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picture of ImageAalam Alexandre Amir Aalam, DDS
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 and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology. 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

picture of ImageFrydman Alon Frydman
Dr. Frydman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry in the Division of Periodontology, Diagnostic Sciences and Dental Hygiene and the Division of Restorative Sciences at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and serves as the Director of Continuing Education at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Frydman received his dental degree from UCLA and graduated from the Advanced Periodontology Program at USC, where he has since been a faculty member. Dr. Frydman has served on the Education Committee for the AAP, serves as a Board Examiner for American Board of Periodontology and has served as a Task Force member.
Dr. Frydman is involved locally with peer review and has served as a reviewer for the State Board. Dr. Frydman teaches courses in treatment planning and implant therapy for both Advanced Periodontology residents as well as dental students. He lectures nationally and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

picture of ImageGalvinpic Dr. Maria Galvan
Dr. Maria Galvan obtained her dental degree from University Complutense of Madrid, Spain.
She completed her certificate in Periodontics, as well as her Masters of Science in Craniofacial Biology, at the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2013.
After graduation, she successfully became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
Dr. Galvan has held a part time teaching position as Clinical Assistant Professor in the section of Periodontics at the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
She maintained a private practice limited to Periodontics and dental implants in Dallas (Texas) for two years before becoming a full time academician for 2 years at UCLA school of dentistry as a Health Science Assistant Clinical Professor of Periodontics.
She currently works in private practice as a Periodontist in the Orange County in California.

todd goldman Todd Goldman
Todd Goldman is President of Goldman Association Management. He has worked within the dental, publishing and meeting fields for over 27 years. He has managed numerous sales organizations and trained more than 100 salespeople during his career. His background in sales is second to very few. His sales volume totals in the hundreds of millions and has sold on a corporate and individual level. Mr. Goldman has an in-depth knowledge of the sales process, but more
important is his ability to train both salespeople and non-salespeople. With his intimate knowledge of the dental field, he is able to work with dental staff members, including the dentists, to improve their sales knowledge and ability to enhance treatment acceptance. His current and past clients include the Who’s Who of dentistry: The Academy of General Dentistry, The Chicago Dental Society, The AACD, The Western Society of Periodontology, The American Academy of Periodontology and about a dozen more.

picture of ImageHuwais Dr. Salah Huwais, DDS
Dr. Huwais is the founder of Osseodensification. He maintains a private practice focusing on periodontics and surgical implantology in Jackson, Michigan. Dr. Huwais completed his periodontics and implantology surgical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Dental Implant Program. Dr. Huwais lectures nationally and internationally on periodontal and surgical implantology procedures. He is Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology and was the 2017 Recipient of the AAID Foundation Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award. Dr. Huwais is the inventor of the Densah® Bur technology.
Dr. Salah Huwais, DDS
•  Private practice limited to Periodontics and Implantology.
•  Diplomate, The American Board of Periodontology.
•  Diplomate, The American Board of Implantology.
•  Adjunct assistant Professor at University of Minnesota, Dental Implant Fellowship Program.
•  Founder of the Osseodensification and the inventor of the Densah® Bur technology.
•  2017 Recipient of the AAID Foundation Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award.

picture of ImageJivraj Saj Jivraj, DDS
Dr. Saj Jivraj Completed his dental degree at the University of Manchester in England and his Advanced Prosthodontic training at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is the Former Chairman Section of Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Dr Jivraj has published numerous articles on Esthetic and Implant Dentistry in Peer Reviewed journals, and has presented on aspects of Implant Dentistry and Advanced Prosthodontic procedures both nationally and internationally. He is co-author of the textbook “Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry”, published by the British Dental Association and is chief editor for the book "Graftless solutions for Edentulous patients", published by Springer. He is on the Editorial board of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. He currently holds a Faculty Position as an Associate Clinical Professor at the USC School of Dentistry, and Clinical teacher at the Eastmann Dental institute in London. He maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry in Oxnard CA

