The Official Newsletter for the Academy of Laser Dentistry March 2010 • Spring Edition
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ALD 2010 Conference Edition!
Dentistry: Register for the ALD 2010
Conference in Miami, FL
Where We Are The ALD 2010 Conference will be held in
Headed in the Miami at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Reserve Your Room ONLINE
New Decade? Surrounded by green fairways
and shimmering water, Doral Golf
Keynote Speaker: Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort,
is an oasis of luxury in the South
Ronald L. Tankersley, D.D.S., ADA President Florida sun.
The Academy of Laser Dentistry welcomes Dr. Ron Tankersley, President of Guest rooms and
the ADA to address the General Session on Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Miami. suites situated in
Dr. Tankersley will share his perspective on Dentistry in the Next Decade. As a intimate lodges
practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Newport News, Williamsburg and near the main
Hampton, Virginia, and ADA president, Dr. Tankersley is a leading advocate clubhouse, around
for oral health. the resort’s
“We are so pleased to have Dr. Tankersley address our general session”, said 650 beautiful
Dr. Scott Benjamin, ALD’s General and Scientific Sessions Committee Chair for tropical acres,
the 17th Annual Conference. “Dr. Tankersley’s address will undoubtedly embrace and in the serene
the theme of our meeting and add a prominent message about the challenges we surroundings of The
all face together to be exceptional dentists for our patients. This timely message Spa at Doral reflect
is of extreme importance to all health care professionals.” the colors, beauty, and relaxed ambiance
To further enhance the Academy’s mission of improving the health and well of South Florida’s natural landscape.
being of patients through the proper use of laser technology, ALD continues to
foster dialogue and build community among its members and dental organizations,
educational institutions, researchers, industry representatives and others. ALD
actively collaborates with the ADA, AGD, AACD, AAID, Laser Institute of
America, ADHA, and many other dental organizations and state boards in
providing a balanced educational experience for dental practitioners.
The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) founded in 1993 is an international
organization of clinicians, academicians, researchers and industry partners
devoted to clinical education, research, and the development of standards and
guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental laser technology.
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The 2010 ALD Conference in Miami will welcome over 20 leaders in the laser dentistry industry. The
company exhibits will be set up and representatives will be available during each day of the conference. Stop
by their booths to see and discuss the vast array of products available to you and your practice. Take advantage
of the opportunity to discuss and learn as the exhibitors contribute to lectures, certification exercises, and user
groups. This year’s exhibitors will include:
• Acigi Relaxation/Fuyiiryoki— offering therapeutic massage chairs, • OraPharma, inc.— www.orapharma.com
www.fujichair.com • Orascoptic— offering superior visualization
• Biolase technology— developers of advanced medical and dental laser through innovative, lightweight optics,
products, www.biolase.com www.orascopic.com/laser
• Cetylite industries— manufacturers of liquids, gels, ointments and a host of • Photonics Media— Laurin Publishing
complimentary products, www.cetylite.com Company’s international suite of media,
• Claremont Medical Products— part of the Ballina Capital group, known for www.photonics.com
the Yap laser • Professional Arts Pharmacy— specializing
• Discus Dental— dealer of premium whitening, hygiene, restorative and a in the age-old art and science of
variety dental supplies and equipment, www.discusdental.com pharmaceutical compounding,
• global surgical Corporation — manufacturer of surgical microscopes for
dentistry, www.globalsurgical.com • Qlasers, inc.— a distributor of the QLaser
• henry schein Dental— a full service dental dealer of supplies and
equipment, www.henryschein.com • RgP Dental— manufacturer of the Swedish
Seating System, www.rgpdental.com
• innovative Optics Laser Eyewear— manufacturer of laser protective
• sirona Dental systems— a leading
glasses specializing in the dental market, www.innovativeoptics.com innovator of complete line of imaging
• Ivoclar vivadent— a leading international manufacturer of high quality dental products and technology, www.sirona.com
