Meet our Liberty Dental Conference Speakers


Dr. Marianna Evans

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Dr. Marianna Evans is a board certified dual specialist in Orthodontics and Periodontics practicing in the Greater Philadelphia area. She is the founder of Infinity Dental Specialists, an interdisciplinary practice focusing on orofacial development, periodontal, and airway health. She received her DMD and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania. To serve her patients better she recently joined the University of Pennsylvania Sleep Surgery Department as adjunct professor. Dr. Evans divides her time between her busy practice, teaching, and conducting research on the relationship between oral and systemic health. She lectures internationally on maxillary skeletal expansion (MSE), guided facial and airway development as well as periodontal plastic surgery. 


Dr. Evans will be presenting, "Hypoplastic Maxilla, Airway, Occlusal and Periodontal Implications" CE Course on Friday, September 9, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference.

Course Description:  The upper jaw carries a unique anatomic position as part of oral and nasal cavities. It plays a critical role in facial development, mastication, breathing and speech. Maxillary deficiency epidemics are associated with different types of malocclusion and nasal stenosis, compromising periodontal health and breathing. In this presentation we will discuss the importance of recognizing the impact of not treating the "little maxilla" and the lifelong effects on oral and systemic health. We will discuss the latest innovations in diagnosis and intervention of the hypoplastic maxilla syndrome for all ages.

Objectives:

  1. We will discuss the impact of maxillary hypoplasia on oral and systemic health.
  2. We will review maxillary development from evolutionary perspective.
  3. We will discuss latest advances in diagnosis of the maxillary hypoplasia.
  4. We will review the innovations in orthopedic maxillary development for all ages.

Dr. Miriam Ting

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Dr. Miriam Ting graduated with a DMD (magna cum laude) from Temple University, and a BDS from the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore. She completed a certificate in Advanced Periodontology and an MS in Craniofacial Biology at the University of Southern California. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Ting is the Founder and Director of the Think Dental Learning Institute and the non-profit, Magnifico Oral Health Foundation. She has 2 successful startup private practices, Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, one in Paoli, PA and one in Fox Chase, PA. She is the periodontist attending faculty for the Dental Residency Program at Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Ting has published numerous research papers, review papers, and textbook chapters on periodontal microbiology and virology, dental lasers and dental implantology. Dr. Ting's publications total over 1,000 citations in various peer-reviewed journals worldwide.

Dr. Ting will be presenting, "Management of Mandibular Anterior Recession With Soft Tissue Grafting" on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the PCDS 2022 Liberty Dental Conference.

Course Description: Root coverage and increasing keratinized tissue can be challenging in the mandibular anterior region, especially in areas of minimal keratinized tissue and thin tissue biotype. Strategies to manage this area with allograft, platelet rich plasma and frenectomy will be covered. Possible complications will be discussed, as well as strategies to alleviate patient discomfort and achieve a successful outcome.

Dr. Roopali Kulkarni

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Dr. Kulkarni is an Instructor in the Department of Oral Medicine at Penn Dental Medicine. She obtained both her D.M.D. and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to complete her Residency in Oral Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, serving as Chief Resident during her second year. In addition to her current faculty responsibilities, Dr. Kulkarni also serves as an attending at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as assistant director of the oral medicine residency program, treats patients at Penn Medicine Radnor, and is a guest lecturer for Christiana Care Hospital General Practice Residency. She is actively involved in organized dentistry, serving as a national media spokesperson for the American Dental Association, as Chair of the Pennsylvania Dental Association New Dentist Committee, on the Board of Governors for Philadelphia County Dental Society, on the Council of Faculties for the American Dental Education Association, and maintains membership in the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

Dr. Kulkarni will be presenting "Oral Medicine: Integration of Dentistry & Medicine" CE Course on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference.

Course Description:  The mouth is the mirror to the body. In this session, attendees will learn about the basics of oral medicine and its clinical application for the general practitioner. Through interactive cases, attendees will walk away knowing how to diagnose and treat common medical conditions that affect the maxillofacial region.


Dr. Parul Makkar

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Dr. Parul Dua Makkar completed her Bachelor of Science from University of Central Oklahoma in 1999, Magna Cum Laude and then DDS from University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2003. She practiced in Alberta, CA before moving to NY. Here she completed a GPR training at Staten Island University Hospital in 2007 and has been in private practice ever since.  Currently she is the owner of PDM Family Dental in Long Island, NY, where she resides with her husband and two boys.
Dr. Makkar's life took a different trajectory when she lost her only, younger sibling, Dr. Manu Dua, to Oral Cancer last year.  He was a dentist as well.  Since his death, she devotes her time educating doctors and patients alike about risk factors, prevention and advocating for early diagnosis of Oral Cancer. She has co-authored several Dental Journals, has been presenting lectures to dentists and has been a guest on several podcasts, as well as hosting her own podcast. She believes oral cares is the gateway to overall well being and aims to have open conversations with her patients. She is the recipient of the Denobi Awards 2022 as well as LI Excellence in Healthcare 2022. She has also co-authored the book, "Life Interrupted, Dr. Dua's Survival Guide" which is a finalist for the CIPA Evvy Award.

Dr. Makkar will be presenting, "When a Dentist Dies of Oral Cancer: The Need for Oral Cancer Screenings" CE on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference.


