Online Dental Training

There is an increasing oral health awareness and a demand for dental implant options. This is being  hampered by the fact that a large number of practicing dentists  have never placed dental implants since graduating from dental school due to not having proper training in the field. Healing Hands Dental Society’s Education Consortium is organizing a dental webinar series targeting the African Dental Community – (Dental Students, Residents, Dental Practitioners, Faculty).

Presenters are drawn from the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, and other Dental Schools in the USA. There will be Private Practitioners from around the world.

We have planned a series of dental webinars to keep you abreast of current practice. Our forthcoming series on Prosthodontics will be via Zoom/ Facebook Live.

To participate fill the webinar interest form in the link below

Upcoming Webinars

Meet Our Presenters

Dr. Carl Driscoll

Dr. Carl F. Driscoll currently serves as a Professor at the University of Maryland Dental School and was the Director of the Prosthodontic Residency for 21 years. He also served in the same capacity at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for three years prior to being at Maryland. Dr. Driscoll retired from the U.S. Army after twenty years of service. Dr. Driscoll is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and the Academy of Prosthodontics. Dr. Driscoll has served as President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, President of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and as President of the ACP. He has been honored with many awards and was recently named the ACP’s Educator of the Year. Dr. Driscoll has given over 500 presentations nationally and internationally to study clubs, dental schools, residencies and at major prosthodontic meetings. His lectures are praised by attendees for the quality of the information and for the humor that he injects. He has authored over 75 publications and under his guidance and his residents have won many research awards. In addition to his teaching commitments, he is in private practice in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Alvin Wee

Dr. Wee has served in dental academics for the past 20 years, holding full-time academic
positions for 16 years. His professional career started at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1998, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004. His academic career continued at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) and then at Creighton University (Department of Prosthodontics). Dr. Wee was the recipient of several student teaching awards and was the first national recipient of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontic’s Claude R. Baker Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Predoctoral Fixed Prosthodontics. In 2014, he accepted a position at the Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System in Omaha, Nebraska. He was Assistant Dental Service Chief, Dental Laboratory supervisor and treated patients with complex oral rehabilitation needs, including those with head/neck cancer, facial trauma, and obstructive sleep apnea. Currently, he is Full Professor with tenure and Director for the Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He sees patients one day per week faculty practice at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

Dr. Najla Kasabreh

Dr. Kasabreh graduated of the Ohio State University School of Dentistry, earning her MS in Periodontics in 2019. She is originally from Jordan where she received her DDS at the University of Jordan in Amman. Dr. Kasabreh has had clinical experience in private practice as well as strong research experience at OSU. During the program, Dr. Kasabreh was selected as a Chief resident. She received an award for the Midwest Society of Periodontology/ Poster Competition for Graduate Student Research Forum Award in 2019. She was a finalist for the IADR’s prestigious Edward Hatton Competition in Vancouver in 2019 and for the Balint Orban Competition at the AAP Meeting in Chicago in 2019. She is currently a clinical lecturer at the university of Michigan.

Dr. Sable Muntean

Dr. Sable Muntean is a native of California, but currently practices in University City, Missouri. She graduated from LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Florida, simultaneously earning her degrees as a Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master in Health Services Administration. She then attended Southern Illinois University where she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, followed by an Implant Fellowship. Dr. Muntean was also inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy in February of this year, and has published research on implants in Compendium, and will be presenting new research at the next Academy of Osseointegration meeting and ITI World Symposium in Singapore. Dr. Muntean also spends time helping pre-dental students on their journey to dental school through an organization she co-founded called ignitePreDent.

Dr Alberto Ambard

Alberto Ambard graduated at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1996. After practicing in Caracas for 2 years, he moved to the U.S, where he completed a residency program in prosthodontics, and a master’s degree in dental biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; as well as a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthodontics at the University of Chicago.
He was assistant professor in clinical prosthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and at Oregon Health Science University. He was the Director of the Implant Program for Kaiser Permanente, the Director of the Prosthetic maxillofacial Service at Providence Medical Center, and the Director of the Occlusion Course for the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry.
He has published on occlusion, implants and bulimia. One of his papers was selected for a compilation highlighting the best clinical papers published in the Journal of Prosthodontics.
He is an American College of Prosthodontics Award recipient for his research on different designs for implant supported over dentures.
Dr. Ambard maintains a private practice in beaverton, Oregon since 2003. He is a Jose Felix Ribas Medal recipient for his achievements in collegiate and international karate. He has published two novels, plays mediocre tennis and guitar, and loves music. He lives with his wife and children in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Yuan-Lynn Hsieh