preventative, restorative and prosthetic materials, www.innovativeoptics.com • surgitel/general scientific— dedicated to offering magnification, fiber
• Kavo Dental— the leader in reliable and innovative dental equipment and optic, and curing light systems with a focus on ergonomics, vision, and
instrumentation, www.kavousa.com comfort, www.surgitel.com
• Lares Research— a recognized leader in the advancement of minimally • technology 4 Medicine— offering a broad range of advanced technology
invasive laser dentistry, www.laresdental.com and laser-based products, www.t4med.com
• Laser Light Canada— known for its offering of low level lasers, • UsA Laser Biotech— designer and manufacturer of super pulsed surgical
www.laserlightcanada.com and biostimulation lasers, www.DentalHILT.com
• LuxarCare — service and support provider for LX-20 Series dental Luxar • Yodle Dental Marketing— a leader in local online advertising, connecting
CO2 surgical lasers business with consumer, www.yodledentalmarketing.com
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Golf at the Doral / The legendary Great White Course is enjoyable for the high handicap player while maintaining the integrity of the
The Great White Course course for the accomplished player. A Greg Norman Signature Course, the 7,171-yard, par-72 Great White Course
is the only golf course of its kind in the Southeast US that utilizes coquina -- crushed shells -- as the primary design
Jim McLean Signature Course element on every hole. In designing the Great White, Norman blended strategically demanding fairways with hundreds
Wednesday, April 14
of palm trees. He then planned the course in a manner where water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes, which
Tee Time: 7:30 AM
makes for a challenging, but picturesque Great White Golf Course.
Course Fee: $190
* Course Yardage: 7,127 * Slope / Rating: NA
Golf at the Doral / The Blue Monster Homes of the Stars Cruise / South Beach Shopping & Lunch
Thursday, April 15
Sunday, April 18
9:00am - 3:00 PM
Tee Time: 7:30 AM
$98 per person
Course Fees: $288
* includes forecaddies Homes of the Stars Cruise.
which are mandatory Enjoy a 90-minute cruise tour
on the Blue Monster aboard the Island Queen. The
good life in South Florida is
nowhere better displayed than along Biscayne Bay and the various
The Blue Monster has been Home of the World Golf Islands. Hear stories and glimpses into the historical past and present of Miami homes
Championships and a PGA Tour site for 45 years. Every of the rich and famous.
great name in golf has had a moment of personal triumph
on The Blue Monster. It features long fairways, undulating This cruise allows guests to peek into the backyards of many celebrities such as
greens, deep Bermuda roughs, and a unique assortment of Rosie O’Donnell, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Barry Gibb. View the waterfront
water hazards. Seek your moment of triumph and play with mansions of Julio Iglesias, the Parker Pen estate and Sony Records new estate. See the
ALD! honeymoon cottage of Liz Taylor and Eddie Fisher and the home used in the film “The
Specialist” that starred Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone. On Palm Island guests will
Originally designed by noted architect Dick Wilson, over see one of Al Capone’s old mansions.
the past 20 years the Blue Monster has been modified
and updated to meet the demands of the PGA Tour by After the Cruise you will be shuttled to the Famous ‘South Beach’ for an afternoon of
two-time Doral Champion and hall-of-famer Raymond lunch and shopping. Visit many of the quaint cafés and shops along South Beach’s well-
Floyd and world renowned golf instructor, Jim McLean. known Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. A ‘Must See’ for all visitors.
Most recently the greens and bunkers were modernized
under the watchful eye of the PGA Tour for the WGC-CA
Championship whose inaugural event was played in 2007. South Beach Shuttle
* Course Yardage: 6701 South Beach
* Slope / Rating: 72.2 / 125 Friday, April 16
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Poolside Parties $12.00 / person
Thursday, April 15 ALD will provide motor coach service with
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM a varying departure and return schedule on
Friday night. You can leave the driving to
Saturday, April 17 us and explore South Beach nightlife, enjoy
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM dinner at any of the many restaurants and
people-watch to your hearts content. South
Swim, Eat, Drink, Relax, Schmooze, and have fun with Beach in Miami offers interesting nightlife
organized games and prizes. worth experiencing!
