Dentistry Lecturers

Kresimir Simunovic, DMD, MSc

Kresimir Simunovic, DMD, M.Sc.

Dr. Simunovic is a graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. After practicing general dentistry for 2 years in private practice he joined Zurich University’s Faculty of Dentistry, as an assistant to Dr. Krejci, focusing his studies on the effect of CO2 laser in hard dental tissues and common restorative materials. He received his Doctorate Degree from the same faculty in 1991 for his work, presenting his paper at the 2nd World Convention of Lasers in Dentistry. The following year he became an assistant at the Department of Oral Dental Surgery, under the guidance of Dr. Gion Pajarola, being mainly responsible for radiotherapy and laser therapy patients. In 1997 he established his own dental office focusing mainly on laser-assisted general and aesthetic dentistry, periodontology and oral dental surgery. Dr. Simunovic is a Board Member for Dentistry of EMLA, an international associate member of the Chicago Dental Society, and member of various Swiss dental societies, among which the Swiss Society of Oral Laser Application. He is the author of numerous published papers and teaches laser-assisted dentistry in both theory and practice. Dr. Simunović has been a speaker in several national and international workshops and events.

Dr. Ilay Maden PhD, MSc

Dr. Ilay Maden Ph.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Ilay Maden Ph.D., M.Sc. was born in 1980, in Istanbul. He studied dentistry (1998-2003) and did his Ph.D. studies for periodontology (2003-2009) in University of Istanbul. He has his masters degree for Lasers in Dentistry from Aachen University, Germany (2005-2007). He is the training instructor for Aachen Laser Research Center; AALZ-Turkey and International Continuing Education Center for Dental Implants; IFZI – Germany. He has held a number of theoretical and hands-on courses on diode, Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers in dentistry. He has been speaker in a number of congresses regarding lasers in dentistry. He is a member of Turkish Dental Association, European Federation of Periodontology, Turkish Periodontology Association, Turkish Association of Aesthetic Dentistry Academy and Laser and Health Academy. He has a private dental practice in Istanbul since 2007.

Giovanni Olivi, MD, DDS

Giovanni Olivi, MD, DDS

Dr. Giovanni Olivi graduated cum laude in Medicine and Surgery and in Dentistry at the University of Rome, Italy. He has lectured in the past fourteen years as a visiting professor in several European universities. He mantains his private practice in Endodontics, Aesthetic and Paediatric Dentistry in Rome, where he is also Professor a.c. at the "Catholic University of Sacro Cuore".

Dr. Olivi completed the postgraduate laser course at the University of Florence in 2002 and achieved the laser certification from ISLD in 2004. He also obtained his Advanced Proficiency from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2006 and achieved the Master status from ALD in 2009. In 2007 he received the "Leon Goldman Award" for clinical excellence from ALD.

Dr. Olivi is an active member of the Italian Academy of Microscope Dentistry (AIOM), the Italian Society of Endodontics (SIE), the Italian Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SIOI) as well as an active member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). He is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles and several textbook chapters on dentistry topics. He is also the author of 4 books on laser applications in Dentistry: Laser in Dental Traumatology, Pediatric Laser Dentistry, Laser in Restorative Dentistry and Laser in Endodontics.

Dr. Zafer Kazak

Dr. Zafer Kazak

Dr. Zafer Kazak graduated in 1987 from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Dentistry and in 1988 became a founding partner of the Medicadent Oral and Dental Health Policlinic, where he served as a dental practitioner and administrator. During his practical work he graduated from the Master of Science program "Laser in Dentistry" at the RWTH-Aachen University. He received his diploma by presenting his Master’s thesis on the topic of “In Vivo Comparison Between the Effectiveness of Er:YAG Laser and Rotary Instruments for Cavity Preparation”. In 2014 Dr. Kazak opened a new clinic with the latest dental technologies located in Batı Ataşehir - Istanbul’s new financial center.