Dr. Yuan-Lynn Hsieh received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2011 from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Afterward, he obtained a certificate in Periodontics and Implantology from the National Taiwan University Hospital in 2016. Dr. Hsieh deepened and furthered his knowledge in the regime of prosthodontics at the University of Michigan’s Graduate Prosthodontics Program, receiving a Master of Science degree in 2019. In the same year, Dr. Hsieh joined the Ohio State University College of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetics Dentistry.

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and an Associate Professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Alireza has received his DDS degree in 2004 from Iran. He has a Master of Science degree in Dental Biomaterials (2009) from the Ohio State University, College of Dentistry. He completed advanced clinical education in Prosthodontics and earned his PhD in Craniofacial Biology from Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC (2012). He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals on dental materials, implant dentistry, and stem cell mediated tissue engineering. He serves as the editorial review board member for several scientific journals such as Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Dr. Moshaverinia directs NIH funded research projects dedicated to studying basic mechanisms to regulate stem cell-mediated bone and tissue regeneration and the role of biomaterials. 

Dr. Daniel Cortes

Daniel Cortes is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Columbus, Ohio. His work has centered around Removable Partial Prosthodontics. Daniel Cortes earned his DDS degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico followed by an M.S in prosthodontics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Shouvik Ponnusamy

Dr. Shouvik Ponnusamy is a practicing oral & maxillofacial surgeon in Chicago, Illinois. He was trained extensively in dental implant rehabilitation, complex facial reconstruction, composite tissue grafting, and outpatient anesthesia at the University of Illinois at Chicago Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency program. While serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Ponnusamy was selected for the prestigious OsteoScience Foundation Observership Scholarship, where he was able to learn dynamic navigation surgery from Dr. Michael Block. Dr. Ponnusamy has authored novel surgical technique papers, and strongly believes in applying contemporary surgical approaches to classic prosthodontic principles. Currently, Dr. Ponnusamy and his wife enjoy living in the city of Chicago, and have just been blessed with a baby boy.

Dr. Alfonso Piñeyro

Dr. Piñeyro received his dental degree from the Universidad Autonoma de
Guadalajara. He then completed a two year advanced education in general
dentistry before completing his specialist training in prosthodontics at the
University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center.


Dr. Piñeyro is currently an affiliate instructor at the Department of
Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington. He is the past
president of the esteemed Washington State Society of Prosthodontists
and is also a member of the American College of Prosthodontists and the
American Prosthodontics Society.
Dr. Piñeyro has authored several publications in peer reviewed dental
journals and chapters in textbooks. He is currently involved in research
focusing on dental implants and has developed a set of unique instruments
used for implant hygiene and maintenance. Dr. Piñeyro practices in a
practice limited to fixed implant prosthodontics.


He has lectured both nationally and internationally and has presented over
300 lectures for multiple dental study clubs and dental associations. He
has been invited to speak to large national dental symposiums which
include: Seattle Study Club Symposium, American Academy of
Periodontology, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American
Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, Academy of Osseointegration,
American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of LDS Dentists and The
12 th International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Furat George

Dr. Furat George received his dental degree from the University of Baghdad in 1998 and his prosthodontics specialty training from the University of Michigan in 2007. His practice is limited to prosthodontics and dental implants and is currently the director of the graduate prosthodontics clinic and co-director of the pre-doctoral dental implant education at the University of Michigan – School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of Osseointegration, International and American Associations for Dental Research and a fellow of the International Congress for Oral Implantologists. His research interests are in the field of dental implants, dental ceramics and the utilization of CAD/CAM technology in dentistry and research and has multiple published articles and abstracts in scientific journals and meetings. He also serves as a reviewer on multiple scientific journals.

