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AACD Congratulates the Accreditation “Class of 2014”!

It is achievable!


ver the past 25 years, 404 members in the history of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry have completed its rigorous credentialing process. It’s the rarified air of dentistry’s most accomplished practitioners and laboratory technicians. The process is designed to give dental professionals the chance to learn, grow and interact with colleagues while they demonstrate their commitment to cosmetic dentistry and responsible esthetics. Accreditation requires successful completion of a written examination, an oral examination, and multiple clinical case submissions. Becoming an AACD Accredited dentist or laboratory technician helps dental professionals provide better care to their patients and clients, and distinguishes their practices and labs within their communities. While becoming an Accredited member is a significant accomplishment, some continue their learning by becoming an Accredited Fellow. Fellowship is the highest level of achievement available to AACD Members. Only 63 members in history have achieved this status. In 2014, we warmly welcome two new members to Accredited Fellow status—Drs. David D. Finley, Sue C. LeBlanc and Wynn H. Okuda.



On the pages to follow, discover the amazing clinical accomplishments of dental professionals in the Newly Accredited and Accredited Fellow Showcase of Excellence.

David D. Finley, DDS Monroe, LA Member Since: 2000

Sue C. LeBlanc, DDS Hammond, LA Member Since: 1995

Wynn H. Okuda, DMD Honolulu, HI Member Since: 1990

Accredited Members

David W. Austin, DDS

Mohan Bhuvaneswaran, MDS

Kathy S. Close, CDT

Charlie C. Cooper, DMD

Craig Galbraith, CDT,

James T. Gavrilos, DDS

Indianapolis, IN

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Springville, IA

Atlanta, GA

West Hills, CA

Barrington, IL

Member since: 2004

Member since: 2008

Member since: 2003

Member since: 2002

Member since: 2009

Member since: 2004

Tara N. Hardin, DDS

Sandra Hulac, DDS

Long T. Huynh, DMD

Michael E. Karlsten, DDS

Salvatore Lotardo, DDS

Douglas S. Milner, DDS

Mason, OH

Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Naples, FL

Stockholm, Sweden

Nesconset, NY

Wenatchee, WA

Member since: 2002

Member since: 2008

Member since: 2007

Member since: 2000

Member since: 2007

Member since 2003

Eric J. Newell, CDT

James S. Pearce, DDS

Juan J. Rego, CDT

Amanda N. Seay, DDS

Vin Vu, DDS

South Jordan, UT

Lansing, MI

Santa Fe Springs, CA

Mount Pleasant, SC

Oshkosh, WI

Member since: 1998

Member since: 2005

Member since: 2001

Member since: 2002

Member since: 2003

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 1 – Six or More Indirect Restorations

Restoring Dentist David W. Austin, DDS Partnering Ceramist Dwight Rickert, CDT, AAACD Diagnosis • latrogenic Abrasion #6 - 11 Treatment • Porcelain Veneers #6 - 11 Restorative Material • Feldspathic Porcelain

Dr. David Austin is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He has been in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1994. Dr. Austin is a member and past grassroots team leader of the ADA , a member and past local chapter president of the NDA, the AACD, the IDDS, DOCS, and the IDA where he is a member of the inaugural class of AIR Leadership Development Academy. Dr. Austin is married with two daughters. An active member in his church and community, Dr. Austin enjoys choral singing and an occasional game of racquetball.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 5 – Six or More Direct Restorations

Restoring Dentist Mohan Bhuvaneswaran, MDS Diagnosis • Dental Fluorosis #6-11 Treatment • Direct Composite Veneers #6-11 Restorative Material • Empress Direct Composite (Ivoclar Vivadent)

Dr. Mohan Bhuvaneswaran opened a clinical practice fifteen years ago with his partner and close friend, Dr. P. Suresh Kumar. The practice is restricted to restorative and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Bhuvaneswaran has been teaching for the past thirteen years and currently acts as Associate Dean, Professor and HOD for the Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, SRM Kattankulathur Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India. He conducts hands-on courses and guest lectures relating to cosmetic dentistry throughout many countries and has added twenty scientific publications to his credentials.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 3 – Tooth Replacement – Implant