Dr. Kazak serves as an external lecturer in Turkey for the activities of the AALZ-Aachen Laser Center and is the coach of the International Training Center for dental implants (IFZI) in Nuremberg. He also founded, together with renowned Turkish dentists, the Global Dentistry Association (GLOBAL), which partners with the German Association of Oral Implantologie (DGOI) to help educate Turkish dentists in implantology. Additionally he is a member of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry, EDAD – the Esthetic Dentistry Association, and the Turkish Association for Laser Dentistry.

Harvey S. Shiffman, DDS

Harvey S. Shiffman, DDS

Dr. Shiffman was born and raised in New York and is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry. He then completed a general practice residency at Georgetown University Medical Center with an emphasis on treating medically compromised patients. Dr. Shiffman completed his certification with the Academy of Laser Dentistry in three types of Laser systems, bringing new technology to the practice which can offer numerous enhancements to standard procedures and many new and exciting options. Dr. Shiffman was recently awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He is personally involved in the use and development of cutting edge technology and has performed thousands of Laser procedures in the last 10 years. Dr. Harvey Shiffman’s Laser Dental Center is a Boynton Beach, Florida dental practice.

Prof. Dr. Aslihan Usumez DDS, PhD

Prof. Dr. Aslihan Usumez DDS, PhD

Dr. Usumez is a 1996 graduate of Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry. In 1997 she started her PhD education in Prosthodontics and completed her PhD thesis "Evaluation of bonding Porcelain Laminate Veneers to acid etched or Er,Cr:YSGG laser etched teeth surfaces" in 2001. She was appointed as "Assistant Professor" in 2003, as "Associate Professor" in 2005 and as "Professor" in 2010. She completed her MSc in "Lasers in Dentistry" in RWTH Aachen University in 2012. She was awarded as the "Young Scientist of 2008" by The Turkish Dental Association. She has published over 60 scientific articles in journals, received oral and poster presentations awards and travel stipends from international congresses. She is currently the head of the Department of Prosthodontics in Bezmialem Vakif University, Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul. She is married and has 2 children.

Boris Gaspirc, DDS, PhD

Boris Gaspirc, DDS., Ph.D.

Dr. Gaspirc is a graduate from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine. In 1997 he was awarded his Master’s degree in Dentistry and subsequently went on to achieve Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Periodontology. Having been involved in fundamental research in the application of lasers in dentistry for over 20 years, Dr. Gaspirc is a leading expert in laser dentistry and a regular lecturer and presenter at domestic and international conferences, mainly covering the use of lasers in periodontology. He currently practices dentistry at the Ljubljana University Medical Center's Dental Clinic, where since 2014 he has been Head of the Department of Oral Disease and Periodontology.

Dr. Gaspirc is a professional member of numerous domestic and international organizations and is the Slovenian representative delegate for the WFLD. From 2012 on he has been the president of the Association of Oral Disease, Dental Implantology and Periodontology of Slovenia.

David Dovsak, MD, Specialist Surgeon

David Dovsak, M.D., Specialist Surgeon

Dr. David Dovsak is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at Ljubljana, Slovenia. He subsequently became resident at the Ljubljana University Medical Center’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 2001 he concluded his residency to become Specialist Maxillofacial Surgeon; he also became head of the Oncology Division at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. As member of several domestic and international professional organizations, Dr. Dovsak is a noted lecturer and author on topics related to the latest advances in laser and maxillofacial surgery. His main scope of interest lies in oral and oropharingeal tumors, and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. Recently Dr. Dovsak started up his own surgery and dentistry clinic, AMOK d.o.o., together with wife Dr. Petja Dovsak, DDS, offering a comprehensive range of services using advanced treatment modalities for higher levels of patient care.

Prof. Dr. Roeland J.G. De Moor DDS, PhD, MSc

Prof. Dr. Roeland J.G. De Moor DDS, PhD, MSc

Prof. Dr. Roeland J.G. De Moor is head of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontology, former Dean of the Dental School, and currently Head of the Dental Clinic of the Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. He is also program director of the 3-year specialization program in Endodontics at Ghent University and founder of the Ghent Dental Laser Centre and the Ghent Dental Photonics Research Clustre. He is an international lecturer in Laser Dentistry and Endodontology and author / co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed international and national publications (mostly on endodontic and laser subjects). Prof. Dr. De Moor is a founding member of BAET (Belgian Association for Endodontology and Traumatology) as well as a founding member of the First World Congress of Microdentistry.

