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2014 PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES

 


Larry Baker, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Baker graduated from the University of lllinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. He was employed in the largest practice in Arkansas for one year before starting his private practice near his home town, in Decatur, Illinois. The practice now has five pet-related businesses housed in three buildings in Northgate Pet Plaza,including his veterinary dental office. Dr. Baker became a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentisty in 1994 and acheived Diplomate status in 2005. He has attended and participated in every forum since 1989.

Michael Balke, DVM
Dr. Balke received his B.S. in biology in 1999 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, from the University of Missouri. Dr. Balke was an Associate in two small animal clinics in St. Louis, Missouri until 2012 when he started a conforming veterinary dental residency at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists.

Josephine M. Banyard, DVM, DAVDC
Dr Banyard is a 1981 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and a 2013 graduate of the American Veterinary Dental College. She practises small animal medicine and surgery in a mixed animal practice with her husband who is a dairy veterinarian.

Mike Barletta, DVM, MS, Ph.D, DACVAA
Dr Barletta graduated from the University of Turin, Italy in 2002, where he completed his PhD in veterinary oncology in 2006. He moved then to the United States where he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University in 2007. After his internship he stayed at Purdue University for his anesthesiology residency and Master’s degree. He worked at the University of Minnesota for three years as Assistant Clinical Professor in anesthesia before joining the University of Georgia.

Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Dr. Brett Beckman is a 1987 graduate of Mississippi State University. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, a diplomate in both the American Veterinary Dental College and the American Academy of Pain Management. and past president of the American Veterinary Dental Society. In 2010 he accepted the award for Fellow of the Year from the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and in 2012 received the Miltex Award for Excellence in Veterinary Dentistry.

Donald Beebe, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Don Beebe is a 1993 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. His residency in Dentistry and Oral
Surgery was completed at the University of Wisconsin. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. In 2007 he
founded Apex Dog and Cat Dentistry, a specialty referral service, in Englewood, Colorado. Dr. Beebe is very active in the veterinary community. He is well published in scientific journals, has authored textbook chapters, and lectures nationally and internationally. His special interests include periodontal surgery, endodontics, and
maxillofacial fracture repair.

Cynthia M. Bell, MS, DVM, DACVP
Cynthia (Cindy) Bell is an anatomic pathologist at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where she manages a diverse diagnostic case load. She has an appointment within the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine that includes teaching veterinary students and residents. In 2012, Drs. Bell and Soukup co-founded the Center for Comparative Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (CCOMP). Dr. Bell is co-director and chief pathologist of CCOMP, which maintains a specialty diagnostic service with expert clinical consultations. Dr. Bell's other main area of interest is poultry pathology, which, yes, is mutually exclusive to dental pathology!

Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, ABVP
Graduated Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. Completed internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. Authored three dental text books. VIN consultant since 1993. President AVDC.

Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Mary is the president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education. She travels throughout the United States educating veterinarians, veterinary technicians and staff about veterinary dentistry. Her background is in veterinary dental research and practice management. She earned her Veterinary Technician Specialist in 2006 and serves on the board of the AVDT, NAVTA and the AVDS.

Randi Brannan, DVM, CAVDC, FAVD
Dr. Randi Brannan is a board-certified veterinary dentist ~ AVDC diplomate & AVD fellow, who formerly had her own specialty practice. Dr. Brannan is currently a dental specialist, serving on the veterinary specialty team for Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health). She travels throughout the US, conducting in-clinic workshops & providing technical assistance to the veterinary practice team.

Laura D Braswell, DDS
Dr. Laura Braswell is an honorary fellow of the American Veterinary Dental Society and faculty member at Yerkes Primate Research Center at Emory University. She has been the Staff Dentist for Zoo Atlanta for over 25 years, and is currently working with the Georgia Aquarium. In addition, Dr. Braswell has worked as a consultant for Sea World, Paramount Pictures, Ringling Brothers Circus, and mulpiple Zoological Parks. As the ownder of Buckhead Periodontics PC, she also enjoys her human patients.

Mary Buelow, DVM
Dr. Mary Buelow graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following graduation, she practiced in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Yonkers, NY for 5 years as a general practitioner and emergency clinician. In 2009, she began an American Veterinary Dental College approved residency at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta. She has been practicing in Manhattan and Yonkers, NY since the completion of that program.