Ceramist Kathy S. Close, CDT Partnering Dentist Ted Murray, DDS, AAACD Diagnosis • Vertical Root Fracture #8 • Unattractive Direct Resin #9 • Improper Midline Cant Treatment • Extraction and Bone Graft • Zirconia Implant Abutment #8 • All-Ceramic Crown #8 • Porcelain Veneer #9 Restorative Material • Authentic Pressed Leucite Porcelain with Cut-Back Technique (Jensen) • ZiReal Implant Abutment (Biomet 3i)

After graduating at the top of her class in 1981 from the dental program at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kathy Close studied at the Pankey Institute to further her education in occlusion. Her passion for creating natural, beautiful smiles has been her motivation in her pursuit of Accreditation. She has been a member of the Academy since 2003 and has enjoyed her journey through the Accreditation process, which was one of her greater goals in life. Kathy currently owns and operates Studio Elite, Inc., a boutique laboratory in Springville, IA.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 4 – Class IV Direct Resin Restoration

Restoring Dentist Charlie C. Cooper, DMD Diagnosis • Fractured Mesial Incisal Edge #8 Treatment • Composite Bonding #8 • Enamel Contouring #23-26 Restorative Material • Empress Direct Composite (Ivoclar Vivadent)

Dr. Cooper received a B.A. with honors in science education at Mississippi State University in 1982, a Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree at the University Of Mississippi School Of Dentistry in 1986, and participated in the General Practice Residency Program at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1987. Dr. Cooper is a member of the AACD, Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Georgia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Dr. Cooper enjoys spending time with his family, especially in the outdoors.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 2 – One or Two Indirect Restorations

Ceramist Craig Galbraith, CDT Partnering Dentist Everett Heringer, DDS Diagnosis • Incisal Fracture of #8 Treatment • Zoom Whitening • Porcelain Veneer #8 Restorative Material • Noritake CZR Feldspathic Porcelain Layered on Platinum Foil (Kuraray Noritake)

Craig Galbraith graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Technology in Durban, South Africa and six months later became a partner at W Dental Laboratory. He opened a dental studio there in 2002 specializing in smile design and cosmetics. In 2005 Craig came to the United States as head ceramist for a neuromuscular laboratory in Santa Monica, CA specializing in full mouth reconstructive cases and smile design. Craig has been with daVinci Dental studio since 2007 as a quality control manager and head of research and education.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 1 – Six or More Indirect Restorations

Restoring Dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS Partnering Ceramist Sandra Cook, CDT, AAACD Diagnosis • Wear on Anteriors • Reverse Smile Line Treatment • Porcelain to Metal Crowns #4 and #13 • Porcelain Veneers #5-12 Restorative Material • Empress - Pressed and Layered (Ivoclar Vivadent) • Pulse Ceramic Pressed Over Metal (Jensen)

Dr. James Gavrilos is a Chicago native and currently practices in Barrington, IL. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry, and has pursued extensive advanced dental training at the Dawson Center for Continuing Dental Education and the Piper Education and Research Center. He has served on the board of the American Equilibration Society and is a founding member of the Dawson/Pankey Study Club of DuPage County and has worked with charities such as Hope for Honduras and Healing the Children.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 4 – Class IV Direct Resin Restoration

Restoring Dentist Tara N. Hardin, DDS Diagnosis • Discolored Bonding #8 Treatment • Whitening • Bonding #8 Restorative Material • Empress Direct Composite (Ivoclar Vivadent)

Dr. Tara Hardin graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996 and went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from Ohio State University in 2000. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the AACD, the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Cincinnati Dental Society, and several sleep organizations. When Dr. Hardin is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her husband, Sean and their children, Lillian, Carson, and Kayla. Dr. Hardin practices in Ohio with her father, Dr. Gary Hardin.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 3 – Tooth Replacement - Implant