Prof. Carlo Fornaini, MD, DDS, MSc, Professor in Lasers in Medicine

Prof. Carlo Fornaini, M.D., D.D.S., M.Sc., Professor in Lasers in Medicine

Dr. Fornaini is an eminent researcher and lecturer in the field of lasers in oral applications and dentistry. He currently holds a research position at the University of Nice Sophie Antipolis where he also coordinates the EMDOLA, European Master degree in Oral Laser Applications program. He is a faculty member at the Dental School of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma, and is a Visiting Professor at Liege University (Belgium) both of which run EMDOLA program. Dr. Fornaini attained his Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Milan in 1980 and completed his medical apprenticeship in Dentistry at the Dental Division of the Hospital of Parma the following year. Among other post graduate degrees, he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in “Use of Laser in Dentistry” at the University of Florence in 2002. In 2005 he attained a DU in “Oral Laser Applications” from the University of Nice and went on to achieve his European Master Degree in Oral Laser Applications from the University of Liege in 2007. Dr. Fornaini is a scientific committee member of several international and national laser dentistry organizations and has lectured and published numerous times on various topics within laser dentistry. He currently practices laser dentistry in his own private practice in Fiorenzuola d’Arda (Italy) with a particular focus on pediatric dentistry.

Damir Snjaric, DMD, PhD, MSc

Damir Snjaric, DMD, PhD, M.Sc.

Dr. Snjaric graduated in 1999 from the University of Rijeka’s Medical faculty, School of Dental Medicine, where he became an assistant at the Department of Dental Pathology. He attended post-graduation studies at the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Dentistry, where he received his MSc degree in 2005. Since 2007 he works in a private dental practice and in 2012, he received a PhD from the University of Rijeka, with his dissertation on the field of endodontic irrigation. Since 2014 he has also worked as an associate at his alma mater’s School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics. He is a member of various dental societies, including the Croatian Society of Endodontology, the European Society of Endodontology, and the Laser and Health Academy.

Dr. Snjaric uses dental lasers on a daily basis in his clinical practice and promotes laser-assisted dentistry as a lecturer and trainer, holding courses on the use of diode, Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers.

Alan Dalessandro, DDS

Alan Dalessandro, DDS

Dr. Alan Dalessandro was born and raised in the Chicago area. He received his DDS degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry, Chicago in 1979. He did a residency at Rush Presbyterian, St Luke’s Hospital in General Practice and Anesthesia, and went on to get his periodontal fellowship at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He practiced periodontics for many years in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, and began placing dental implants in the early 1980s. He was one of the early adopters of Cone Beam CT scanning for bone evaluation, and this has been successfully used in his practice for several years. Dr. Dalessandro has also studied extensively regarding lasers and their use in dentistry. His goal is to pass knowledge and information along to his colleagues to help them become educated and understand the physics of a laser so it can be used as a tool to enhance results in periodontal and implant therapy.

Scott D. Benjamin, DDS

Scott D. Benjamin, DDS

Dr. Scott Benjamin is an internationally recognized expert, lecturer, and trainer on Dental Lasers, Oral Cancer and Advanced Dental Technologies and is in private practice in rural upstate New York where he utilizes several lasers on an everyday basis. Dr. Benjamin is an Associate Professor and Director of Advanced Technologies and Informatics at Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine. He is the Chairman of the ADA Standards Committee Working Group on Dental Lasers, a member of ANSI Sub-committee Z-136 on Laser Safety, and is past president and an officer on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD).

Jugoslav Jovanovic, DDS

Jugoslav Jovanovic, DDS

Dr. Jovanovic is a researcher and lecturer in the field of laser-based oral applications and dentistry. As a member of several international organizations in laser-assisted dentistry he has published numerous articles and has lectured at domestic and international congresses and workshops. He practices laser dentistry on a daily basis in his private practice in Kozarac – Prijedor, BiH, where he focuses mainly on endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery and aesthetic dentistry. Currently he is involved in several clinical research studies, with the aim of bringing additional benefits in laser-assisted dentistry to patients worldwide.

