What makes your practice special when compared with others in the area?
Positions in Professional Organizations: Former President, Academy of General Dentistry, 2002-2003 - world’s second largest dental organization American Dental Association former Council member, 2008-2012 Former Chair of Council, 2011-12 AGD representative on ADA Code Maintenance Committee, 2015 Chair, ADA Code Maintenance Committee, 2013 Awards Committee, Academy of General Dentistry, 2013-2014 Consultant to ADA Council, 2013-2014 Alternate Delegate, American Dental Association, 2001-2012 Former President, District of Columbia Dental Society, 1997-1998 Member, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Teaching Positions: Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Department of Operative Dentistry Clinical Instructor, 1981-1986; Lecturer, 1981-1983 Awards: D.C. Dental Society’s highest award bestowed for “Outstanding achievement in the Art & Science of Dentistry and for a life which has reflected great credit upon his profession”, 2004 Distinguished Service Award, highest award bestowed by Georgetown Dental Alumni, 2003 Fellowship, American College of Dentists, 1998 Fellowship, Academy of General Dentistry, 1986 Fellowship, Pierre Fauchard Academy, 1998 Certificates of Excellence in Continuing Education, D.C. Dental Society, consistently awarded since inception in 1987 Who’s Who in Dentistry, selected for inaugural 1995 edition Education: Completed full-year General Dentistry Practice Residency Program at New Orleans Veterans Administration Hospital 1980-81 D.D.S. Georgetown University School of Dentistry 1980 B.S. Tulane University 1976 Civic Organizations: Dean’s Advisory Council, Tulane University, 2003-2014 Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, commissioned in 1996-present Captain, Blessed Sacrament’s Men’s Retreat, 1988-present President, Georgetown University Alumni Club of Metro Wash, 1990 Examiner, Dentistry Merit Badge, Boy Scouts of America, since 1981 Private Practice Experience: Has practiced in Washington, DC since opening own practice in 1981 Volunteer Dentist, Catholic Charities, 1985-present Family: Wife of 37 years, Nancy & daughter, Suzanne
What are you and your team proud of at your practice?
Since the Academy of General Dentistry was founded in 1952, it has set the standard for lifelong learning and continuing education, long being the only organization in health care that required regular documentation of continuing education to maintain membership. I have been blessed with many outstanding mentors and teachers in dentistry, and it has been my passion throughout my career to stay on top of the latest scientifically documented advances, in order to provide the best care possible for my patients. In 2014, I once again was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Continuing Education, by the D.C. Dental Society, in recognition for accumulating at least twice the hours of courses required for licensure, while I actually had more than four times the required hours, with most being exceptionally advanced course work from top experts in the field. I have had the privilege of learning from the master, when it comes to study of the bite(occlusion), TMJ(temporomandibular joint), and TMD(temporomandibular disorders). Dr. Peter E. Dawson wrote the definitive book on this topic back in 1974, and it was he best selling dental textbook for over a quarter of a century. His latest book was published in 2006 and is already in its third printing. Dr. Dawson was a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University School of Dentistry when I began teaching there in 1981, and I began taking his advanced course work then. In the last few years, I have subsequently completed the entire curriculum at the Dawson post-graduate academy, including a 3-day intensive course in June, 2012, open only to those having completed the entire curriculum, on treating the most advanced cases of TMJ disorders. In 2013, I have taken advanced coursework from pre-eminent experts in head, neck, and TMJ-related pain, including Dr. Jeffrey Okeson and Dr. H. Clifton Simmons, III, as well as started the study and curriculum towards Fellowship in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. I have been privileged to receive referrals of patients from well over over several dozen general dentists, dental specialists, physicians, ENTs, and physical therapists, and thanks to the well-documented science, have been able to predictably help patients with pain, even in some cases reversing the highest level of pain that prevents sleep, as well as eliminating long-standing pain of as long as 30-year duration.