Restoring Dentist Dr. Sandra Hulac Partnering Ceramist Jörn Lübbers, ZTM Diagnosis • Missing Tooth #4 • Root Fracture on #8 Treatment • Whitening • Implant Supported Crowns #4 and #8 • Direct Composite Filling on #11 Restorative Material • Lava Coping (3M ESPE) • Creation Zi-F Porcelain (Jensen) • Empress Direct Composite (Ivoclar Vivadent) • Renamel Composite (Cosmedent)

Dr. Sandra Hulac graduated in 1993 from Witten/Herdecke Dental School in Germany. In 2007, she and business partner Dr. Edward Tam opened Tam, Hulac and Partners Dental employing a full interdisciplinary dental team in two prime locations. Dr. Hulac’s main professional interests include complex restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. She is devoted to continuing education and attained the position of a Seattle Kois Center Mentor in 2012. Dr. Hulac unwinds with retail therapy, yoga, skiing, hiking and cooking. She, her husband and three children enjoy trips around Asia and Australia.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 5 – Six or More Direct Resin Veneers

Restoring Dentist Long T. Huynh, DMD Diagnosis • Old and Failing Composites on #8 - 10 • Lingually Inclined #5 • Moderate Wear on #6 and #11 Treatment • Direct Resin Bonding Veneers #5-11 • Post Occlusal Bite Splint Restorative Material • Renamel NANO Composite (Cosmedent) • Renamel Creative Color Tints and Opaquers (Cosmedent) • Clearfil Majesty Esthetic Composite (Kuraray) • Prime and Bond NT, Fifth-Generation (Dentsply/Caulk)

Dr. Long Huynh, DMD graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, advanced training in general dentistry, and has undergone extensive postgraduate training. His current memberships include; The American Dental Association, The Florida Dental Association, The West Coast Dental Association, The AACD, The Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. His outside interests include family, charity work, fishing, gardening, and watching soccer. He and his wife, Dr. Mai Huynh-Le, have three children, Dawson, Daniel and Katie.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 3 – Tooth Replacement - Implant

Restoring Dentist Michael E. Karlsten, DDS Partnering Ceramist Przemek Seweryniak, CDT Diagnosis • Root Fracture #7 Treatment • Whitening • Implant Crown #7 Restorative Material • Ankylos Implant (Dentsply) • Screw Retained e.max Pressed and IPS e.max Ceram Microlayered Crown (Ivoclar Vivadent) on Cercon Balance Abutment (Dentsply)

Dr. Michael Karlsten graduated in 1980 from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He has worked in a private practice since 1981 and is currently practicing at the Dental Academy in Stockholm. Dr. Karlsten has been a member of AACD since 2000. He was the cofounder of the Swedish Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (SACD) in 2002 and is an Accredited member of SACD and a Certified member of ESCD. Dr. Karlsten lectures both nationally and internationally.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 1 – Six or More Indirect Restorations

Restoring Dentist Salvatore Lotardo, DDS Partnering Ceramist Craig Galbraith, CDT Diagnosis • Misaligned and Irregular Shaped Teeth #6 - 11 Treatment • Porcelain Veneers #6 - 11 • Gingival Re-Contouring Restorative Material • Noritake CZR Porcelain (Kuraray Noritake)

Dr. Salvatore Lotardo graduated from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 1990 and went on to open a practice with a fellow student that has lasted 20 years. Dr. Lotardo has taken numerous continuing education hours in implant, orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry. Today most of his time is spent only treating cases that combine these facets of care. Outside the office Dr. Lotardo is an adjunct professor for Briarcliff College. Ultimately his family (wife and three children) come first and spending time with them are the moments of his life that count the most.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 2 – One or Two Indirect Restorations

Restoring Dentist Douglas S. Milner, DDS Partnering Ceramist Burt Nam, CDT Diagnosis • Failing Composites #7 and #10 • Slightly Incisally Positioned Gingival Margins #6, #7, #10, and #11 Treatment • Whitening • Gingivectomies #6, #7, #10 and #11 • Porcelain Veneers #7, #10 & #26 Restorative Material • Noritake EX3 Feldspathic Porcelain Baked on a Refractory Die (Kuraray Noritake)