Bogdan Crisan, DMD, PhD

Bogdan Crisan, DMD, PhD

Bogdan Crisan graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry of the “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2002. He subsequently obtained his Masters in Oral Rehabilitation and Oral Health, followed by a Doctorate in Dental Sciences (PhD) from the same university, where he is currently assistant professor at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology.

Dr. Crisan is involved in multidisciplinary research collaborations, with a specific focus on laser therapy, laser biostimulation, laser surgery of hemangioma and vascular malformation, laser treatment of oral benign tumors, stem cell regeneration, oral surgery, oral implantology, biomaterials, nanomaterials, medical rapid prototyping and medical imaging, oral and maxillofacial bone reconstruction and regeneration.

Dr. Crisan has been a member of Romanian Society of Lasers in Dentistry (SRLS) since 2009. He has published 21 scientific articles and studies, 4 books and 64 presented papers in national and international conferences. He has been a member of 12 national and international research projects and 2 educational projects, and has participated in numerous national and international conferences in the field of lasers and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Evgeniy Mironov, DDS

Evgeniy Mironov, DDS

Dr. Mironov Evgeniy is a dental surgeon with a degree from the Sofia Medical university in Bulgaria. He practices laser dentistry in his own private practice, Dental studio Mironovi in Sofia, with a particular focus on oral implantology and aesthetic dentistry. He is also currently attending the M.Sc. laser dentistry program at RWTH Aachen University. Dr. Mironov is very active in the research and development of new laser applications and solutions. He has held numerous laser implantology workshops in Bulgaria and is planning to organize workshops on an international level.

Hisham Abdalla, DDS

Hisham Abdalla, DDS

Dr. Hisham Abdalla graduated with honors from Charles University in Prague with a Medical University Doctor of Stomatology (dentistry). He an international citizen who has chosen Auckland, New Zealand to be home, where he became the first practitioner to use multiple lasers in dentistry. Dr Abdalla is an invited Associate Professor at Cagliari University in Sardinia, Italy and is the accredited course provider and examiner for the Queensland University Laser Certification program by Professor Laurie Walsh.

Dr. Abdalla is an internationally respected speaker, author and educator in the fields of laser dentistry, minimally invasive high-tech dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. He is a founding member of the NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a founding member and past Vice President of the NZ Institute of Minimal Intervention Dentistry, a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute and a member of the Auckland and New Zealand Dental Associations.

Jason Pang, DDS

Jason Pang, DDS

Dr. Jason Pang completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree (Biomedical Science) in 1994 from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney in 2002. He maintains a private practice in Sydney, Australia where he has used multiple lasers since 2008. He lectures on the use of lasers, ozone and CBVT around Australia.

Dr. Pang is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry, the Australian Association of Laser Dentistry (AALD), and the Australian Chapter of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP).

Assist. Prof. Dragana Gabric, DMD, PhD

 Assist. Prof. Dragana Gabric, DMD, PhD

Dr. Dragana Gabric Panduric received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2004. In 2010 she received her PhD from the same university, with her dissertation on the field of experimental laser bone surgery (“Physical and ultrastructural bone effect comparison between laser and surgical drill”). In 2013 she became a Senior Research Scientist and in 2014 an Assistant Professor at the University’s Department of Oral Surgery, School of Dental Medicine. Her fields of interest include dental implantology, minimally invasive surgical procedures, laser bone and soft-tissue surgery, PRF technique in augmentation procedures, and bone grafts.

Dr. Gabric Panduric is the author of many cited scientific papers and is a reviewer for several international scientific journals (Journal of Periodontology, Acta Stomatologica Croatica, Journal of Cranio-Maxillary Diseases, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Journal of Laser, Optics & Photonics). She is a member of the Croatian Chamber of Dental Medicine, the Croatian Society of Oral Surgeons, the Croatian Association for Dental Implantology, the Croatian Medical Association, the Croatian Society for Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Face and Neck, and the Laser and Health Academy.