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Laser Certification Program 2010
Professional Development and Mentors
by Dr. Frank Yung
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary
of the invention of the ruby laser by the late
Professor Maiman, the use of lasers has been
spreading quite readily within the disciplines Dr John Graeber teaches with the
of medicine and dentistry. Traditional surgical Ivoclar diode laser.
techniques have been replaced by the use of
lasers as the new gold standards, and lasers Dr. Don Coluzzi demonstrates laser
are set to define more possibilities. With proper training, laser technology technique on the Elmo for all to see
enables efficient, dependable and predictable treatment outcome, but
unfortunately enormous treatment opportunities can go unused or underused Dr. Glenn
simply because we can be misled by those who may have limited perspective van As, Dr.
regarding treatment potentials of laser-tissue interactions. The capacity to Frank Yung,
provide an independent and unbiased assessment of knowledge and surgical Dr. Craig
skills illustrates how ALD can provide long-term professional development Gimbel and
goals and priorities for its members. The Standard & Advanced Proficiency Lomke
Certification structure is a powerful strategy for involving experienced vounteer
mentors in high quality professional development that leads to improvements Dr. Charles Hoopingarner their time.
demonstsrates the GPT CO2 device
in our understanding and clinical applications of lasers: What we know, how
we know it, and what we need to know.
I am thankful for the 10th Anniversary of my mentors’
influence on the quality of my patient care and proud of my Mary Lynn
subsequent ALD certifications. I am sure you will be too. teaches
With kind regards, attendees
Frank Y.W. Yung, DDS
Chair, Certification Committee
Introductory to Lasers Course Standard Proficiency
Tuesday, April 13, 2010: 12 Noon - 9:00pm Tuesday, April 13, 2010: 12 Noon - 9:00pm
Wednesday, April 14, 2010: 9:00am - 5:00pm
ALD’s professional and unbiased approach to lasers in dentistry offers Course Description
a unique opportunity to LEARN, SEE AND TOUCH almost every laser Certification Program in accordance with the Curriculum Guidelines
system available today. This hands-on opportunity is brought to you by and Standards for Dental Laser Education. A two-day course, hands-on and
academicians and clinicians engaged in dental laser research, education and examination program fulfills ALD’s requirements based on the Curriculum
clinical practice. Imagine the widest spectrum of laser devices under one Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education.
roof in an educational setting! Gain basic understanding of laser technology,
dental laser wavelengths, devices and the safe and effective use for patient
Upon registration students receive study manuals to prepare for this
care. Recognize the wavelength and device most suitable to your practice.
level of certification. The two day course will review in detail the areas
covered in the instruction material. Interactive and hands-on sessions are
Candidates in the Introduction to Lasers Hands-on course will: integral to this program. This level of education includes laser proficiency
• Participate in 7-hours of educational instruction. and laboratory knowledge.
• Participate in hands-on clinical use of many different laser devices.
• Learn laser physics, the fundamentals of lasers, laser safety, and Standard Level two day hands-on course includes:
infection control. • Course
• Learn laser types, delivery systems, operating parameters and • Examination - ONLINE
• Review scientific studies of both hard and soft tissue laser applications.
• Review treatment applications.
Examination by the published deadline prior to the Annual Confer-
Standard Proficiency Certification Course ence. The exam will test the candidate’s knowledge of a chosen
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – 12:Noon – 9:00 pm laser(s), within an environment that replicates a given clinical setting.
When Registration Sign-in 10:00 am - 12 noon
Lecture 12:Noon - 5:00 pm • Clinical Case Presentations and Examination. Candidates must
Dinner 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm wait 1-year after successful completion of the written and clinical
simulation examination to apply for this final portion of Advanced
Hands-On 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Proficiency. Candidates will prepare 5 clinical case studies and be
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm prepared to present a minimum of two. Laser Safety Officers are not
required to participate in this portion.
