How did America’s Best Young Dentists become the best? Find out.


Membership has its privileges – and for the sixth year running, lncisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine has gone coast to coast to track down 40 of the finest dental practitioners age 40 and under, and induct them into this august professional group.

According to Incisal Edge:

“That’s 240 young doctors in all since we inaugurated these honors in 2011.

We invited them to Manhattan, where our stylists and photographers treated them like the dental royalty they are – tricking them out in the latest couture and giving them the full VIP treatment.

Then we simply … let them be themselves. They mingled, joked, shared success stories and got ready for their well-deserved close-ups. Dressed to the nines and raising a toast to one another, these latest additions to our burgeoning roster of sterling young doctors have made it past the velvet rope with ease and into an even more exclusive group: the practitioners who are, through the sheer force of their commitment and expertise, helping our profession ascend to even greater heights in the years ahead.”

Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 15 women and 25 men from20 states: Eric Appelsies, DDS,  Newport Beach Dentistry, Newport Beach, California, Christopher Armento, DMD, Red Barn Dental, Middletown, New Jersey, Nick Augenbaum DDS, FICOI, AFAAID, Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Rocky Point, New York, Taurance N. Bishop, DDS, Smile Brite Dental Care, Newark, Delaware,  Ryan R. Boylan, DDS,  Ryan Boylan Comprehensive Dentistry, Chesapeake, Virginia, Fouy Chau, DDS, MS,Encino Orthodontics, Encino, California, Daniel K. Coleman, DMD, MS, Rhode Island Periodontics, Providence, Rhode Island, Stephanie Collins, DDS, Stephanie Collins, DDS, Flagstaff, Arizona, Heather Crockett-Miller, DDS, MPH, Community Health Center, Middletown, Connecticut, Niki Fallah DDS, MS, Mills-Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Millbrae, California, Theodore Gialanella, D.D.S., Gialanella Family Dentistry, Albany, New York, Ashley E. Hoban, DMD, Summerlin Pediatric Dentistry, Las Vegas, Nevada, Carlos J. Huerta, DMD, The Dental Boutique, New York, New York, Matthew P. Huff, DDS, Precision Dentistry & Implants of Kerrville, Kerrville, Texas, Lisa Indelicato, DMD, Red Barn Dental, Middletown, New Jersey, Andrew Jordan, DDS, Vita Dental, West Chester, Ohio, Alexandra Kantor, DDS, Newport Beach Dentistry, Newport Beach, California, Jenna Khoury DMD, The Brush Stop Pediatric Dentistry, Carlsbad, California,Thien Le, DDS, Springdale Dentistry, Annandale, Virginia, Karl Maloney, DDS, Branchburg Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery, Branchburg, New Jersey, Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, Salem Dental Arts, Salem, Massachusetts, Micah G. Mortensen, DDS, MSD,Redwood Orthodontics, Salt Lake City, Utah, Katelyn Murray, DMD, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Ron Nguyen, DDS, Bolsa Dental, Westminster, California, Amy Planz, DDS,  Hillsborough Pediatric Dentistry, Hillsborough, New Jersey, Jaime L. Preble, DDS, Pine River Dental Center, Pine River, Minnesota, Ashton A. Prince, DMD, Bloomington Courtyard Dental, St. George, Utah, Christen Simpson Raynes, DDS, MBA,Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Simpson Dental Associates, Ravenswood, West Virginia, Jean A. Resnevic, DMD, Dr. Jean Resnevic Dental Care, Greenville, Rhode Island, Ryan Rother, DMD, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Aaron Shaftel, DDS,  Vita Dental, West Chester, Ohio, Jeff Y. Shao, DDS, MS, Showtime Orthodontic Arts, The Woodlands, Texas, Uyen Thompson, DDS, Thompson Center for Dentistry, Chula Vista, California,  Ambrose To, DDS, Damascus Dental Group, Damascus, Maryland, Hitesh Tolani, DMD,  Virtudent, Boston, Massachusetts, Michael C. Verber, DMD, FICOI, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Whitney Wauligman DDS, Wauligman Dentistry, Cincinnati, Ohio, Giles Willis Jr. DDS, MPH, Willis Family Dentistry, Cary, North Carolina, Jonathan W. Wong, DDS, MS, Renovo Endodontics, Schaumburg, Illinois, and Jacob Young, DDS, Young Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Belton, Missouri.

View the results of their two-day whirlwind session with renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis and photographer Jeff Fried and meet all 40 of America’s Best Young Dentists in the magazine’s fall edition:

Congratulations to one and all, from!

Because it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2017 awards, Incisal Edge recently opened its nominations. Enter today at:

Dear Tooth Fairy: I’m disappointed in myself.

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I woke up this morning to find a sheet of beautifully embossed periwinkle stationery washi-taped to my forehead, and what appeared to be a gold glitter bomb explosion on my bathroom vanity.

My immediate reaction: #OopsIdiditagain! Another #NationalToothFairyDay elapsed with no heartfelt missive from me to my favorite fairy.

In all fair(y)ness, the winged wonder was spotlighted earlier this year at Of course, on that most recent day of revelry, I publicly questioned her sense of fairness:

I’m here to make it right. The Tooth Fairy deserves far more than two days of recognition annually. hereby proposes #NationalToothFairyMonth. (Full disclosure: My daughter teeters on the decade of wiggly teeth.)