Dr. William Giannobile

Dr. William Giannobile is currently Dean of Harvard School of Dentistry.He was the Najjar Endowed Professor & Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is also a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering. He received his DDS and MS in Oral Biology from the University of Missouri. He later received his Certificate in Periodontology and Doctor of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology from Harvard University. He completed postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Giannobile previously served as a faculty member at Harvard and the Forsyth Institute. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Genoa Medical School Biotechnology Institute and in the Department of Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. Dr. Giannobile’s continuously NIH funded research program over the past 20 years has focused on Oral and Periodontal Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Giannobile currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dental Research, the official journal of the International Association for Dental Research. He is a past-president of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. Dr. Giannobile is a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Dental Devices. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists. He currently serves as the Co-Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center that focuses on the translation of regenerative technologies to the clinical arena.

Dr Arpit Nirkhiwale

Dr. Nirkhiwale is the Clinical Assistant Professor Faculty at the Division of Prosthodontics. Specializing in Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Implant Prosthodontics, Digital Dentistry and Dental Photography­, he completed his Prosthodontics residency at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, Gainesville Fl. He also advanced his training with a one year internship/fellowship program at the Department of Graduate Prosthodontics, University of Florida School of Advanced Dental Sciences. He was also awarded the Fellowship of the International Congress for Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Nirkhiwale maintains a patient-centered, multidisciplinary, team and evidence-based approach to patient care. He has been a part of the teaching team for various courses on implant prosthodontics and digital dentistry. He is also a speaker for Dentsply Sirona and the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is dedicated to training and developing upcoming dentists and dental professionals with the latest evidence-based education and clinical training.

Dr. Elfatih Eisa


Elfatih Eisa attained his dental degree from Riyadh Elm University (REU), Saudi Arabia. He worked as a demonstrator and a teaching assistant in the Prosthodontics Department at REU for three years. Orofacial Pain, Prosthodontics, and Dental Sleep Medicine are his areas of interest. He completed a 1-year Prosthodontics preceptorship in 2017 at the University of Michigan. Currently, Elfatih Eisa is an Orofacial Pain resident and teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

Dr Gadia Peabody

Dr. Peabody received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry (’01). Immediately following dental school, he studied at the Loma Linda University, Center for Implant Dentistry (’02), completing a preceptorship in implant dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry. 
Dr. Peabody worked in private practice for several years before returning to school. He completed his residency and earned a certificate in prosthodontics from the University of Southern California (’14). 
Dr. Peabody taught part-time at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. He has practiced prosthodontics in San Francisco, Muskegon, MI, and currently in San Diego. 

Dr. Fernanda Yanez-Regonesi


Fernanda Yanez-Regonesi received her DDS degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile, in 2015. After graduating, she worked in private practice for two years. Fernanda Yanez-Regonesi always had an interest in facial pain and headaches. Due to that interest, she decided to join the Orofacial Pain Program at the University of Kentucky in 2017, where she is currently the chief resident and works as a teaching assistant. Fernanda’s current research interest is in sleep bruxism.

Dr Kehinde Babalola

Dr Kehinde Babalola earned her dental degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, College of Dentistry, Nigeria in 2013. Upon graduation, she worked as a general dentist for 2 years and was involved in various medical and dental outreaches in elementary schools, high schools and community health centers.

She graduated from a combined program of oral and maxillofacial radiology (residency) and a masters in dental science from University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine. She has received awards from the Connecticut State dental association and have multiple abstracts and poster presentations at the annual meetings of the American academy of oral and maxillofacial radiology, International association of dental research and the Connecticut state dental association.

Her passion includes teaching and contributing to the advancement of oral and maxillofacial radiology through consults. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, playing squash and spending time with family.

Dr Lyndon Cooper

Lyndon Cooper is an expert in orofacial and dental rehabilitation, and oral biology. His research is patient orientated and focuses on advancing the areas of bone biology, adult stem cell bone regeneration and the clinical evaluation of dental implant therapies to improve patient care.Cooper earned a dental degree from New York University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Rochester. He earned a certificate in prosthodontics from Eastman Dental Center and completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Prior to joining UIC, Cooper served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina.

Dr Tiago Veras

Dr. Tiago Caramelo

Dr. Tiago Caramelo received his DDS degree in 2013 from the University of Lisbon – Faculty of Dental Medicine. One year later he started working as a Dentist at Prosthodontics Department in MALO CLINIC, Lisbon. From 2014 to 2016, he was clinical assistant of the Oral Surgery Department – University of Lisbon – Faculty of Dental Medicine. In 2016, he became the coordinator of MALO CLINIC VERONA and MALO CLINIC UK. Since the start of his career, he has been attending several post graduations worldwide with the most recognized dentists such as Pascal Magne, David Gerdolle, Maxim Belograd etc. His clinical practice is focused in fixed prosthodontics and full arch rehabilitation.

