a 3rd/4th year clinical instructor.   Currently, Dr. Brown directs dental services for California Forensic Medical Group at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility and provides continuing education courses for the California Dental Association.  Email: dr.ronnibrown@gmail.com

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Diane Brunson, RDH, MPH
University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine

Diane Brunson is the Director of Public Health and Interprofessional Education at the University Of Colorado Denver School Of Dental Medicine.  Prior to taking this position in 2008, she was the state dental director for Colorado for 15 years.  Diane is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene, she received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Northern Colorado, and she is a graduate of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership.  Diane is a past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.   She is the author of the chapter on “Social Responsibility” in Community Oral Health Practice for the Dental Hygienist, currently in its third edition. Email: Diane.Brunson@ucdenver.edu

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Cindy Cadoret, RDH, MPH
Chair, Dental Education Programs
School of Health Professions, Public Service Programs and Social Sciences
Mount Wachusett Community College

Ms. Cadoret received her Associate Degree of Science, Dental Hygiene from Quinsigamond Community College and holds a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has over 30 years of experience as a dental hygienist and has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, public health and academia.  She spent 8 years as a faculty member at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where her responsibilities were focused on education, dental public health and oral health disparities research.   Ms. Cadoret is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), American Public Health Association (APHA), American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and Better Oral Health of Massachusetts Coalition (BOHMAC).   Email: c_cadoret@mwcc.mass.edu

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Dr. Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, University of California at San Francisco, School of Dentistry

Dr. Chung graduated dental school at University of California at San Francisco, School of Dentistry (UCSF) and obtained her Masters in Public Health (MPH) at University of California Berkeley. She completed a residency in Dental Public Health at UCSF and is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She has been researching the implementation of an oral health promotion intervention for pregnant women attending group prenatal care. These studies are supported by the NIH/NIDCR and the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CAN DO). She teaches in the School of Dentistry’s 1st and 2nd year curriculum and also lectures within the School of Nursing and School of Medicine about integrating oral health into overall health. Currently, she is co-leading the San Francisco Children’s Oral Health Collaborative which oversees the implementation of San Francisco children’s oral health strategic plan – a UCSF CTSI San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SF HIP) initiative. Email: Lisa.Chung@ucsf.edu

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Lieutenant Colonel Paul Colthrist

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Colthirst is currently the Deputy Director at the Tri-Service Center for Oral Health Studies at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and a former US Army RAND Arroyo Fellow at RAND Corporation. He has a wealth of experience in teaching, Lean Six Sigma program analysis, policy analysis, decision analysis and Strategic Planning and program development. Email: pmthirst@yahoo.com

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Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley, RDH, PhD
Executive Director, American Association of Public Health Dentistry

Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley is the Executive Director of then-Chief of the International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for Dental Hygienists, and editor of the textbook Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Hygienist, both published by Quintessence Publishing. She was senior director of the American Dental Association’s Center for Evidence-based Dentistry for 10 years, and has been a research investigator on several grants from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Library of Medicine, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She is involved in dissemination and implementation research projects aimed at helping clinicians implement science into practice, is a member of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network and is the secretary for the Evidence-Based Dentistry Network of the American Association for Dental Research. Dr. Hawley’s interests are in the area of science communication and the understanding & use of science by healthcare workers, the public, and policy makers. She has attended the Summer Institute at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and is an executive scholar at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Hawley is a dental hygienist, received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University, and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF. Email: jhawley@aaphd.org

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 Dr. Nicholas Gordon, DMD, MPH
General dentist, Whittier Street Health Center, MA

Dr. Nicholas B. Gordon graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received his doctor of dental medicine and master of public health degrees from Tufts University. Dr. Gordon practices general dentistry at Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA and is a dental public health resident at Boston University. His research interests have focused on strategies to increase access to oral health care for vulnerable populations in the U.S. and in developing countries. Dr. Gordon is a 2012 recipient of the AAPHD Foundation’s Herschel S. Horowitz Scholarship and in his spare time, he enjoys running, kayaking and speaking to young people about the wonderful profession of dentistry. Email: nicholas.gordondmd@gmail.com