Let the following four FairyFacts serve as sound basis for this nomination:

FairyFact: This entrepreneurial impresario previously earned a spot among the Forbes Fictional 15.

FairyFact: According to Forbes, in 2010 she gifted $145M of her $6.9 billion amassed wealth (nearly 4%!) A true humanitarian in every sense of the word, this fairy is far more generous than her counterparts C. Montgomery Burns and Scrooge McDuck.

FairyFact: If workaholic tendencies seem to prohibit a healthy work life balance, T.F. at least compensates with extensive world travel, a sparkling wardrobe, and loyal following.

FairyFact: A most fascinating take on her truly altruistic nature is demonstrated in the 2012 film Rise of the Guardians in which Toothiana is portrayed as an agile, intelligent (she’s multilingual, of course!), and fearless cherisher of childhood memories.

Need additional convincing? A dossier for your inspection:

In case this heartfelt plea doesn’t earn favor with the fairy, I close with a formal apology:

Dear Tooth Fairy, deeply regrets a belated recognition of your day.
Though not an excuse, the root cause falls under the heading “overscheduled” rather than “sheer thoughtlessness”.
Please accept my sincere apology and the promise of future adulation.
From the heart,




Why 4 days serving U.S. veterans will change your life.


In late September, dentists are invited to volunteer at Brighter Way Dental Center (formerly CASS Dental Clinic.) Below, shares four reasons it will change your life in four days:

1. You will change the lives of veterans, earn 34 CEU,  receive hands-on training, and gather confidence to practice innovative approaches including implant placement, bone regeneration, tissue engineering, and other surgical procedures.

2. The Brighter Way Dental Center in Phoenix, Arizona is the largest volunteer dental clinic in the United States, offering comprehensive dental care for the homeless. What began in a cramped trailer in 2001 is now a state-of-the-art facility, which operates solely on generous donations and selfless volunteers, and run by Kris Volcheck, DDS, MBA. (Dr. Kris Volcheck was named one of 10 activists awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation for transforming health and health care in vulnerable communities.)

3.   This intensive Live Surgical course September 22 – 25 provides hands-on surgical training treating patients of various levels of surgical complexity. (Patients are pre-selected with various levels of surgical complexity to match your clinical skills.)

4. One day of lecture and workshops are followed by three days of live surgeries performed by participants (this means you!). Doctors will work in teams of two, together with one instructor with extensive implant experience mentoring the team during the procedures.

Brighter Way is working with Advanced Implant Educators to improve the oral health and self esteem of the men and women who have served our country.  Within this volunteer mission, attendees are changing lives, giving back to the community and at the same time, gaining valuable skills to treat their own patients.

Learn more and register today:

Four members of Mississippi dental community among six killed in plane crash


Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where city flags are lowered today, according to

The Tuscaloosa plane crash which killed six people on August 14, included four members of the dental community and ranks among the worst aviation accidents in the state’s history, according to a report for by William ThorntonThree couples, who had attended a dental conference in Florida, left a total of 11 children behind.

According to the Oxford Eagle, among the deceased are Dr. Jason Farese and his wife, Lea, both dentists, a family member and employee of Dr. Farese has confirmed with The EAGLE. The Farese’s leave three children behind, ages 10, 7, and 5. The youngest just started kindergarten this week….

Dr. Michael Perry, a periodontist, and his wife Kimberly, who is nurse, and Dr. Austin Poole and his wife Angie, were also on the plane, the Eagle reported. The Pooles had five children.

Terry Lloyd, director of aviation for Kissimmee Gateway Airport, said it’s his information that the three couples had been in Florida for a medical convention.”


The Clarion-Ledger described  past kindnesses of the departed:

“Dr. Michael Perry and his wife Kim Perry were the kind of people who took care of a widow and her nine children when they’d never met them. He sent his employees on vacation to Destin, Florida, every year and paid for the whole trip.

Dr. Austin Poole commuted to Clarksdale from Oxford every day, and he would often discount procedures for people he knew might not be able to pay the entire bill. His wife Angie Poole was cheerful and friendly, and both were well-liked in the Clarksdale community.

Dr. Jason Farese, a former Vanderbilt University baseball player, and his wife, Dr. Lea Farese, met in dental school in Jackson and were known as fun-loving and generous. They were well-loved by the Oxford community, as well as their hometowns of Ashland and Pearl.”

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Poseidon Oral Care delivers high-tech features to your bathroom counter

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E-Commerce innovators, ToiletTree Products announced last week that their Poseidon Oral Care Line will now be available through the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, @BencoDental thanks to a new partnership.

Poseidon Oral Care Products – including  Poseidon Oral Irrigators and Poseidon Sonic Toothbrushes – have begun to cause a stir among dental professionals and consumers thanks to high quality products sold at affordable prices. High-tech features such as lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and inductive wireless charging are just some of the standard functions.

“Every dental show we attend, we are completely blown away by the overwhelmingly positive response to all of our oral care products: we know that as people become aware of our brand they will love what we have to offer,” said Paul Parisi, co-owner of ToiletTree Products. “That is why we are so excited to partner with Benco and introduce the entire Poseidon line of products to Benco’s customers.”

Poseidon Oral Irrigators and Sonic Toothbrushes are part of the Oral Care Division of ToiletTree Products, which is listed on the 2014 Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the United States and on the top 1,000 companies on the 2015 list. They are a family-owned company with a silly name and intelligent products. ToiletTree Products design and manufacture unique bath, beauty, and home products with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction.