Rebecca H. Affoo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, SLP-Reg, SLP(C)
Speech and Language Pathologist
Dr. Rebecca Affoo is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Dalhousie University. She is cross appointed to the School of Dental Hygiene in the Faculty of Dentistry. She is affiliated with the Healthy Populations Institute and is a co-lead of the Flagship project “oral health is health”. Her research is focused on advancing understanding of the interrelationships between oral health and oropharyngeal swallowing to help older adults maintain adequate nutritional intake, decrease the risk of developing morbidities such as aspiration pneumonia and conditions such as frailty, and improve quality of life. She is also passionate about evidence-based education and student learning.
Theodore Suh, MD, PhD
Board Certified – Geriatric Medicine
USA – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dr. Theodore (Ted) Suh is the ACU Medical Director for the Turner Geriatrics Clinic at the University of Michigan East Ann Arbor Medical Campus and Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine for the University of Michigan Medical School. Currently, he serves as a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Formulary Committee and is Treasurer of the Michigan Geriatrics Society. He has also been a member of the Primary Care Leadership Council for Michigan Medicine. Previously, Dr. Suh served as the first Medical Director for Huron Valley PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly) in Ypsilanti, MI.
Roberto Carlos Castrejón-Pérez DS, MSc, DSc.
Dental Researcher – Geriatric Oral Health
I was born in Chiapas in a long-lived family, always attracted to and exploring nature. I was an athlete during his youth and still love sports. I started working on ageing with the master’s degree and joined the Instituto Nacional de Geriatría in 2009. My research interests focus on oral health and the general health of older populations. I am a photography enthusiast and love long talks with friends.
Miriam Zylberglait, MD
Board Certified – Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obesity Medicine
USA – Miami, FL
Dr. Miriam Zylberglait Lisigurski (Dr. Z) is triple Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Obesity Medicine. In addition, she has completed a Physician Leadership Academy (FMA), a Fellowship on Leadership Development and Education (AAMC) and has been certified as a Mental Health Ally. As a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) she was selected to be part of the National Wellness and Professional Fulfillment Committee. Dr. Z is writing is on the process of publishing her first book “the 3G Cycle of Life”, that focuses on the topics of well-being, burnout prevention and growth. In addition, she is the former Associate Program Director at the Aventura Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and the Former Founding Internal Medicine Clerkship Director at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine. Dr. Zylberglait has a supportive husband, parents, sister, friends, and two wonderful little boys that help her to integrate her personal and professional life.
Daniel Croley, DMD
Chief Dental Officer, Delta Dental
USA – California
Daniel W. Croley, DMD, is vice president and Chief Dental Officer for Delta Dental of California and affiliated companies. He is responsible in building a culture of healthcare quality so that we can deliver exceptional care to our customers and members that helps them get healthy and stay healthy for the enterprise. Dr. Croley, joined Delta Dental in 2004, is responsible for clinical vision and overall quality of oral healthcare for Delta Dental. He is deeply involved in product development and represents Delta Dental in many industries and professional organizations, including committees at the American Dental Association, National Association of Dental Plans, California Association of Dental Plans and Delta Dental Plans Association.
Frances Emelia Sam, DDS
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Sam represents a unique blend of science and spirit. While formerly an associate clinical professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Howard University, she maintained a voice in the realm of personal development. Her many articles appeared in Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen as well as on her long-standing blog, 360SOUL (three-sixty soul). Her latest book, Compassionate Competency: Healing the Heart of Healthcare represents the intersection of her extensive clinical experience and concepts such as emotional intelligence and mindfulness. It aims to bring more attention to creating compassionate healthcare environments that nurture patients as well as the professionals who care for them.
Dr. Lorin Berland
Founder Dr. B Dental Solutions
USA – Florida
Lorin Berland, DDS, is an internationally acclaimed cosmetic dentist and one of the most published authors on clinical dentistry. With well over 100 articles, the best-selling Lorin Library Smile Style Guide as well as instructional videos, Dr. Berland has made a lasting impact on dental education. Dr. Berland was the 1st Fellow of the AACD, included in the Top 100 CE Leaders for 19 consecutive years and was even recognized by the AACD for “Outstanding Contributions to the Arts & Science of Cosmetic Dentistry”. Dr. Berland created the original Dental Spa concept and the multi-specialty group practice. His unique approach to dentistry has been featured in major national print and TV publications, such as 20/20, Time, Town & Country, Reader’s Digest, and GQ. Dr. B began his career as a denture technician, and after more than 35 years of listening to patients, he retired to start Dr. B Dental Solutions with a full line of products specifically designed to treat the common yet serious issues affecting the daily lives of people with oral appliances- Oral Infections and Dry Mouth- which are not addressed by major brands. His website DrBDentalSolutions.com is also a great source of useful information on oral appliances and hygiene tips for patients. His new informative & interactive website, www.DentureWearers.com, connects people missing teeth &/ or terminal dentition with top dental professionals. For the whole story – https://denturewearers.com/long-time-ada-member-earns-seal-for-denture-solutions/
Professor Gerry McKenna
Chair of Oral Health Services Research and Gerodontology
Gerry McKenna qualified as a dentist at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, in 2004. After working in a number of dental hospitals and spending time in dental practice he completed his PhD and higher specialist clinical training in University College Cork, Ireland. He currently works as a Consultant in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry in Queens University Belfast where he provides clinical supervision and teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate dental students. His clinical work is focused on fixed and removable prosthodontics including managing older adults in both hospital and private practice. Gerry is an active clinical researcher based within the Centre for Public Health in Queens University Belfast where he leads oral health research. He is president elect of the British Society of Gerodontology and a past President of both the Geriatric Oral Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the European College of Gerodontology (ECG). His research is centered on optimizing treatment options for older adults which positively impact their dental and overall health. This is supported by over £10 million in competitive research funding secured from funders including the National Institute of Healthcare Research (NIHR), Erasmus + and the Dunhill Medical Trust. Gerry is both a fellow and a King James IV Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Gerry is an adjunct Professor in University College Cork. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and 2021 published the books “Clinical Cases in Gerodontology” and “Nutrition and Oral Health”.
Tengu C Muna
Founder of Achaibo Clinical, Global Clinical Trials Manager
USA – Kansas
Has 19 years of experience in the Clinical Trials Industry as a Global Consultant Managing Clinical Trials Owner and Founder of Achaibo Clinical, dedicated to innovating and modernizing the African clinical trials space. By providing streamlined coaching and training services to African Healthcare Professional. Our mission is to increase the number of patients of African descent participating in Clinical trials.
Gwen Graddy, MD, FACP
Board Certified – Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine
USA – Detroit, Michigan
Dr. Graddy is a native Detroiter. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She joined Henry Ford Health system in 1987 and Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)in 2001. She retired as CMO in 2021 and now is the coordinator for medical education for PACESEMI. She remains active in the community and her church Straight Gate International Church – to improve health and well- being : spirit , soul and body.