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Dr. Veronica A. Greene, DDS, MPH
Lecturer, UCLA School of Dentistry

Dr. Greene has a BA in Psychology from Univ. of Southern California, and DDS from Howard University School of Dentistry, 1989. She completed a 2-year GPR and fellowship in Geriatrics, UCSD concurrent with Master of Public Health, Epidemiology in 1993. She graduated the 2-year EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) program at the CDC and served as Epidemiologist with the Div. of TB Elimination/Control. Between1997-2003, she held appointments as faculty of Charles R. Drew University (Adjunct Asst Professor at UCLA), jointly serving as Program Director for the General Practice Residency at King/Drew Med Ctr. She finished the Dental Public Health Residency at Univ. of California, San Francisco. Dr. Greene was faculty at Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC until 2013 but continues as lecturer at UCLA.  Email: vagreene013@gmail.com

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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman DDS, MPH
UCLA School of Dentistry

Dr. Jennifer Holtzman DDS, MPH, Diplomate ABDPH, is co-author of the Oral Health Literacy and Dental Public Health course. She has a faculty appointment at UCLA where she investigates the association between oral health literacy and oral health. Dr. Holtzman left private practice and began her public health career in 2001 when she was recruited by University of Southern California to run two community based oral health promotion programs. She obtained her MPH at UCLA in 2005, completed a DPH residency at UCSF in 2008, and successfully challenged the DPH Board in 2010. Dr. Holtzman has had several publications published in peer-reviewed journals and has spoken widely. Email: holtzman.jennifer@gmail.com

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Dr. Scott Irwin, DDS, MPH
Deputy Director of the Tri-Service Center for Oral Health Studies

Dr. (Lt Col) Irwin is currently the Population Health Epidemiologist with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency and is a Deputy Director of the Tri-Service Center for Oral Health Studies with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His work involves aggregating and analyzing oral health information for the Department of Defense, coaching and partnering with all Air Force dental treatment facilities in matters pertaining to dental public health, and working with post-graduate dental residents. He has practiced dentistry as an associate, practice owner, and military dentist. Dr. Irwin received his dental public health certificate from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2015. Email: irwinsp@gmail.com

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Dr. Elisabeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs,
Chair of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Elisabeth (Elsbeth) Kalenderian received her DDS-degree in 1983 from Rijks Universiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. She moved to Boston as a Fulbright Scholar, completing an internship and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Boston University in 1986. In 1989, she received a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. In 2007, Dr. Kalenderian made the transition to an academic career at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, starting as Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and rising to Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and Chief of Quality for the Harvard Dental Clinic. She obtained a PhD defending her thesis “EZCodes: a diagnostic terminology as the foundational step of quality for the dental profession” in 2013. Dr. Kalenderian has published more than 40 scientific publications in peerreviewed journals and is frequently asked to be a speaker at conferences for Quality Improvement, Dental Diagnostic Terminologies, Meaningful Use, Leadership, and Patient Safety. She currently is Principle Investigator on four NIH funded R01 grants, including projects focusing on dental averse events and dental quality measures. Email: Elisabeth_Kalenderian@hsdm.harvard.edu

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Dr. Susan Kass, EdD, RDH
Professor, Miami Dade College

Dr. Kass graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Miami and Florida International University with her doctorate in Community Counseling and Teaching. Dr. Kass has been teaching Community Dental Health to dental hygiene students for several decades and won three Endowed Teaching Chairs in part due to her involvement in the community promoting oral health.  Dr. Kass served as the American Dental Education Association's Board Director for Allied Dental Program Directors from 2012 to 2015.  Email: skass@mdc.edu

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Dr. Elham Khateeb., BDS, PhD
Assistant Professor, AlQuds University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Khateeb is a dentist who graduated from University of Jordan, completed a Master of Public Health from University of Massachusetts and earned her PhD from University of Iowa. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She is now an assistant professor of Dental Public Health and the head of the Oral Health Research and Promotion unit at Al Quds University School of Dental Medicine at East Jerusalem and a research associate at the Public Policy Center/ University of Iowa. Dr. Khateeb is currently working on many research projects that target vulnerable kids groups such as kids receiving chemotherapy and kids residing in areas with difficult access to care.  Dr. Kateeb also interested in education research. Email: Elhame20@gmail.com

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Dr. Esther E. Kim, DMD, MPH
Program Coordinator, Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement
New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Dental Health

Dr. Kim earned her Master of Public Health degree at Harvard School of Public Health in 2013, Doctor of Dental Medicine degree with Certificate in Dental Public Health at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2012. She is currently the program coordinator at the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Dental Health. Dr. Kim works with Health Resources and Services Administration on the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement pilot program. She also manages the statewide program to integrate oral health into primary care for pregnant women and infants. Additionally, Dr. Kim’s areas of study include geographic differences in dental care and unmet oral health needs among children with special health care needs, and innovations in dental care delivery for vulnerable populations.

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Robin Knowles, RDH, MPH
Professor, Tunxis Community College

Robin Knowles is a Professor of Dental Hygiene at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut where she serves as course leader for Community Oral Health I & II and teaches dental hygiene clinic and Research Seminar II.  She has extensive experience in school based dental programs and developed the dental program at a community health center in Hartford. She recently completed a year as President of the CT Oral Health Initiative, a non-profit oral health advocacy organization and is currently working on an interdisciplinary project to develop education models addressing oral health for low income pregnant women.  Email: RKnowles@txcc.commnet.edu

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Kathy Lituri, RDH, MPH
Clinical Instructor/Oral Health Promotion Director,
Office of Global and Population Health, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

As the Oral Health Promotion Director at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Ms. Lituri plans and implements a variety of community- based oral health promotion activities, lectures in pre- doctoral courses, and have served as a clinical examiner in various research studies, recruits and fosters volunteer dental students, and presents at professional meetings and conferences.  Ms. Lituri currently chairs the Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association. In 2013, Ms. Lituri successfully participated in a pro-fluoridation campaign in the town of Lincoln, MA.  Email: lituri@bu.edu

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Dr. Hannah Maxey, PhD
Assistant Professor, Director of Health Workforce Studies at Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Maxey is actively involved in health workforce policy research at the state and national level. She received her PhD from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in August of 2014. Her dissertation work examined the effect of state regulation of the dental hygiene workforce on dental service delivery, access to care, and the oral health status of patients at Federally Qualified Health Centers from 2004 to 2012. Her most recent work includes a collaborative care pilot, “Putting the Smile in Primary Care” which serves to bridge the gap in access to preventative dental services in the primary care setting. Dr. Maxey has held an Indiana State Dental Hygiene License since 2000, and practiced clinically for nine years prior to pursing graduate education. She joined the Indiana University School of Dentistry as an outreach program manager and clinical faculty in 2009, and received her Master of Public Health in 2011 from Indiana University.  Email: hlmaxey@iupui.edu

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Dr. Michael Manz, DDS, DrPH

Dr. Manz is a surveillance consultant and a member of the data committee for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.  He has assisted numerous states in the development of surveillance systems and in the design, sampling, and data analysis of oral health surveys employing complex sample designs.  As part of his surveillance activities for ASTDD, he completed development of the State Data/Surveillance Template, a tool for navigating internet sources for state level oral health related data, and has contributed to the development of Basic Screening Survey methodology. His primary areas of research focus have been in the areas of health surveillance, survey and sampling research, and analysis of survey and other correlated data. His dental public health training included extensive coursework at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Institute for Social Research in the areas of health surveys, complex sample design, and analysis of data from surveys employing complex sample design, as well as statistics courses dealing with analysis of clustered/correlated data.  Email: mmanz@umich.edu