Paul Camilo, CVPM
Paul Camilo is the founder of Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC. Where as a Partner he advises companies, practice owners and managers on business development matters. He has a strong focus on technology, communication and dentistry. Paul has worked in the veterinary profession for over 13 years. He is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) with a degree in Business Administration. Paul serves as the Veterinary Dental Forum's Marketing and Management Session Chair, VetPartner's Webinar Committee Chair, an Advisory Board member for Vets First Choice and an Advisory Board member for ePethealth. Paul is also a proud member and advocate of Toastmaster International. Some of his more recent presentations have been at American Animal Hospital Association conference (AAHA 2007, 2013) the Veterinary Dental Forum (VDF 2007-2012), Western Veterinary Conference (WVC 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013), North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC 2009-2012), the American Veterinary Medical Association conference (AMVA 2010) and Florida Veterinary Medical Association 2011)

Daniel T. Carmichael, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Dan Carmichael graduated from the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, and during an internship/residency program at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Fairfax, VA under the direction of Dr. Charles A. Williams, became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, and subsequently received his Board Certification in the American Veterinary Dental College. For the six years prior to his arriving at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, Dr. Carmichael had been head of the Dentistry Service at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan (where he can still be found on Mondays). Dr. Carmichael also volunteers frequently at the Bronx Zoo and has performed dental procedures on a number of exotic animals. He has published numerous scientific papers and lectured extensively on the subject of Veterinary Dentistry. Dr Carmichael lives on the South Shore of Long Island with his wife Peggy and son Tommy, and enjoys fly fishing and playing the bass guitar in his spare time.

Chris M. Carter, DVM, FAVD
Dr. Chris Carter graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1999. He became interested in dentistry in 2004 and became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 2010. He provides on-site dentistry referral services in the Dallas, Texas area as well as consulting and teaching services across the US.

Ana Castejon, DVM, PhD
Dr. Ana Castejon graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2005, she was granted with her PhD and in 2007 she moved to the Vasco da Gama Veterinary School in Coimbra, Portugal where she is working as assistant professor of small animal surgery and dentistry.

Cindy Charlier, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Cindy Charlier owns Fox Valley Veterinary Dentistry and Surgery, a dental/oral surgery referral practice, with offices in Chicago and St. Charles Illinois. She is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and member of the American Veterinary Dental Society.

Benita Cherry, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Benita Cherry received her credentials in 2008 by examination. She is the Senior Veterinary Technician and Dental Program Coordinator at VCA Animal Medical Center in Richland, WA since 1998. Benita provides dental lectures and wet-labs through her business: Pawsitive Dental Education across the Nation and Canada and is a published author in the book "Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses" in 2013 as well as in other publications of the profession.

Herbert Correa, DVM, MS
DVM, Surgery Master Degree, Specialization in Veterinary Dentistry in University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Founder of Brazilian Veterinary Dental Association; Founder of the second dental clinic of the world in 1994 (ODONTOVET in Sao Paulo, Brazil). Twenty years of experience exclusively in veterinary dentistry in Brazil.

Conan Crocker, DVM
Conan Crocker is an AVDC alternate pathway tracker with 17 years of clinical experience in small animal practice. He is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice. His wife, Alison, is a veterinarian also, and his family consists of a son, two daughters, 3 cats, 3 dogs, and a rabbit named Bun-Bun. Together, they like to camp, go backpacking, and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Patricia M. Dominguez, BS, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Patricia Dominguez is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry. She works at a small animal practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. She has had a special interest in veterinary dentistry for the last 13 years and promotes the field through client education.

Ellen Domnick, DVM
DVM from University of Georgia in 1993. Surgery residency at U.C. Davis from 1994-1997. Board certification by the ACVS in 1999. Taught at Oklahoma State University in the small animal surgery department and became interested in dentistry and oral surgery during this time. Now in private practice in Oklahoma City, preparing credentials for the AVDC board exam.

Allison R. Dotzel, DVM
Dr. Allison Dotzel graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She is a mixed animal veterinarian practicing in central Pennsylvania with a strong interest in both equine and small animal dentistry. She is currently tracking for the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in both equine and small animal and is interested in pursuing a veterinary dental residency in the near future.

Andrew Duke, DVM, FAVD
Dr. Andrew (Andy) Duke is a 1975 of Auburn University and practices veterinary Dentistry in Mobile, Alabama. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. One of the more interesting parts of his trainig wass becoming a human dental assistant. He has a vocational hobby of exploring the evolution and development of teeth from the fossil record.

Yvan Dumais, DVM, DAVDC, FAVD
Clinician at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Veterinaire of University of Montreal.

Louise Dunn
Following 21 years in practice with 16 years in management consulting, Ms. Dunn has operated Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting since 1995. Her firm provides technical assistance to practice teams to
meet their strategic plans, working with a wide variety of practices. They range from large specialty hospitals with 100 plus team-member companion animal referral centers, to mixed animal hospitals, to single
veterinarian practices. Ms. Dunn conducts practice management workshops at numerous veterinary schools and works with many of the
VBMA clubs. She has also contributed to a number of books including the 5 Minute Consult, Pathways to Ownership and Veterinary Clinics of North America and speaks internationally and nationally on various
veterinary management topics at meetings including North American Veterinary Conference (TNAVC), Western Veterinary Conference (WCC), American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM),
Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice (VSIPP), CVC, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA). She was named Practice Management Educator of the Year at WVC 2007.