Dr. Douglas Milner graduated from The University of Washington in 1991. In 1994 he moved to Wenatchee, WA where he became a solo practitioner. In 2004 he merged his practice with that of his childhood dentist and longtime mentor. Dr. Milner completed the Pankey Continuums in 1999 which eventually led to his involvement with Spear Education where he now regularly participates as a mentor. He also leads a study club and mentors several dentists locally. Dr. Milner and his wife have been married for 25 years and have five children. He enjoys church involvement, cycling, and bird hunting

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 1 – Six or More Indirect Restorations

Ceramist Eric J. Newell, CDT Partnering Dentist Don Ross, DDS Diagnosis • Black Triangles • Rotated Laterals • Mottled Shading Treatment • Crowns on Teeth #4-13 • Closed Black Triangles • Straighten Laterals • More Consistent Coloring Restorative Material • Layered IPS e.max (Ivoclar Vivadent)

Eric J. Newell, CDT earned his Certified Dental Technician status in ceramics in 1993. Eric currently owns and operates Newell Ceramic Art Inc. in South Jordan, Utah where they specialize in smile design and full mouth rehabilitation.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 2 – One or Two Indirect Restorations

Restoring Dentist James S. Pearce, DDS Partnering Ceramist Wesley Salyer, CDT Diagnosis • Excessive Gingival Display #6, #7, #10, #11 • Small Lateral Incisors with Defective Restorations • Diastema #8-9 Treatment • Whitening • Gingival Re-Contouring #6, #7, #10, #11 • Porcelain Veneers #7 & #10 • Composite Resin #6MF, #11MF • Composite Resin Diastema Closure #8-9 Restorative Material • IPS e.max Veneer (Ivoclar Vivadent) • Renamel Microhybrid and Microfill Composites (Cosmedent) • EsthetX Composite (Dentsply)

Dr. James Pearce graduated with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and received his dental degree from the University of Michigan in 1983. His dental practice in Lansing, MI is committed to helping patients achieve optimum dental health. After completing the Postgraduate Continuum in Esthetic Dentistry at Louisiana State University, Dr. Pearce was inspired to pursue Accreditation in the AACD. Dr. Pearce is a Fellow of the AGD and an active member in numerous other dental and research organizations and a regular participant in the Dental Lifeline Network. Dr. Pearce and his wife, Ginger, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Meredith.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 3 – Tooth Replacement - Implant

Ceramist Juan J. Rego, CDT Partnering Dentist Tara N. Hardin, DDS Diagnosis • Missing Tooth #8 Treatment • Whitening • # 4-6 and #11-13 Veneers • #7-10 Full Crowns • #8 Astra Implant (Dentsply) Restorative Material • IPS e.max (Ivoclar Vivadent) • Zirconium Abutment

Juan Rego, CDT owns and operates “Smile Designs by Rego”, a progressive dental laboratory in Santa Fe Springs, CA specializing in ceramics. Juan established the laboratory in 1980 with his brother and business partner, Mr. Nelson Rego. As a Certified Dental Technician, Juan has studied with some of the best dentists and ceramists in dentistry today. When away from the lab, Juan enjoys skiing and golf with his wife, Ana and their two children, Natalie and Jonathan.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 2 – One or Two Indirect Restorations

Restoring Dentist Amanda N. Seay, DDS Partnering Ceramist Brad Patrick, CDT Diagnosis • #8 Non-Vital, Discolored, Opaque Tooth • Black Triangle Between #8 and #9 Treatment • #8 Porcelain Veneer • Custom Tray Whitening • #8 and #9 Direct Composite to Close Black Triangle from the Lingual Aspect Restorative Material • #8 Refractory Veneer • Venus Diamond Composite (Heraeus Kulzer)

Dr. Amanda Seay graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 2002 and currently maintains a private practice in Mount Pleasant, SC. She has continued to expand her base of dental knowledge and skills through continuing education and advanced training. Dr. Seay was nominated as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry in 2012. She shares her knowledge as a Kois Mentor in Seattle, has published articles covering the art and techniques of esthetic dentistry and serves on the boards of several peer-reviewed journals.