picture of ImageKumarSatish S. Kumar, DMD, MDSc, MS
Dr. Kumar’s educational background includes advanced specialty training in periodontics, oral medicine, temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain, all at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kumar is a board-certified specialist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, the American Board of Oral Medicine, and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Kumar also has a vast experience in teaching and mentoring dental students and residents since 2007. He currently serves as an Associate Professor and Director of Periodontics at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH), A. T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Prior to joining ASDOH, Dr. Kumar taught and provided patient care at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California and at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Kumar is a certified evidence reviewer by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) where he also teaches the practice of applying best available clinical research evidence to patient care. He is an invited lecturer and provides continuing education courses in his areas of clinical expertise throughout the country. He has won several awards for his efforts in education as well as research including American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation’s Educator Scholarship and AAP’s Balint Orban Memorial Award. Dr. Kumar has published about 60 original articles, reviews, critical summaries and book chapters. He serves as a peer-reviewer for several leading academic journals. Dr. Kumar is a member of American Academy of Periodontology, Western Society of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, Central Arizona Dental Society, and American Dental Education Association. Dr. Kumar provides care of private patients on a part-time basis at the Greater Phoenix Periodontics and Implants, Mesa, AZ.


picture of IanMcNickle1 Ian McNickle, MBA
Ian leads WEO Media's sales, marketing, consulting, and business development teams. He brings over 20 years combined experience in technology, business development, sales, marketing, and operations.
Ian is widely considered a dental industry Key Opinion Leader for dental marketing and practice growth, and was named a 2019 Top CE Leader by Dentistry Today. He lectures extensively throughout North America on all aspects of dental marketing and practice growth at dental conferences, study clubs, and CE events. For more information please visit our WEO Media Event Speaker page
Ian writes articles on a wide range of marketing and growth related topics for publications such as Dental Products Report, Dental Economics, The Progressive Dentist, and many others. He has also been interviewed for numerous podcasts including Dentaltown by Howard Farran. Earlier in his career Ian spent a combined 10 years working for high-tech companies Siltronic and Xerox. While at Siltronic he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. Eventually Ian left Xerox to co-found (with Cory) a very successful regional business and marketing consulting firm. After dozens of successful consulting engagements Ian left consulting to co-found WEO Media.
Ian has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University where he was also a graduate of the University Honors Program. In addition, he received an MBA from the University of Washington.

picture of Imageanna pattison2 Anna Matsuishi Pattison, R.D.H., M.S.
Anna Pattison received her B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California (USC) and her M.S. in Dental Hygiene from Columbia University. She is a Former Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC.
Mrs. Pattison is co-author of the textbook, Periodontal Instrumentation and has authored several chapters in the last six editions of Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology. These publications are translated into eight languages and have established Anna Pattison as an expert in periodontal instrumentation. She has also contributed to four editions of Esther Wilkins’ textbook, Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist.
In addition to presenting lecture and hands-on advanced instrumentation courses to practitioners for the past thirty years, Mrs. Pattison is renowned for presenting faculty in-service courses for dental and dental hygiene educators in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a featured speaker for the A.A.P., A.D.A., A.D.H.A., Canadian D.H.A., Canadian Academy of Periodontology, 35 state associations and numerous universities and associations in Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia.
Mrs. Pattison is the former Editor-in-Chief of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Currently, she and her husband, Dr. Gordon Pattison, are Co-Directors of the Pattison Institute which offers online videos, lectures and hands on workshops in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2005, she received the Pfizer-ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award and the USC School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year Award. In 2006 she received the California Society of Periodontists Award. In 2010 she was inducted into the USC School of Dentistry Hall of Fame.