Gregg DuPont, DVM, AVDC, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. DuPont has served as President of both the American Veterinary Dental College and the AVD. He is a recipient of the AVDC Residents Award, and the AVDC Peter Emily Service Award. He co-owns Shoreline Veterinary Dental Clinic in Seattle Washington, with his wife Dr. Linda DeBowes.

Edward T Earley, DVM, FAVD
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - 1985 (Michigan State University). Fellow of Academy of Veterinary Dentistry Equine 2008. Specialty Organizing Committee Equine Dental Specialty. Founding Diplomate Provisional Recognition American Veterinary Dental College Equine Specialty. Clinical Activity: Large Animal Dentistry, Equine Farm Animal Hospital, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Laurel Highland Veterinary Clinic, LLC, Williamsport, PA. Dental Resident, Small Animal Dentistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Amy Edwards, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Amy Edwards was credentialed as a VTS (Dentistry) in 2011. She has been working at Atlanta Veterinary Dental Services since 2004. She enjoys teaching area clinicians and technicians the importance of dentistry in their practice.

Edward Eisner, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Ed Eisner received his AB and DVM degrees from Cornell in 1960 & 1964, is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Veterinary Dental College, Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, Past President of the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and is currently President of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation and Chair of its Veterinary Dental Advisory Committee that oversees its Veterinary Dentists Without Borders program. Dr. Eisner is also a Member of the Small Animal Dentistry Committee for the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Eisner is Chief of Dental Services at the Animal Hospital Specialty Center, a veterinary referral hospital in Highlands Ranch, CO (a Denver suburb). He is co-author of the textbook, Veterinary Dental Techniques which has been published in English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and electronically available from Amazon.com.  He has published more than 70 professional articles and book chapters.  Dr. Eisner has served as a speaker at numerous national and international meetings since 1980.Dr. Eisner is on the Advisory Boards of the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and Veterinary Forum, as well as on those for commercial and philanthropic concerns. Dr. Eisner is the recipient of the:2001 American Veterinary Dental Society Education & Research Award, 2004 American Veterinary Dental College Service Award, 2011 Integra Miltex Award of Excellence in Veterinary Dentistry, 2011 Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation’s Award in
 Recognition for Invaluable Contributions, Energy, and Commitment to the Foundation, 2014 CVMA Colorado Veterinarian of the Year Award.

Linda Ellis, DVM
Linda Ellis DVM graduated from Auburn University in 1991 and practiced small animal medicine and surgery for 14 years. In 2005, she joined the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust where she reviews malpractice claims and discusses potential claim situations with veterinarians. Dr. Ellis also provides presentations on professional liability risk management and related issues at veterinary schools, practices and conferences.

Peter Emily, DDS, Hon. DAVDC
Peter P Emily, DDS, Hon. AVDC is lovingly called the Grand or Godfather of Animal Dentistry. Currently he devotes the majority of his time to working with the foundation he started – the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation – providing veterinary dental services and education to exotic animals around the world.

Nicodin Farcas, DVM
Nicodin Farcas is completing a residency in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to residency training, he spent 9 years in general/emergency practice at referral hospitals in California. Dr. Farcas has researched canine maxillofacial osteosarcoma, feline chronic gingivostomatitis, outcomes of non-professional dental scaling, and caries.

Thomas Fatora, DVM
Dr. Thomas Fatora ignored his high school counselor's advice to go into the computer field and graduated from The Ohio State school of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He has been a companion animal veterinarian at Frisco Animal Hospital, Colorado, with an interest in dentistry and digital medical records since 1986.

Cara L Field, DVM, PhD
Dr. Cara Field is a senior associate veterinarian at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. She received her DVM and Ph.D from the University of California Davis in 2005 and has been working with marine mammals and other aquatic animals for 16 years. She has previously worked at the Humane Society of Sonoma County, Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut and the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans.

Lisa Fink, DVM
Dr. Lisa Fink received her doctorate of veterinary medicine with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. She joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Dentistry and Oral Surgery Department as a resident in 2012. She is currently a third year resident in the program.

Debra A Fiorito, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Fiorito obtained her Animal Science degree from Rutgers University in 1979, and DVM from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. She became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 1988 and was board-certified as a Diplomate of the AVDC in 1995. She has been involved with veterinary dental referral work since 1988. Dr. Fiorito has authored case reports and articles in various professional journals and has lectured on veterinary dental topics to a variety of local, state, and national veterinary medical organizations.

