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Habib Benzian (United States of America)

Habib Benzian

United States of America

Habib Benzian, DDS PhD MScDPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at NYU Dental College and Co-Director of the only WHO Collaborating Center for oral health in the WHO region of the Americas. With more than 25 years of global health experience, he is a leader in advocating for oral health globally. As an expert in international public health, health policy, NCDs, school health, and WASH in schools, he bridges academia, policy, and practice. He advises organizations such as WHO and UNICEF, and has supported major policy processes at the global, regional, and national level, including the WHO Global Strategy on Oral Health and the Global Oral Health Action Plan, as well as the WHO Regional Strategy for Oral Health in Africa. He was part of the editorial team for the first-ever WHO Global Oral Health Status Report and is a Global Health Research Fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies, Africa’s premier research institute, researching global oral health governance and political priority setting. He is member and working group lead of the Lancet Commission on Oral health, and received the IADR John Greenspan Distinguished Scientist in Global Health Award (2023), one of the highest awards of the organization.

Mateo Chiapasco (Italy)

Mateo Chiapasco


Graduated in Medicine and specialized in maxillofacial surgery at the University of Milan, Italy.

Professor, Unit of Oral Surgery - Department of Biomedical, Surgical, and Dental Sciences, University of Milan – Italy

Visiting Associate Professor, Loma Linda University, Los Angeles, California , USA

Member of the European Board of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons, Active Member EAO, ITI Fellow and President Italian Section ITI (2007-2011), President Italian Society of Oral Surgery (2002-2004), President Italian Society of Osseointegration (2014-2016), Founder of the Italian Academy of Osseointegration (IAO).

Referee for Clinical Oral Implants Research, International Journal of oral and maxillofacial Surgery, and European Journal of Oral Implantology.

He is the author or co-author of approximately 100 papers published on peer-reviewed international journals and approximately 250 papers published in Italian Journals. He is the author or co-author of 14 textbooks related to oral and maxillofacial surgery, some of them published in English and/or translated in several other languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese).

His main fields of interest are oral and maxillofacial surgery, with particular focus on orthognatic surgery and advanced preprosthetic surgery (reconstructions for severe atrophy, tumor defects, trauma sequelae, congenital malformations). He has extensively lectured on these topics in the last 20 years all over the world.

Kevin Henry (United States of America)

Kevin Henry

United States of America

With more than 20 years in the dental publishing industry, Kevin Henry is the former group editorial director for Dental Products Report and managing editor for Dental Economics. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief for He has spoken to dental assistants throughout the world, in person and through the Dental Assistant Nation podcast series, reminding them of the important role they play every day in their practice. He is also certified as a DiSC trainer, helping dental practices learn how to understand each other better through personality assessments and training.

Coskun Kasapoglu (Turkey)

Coskun Kasapoglu


- 2003 Graduated from Istanbul Marmara University as a Dental Technician
- 2003 - 2011 Worked in a private dental laboratory as a ceramist and get training at the centre of laboratory placed in Germany. Worked as a trainer in local market in Turkey
- 2011 Started to work with Ivoclar since then performing ceramic workshops and lectures in Turkey and internationally. He joined as an official member of TTT (Train the Trainer) which has been performing in ICDE (International Centre of Dental Education) Lichtenstein Schaan.
- 2011 - 2023 Worked in Ivoclar as a Technical Trainer and ICDE manager.
- Organized and translated Masterworkshops for international speakers in ICDE Istanbul.
- Published article in Dental Labor Turkey Vol 35.
- Since 2022 working in his own lab and producing Esthetic restorations for Dentists.

Jordi Manauta (Mexico)

Jordi Manauta


Born in Mexico City, Jordi Manauta graduated with a
degree in dentistry from the Technological University of
Mexico (UNITEC) with major grants. He continued his
postgraduate studies in operative and aesthetic dentistry,
earning a master’s degree from the International University
of Catalonia (UIC) in Barcelona, Spain. Disciple of Miguel
Tames (Mexico City) and Walter Devoto (Italy), he has
developed and currently is developing various materials and
instruments for aesthetic dentistry, dental colorimetry and
photography in collaboration with international companies.
He was named Honorary Professor of the University of Buenos
Aires in 2022, and Global Community Professor of UDEM
(Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico) he is scientific
consultant for two European journals. Dr. Manauta is
member of Styleitaliano study group since 2008. He is author
of the book Layers (Quintessence 2012) and Layers2
(Quintessence 2022) and is author and coauthor of many
publications in international journals, Dr Manauta is
frequently invited as a lecturer in aesthetic and operative

Alasdair Mckelvie (Scotland)

Alasdair Mckelvie


Dr Alasdair McKelvie is a Dentolegal Consultant and Dental South Africa Lead at Dental Protection. Alasdair graduated from Dundee Dental School in 1984. He spent the first 23 years of his professional life in primary dental care providing a range of mixed dental services from his practice in East Yorkshire. In 2005 Alasdair obtained an LLM in Healthcare Law form Cardiff Law School and joined Dental Protection in 2008 as a full-time Dentolegal Consultant. Alasdair is dental service lead for our members in South Africa and Namibia.