Pre-requisite Basic understanding of Lasers in Dentistry
Upon registering for the Advanced Proficiency program, candidate will
1. Successful completion of a recognized introduction download extensive preparation instructions including a suggested time table
Participation to lasers course is a mandatory prerequisite for and be assigned a mentor who has Advanced Proficiency and who will be
Pre-requisite Standard Proficiency Certification. The required available to the candidate for the 2 years it requires to complete the Advanced
hours needed to satisfy this prerequisite are equal Proficiency process.
to or greater than 2.5 credit hours. The introductory After passing all three parts, members will receive a Certificate of
material should be approved at the discretion of the successful completion and will be eligible to apply for the ALD Mastership
2. The candidate must own or have access to a dental
laser. The One-on-One Learning Experience
3. Basic understanding of Lasers in Dentistry. The Certification Committee provides a mentor program and study
guides to help candidates prepare for success.
Who can Dentists in all disciplines, hygienists, and other
apply/attend related staff or industry representatives who would Online Review & Written Examination
serve as a laser safety officer.
Recognizing busy lives and to better serve the needs of experienced
members, ALD’s Virtual Campus brings learning and proficiency
Certificate of Candidates must successfully demonstrate an examination directly to eligible members.
Standard understanding of all wavelengths via a written
Proficiency online examination and clinical proficiency of the
Recognition wavelengths chosen. Advanced Proficiency Certification Program
Review & . . . . . . . . . .
CE Credits 12 ADA CERP / AGD Credits July 1 - February 1
Dr. Donald Coluzzi, Dr. Steven Parker, Dr. David Clinical Simulation Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Faculty Roshkind, Dr. Frank Yung Exam & Clinical 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Case Study Clinical Simulation Exams &
Presentations Case Study Exams
Who can Members of the
Wednesday, April 14, 2010: 9:00am - 5:00pm
apply/attend Academy of Laser Dentistry
Advanced Review and Exam: To begin the
Advanced Proficiency certification represents a higher level of
process, eligibility requires that you have held
recognition for knowledge and application of lasers used in the clinical
your Standard Proficiency for a period of one
environment. Candidates for advanced level recognition must demonstrate
year prior to applying for Part 1 of Advanced
advanced level of clinical competency in safety and clinical use.
Proficiency Review & Online Exam.
There are three components at this level:
Pre-requisites Advanced Clinical Simulation: The
• Online Review & Written Examination. A 175 multiple choice candidate must pass the ONLINE Review and
online exam covers all areas of lasers in dentistry. Applicants must Examination by the published deadline prior to
have achieved Standard Proficiency at least 1-year prior to beginning the Annual Conference.
the Advanced Proficiency program. Candidates must pass the online
Advanced Clinical Case Studies: Candidates
review and examination by February 1 to be eligible to take the 2010
must wait 1-year after successful completion of
Clinical Simulation examination.
the written and clinical simulation examination
to apply for this final portion of Advanced
• Clinical Simulation Examination. This exam is available at the An-
nual Conference. The candidate must pass the ONLINE Review and
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The Academy of Laser Dentistry Announces 2010 Award Recipients
by Dr. Ana Triliouris
ALD’s Awards Committee is pleased to 2004, Dr. Glenn van As in 2006, Dr. Frank Yung and Dr. Giovanni Olivi in
announce the 2010 ALD Award Recipients. Each 2007, and Dr. Stuart Coleton in 2009.
recipient will be honored during the 17th ALD
Conference, April 14-17, 2010, at the Marriott Doral Dr. Steven Parker
Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, FL. The members of
Dr. Steven Parker qualified in dental
the Awards Committee are Dr. Ana Triliouris, Dr.
surgery at University College London in
Peter Rechmann, Dr. Alan Goldstein and Executive
1974. He maintains a private practice since
Director Gail Siminovsky CAE.
1977, in Harrogate, United Kingdom. His
interest in lasers was prompted by a chance
The Leon Goldman Award is presented for clinical excellence. Dr. meeting with Dr. Terry Myers, in London
Goldman was the first physician to report on laser exposure to a vital human in 1990. Continued association with Dr.