Judy Force, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Judy Force is a 1986 graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She attended the AAHA dentistry seminar series in 1988 and was hooked. She has been studying dentistry ever since. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Her practice, Dentistry for Animals, is based primarily in Santa Cruz County, California.

Robert Furman, BVMS, MRCVS
Dr. Robert Furman graduated from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, Scotland, in 2008. He is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Furman competed a dental residency at Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties.Dr. Furman has worked with Dr. Niemiec for over a decade. He has lectured extensively on dentistry throughout the world as well as authored several articles and chapters. Although Dr. Furman performs procedures from all aspects of dentistry, his professional interests include maxillofacial surgery, restoratives and orthodontics.

Stephen S. Galloway, DVM, FAVD
Dr. Galloway owns Animal Care Hospital in Oakland, TN. He is an Equine Diplomate of the AVDC and an Equine Fellow of the AVD. His
professional interest is veterinary dentistry.

Jerzy Gawor, DVM, PhD, FAVD
Dr Jerzy Pawel Gawor (1966) graduated in April 1992. He received his PhD in 1996. Since January 2009 Fellow Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. His main field of professional activity is dentistry, head and neck surgery and oncology. Published and presented over 120 publications in veterinary dentistry.

Jon Geiche, DVM, FAVD Eq
Dr. Gieche received his DVM from MSU in 1986, moved to Wisconsin and worked in a private six doctor mixed animal practice until 1991
when he founded Kettle Moraine Equine Hospital and Regional Equine Dental Center in Whitewater Wisconsin. He has had the pleasure of speaking for the AAEP, VDF, and State VMA's on various dental topics. In 2013, Dr. Gieche was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, Eq and continues to operate his equine dental
referral practice.

Bill Gengler, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Bill Gengler received a DVM degree from the University of Missouri . He is a Diplomate in the American Veterinary Dental College. He has 25 years of general small animal practice and 16 years of specialty practice experience. He held a dual appointment at UW as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and as the Section Head of Dentistry and Oral Surgery in the Department of Surgical Sciences. He currently practices Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Dallas, TX and serves as president of the Veterinary Dental Oversight Group.

Yadvinder Gill, BSc, PhD
Yadvinder Gill is a Molecular & Cell biologist concerned with developing novel therapeutic strategies to tackle gum disease in companion animals. He gained his BSc in 2001 and his PhD in 2006 in Cell Biology from University College London working on delineating the cellular disease pathway in Multiple Sclerosis. After finishing his PhD, he joined Mars Inc. where applies his specialist skills in cellular models to gain insights into identifying and developing effective interventions for gum disease in companion animals.

Barden Greenfield, DVM, FAVC, DAVDC
Barden Greenfield is a board-certified veterinary dentist that practices in Memphis, Nashville, and Little Rock. He is a 1985 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the founder of the Mississippi Valley Veterinary Dental Educational Center (MVVDEC) in Memphis that provides continuing education for dvms and technicians in the central US.

Fraser Hale, DVM
Fraser Hale graduated in 1984 and spent six years in general small animal practice before focusing on dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College since 1997, Dr Hale opened Canada's first dental-only practice in 2003 where he provides outpatient dental and oral surgery by referral.

Donnell Hansen, DVM, DAVDC
Donnell Hansen, a board certified veterinary dentist and oral surgeon with BluePearl Veterinary Partners in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, loves to spread the excitement of veterinary dentistry. After earning her undergraduate degree at beautiful Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, she pursued her veterinary degree at the University of Minnesota. After a quick trip through Oklahoma State University for an internship, her residency brought her back home to the U of MN. Her practice is made up mostly of oral surgery and endodontics... and her home life is made up mostly of kids and craziness.

Michael Hart, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Dr Michael Hart got his DVM at Texas A&M University in 1994.He then went on to get his MS and did a laboratory animal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, finishing in 1999. He obtained hisDiplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2002 and is currently serving as the University Veterinarian and Director of Animal Resources at Georgia State University.

Colin Harvey, BVSc, FRCVS, DACVS, DAVDC
Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Dentistry, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Director, Veterinary Oral Health Council. Past President and currently Executive Secretary, American Veterinary Dental College

Jean M Herrman, DVM
Dr. Jean Herrman graduated from UC Davis in 1998, conducted research in marine mammal immunology, and completed externships at the Marine Mammal Center and the San Diego Zoo. She has since participated in marine mammal field research in Canada, Florida and South Carolina. She currently practices small animal dentistry in CT.

