Our Speakers


James-RutkowskiDr. James Rutkowski, BSc, DMD, Ph.D. in Pharmacology

James L. Rutkowski D.M.D., PhD.is a Pharmacist, Dentist, and has a PhD. in Pharmacology.  He has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters. Jim is also President/CEO of the Clarion Research Group  (CRG) in Clarion, PA.  CRG performs translational research for bone growth and salivary diagnostics.  Additionally, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology and a Diplomate/Past-President of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID).  He lectures nationally and internationally on pharmacology, sedation techniques, and bone grafting as it applies to the dental practice.

Dr. Rutkowski maintains a general dental practice in Clarion, Pennsylvania with a concentration on apprehensive/medically-compromised patients.  He utilizes oral, IM, inhalation and IV sedation techniques for patient management.






David GaneDr. David Gane, BSc, D.D.S.

David Gane DDS, BSc (Hons), is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with an honors degree in physiology and pharmacology and a doctorate degree in dental surgery. Dr. Gane has authored imaging software applications, scholarly articles and technique videos on digital radiography and has lectured internationally on digital imaging topics including programs at Tufts University, Temple University, the Goldman Dental School at Boston University, Nova Southeastern University and the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Gane currently serves as Vice President of Digital Imaging for PracticeWorks LLC the exclusive maker of Kodak Dental Systems and is founder and Chairman for Orbit Imaging Inc.






Charles ShulerDr. Charles Shuler, DMD, PhD

Charles Shuler is Dean & Professor UBC Faculty of Dentistry. His BS is from the University of Wisconsin DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine PhD from the University of Chicago Oral Pathology from the University of Minnesota and Royal Dental College Copenhagen. His current research interests include craniofacial development, oral carcinogenesis, oral medicine and gene therapy.








Mohamed-SharawyDr. Mohamed Sharawy, B.D.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Mohamed Sharawy received his bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honor (B.D.S.) in 1962 and oral surgery training in 1965 from Cairo University, School of Dentistry, Cairo, Egypt. He received his Ph.D. degree in Anatomical Sciences from the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. in 1970. He is currently Professor and Director of Anatomy in the Department of Oral Biology and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Sharawy is Professor of Anatomy at the MCG School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Sharawy is co-editor and contributor to Orban’s textbook of Oral Histology, author of the Companion of Applied Anatomy and contributor to several symposia and books of oral implantology and TMJ. He has published over one hundred and eighty research papers and made numerous presentations at national and international meetings.






Hilt TatumDr. Hilt Tatum, DDS, FAAID, DABOI

Dr. Tatum has more than 38 years of clinical and academic experience in Oral Implantology. He has led the development of contemporary dental implantology by originating and popularising procedures such as bone expansion (1970), autogenous bone grafting (1971), sinus lift (1974) and sinus graft (1975). He has pioneered predictable techniques for bone enhancement by a combination of bone expansion and closed interpositional segmental osteotomies thereby avoiding unpredictable onlay bone grafting techniques. His innovative approach avoids unnecessary complications related to bone grafting procedures and associated costs. He designed the first titanium root form system in the world to be given FDA marketing approval. In 2004, Dr. Tatum was awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by Jacques Chirac, President of France, for his services to dentistry. Dr. Tatum’s involvement with the AAID and the Maxi Courses is well known and needs no further introduction.



Jaime LozadaDr. Jaime Lozada, DDS, FAAID, DABOI, DICOI
Member, American College of Prosthodontists. Member, Academy of Osseointegration

Professor Lozada is the Director for Advanced Education in Implant Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Loma Linda University.  He is also the director of the LLU AAID MaxiCourse.  Dr. Lozada has numerous journal publications to his credit and is known as an international authority in the field of Oral Implantology.  His past appointments include his service as President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Editorial member of the Journal of Oral Implantology and Revista Actualidad Implantologica, Spain as well as Scientific/Clinician Advisory role with Sterioss/Nobel Biocare.





