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Laser Certification Program 2010
                              Professional Development and Mentors
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                         The Academy of Laser Dentistry Announces 2010 Award Recipients
ALD Announces 2010 Student Scholarship Award Recipients
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  1. 1. ® The Official Newsletter for the Academy of Laser Dentistry March 2010 • Spring Edition Welcome... to Lightwaves Special Miami 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. g/ dentistry.or being of patients through the proper use of laser technology, ALD continues to www.laser foster dialogue and build community among its members and dental organizations, educational institutions, researchers, industry representatives and others. ALD i d2010Miam actively collaborates with the ADA, AGD, AACD, AAID, Laser Institute of America, ADHA, and many other dental organizations and state boards in al it Often providing a balanced educational experience for dental practitioners. Vis 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. CONNECT . LEARN . LEAD
  2. 2. We Welcome Your Comments! Let us know your thoughts on this Have you signed up yet? newsletter or anything contained within. Feel free to submit articles of interest to you in your practice of dentistry. We reserve the right of refusal and to edit for This year’s Conference theme is Dentistry: of optional activities space and content. Changing with the Speed of Light. Set in the on the conference Send letters and articles to: beautiful Marriott Doral Golf and Spa Resort, the website. http://www. 2010 ALD Conference, April 14th-17th, promises laserdentistry.org/ ALD Newsletter Lightwaves 3300 University Drive, Suite 704 to be a unique experience to gather, learn, and enjoy ald2010miami/tours. Coral Springs, FL 33065 all the programs and activities planned for you. The cfm. If you are a Conference website contains information on every golfer, there are planned Email: facet of your stay, http://www.laserdentistry.org/ activities at the resort’s memberservices@laserdentistry.org ald2010Miami/ legendary courses. If Phone 954-346-3776 x204 Arrival and sign-in begins on April 13th, you prefer to shop till with pre-conference certification and proficiency you drop, there’s an L i g h t w A v E s courses, and a chance to welcome and get to know excursion available for new members at an evening gathering. April 14th you. And your visit Editor, Chairman of Communications Ana Triliouris, DDS is the opening day, with daily presentations by key wouldn’t be complete influencers in the world of laser dentistry. You will without a trip to Miami’s Chairman of Membership famous South Beach, Mitchell Lomke, DDS have a chance to discuss the latest products with over 25 exhibitors, who will also be in attendance. the celebrated hotspot, Lightwaves is the official newsletter publication to enjoy the local flavor Breakout sessions and learning forums during the of the Academy of Laser Dentistry for member information. It is published in the Fall, Winter and conference are sure to provide unlimited possibilities and fun at night. Your Summer. Send all correspondence regarding the and opportunities to enlighten and enhance your accommodations and newsletter to: surroundings at the ALD knowledge, and greatly contribute to the success of 3300 University Drive, Suite 704 your practice. This year will feature unparalleled Marriott Doral Golf Coral Springs, FL 33065 speakers and topics, such as: and Spa are renowned 954-346-3776 in the world of sports Please notify ALD and your postmaster of address Dentistry: Where We Are Headed in the and celebrity, and there changes noting old and new addresses and New Decade 2010 ADA President, Ronald L. effective date. Allow 6-8 weeks for an address will be plenty of time for relaxation in the resort’s change. Tankersley, D.D.S. restaurants, lounges, the spa and poolside. Of Events and articles offered in this newsletter How Do I Choose My First or Next Laser?? course, Miami will provide its perfect weather – are by members or staff. The editors and the April is the nicest month of the year (shhh, it’s communications committee reserve the right of Donald Coluzzi, D.D.S. refusal and to edit. a well-kept secret of the locals!) The average High Power, High Fluence, High Success, or Permission Policy temperatures range from a perfect 82 degrees in the Written permission must be obtained to duplicate Hype? Michael Swick, D.M.D. day to a comfortable 68 degrees at night, so you can and/or distribute any por tion of Lightwaves. Reprints may be obtained directly from ALD Laser Assisted Apical Surgery Procedures pack lightly for your casual activities! provided that any necessary fee is paid. John Graeber, D.D.S. Have you signed up yet? If not, online The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is How to Implement & Accept Changes registration is easy and fast. Click to view an international organization devoted to laser dentistry and includes clinicians, academicians in Our Practices the information and application http://www. and researchers in all laser wavelengths. The Larry Johnson (Author of “Absolute Honesty”) laserdentistry.org/ald2010miami/fees.cfm. Once