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 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. 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. 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. 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 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

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.

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

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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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 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 other than teaching, she maintains a busy prosthodontic practice at the Marquette University Faculty Practice clinic.

Associate Professor

Judy Chia-Chun Yuan

Judy Chia-Chun Yuan, DDS, MS, FACP
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.