Accreditation Showcase of Excellence Case 5 – Six or More Direct Restorations

Restoring Dentist Vin Vu, DDS Diagnosis • Incisal Attrition #5-12 Treatment • Whitening • Composite Resin Veneers #5-12 Restorative Material • Estelite Omega Composite Resin (Tokuyama)

Dr. Vin Vu graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2000 and has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Dr. Vu currently has a private practice in the same town he attended school, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. When he is away from his practice, Dr. Vu enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and three children.

Accredited Fellow Showcase of Excellence Six or More Direct Resin Veneers

Restoring Dentist David D. Finley, DDS Diagnosis • Small Anterior Teeth • Diastemas • Axial Inclination Discrepancies Treatment • Whitening • Direct Composite Veneers on Teeth #6 - 11 • Laser Gingival Contouring • Laser Frenectomy Restorative Material • Caulk Esthet-X-HD Composite • Bisco Characterization Tints

A resident of Monroe, Louisiana for over 45 years, Dr. David Finley graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and from Louisiana State University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Dr. Finley is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies and recently completed a mini residency program in the surgical placement of dental implants. Dr. Finley is married to Valerie and they have five children, Megan, Ashton, Kaleb, Kristin and Coalton. David enjoys fishing, house projects and spending time with his family. He volunteers as a baseball coach in summer and a football coach in the fall.

Accredited Fellow Showcase of Excellence One or More Indirect Restorations

Restoring Dentist Sue C. LeBlanc, DDS Partnering Laboratory Technician Michael T. Bellerino, CDT, AAACD Diagnosis • Trauma #8 & #9 Treatment • Whitening • Porcelain Veneers #8 & #9 Restorative Material • Lithium Disilicate

Dr. Sue C. LeBlanc graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1975, was elected to C. Edmund Kells and Omicron Kappa Epsilon dental honor societies, and taught as an associate professor of fixed prosthodontics at L.S.U.S.D. Dr. LeBlanc is a boarded member of the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics and is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. She has served as president of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She practices in Hammond, LA., with her daughter Michelle LeBlanc, DDS, and her son Joey LeBlanc, CDT.

Accredited Fellow Showcase of Excellence Six or More Direct Resin Veneers

Restoring Dentist Wynn Okuda DMD, FICD, FICOI Diagnosis • Failing Old Composite Resin Veneers #6-11 Treatment • Teeth Whitening • Laser Crown Lengthening #7 and #10 • Hand-Sculpted Composite Resin Veneers #6-11 Restorative Material • GC Kalore Nano-Hybrid • G-Aenial Universal Flo “Injectable” Composite Resin Bonded with All Bond SE. • Phillips NV Micro-Laser

Using his 25 years of experience and his unique expertise in blending the science of dentistry with his artistic ability, Dr. Wynn Okuda is a dental artist who relies on conservative procedures to enhance the health, function, beauty and rejuvenation of smiles. Dr. Okuda is past president of the AACD and is an accomplished author and international speaker. He is a world recognized leader in cosmetic dentistry and has received numerous awards and honors. The AACD’s Give Back a Smile Program was founded by Dr. Okuda 15 years ago to restore the smiles of domestic violence victims. Dr. Okuda’s dental practice is located in Honolulu, HI.

A true reflection


ccreditation reflects one’s dedication to cosmetic dentistry and clinical excellence. If you have not already started the Accreditation process by taking the Accreditation Written Examination, please consider doing so. If you have already achieved Accreditation, consider becoming an Accredited Fellow. Accreditation is not for the status or recognition, it’s for the enhanced clinical skills and knowledge you will gain along the way. For more information about AACD Accreditation and Fellowship, please visit or call 800.543.9220.

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2014 Showcase of Excellence booklet  

Booklet showcasing some of the case work from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's newly Accredited and newly Accredited Fellow Memb...

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