Kinga Grzech Leśniak, DDS, PhD

Kinga Grzech Leśniak, DDS, PhD

Kinga Grzech-Leśniak holds a PhD with distinction in periodontology (2013, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland). In 2005 she was awarded the title of advanced specialist in periodontology and oral pathology. She worked as an assistant professor in periodontology at the Jagiellonian University Dental Clinic. She has been a practitioner since 2000 and in 2006 she established a specialist clinic which has become one of the leading periodontal treatment centers in Poland.

Since 2005 she has conducted workshops for dental hygienists and medical doctors based on her proprietary program on the cooperation between hygienist and dentist during periodontal treatment. Her professional interests include periodontal laser therapy, design and implementation of academic programs in periodontology for implantology specialists and periodontal plastic microsurgery.

She is a founding member of the Polish Society of Ergonomics in Dentistry (PTES) and Polish Society of Laser Dentistry (PTSL), a member of the Polish Society of Implantology (PSI), Polish Society of Periodontology and European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and country representative for Poland at the World Federation for Laser Dentistry (WFLD).

Prof. Stefano Benedicenti

Prof. Stefano Benedicenti

Professor Benedicenti is an Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics at the University of Genoa (Italy) as well as the Dean of University’s Laser Department. He is also the President of the European Master Course in Laser Dentistry and a Founding member of IAHT (International Academy of High Tech). Professor Benedicenti is the author and co-author of 80 publications in national and international journals and of three books in the field of laser dentistry.

Alexander Kelsch, DDS

Alexander Kelsch, DDS

Dr. Kelsch received his degree in dentistry from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1995 and opened his own dental practice in Karlsruhe–Neureut in 1998. He has been active in laser dentistry since 2011 and a dedicated user of Fotona’s LightWalker laser system since 2012, acquiring a second LightWalker for his practice in the following year. Dr. Kelsch is also a trainer and lecturer in the fields of laser dentistry and implantology. He conducts regular workshops throughout Germany as well as at his private practice in Karlsruhe–Neureut.

Rita El Feghali, DDS, MSc

Rita El Feghali DDS, MSc

Dr. Rita El Feghali is a dental surgeon who graduated from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained her Master of Sciences degree in Laser Dentistry with honors from the University of Genoa, Italy, where she is currently a Professor a.c. in the Department of Surgical Sciences and Integrated Diagnostics. Dr. El Feghali is a speaker in several national and international laser workshops and events. She is a reviewer in the peer-reviewed journal “Lasers in Medical Science”. In her private practice in Beirut, she works with three laser wavelengths, 980 nm Diode, 1064 nm Nd:YAG and 2940 nm Er:YAG.

Aleksandra Krizaj Dumic, DDS

Aleksandra Krizaj Dumic, DDS

Dr. Krizaj Dumic graduated in 1998 from the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After graduation she worked as a dentist in the public health center, and in 2003 opened her own private practice. Throughout the years the practice has evolved into a dental clinic that offers a wide variety of dental treatments in fields such as endodontics, periodontics, implantology, oral surgery, and pediatric dentistry. In 2007 she started using Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers and recognized how useful the laser is as an everyday tool. As active members of the Laser & Health Academy since 2011, Dr. Krizaj Dumic is grateful to be in touch with laser developments and new technologies. She gained the title of Expert Clinical Lecturer in 2011 and looks forward to every lecture and workshop because she enjoys inspiring other doctors with the possibilities that laser technology can offer.