Adrien Naveau (France)

Adrien Naveau


DDS (2003) and PhD in oral biology (2007) in Paris Descartes University. After being Assistant (2005) and then Associate (2011) professor in Fixed prosthodontics in Paris, Adrien visited the Klein’s lab (UCSF, 2012-2014) for oral stem cells research.
He is currently full-time Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Bordeaux, teaching prosthodontics, and more specifically Maxillofacial Prosthetics and digital dentistry to graduate and undergraduate students. He is the Head of the Dental Clinic at Saint André Hospital, Bordeaux.
Adrien is a Principal Investigator at INSERM U1026 BioTis. His basic research focuses on maxillofacial regeneration through bioprinting (soft tissues) and reparation through prostheses (soft palate defects, virtual reality…). He has published over 50 international articles

Ben Pliska (United States of America (Virtual))

Ben Pliska

United States of America (Virtual)

Dr. Ben Pliska’s dental training began at the University of Western Ontario, where he was honoured to serve as Class President and to graduate at the top of his class as the Gold Medallist in Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Pliska pursued specialty training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he was granted a Certificate in Orthodontics and Master’s Degree in Dentistry. Following graduation, Dr. Pliska was recruited to join the faculty in the Graduate Orthodontic Program at the University of Minnesota as Assistant Clinical Professor, and later happily returned home to Canada where he is an Associate Professor at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry, an Orthodontic Consultant at the University of British Columbia Children’s Hospital.
As a certified specialist in Orthodontics and a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, Dr. Pliska is proud to contribute to the education, health, and wellbeing of the greater Vancouver community. He is an active member of the BC Society of Orthodontists (BCSO), Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO), and American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Dr. Pliska’s research interests include craniofacial imaging and sleep medicine.
Dr. Pliska lives in Vancouver with his wife Dr. Roxana Saldarriaga, a local Prosthodontist, and their children Isabella and Sebastian. In his spare time, Dr. Pliska enjoys exploring the outdoors of the lower mainland with his family – on bikes, kayaks, or skis.

Anton Sculean (Switzerland)

Anton Sculean


Anton Sculean is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontology and currently the Head of the Dental Research Center (DRC) of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland.

Prof. Sculean has authored more than 520 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 40 chapters in periodontal textbooks and has delivered more than 650 lectures at national and international meetings.

He is Editor in Chief of Periodontology 2000, the top ranked journal in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.

Prof. Sculean has been a recipient of many research awards, among others the Distinguished Scientist Award of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), the Anthony Rizzo Young Investigator Award of the Periodontal Research Group (PRG) of the IADR, the IADR/PRG Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine, the Distinguished Teacher Award of the European Orthodontic Society, and Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). He was awarded honorary doctorates (Dr.h.c.) by the Victor Babes University Timisoara, Romania, the Semmelweis University Budapest and the Carol Davila University, Bucharest, Romania.

Professor Sculean is currently listed as the top-rated expert in Periodontics in the world His h-Index is 95 (google scholar) and 65 (web of science).

He is Past President of the Periodontal Research Group of the IADR, of the Swiss Society of Periodontology, of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and of the International Academy of Periodontology (IAP). He is board member of the Executive Committee of the EFP, of the Osteology Foundation, of the Oral Reconstruction Foundation and President Elect of the Continental European Division (CED) of the IADR.

His research interests focus on periodontal wound healing and regeneration, regenerative and plastic-esthetic periodontal surgery, use of antibiotics, antiseptics, and novel approaches such as lasers and photodynamic therapy in the treatment of periodontal and peri-implant infections.

Jason Smithson (UK)

Jason Smithson


Qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1995, achieving several awards including The Constance Klein Memorial, The Stafford Millar, and The Malcolm Jenkins Scholarships, The American Association of Endodontics Prize, and the Overall Award for Clinical Dentistry.

After spending 3 years in oral surgery residency in London and a further year practicing restorative dentistry in London’s Harley Street Medical District, he relocated to Cornwall in the extreme southwest of England. Jason practices at Revitalise, Cornwall, UK where his focus is microscope enhanced adhesive dentistry.

His specific interest is direct composite resin artistry and minimally invasive all ceramic restorations and he has presented to dentists locally, nationally, and internationally (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Europe) on this topic.

He has presented from undergraduate to master’s level at Universities (UNC, McGill, Barts and The London, Warwick, Universidad CES and Penisula) and prestigious international meetings including BACD, BAAD, AACD, AARD, SIDOC, BOS, BSOS, ADA and ADX.

Jason is the owner of Oral Alchemy Dental Seminars and a partner in The Restorative Programme: both are innovative education providers working internationally.