Candice Hoerner, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Candice began her veterinary career in 1998 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician qualifying by examination in 2004. Her drive for continuing her education in the area of dentistry led her to the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians in which she received her designation of a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry in 2011. She has since become a board member-at-large of the AVDT. She also is a member of her state technician association, Big Sky Veterinary Technician Association. Candice is the only VTS-Dentistry in Montana. She is currently the Head Veterinary Technician at Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital in Kalispell, MT. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion of dentistry through lectures, wet labs and in-clinic trainings nationwide through her company Big Sky Veterinary Dentistry Education LLC. Her hobbies include knitting, fishing, camping, and hiking with her family in the great outdoors.

Sharon Hoffman, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Sharon Hoffman is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist practicing in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to specializing in dentistry and oral surgery, she was in small animal private practice in places much colder than the sunshine state. Her special interest is dental disease in marine mammals, particularly orcas and dolphins.

Steven E. Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Holmstrom currently practices at the Animal Dental Clinic in San Carlos, California, having been certified by the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) 1989. Dr. Holmstrom earned his DVM degree from the University of Missouri in 1972. He is a Past President of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS). He is the current Treasurer of the AVDC. He is a board member of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation. His newest textbook came out in June, 2012 titled: Veterinary Dentistry, A Team Approach. For recreation he is an underwater SCUBA Instructor, Ham radio operator, motorhome enthusiast, and avid Sailor

Naomi Hoyer, DVM
Dr. Naomi Hoyer grew up outside of Denver, Colorado. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University in 2002. She has been in private practice since graduation, and began her Alternate Pathway Candidacy in 2012. She is currently practicing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her interests include orthodontics and client education.

Teresa Jacobson, BSc., DVM
Teresa has a Bachelor or Science - Major in Biology, Co-op University of Victoria 1990, is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine , Studied at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK 1995.Dr. Jacobson is actively involved in Alley cat Alliance and Critter Aid, charitable organizations for animals down on their luck. She owns and operates a mixed animal practice in Kelowna, BC since 1999. She shares her busy life with her husband , Allen and their fur and feather children. her hobbies include, skiing, riding and photography.

Michael Jennings, VMD
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He completed a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and then returned to Philadelphia for a residency in dentistry & oral surgery. He completed his residency in July 2014.

Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Kressin received his DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1985. He owns and operated Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists, LLC in Oshkosh, Milwaukee, and Green Bay, Wi. He is also an active consultant for VIN and vetdentarad.com. On a personal level, he enjoys public speaking, hiking, walking, and photography

Helena Kuntsi-Vaattovaara, DVM, DEVDC, DAVDC
Graduated at University of Helsinki, Finland in 1990. Started systematic learning in dentistry in  by completing the dentistry curriculum of  ESAVS European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies 1995-1998. Residency at UC Davis in 1999-2001. Moved there with my husband and 3 small children. Diplomate of AVDC in 2004. Diplomate of EVDC in 2004. Part time clinical teacher at University of Helsinki, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 1996-1999 and 2001-2003. Research position at VMTH, UCD in 2003-2004. Clinical teacher at VMTH, UCD in 2004-2006. Private practice “Anident” in Finland since 2001. Currently we live in Finland and work full-time Anident, which is a residency training center for AVDC and EVDC. Publications and presentations: Several publications in peer-reviewed journals; lectures and courses ii Finland and abroad. Scientific reviewer for JAVMA and Finnish Veterinary Journal.  Family: Married 23 years; three
grown-up children. Two Border Terriers and one cat. Hobbies: Running off-road, swimming in cold waters, gardening, watching ice hockey.

Loïc Legendre, DVM, DAVDC
Amazingly, he got his first degree in a cereal box. The second and the third were paid in cash, using untraceable funds. The fourth degree did require some study. He now works in a dental referral center in Vancouver, B.C. The two AVDC specialists in the center see 2 to 4 rabbits and rodents a week, for a variety of dental problems. This has allowed Dr. Legendre to develop some of the techniques to be covered during the lab.

John R. Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Lewis spent 11 years at the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Residency Director and Chief of Surgery at Penn’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Lewis is currently working full time in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Department at NorthStar VETS in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

Leah Limone, DVM
Dr. Leah Limone is a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed
an internship at New England Equine Medical & Surgical Center in Dover, NH. She has been in equine private practice in Connecticut and
Massachusetts since that time. Dr. Limone is currently working towards fellowship in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, with intent to
achieve board certification.

Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Lobprise graduated from Texas A & M in 1983, became board certified in dentistry in 1993, joined the Specialty Veterinary Team at Pfizer in 2003, followed by the Senior Technical Manager Position at Virbac, to return to practice in 2014. She is the (co)/author of three texts and numerous chapters and articles, has lectured internationally and is currently on the AVDS Board of Directors.