Seto Siu Keung, BDS (HK), DGDP (UK), MSc (Lond), MSc Lasers in Dentistry RWTH Aachen University Germany

Seto Siu Keung

Dr. Seto obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree (HK) in 1992 from the University of Hong Kong. After several years in general dental practice he obtained his Diploma of General Dental Practice (UK) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1996. He has also enriched himself in Dental Radiology and gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Dental Surgery (HK) in 1999 and an MSc (Lond) in 2001. Dr Seto then switched to the cutting edge of technology, where he obtained his MSc (Lasers In Dentistry) with distinction from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 2007. He is currently a part-time Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Dentistry. Dr. Seto is a member of the World Federation of Laser Dentistry, Vice President of the LOC for the WFLD Congress 2008 Hong Kong and academic co-worker of AALZ - Aachen Dental Laser Center of RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Antonis Kallis DDS, MSc, Lasers in Dentistry

Antonis Kallis DDS, MSc. Lasers in Dentistry

Dr. Antonis Kallis graduated from the Dental School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From 1983 till 1997 he practiced dentistry in Chania,Crete before moving his practice to Athens, where he has attended most of the dental congresses held in Greece. Since 2001, he has been avidly interested in laser dentistry and has taken part in more than ten workshops at the AALZ institute, with a syllabus including “biophysics, laser safety, cavity preparation, laser in endodontics, periodontics and surgery”. In 2010 Dr. Kallis established AALZ Greece, “The Institute for Education in Laser Dentistry”, which organizes Laser Safety Courses and Mastership/Fellowship Courses in cooperation with the Aachen Laser Center at RWTH University of Aachen.

Dr. Kallis is also Founder of the Greek Society for Laser Dentistry (GSLD) and has cooperated in founding the “Hellenic Society of Oral Laser Applications" (HELSOLA). He is also co-writer of the Greek edition of the book: "The Laser Therapy Handbook" by Jan Tuner and Lars Hode and of “Principles of Medical and Dental Lasers” by Rene Franzen.

Doç. Dr. Tosun Tosun, DDS, PhD, MSc

Doç. Dr. Tosun Tosun DDS, PhD, M.Sc.

Dr. Tosun Tosun graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Istanbul in 1989 and served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Padua and the Branemark Osseointegration Center of Treviso from 1993-94. He worked as research assistant in the Department of Oral Implantology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Istanbul between 1990 and 2002, and since 2003 works in his own private clinic in Istanbul. Dr. Tosun has worked part-time as Consultant surgeon in Harvard Medical International Hospitals and John Hopkins Medicine, Istanbul between the years 2007-09. Since 2011 he is contract Professor in the Department of Surgical and Diagnostic Sciences (DI.S.C.), Medical School, University of Genoa, Italy.

Dr. Tosun obtained a PhD degree in Oral Implantology at the University of Istanbul (1990-97), received a Mastership in Dental Lasers from the AALZ-Aachen University (2010-11) and a MSc in Dental Lasers from the University of Genoa (2013-14). He is a member of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry (WFLD), Laser Education International (LEI), the Perioral and Oral Integrated Esthetic Sciences International Society (POIESIS), the International Team for Implantology (ITI), and regularly presents papers in various national and international congresses and scientific publications.

Beatrijs Deruyter, DDS

Beatrijs Deruyter, DDS

Beatrijs Deruyter graduated with honors with a Masters degree in Dentistry from Vrije University in Brussels, Belgium in 1980. She joined the Faculty staff of the department of Prosthetics and Restorative Dentistry at Brugman Teaching Hospital in Brussels from 1980-1984. Dr. Deruyter first began working with lasers in 1991 and has earned several medical-laser degrees, including Master of SOLA Academy: University of Vienna, Austria (2004), Standard proficiency ALD, parts 1-3 (2004-2006), Master of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (2009), and Master of Science in Laser Dentistry: Department of Surgical and Diagnostic Science-Universita degli Studi di Genova (2013-2014).

Since 2013, Dr. Deruyter has been an instructor in laser techniques at the UZ Leuven Periodontal department of KU Leuven in Belgium, where she’s also been a doctoral clinical researcher in the periodontal field since 2014. She has been a reviewer for Lasers in Medical Science since 2011 and is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) and the Laser Institute of America (LIA).

Aslan Gokbuget, DDS, PhD

Aslan Gokbuget, DDS, PhD

Prof. Gokbuget received his dental degree in 1982, and in the same year became an assistant professor at Istanbul University’s Periodontology department. He received his PhD degree at the same university in 1989, becoming an associated professor in 1993 and full professor in1999. His main İnterests include periodontology, implantology, bone grafts and bone surgery, mucogingival surgery, and systemic diseases in dentistry.