He has given hands on programs on behalf of GC, Ivoclar, Kerr, Kulzer, Garrison, Dentsply, Cosmedent, Optident, Micerium, CarlZeiss, Zumax, Global, Velopex, Ultradent, Clinician’s Choice and Triodent.

He is a European “Key Opinion Leader” for Kulzer.

Jason is Resident Faculty at The Centre for Esthetic Excellence, Chicago, USA.

He is an Accredited International Trainer for Carl Zeiss Dental Academy.

Jason is the only European Resident Faculty at Spear Education AZ USA, where he is responsible for The Composite Program.

Jason has achieved Diplomat Status in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

He is on the Editorial Board of The Russian Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and the UK-based “Private Dentistry” Journal and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on adhesive and aesthetic dentistry in both the UK and abroad.

He is joint author of “Vertical Margin Finish Lines in Fixed Prosthodontics” (EDRA) published in English, Italian and Japanese.

He developed the “Essentia” composite system with GC Europe which is now sold Worldwide.

In addition to this, Jason has developed unique burr systems with Meissinger, Komet and Brassler and a direct resin instrument kit with American Eagle.

Jason is Past-President and Founder of the British Association of Private Dentistry.

Riccardo Tonini (Italy)

Riccardo Tonini


D.D.S. M.Sc graduated from dental school of University of Brescia (Italy) at 2004. At 2007 he carried out his Master degree from university of Verona (Italy) in Endodontics.
His scientific work includes publications, continuous participations in national and international meetings and teaching experience in Italy (university of Brescia). Since 2010 he is an active member of the Italian Society of Endodontics and the Italian Society of Microscopic dentistry.
He is also a member of Style Italiano study club.
He is the inventor of ProTrain®, and has collaborated for several other innovations in dental industry. Dr Tonini maintains Private Practice limited in Endodontics for the last five years in Brescia, Italy.

Marco Veneziani (Italy)

Marco Veneziani


Born in Piacenza, Italy, on 19 Nov, class of 1964. Graduated in "Dentistry and Dental Prosthesis at the University of Milan 1988 with 110 cum laude.
Active member of the Accademia Italiana di Conservativa e Restaurativa (AIC ) since 1996 Member of the Membership Acceptance Commission
Active member of the Italian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (IAED) since 2012 and member of the board of director.
Active member of the International Academy for Digital Dental Medicine (IADDM) since 2015. Visiting Professor at the University of Pavia (Italy). He has held Master Courses of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Torino, Bologna, Milano (Humanitas Huniversity ).
Speaker on topics of Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology at several courses and congresses at national and international level. Author of conservative and prosthetic dentistry publications in national and international journals. Author of some chapter of the book Esthetic Restorative Dentistry by AIC, Quintessence Pub. 2021.
Author of the innovative book entitled "Solutions - Adhesive Restoration Techniques and Integrated Surgical Procedures” Edra Ed. 2021 translated into seven languages. Finalist (3rd place) at the international AIOP-APS Excellence in Prosthodontics Award, 2015. Reviewer for the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry.
He holds several training and specialization courses with hands-on about restorative dentistry with a multidisciplinary approach, at his own educational center (MFV Communication) in Vigolzone and throughout the country and internationally.
Private Practice in Vigolzone (PC, Italy ) from 01.04.1989 with a multidisciplinary approach to dentistry.

Annalene Weston (Australia)

Annalene Weston


Dr Annalene Weston completed her undergraduate dental degree and vocational training in the UK and worked in NHS and private dentistry before immigrating to Australia. She has worked across three Australian states, in both private and public dentistry, and gained her Masters in Health Law at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law in 2008.

Annalene was awarded a Fellowship to the American College of Dentistry in 2016 and a Fellowship to the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2019 in recognition of her strong work in ethics and collegiate support. She became a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry in 2020. Annalene works part-time in a suburban dental practice.

Liz Archer (South Africa)

Liz Archer

South Africa

Professor Elizabeth Archer, in her role as the Director of Institutional Research at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), demonstrates a strategic approach that provides crucial input to the Rector and Executive members of UWC. Her work is a testament to her multi-faceted skills, encompassing data collection, analysis, planning, decision support, assessment, accreditation, policy development, compliance, and reporting. She also represents the university on various committees, showcasing her dedication to the institution and its stakeholders.
Prof Archer's research focus includes student success in higher education, and she has published over 20 research papers, articles, and book chapters. She has also presented at numerous conferences and has held editorial roles for several academic journals. She served as the editor-in-chief for the 2023 special edition of Perspectives in Education - Adaptable, Resilient and Future-Centric Higher Education, based in South Africa. She was also the editor-in-chief for the 2022 special edition of Mathematics - Applications of Data Mining Algorithms and Big Data Analytics in Education, an international journal. Additionally, she is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Education, acting as editor-in-chief for the 2021 special edition titled Online Assessment for Humans: Advancements, Challenges and Futures for Digital Assessment. Currently, she is Editing a special for Frontiers in Education: Educational Evaluation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa has recognised her contributions to the field. She received the SKYE fellowship and has been involved with the South African Netherlands Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD). Prof. Archer was President of the Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) from 2018 to 2019.
is evident not only in her role as a supervisor for numerous Master's and Doctoral students but also in her advocacy for the integration of technology in education. She believes that technology not only enhances efficiency but also liberates students to focus on conceptual understanding and innovative thinking rather than repetitive tasks. She envisions a future where automation and artificial intelligence are seamlessly integrated into the educational landscape, empowering students to reach new heights in their academic pursuits.

