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2021 Officers

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Thomas Kepic,
Bobby Birdi,
Vice President
Laurence Ambrose,
Immediate Past President
Alexandre-Amir Aalam,
Harjit Singh Seghal,
Gerald Drury,
Journal Editor
Todd Goldman,
Executive Director
Directors Members at Large

Thomas J. Kepic

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Thomas J. Kepic, D.D.S., M.S.D., Upland, California

Thomas Kepic received his BA in Biology from Canisius College Buffalo, New York in 1971 and his DDS from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975. He received a Certificate in Periodontics and Master of Science in Dentistry from Indiana University in 1977, under the mentorship of Dr. Tim O’Leary.

Kepic was Assistant Clinical Professor at U C San Francisco 1977-1978 and worked as associate for Dr. R. Earl Robinson from 1977-1978. He has been in full time private practice in Upland, CA 1978 to present.

Dr. Kepic became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1982. He was a Director for the ABP from 2008 to 2013. ( He continues as an Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Kepic was Region Leader for the California Society of Periodontists from 1983 until 2008. He was President for CSP in 2011. (

Dr. Kepic was a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Society of Periodontology ( from 2009 until 2012. He was the 2016 President and will again serve as President in 2021.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Periodontology. His term was 2015- 2017. (

Dr. Kepic also serves on the Indiana University Periodontics Alumni Association Board of Directors - 2010 to present. He is the current President for this organization.

Dr. Kepic has served on the Chaffey College Advisory Board from 1990 to present. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from Chaffey College on 11/7/12

He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Tri-County Dental Society, American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, California Society of Periodontists, and the Western Society of Periodontology.

Dr. Kepic is a guest lecturer at Indiana University, Loma Linda University, Louisiana State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Texas San Antonio, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wadsworth VA Hospital West Los Angeles, and Western University.

In 2014, Dr. Kepic lectured at the Federation Dental International in New Delhi, India. In 2017, he was the keynote periodontist speaker from the U.S. at the Dammam, Saudi Arabia conference. He has also lectured at several locations in the Western US. He has publications in refereed journals.
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Bobby Birdi, Vice President

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Bobby Birdi DMD, Dip. Perio, Dip. Pros, MSc, FRCD(C), FACP, DABP
BC Perio Dental Health & Implant Center
501 - 777 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J7
Phone: 604-872-0222

Dr. Birdi received his DMD with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. He then moved to Minnesota to pursue post-graduate specialty training at the University of Minnesota
in both periodontics and prosthodontics. He is a Fellow and previous Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology, and the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Birdi is one of the very few board certified dual specialists in periodontics and prosthodontics in North America, and the first specialist in the world to attain board certification in these two specialties in both the USA and Canada.

Dr. Birdi is also a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a member of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada, and a member of the American Academy of Periodontology. Furthermore, he is a member of the board of directors for the Western Society of Periodontology.

He is a reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, and the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI). He has recently been appointed to the board of The Journal of Clinical and Practical Oral Implantology.

Dr. Birdi has academic affiliations at the University of British Columbia and the University of Minnesota, where he is involved in research projects and clinical trials. Dr. Birdi also lectures internationally on perio-prosthetic implant therapy. Dr. Birdi also actively lectures both nationally and internationally in the fields of implant surgery and prosthetics, as well as esthetic dentistry.

Dr. Birdi is the co-founder of the Digital Dentistry Institute which is a learning organization for his fellow dentists. He is also currently practicing at the BC Perio Dental Health & Implant Centres in Vancouver. His practice focuses on comprehensive periodontal and prosthetic treatment with a major focus on esthetics and implant dentistry.

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Laurence S. Ambrose, Immediate Past President

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Laurence S. Ambrose, DDS, MS
VA Medical Center
650 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 222-6424

Laurence S. Ambrose, DDS, MS is a board certified periodontist and has been a full-time staff member at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona since 1998. He is also Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He received his certificate in Periodontics from the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and his Master of Science degree through Marquette University. From 1991 to 1995 he was a Commissioned Officer with the United States Public Health Service and practiced general dentistry on numerous Indian Reservations in northern New Mexico. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and is Past President of the Arizona Society of Periodontists.

Dr. Ambrose received his Master of Science in Oral Biology from Marquette University in 2000 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2002.
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Alexandre-Amir Aalam, Secretary

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Alexandre-Amir Aalam DMD
11620 Wilshire Blvd #718
Los Angeles, CA 90025
United States
Phone: 310-299-8329

Dr. Aalam graduated with a DDS degree from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice (France). He, subsequently, specialized in Advanced Periodontics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA). Dr. Aalam is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and a Fellow of the International College of Dentist. The French Society and the California Society of Periodontology awarded Dr. Aalam for his contribution to clinical research in the field of implant dentistry. Dr. Aalam is a Clinical Associate Professor at the USC School of Dentistry in the department of Advanced Periodontics. In 2012, Dr. Aalam was appointed as the USC dental school representative on the Board of Governor and in 2019 as a member of the Board of Counselor. He maintains a private practice in Los Angeles limited to Periodontics and Reconstructive Implant Dentistry. Dr. Aalam lectures and publishes in the field of dental implant and site development procedures.

