Meet the Faculty
and Subject Matter Experts

Exceptional teachers for
exceptional outcomes.

The PDS University™ – Institute of Dentistry is a learning community of Clinicians Leading Clinicians in Clinical Excellence®. The faculty and subject matter experts are each recognized leaders 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 can help.

Board of Chairs

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

Jaleh Pourhamidi, MDSc, DMD, FACS

Vice President of Kids' Dentistry & Orthodontics 

Lisa Bienstock, DMD

Chair of Pediatric Dentist Success

Eric Ellis, DMD

Chair of Pediatric Clinical Quality

Faculty and Subject Matter Experts

Hamid Abedi, DDS

Endodontics for General Practice

Steven Alvarado, DDS

Immediate Implant Placement

Scott Cairns, DDS


Sonny Chokka, DDS

Perfect Patient Experience® (PPE®)

Jacob Dent, DDS

Special Needs Dentistry

Fredrick Lee, DMD


Dhavel Patel, DDS

Anterior & Posterior CEREC CAD/CAM

Quyen Pham, DDS

Removable Prosthodontics

G. Scott Sauer, DDS

Implant Restorative
Implant Placement

Nicole Smith, DDS

Clear Aligner Therapy for General Practice

Ashley Spooner, DDS

Team Retention
Dental Sleep Medicine

Jamie Toop, DDS

The Mouth-Body Connection®

Jennifer Tumlinson, RDH

Lasers in Dentistry

Cynthia Blendermann Perone, DDS

Oral Pathology
Medical Emergencies

Peter Hagen, DDS


Bianca Velayo, DMD

Facial Injectables