Douglas Beere (DR)

Douglas Beere


Doug Beere is a Maxillofacial Surgeon with 30 years’ experience.

He qualified with a Master’s Degree and a Fellowship from the College of Medicine in 1993.

He did a Fellowship in cranio-maxillofacial surgery at the University of Birmingham in Alabama, USA.

Doug is in Private Practice at St Augustine’s Hospital and is Clinical Director of the Trauma Unit, which is a Level II Trauma Unit.

He is also a Director of Advanced Trauma and Life Support for medical doctors and has conducted over 70 courses over his 30-year tenure in Private Practice.

Doug has a busy orthognathic practice and is also trained in Cosmetic Facial Plastics with Joe Niamtu in the USA.

He is also part-time Consultant in the Maxillofacial Unit at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban.

He has recently given a Paper on trigeminal neuralgia at the National Pain Conference for Pain SA.

Alison Bentley (South Africa)

Alison Bentley

South Africa

Dr Allison Bentley has been seeing patients with sleep problems, both adults and children, over the last 30 years. She ran one of the first diagnostic sleep laboratories in South Africa from 1990 to 1998. After joining Wits University she was head of the Wits Dial.a.Bed Sleep Laboratory in the School of Physiology for 10 years.
She was the founding chairperson of the Sleep Society of South Africa in 1996 and is the current chairperson of the new South African Society for Sleep and Health. She served two terms representing Africa on the governing council of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). Her interest in research on sleep has seen her supervise more than 30 postgraduate Masters Theses, and 3 PhD students on various associated topics.
She has published articles on sleep and sleep disorders both in the lay media and peer reviewed scientific journals leading to over 30 published articles and two book chapters. She has presented over 40 formal invited presentations at conferences ranging from the International Paediatrics conference and World Association of Sleep Medicine, to local conferences such as SA Thoracic Society and PainSA. She is the editor of Sleep Matters, now in its 14th year, a sponsored publication sent to 2000 doctors quarterly.
She is currently in private practice and runs a home-based apnoea screening company. She recently opened the first clinical sleep research and training clinic in South Africa – the Restonic Ezintsha Sleep Clinic in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Ahmed Bhayet (South Africa)

Ahmed Bhayet

South Africa

Ahmed Bhayat, BDS, MSC, MPH, M Dent (Community Dentistry), is an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria. He is the Head Department of Community Dentistry, the Chair of the Postgraduate Committee, Treasurer of the Africa Middle East Region of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) and past president of the South African Division of the IADR.
He has published more than 50 articles in local and international scientific peer reviewed journals and presented at local and international conferences. He has been invited as a key note speaker for both local and international conferences including the Africa Oral Health Network (AFRONE) in Egypt. He is one of the founders of the AFRONE project which has members across Africa. He has supervised more than ten post graduate students and teaches both oral hygiene and dental students at under and postgraduate levels. He heads an internationally recognized department with various niche areas on research and teaching

Rohini Bisaal (South Africa)

Rohini Bisaal

South Africa

Dr Rohini Bisaal is a qualified Dentist, graduating from the University of the Western Cape in 2017. She was also a part of the Golden Key society during her academic career. She is currently in her 6th year of Private Practice situated in Ballito, KZN. With a great passion and keen interest in Dentistry as a whole, she is a general dentist offering treatments ranging from general dentistry to clear braces, smile makeovers and teeth whitening to name a few. Community is a huge part of her life which she builds using her social media presence therefore engaging with and provide necessary dental information on her dental page and works with brands in general on her personal page. She balances her professional life as a dentist and a part-time model/influencer to not only break the barriers of having multiple careers, but still thrive in both. She believes strongly in encouraging the youth of today, especially females, to always aspire towards their dreams regardless of what society may deem correct. Aside from her personal pursuits, she is keen on working with the Young Dental Council to reach out to the young dentists and share knowledge and help with overall guidance and development. On a personal level, she has a history in pageantry (Miss India SA – first princess 2016, Miss UniWorld Brand Ambassador 2018), international modelling and dancing, shot for the cover of the GetIT magazine in the North Coast 2020 and was on many TV and radio interviews. When she is now actively working on her careers, loves spending quality time with family, reading, listening to podcasts and going on adventures.

