Speakers’ Bureau



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The Speakers’ Bureau offers continuing education courses on a wide variety of topics for dentists, hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, and office teams. Each topic can be 1-2 hour, half-day and full-day lectures. Topics can be combined and adapted for a custom presentation.  Click here for a full brochure.

To book a speaker, or for more information, contact:
Mary Yakas
(734) 665-2020 ext. 129



For Dentists:

  • 30 years of Cosmetic Dentistry: Successes and Failures
  • Dentin Bonding Agents: How They Work and Why
  • CAD/CAM Dentistry: Everything you need to know
  • CAD/CAM with Assistants
  • Composites: Anterior and posterior
  • Restorative Dentistry Concepts
  • Restorative Dentistry: Best Kept Secrets
  • Essentials for Your Practice: Bonding Agents, Composites and the Integration of Digital Dentistry
  • The TMJ Connection: You Can’t Practice Without It!
  • Hands-On TMD Course
  • Occlusal Vertical Dimension Made Simple: Anterior, Posterior and Condylar Determinants
  • Non-Odontogenic Pain
  • Team Approach to Creating Reliable Esthetic Results: Immediate Implant Placement, Immediate Temporization, and Custom Impression Posts
  • Team Approach to Creating Reliable Esthetic Results: Prevention and Management of Implant Complications
  • Periodontal Disease and Soft Tissue Grafting: What to Tell Patients Before You Refer Them
  • Introduction to Dental Implants
  • Update on Digital Dentistry and Bonding to All-Ceramic CAD/CAM Restorations
  • All Ceramic Restorations and Guidelines for Cementation
  • Zirconia Restorations: What the Controversy is All About
  • Dental Sleep Medicine: Snoring and Sleep Apnea


For the Entire Clinical Team:

  • CAD/CAM Exploration – Hands-On
  • A Digital World – Hands-On
  • What’s Hot, What’s Not: The Newest Products for a Growing Practice
  • Maintaining the Motivation: Practicing with Enthusiasm for Sustained Success
  • Staying on Top: Tips, Tools and Techniques for Team Success
For Hygienists:

  • Help for the Hygienist: Products and Resources for Successful Hygiene Practices
For Assistants:

  • An Assistants’ Guide to Direct Restoratives
  • An Assistants’ Guide to Indirect Restoratives
  • The Active Assistant: The Key Ingredient to the Successful Practice
  • Staying on Top: Tips, Tools and Techniques for Proficient Assistant
  • CAD/CAM with Assistants
  • Digital sensor Placement: Tips and Techniques for Successful Digital Radiographs

Materials Science

For Dentists and Assistants:

  • CAD/CAM Dentistry and Zirconia Ceramics
  • Update on Impression Materials
  • Advances in Esthetic, Adhesive and Self-adhesive Resin Cements
  • Update on Bonding Agents for Direct Restorations
  • Advances in Direct and Indirect Restorative Materials
  • Adhesives for Direct and Indirect Restorations
  • Properties and Selection of Composites



For Dentists, Laboratory Technicians and Assistants

  • CAD/CAM Technology – Perspectives from the Dentist and the Dental Laboratory
  • Designing for Success: Dental CAD 101
  • Designing for Success: Dental CAD 201
For the Entire Clinical Team:

  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Cutting Through the Red Tape: Infection Control and OSHA Update
  • What’s Bugging Your Office: A Hands-On Infection Control Course
  • Update on Vaccinations: Science vs Misconceptions
  • Allergic Patients and Dental Care Providers
  • Infection Prevention Requires Attention

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asset_upload_file301_11036Dr. John M. Powers

John M. Powers, PhD graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in chemistry in 1967 and a Ph.D. in dental materials and mechanical engineering in 1972. He received an honorary Ph.D. from the Nippon Dental University in 2011. He received the E.B. Clark Award from the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry in 2012. He received the 2013 IADR Distinguished Scientist – Wilmer Souder Award. Dr. Powers is Senior Editor of THE DENTAL ADVISOR and Clinical Professor of Oral Biomaterials, Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Powers has authored more than 1000 scientific articles, abstracts, books, and chapters. He is co-author of the textbook, Dental Materials – Properties and Manipulation, and co-editor of Craig’s Restorative Dental Materials and Esthetic Color Training in Dentistry. He serves on the editorial boards of many dental journals. He has given numerous scientific and professional presentations in the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia. Esthetic Color Training in Dentistry. He lectures internationally on research in dental materials.

asset_upload_file643_11036Dr. Sabiha S. Bunek

Dr. Sabiha S. Bunek is Editor-in-Chief of THE DENTAL ADVISOR, leading a team of researchers and clinicians in reporting evidence-based clinical and laboratory properties of dental products and equipment. As a principal partner and CEO of THE DENTAL ADVISOR, she is leading future generations in connecting science and clinical practice. Dr. Bunek was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and earned her D.D.S. from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (GO BLUE!).