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Dr. Gloriana M “Nana” Lopez, DDS, MPH
Clinical public health dentist and consultant

Dr. Lopez is a graduate of The University of Florida (Health Education, BS), Emory University School of Dentistry (DDS) and School of Public Health (MPH). She completed her residency in Dental Public Health at the NIDCR and is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She completed training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and an externship in Pediatric Dentistry at University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center. Her experiences range from private dental practice to instructor and faculty at three dental schools (Baylor, UT San Antonio, and UT Houston), dental director of a Rural Community Health Center (CHC) and an urban CHC, program director at the National Center for Farmworker Health, chief dental officer for CHCs in HRSA, and dental director for the State of Texas. Currently she is a part time CHC dentist at Marathon Community Health Center in the Florida Keys and doing dental public health consulting. Email : sealantsby5@aol.com

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Dr. Evelyn Lucas-Perry, DDS, MPH
Director of Public Policy Research, American Dental Education Association

Dr. Lucas-Perry conducts in-depth research into public health and other policy issues affecting academic dentistry and oral health. Dr. Lucas-Perry’s areas of expertise include the Affordable Care Act’s effect on oral health, the Title VII Health Professions Education Programs, and the implications of these and other federal policies on how and where dental professionals practice. Dr. Lucas-Perry leads a team at ADEA to execute highly attended virtual educational seminars on topics including the Ryan White HIV/AIDS dental programs and the U.S. dental safety net. Before joining ADEA, she served as a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Lucas-Perry initiated the first DDS/MPH dual program at the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry, her alma mater. She is currently a doctoral candidate in health policy at George Washington University, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Email: evelynlucasperry@gmail.com

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Sherri M. Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH,

Sherri Lukes, has 34 years of experience in dentistry, 28 spent in academia. She recently retired as associate professor from Southern Illinois University dental hygiene program where she taught community oral health, oral pathology, multicultural dental hygiene and advanced periodontics clinic. Her research was concentrated in migrant farm worker oral health, and issues affecting a range of other underserved groups. Passionate about public health issues, Ms. Lukes served as chair of the Public Health/Access to Care Committee and is now President of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association. Community service projects include annual mission trips to central Mexico, where accompanied by SIU dental hygiene students, she provides oral health care in an orphanage and remote villages. She received Community Service, Teacher of the Year, and Research Paper of the Year awards while at SIU, and was named an Oral Health Champion by the IFLOSS Coalition and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Email: smlukes@siu.edu

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Dr. Angeles Martinez-Mier, DDS, MSD, PhD
Professor, Indiana University School of Dentistry

Dr. E. Angeles Martinez-Mier is professor at Indiana University School of Dentistry. She graduated Cum Laude from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1989. She completed a Masters of Science in Dentistry, majoring in Preventive Dentistry. She then obtained a PhD in Dental Sciences from Indiana University in 2000. She serves as chair of department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health and as the director of the Binational/Cross-cultural Center for Health Enhancement. Her research and service-learning projects have centered on caries prevention, specifically fluoride, and cross-cultural health issues. They been funded by grants from the NIH, HRSA, Clarian Health, Delta Dental, and the West and Borrow Foundations and have received national and international awards. She has lectured as an invited speaker throughout the country and abroad and has served as consultant for the EPA, CDC and the ADA on fluoride issues. She currently teaches public health, cultural and linguistic effectiveness, cariology and preventive dentistry in the DDS and graduate programs. Email: esmartin@iu.edu