Glynn Buchanan (South Africa)

Glynn Buchanan

South Africa

Prof Glynn Buchanan graduated as a dentist from the University of Pretoria in 2010. After spending 6 years in full-time practice, he returned to the University of Pretoria to take up a position as an academic in the Division of Endodontics (Department of Odontology), where he is currently the divisional head and Adjunct Professor. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontics from the University of the Western Cape, as well as an MSc (Dent) and PhD from the University of Pretoria. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in international and local scientific journals and holds an NRF C2 rating as a scientist. His research interests include comparative anatomy and clinical endodontics. Outside of the university, he is a founding member and current president of Nexus Dental SA. When not extirpating pulps he enjoys playing squash and guitars.

Nikki Bush (South Africa)

Nikki Bush

South Africa

Nikki Bush, Human Potential Expert, is a multi-award-winning speaker and five times best-selling author. In a world full of confusing opinions and choices, she has the knack of making sense of challenging topics, cutting through the overwhelm to get to the point.

In her trademark style she leaves her audiences with memorable sound bites and practical frameworks which can be put to use immediately. Connection is at the heart of everything she does.

Nikki helps her clients to ditch complex management theory and speak human to shift the bottom line, retain key staff and build strong teams and relationships. Her corporate clients often refer to her as the ‘Talent Whisperer’ and they talk about the lasting ‘Nikki Effect’.

Nikki is the only woman to have been inducted into both the Speaker Hall of Fame AND the Educator Hall of Fame by the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa. She has also been recognised by the Ford Motor Company as a Woman with Drive. She is one of only 700 speakers in the world to have received the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association in the USA.

Nikki has written five best-selling books including her latest Future-proof Yourself, published in 2021 by Penguin Random House. It’s about dancing with disruption and change of any kind and was written for such a time as this.

Nikki is a much loved and respected thought leader having fielded over 4 500 media interviews and counting. You may have seen or heard her on her weekly slots on radio and television. For more information visit

Manogari Chetty (South Africa)

Manogari Chetty

South Africa

Manogari Chetty, BSc, BChD, BSc (Hons) (Dental Sciences), PDD, MChD (Oral Maxillofacial Pathology), PhD (Human Genetics)
Professor and HOD: Craniofacial Biology, Pathology & Radiology
Research Chair: Oral Health
Faculty of Dentistry
University of the Western Cape & WHO Collaboration Centre for Oral Health

Letmore Chigudu (South African)

Letmore Chigudu

South African

Sister Letmore V Chigudu, (Letty as she is affectionately known) – Is a SANC registered nurse who qualified in 2007 from Harare Hospital school of nursing, Zimbabwe gaining significant clinical experience in both the state and private sectors as well as NGO’s in both Zimbabwe and South Africa. In 2012 Letty joined the managed care environment as a pre-authorisation nurse and clinical case manager. Her responsibilities involved actively managing the clinical appropriateness and risk (both financial and clinical) of all hospital events and associated healthcare services in accordance with the relevant Medical Aid rules, clinical protocols, and funding guidelines.

Letty then joined MPSSAS as a Case Manager in 2020.She also completed a certificate in Introduction to Medical law from South Africa Law Society. Her duties at MPSSAS involve assisting members with complaints, advising on medicolegal matters and assisting members respond to HPCSA investigations. On behalf of MPSSAS, Letty has been a presenter at numerous CPD seminars and conferences across the country.

Jonathan Du Toit (South Africa)

Jonathan Du Toit

South Africa

Dr Jonathan Du Toit completed his dentistry studies at UWC, followed by a postgraduate diploma in oral surgery from the College of Maxillofacial and Surgeons of South Africa, a diploma in implantology from the Implant and Aesthetic Academy/University of Frankfurt, and a Master’s degree from Wits. Dr Du Toit completed his specialist training at the University of Pretoria in periodontics and oral medicine, whilst at the same time completing a PhD from Szeged University in Hungary. Dr Du Toit is the first in 10 yrs to earn a Fellowship in Oral Medicine and Periodontology from the College of Dentistry of South Africa. He is the past SASPIO vice president - the South African Society for Periodontology, Implantology, and Oral Medicine, and past council member for the College of Dentistry of South Africa. Dr Du Toit has to date published 32 peer-reviewed journal publications, and 4 textbook chapters. Being active in research, Dr Du Toit has published in, reviews for, or is on the editorial board for The International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry, Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Journal of Oral Implantology, to name a few. Dr Du Toit has had frequent lecture invitations both local and international. Dr Du Toit is the only in-hospital periodontist in the Western Cape, his private practice at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Hospital in the Foreshore, Cape Town.

Louis Gerke (South Africa)

Louis Gerke

South Africa

Louis Gerke launched The Ripple Effect in 1996 after his first career in Financial Management. The 27 years have been a constant journey of learning and development as Louis believes in the notion that everyone and everything around him is his teacher.