Michael Q. Lowder, DVM, MS
Dr. Michael Q. Lowder is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine at The University of Georgia. He is the section chief for Field Services and a Founding Diplomates of the AVDC Equine Specialty in 2014.

Sandy Manfra Marretta, DVM, DACVS, DAVDC
Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta is a Professor Emeritus of Small Animal Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a graduate of Cornell University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Charter Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.

Patricia March, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Patricia has worked as a veterinary technician specialist in dentistry for 7 years. She presents and leads various dental labs at local and national venues, as well as contributing articles and co-authoring a text for technicians. She was President of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians from 2010-2012.

Louise Marron, DVM
Dr. Louise Marron is a Colorado native. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Upon graduation, she began practicing mixed animal general medicine in a semi-rural community in the Rocky Mountains. Her primary focus for the past 5 years has been on companion animal and equine dentistry while working towards specialization in that discipline.

Jennifer D. Martin, DVM
Jennifer Martin received her DVM from Texas A&M University in 1995. She is a general practitioner in Austin, Texas with a strong interest in dentistry. She has been fortunate to have been mentored by Dr. Bert Dodd and to have attended many Dental Forums. Her special interest is in educating clients about their pets' teeth.

Todd McCoy, DVM
Dr. Todd McCoy currently Practices in Houston, Texas. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University 1999. He then went into private practice for several years, owning and developing a small animal practice with a strong emphasis in veterinary dentistry. He completed a veterinary dental residency in 2013 with Dr. Robert Boyd at Veterinary Dental Services in Houston, Texas. He is currently undergoing the process of credentialing to sit for the veterinary dentistry boards. His interests include endodontics, prosthodontics, and periodontics.

 

Chanda Miles, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Chanda Miles received her Bachelor of Science degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO in 1999. In 2006 she graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her 4th clinical year at Kansas State University. After graduation she practiced as a general practitioner in Salt Lake City, UT for 3 years. During this time she developed a strong interest in dentistry, which lead her to pursue further training in it. Her residency and surgical fellowship was completed in 2012 at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Madison, WI. She became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2013. Currently, Dr. Miles runs a thriving dentistry and oral surgery service at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX. Dr. Miles is originally from Austin and is happy to be back in Texas with her husband and two children.

Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Annie Mills has been a credentialed technician since 1983. She received her VTS in Dentistry in 2008. She practiced in the metro Detroit area in general practice until 2011. Currently she is working with Dr. Brett Beckman, veterinary dentist practicing in south and central Florida and Atlanta, GA. She is the current President of Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians.

James Moore, DVM
Associate Professor Oral Surgery and Dentistry at Michigan State University. Owner Veterinary Dental Solutions.

Brenda L. Mulherin, DVM
IDr. Brenda Mulherin graduated from Iowa State University in 2002. Dr. Mulherin joined the faculty of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She entered into the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency with University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Mulherin is developing the Dentistry and Oral Surgery service at ISU-CVM.

Caroline N. Niederman, VMD
Owner of mobile dentistry practice in Houston, Texas. Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, equine.

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC, FAVD
Dr. Niemiec is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis. He is a Board Certified specialist in Veterinary Dentistry and a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Through Practical Veterinary Publishing he has published veterinary dental specific titles including: extractions, endodontics, orthodontics, dental emergencies, and restorations.

Debra A. Nossaman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Debra A. Nossaman received her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. She was founder and owner of a general small practice for many years when she realized that she had a passion for dentistry. Dr. Nossaman completed the rigorous two year training program and certification to become a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. She then went on to complete the 4 year training program and credentialed to become a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Nossaman and her husband/business partner currently own and operate Dallas Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Southlake TX. She and her associate, Dr. Bill Gengler, offer advanced dental treatments in orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, restorations and oral surgery.

Patrick Odenweller, DVM
Dr. Patrick Odenweller graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He worked in private practice as a general practitioner for 4.5 years in Louisville, KY. He is an AVDS member and is currently a resident at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gathersburg, MD.

Colleen O’Morrow, DVM
Dr. O'Morrow is a small animal practitioner from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. She has a mobile dental referral practice practicing under the business name of Northern Lights Animal Dental Services. She graduated with her DVM in 1977, became a Fellow of the AVD in 2003, and a Diplomate of the AVDC in 2005.

R. Michael Peak, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Michael Peak is owner of two veterinary dental referral practices in Tampa Florida. He has served as President of the American Veterinary Dental College, chair of the AVDC Examination Committee, Program Chair for the Veterinary Dental Forum, and chair for the Veterinary Dental Oversight Group.

