Each year, the Continuing Education Committee meets in Chicago to plan the program for the Insight Track meeting. The CEC reviews feedback and suggestions from past meeting attendees to begin developing the various courses, all centered around one main topic or theme.
Jeffrey S. Albert, D.M.D., CEC Chair
Dr. Jeffrey Albert practices clinical endodontics in West Palm Beach, Fla. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan in 1996, DMD from Nova Southeastern University in 2004 and Certificate in Endodontics from NYU in 2012. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and is a recent recipient of the AAE Spirit of Service Award. He is vice president of the Central Palm Beach Dental Association and recently completed a three-year term with the AAE Public and Professional Relations Committee. He prides himself on giving back to the community and providing excellent patient care.
Anita Aminoshariae, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Anita Aminoshariae is a professor (with tenure) and director of the Predoctoral Endodontics at Case Western Reserve University. She obtained her endodontic training, certificate and masters from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. She also worked as a contract dentist for the U.S. Navy. She became a Diplomate in 2005. Dr. Aminoshariae has served as a member of the AAE’s Board of Directors; president of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society; delegate of the Ohio Dental Association; a member of National Board Endodontics Test Construction Committee for Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations; chair of the ADEA Endodontic Section; and a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Journal of Endodontics and Journal of the American Dental Association. Dr. Aminoshariae has published numerous articles in the field of endodontics and evidence-based dentistry.
Adham Azim, B.D.S., Distance Learning Rep
Dr. Azim, Diplomate, is an Associate Professor of Endodontics and the Division Head & Director of the Endodontic Post-Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo (UB) in New York. He maintains a private practice limited to endodontics. He is also the Founder and Chief Editor of Endolit. Dr. Azim earned his BDS from Cairo University, where he also did his endodontic training. He practiced as an endodontist in Cairo for a few years in several private practices and his own clinic, then joined the endodontic post-doctoral program at Columbia University. Dr. Azim later joined the Endodontic Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he worked as an assistant professor. Dr. Azim has lectured all over the world and has been awarded several times for his research work. He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics, and is a reviewer for multiple other endodontic journals.
Frederic Barnett, D.M.D.
Dr. Barnett received his D.M.D. degree in 1978 and his Certificate in Endodontics in 1981, both from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He received his Board Certification in Endodontics in 1988. He has served as the Director of Postdoctoral Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently the Chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine and Chairman and Program Director of the IB Bender Postdoctoral Endodontic Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Barnett has written numerous scientific and clinical papers and has lectured nationally and internationally on the treatment of endodontic infections, revascularization, dental trauma, root resorption and contemporary endodontic treatment. Dr. Barnett is director and Fellow of the International Association of Dental Traumatology, and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He received the Edward M. Osetek Educator Award in 2017 from the AAE and the 2018 Community Service Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal for providing endodontic services for the homeless in Philadelphia. He is a former associate editor of the Journal of Endodontics.
Daniel Bartling, D.D.S.
Dr. Daniel Bartling is a second-year endodontic resident at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., after completing his formal dental training at West Virginia University graduating in 2014. Daniel is currently working on a research project looking at prevention of tooth discoloration as it relates to regenerative endodontics. He also helps plan events for the Endodontic Department such as golf outings and cooking parties. In his free time Dr. Bartling plays Ultimate Frisbee in tournaments across the country and skis double black diamonds throughout the Rockies. After graduation, he plans to follow his wife to Richmond, Va., where she has recently been accepted into the Endodontic Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sonia Chopra, D.D.S.
Dr. Sonia Chopra was born and raised in Upstate New York. She studied anthropology at the University of Buffalo. She then went on to complete dental school at the University of Maryland and graduated in 2003. In order to live at least one year of her life in New York City, she committed to a GPR program at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. She loved it so much, she practiced general dentistry in the Big Apple for two years upon completion of this program. It was during these two years that she realized she wanted to learn more and “be really good at one thing.” Dr. Chopra decided to continue her education and completed an endodontic residency at Nova Southeastern University in 2008. She became a Diplomate in 2014.
Callee Cosby Clark, D.D.S.