Dr Armand Bedrossian

Dr. Bedrossian is a Prosthodontist and currently practices in his hometown of San Francisco. He received his DDS from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2015 and completed the advanced prosthodontic residency program and received his master’s degree at the University of Washington. He has authored publications on removable prosthodontics and treatment planning the fully edentulous patient. He has nationally lectured on implant and prosthetic dentistry. He co-founded D365; a social media application providing a networking platform for dental students, residents and dental practioners to share their knowledge, connect with colleagues and learn daily from the palm of their hands. He is also very active on social media, documenting and sharing his daily work and personal growth throughout his residency and now professional dental career.

Dr. Sreenivas Koka

Sreenivas Koka earned DDS and MS (prosthodontics) degrees from the University of Michigan, a PhD (cell/molecular biology) degree from the University of Nebraska, and an MBA degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has held numerous academic appointments, including being former Professor and Chair of Dental Specialties at Mayo Clinic. Sree founded a private dental practice, Koka Dental Corporation, in San Diego in 2014 and concurrently holds faculty appointments at Loma Linda University and UCLA. He is President of the International College of Prosthodontists, past-President of the Academy of Prosthodontics and founder of the Future Leaders workshop series that teaches leadership and management skills to early and mid-career professionals. Sree is the current President of the MIT Sloan Club of San Diego and Chair-elect of the MIT Sloan School of Management Alumni Board. He is a grateful recipient of a 2019 Margaret L. McVicar award from the MIT Alumni Association.

Dr Hafsa Affendi

BDS MDS Orofacial pain, TMJ disorders and Dental sleep medicine, Rutgers school of Dental Medicine, New Jersey.
Graduate Endodontics, University of Michigan school of Dentistry, Ann Arbor.
Research areas/interests: •Post traumatic trigeminal neuropathies
•Artificial intelligence to study cortical areas of brain during pain response
• Utilization of extra-oral nerve block, Twin block to manage Temporomandibular joint disorders

Dr. George Borja de Freitas

Dr. George Borja de Freitas is a Post-Doctor in Surgery and Diagnosis (SLM, Campinas, SP, Brazil), PhD in Implantology (SLM, Campinas, SP, Brazil). Completed his graduation at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Pernambuco (Camaragibe, PE, Brazil), has a post-graduate degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the Military Hospital of Recife area (Recife, PE, Brazil), Specialist in Stomatology (SLM, Campinas, SP , Brazil). He is the coordinating professor of the Postgraduate Courses in Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology (Centro Universitário de Patos, PB, Brazil; Faculdade COESP, João Pessoa, PB, Brazil; Brazilian Dentistry Association, PE, Brazil). Acting in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, he is a visiting professor in the Advanced Surgery and Facial Harmonization Course at the Miami Anatomical Research Center (Miami, USA). He works in a private practice with a focus on procedures related to implants and maxillofacial surgery.

Dr Eugenio Aquino

MD Anderson Cancer Center: Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Oral Oncology Fellowship
Michael E DeBakey VAMC/UTH SOD: Prosthodontics/MS
UCLA: DDS degree
UCLA: BS degree

Dr. Leonardo Faverani

Assistant Professor on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology

Dr. Akanksha Srivastava

Dr. Srivastava graduated from her Dental School in India in 2010 with a Dean’s gold medal of honor. She then went on to pursue a Masters of Science degree at McGill University, Montreal, Canada where she focused her research program on health economics for implant treatment. She completed her post-graduate Prosthodontics, Implant surgery and Masters in Dental Science training from University of Connecticut. She further pursued a fellowship in Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics from MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a dual boarded Prosthodontist, by the American Board of Prosthodontics and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Srivastava is currently a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. She is finishing her PhD research focused on oral cancer morbidities, in collaboration between McGill University and MD Anderson Cancer Center, while practicing as a part-time consultant Prosthodontist and Implantologist in Houston, TX.