Andrew Perry, BVSc
Mr. Andrew Perry grew up in the Cotswolds, South West England. He graduated from Liverpool University in 2000, working for 10 years in general practice. Andrew currently works in a multi-disciplinary referral and first opinion centre in Swindon and is studying toward entrance to the European Veterinary Dental College

Rachel Perry, BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS, MRCVS
Rachel Perry graduated from Edinburgh University. In 2012 she gained entrance into the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the subject of small animal dentistry. Her practice is limited to dentistry and oral surgery, and she is currently course organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association.

Viviam Pignone, PhD Student
Dr. Viviam Pignone was graduate in veterinary medicine at ULBRA, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and was specialist in veterinary dentistry at ANCLIVEPA - São Paulo in Brazil (2008). She did her master's degree in Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Currently, she was at the last year of her doctor and the same university, works only with veterinary dentistry in some clinics and teaches classes throughout Brazil.

Jane Quandt, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC (Anesthesia & ECC)
1987 DVM graduated from Iowa State Univeristy
Anesthesia residency and MS in anesthesia for University of Mn, boarded in Anesthesia in 1993.
Critical care residency at UCDavis, boarded in critical care in 2007. Currently Associate Professor in Anesthesia at University of Georgia.

Jeff Reiswig, DVM, PhD, MS
Dr. Reiswig earned his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1988. Dr. Reiswig along with his wife, Julie, currently own and operate Equine Veterinary Dental Services in
Granville Ohio. Dr. Reiswig became a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 2010.

Alexander M. Reiter, DipTzt., DMV, DAVDC, EVDC
Dr. Alexander Reiter graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 1996. He completed a dentistry and oral surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2000 and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and European Veterinary Dental College in 2001. Dr. Reiter is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the university's small animal hospital. His interests include tooth resorption in cats, periodontal surgery in dogs, oral and maxillofacial surgery (trauma and oncology), palate surgery, maxillofacial reconstruction, microsurgery (free microvascular tissue transfer), oral manifestation of systemic disease, and systemic manifestation of oral disease in all companion animal species.

Erin P. RIbka, DVM
Dr. Erin Ribka graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. She worked for 5 years as a clinical veterinarian at Tulane National Primate Research Center, overseeing the health of the breeding colonies in addition to clinical research responsibilities. In 2008 she returned to small animal practice to pursue her long interest in veterinary dentistry in earnest.

Michael Riegger, DVM, DABVP
Iconic practice management presenter that gets reviews sprinkled with: "Inspiring, motivating, best speaker ever, best course ever, practical..." Dr. Riegger is a Diplomate / ABVP since 1982, has written 900 articles, two texts, presented 400 seminars domestically and internationally. CMO of human model NWAC Albuquerque, visiting lecturer at Iowa State, DVM, news columnist, VIN Consultant, Member of the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council, many awards including Stange Award for outstanding contributions to the profession

Jorge Salazar, Esq.
Jorge is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Get U Social, where he helps veterinary practices and other small businesses execute social
media campaigns that increase client retention, loyalty and advocacy. He is devoted to educating, organizing, and training the veterinary industry on how to use social media to enhance the client experience, strengthen the human-animal bond, and improve the health of veterinary practices. Jorge is also the Managing Partner of Veterinary
Consultation Services, LLC, where he assists veterinary practices through the implementation of various types of practice management and business initiatives, including assisting startup practice’s build its client base, growing veterinary dental departments, and more. Jorge is a
VetPartners and Southern California Veterinary Medical Association member. He is also an active presenter. He has presented at the Veterinary Dental Forum (2011-2013), Western Veterinary Conference (2013), and other regional and local events. Additionally, Jorge conducted the first social media benchmark study on animal
hospital on Facebook, which was published in a three article series in AAHA Trends magazine (2013). Jorge is also barred attorney in the
State of Florida. Before entering the veterinary industry, he assisted individual with housing law and consumer law matters at Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Additionally, while in law school Jorge participated in Berkeley Law’s New Business Counseling Practicum, where he counseled clients on legal and business matters. Before attending Berkeley Law, Jorge earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State.

Rod Salter, BVSc, MACVSc
Dr. Salter has been involved with Veterinary Dentistry since the inception of the Australian Veterinary Dental Society in 1990. Along with three others he was one of the initial group to be admitted to Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1993, by examination in veterinary Dentistry. He has attended and lectured at each AVA and American Veterinary Dental Forum since 1994. In 2001 and 2007 he was an invited lecturer at the WSAVA programs in Vancouver, Canada and Sao Paulo Brazil. His wish is to become a Fellow of the Australian College. He would like to establish a Vet Dentistry training centre for vets and vet nurses. He currently sees referral Veterinary Dentistry cases at the practices of referring vets in and around Melbourne. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor courtesy of his teaching role (both lecturing and in running wet labs) for the vet students at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. He serves on the boards of both the AuVDS and the AmVDS.