Dr. Bunek lectures on topics related to adhesives, ceramics, cementation, and CAD/CAM technology.  She is a published author and has been nationally recognized by Dental Products Report, who named her one of the top 25 Women in Dentistry in the areas of research and education. Dr. Bunek currently serves on the Executive Board of Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD) and is a visiting faculty for the Dawson Academy. She maintains a full-time practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, focusing on esthetic and comprehensive restorative dentistry.

asset_upload_file213_11036John Molinari, PhD

Dr. Molinari received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He was a full-time faculty member at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry for 32 years, where he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Molinari is now Director of Infection Control at THE DENTAL ADVISOR. He has published over 300 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on infectious diseases and infection control.  Dr. Molinari is co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. His activities also include serving as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and Detroit hospitals in the areas of infectious disease and infection control. Dr. Molinari also was appointed and served as Chair-man of the State of Michigan Governor’s Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission. He has been the infection control section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry and a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association.

asset_upload_file446_11036Dr. Julius Bunek

Dr. Bunek is a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan. He received University Honors as an undergraduate, the Russell W. Bunting Award in clinical periodontics as a dental student, and the Billy A. Smith Patient Rapport Award for exemplary communication skills and empathy in patient care as a periodontal resident. After graduation Dr. Bunek received the prestigious Sigurd P. Ramfjord Award for Excellence for outstanding performance during his graduate training. He was selected nationally as a finalist for the highly venerated American Academy of Periodontology Foundations Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence. Dr. Bunek is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, characterizing his commitment to continued education and practicing at the highest standard of care.

Dr. Bunek maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is IV Sedation certified. He is a strong believer in collaborative diagnosis and team work with his referring doctors to achieve the highest level of patient care. He lectures nationally on a variety of topics including advancements in surgical techniques and dental implants, with a focus on growing interdisciplinary knowledge.

asset_upload_file548_11036Dr. Paul J. Chaiken

Dr. Chaiken is currently in private practice of restorative dentistry and dental sleep medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is an assistant clinical professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and on the medical staff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Chaiken attended Indiana University in Bloomington and received his dental degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He has served as the program chairman of the Chicago Academy of Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy, on the peer review board for the Chicago Dental Society, and as a faculty member for Spear Education at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.

Dr. Chaiken has received fellowships from the American College of Dentists and the Academy of General Dentistry, and is currently a clinical consultant for the Dental Advisor. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Chicago Academy of Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

asset_upload_file999_11036Dr. Santine Harlock

Santine Harlock, DDS, is a practicing partner at Enspire Dental and an Assistant Editor at THE DENTAL ADVISOR. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and from Albion College, with a BS in Chemistry. She began her career during undergraduate school while working for THE DENTAL ADVISOR. Her passion for the industry continues to grow through her daily practice, extensive research, consulting and building relationships with dental manufacturers. She credits Enspire Dental’s cutting edge technology and newest dental materials as factors in establishing her as a leader in the field. Together with the input of over 250 clinical consultants, Dr. Harlock brings clinical knowledge and experience to the dental profession through lectures, editorials and clinical case reports.

asset_upload_file659_11036Dr. Harold F. Menchel

Dr. Harold Menchel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1978. He has practiced comprehensive restorative dentistry for 34 years in private practice in South Florida. He received most of his orofacial pain training at the University of Florida Facial Pain Center under Drs. Parker Mahan and Henry Gremillion. He now has the only private practice in South Florida limited to diagnosis and managment of TMD and orofacial pain. In 2000 Dr. Menchel achieved Diplomate status in the American Board of Orofacial Pain; one of only 5 in the State of Florida and 220 worldwide. He is a fellow of the Academy of Orofacial Pain, an executive council member and National chair of access to care for orofacial pain. He is an active member of the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Menchel is adjunct Facultyin the Department of Prosthodontics at Nova Southeastern Dental School, teaching occlusion and orofacial pain at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Menchel has lectured extensively locally, nationally, and internationally to dentists and physicians and is now involved in the establishment of orofacial programs in Eastern Europe.
Publications: Nonodontogenic Pain: Seattle Study Club Journal March 2012

asset_upload_file453_11036Dr. Robert Stevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson earned his DDS in 2003 from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and completed the University of Florida Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, in St. Petersburg Florida in 2004. He has been an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry since 2005 and was selected as faculty of the
year by his students in 2007. Dr. Stevenson completed the Louisiana State University Esthetic Continuum in 2006. Since 2005 he has been an Assistant Editor for THE DENTAL ADVISOR.

asset_upload_file104_11036Mary Yakas, BA, CMC

Mary has been working in the dental industry since 1987 and has been involved in every area of the dental practice: dental assisting, laboratory, hygiene assisting, recare, scheduling, financial coordination, accounts payable, and office management. In addition to her dental office experience, Ms. Yakas has held numerous positions in dentistry, including practice consultant, senior analytical coach, and Director of Sales and Marketing for both Benco Dental and Transitions Group. She had previously worked with THE DENTAL ADVISOR in 1994, and has returned as our Executive Director. As a speaker, Mary has worked with and spoken to numerous groups on communication, listening skills, customer service, and day to day dental practice operations. She has had experience in working with all types of Dental Practices, and has served over 275 individual offices in a consultative capacity. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from The University of Michigan, and is a certified management consultant.

asset_upload_file116_11036Dr. Peter Yaman

Peter Yaman DDS, MS is a Clinical Professor of Dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He received the DDS and MS (RestorativeDentistry) degrees from Michigan. He maintained a part-time private practice and teaching appointment for 23 years prior to joining the University of Michigan Dental Faculty full-time in 1999. Currently he is the Director of the Graduate Restorative Program at Michigan, is on the editorial board of the Operative Dentistry Journal, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is a consultant to the United States Naval Dental School, the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, the Michigan Dental Association and numerous dental manufacturers. Dr. Yaman is on the Editorial Board of the Dental Advisor and has been involved with product evaluation for many years. He has authored numerous articles and scientifi c abstracts and has lectured in the United States as well as internationally on restorative
procedures with emphasis on compromised teeth and esthetics. He is a member of the International Association of Dental Research, the Academy of Operative Dentistry and the American Dental Association.