Dr. Berna Saglik

Dr. Berna Saglik received her DDS degree from Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, and MS in prosthodontics from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2007. Upon graduation she started working as a full time faculty member. She is currently teaching in the graduate prosthodontics clinic as well as directing Removable Partial Denture course for sophomore dental students. She is also the co-director of the Dental Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics. Dr.Saglik has received numerous teaching awards including Dr.Paul Gibbons award in 2010, and ADEA/ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows Junior Faculty award in 2011. She’s also an alumni of ADEA Leadership Institute. Dr. Saglik is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Education Association and a fellow of the International College of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Saglik is a published author with publications in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of advanced prosthodontics procedures and dental implants. She maintains an intramural faculty practice limited to Prosthodontics.”

Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier

Adriana Semprum-Clavier, D.D.S. is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry. Her area of expertise is early management and treatment of dental caries as well as teaching different technique courses in Operative and Restorative and Digital Dentistry. Her research at the College of Dentistry has focused on remineralization/demineralization of hard tissues on a high risk population for dental caries.

She serves as the Pre-patient Care Director for the Advanced Standing DMD Program.  Dr. Semprum current responsibilities include curriculum development, designing, implementing and evaluating students’ outcomes amongst others.

She received her D.D.S degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1996 and her US DDS from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2004.

Dr. Semprum completed post-graduate training in Advanced Restorative Dentistry Training from University of Michigan in 2001

Dr. Eva Anadioti

Dr. Eva Anadioti is Assistant Professor of Clinical Restorative Dentistry at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine and the Founding Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. She received her D.D.S. from the University of Athens School of Dentistry in Greece and her Certificate in Prosthodontics and Master’s degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry; she then completed a surgical implant fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. She worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine before she moved to Penn Dental Medicine where she earned her DMD degree and joined as full-time faculty member. Dr. Anadioti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and committee Chair in national professional organizations. She has several publications and has received awards both locally and nationally.

Dr Michael Razzoog

Dr. Razzoog holds a dental degree, Master of Science in prosthodontics, and Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Additionally, Dr. Razzoog serves as a consultant to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) . He also serves as a Reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Journal of Prosthodontics, and International Journal of Prosthodontics. In addition to over 100 scientific articles, Dr. Razzoog has authored several books and chapters in academic textbooks. His research activities relate to the clinical aspects of CAD/CAM prosthodontic reconstruction to achieve optimum esthetics of implants and natural teeth.

Dr. Sameh El-Ebrashi

Sameh El-Ebrashi BDS, MS, FACP obtained his dental degree from the University of Newcastle, U.K. in 1993. After working in private practice, he completed his Prosthodontic residency at the University of Michigan and received a Master of Science in 1998. Dr. El-Ebrashi is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and the American Board of Oral Implantology. He served as Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-Clinical Removable Prosthodontics at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) from 2002-2006. Dr. El-Ebrashi has lectured nationally and internationally, is active in local CE, and is a guest lecturer for the OHSU post-graduate periodontology residents. He actively continues to collaborate in research involving implants and immediate loading protocols. Dr. El-Ebrashi is a member of several professional organizations. He is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics, a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, as well as the International Team of Implantology. Dr. El-Ebrashi currently practices in the Portland, Oregon area.

Dr. Sammy Noumbissi

Dr. Noumbissi obtained his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University in Washington DC. He was then selected to attend the prestigious Loma Linda University Graduate Program in Implant Dentistry. There he received three years of formal training in dental implantology which culminated with a certificate in Implant Dentistry and a Master of Science degree in Implant Surgery. He is a researcher, author and has published book chapters and articles on ceramic implants in peer reviewed dental journals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Milan, Italy and visiting researcher in the materials department at INSA Lyon in France. Dr. Noumbissi is the founder and current president of the International Academy of Ceramic Implantology which is an independent association focused on metal free and ceramic implantology. He is a fellow and Ambassador at the Clean Implant Foundation whose mission is to assess production quality and purity of commercially available dental implant surfaces. Dr. Noumbissi has been practicing and educating dentists on metal free implantology since 2009. His practice is located in Silver Spring, Maryland USA.

Marianella Sierraalta

Marianella Sierraalta DDS, MS
Marianella Sierraalta received her Master of Science in Prosthodontics from the University of Michigan and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at The University of Michigan and has received Qualified Dentist status from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Sierraalta is recognized as an expert in the areas of dental implants and esthetic dentistry and has written numerous papers and has lectured internationally on these topics. Dr. Sierraalta’s major research interest and publications focuses on the use of all-ceramic restorations and guided surgery with dental implants.