William NordquistDr. William D. Nordquist, BS, DMD, MS, GPR, DABOI, HFAAID, FMI

Dr. William D. Nordquist brings a degree of training and experience to the field of restorative dentistry that is impressive and reassuring. Not only has he placed thousands of dental implants and prosthetics over his 22-year professional career, he has taken the time and made the effort to attain high status in the most prestigious dental organizations.

He has earned fellow status in the world-renowned American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is certified by the American Board of Oral Implantologists. This is the only board in America certifying dentists in all aspects of tooth replacement.
Over the past 30 years Dr. Nordquist has provided thousands of dental implants for patients in San Diego, across the United States and many foreign countries including Hungary, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Holland, China, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Mexico, Cinada, and Japan.

Dr. Nordquist owns his own commercial dental laboratory and implant manufacturing facility. Over the years he has developed specialized implant procedures that he now teaches to implant dentists and oral surgeons. Dr. Nordquist controls almost every aspect of the implant treatment including implant manufacturing, laboratory fabrication, and dental artistry needed to provide what he feels is the most sophisticated implant treatment available today.


Nick CaplanisDr. Nicholas Caplanis, DMD, MS, DABP, FABOI

Dr. Caplanis is an Assistant Professor and part-time faculty within the Graduate Program in Implant Dentistry, at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.  He completed a three year Residency in Implant Dentistry in 1995, received his Masters of Science Degree in Oral Implantology in 1996 and earned a specialty Certificate in Periodontics in 1997.  Dr. Caplanis has an extremely unique background with formal residency training in the inter-related fields of Implant surgery, Prosthodontics and Periodontics.

Dr. Caplanis is Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and American Board of Oral Implantology. He is the current President, and an honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.  He is well published and has lectured nationally as well as internationally, and maintains a full-time private practice limited to Periodontics and dental implant surgery, in Mission Viejo, California.





Bill HoldenDr. Bill Holden, BSc, DDS, DICOI, DABOI

Dr. Bill Holden completed dental school at the University of Alberta in 1991.  After many years practicing general dentistry including implants, since 2007 he has limited his practice to full-time implant dentistry by referral.  His practice includes all aspects of implant dentistry including placement, restoration, associated grafting, teaching, research, maintenance, and complications/revisions.

In 2012 he and his partner, Dr. Ali Afshar, opened a dedicated implant centre in Edmonton, including an on-site laboratory.  Dr. Holden is a diplomate of both the ICOI and the ABOI.

Dr. Holden is also proud to have taken (and survived!) the Vancouver Maxicourse the very first year it was offered.





Ali Fathi-AfsharDr. Ali Fathi-Afshar, BSc, DDS, CAGS, DICOI, DABOI

Dr. Ali Afshar received his dental degree from the University of Alberta in 2001.  He then completed a residency in advanced restorative dentistry at BostonUniversity in 2002.  In 2006 he completed the continuum of the Misch Institute, and in 2010 he completed the Kois Centre program in Seattle, where he now serves as a mentor.  He is also the director of the Kois study club in Edmonton.

Dr. Afshar is in full time private practice, primarily performing implant and complex reconstructive dentistry by referral.  In 2012 he and his partner, Dr. Bill Holden, opened a dedicated implant centre in Edmonton, including an on-site laboratory.  Dr. Afshar is a diplomate of both the ICOI and the ABOI.





Emil L.A. SvobodaDr. Emil Svoboda, DDS, PhD in Periodontal Physiology

Dr. Svoboda graduated from University of Toronto and is a General Dentist who has placed and restored dental implants in his group practice in Brampton, Ontario for over 25 years. He is an Honored Fellow of the AAID and a Diplomate of the ABOI. Dr. Svoboda has published in peer-reviewed journals and lectured on various implant related topics world-wide. Over the past few years, he has focused his efforts on understanding the biological impact of the implant prosthesis on the health of the peri-implant tissues. His research has led to the development of a system that both optimizes the fit of the implant-abutment connection and reduces the occurrence of residual subgingival cement. He is the President of “CSD Connection Systems for Dentistry Inc.” that is tasked with the development of safer systems for implant restoration.