Dr. Callee Cosby Clark is a private practice endodontist in Grand Junction, Colo. She attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry, and minors in anthropology and sociology. Dr. Clark received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and her certificate in Endodontics from the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center. She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics since 2013. In 2014, she and her husband Kyle moved to Colorado and established Grand Valley Endodontics. They live there happily with their two Australian Shepherds, Finn and Honey.
Carolina Cucco, D.D.S.
Dr. Cucco is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, Department of Endodontics, where she joined in July 2018. She received her D.D.S degree from the University of Passo Fundo (Brazil) in 2009 and PhD from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), in 2015. During her PhD studies, she had the opportunity to develop her research at the Angiogenesis Lab under the supervision of Dr. Jacques Nör, at the University of Michigan. After concluding her PhD, she decided to return to the USA and joined the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics at the University of Michigan, where she got a certificate and MS degree in 2018. Dr. Cucco’s research interests are in pulp biology and pulp regeneration, gene expression and biomaterials. She is also interested in conservative endodontic therapies for permanent teeth with irreversible pulpitis.
Timothy C. Kirkpatrick, D.D.S.
Dr. Timothy C. Kirkpatrick is a Professor in the Department of Endodontics at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston where he also is the Program Director of the Endodontics Residency. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University (1985), D.D.S. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School (1989), Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate from the University of Florida in Gainesville (1990) and certificate in Endodontics from Wilford Hall Medical Center (2000). He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics in 2004 and is currently a Director of the American Board of Endodontics, currently serving as Secretary
Kevin Kuo, D.D.S., Distance Learning Rep
Dr. Kuo is a private practice endodontist in Tampa, Florida. His career path follows similarly to his sports idol Tom Brady. Like the six-time Super Bowl champion, Dr. Kuo graduated from the University of Michigan for his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and then transitioned to Boston for his endodontics residency at Harvard for his Master of Medical Sciences. Besides endodontics, he is developing a creative agency specializing in dental video, social media, and marketing. He previously worked with the American Association of Endodontists on video campaigns showcasing the profession. The videos have since garnered over 100,000 views on Facebook and YouTube.
Kathy McNally, D.D.S.
Dr. Kathy McNally is a graduate of the University of Maryland and served in the U.S. Army for 24 years where she was appointed the assistant director for the Army Endodontic Postgraduate Program in Fort Gordon Georgia from 2007-2011 and the Navy’s Endodontic Postgraduate Program in Bethesda, Maryland from 2011 to 2016 when she retired. She is a Diplomate (2008) and earned both her B.S. (1982) and D.D.S. (1992) degrees from the University of Maryland. She went on to earn her AEGD Certificate at the U.S. Army base in Fort Jackson, S.C., in 1993, before completing her endodontic residency at Maryland from 1999-2001.
Daniel Pierre, D.D.S., M.S., Board Liaison
Dr. Daniel Pierre is a District VII Director representing California. Dr. Pierre has been in private practice in Monterey, Calif., since 2008. He received his D.D.S. from Marquette School of Dentistry and his M.S. from the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Pierre is a past president of the Monterey Bay Dental Society and is active in the California State Association of Endodontists. He is also a member of the American Dental Association.
Jae Shin, D.D.S., Ph.D., Resident
Dr. Shin has lived around the world including South Korea, Canada and the United States. His family moved and settled in Michigan almost 20 years ago. Dr. Shin finished his dental training at University of Michigan, where he also earned his Masters degree in Endodontics and PhD in Oral Health Sciences. Dr. Shin has a passion for academics and teaching, and has published in numerous scientific journals covering a wide range of topics including cell biology, oral microbiology, and cancer. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI, with his wife and three boys. Some favorite things include traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Renato Silva, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., ADA CERP Rep.
Dr. Silva received his DDS from the University Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1994. He received his endodontic certificate from both Brazil (University Gama Filho) and US (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston). Dr. Silva received his MS (2002) in Endodontics and PhD (2006) degree in Oral Sciences from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Silva worked as an Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh from 2007 to 2011, when he moved to Houston. Dr. Silva is currently a Tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Endodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry. Dr. Silva has edited a textbook about Endodontic retreatment and published several peer-reviewed articles in the field of Endodontics and Human Genetics. He is a board-certified endodontist and maintains a faculty practice limited to Endodontics.