Dr Gabrielle Jackson

Dr. Gabrielle Jackson is originally form Chicago IL, and obtained her bachelors in Biology from Bradley University. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2012 followed by her Masters in Oral Biology and Prosthodontics from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill where she served as Chief Resident. She also served as a team member and ADA Zwemer award recipient of the UNC Malawi Project where she was able to fund a mission trip to Malawi to provide free dental care to more than 500 people. Dr. Jackson was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, is a published researcher and lecturer on the subject of implant prosthodontics and digital technology.
Dr. Jackson is a member of the, American College of Prosthodontists, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and Academy of Osseointegration. She currently practices in Dallas TX

Dr. Saad AlResayes

Dr. Saad AlResayes obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from King Saud University in 2012. He attended University of Illinois at Chicago where he completed his prosthodontics training and Masters of Science in 2018. Then, he completed 1 year implant fellowship training in Loma Linda University. He is a board certified Prosthodontist and fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. Currently, he is assistant professor at King Saud University college of dentistry in Saudi Arabia

Foteini Touloumi

Foteini Touloumi DDS, MS, FACP Bio
Dr. Touloumi graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2008. She received her Specialty Certificate in Prosthodontics and her master’s in dental science from the University of Connecticut in 2014. She became Board certified through the American Board of Prosthodontics in 2015. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Prosthodontists and a member of the American Dental Education Association and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.
Dr.Touloumi is currently a Clinical Assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Khaled Husam Sinjab

Khaled Husam Sinjab DDS, M.S is a graduate from the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan. He received his dental degree back in 2010 and his passion for periodontics pushed him to join the 1-year post-doctoral program in 2015. He later joined the residency program in 2017 and has dedicated his residency in treating patients as well as dental-related research. He is the proud recipient of the 2018 Delta Dental award, the Rackham Block Grant award, the 2018 IDREF Grant, and the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant. His research focuses mainly on dental implants and peri-implantitis and he has published many papers on the matter.

Dr. Eva Boldridge

Dr. Eva Boldridge received her dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Boldridge had her Prosthodontics training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed her fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Boldridge has worked in private practice for over 15 years in the greater Houston area, and has served as Assistant Clinical Faculty at the UTHeath School of Dentistry, in the GPR/AEGD program. Dr. Boldridge’s field of interest include: digital dentistry, 3D printing, full mouth implant restorative, and digital dentures. Dr. Boldridge is currently serving a term on the American College of Prosthodontics Board of Directors as Region 4 Membership Director.

Dr Diogo Gouveia

Diogo Gouveia completed his Dental School in Brazil, 2011. Afterward he worked in the private and public sector for over 2 years before engaging in a Specialization degree in Prosthodontics in the Brazilian Dental Association in his hometown. In 2016 he started a Master’s Degree and Residency in the Graduate Prosthodontics department at the University of Michigan, USA. His master’s degree was completed in 2019, in which he had a chance to interact with world-class professors, providing different perspectives in Dentistry, specially Prosthodontics. Also, he had the chance to work with different new technologies, developing a passion for Digital dentistry in the process. Right after the residency, he was hired to work at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor focused on the education of the new generation of dentists.

Dr Riccardo Di Gianfilippo

Riccardo Di Gianfilippo currently works at the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine of the University of Michigan. He graduated from the University of Rome in 2016, joined the Italian Society of Periodontology for the year 2017, and, since 2018, is enrolled in a research/clinical specialty in Periodontics at the University of Michigan. His research activity focuses on peri-implant bone regeneration and mucogingival plastic surgery. Riccardo Di Gianfilippo was the recipients of several awards, actively published in international peer-reviewed journals and is currently serving as a reviewer for well-known journals.