The Ripple Methodology is grounded in practicality. With his ear to the ground and through his powers of observation, Louis uses each interaction with his clients to hone his facilitation skills.

Every session that is requested by our clients is motivated by a need. If you are going to be part of a Ripple session or have the choice to join one, then an opportunity for you to tap into this methodology has opened.

When there is the meeting of openness between Louis as facilitator in understanding the need of the day and the delegates in their openness to explore, magic happens.

The Ripple Effect is aligned with the principal of outcomes-based facilitation.

• All goals once set are desired outcomes.
• All desired outcomes require a shift in behaviour.
• All shifts require change.

Some changes are achieved through introducing new things, others through the stopping of actions that no longer serve the goal, and others by tweaking existing behaviours.

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Dirna Grobbelaar (South Africa)

Dirna Grobbelaar

South Africa

I have been working as an oral hygienist at Intercare Tygervalley since 2004 until now specializing in teeth whitening, periodontal maintenance and orthodontics.
Qualified as Guided Biofilm Therapy trainer in 2016 at the Swiss Dental Academy through EMS and has been helping professionals to qualify as GBT clinicians since then with lectures and numerous hands-on training sessions.
Oral health advisor for Ivodent since 2012 helping to write and oversee magazine and paper articles, doing radio and TV interview, all helping to promote good oral health.
Married and mom of two twin boy and a girl. Love horse riding and being outdoors.

Ridhwaan Haffajee (South Africa)

Ridhwaan Haffajee

South Africa

Dr Ridhwaan Haffajee is a Prosthodontist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Primarily in private practice at a multidisciplinary centre, Matrix Dental Specialists. Dr Haffajee also engages in the academic set up at the University of the Western Cape where is a sessional Consultant in both the undergraduate and post graduate students as well as involved in the Maxillo Facial and Oral Surgery unit where he consults on patients with previous trauma and oncology.

Being a Prosthodontist, Dr Haffajee is well versed in managing complex rehabilitations both from an initial stand point as well as Referrals of
Complications and failures.

Lecturing extensively both locally as well
As internationally, Dr Haffajee is a Fellow of the International Team of Implantologists and serves on its South African Leadership team, a board member for South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry as well as an active volunteer for Gift of the Givers - an NGO based in South Africa.

Meenakshi Iyer (South Africa)

Meenakshi Iyer

South Africa

Dr Meenakshi Iyer.
I qualified from UP in 2005 as a dentist, I also have a diploma in
Paediatric Dentistry and Community Dentistry.
In 2014 I decided to open a Kids only dental practice called Wiggly
Teeth, I have been seeing only kids since then.
I am also a part time lecturer (paediatric dentistry) at the University of
Pretoria where I work with final year students.
I am passionate about working with special needs children and
children that are anxious or previously traumatized.
I believe education is the heart of paediatric dentistry and we try and
incorporate that into our treatment.

Isabeau Joubert (South Africa)

Isabeau Joubert

South Africa

Isabeau Joubert is a true Jbay local, attended Jeffreys Bay Primary School and High School Nico Malan.

She qualified with a B.Ch.D in 1996 at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She received the LDS of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) in 2000.

Isabeau was awarded the following prizes at the end of her student career: South African Dental Association’s Golden Medal as the most distinguished candidate of the class of 1996, 3M trophy for the best student in Maxillo-facial Radiology and The Certificate for the best student in the Integrated Course of Oral Diseases.

From 1997-2005 Isabeau practiced dentistry in England, Scotland, Jersey Channel Islands and France.

Isabeau received her Diploma in Implantology from the University of Frankfurt, Germany in 2011 through the Implant & Aesthetic Academy, Cape Town, South Africa, and in 2012 she received the Certificate in Dental Implantology from the University of Pretoria, accredited by the University of New York.

She holds the position of Co-Director of the ITI (International Team of Implantology) Study Club of Port Elizabeth since 2014. There are approximately 20 active members of the Club and she arranges 4 meetings per year for the members. Treatment planning and case discussions are high on the agenda and for at least two of the meetings an expert in the field visits the Club.

Not only passionate about the art of dentistry, she is an artist in real life too which is extremely helpful in this profession, and one of her hobbies is oil painting on canvas, and when there is good surf you will find her in the magnificent world class waves of Jbay.

An accomplished athlete, Isabeau is also a long-distance butterfly swimmer and in 2012 became the first female in South Africa to complete a 2km open water swim in the ocean doing butterfly only, and in 2017 repeated the 2km butterfly swim at Hobie Beach Port Elizabeth in the Ocean Racing Series.

Vesna Karic (South Africa)

Vesna Karic

South Africa

Prof Karic joined the School of Oral Health Sciences, WITS University in 1994. She completed a BDS degree, 1992, at Belgrade University, Serbia, EU and MSc Dent (1999), and Hospital Management Certificate (2004), Business School, WITS University. Furthermore, she graduated with a Health Sciences Educational Postgraduate Diploma in 2018 at Faculty of Health Sciences at WITS University. Additionally, Prof Karic completed a Mastership in Laser Therapy in Dentistry, from Aachen University, Germany in 2017. She graduated with Doctorate (Biomedical Technology in Lasers and Stem cells) in 2021 from the Laser Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg.