Prof. Gokbuget has been in private practice since 1988. He has performed implant treatments since 1992 and has been a Meffert Implant Institute Implant educator since the year 2000. His international memberships include AAP, ICOI (Diplomat), IAP, the European Federation of Periodontology, and the Computer Aided Implantology Academy.

Piotr Roszkiewicz, DDS

Piotr Roszkiewicz, DDS

Piotr Roszkiewicz graduated from the Medical University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Dentistry in 2007 and has maintained his own private practice since 2008. Since 2012 he has been a lecturer at Poland’s OMEGA Medical Schools and since 2014 at Osstem AIC Poland.

Dr. Roszkiewicz has also worked with the Central Military Medical Clinic (specializing in conservative dentistry and endodontics) since 2014, and since 2016 has served as Course Director of the AIC Osstem Poland Authorized European Education Center.

Ales Vesnaver, MD, PhD, Specialist Maxillofacial Surgeon

Ales Vesnaver

Dr. Vesnaver completed his medical studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana and has been employed at the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, since 1996. He completed his Masters' Studies during his residency in 1998 and in 2000 became Specialist Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is also an assistant professor for Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery at the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Vesnaver completed fellowships at the Craniofacial Center of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan and at the Maxillofacial Department of Sint Jan's Hospital, Brugge, Belgium. He has helped introduce several methods of treatment, among which, laser photocoagulation of intra- and extra-oral vascular lesions and laser ablation of intra-oral leukoplakia. Dr. Vesnaver is a member of the European AO Cranio-Maxillofacial Faculty, the European Association for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, and a reviewer for the Slovenian Medical Journal. Within maxillofacial surgery, his main fields of interest are maxillofacial trauma, temporomandibular joint disorders, laser surgery and post-traumatic reconstructions.

Naresh Thukral, DDS

Naresh Thukral, DDS.

Dr. Naresh Thukral is a pioneer in laser dentistry in India. His vocation to continuously improve patient care using the latest available technologies, led him to start his dental laser practice in 2000. He was the first in India to start using hard tissue lasers. Currently he uses Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, diode lasers, CO2 and LLLT technologies. Dr. Thukral founded the Indian Society for Oral Laser Applications and hosted the 1st International and National Conference in Mumbai, in 2006. Having graduated from Nair Hospital Dental College (Mumbai) in 1975, Dr. Thukral served 5 years in the Indian Army Dental Corps before going into private practice. His attachment to the M.A. Rangoonwala Dental College in Pune as a Faculty member demonstrates his understanding of the importance of continued education and research in dental care. Dr. Thukral’s quest for laser knowledge has led him to work with many laser dentistry peers all over the world, and has culminated in a Masters degree in Lasers from SOLA, University of Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Thukral is a frequently invited speaker at both national and international dental conferences and has published and contributed to many scientific papers in the field of laser dentistry. He is currently involved in research in the treatment of leukoplakia; a very common disorder in India.

Jaana Sippus Hannele, DDS, MSc

Jaana Sippus Hannele, DDS, M.Sc.

Dr. Sippus graduated in Dentistry from the University of Turku, Finland in 1981 and received her Mastership in Lasers in Dentistry from RWTH Aachen University in Germany in 2012, followed by a Master of Science Lasers in Dentistry degree from the same university in 2014.

Her professional activities include working as a practitioner at Private Health Care Professionals, Ltd since 1987 and serving on consult status for emergencies in Vaasa General Hospital. In 2015 she became the owner of LaserEdu, Ltd (Education in Laser Supported Dentistry) where she also serves as a lecturer.

Peter Åhnblad, MD

Peter Åhnblad, MD

Peter Åhnblad, MD graduated from the Karolinska Institute in 1993 and became a specialist in ear, nose, throat, head & neck surgery at Karolinska University Hospital in the year 2000. He is also an allergy researcher at Novum Karolinska University Hospital and a Principal investigator in several pharmaceutical and medical technology research studies in the fields of allergy, rhinitis, nasal polyps, snoring and tinnitus.