Dr. Rafael Siqueira

Dr. Rafael Siqueira is a Graduate Periodontics Resident at the School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, USA. He earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Pernambuco (Camarige, PE, Brazil) and received a certificate of specialist in Periodontics by the Brazilian Military Academy of Dentistry. Later, he obtained a Master’s degree in Oral Sciences (Implantology) from the Ilapeo College (Curitiba, PR, Brazil) and PhD in Oral Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, PE, Brazil). As part his PhD program he worked as a research fellow in 2017 at the School of the Dentistry, University of Michigan. Before joining the University of Michigan, he has worked in private practice focusing on implant related procedures and held a teaching position in Periodontics at the Facipe College, Brazil and in Implant Dentistry at a Specialization course at the Tavares Vieira Institute, Brazil.

Dr. Soni Prasad

Dr. Soni Prasad is the Assistant Program Director in the Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics at Marquette University School of Dentistry. She received a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery from India and a certificate in Prosthodontics and a master’s in Oral Sciences from the University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, she has completed a two-year implant fellowship program from Buffalo. Dr. Prasad is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of American College of Prosthodontists and is an active member of several national Prosthodontic organizations. She joined the faculty at the Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2010. Other than teaching, she maintains a busy prosthodontic practice at the Marquette University Faculty Practice clinic.

Dr. Peter Yaman

Dr. Yaman is involved in laboratory and clinical investigations of restorative materials and esthetic techniques. Clinical trials are ongoing to assess the reliability of caries diagnosisi techniques using laser fluorescence and digital radiographs. Laboratory research to evaluate the properties of the most recent composite formulations.

Dr. Anne Press

Anne Press is currently a prosthodontics resident at University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor. She attended dental school at the University of Detroit Mercy. After dental school, she continued her training at an AEGD program at the Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was awarded a scholarship from Panthera dental for a prosthodontic resident demonstrating keen interest in dental sleep medicine to attend the annual session of the American College of Prosthodontics in Miami in 2019. Her expected graduation from her master’s degree program in June 2021.

Associate Professor

Judy Chia-Chun Yuan

Judy Chia-Chun Yuan, DDS, MS, FACP
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University of Illinois at Chicago​​​​​​​​P: 312-355-4027
801 South Paulina Street, Room 202B​​​​​​​yuanjudy@uic.edu
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Dr. Judy Chia-Chun Yuan is a tenured associate Professor and the Director of Predoctoral Implant Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry. Dr. Yuan received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her DDS, Certificate in Prosthodontics, and MS in Oral Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She subsequently participated as an International Team for Implantology Scholar in Bern, Switzerland. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics (2015) and a Fellow of American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Yuan has received teaching awards at the professional organization (Claude R. Baker Award for Excellent in Teaching Predoctoral Fixed Prosthodontics, American Academy of fixed Prosthodontics) and University levels (Teaching Recognition Award, and Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, UIC-Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning). Dr. Yuan has co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers. She has served as Editorial Review Board for Journal of Dental Education and Journal of Prosthodontics. Her research interests include dental educational research, implant dentistry, and related areas.

Associate Professor

Dr. Cortino Sukotjo

Dr. Cortino Sukotjo is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Dentistry (COD). Dr. Sukotjo received his DDS Degree from the Padjadjaran University, Indonesia, followed by Ph.D in Oral Biology from University of California at Los Angeles and Certificate in Prosthodontics-Master in Medical Sciences from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board Certified Prosthodontics, Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellow, previous member of the ADEA Policy Center of Educational Research and Analysis Committee, and Past President of the IADR/AADR Prosthodontic Research Group. Dr. Sukotjo has co-authored 145 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters. He has mentored 80 predoctoral, resident, Masters, and Ph.D students as well as junior faculty members. His research interests include dental education, corrosion, and the use of nanotechnology in dentistry.

Maria Alfaro

Maria Alfaro earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from University of Costa Rica (UCR) in 2010. Upon graduation, she worked as a general practitioner for 3 years. Her affinity to the field of Prosthodontics drove her to enroll in an Advanced Prosthodontics Observership Program at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2013. During her time at UIC, she also worked as a Research Scholar under the guidance of Dr. Cortino Sukotjo where she studied “The Tribocorrosion Behavior of Dental Implants in a Simulated Oral Enviroment”. Her work has been presented in numerous conferences and was awarded with the 1st place in the scientific table competition at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society (APS). In 2015, Dr. Alfaro was offered a full-time position as the Assistant Director of Digital Health Sciences and Technology at UIC Restorative Dentistry Department where she worked for 2 years with various CAD/CAM systems in the foundation of prosthetic design, materials and fabrication. To further her education Dr. Alfaro decided to join the Prosthodontics Graduate Program at University of Michigan in pursuit of the knowledge to manage complex rehabilitation cases that will allow her to best serve her patients.