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Harjit Singh Seghal, Treasurer

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Harjit Singh Seghal, DDS, MS

Dr. Sehgal is an Associate Professor and co-director of Predoctoral Periodontics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP) and serves as a board examiner as well as on various committees of the ABP and the AAP. Dr. Sehgal directs many periodontology courses and teaches both pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral residents. Dr. Sehgal has over 15 years of clinical and research experience. His current research is focused on clinical investigations of opioid prescribing behaviors, CBCT accuracy, electronic health records, dental quality measures and oral-systemic interrelationships. He serves as a reviewer for many scientific journals including Journal of Periodontology, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, Special Care in Dentistry and Journal of Dental Education. He is currently also working as the co-editor of a textbook on Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials in Dentistry. In addition to active participation in clinical research, Dr. Sehgal also maintains a cutting-edge dental practice limited to periodontics and implant dentistry in the OHSU Faculty Dental Practice.
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Gerald Drury, Journal Editor

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Gerald Drury, MS, DDS
1100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite F
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Phone: (310) 376-9884
Fax: (310) 318-1573

A Chicago native, Dr. Drury earned a B.A. in psychology, a B.S. in dentistry, as well as a D.D.S. from the University of Illinois. He holds a master’s degree in physiology from the Medical College of Virginia. Having interned at the Northeast Florida State Hospital, he practiced general dentistry for four years in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. He then decided to specialize in Periodontics, earning the Certificate in Periodontics at LSU and a research award from the American Association of Dental Research. He still returns to LSU annually as an instructor for its Periodontal Board Review course.

Dr. Drury began what has become more than 36 years’ teaching at the USC School of Dentistry; for the first two years, he taught full-time, after which he has remained as Clinical Professor and Course Director on a part-time status, earning a teaching award from USC Post-Graduate Periodontics. Since 1980 he has practiced Periodontics and dental implants in Hermosa Beach, California.

Dr. Drury possesses a sterling history of leadership and service in his profession. Service for the American Board of Periodontology has included positions of past Director and former Chairman, as well as newsletter Editor. He has served as a trustee for the American Academy of Periodontology from 2012 to the present. For the California Society of Periodontists he has served as Periodontal Peer Review Chairman for nearly 20 years and also served as their president. In addition he is the recipient of their outstanding public service award. His work for the Western Society of Periodontology has included not only a past presidency, but also as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the Western Society of Periodontology. Dr. Drury is the Ethics Chairman for the Western Los Angeles Dental Society. Listed in Who’s Who in America, he has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally.

Excellence in writing has been an important part of Dr. Drury’s service. A Certified Dental Editor, he also received a journalism award from the International College of Dentists. He is Periodontal Peer-Review Chairman for the California Dental Association. Additionally, he has written scores of original articles.

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Todd Goldman, Executive Director

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Todd Goldman
P.O. Box 1379
Lutz, FL 33548
Phone: (813) 444-1014
Fax: (813) 422-7966

Todd Goldman has worked in the dental industry for some 25 years. He has been a consultant for many associations inside and out of dentistry and has been a publisher for those 25 years. Some of his current and past clients include: The American Academy of Periodontology, The Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, The Chicago Dental Society, The Academy of General Dentistry, Florida Medical Association, The American Library Association, The National Association of Health Underwriters and the United States Tennis Association. Mr. Goldman has overseen the complete overhaul of numerous dental meetings, dental journals and publications during his two decades in the dental field. Goldman Association Management has been featured in Tradeshow Week for its expertise for twice growing the AGD Annual Meeting into the fastest growing medical meeting in the US (1995 and 1997).

In the first 18 months of management of the WSP, GAM has grown the WSP by 40% in the first year alone and currently has taken the WSP from 4 team sessions a year to 15 in 2017. Along with event growth sponsorship has grown from non-existent to over 100K in just 18 months.

Goldman Association Management will manage all aspects of the Western Society of Periodontology and all members are welcomed to contact him at any time. As well, they manage the Oregon Society of Periodontists, Arizona Society of Periodontists and Inter-mountain Society of Periodontists.

Todd Goldman grew up in Miami, is a graduate of the University of Miami in Political Science, and has lived in the Tampa Bay Area with his wife (Deb) and four children for the past 24 years.

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•  Arizona: Stephen Folson, D.D.S., M.S.
•  N. California: Thomas Baker, D.D.S.
•  S. California: Tina Beck, D.D.S.
•  Oregon: Michael Matsuda, D.D.S.
•  Washington: Robert M. London D.D.S.
•  Canada: Rana Tarzemany
•  Intermountain: Sean McKeon, DDS
•  Associate: James Sweeney, D.D.S.
•  Associate: Nagib Bahri, D.D.S.
•  Affiliate: Kathleen Hodges, R.D.H.
•  Affiliate: Sandra Schneidewind, R.D.H.
•  Susan Wingrove, B.S., R.D.H.
•  RMSP: Giles Horrocks

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Members at Large

•  Homa Zadeh, DDS, PhD

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