tooth. The 2010 recipient is Dr. Shigeyuki Nagai. Myers and American Dental Technologies,
led to Dr. Parker attending and speaking at
The Distinguished Service Award is presented for outstanding the inaugural conference of the Academy, in
commitment and contribution to the Academy. The 2010 recipient is Dr. Chicago in 1993. At this meeting, he became
Stephen Parker. a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
He returned to the United States in May 1994,
Dr. Shieyuki Nagai successfully passed his Standard Proficiency, and agreed to be the first Chair
Dr. Shigeyuki Nagai received his DDS of International Relations. Dr. Parker’s uninterrupted length of service to
from the Osaka Dental University, Japan in 1987 the Academy has spanned over 15 years, and has included attendance at over
and studied at the Harvard School of Dental 50 Academy Board of Directors meetings. He has served as Chair of eight
Medicine as a Clinical Fellow from1989 to 1992 different committees of the Academy between 1995 and 2010, co-editor of
when he practiced at the Massachusetts Veterans the Academy journal between 1999 and 2004 and in 2005 was elected as
Administration Medical Center in 1990 and the President - the only individual non-domiciled in the USA and representative
Mass. General Hospital in 1991. Dr. Nagai’s of the International outreach of the Academy. In 2005, in Edinburgh Scotland,
clinical achievements in excellence include Dr. Parker hosted the only ALD Board of Directors meeting that has been
Advanced Proficiency and Educator Status in held outside the USA.
Nd:YAG, Diode and Er:YAG. He currently Part of Dr. Parker’s
serves on the ALD Certification Committee and commitment to the
International Relations Committee, and is the founder of the Japan Society Academy and his position of
for Dental Anti-Aging. Dr. Nagai serves as a board member of the Japanese representation in certification,
Society for Laser Dentistry, the Japanese Academy of Color for Dentistry, has led to areas of personal
and Asia and Pacific Division of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry achievement; he has gained
(International Society for Lasers in Dentistry). He is a committee member Advanced Proficiency in four
of the Japan Academy of laser wavelengths, between
Esthetic Dentistry and Japan 1995 and 2007. In addition,
Association of Microscopic he was awarded the Leon
Dentistry, a vice president Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in Laser Dentistry in 1998
and chief instructor of the successfully completed the ALD Educators Course at UCSF in 2000 and
Japanese chapter of the was accepted as a Master of the Academy in 2008. From 1999 onwards, Dr.
Academy of Laser Dentistry, Parker has been an ALD Recognized Course Provider. Dr. Parker may be
an adviser and chief Instructor reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of the Japan Erbium Dental
Laser Academy. He is also Previous Distinguished Service recipients include:
a member of International
Society for Oral Laser Applications, Japan Society for Laser Surgery and Dr. Stewart Rosenberg in 1993; Dr. Scott Brundrett in 1995; Mr. John
Medicine, and Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. Dr. Nagai Sulewski in 1996; University of California, San Francisco in 1997; Dr. David
maintains a full-time practice in Tokyo, Japan, and may be reached by email M. Roshkind in 1998, Dr. Alan J. Goldstein in 1999; Dr. William Siminovsky
at NagaiDC@aol.com. in 2000; Dr. Stuart Coleton in 2002; Dr. Donald Patthoff in 2003, Dr. Tony
Previous Leon Goldman honorees include: Dr. Kim Kutsch in 1993; Hewlett in 2004; Dr. Joel White in 2005; Dr. Donald Coluzzi in 2006; Dr.
Dr. Robert Pick in 1995; Dr. Steven Parker in 1998, Dr. Donald J. Coluzzi Art Levy in 2007, Dr. Lester Burman in 2008, and Dr. Dennis R. Pietrini
and Dr. Robert E. Barr in 1999; Dr. Janet Hatcher Rice in 2000; Ms. Nora
M. Raffetto, RDH in 2001; Dr. Duane H. Beers in 2002, Dr. Gabi Kesler in
ALD Announces 2010 Student Scholarship Award Recipients
by Dr. Ana Triliouris
The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is proud to announce three recipients for the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship Recognition
for 2010. Each clinician will give an oral presentation as part of the Scientific & General Sessions of the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s 17th
Annual Conference, April 14-17, 2010 at the Marriott Doral Resort and Spa in Miami, FL.
Each applicant’s eligibility is demonstrated by academic achievement in the study of lasers in dentistry. The selection is based on an abstract
of laser research submitted for presentation. The Scholarship funds cover one year of ALD membership, full conference registration to participate
in ALD 2010, Standard Proficiency Certification participation, air transportation, and hotel accommodations at the Doral Resort and Spa.
