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ConcordSeminars speakers have a rare breadth and depth of knowledge of medical and dental practice.

Charles M. Cobb, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

In 2016 Dr. Cobb celebrated 50 years as a periodontist. During that 50 years he spent 17 years in private practice, 2 years active duty with the U. S. Navy, 20 years in full-time academics and research, 9 years as a part-time academic and 2 years playing golf. Dr. Cobb graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a DDS in 1964, and MS in microbiology in 1966 and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Georgetown University in 1971. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has published over 220 peer-reviewed papers and presented over 225 programs at regional, national and international meetings. Dr. Cobb served 3 years on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Periodontology and 3 years as the Academy’s Parliamentarian. In 2012 the American Academy of Periodontology recognized Dr. Cobb as the Outstanding Periodontal Educator. He is retired from the UMKC School of Dentistry and as a Professor Emeritus. Lastly, Dr. Cobb is also retired from the U. S. Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel and is an inductee into the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Nicolaas C. Geurs, D.D.S., M.S.

Nicolaas C. Geurs, D.D.S., M.S. is Professor of Periodontology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his dental degree at A.C.T.A. (Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in 1992. He completed his training in Periodontology and his Masterís in Clinical Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1992-1995. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the American College of Dentist. He is actively involved in teaching in periodontology and implantology to both the dental students and post graduate students. He was the director of the advanced education program in Periodontology for 10 years. Currently he is the chair of the department of Periodontology. His research interest include periodontitis and systemic health, regeneration, bone grafting, and dental implantology. He has published and lectured extensively on these topics.

Dr. Geurs has published numerous case reports and articles for various professional journals, including The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Journal of Periodontology and Clinical Advances in Periodontics. In addition, he has published a chapter on "Soft Tissue Consideration for Implant Site Development" for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America.

He is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker. Previous engagements include: AAP annual meetings in New Orleans and Philadelphia; NorthEast Society of Periodontics in New York NY; 2010 Florida National Dental Convention; EuroPerio Conference in Geneva Switzerland; 2012 hands-on course on "Advanced Bone Grafting" in Manchester UK; Indian Society of Dental Research in Chennai India and other venues.

Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, R.D.H., B.S., M.B.A.

Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA, is an award-winning author, speaker and consultant. With more than four decades in dentistry, she has experience in all phases of dental office operation - front desk, certified chairside assistant, and registered dental hygienist. Dianne also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Service Management and a Master of Business Administration degree. Her business, Watterson Speaking/Consulting LLC based in Lexington, North Carolina, consults with active dental practices in all aspects of their operations, including business and clinical areas. Her nationwide consultations have successfully implemented programs that raise the level of productivity, efficiency and profitability of those offices she serves.

Ms. Glasscoe Watterson has published hundreds of articles in various professional journals. She is well known for her monthly columns in RDH, entitled “Staff Rx” and Dental Economics entitled “Practice Wisdom.” Her first book, Manage Your Practice Well, has won three prestigious literary awards: The International Hermes Platinum Award, the Communicator’s Gold 2011 Award, and the Apex 2011 Grand Award. Dianne’s second book, titled The Consummate Dental Hygienist, won an Apex Gold Award for literary excellence. Dianne’s third book, titled Real World Dental Hygiene – Where the Rubber Cup Meets the Road, is scheduled for release in December, 2017. In addition, Dianne is a co-author of Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist, a text used in many hygiene programs. She formerly served as an adjunct clinical instructor of dental hygiene at Guilford Technical Community College. Dianne has been chosen as a “Top Clinician in Speaking and Consulting” by Dentistry Today every year since 2006. Her honors include being chosen as a “Key Influencer” by Colgate in 2009 & 2010, and “Distinguished Dental Professional” in 2005 by Dentsply.

Dianne is a nationally-recognized speaker with a wide range of topics on the effective operation of the dental practice. She is an enthusiastic and entertaining speaker who presents valuable information to help dental professionals excel in customer service and care. Dianne is an honorary board member for The Speaking/Consulting Network. She is also a member of the ADHA, the Christian Medical/Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Office Managers, and the American Academy of Dental Hygiene. She also serves on the editorial board for RDH magazine.

Randy F. Huffines, D.D.S.

Dr. Randy F. Huffines is recognized as one of the country's leading experts on aging and oral health. He frequently speaks at the Hinman, Chicago Midwinter, Academy of General Dentistry, Pacific Dental, Yankee Dental, California Dental, Texas Dental, and 9 out of the last 10 Annual Sessions of the American Dental Association. He is known for his ability to take complex oral health issues and translate them into easy-to-understand concepts and practical techniques the entire dental team can use immediately with their patients.

Dr. Huffines is one of only a handful of practicing clinicians in the United States who has completed a two year postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry in addition to his D.D.S. For the past twenty-five years, he has treated older and medically complex adults in a traditional private practice, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. 

He is a Past President and a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, Diplomate of the American Board Special Care Dentistry. In 2001, he was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland. He has served on the Editoral Board of two major dental drug references and is a contributing author for the 2009 edition of the Reichel's Care of the Elderly, published by Cambridge University. Dr. Huffines hold faculty appointments in colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and allied health sciences. In 1996, he became the first Chair of the American National Standards Institute Task Force that became the American Dental Association's Standards Committee on Dental Informatics. In 2004, Dr. Huffines was appointed to the American Dental Association's Elder Care Task Force. He serves as a consultant to the ADA's Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and is the originator of the ADA's Adult Preventative Practice of the Year Award. Dr, Huffines is the Chief Consultant in Geriatrics and Special Care Dentistry for the Department of Veteran's Affairs. In spite of these responsibilities, Dr. Huffines spends most of his workweek as a "wet-fingered" clinician providing comprehensive dental care to older and medically complex patients. This extensive practical experience is evident throughout his courses as he illustrates concepts with the patients he has personally treated.

Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Brian Mealey is a Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), where he runs the Graduate Periodontics Program. He graduated with his D.D.S. degree from UTHSCSA in 1983. He received his periodontics training in the United States Air Force periodontics residency, graduating in 1990 and receiving his Master of Science degree from UTHSCSA the same year. Dr. Mealey served 21 years in the United States Air Force, where he was the Chair of the Department of Periodontics at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, the Program Director of the Air Force Periodontics Residency, and the Chief Military Consultant in Periodontics to the Air Force Surgeon General.

Dr. Mealey is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and is currently a Director of the Board. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Periodontology and is a Consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. Dr. Mealey is co-editor and author of two textbooks in periodontics and has published over 100 articles, abstracts and textbook chapters in the scientific literature. His focus of research and writing is in oral-systemic relationships, periodontal therapy and dental implants. Dr. Mealey maintains an active clinical practice in periodontics and implant dentistry.

John A. Molinari, Ph.D.

John A. Molinari, Ph.D. is currently Director of Infection Control for THE DENTAL ADVISOR in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. He served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. He has published over 500 scientific articles, reports, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry.

He has served as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and hospitals in the areas of infectious disease and infection control. Dr. Molinari also was Chairman of the State of Michigan Governor’s Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission. Previously, he was the Infection Control section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association and contributed a monthly column for Dental Economics.

Dr. Molinari was a member of the Michigan Board of Dentistry. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Molinari was inducted as an honorary member of the Michigan Dental Association, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and was a 2009 recipient of the ADA Golden Apple Award.

Frank A. Roberts, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Frank A. Roberts, D.D.S., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Predoctoral Program Director in the in the Department of Periodontics and the Director of the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) Program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. This dental student track prepares graduates for practice in rural and underserved communities in Washington State and the US Northwest.

He serves as the Chief of Periodontics at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Roberts teaches in both the pre- and post-doctoral dental programs, and his research involves understanding the molecular mechanisms of tooth enamel development, oral health in chronic neutropenia, and biology and imaging of the dental implant.

Dr. Roberts completed his dental training at the University of Tennessee at Memphis and his periodontal training and Ph.D. in molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Roberts specializes in teaching complex basic science concepts to healthcare professionals employing humor in an interactive format.

Kenneth R. Tilashalski, D.M.D.

Kenneth R. Tilashalski, D.M.D. (“Dr. T”) is unique in that he has earned specialty certificates in both oral & maxillofacial pathology and endodontics. He is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, and holds an appointment at the School of Medicine.

After receiving his D.M.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Tilashalski completed both of his residencies along with an American Cancer Society fellowship at the University of Alabama. Prior to promotion to Associate Dean, Dr. T served as Director of the Urgent Care & Treatment Planning Clinics, Chair of Diagnostic Sciences, and Director of Academic Affairs.

Dr. T is a clinician and treats both endodontic and oral medicine/pathology patients. Always generous with his time, he serves as a consultant to the practicing dental community. He works with the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama in a variety of capacities, including as an expert witness in the recent defense preventing non-dentists from providing teeth-whitening services. In addition, he is an avid researcher with interests in smokeless tobacco, smoking cessation, mucocutaneous diseases, and endodontic treatment outcomes.

Dr. T is passionate about educating dental health care professionals. He lectures extensively nationally and internationally in the areas of infection control, oral pathology, oral medicine, and endodontics. He is the Director of courses in each year of the dental curriculum at UAB, including the postdoctoral residency programs. Through his command of the material, Dr. T has gained a reputation as one of the dental school’s most popular professors. He was honored as a recipient of the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for his practical, high-energy, and entertaining style.

Thomas A. Viola, B.S., R.Ph., C.C.P.

Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., is a board certified pharmacist and has been in community practice for over 30 years. He received his pharmacy degree and specialty training from St. John’s University in New York. Throughout his career, Tom has been appointed to serve on many national committees involved in pharmacotherapeutics, disease state management, medication safety and pharmaceutical care. In addition, Tom also serves as a consultant pharmacist in the state of New Jersey, where he specializes in the medication therapy management of high-risk pediatric and geriatric patient populations.

Beyond his practice of the profession of pharmacy, Tom also serves the professions of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting as a clinical educator, published writer and professional speaker, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia.

As an clinical educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and he has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom is also a member of the faculty of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s National Board Exam Review and has presented numerous board exam review courses for recent graduates. In addition, Tom is a recipient of the 2012 New York State Dental Hygienists' Association Award and the 2016 Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association Award for his contributions to the advancement of the profession. Tom has also been recognized as a leader in the presentation and administration of local anesthesia certification programs for dental hygienists in several states.

As a published writer, Tom is well known nationally and internationally for his online webinars on pharmacology, pain management and local anesthesia. Tom is also well known for his contributions to several dental professional journals, including General Dentistry, AGD Impact, Access Magazine and RDH Magazine. In addition, Tom has served as a contributor, chapter author and peer reviewer for several dental pharmacology textbooks and national board exam review books.

As a professional speaker, Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses, nationally and internationally, and has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for correlating pharmacology concepts to the every day practice of dentistry. Through his informative, humorous and engaging seminars, Tom provides an overview of the most prevalent oral and systemic diseases, the most frequently prescribed drugs used in their treatment, pertinent dental therapeutic considerations and strategies for implementing effective patient care plans. Tom is a featured presenter for Seattle Study Clubs and, in addition, has presented seminars to sell-out audiences at the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the Yankee Dental Congress, and the Symposium of the International Dental Professionals of Switzerland.