Meet the Faculty
and Speakers

Exceptional teachers for
exceptional outcomes.

The PDS® Institute of Dentistry is a learning community of Clinicians Leading Clinicians in Clinical Excellence®. Our faculty and chairs work together with the commitment to improve lives, inspire one another and build the model for “education in practice.” They are each recognized subject matter experts in their respective areas of focus, and many are sought-after speakers with multiple published articles. Whether you’re a clinician interested in continuing education or are looking for a speaker for your next event, our faculty below can help you.

Brad Guyton, DDS, MBA, MPH

Dean of the PDS Institute of Dentistry
Vice President of Clinician Development

Charles Rodgers, DDS

Chair of Quality Improvement
Vice President of Clinical Quality

Carolyn Ghazal, DDS

Chair of Associate Dentist Development

Alex Sharifian, DDS, MS

Chair of Owner Dentist Development

Jan LeBeau, RDH

Chair of Dental Hygiene

Jaleh Pourhamidi, MDSc, DMD, FACS

Chair of Orthodontics

Lisa Bienstock, DMD

Co-Chair of Pediatric Dentists

Eric Ellis, DMD

Co-Chair of Pediatric Dentists

Hamid Abedi, DDS

Endodontics for General Practice

John Ayre Jr., DDS

Pediatric Sedation

Cynthia Blendermann Perone, DDS

Oral Pathology
Medical Emergencies

Adam Burr, DDS

Simple Diagnosis, Prevention & Caries Management

Scott Cairns, DDS


Cari Callaway-Nelson, DDS

Associate Coaching & Development

Sonny Chokka, DDS

Perfect Patient Experience (PPE®)

Jacob Dent, DDS

Special Needs Dentistry

Scott Keys, DDS

Atraumatic Extractions & Socket Preservation
Comprehensive Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

Frederick Lee, DMD


Cody Mugleston, DMD

New Owner Dentist Development

Dhaval Patel, DDS

Anterior & Posterior CEREC® CAD/CAM

Quyen Pham, DDS

Removable Prosthodontics

Lance Rygg, DDS

Implant-Retained Overdentures

G. Scott Sauer, DDS

Implant Restorative
Implant Placement

Nicole Smith, DDS

Clear Aligner Therapy for the GP

Ashley Spooner, DDS

Team Retention

Jamie Toop, DDS

Oral-Systemic Health

Jennifer Tumlinson, RDH

Lasers in Dentistry