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Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
Dr. Mary Wakefield is currently the administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was previously associate dean for rural health at University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a tenured professor, and director of the university's Center for Rural Health. She has served as chief of staff to two U.S. senators, as director of the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at George Mason University, and worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization's Global Programme on AIDS. In announcing Dr. Wakefield's appointment to HRSA, President Obama said, "As a nurse, a Ph.D., and a leading rural health care advocate, Mary Wakefield brings expertise that will be instrumental in expanding and improving services for those who are currently uninsured or underserved."
Douglas B. Berkey, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Dr. Douglas Berkey has a distinguished career as a dental educator and champion for geriatric dentistry. He is currently a professor in the Department of Applied Dentistry at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he served for eleven years as the department chairman. He returned to Colorado following a two year appointment as the first distinguished professor of Geriatric/Special Care Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Berkey was awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Geriatric Oral Health Care Award, named a Pew National Dental Leadership Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar Finalist. He has served as President of the Geriatric Oral Research Group of the International/American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR), Colorado Delegate to the Council of Faculties and Chair of the Gerontology and Geriatrics Education Section of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
Sarah Crane, M.D.
- Reactor, Medical Considerations in the Oral Health of Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities
Dr. Sarah Crane is a Consultant in Primary Care Internal Medicine and a specialist in Geriatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She has published previously in the areas of common infections in the elderly as well as care for high-risk frail elders. She is a nursing home medical director and has significant experience in nursing home patient care.
Teresa Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H
Dr. Teresa Dolan is a professor and dean at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar, and she completed a Veterans Administration Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry. She joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 1989 as the director of geriatric dentistry. She was awarded the Geriatric Dental Care Award from the American Dental Association in 1991. In 1995 the American Board of Dental Public Health awarded her Diplomate status. Dr. Dolan previously served on the Executive Council of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and she received the President's Award for service to this organization in 1999. Her research has focused on access to care issues, oral health promotion, and appropriate oral health outcomes for older populations. She has published extensively in the area of geriatric dentistry and geriatric dental education.
Chester W. Douglass, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Chester Douglass is a Professor Emeritus of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. He has published more than 150 papers in referred journals covering a variety of topics in health policy, oral epidemiology, and dental public health, in which he is a boarded specialist. He served as principal investigator for the New England Elders Dental study, which produced 19 important papers on the epidemiology of dental diseases in the elderly. Dr. Douglass's research combines dental care policy and financing issues with oral epidemiology research. These studies have demonstrated the increase in need for dental care and decrease in the supply of dental care that will occur over the next 20 years. Dr. Douglass served as chair of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine from 1978 to 2008.
Burton L. Edelstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Dr. Burton Edelstein, a pediatric dentist, is Columbia University Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the College of Dental Medicine and Professor of Clinical Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health. He is also President of the Children's Dental Health Project, a nonprofit policy agency committed to improving children's access to oral health. After 20 years of clinical private pediatric dental practice, Burt's career shifted to health policy when he served as a 1996–97 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the Office of the US Senate Minority Leader where he worked primarily on health coverage legislation. Burt worked with the US Department of Health and Human Services as an oral health consultant to the Administrator of HRSA, chaired the US Surgeon General's Workshop on Children and Oral Health, and authored the child section of the Surgeon General's Report.
David Fray, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Since 2002, Dr. David Fray is Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Division in the Hawaii Department of Health. This Division provides Medicaid and community support services statewide to more than 3,000 persons with neurotrauma, developmental and intellectual disabilities through 60 community provider agencies. Currently Dr. Fray is the Vice President for Education on the Board of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. He is a faculty member of the John A Burns School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, LEND program. Previous positions are Director of Developmental Disabilities in Arkansas, Assistant Director of Mental Health, Director of the Arkansas Health Center, part time dental school faculty, and the co-founder of two community health clinics. He is a board certified health care administrator and a licensed nursing home administrator. He has owned two private dental practices and provided risk management and expert testimony for several malpractice insurance carriers. His professional interests are in the areas of autism and elder care.
Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S.
- Speaker, Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. Gist practices general dentistry in Flint, Michigan and is president of the American Dental Association. He recently completed a four-year term on the ADA Board as the trustee from the Ninth District. His previous responsibilities with the ADA include serving as a delegate and on the Reference Committee on Dental Benefits, Practice and Health. He is a past president of the Michigan Dental Association, the Genesee District Dental Society and the Mid State Dental Study Group. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He received his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force before entering private dental practice.
Paul Glassman, D.D.S., M.A., M.B.A.