Flavia Pirih DDS Flavia Pirih, DDS
Dr. Pirih is an associate professor in Periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. After receiving her dental degree at Universidade Federal do Parana in Brazil, Dr. Pirih received a PhD in Oral Biology from UCLA. Upon graduation, Dr. Pirih completed residency in Periodontics from the University of Michigan in 2009. Dr. Pirih is currently the director of the pre-doctoral clinical program in Periodontics at UCLA. Dr. Pirih’s main research interests are in periodontal disease and peri-implantitis initiation and development. Dr. Pirih is currently collaborating with investigators at the UCLA the School of Dentistry, the Human Genetics department at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Computer Sciences at UCLA to identify the genetic mediators of periodontitis.

picture of ImageLeonarTauDMDPC Leondard Tau, DMD, PC
After purchasing his practice the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence
in Philadelphia in 200, Dr. Leonard Tau soley used the power of the internet to help grow his new patient base and went against the traditional way of marketing one’s dental office. He lectures nationally and internationally on internet marketing, social media and reputation marketing and its ability to make your dental office more visible and credible. He is also the General Manager of the Dental Division for Birdeye, a reputation marketing platform and founder of iSocial Digital, a consulting firm that helps dentists develop a comprehensive online marketing plan. His content rich, engaging seminars allow him to bring his first hand experiences to his audiences.

Western Society of Periodontology Samuel Low Sam Low, DDS, MS, M.Ed.
Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a current Board of Director of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Low provides periodontists, dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee. Website:

pourian ali Ali Pourian DDS, MSD
Dr. Pourian is an alumnus of Louisiana State University. He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering before attending LSU School of Dentistry. After graduation Dr. Pourian did advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology as well as Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and is a Fellow and Diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists and is a dipolmate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists. Dr. Pourian has been an adjunct professor at College of Dental Medicine at Roseman University and Missouri School of Dentistry teaching both radiology and pathology to undergraduate and graduate dental students. He also has a clinical pathology and radiology private practice in the Iowa City and Des Moines area with a focus on odontogenic lesions, temporomandibular disorders, oral mucosal diseases, and salivary gland diseases.

Bobby Birdi Bobby Birdi, DMD, MS
Dr. Birdi received his dental degree from the University of Saskatchewan and his post-graduate specialty training in both periodontics and prosthodontics from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow and 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 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 is the co-founder of the Digital Dentistry Institute and is currently practicing at the BC Perio Dental Health & Implant Centres in Vancouver.

Dr Homa Zadeh Homa H. Zadeh, DDS, PhD
Dr. Zadeh is a tenured Associate Professor and the director of the post-doctoral periodontology program at the University of Southern California (USC), Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Zadeh received his doctor of dental surgery degree from USC Ostrow School of Dentistry. He has also completed advanced clinical education in Periodontology and earned a PhD degree in immunology from the University of Connecticut, Schools of dental medicine and medicine. Dr. Zadeh is internationally recognized for his clinical and scientific expertise. His clinical areas of interest range from esthetic and minimally invasive periodontal and implant surgery, as well as tissue engineering. Dr. Zadeh directs the Laboratory for Immunoregulation and Tissue Engineering (LITE) at USC, dedicated to studying basic mechanisms to regulate bone and tissue regeneration/destruction under health/disease states, as well as conducting clinical trials of dental implant outcomes. He has extensive publication track, having published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as many book chapters. Dr. Zadeh has served as the director of the USC International Periodontal and Implant Symposium for the past 15 years of its 43-year history. Dr Zadeh served as the president of the Western Society of Periodontology in 2017. He is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), Academy of Osseointegration (AO), American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED) and American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Dr. Zadeh also maintains a part-time private practice limited to Periodontology in Southern California.

Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig, DDS
Dr. Stefan Zweig graduated from UCLA in 1982 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He received his dental degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1986 and his Certificate in Endodontics from USC in 1992. He maintained a faculty position at USC from 1992 until 1998 in the Department of Endodontics during which time he served as the Assistant Director of Graduate Endodontics. He also maintained a private endodontic practice in San Marino California from 1992-2019. Dr. Zweig is a Past President of the Southern California Academy of Endodontists and of the California Association of Endodontists. He has served on several committees of the American Association of Endodontists and has served as the Treasurer and Secretary of the of the association. He is currently the Vice President-Elect of the AAE. Currently, Dr. Zweig serves on the faculty of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC as Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Orthodontics Endodontics, working primarily with advanced endodontic residents. He has lectured nationally and internationally in the field of endodontics.

