Fourteen emerging leaders in the endodontic specialty took part in the AAE's Leadership Development Program in Chicago March 3-4. Participants gained new insights into what it takes to effectively lead an organization, sharpened their communication skills to promote endodontics in their communities, explored the various leadership paths in the AAE and discussed issues facing the specialty with the AAE Board of Directors. The Board's commitment to supporting future leaders came to life as the emerging leaders’ voices helped to shape and define long-term strategic planning for the organization and endodontic practices.
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Thank you to Dentsply Sirona for its generous support of the AAE’s Leadership Development Program.
The following members, practicing endodontics for 10 years or less, were chosen for the Leadership Development Program based on their interest in the AAE and organized dentistry, leadership vision and future outlook on the endodontic specialty.
Victoria Ball is an associate at Central Virginia Endodontics in Charlottesville, Virginia. She completed her endodontic residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in August 2016, after graduating from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 2014. She was a resident member of the AAE Membership Services Committee, as well as a member of the Foundation for Endodontics’ first-ever Resident Expert Advisory Committee, REACH. As a REACH representative, Dr. Ball traveled to Jamaica as part of the Foundation’s first outreach program trial trip to investigate access to care initiatives. She is now a committee member on the Foundation’s Special Committee on Outreach to Care.
Nathan Schoenly recently became a partner at Dominion Endodontics, a practice with three locations in Northern Virginia. He completed both his endodontic residency (2014) and dental school (2012) at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is active in both state and regional dental associations and was voted “Top 40 Under 40” by the Virginia Dental Association. He also is an active participant and lecturer at local study clubs in Northern Virginia.
Carla Falcon is an assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics, Rutgers School of Dentistry. She completed her endodontic residency (2015) and dental school (2013) at Rutgers. She currently serves as chair to the AAE Membership Services Committee and has been involved in the Rutgers School of Dentistry Hearing Body Committee as a pre and post-doctoral student, and now as a faculty member.
Marcus Johnson has aspired to become a dentist since the age of 11. After completing dental school at the New York University College of Dentistry and his endodontic training at Case Western Reserve University in 2011, Dr. Johnson started his career as an associate under his mentor working and learning from him within a seven-member endodontic group practice in Long Island, N.Y. In 2012, he started his own practice, City Endodontics, a private office in Midtown Manhattan specializing in endodontics and microsurgery. He is an active leader in his county and state dental associations, and serves as the director of endodontics for the general practice residency at Interfaith Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jeffrey Albert is an associate at Endodontic Associates of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida. He completed his endodontic residency at the New York University College of Dentistry in 2012, after graduating from Nova Southeastern University in 2004. He practiced general dentistry in private practice and for the Palm Beach County Health Department. During this time, he cofounded the “Save a Molar Program” to help low-income children save teeth through a root canal referral program. In 2016 he was recognized with the AAE Spirit of Service Award. Dr. Albert currently serves on the AAE Continuing Education Committee.
Simon Ghattas currently practices at Endodontic Associates of the Palm Beaches, a five-person single specialty group. After completing dental school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2009, Dr. Ghattas was accepted into the University of Florida Endodontic Fellowship, before earning his endodontic certificate and Master's of Science at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2012. He began his endodontic career at a large single specialty group, Endodontic Associates in Rochester Hills, Michigan. In 2014, he returned home to West Palm Beach where he currently practices. Dr. Ghattas has been an active in the Michigan Association of Endodontists and the Florida Association of Endodontists, where he currently serves as vice president. He also is on the executive board of the Central Palm Beach County Dental Association.
Beth Damas joined Southwest Endodontics in Orland Park, Illinois, as an associate after completing her residency at University of Detroit Mercy (2010). In 2015, she became a partner of the four-person practice, which includes four offices in the Chicagoland area. After completing dental school at University of Illinois Chicago (2005), Dr. Damas practiced general dentistry in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Damas is a guest lecturer and mentor for the pediatric dental residency program at Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she has collaborated to incorporate endodontic advances in trauma, vital pulp therapy and pulpal regeneration into pediatric care.
Nermeen Moussa completed her endodontic training at University of Illinois Chicago in 2010 where she won awards for her research, including the AAE/Denstply award. She attended dental school at Kuwait University where she also received awards for her research. Dr. Moussa has made Chicago home and currently works at a two-person endodontic practice, and a 13-person multispecialty multisite group practice. She is also a part-time faculty member at UIC.
Tung Bao Bui is a partner at Southern Arizona Endodontics in Tucson, a large group, partner-owned endodontic practice with 10 partners and 60 employees. He joined the practice in 2007 after completing his endodontic training at Oregon Health and Services University. He graduated from University of Toronto Dental School in 2003. Dr. Bui is very active in his state and county dental associations, and is a past president of the Southern Arizona Dental Society. He also has served as a SADS delegate to the Arizona Dental Association House of Delegates and will soon join the AZDA Board of Trustees.
Rodney Scott is a Commander in the U.S. Navy and directs the endodontic division of the Naval Base San Diego Dental Clinic. His department provides specialty support for 46 ships of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet and 200 shore commands. Commander Scott graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2000 and completed his endodontic residency training at the Naval Post Graduate Dental School in 2013. He has served the majority of his 16-year naval career in Europe, Africa, and most recently Asia, where he was the director of the Navy’s largest dental clinic in Okinawa, Japan, before returning to the States in August.
Avina Paranjpe is an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and part of the dental faculty practice at the University, where she completed her endodontic training in 2009. She is chair of the Research Advisory Committee and the Faculty Council. Currently, she serves on the AAE Public and Professional Relations Committee and the AAE Foundation Marketing Committee. Dr. Paranjpe completed her dental training at the DY Patil Dental College in Mumbai, India, in 2000 and earned her Ph.D. in Oral Biology at UCLA in 2007.
Mark Sullivan is an associate at The Dental Specialists, a multispecialty, multisite group practice in the Twin Cities that includes 23 dentists across six specialties. Dr. Sullivan completed both this endodontic (2015) and predoctoral (2013) training at the University of Iowa School of Dentistry, where he was chief endodontic resident. Dr. Sullivan volunteers at a local dental clinic and currently serves on the AAE Resident and New Practitioner Committee.
Johnah Galicia is an assistant professor and assistant graduate endodontic program director at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, and a member of its multispecialty faculty practice. He is currently on the AAE Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, the UOP Strategic Planning and Oversight Committee and the Editorial Board of Archives of Oral and Dental Research and Journal of Dentistry: Oral Health and Cosmesis. Dr. Galicia has lived and trained in Asia, Europe and the United States. He completed dental school at the Manila Central University in 1996 and his endodontic training at University of North Carolina in 2014.
Valerie Kanter co-founded Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness in California in 2016, a multispecialty practice, including endodontists, periodontists, general dentists and naturopathic clinicians. She is interested in advancing knowledge of endodontics with stakeholders in the natural/integrative medicine community. Dr. Kanter is a clinical professor at UCLA and maintains a solo endodontic practice in Encino, California. Dr. Kanter completed dental school (2008) and her endodontic residency (2010) at the University of Florida.
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