- Moderator, Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. Paul Glassman has a long career working with special needs populations in a variety of practice and community settings and in developing community-based systems to improve oral health for people with special needs. He is currently professor and director of Community Oral Health at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry in San Francisco. In addition, he is a former president of the Special Care Dentistry Association. He is also co-director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at Pacific and co-director of the California Statewide Task Force on Oral Health for People with Special Needs and Aging Californians.
Michael Helgeson, D.D.S.
Dr. Helgeson is a founder of Apple Tree Dental, an innovative non-profit organization that operates special care dental clinics and delivers on-site care at more than 100 collaborating urban and rural community sites including Head Start Centers, schools, group homes, and nursing facilities. Apple Tree's community collaborative practice model has been replicated in North Carolina and Louisiana and has received recognition from the Surgeon General, the American Dental Association, Oral Health America and the Robert Wood Johnson and Kellogg Foundations. Following dental school, he completed a two year post-graduate program in geriatric dentistry and then served four years in the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Helgeson has served as president of both the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and the Special Care Dentistry Association. Dr. Helgeson currently serves on the American Dental Association's National Elder Care Advisory Committee.
Kevin T. Hendler, D.D.S., F.A.S.G.D., D.A.B.S.C.D.
- Speaker, Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. Kevin Hendler is the Director of Geriatric Dentistry at the Ina T. Allen Dental Center in Atlanta, Georgia and an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Emory University School of Medicine. The dental center provides comprehensive dental care for older adults and is part of the Wesley Woods Center which is a geriatric medical and residential complex at Emory University. Dr. Hendler is a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. He currently serves as the President for the Special Care Dentistry Association and is a past president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry.
Paul Mulhausen, M.D., M.H.S.
- Reactor, Professional Education for Oral Health for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities
Dr. Mulhausen is the John McMaster Ristine, MD, Geriatric Education Professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (UICCOM). Dr. Mulhausen is a geriatrician and Professor (Clinical) of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1987 and completed his postgraduate training at the Duke University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Mulhausen is the director of the HRSA-sponsored Iowa Geriatric Education Center and former program director for the HRSA-sponsored UICCOM Interdisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship. Dr. Mulhausen maintains an active practice in geriatrics, long term care, and internal medicine. He is medical director for a community nursing care center, a VA Home-Based Primary Care program, and a not-for-profit provider of hospice services.
Jonathan Musher, M.D., C.M.D.
Dr. Musher is a family practitioner and a fellowship-trained geriatrician. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pain Management as well as a charter Certified Medical Director through the American Medical Director's Association. Dr Musher is Chair of Family Medicine at Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine and is currently in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Prior to establishing his private practice Dr. Musher served for 10 years as the Vice President of Medical affairs for Beverly Healthcare, the largest nursing home company in the world.
Dr. Musher is President of Metropolitan Physicians' Practice and is actively involved in family medicine and geriatrics. Dr. Musher has over 25 years of clinical hands-on medical experience. His expertise spans the spectrum of acute care and long-term care services, from inpatient and ambulatory care through home and hospice care to skilled nursing care. He has published and lectured extensively in the areas of Geriatrics, Long Term Care, and Medical Direction.
Dr. Musher is a Past President of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), Immediate Past Chair of the AMDA Foundation, a member of the AMDA Public Policy Committee, and was a recent delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
Linda C. Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Linda Niessen currently serves as Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer for DENTSPLY International where she oversees clinical education, professional relations and corporate communications. She holds a faculty appointment as clinical professor in the department of restorative sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University Health Science Center in Dallas. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and the American Board of Dental Public Health.
Robyn I. Stone, Dr.P.H.
- Reactor, Policy Implications for Improving Oral Health for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities
Dr. Stone is a noted researcher and internationally recognized authority on long-term care and aging policy and has held senior research and policy positions in both the U.S. government and the private sector. She is currently the executive director of the Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS) at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Washington, DC. While at IFAS, she has developed and directed a number of national programs including the Center for Medicare Education, the Better Jobs Better Care National Program and the National Initiative to Link Affordable Senior Housing with Health and Supportive Services. She was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging and Long-term Care Policy and as Assistant Secretary for Aging.
Beth Truett is President and Chief Executive Officer of Oral Health America (OHA), an organization dedicated to improving oral health, especially for America's most vulnerable citizens. Based in Chicago, OHA was founded in 1955 and works to connect communities with resources to provide access to care, education and public policies. Truett came to OHA in September 2008 with significant corporate and non-profit leadership experience, serving previously as the Executive Director of Chicago Lights, a community outreach organization that annually serves 7,000 Chicagoans who face the challenges of aging, poverty, access to education and healthcare.