Angelique Kearney (South Africa)

Angelique Kearney

South Africa

Angelique Kearney graduated as an Oral Hygienist at the University of Pretoria. She has been practicing with her husband, Dr Willem Kearney since 1994. She is one of two Oral Hygienists in the practice and is also the Practice Manager. Angelique has an Advanced University diploma in Practice Management from The University of Pretoria, which equips her well in her current position. She has furthered her studies and is registered at the HPCSA as an Oral Hygienist in Independent Private Practice. Angelique Kearney is the past Gauteng Branch Chair and the President of OHASA (Oral Hygienist`s Association of South Africa) and is currently a part-time lecturer and supervisor for the BOHSc students at Wits (University of the Witwatersrand). She has a passion for teaching and her profession and is busy with a part-time masters diploma in Health Science Education. Angelique always strives for Excellence and not perfection and lives her life by this motto.

KC Makhubele (South Africa)

KC Makhubele

South Africa

Mr KC Makhubele, an MBA graduate from De Montfort University, is a seasoned Business Management Strategist with a diverse portfolio of leadership roles across various sectors. As the current CEO of The South African Dental Association (SADA), he spearheads strategic initiatives to advance dental healthcare in South Africa.

Additionally, Mr Makhubele serves as the Non-Executive Director of Khulisa Social Solutions, a prominent organization dedicated to fostering social change and rehabilitation within communities. He also holds directorial positions at SADA and Imagine2morrow, further amplifying his influence in religious, business realms.

With a multi-faceted career spanning decades, Mr Makhubele has made significant contributions to the fields of business, social development, and literature. He is a prolific author, having penned 7 books that traverse the domains of religion, self-help, and business. Through his writings, he shares insights and strategies aimed at personal growth, organizational excellence, and spiritual enlightenment.

Jerry Mayaba (South Africa)

Jerry Mayaba

South Africa

1. Background, fields of specialisation and relevant experience of Key Personnel

a) Academic and Professional qualifications:

Jerry obtained the degrees BSocSci and LLB from the University of Cape Town. He further obtained an LLM in International Economic Business Law (IEBL) from Kyushu University in Japan. While serving his articles, his interest in litigation was harnessed. After his admission in 2004, he worked in the financial services sector where he gathered extensive experience and exposure in compliance, legal risk and business management. In 2011 he started practising for his own account where he gained experience in both criminal and civil litigation, including insurance matters. Jerry’s practice included assisting clients with short-term insurance Ombudsman Complaints, as well as informal dispute resolution course. He served as Chairperson of Professional Conduct Inquiries for the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) where he was exposed to medical malpractice litigation. Jerry joined MacRobert Incorporated in 2016 as a director.

b) Relevant courses and/or seminars attended:

Jerry successfully completed a mediation course in 2017.

c) Respective fields(s) of specialisation:

Jerry is, on a daily basis, involved with litigation, Ombudsman for short term insurance complaints as well as informal complaints resolution on matters involving non-motor claims insurance. His involvement with Old Mutual (PFA) as well other insurance companies has put him in good stead to understand the world of insurance and be involved in it in this capacity. He is always keen to learn and advance himself at every opportunity he gets. He is also involved with training of young attorneys at MacRobert.

d) Number of years of relevant (post articles) experience:

Jerry was admitted as an attorney in 2004.


Jerry is now involved in the medical department of MacRobert Pretoria where he is assisting medical practitioners and members of the health care professions with inter- alia clinical negligence claims. However, his practice also involves assisting clients with insurance litigation in general. He is also involved in assisting clients in dealing with the Ombudsman for short-term insurance, as well as mediation of those claims.


Jerry has, over the years, been involved as a representative on behalf of clients in civil and criminal litigation in short term insurance non-motor claims insurance. He has sound knowledge of the statute and regulations pertaining to short term insurance. Jerry has also worked with the Ombudsman for short term insurance in resolving disputes that, in most cases, require a speedy resolution. Part of this process involved, in many instances, informal dispute resolutions which are beneficial for parties involved. He has a sound knowledge of both the Magistrate and High court litigation process necessary to operate in this space.

4. Right of Appearance in the High Court:

He has the right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa.

Mpho Molete (South Africa)

Mpho Molete

South Africa

Mpho Molete is a Community Dentistry Specialist who holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has years of experience as a dental practitioner both in the UK and South Africa and is now currently in full time academia as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Dentistry at the Wits School of Oral Health Sciences. In addition, she is an Adjunct Fellow at the Australian Centre for Integration of Oral Health, Western Sydney University.
Her work involves, undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, supervision, research and clinical service delivery. She co-chairs the Wits-Gauteng Liaison Committee and sits in the Gauteng Oral Health Strategy Steering Committee. She has published in both a local and an international journal and has been a recipient of the CARTA fellowship and NRF Thuthuka awards.
Her research interest includes child oral health, implementation science, monitoring, and evaluating oral health policies and programmes.

