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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Jeffery O. Luzader Position:  Private Practice Endodontist at Chesapeake Endodontic Center Annapolis, Maryland Career Highlights:   1983 – 1993 general dentist in US Army 1993 – 1995 US Army endodontic residency Board certification 1997 1995 – 2004 endodontist in US Army 2004 – opened my private practice in Annapolis, Maryland, The Chesapeake Endodontic Center Why Endodontics: Compulsive (almost obsessive) desire for perfection, so I like endodontics because it is more narrow focused.  Also, I like letting the patient’s general ...
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Say Hello to Dr. @Steven D. Robertson Position:  I am a general dentist (and only an associate level AAE member) that owns and a solo practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. I want to become an Endodontist and will be applying to Residency programs next spring. Career Highlights:   Former collegiate baseball player (once upon a time) 2016 MUSC graduate Spent 2 years as an associate in the beautiful New River Valley of Virginia before purchasing a practice from a retiring doctor 3 years ago in my hometown Have fallen in love with Endodontics in the last 2 years and am hopeful to attend a residency program beginning 2023. Why Endodontics: ...
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Many of you wowed us during Save Your Tooth Month with your social media savvy, but a select few especially stood out. Meet our Social Media Movers & Shakers, Class of 2021! If your social media handle did not make the list, we encourage you to keep shining and stay tuned for another chance next year! Thank you to  everyone  who developed content during Save Your Tooth Month — and thanks for everything you do year-round! Get to know these movers and shakers: Advanced Endodontic Care ( @advancedendodonticcare ) Featuring AAE Members: Drs. Rolf M.W. Wuerch, Stephen W. Hansen and Jeremiah J. Hawkins What does Save Your Tooth Month mean to you? ...
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Say hello to Dr. @William B. Leibow Position:  Director of Endodontics at Still University: Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health Career Highlights:   1 st and foremost being trained by Dr. Herb Schilder and his wonderful faculty 2 nd  becoming one of the first five trained Endodontists in the state of Arizona 3 rd   Working for 5 years with Roda and Sluyk Endodontics as I transitioned into Education. The most enjoyable time I had spent in my 34 years of clinical practice  4 th Becoming the Director of Endodontics at an educational institution Why Endodontics: I was drawn into Endodontics by the need for focus ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Justin Y. Wu   Position:  Associate Endodontist for Advanced Endodontics in Santa Rosa Career Highlights:   Having the opportunity to go to UCLA dental school and learn dentistry from some amazing clinicians. Richard Stevenson, Henry Yamada to name a few - inspired me to pursue excellence in dentistry. My GPR at a small hospital in New York. I became neighbors and friends with Dr. @Diane B. Heller who I had the pleasure of learning endo from. She brought me to the NJAE - after which I decided to pursue endo. Being accepted ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Carl W. Newton Position:  I have been retired from clinical practice at Indianapolis Endodontics, PC now for 8 years.  I am a Life member of the AAE.  I provide occasional seminars as a volunteer at Indiana University School of Dentistry.  As a past AEBE Director, I continue as an examiner for the Case Portfolio and Oral exam, as needed.  I serve as a member to the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.  I occasionally perform endodontics on exotic animals at the Indianapolis Zoo.  Career Highlights: ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say Hello to Dr. @Joel C. Small !  Position: I am retired from clinical endodontics after 41 years in private practice. I now live in the foothills of Golden, Colorado and spend my time as a practice transition consultant for Phase II Dental Transitions and I coach and write for Line of Sight Coaching, LLC; both of which I cofounded.  Career Highlights:   Cofounder of North Texas Endodontic Associates in Plano, Texas MBA from Texas The University Rawls School of Business, with an emphasis in healthcare management Professional Executive Coaching Certification ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Lindsey R. Yap ! Position: Endodontics Resident at University of Washington '22 Career Highlights:   Dental Assistant during Undergraduate Summer Breaks 2011, 2012 Biochemistry BS at Lehigh University 2013 Oregon Health & Science School of Dentistry 2017 Associate Private Practice General Dentist 2017-2020 UW Endodontics Resident Currently Why Endodontics: I enjoy many aspects of endodontics. The procedures are intricate and always unique due to variations in tooth morphology. Some people may think that it’s ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Mina Rizk Position:  Owner/Endodontist at Foundation Endodontics Career Highlights:   2007: BDS (DDS equivalent) at Ain Shams University (Egypt) 2008-2010: Fixed Prosthodontics/Endodontics Fellowship at Ain Shams University 2016: Endodontic Residency at Case Western Reserve University 2018: Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Why Endodontics: The challenge of Diagnosis and performing Endodontic procedures Best Piece of Career Advice: The tooth is attached to a person; the person is not attached to the tooth ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @G. Matthew Brock Position:  I started SoutheasternEndodontics in September of 2002 and brought in my current friend and partner, Yvette Burns, May of 2003.  We graduated UT Memphis together in 1999 and planned the practice together while finishing our respective residencies. Career Highlights:   I started my practice from scratch. I quickly became in involved with AAE committee work I have been a track chair for several AAE meetings I have spoken at several AAE meetings I received the New Practitioner Spirit of Service ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Kenneth B. Wiltbank Position:  I am an endodontist and co-owner of two practices in the State of Oregon, one in the Portland area, and one in the Astoria area. Career Highlights:   I worked as a general dentist for seven years before getting the bur under my saddle to go back to school for endodontics. Why Endodontics: I wanted to do something more clear that running a general dental office. I also liked the idea of marketing to dentists instead of the general public. That might be changing now, but I still like marketing to professionals. ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Judy McIntyre Position:  Hopkinton Endodontics/Self - Endodontist/Owner Career Highlights:   Encouragement from my dental school mentor, Dr. Lin, to write to the then-AAE-President Dr. Samuel Dorn for the creation of what is now the Resident & New Practitioner Committee was an extremely rewarding accomplishment; I was happy to serve on, and then subsequently Chair this committee. Being accepted to the UNC Endodontics program under Drs. Martin Trope, Asgeir Sigurdsson and Linda Levin was definitely a highlight, which parlayed into others.  ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Kerri L. Lawlor Position:  Full-time endodontist employed by myself (see below)! Career Highlights:  Built/opened my own GP office in 2000, became restless in 2005 and decided to go back to school to specialize.  Sold my practice in 2007 and went back to residency.  Moved to Colorado in 2009 to "live near the mountains!"  Plan was to work corporate for a few years and then either join a private office or start my own.  2 years turned into 10, but I always knew that corporate for the long-term was not for me.  I just opened my own practice ...
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By Stacy Hill Question:  How can you ensure a robust referral pipeline, consistent referral retention and plan future opportunities for growth? Stacy Hill is a Endodontic Practice Marketing Specialist for Southwest Endodontics and Lake Jackson Endodontics, wife of an Endodontist Dr. @Ron C. Hill in Houston, TX   Answer: Referral Relationship Management A productive and efficient Referral Relationship Management Program begins with an effective marketing presence that’s managed by a staff member dedicated (at least part time) to Marketing. This process is your key to planned, measurable, results-driven business planning goals that are ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted Say hello to Dr. @Kevin M. Keating Position:  Dean and Professor, California Northstate University College of Dental Medicine Career Highlights:    Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics Managing Partner of a multi-office, multi-specialty dental group 38 years Sacramento, CA Clinical Professor UCSF Pre-doctoral and Endodontic Residency program 38 years Active in Organized dentistry and Oral Healthcare politics and policy development at the local, state, and national level for AAE, ADA, and California Dental Association as a Board member and Executive ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Frederic Barnett Position:  Currently, I am Chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine and Chairman & Program Director of Endodontics at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Career Highlights:    As I was completing my endodontic program at Penn, the Chairman, Prof. Leif Tronstad, asked me to teach two days per week in the Department. This changed the trajectory of my career. I thought that I would go into full time private practice upon graduating, but this was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. By teaching, I kept learning ...
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Hi, my name is Tung. I am a fellow Endodontist practicing in Tucson, Arizona. Outside of Endodontics, I have many hobbies that will keep me busy outside of work and well into my retirement. One of my deep interests is to try to live as long as possible. It turns out that eating healthy and exercising may not be enough... I turned 43 this year. It’s been an interesting year coping with the pandemic. Many of us are experiencing various levels of stress and anxiety. Our children may be remote learning, our investment portfolio is going through wild swings, our practices had to adjust to a higher level of infection control protocols. The year 2020 has not been ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Stephen J. Clark Position:  I teach full-time at the University of Louisville and am the Director of the Endodontic Post-graduate Program. Career Highlights:   I’m a graduate of the University of Kentucky (both DMD degree and endodontic certificate). I practiced full-time in endodontics in Louisville for 23 years and have been a full-time faculty member at the University of Louisville for over 20 years. I became board certified 26 years after I completed my graduate program and was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on the American ...
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Peak Performance

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Peak performance is a state of optimal function and flow.  Some refer to it as “being in the zone” or “hitting on all cylinders”.  For athletes, peak performance is the manifestation of their maximum athletic potential.  Their peak experience may last only seconds or minutes, yet it represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication that, like a meticulously made Swiss watch, brings all the working parts into harmony to create something beautiful and special. Like elite athletes, many of us less athletic types aspire to attain peak performance in our lives. For those of us fortunate enough to have a peak experience, whether we be athletes, business ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to @Brent M. Hiebert . Position:  I am a self-employed, full time endodontist and 50% owner of an endodontic practice in McMinnville, Oregon with a great business partner, Dr. Randy Heiman, and amazing Endo team! Career Highlights:  Served as a Dental Office in the United States Navy for 5 years Accepted into Loma Linda University's Endodontic Residency program in 2015 Publications: Journal of Endodontics in 2017 (with mentor Dr. Mahmoud Torabinejad), cover article in the California Dental Association Journal in 2019 (with mentor Dr. Leif Bakland) ...
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