Laura Sasser, DVM
Dr. Laura Sasser is a general practioner from Evansville, IN. Following graduation from Purdue University in 1997, she has developed a passion for small animal dentistry and is currently pursuing fellowship training in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. She is an active member of the dental focus group for National Veterinary Associates,
Inc., which develops and implements dental training programs for veterinarians within NVA.

Andrew Schultz, Jr., MBA
Andrew Schultz, Jr. is the Director of Business Development for Midmark Animal Health and Project Director for the study. Before the company was acquired by Midmark in 2008, he was the CEO of Sharn Veterinary, maker of the Cardell® Vital Signs Monitor. He holds an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing & Entrepreneurship.

Bonnie Shope, VMD, DAVDC
Dr. Bonnie Shope practices as a small animal Veterinary Dentist. She owns Veterinary Dental Services, LLC, a specialty practice in Acton,
MA. She is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. She graduated in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and from Brown University in 1991.

Allen Skinner, DVM
Dr. Skinner graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 after completing his clinical year at Louisiana State University. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego before starting his residency at Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties to specialize in dentistry and oral surgery. His interests include oral surgery and correction of congenital malformations.

Mark M. Smith, VMD, DACVS, DAVDC
Dr. Mark M. Smith received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Veterinary Dental College. He was professor of surgery and dentistry at VA Tech from 1988-2004. Dr. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards including the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, Beecham Award for Research Excellence, American Veterinary Dental Society Hill's Research and Education Award, and the American Veterinary Dental College Service Award. He is also the Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. Dr. Smith is in private specialty practice at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gaithersburg, MD.

Tammi Smith, BS, AS, CVT,
VTS (Dentistry)

Tammi Smith received her BS in Biology from Messiah College in 1988 and her AS in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College in 2001. She received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in 2012 and is currently the Credentials Chair for the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. She is a member of the Florida Veterinary Technician Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society. she has been in veterinary practice since 1992. Her experience includes general practice, ophthalmology and emergency and critical care. She is currently practice manager and dental specialist at Stuart Animal Hospital in Stuart, Florida and is part of the training network for Midmark.

Maria M. Soltero-Rivera, DVM, DAVDC
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Jason W. Soukup, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Soukup is a clinical assistant professor in dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Center for Comparative Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. His research interests are in the epidemiology and biomechanics of dental trauma and single unit fixed prosthodontics. His primary clinical focus is oral oncological surgery.

Peter Southerden, BVSc MBA DEVDC MRCVS
Peter completed an MBA in 1994 and then became a diplomat of the European Veterinary Dental College in 2010 following a five year alternate path training program. He sees referred dentistry, oral and maxillofacial cases at Eastcott Veterinary Hospital in Swindon, UK where he also teaches regular courses in dentistry and oral surgery in their purpose built teaching facility.

Manfred Stoll, DVM
Manfred Stoll graduated 1990 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University Giessen (Germany). Since 1992 he is practicing in private practice with a focus on dentistry. Since 2003 he is running an Equine dental clinic with focus on minimally invasive extraction techniques and endodontics.

Kendall Taney, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Kendall Taney is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. She is a partner at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her special interests include maxillofacial reconstruction and oral oncologic surgery.

Paul Theuns, DVM
Working in Papendrecht since 1992. In Soesterberg since 2003. In Amsterdam since 2011. Doing mainly veterinary dentistry.

Patrick Vall, DVM
Dr. Patrick Vall is a Buckeye from Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Franciscan University prior to attending The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He spent 17 years in general practice and emergency medicine prior to starting his residency at Animal Dental Care in Colorado Springs in 2011.

Kelly Vearil, RVT
Kelly Vearil is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has over 15 years of experience in Veterinary Dentistry and is currently an instructor of Dentistry and Dental Radiography at the Veterinary Technology Program of the University of Cincinnati. She is currently credentialing to become VTS in Dentistry. She has instructed at Webster Wet Labs for Technicians and also is speaking at the Cincinnati Vet Tech Association local CE event.

Corrin Wallis, BSc, PhD
Dr. Corrin Wallis is a Senior Research Scientist at the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, the global fundamental science center for Mars Petcare. She has a degree in Microbiology with genetics and a PhD in molecular virology and worked for ten years as a postdoc in academia. About 12 years ago she joined the research team at WALTHAM® and
currently works in the Oral Care team performing fundamental research to progress understanding of oral health problems in pets.

Carol C. Weldin, RDH, BS
Carol Weldin is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has many years of instrumentation, having worked in the field of veterinary dentistry since 1981. She currently serves as a consultant to the profession and has designed a basic periodontal instrument kit widely used in veterinary dentistry.