Dr. Luis Carracho

He graduated from the University of Lisbon – Faculty of Dental Medicine, where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2013. He joined the graduate prosthodontics program at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2016 where he obtained the combined certificate/masters degree in 2019. After graduation Dr. Carracho returned to Portugal and re-started his private practice activity in Lisbon with a focus in the area of Prosthodontics. His main scientific interests include implant prosthodontics, guided-surgery, hard/soft tissues regeneration and dental ceramics. He is a member of dental organizations including the ITI – International Team for Implantology and IADR – International Association for Dental Research.

Dr. Gustavo Mendonca

Dr. Gustavo Mendonça received his DDS in 1999 from the University of Uberlândia – School of Dentistry, Brazil. He also completed his postgraduate training in Prosthodontics and Masters Degree in Oral Rehabilitation from the same school in 2003. In 2008 he finished his PhD in Genomic Sciences and Biotechnology at the Catholic University of Brasília, Brazil. Dr. Mendonça was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Catholic University of Brasília – School of Dentistry with an extra-mural private practice from 2003-2007. From 2008 to 2010 he completed a post-doctoral research training at UNC- Department of Prosthodontics in the Bone and Mineralization Laboratory. Dr. Mendonça currently teaches in the Comprehensive Care VIC Clinics and the fixed and removable prosthodontics preclinical courses.

Dr. Daniela Mendonça

Daniela Mendonça, DDS, MSc, PhD, D-ABDSM. Clinical Assistant Professor, Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Mendonça got her DDS in 2001, and in 2006 she received her postgraduate training in Prosthodontics and her master’s degree in Oral Rehabilitation from the University of Uberlândia School of Dentistry, Brazil. In 2010, she got her PhD in Genomic Sciences and Biotechnology from the Catholic University of Brasilia, Brazil. In 2014, she completed her post-doctoral training in the Bone Biology and Implant Therapy laboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Mendonça is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Mendonça’s current activities include teaching predoctoral students in pre-clinical courses and clinics and also mentoring postdoctoral students in their research projects. Her research interests are related to how we can improve or accelerate bone regeneration using different titanium surfaces.

Dr. Hanin Hammoudeh

Dr. Hammoudeh earned her DDS degree from University of Jordan in 2014, after which she completed one year of internship at University of Jordan hospital and obtained the Jordanian dental license. Soon after the joined the private practice at the Jordanian-French dental center-Amman, Jordan. In 2016 she started a teaching assistant position in the Restorative Department of the Dental Faculty, University of Jordan. Dr. Hammoudeh joined the Prosthodontics program at University of Michigan in 2017

Dr. João Pitta

Dr. João Pitta is a Clinical and Research Fellow at the Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials of University of Geneva, Switzerland. He completing his dental education and degree at Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal. From 2015 to 2018 he underwent through a specialization program in Prosthodontics at University of Geneva. Since 2016 he serves as a clinical teaching assistant and supervisor on the undergraduate courses at University of Geneva. In 2019 he received a Master in Advanced Studies and a Doctorate from the same university. He also obtained an ITI scholarship grant and he is currently a scholar at Department of Periodontics and Prosthodontics at Eastman Dental Hospital in Rome, Italy. Dr. Pitta is author of numerous publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals in the field of fixed prosthodontics, implant dentistry and digital technologies.

Dr Jiyeon Kim

Education & Career
Harvard School of Dental Medicine, DMD
University of Illinois at Chicago, MS in Oral Sciences
Private Practice in Lomita, CA, Associate Dentist
University of California, Los Angeles. Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, Clinical Instructor
University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Affiliations & Certifications
Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics
Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Diplomate of American Board of Prosthodontics
Fellow of American College of Prosthodontists
Associate Fellow of American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Member of American Dental Education Association

Why choose a Prosthodontist?

Choose a prosthodontist because of their advanced education and training, efficiency, and expertise with advanced technology. Prosthodontists are extensively trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics.

Rigorous training and experience give prosthodontists a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.

Choose a prosthodontist because of their advanced education and  trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics.

Rigorous training and experience give prosthodontists a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.

Prosthodontics is a recognized dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues.

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