Academy is devoted to clinical education, Look at the program http://www.laserdentistry. you have completed the registration, take some time research, and the development of standards and guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental org/ald2010miami/program.cfm — it’s going to be to click on all of the menu choices to see everything laser technology. ALD was founded in 1993, an informative, interesting and exciting opportunity that will be available to you during ALD 2010 with the merging of the International Academy to learn and advance. That’s the business end of the April 14th-17th http://www.laserdentistry.org/ of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of experience! ald2010Miami/. Laser Dentistry. And for fun and relaxation? Browse the list See you in Miami! Publication Member of the American Association of Dental Editors. © Copyright 2010 Academy of Laser Dentistry. All rights reserved unless other ownership is indicated. If any omission or infringement of copyright has occurred through oversight, upon notification amendment will be made in a future issue. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means including reproduction by mechanical, photographic or electronic 2010 ADA President, means, without permission from the copyright holder. Ronald L. Tankersley, © Copyright 2010 D.D.S. Donald Coluzzi, D.D.S. Michael Swick, D.D.S. John Graeber, D.D.S. Larry Johnson 2 LIGHTWAVES
  3. 3. Join Us April 14 - 17, 2010 Don’t miss out in 2010 Register Today for Miami! www.laserdentistry.org or contact the Academy for conference details (954) 346-3776 • toll Free 877-LAsERs6 (527-3776) s tr y : nti peed of Light 0 De he S ALD 201 ith t SPECIAL RATES w ing FOR UNIVERSITY Chang FACULTY The Academy of Laser Dentistry invites University Faculty to attend ALD 2010 at a discount for FIRST TIME ATTENDING FACULTY from University Dental Schools CONNECT. LEARN. LEAD The Official Newsletter for the Academy of Laser Dentistry 3
  4. 4. Exhibitors 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, www.professionalarts.com • global surgical Corporation — manufacturer of surgical microscopes for dentistry, www.globalsurgical.com • Qlasers, inc.— a distributor of the QLaser system, www.qlasersolutions.com • 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 Need more info on ALD 2010? Click and get all the latest information! http://www.laserdentistry.org/ald2010miami/index.cfm 4 LIGHTWAVES
  5. 5. 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! The Official Newsletter for the Academy of Laser Dentistry 5
  6. 6. 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 Dr. Mitch 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 Smith, RDH subsequent ALD certifications. I am sure you will be too.  teaches certification With kind regards, attendees 2009 attendees simulate laser use 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 Course Description 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 power settings. • Review scientific studies of both hard and soft tissue laser applications. • Review treatment applications. 6 LIGHTWAVES
  7. 7. 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. Participation 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 Academy. Program. 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 Online Exam 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 Advanced Proficiency Who can Members of the Wednesday, April 14, 2010: 9:00am - 5:00pm apply/attend Academy of Laser Dentistry Program Description: 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- Proficiency. nual Conference. The candidate must pass the ONLINE Review and The Official Newsletter for the Academy of Laser Dentistry 7
  8. 8. EDiTOR’s MEssAgE 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 thewholetooth@easynet.co.uk. 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 in 2009.  M. Raffetto, RDH in 2001; Dr. Duane H. Beers in 2002, Dr. Gabi Kesler in 8 LIGHTWAVES
  9. 9. 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 adar.benamy@gmail.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 verica_aleksic@yahoo.com. 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 cynthia.morford@ucsf.edu. Chair, University of Alabama Birmingham School The Official Newsletter for the Academy of Laser Dentistry 9
  10. 10. 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 anadds@aol.com. 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 1srdocloft@embarqmail.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 drglendapayas@msn.com. • 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 sbenjamin@dentalaim.com. 10 LIGHTWAVES
  11. 11. 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 dagilio@aol.com. 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 drillnfill@aol.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 tony@drtony.net. 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. CONTINUING DIRECTORS 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 The Official Newsletter for the Academy of Laser Dentistry 11
  12. 12. P . O . Box 8667, Coral Springs, FL 33075 Telephone 954-346-3776 Toll Free 877-527-3776 Fax 954-757-2598 http://www.laserdentistry.org E-mail: memberservices@laserdentistry.org 12 LIGHTWAVES