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Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speakers

GlassmanPaul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA is director for the Pacific Center for Special Care, serves as the dental school's director of community oral health and is a professor in the Department of Dental Practice. He is a nationally recognized expert in oral health care for people with developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Glassman is a former president of the Special Care Dentistry Association, an international organization dedicated to improving the oral health of people with special needs. He has participated on many national commissions and contributed to formulating oral health policy, including his service on the Institute of Medicine's committee on Oral Health Access to Care.

Panel Participants

BillingsDr. Ronald Billings received his BA (1965), DDS (1969) and MSD (1976) from Indiana University.  He received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study cariology at the University of Minnesota from 1976 to 1979.  He joined Eastman Dental Center in 1984 and directed the Center’s Community Outreach and Smilemobile Programs for over ten years. He was Acting Chair of the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Dentistry previous to his appointment as Director of Eastman Dental Center in 1994, a position he held until 1999. He retired in 2013 and is currently a consultant or co-investigator of various National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grants to study risk factors associated with the onset and severity of dental caries in children.

Mike DavisMike Davis is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion National. He has nearly 30 years of experience in dental benefits and has served in various executive positions with MIDA Dental Plans, a successful DHMO in the Mid-Atlantic region, prior to establishing Dominion. Mr. Davis helped Dominion become one of the first dental benefits providers in its region to introduce interactive, online benefit administration and other groundbreaking models and technologies to improve the client experience. Over the past decade, Dominion also became known for its innovative online dental programs for individuals and associations.

DresslerKeith Dressler, DDS, MS is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rhinogram LLC. He has over 33 years experience in private orthodontic practice. Dr. Dressler currently serves on the advisory board of the American Teledentistry Association. He is also an avid entrepreneur. In 2000, Dr. Dressler co-founded OrthoBanc, LLC, a cloud-based automated accounts receivable platform that is currently serving over 4,000 healthcare providers and is doing over 450 million in sales annually. OrthoBanc made the Inc. 500/5000 list five years in a row for being among the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. In 1998, Dr. Dressler co-founded Elite Physician Services, a national healthcare patient finance company. As CEO and Chairman, he grew the business to 200 million in sales before it became the Citi Health Card in 2003.

Brant HermanBrant Herman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mouthwatch, LLC. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep experience in the branding, sales and operations of health-oriented consumer goods. Mr. Herman has a proven track record building quality brands, developing relationships and securing direct and distributed sales outlets.

DorotaDorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski DDS, MPH is Associate Professor of Dentistry at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health in the Department of Community Dentistry and Oral Disease Prevention and Center for Oral Biology. She also serves as Deputy Director of the Northeast region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.  Dr. Kopycka-Kedzierawski is currently principal investigator of a prospective cohort study entitled “Integrating Oral Biology and Behavioral and Social Mechanisms for Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Onset”. This project is assessing psychosocial and microbiological risk factors for Early Childhood Caries, including children’s stress and parenting styles. Her research interests include, teledentistry, oral epidemiology, risks factors for Early Childhood Caries and dental practice-based research.

McLarenSean McLaren, DDS is the Chair of Pediatric Dentistry, Associate Professor of Dentistry and Pediatrics at The University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health (EIOH) and former residency program director of pediatric dentistry. Dr. McLaren graduated dental school from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and completed a GPR and pediatric dentistry residency programs at EIOH. He is currently the PI on a HRSA funded project entitled “The Pediatric Dentistry Special Care Training Program.”

TonyTony Mendicino, DDS received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his dental degree from the State University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and completed a general practice residency at the Veterans Medical Center in Buffalo, NY.  Dr. Mendicino has 28 years’ of clinical experience in community dental health.  He serves as the Dental Director as well as a Dentist for Finger Lakes Community Health, overseeing dental services at 8 fixed sites as well as an extensive mobile portable dental program across Western New York State. Dr. Mendicino was instrumental in setting up the Teledentistry Program in collaboration with The Eastman Institute for Oral Health in 2010. Dr. Mendicino was the recipient of the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year award in  2012 from the New York Association for Rural Health and the Robert E. Parker, III Memorial Award recognizing volunteer and community service from the Seventh District Dental Society in 2018.


Jeffrey Sulitzer, DMD is the Lead Dentist at SmileDirectClub. From the start of his career, Dr. Sulitzer aimed to impact oral health on a large scale. After graduating from the Temple University School of Dentistry in 1985, he spent more than a decade serving as Vice President of U.S. Healthcare’s dental division. Meanwhile, Dr. Sulitzer continued to see his own patients in his private practice. Though his private practice afforded him the luxury of meeting patients in person, it was impossible for the dentist to see more than 15 patients daily, and Dr. Sulitzer was driven to access more people with different resources.

WeinEmily H. Wein, is a healthcare regulatory attorney who focuses her practice on the telehealth industry. She advises her clients on a wide array of regulatory matters such as state licensure and practice standards, federal fraud and abuse requirements (both anti-kickback and Stark law), HIPAA privacy, Medicare enrollment and coverage and payor reimbursement. Ms. Wein monitors changes to legal and regulatory developments affecting the telehealth market to better advise and guide her clients so they may align their business strategies with the current legal landscape. She was previously associate legal counsel at a large interdisciplinary health system, where she advised the company in relation to its expanding telehealth offerings, as well as daily operational matters.