The following summarizes the three doctors’ work that will be presented in Miami.
Dr. Verica Aleksic is in the PhD program of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Ben-Amy is our first
at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, recipient of this special recognition in pediatric dentistry.
Department of Hard Tissue Engineering,
Section of Periodontology. She will present Introduction and Aim of this Study:
“Low-level Er:YAG Irradiation Enhances Oral mucositis is a morbid and costly side effect of cancer treatment
Osteoblast Proliferation Through Activation in pediatric patients. No preventive or therapeutic methods have been
of MAPK/ERK” on Thursday, April 15, during validated for this condition. Several studies testing the efficacy of laser
Understanding Photobiomodulation: Low for the reduction of incidence, duration and/or severity of cancer therapy
Level Laser Treatment & Photo Therapy, 10:45 induced oral mucositis have been performed. Results of these studies have
am – 12:15 pm - Morning Breakout Session. been encouraging but most authors agree that this subject requires more
Dr. Aleksic is mentored by Akira Aoki, DDS, clinical study. Objectives of our study: 1. To test the hypothesis that laser
PhD, Associate Professor, Tokyo Medical and application during cytotoxic therapy will reduce incidence, severity and
Dental University. duration of oropharyngeal mucositis in pediatric cancer patients. 2. To study
the effects of laser exposure on the need for parenteral nutrition analgesics,
Introduction and Aim of this Study:
and duration of hospital stay of children treated for malignancy.
Based on the various advantageous effects, the Er:YAG laser has been
recently considered as one of the most promising laser systems for periodontal Significance: Prevention of oral mucositis and/or reduction in its signs
and peri-implant therapy. and symptoms can significantly improve the quality of life of the patients,
It has been reported in an animal study that increased amount of reduce the hospitalization costs and most importantly, increase the survival
new bone formation was significantly enhanced following Er:YAG laser rate of these patients.
irradiation (Mizutani et al. LSM 2006, Takasaki et al. LIMS 2007). One of Dr. Ben-Amy may be reached by email at email@example.com.
the potential explanations for significant new bone formation might be related
to the effect of low-level Er:YAG laser irradiation (low-level laser therapy, Dr. Cynthia Morford, is a second year
photo-bio-modulation). resident in the Postgraduate Prosthodontic
In osteogenesis, several in vitro studies using different laser devices Program at University of California, San
have previously demonstrated the positive effects of low-level irradiation in Francisco UCSF. She will present “Er:YAG
promoting new bone formation by inducing proliferation and differentiation laser debonding of porcelain veneers” Saturday
of osteoblasts. Since no studies have reported the effect of low-level Er:YAG April 17, 2010 during Contemporary Topics in
irradiation on osteoblasts, the aim of this study is to investigate the potential the Use of Erbium Lasers Procedures 10:30
photo-bio-modulatory effect of the Er:YAG laser on osteoblasts.
am – 12:15 pm - Morning Breakout Session.
Dr. Aleksic may be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Morford is mentored by Peter Rechmann,
Prof. Dr. med. dent., Professor - Division of
Dr. Adar Ben-Amy, student scholar from Prosthodontics, Director Clinical Sciences
Israel completed the post-graduate pediatric Research Group, Department of Preventive
residency program at the University of and Restorative Dental Sciences, University of
Alabama, Birmingham in 2009. He will California San Francisco School of Dentistry.
present “Efficacy of laser treatment for prevention
of oral mucositis in pediatric cancer patients” Introduction and Aim of this Study:
” on Thursday, April 15, during Understanding Removal of porcelain veneers using Er:YAG lasers have been described
Photobiomodulation: Low Level Laser Treatment in case reports. The aim of the study was to systematically investigate the use
& Photo Therapy, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm - Morning of an Er:YAG laser for veneer removal without destroying the veneer as well
Breakout Session. Dr. Ben-Amy is mentored by as without aggressive destruction or removal of underlying tooth substance.
Noel K. Childers, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor and
Dr. Morford may be reached at email@example.com.