Dr. Michelle Lee

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Dr. Michelle Lee is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania with her husband, MinSuk and two children, Victoria and Nathan. She owns a patient-centered comprehensive restorative private practice in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania treating from the TMJ to final smile. Dr. Lee started her Pankey journey in 2008 and serves on the Pankey Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Pankey Faculty and also holds a Pankey Scholar distinction. She also teaches restorative microscope dentistry in her own private practice. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, giving back to dentistry and has been invited to speak in various national and local education venues. Dr. Lee is grounded through her love for hiking, traveling and practicing mindfulness with her family and values creating fulfillment in having a work life balance.

Dr. Lee will be presenting, "Appliance Therapy in Everyday Dentistry" CE course on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference. 

Course Description: Let's make it simple and bring it all together by learning more about the Temporomandibular Joint and how we use the information to create smiles. Understanding the Temporomandibular Joint and related muscles can impact final restorative outcomes. Utilizing bite splint therapy and understanding various appliance designs can be an invaluable advantage in a more comprehensive approach to treatment planning. A step by step overview of the different appliances will be discussed and simplified for applications in everyday dentistry. Learn the indications, contraindications, and benefits to the different appliances with applications in dental cases and applied to predictable dental outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of TMJ and muscle examination and anatomy
  • Review of Occlusal Muscle Disharmony
  • Discussion of various appliances designs and advantages/disadvantages to appliance selection
  • Discussion of integration of appliance therapy, principals of occlusion, and equilibration

Dr. Aaron Hymes

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Dr. Aaron Hymes serves as assistant professor of counseling and leads the addictions counseling concentration in Milligan’s counseling program. He is a licensed professional counselor and mental health service provider, a board approved clinical supervisor, and certified master addictions counselor with over a decade of professional experience.

Hymes most recently served as assistant professor and director of behavioral health for East Tennessee State University’s Department of Family Medicine. He previously worked to develop the substance abuse certificate program and curriculum at Lindsey Wilson College. As a counselor, he has worked in private practice and served as lead counselor for an addictions treatment program. He received his doctor of philosophy in counselor education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, his master of education in counseling and human development from Lindsey Wilson College, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concord University.

Dr. Hymes will be presenting, "Crazy About our Patients: The Intersection of Dentistry, Mental Health and Addictions" CE Course on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference.

Course Description: This presentation will discuss the intersection of dental practice with patients experiencing mental health, addictions, or co-occurring disorders. Recommendations for interprofessional engagement and strategies to improve patient care will be provided. 


Dr. Sujal Ghelani

Dr_Ghelani_Headshot_2560 Dr. Ghelani is a Texas native and graduate of University Texas with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He received his medical degree from UMDNJ - School of Osteopathic Medicine in South Jersey, which is now known as Rowan University. Dr. Ghelani completed his internal medicine residency at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, NJ. After residency, he worked as a hospital physician in upstate New York, and then with the Main Line Health hospital system. Dr. Ghelani completed his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology with LECOM's Larkin Hospital in Miami, Florida and is currently working at Delaware Valley Allergy.

Dr. Ghelani enjoys gardening, kitesurfing and traveling in his free time.

Dr. Ghelani will be presenting, "Management of Allergic Emergencies in Dental Practice and Allergy Testing for Dental Patients" CE Course on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference.

Course Description: This will be an overview for how dentists should be prepared to handle allergy-related emergencies during routine practice. We will also review dental materials allergy-testing as it is available for dentists so they can be better informed when collaborating with their medical colleagues.


Dr. Tyler Perkinson

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Dr. Tyler Perkinson was born the youngest son of Dr. Baxter Perkinson and raised in Richmond. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Dr. Perkinson attended VCU School of Dentistry, the third of his siblings to attain a DDS degree. Dr. Perkinson is quick to dismiss the idea that there was any family pressure to become a dentist. “More than anything, I think we were all exposed to the profession to a point where we could make intelligent, independent decisions,” commented Dr. Perkinson. “I personally was always drawn to the artistic aspect of dentistry. The design and eventual realization of a beautiful smile is a challenge that draws on both art and science in equal measures. As a practitioner, I find that very compelling.”

Dr. Perkinson has always been intent on expanding and refining his dental knowledge. After graduation from dental school, he spent a year studying under Dr. Baxter Perkinson, learning the subtleties involved in full mouth rehabilitation, occlusion, and implant dentistry. He has logged over one hundred hours of continued education in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. He prides himself in staying on the cutting edge of dentistry.

Dr. Perkinson offers sedation appointments and is dedicated to pain-free dentistry. His patience and kindness makes him well suited to working with those who might otherwise avoid treatment. “It’s a terrible shame when fear keeps people from getting the dentistry they need. In the end, it’s all about trying to give patients a better experience.”

Dr. Perkinson will be presenting, "Taking Your Composites to the Next Level," CE Course on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference.

Course Description: Dr. Perkinson will present an approach to restoration focused on overcoming polymerization shrinkage that will guide you in your selection of composites and adhesive, your prep design, and even how you place and cure your composite. The techniques will eliminate post-op sensitivity, microleakage, and many of the other issues that make working with composite difficult.


David Gottlieb, CPA, MSA, Principal

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David Gottlieb is a Principal at Friedman, LLP and has over 10 years experience in public accounting, serving the accounting, audit and tax needs for businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area. David primarily services privately held companies in a variety of industries including beverage, construction, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, employee benefit plans, and various not-for-profit organizations. David maintains relationships with the owners of closely held business, entrepreneurs and the management of not-for-profit organizations.

David lives in South Jersey with his wife and 3 kids. He enjoys golfing and coaching his kids' sports teams in his spare time.

David Gottlieb will be presenting an Accounting and Financial Planning Session for the Dental Professional on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at the PCDS Liberty Dental Conference.