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4 Young Superstars in Dental Lecturing and Writing

The speaker reads from his slides, monotone, for two hours.

What a lovely time for a nap.

We’ve all sat through boring dental lectures and feigned interest while we were actually checking Facebook on our phones.

But have you ever been blown away by dental lecture?  Have you gotten the chills, laughed until you teared up, or just had a big silly grin on your face?

There’s a new wave of dental writers and lecturers storming onto the scene.  They see the world differently.  They love watching people learn.  If you ever have the chance to see one of them live, drop your Sudoku puzzle and go.  Read their articles, watch their videos, follow their blogs… do everything short of camping outside their homes.  That would probably be considered stalking and it’s totally illegal.

I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these rising stars and each of them has inspired me in different ways.  Do we have any more to add to the list?

Dr. Keith Doonan

Keith Doonan received his BDS in 1993 from Royal London Hospital Dental School where he graduated as the Dental Society President. He later received his Masters in Prosthodontics from Kings College London. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian college of Dental Surgeons and a part-time visiting Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland Dental School. In addition, Keith is a faculty member of DPL Educational Services accredited to deliver DPL workshops on communication and interpersonal skills to dentists. He regularly lectures on dental implants & prosthodontics and maintains a private practice in Brisbane City Centre and the Sunshine Coast. Keith has mentored a number of dentists with regards to the practical hands on aspects of implant dentistry.

Dr. Scott Froum

Dr. Scott Froum received his BA from Amherst College in Amherst, MA with a major in biology. He continued his academic scientific research training at NYU medical school and published numerous papers in the field of angiogenesis and signal transduction. He received his DDS from the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with honors.  He continued his dental training in the post graduate periodontal department at the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and received his periodontal certificate with distinguished honors. He currently is a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University in the Department of Periodontology and Implantology. He is co-editor of the nationally distributed e-newsletter The Surgical-Restorative Resource. He is involved with many ongoing research studies, webcast seminars, and has co-authored a chapter in Carranza’s text book Clinical Periodontology on Implant Complications as well as authoring a chapter in the text book Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment of Implant Complications. He has lectured on the national and international level on implant therapy and periodontics. He has a private practice in New York City, NY and Port Jefferson, NY.

Dr. Ryan Dulde

Ryan grew up in Germantown, WI and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  He received his Honors B.S. in Biomedical Science and his D.D.S. from Marquette University School of Dentistry.  Following dental school, Ryan completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency in northern Arizona, providing dental care to the Navajo Nation.

Ryan has served as speaker of the house for the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), member of ASDA’s Leadership Development Task Force, delegate to the ADA House of Delegates, delegate to the Wisconsin Dental Association House of Delegates, and commissioner on the Commission for Dental Accreditation (CODA).  He currently serves as co-chair of ASDA’s National Leadership Conference Planning Committee.

Ryan practices in the Milwaukee area.  Outside the office, he enjoys leadership development, public speaking, consulting on presentation creation and design, golfing, traveling, running, biking, blogging on, and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Dr. Josh Austin

Dr. Joshua Austin is a native San Antonian. After attending Health Careers High School and the University of Texas as an undergrad student, Dr. Austin graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School. UTHSCSA Dental School has been one of the top ranked dental schools in the nation since 1993. Dr. Austin excelled in dental school and was voted president of his graduating class. He capped off a successful senior year by being awarded the Texas Dental Association Outstanding Senior Dental Student award.

Dr. Austin is a member of the prestigious Seattle Study Club, which is a network of professional dental study groups dedicated to ideal comprehensive dental care. Dr. Austin’s other professional memberships include the Academy of General Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, and American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Austin serves as a faculty member in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at UTHSCSA Dental School. He also serves on the board of directors for the San Antonio District Dental Society, the San Antonio chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry, and the UTHSCSA Dental School Alumni Association. In addition, Dr. Austin is the chairman of the San Antonio District Dental Society Committee for the New Dentist and the Texas Dental Association Committee for the New Dentist. In 2009, the Texas Dental Association honored Dr. Austin by naming him Young Dentist of the Year.

Continuing education and political involvement in dentistry are amongst Dr. Austin’s passions.


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