Chair, University of Alabama Birmingham School
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Meet your ALD Candidates for Board Service 2010
By Dr. Steven Burman, Nominations Chairman
The Academy of Laser Dentistry PRESIDENT ELECT: Dr. Ana Maria
Nominations Committee presents the 2010 Triliouris is a general dentist in private
nominations for officers and members of the practice in Merrick, New York, and is a charter
Board of Directors. The following is a short member of the ALD. She currently serves as
biography of each of these leaders: the Academy’s Vice President. She is among
the very few dentists that started using lasers
in 1990 and has volunteered for the ALD
Characteristics and Attributes of an in different positions since then. She was
Ideal ALD Board Member the first Editor of the ALD first publication
• Proven Performance “Wavelengths”. She is an active member of the ADA and its
Leadership requires knowledge, talent, skill, vitality and the ability components as well as the Academy of General Dentistry and the
to make a difference. In the association environment, that translates American Association of Women Dentists. She is also the chair of
into a solid track record of contributing to the success of programs, 3 ALD Committees: the Dr. Eugene Seidner Student Scholarship
events or projects. Committee, Awards Committee and Communications, and is the
Editor of ALD’s Lightwaves newsletter. Dr. Triliouris may be
• Commitment reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving as an association leader is both an honor and a reward, but
it requires a demonstrated commitment to the organization and its VICE PRESIDENT: Dr. Arthur Levy maintains
mission and goals. a private practice in Chester, New Jersey, and is a
charter member of the ALD. He holds Advanced
• Time to Serve Proficiency in Nd:YAG. He has been active in
Participating fully in association activities requires extra time to numerous committees and on the Board of Directors
prepare for travel and attend meetings. since the beginning of the Academy in 1993, and
he currently serves as Treasurer. Dr. Levy may be
• Understanding of Team Work reached by email at email@example.com.
Many people contribute their efforts toward the realization of an
association’s goals and objectives – no one does it alone. Well TREASURER: Dr. Glenda Payas practices
developed interpersonal and communication skills are essential to general dentistry in Tulsa Oklahoma. She is a charter
effective teamwork. member of the ALD, and holds Advanced Proficiency
in CO2 and Er:YAG wavelengths. Dr. Payas currently
• Sound Judgment and Integrity serves as Secretary on the ALD Executive Committee
In many instances, popularity brings potential leaders into the after completing her first 3 year term of service in
limelight of an association. But popularity must be tempered with 2009. She was one of the first dentists in the United
good judgment and integrity. Decisions may need to be made that States to use a laser, starting in 1991. Dr. Payas can
are not popular with the members. be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Communication and “Teaching” Skills SECRETARY: Dr. Scott Benjamin is a
By virtue of their position, current leaders serve as mentors and graduate of SUNY Buffalo, School of Dental
teachers to future leaders. Enthusiasm – a zest for serving the Medicine and has been in full-time private practice
association is an important ingredient that leaders must be able to in rural upstate New York for over 30 years. Dr.
pass along to their successors. Benjamin is an internationally recognized authority
on Oral Cancer and a leader in computerized dental
• Ability to Subordinate Special Interests technology and dental lasers. Dr. Benjamin is a
Leaders often emerge because of their special expertise or effective Visiting Professor at the SUNY at Buffalo School of
representation of a specific constituency. Leadership, however, Dental Medicine and is a Research Associate at the
may require subordinating those interests for the greater good of New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry.
the association. Dr. Benjamin is an active member of ADA Standards Committee on Dental
Informatics (ADA-SCDI), and is the chairman of several separate Working
• Be Strategic Thinkers Groups and was appointed to the Task Force on the National Healthcare
Intuitive and interpretive skills enable leaders to understand the Information Infrastructure (NHII). He is a past President of the Sixth
people around them, internalize the data they receive, recognize the District Dental Society of the New York State Dental Association, has
relationships that exist between the systems within their world and served on the ALD Board of Directors and is the 2010 ALD Chairman of
integrate all these elements into a coherent whole. General & Scientific Sessions Committee for the Miami Conference. Dr.