WSP Scott Froum Scott Froum, DDS, PC
Scott Froum is a board certified periodontist who received his BA from Amherst College in Amherst, MA with a major in biology. He received his DDS from the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with honors. He continued his dental training in the post graduate periodontal department at the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and received his periodontal certificate. He currently is a clinical assistant professor at the State University of New York- Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Periodontics. He is chief editor of the online journal Perio-Implant Advisory. He is on the editorial board for the Dental Economics. He maintains a private practice in New York City, NY.


•  Researcher of Advanced PRF and liquid PRF technology
•  Affiliated Professor in the department of Periodontology, University of Bern in Switzerland
•  Masters in Cell Biology at the University
•  PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology
•  Doctor of Dental Surgery - Laval University in Canada
•  Main research interests involve the use of growth factors used for bone and periodontal regeneration
•  Author and co-author of over 200 internationally peer-reviewed scientific publications
•  Dr. Miron and Dr. Joseph Choukroun edited a 15 chapter textbook titled: “Platelet Rich Fibrin in Regenerative Dentistry: Biological Background and Clinical Indications” gathering collaborations from 20 co-authors from around the globe.
•  Named the 2015 Young Investigator of the Year in Implant Dentistry from the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) and 2016 International Team for Implantology (ITI) Andre Schroeder Research Recipient

Dr. John B. Roberson graduated from Hattiesburg High School, received his B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, his dental doctorate from the University of Mississippi and his Oral & Maxillofacial surgery training from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. While in dental school, he was elected President of the American Student Dental Association (13,000 members) during his third year. Then in residency he helped co-found the Resident Organization of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (ROAAMOS).

Dr. Roberson writes and lectures extensively on the subject of Medical/Sedation Emergencies and Emergency Drugs in the Dental Office. He has been selected as a CE Leader for Dentistry Today for over 10 years consecutively. He currently is CEO and Co-Founder of AAFDO (Accreditation Association For Dental Offices) which has numerous inspection and emergency preparedness programs dedicated only to Dentistry. He was the Co-founder and CEO of the Institute of Medical Emergency Preparedness which was an online medical emergency program for dentists and their staff. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Oral Cancer Screening Forms and Timeout Checklists. Current President of the MS/LA component of ADSA. Current President of the American Academy of Oral Surgery.

Roberson is currently Board certified by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He was Board certified with ABOMS (1999-2019). He has Fellowships in American College of Dentists, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and International College of Dentists.

He has copyrighted multiple programs and courses for the field of Dentistry such as DOMES(Dental Office Medical Emergency Simulations), DOSES(Dental Office Sedation Emergency Simulations), PEDOS (Pediatric Emergency Dental Office Simulations), ALSGD (Advanced Life Support for General Dentistry), ALSSD (Advanced Life Support for Sedation Dentistry), ALSPD (Advanced Life Support for Pediatric Dentistry).

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Mississippi Dental Association, American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and South Mississippi Dental Society.

His community service includes being active in his church serving on committees such as Board of Trustees, Administration Council Chairman, Sunday School Teacher, Finance Committee, Lay Leadership Committee and Youth Ministries Team. He has coached football and baseball for approximately 10 years; served on the Advisory Board for The First; served on the board for Pearl River Community College Dental Assisting; Served on the UMC School of Dentistry Alumni Board. He is the Dental Externship Director for the University of Southern Mississippi and also serves on the USM Sports Medicine Team.

He has authored a book on Medical Emergencies, has written almost 100 articles on the subject, has 20 Online CE courses, co-developed the Emergency Response System for dental offices.

Some of his publications include articles in the Journal of American Dental Association; Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Dentistry Today; Dental Economics Journal; DentalTown Journal; Dental Interactive; Journal of Pediatric Emergency Medicine; British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Journal of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma; Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Journal; Dental Products Report; Texas Dental Journal.



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