Since 2009 Dr. Åhnblad has served as the Founder and Chief Physician of Sickla Ear, Nose and Throat Center (Sickla ÖNH-center). His development of the Nasal Rinser Nasaline® in the year 2000 was elected as one of Sweden’s most important modern innovations and saved for posterity at the country’s National Technical Museum.

Milan Kamcev, DDS, Specialist Oral Surgeon

Milan Kamcev

Dr. Milan Kamcev graduated from the Skopje Faculty of Dentistry. He accomplished a Specialization in Oral Surgery at the Clinic of Oral Surgery in Skopje. Dr. Kamcev from 1990 led his private practice and from 1991 began to use the lasers in his private practice. From 2008 he starts to use the Er and Nd:Yag lasers, using the Fotona's Fidelis Plus III. His special interest is the laser in Parodontology and Aesthetic intervention on the gum. Dr. Kamcev is a successful Implantologist and has a big experience of using the Laser in Implantology. He is a member of various domestic and international professional organization and lecturer in the field of Lasers Medicine and Surgery.

Zelimir Bozic, MSc, Stomatology

Zelimir Bozic, MSc.

Dr. Božič has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and has led his private practice for 10 years. He also holds a Masters Degree in Social Psychiatry. Dr. Božič recognizes the need for continuous professional development in order to stay ahead of technological developments within his field of expertise. He is a member of many domestic and international professional organizations and frequently attends international workshops, symposia and conferences in the dentistry field. Dr. Božič has been using lasers in his dental practice since 1996, one of the first practices in this region to adopt this technology. In his dental practice he continuously strives to improve patient service and offer the latest in dental technologies. With a patient base of now over 3000, Dr. Božič feels his practice has achieved something unique and feels lasers have played an important role in this.

Katarina Svahnström, DDS

Katarina Svahnström, DDS.

Since receiving her Master of Science in Dental Surgery from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (1976-1981), Katarina Svahnström has been an owner and practicing dentist at private dental clinics in Sweden. She has also completed the Soft Laser Workshop at the University of Copenhagen (2004) and the AALZ Dental Laser workshop on Er:YAG and Nd:YAG Lasers in Dentistry, Laser Biophysics and Laser Safety at the University of Aachen (2005). She has worked with Fotona lasers since 2005 and has participated in workshops on dentistry, NightLase snoring and Apnea treatments, and aesthetic dermatology at Fotona’s headquarters in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ms. Svahnström is a member of the Nordic Dental Laser Society (NDLS).

Ljubica Sormaz, DDS

Ljubica Sormaz, DDS.

Dr. Sormaz graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine in 1994 after which she practiced dentistry in the local Students’ Health Center. Since 2005 Dr. Sormaz has been running her own private practice. Wanting to provide her patients better dental care and more comfort, Dr. Sormaz discovered laser dentistry. She consequently attended several courses and acquired her laser system in 2007. Since then Dr. Sormaz has been using lasers on a daily basis. Her conviction is that laser dentistry can benefit each of her patients and she tries to apply laser throughout her entire treatment range. Given the extent of her practical knowledge and experience gained from practicing laser dentistry daily, Dr. Sormaz is especially qualified to share practical knowledge and is an excellent provider of laser dentistry demonstrations in a practice setting.

Ralf Schlichting, DMD

Dr. Ralf Schlichting

Ralf Schlichting received his dental degree from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Regensburg, Germany in 1997, followed by a PhD degree from the same university in 2002. He has been a national and international lecturer in Endodontics since 2008 and has specialized exclusively in endodontics at his private practice in Passau since 2014. Dr. Schlichting has published articles and lectured extensively on Laser Activated Irrigation, and became the first clinical operator of PIPS in endodontic practice in Germany in 2015.

Dr. Schlichting is a graduate of the first curriculum in Endodontics at DGET (the German Society of Endodontology and Traumatology), as well as a Board Member and Treasurer of DGET. He is also a Specialist Member of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) and a Certified Member of the European Society of Endodontology (ESE).

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