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Dr. Ana Karina Mascarenhas, BDS, MPH, DrPH
Associate Dean for Research at Nova Southeastern University
Professor, College of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Mascarenhas received the B.D.S. in 1985 from the Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa, India.  She received the M.P.H. in 1992 and the Dr.P.H. in 1995, from the University of Michigan School Of Public Health.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.   Dr. Mascarenhas is Past President of the American Association for Public Health Dentistry, Director of the American Board of Dental Public Health, and in 2012 started her term as Commissioner, Commission on Dental Accreditation. Dr. Mascarenhas’s primary areas of research interest are in access to care, oral epidemiology and health services research and has been the principal investigator on several grants, and is currently principal investigator on a HRSA grant to develop competencies and curriculum for dental and dental hygiene students in dental public health, and on a School Oral Health Initiative by the Children’s Trust of Miami. Dr. Mascarenhas is a reviewer and on the editorial boards of several journals. Dr. Mascarenhas has taught extensively and published over 50 papers and presented nationally and internationally.  Email: AnaKarina.Mascarenhas@nova.edu

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Dr. Susan McKernan, DMD, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, and Public Policy Center, University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Dr. McKernan attended dental school at the University of Florida and received her MS in dental public health from the University of Iowa. She completed a PhD in health services research in 2012 from the University of Iowa and is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. McKernan is currently funded as an investigator for the evaluation of Iowa’s Medicaid expansion and as co-director of a HRSA State Oral Health Workforce grant. She teaches in the College of Dentistry, providing clinical instruction to 1st year pre-doctoral dental students and didactic instruction to 3rd year pre-doctoral students and dental public health graduate students. Research interests include dental workforce evaluation and geographical barriers to dental care among health disparity populations. Email: susan-mckernan@uiowa.edu

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Dr. Michelle McQuistan, DDS, MS,
Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry

University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Mcquistan received her DDS and MS in Dental Public Health from the University of Iowa and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate program at the University of Florida-Jacksonville Clinic.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.  Dr. McQuistan directs the community-based clinical program for 4th year dental students and is a clinical faculty member in the Geriatric and Special Needs Program.  She is involved in two main areas of research: oral health literacy and the outcomes of community-based clinical programs. Email: michelle-mcquistan@uiowa.edu

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Dr. Saran Rai, BDS, MPH

Dr. Rai received a BDS from King George’s Medical College, Faculty of Dental Sciences, an MPH from New Mexico Stater University, and a certificate in Dental Public Health from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. His practices of dentistry focuses on dental public health especially integration of oral health and medicine.  He actively participated in academia for four years in New Mexico State University where he taught public health courses addressing oral health issues in his teaching and community research works.  For his continuous community outreach activities, Harvard School of Dental Medicine presented him with Harvard Impact Award in 2015.  Email: raisherry@gmail.com

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Dr. Julie C. Reynolds, DDS, MS
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Public Policy Center and College of Dentistry

Dr. Reynolds is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the College of Dentistry. She attended the University of Iowa for her DDS (class of 2011), MS in Dental Public Health, and certificate in Global Health Studies (class of 2013). She is currently involved in several research projects, including an assessment of trends in state dental workforce, an evaluation of a state dental program for the Medicaid expansion population, and the development of a patient-centered dental home model. She also co-teaches a service-learning course that includes a dental service project in a community in central Mexico, and practices clinically in the Geriatric and Special Needs Clinic in the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Email: julie-reynolds@uiowa.edu

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Laurel Risom, RDH, BSDH, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport

Laurel has an extensive amount of experience in dental hygiene education, dental public health, research and private practice. She is a graduate from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, secured her B.S. from the University of Maryland and completed a Master's of Public Health from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is a full time Clinical Associate Professor and the Pediatric Dental Public Health Instructor at Fones. Laurel was most recently honored and named a Top 20 Professor of Dental Hygiene in the USA by Medical Technology Schools.com http://www.medicaltechnologyschools.com/dental-hygienist/top-dental-hygiene-professors. Laurel has published papers in ADHA's Access Magazine, the Journal of Dental Hygiene, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Journal of Periodontology, and the Journal of Dental Research. She is a new presenter for the AAPHD Speakers Bureau and looks forward to sharing the curriculum with you.  Email: lrisom@bridgeport.edu