Benjamin may be contacted at email@example.com.
Meet your ALD Candidates cont. from page 8 and maintains a private practice limited to periodontics and implantology in
Visalia, CA. He is a consultant to the Central California Veterans Hospital,
The offices of President and Immediate Past President are automatically
Fresno, and is an attending clinical instructor for the GPR Program. Dr.
filled, and are not part of the voting process. These two officers are:
Gilio may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESIDENT: Dr. Steven Burman is in private
Dr. Raminta Mastis is in full time private
practice of general dentistry in Manalapan, New
practice of general dentistry in St. Clair Shores,
Jersey. He holds Advanced Proficiency in Nd:YAG
Michigan. She has been awarded Mastership in the
and Er:YAG wavelengths as well as Educator status.
Academy of Laser Dentistry and Fellowship in the
He is presently the President Elect of the ALD, and
Academy of General Dentistry. She has achieved
serves as Chair of the subcommittee on Information
Advanced Proficiency in the Er:YAG laser wavelength,
Systems. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General
but also routinely uses diode (810 nm and 980nm) and
Dentistry, a Master of the Academy of Laser Dentistry
CO2 laser wavelengths in her practice. She is a member
and has presented lectures on laser use and trainings
of the ALD’s Certification Committee and Laser Safety
throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Burman may be reached by
Committee. She has served as an Examiner and a
email at email@example.com.
Laser Safety Officer for several years during the ALD annual sessions. She
has presented lectures and trainings on laser use, as well as other advanced
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Dr. Tony technologies. Dr. Mastis may be reached by email at milaserdentist@
Hewlett is in private practice of general dentistry in comcast.net.
Stanwood, Washington. He currently serves as the ALD
President. He received the Academy’s Distinguished
Dr. Shigeyuki Nagai received his DDS from
Service Award in 2004 for his outstanding commitment
the Osaka Dental University, Japan in 1987 and
and contributions. He has served on the Executive
studied at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine as
Committee for five years, on the ALD Board of
a Clinical Fellow from1989 to 1992 when he practiced
Directors for six years prior to executive service and
at the Massachusetts Veterans Administration Medical
as chair of the Membership committee for eight years.
Center in 1990 and the Mass. General Hospital in 1991.
Dr. Hewlett may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He holds Advanced Proficiency in Nd:YAG, Diode and
Er:YAG as well as Educator Status, currently serves
NOMINATED BOARD MEMBERS for 2010-2013 on the ALD Certification Committee and International
Relations Committee. He is the founder of the Japan Society for Dental
Dr. Douglas A. Gilio graduated from the Anti-Aging, and serves as a board member of the Japanese Society for Laser
University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, the Japanese Academy of Color for Dentistry, and Asia and Pacific
Dentistry in 1975 and holds a degree in advanced Division of The World Federation for Laser Dentistry (International Society
periodontology from the University of Southern for Lasers in Dentistry). He is a committee member of the Japan Academy
California (1981). His first use of dental laser devices of Esthetic Dentistry and Japan Association of Microscopic Dentistry, a vice
was in 1991 and, he became a member of the ADL in president and chief instructor of the Japanese division of the Academy of
1993. He achieved Nd: YAG educator’s status in 1994 Laser Dentistry, an adviser and chief Instructor of the Japan Erbium Dental
and master’s status in 1997. He currently has four active Laser Academy. He is also a member of International Society for Oral Laser
lasers he uses in his private practice, 3 Nd: YAG and Applications, Japan Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine, and Academy
1 Er: YAG. Dr. Gilio is a US Navy Dental Corps, retired captain, Clinical of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. He maintains a full-time practice in
professor, Department of Advanced Periodontology, USC School of Dentistry Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Nagai may be reached by email at NagaiDC@aol.com.
Dr. Charles Dr. Gabi Kesler Dr. Mitchell Dr. Constanza Angie Mott, RDH Dr. Peter Pang Dr. Steve Parrett
Hoopingarner Petach Tikua Lomke Martinez Tulsa, OK Sonoma, CA Chambersburg,PA
Houston, TX Israel Olney, MD Bogata, Columbia
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