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Dr. Nixon Roberts, DDS, MPH
Chief Dentist, Federal Correctional Complex, Florence, Colorado

I graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2001. I later obtained an MA degree in International Relations/Economics from City University New York, as well as an MPH degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I also joined the United States Public Health Service, and worked for the Indian Health Service in New Mexico for 10 years. I am currently the Chief Dentist at the Federal Correctional Complex, in Florence Colorado. I am presently undergoing the dental public health residency training at Boston University. 
Email: kenned21@hotmail.com

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Dr. Bob Russell, DDS, MPH
Public Health Dental Director, Bureau Chief of the Oral & Health Delivery Systems Bureau, Iowa Department of Public Health.

Among his many accomplishments include publishing a dental training manual for Federally Qualified Health Center and the development of statewide dental care coordination and promotions campaign (I-Smile) which utilizes dental hygienists and primary health care providers to increase access to oral health care and prevention for Medicaid and uninsured children. Dr. Russell received his dental training at Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry and public health training at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. He serves on several state and national Board of Directors including the National Network for Oral Health Access, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation; and former board member of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Director and the Federal Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Email: Bob.Russell@idph.iowa.gov

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Dr. Eli Schwarz, DDS, MPH, PhD, FHKAM, FCDSHK, FACD, FRACDS
Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry
School of Dentistry, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

Dr. Schwarz, has a D.D.S. and a Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and an MPH (Cum Laude) from Hadassah Medical School, University of Jerusalem.  He is a Founding Fellow of the HK Academy of Medicine and a Fellow in the specialty of Community Dentistry in the HK College of Dental Surgeons.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. In 1987, he was conferred the Royal Order, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. His Research interests include Oral Health Services Research, Epidemiology, and Preventive Dentistry interventions across the life span.  More than 100 articles, reports and book chapters, and more than 100 published abstracts and invited presentations.  His present focus is on building Dental Public Health capacity in Oregon through collaborative efforts between the School of Dentistry and external community organizations. He is the Principal Investigator on the recently completed study on Oral Health Needs of and Dental Care Services for Older Adults in Clackamas County, Oregon.  Email: schwarz@ohsu.edu

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Dr. Marushka Silveira, BDS, MPH, PhD
Senior Data Analyst/Epidemiologist (C),
National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Marushka Silveira is currently a Senior Data Analyst/Epidemiologist (C) in the Division of Epidemiology, Services & Prevention Research at the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIH). She completed a dental public health residency at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH. Dr. Silveira obtained her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her dental training from the Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital in India. Her research interests include the study of social and behavioral determinants of health with a focus on maternal health and oral health.  Email: marushkasilveira@gmail.com

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Dr. Pamela Stein, DMD, MPH
Professor, Division of Public Health Dentistry, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Dr. Stein earned her D.M.D. degree from the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry in 1990, her Masters of Public Health in 2009 and her board certification in Public Health in 2014.  She is a professor in the Division of Public Health Dentistry at the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry where she serves as course director for Geriatric Dentistry and Advanced Concepts in Public Health Dentistry. She has received multiple teaching awards including the University of Kentucky’s oldest and most prestigious award for teaching, the Great Teacher Award.  Her area of research and service has focused on health literacy, advocacy, prevention and health promotion. She has served as the geriatric oral health consultant to the Kentucky Department of Public Health and has created an oral health promotion curriculum for dental and nursing professionals that has been utilized in several states across the US and in Australia. She is the co-author of an Oral Health module in Smiles for Life, a national oral health curriculum for primary care providers developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  Email: pam.stein@uky.edu

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Dr. John Warren, DDS, MS
Professor, University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Dr. is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Dental Public Health at the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry.  In addition, he currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Dental Public Health.  Dr. Warren received both his DDS and his MS in Dental Public Health from the University of Iowa. He has been involved in a number of population-based research studies, including a longitudinal study of dental caries in American Indian children and the longitudinal Iowa Fluoride Study.  He also serves as a Gold Standard Examiner & Trainer for the NIDCR-funded Oral Health Disparity Centers. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles and has taught epidemiology, community dentistry and caries prevention to pre-doctoral and postdoctoral dental students since 1990.Email: john-warren@uiowa.edu

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Dr. Robert J. Weyant, MS, DMD, DrPH
Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Public Health
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Weyant, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Public Health, and is also Associate Dean for Public Health at the School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Weyant received his B.S., M.S. (public health) and D.M.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and his Dr.P.H (epidemiology) degree from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Weyant has been a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health since 1987.  Dr. Weyant has been, since 2008, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and is the previous Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews for the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice.  Dr. Weyant has been teaching courses in dental public health, research methods, and evidence-based Practice for over 20 years. Email: rjw1@pitt.edu

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Josefine Wolfe, MSPH, RDH, CHES

Ms. Josefine Wolfe has 10 years of experience working in public health.  She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, holds an undergraduate degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a Masters of Public Health from Walden University, and is currently writing a dissertation in completion of a PhD in Public Health, Community Health Education and Health Promotion.   Ms. Wolfe’s research interests include children’s oral health issues and the role of the dental hygienist in reducing oral health disparities.  She also serves on several committees and boards; which include Section Council and Program planner for the American Public Health Association’s Oral Health Section and Executive Member of the American Association of Community Dental Programs. Email: josefine.wolfe@live.com

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Dr. Marjorie Lindsay Wright, DMD, MPH
Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health, A.T. Still University

Dr. Wright received her D.M.D. degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and completed a general practice residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. She obtained a Master’s in Public Health degree from University of Illinois-Chicago and completed a dental public health residency at A.T. Still University. Dr. Wright is currently an adjunct professor at A.T. Still University College of Graduate Health Studies where she teaches in the Department of Public Health. Her research and program interests include access to oral health care for the pregnant patient, oral health care education for home-visiting nurses, and interdisciplinary oral health education and collaboration.  Email: mlwright01@atsu.edu

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Dr. Juan F. Yepes, DDS, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH
Associate professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry,
Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Juan F. is a dentist (DDS) and a physician (MD) from Javeriana University at Bogota, Colombia. In 1999, Juan F. moved to the USA and attended the University of Iowa and the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a fellowship and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Oral Medicine respectively in 2002 and 2004.  In 2006, Juan F. completed a Master in Public Health (MPH), and in 2011 a Doctoral Degree in Public Health (DrPH) both with emphasis in Epidemiology at the University Of Kentucky College Of Public Health. In 2008, Juan F. completed a residency program in Dental Public Health at University of Texas, Baylor College of Dentistry. Finally, Juan F. completed the residency program and Masters of Science degree in pediatric dentistry at the University of Kentucky in 2012.  Juan F. is Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, American Board of Dental Public Health, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Juan F. was the section head of oral and maxillofacial radiology at the University of Kentucky for 6 years (2004 to 2009). Email: jfyepes@iupui.edu

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Dr. Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, DDS, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Departments of Restorative Dentistry and Community Dentistry, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Dr. Zwetchkenbaum is a graduate of the University Of North Carolina School Of Dentistry and obtained his Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Michigan.  He has pursued training in General Practice Residency (Minneapolis, MN), Prosthodontics (Newark, NJ), and Geriatric Dentistry (Stratford, NJ). He is a part-time clinical instructor at Rutgers, providing didactic and clinical training in the care of older adults.  Additionally, he is the director of Senior Dental Solutions of NJ, a service bringing oral health to long-term care and serves as dentist at Edison Job Corps, a program for low-income young adults pursuing job training. Dr. Zwetchkenbaum was previously on faculty at University of Michigan, providing clinical care and directing the General Practice Residency program in Hospital Dentistry. Email: zwetchsr@sdm.rutgers.edu

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