Pagollang Motloba (South Africa)

Pagollang Motloba

South Africa

Professor Motloba has impeccable experience in academic management and leadership. Acted as Dean of SMU Dental School (2016 - 2018). Appointed as Head of Department and Chief Specialist in Community Dentistry at SMU (2015 to current). He served in senior roles at the SMU and DoH. As a chairperson of these diverse structures, he provided strategic leadership and management, forged networks with participating universities, provincial health departments, private institutions, and individuals. From 2019 – 2022, he served as Chairperson - Oral Health Subcommittee (Council of Medical Schemes) – responsible for the development of the Oral Health Service package under the NHI. He was at the helm of the Steering Committee, Universities Consortium (6 universities) awarded R3.4 million tender (DoH), to pilot and develop models for the HNI. He continues to serve on NHI committees, representing the Dental Deans (Joint committee – SACOMD, SACOHSD and SACODD). He is a member of the current Gauteng Province NHI committee. He has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals; successfully supervised over 26 Master’s students and countless PGDIPs. He holds Master’s degrees: Business Leadership; Epidemiology; and Community Dentistry.

Sune Mulder-Van Staden (South Africa)

Sune Mulder-Van Staden

South Africa

Dr Mulder van Staden qualified as a dentist in 2008 (US/UWC). After a number of years in private practice as a general dental practitioner, she completed her training as a Specialist in Oral Medicine and Periodontics (Periodontist) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 2017.
Dr Mulder van Staden is currently involved in training postgraduate students at UWC and treating patients in private practice.
Dr Mulder van Staden teaches and provides hands-on training in the fields of Oral Medicine, Periodontics and Implantology. She is a module co-ordinator for the MDS Specialization Program in Oral Medicine and Periodontics (registrars), as well as the PDD program in Implantology at UWC.
Dr Mulder van Staden has been an active member of numerous dental committees in South Africa – namely Western Cape Branch of the South African Dental Association (SADA 2009 -2015); Executive Committee of SASPIO (South African Society of Periodontology, Implantology and Oral Medicine 2018 – 2020; 2023 to date). She is also an ITI Fellow, WIN Ambassador, ITI EXCO Committee Member (2023 to date), UWC ITI (International Team for Implantology) Study Club Director (2023 to date).
She is active in research, reviewing and publishing numerous articles in local and international journals. She (together with her husband, Dr Riaan Mulder) currently hold a South African and United Kingdom patent for a novel Dental Aerosol Suction Device (DASD), designed to improve the elimination of aerosols produced during dental procedures.
Dr Mulder van Staden believes in the importance of practicing evidence-based dentistry. She ensures she remains up to date with current international trends and practices by attending local and international congresses.
Dr Mulder van Staden recognises the importance of sharing knowledge with colleagues of all aspects of the dental fraternity. She has been a lecturer on numerous platforms – such as SADA, SASPIO, OHASA, SAAO and the ITI. She has also been interviewed on the radio and contributed to publications in Die Burger.
Dr Mulder van Staden is also very passionate about animals and her patients are not always limited to humans. She has assisted the local vet with dental treatment on dogs. She has even performed periodontal surgery and bone grafting on her own Yorkshire terrier. Together with her husband, their latest animal adventure involved the pro-bono treatment of chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Mpumalanga) in 2018. Here they screened chimpanzees, performed dental extractions and fillings as required. They were also able to organize dental materials and dental instrument sponsorships (from 3M South Africa and Access Dental) for the sanctuary for continued treatment of these animals.

Sudeshni Naidoo (South Africa)

Sudeshni Naidoo

South Africa

Sudeshni Naidoo is Emeritus Professor and Dental Public Health Specialist at the University of the Western Cape. She is also the Director of the UWC WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health. She received her BDS (Lon) and LDS.RCS (Eng) and Masters in Dental Public Health (MDPH) at the University of London and the Diploma in Dental Public Health (DDPH) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, followed by her specialist MChD degree in Community Dentistry. She successfully completed the Diploma in International Research Ethics at the University of Cape Town and in 2013 was awarded a DSc degree from the University of the Western Cape.

She is involved mainly with post-graduate education and training and her focus of research is on Infectious Diseases and Infection Control; Trauma and Child Abuse; Using Information Technology for mHealth; Ethics, Bioethics and Research Ethics. She has written Ethics, Research Ethics, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B vaccination policies, published and presented on HIV/AIDS, Child Abuse, Cross Infection, Hepatitis and Ethics.

Professor Naidoo has presented numerous scientific papers of her research at international conferences and has been an invited, keynote speaker, nationally and internationally on several occasions. She spent many years on the Medical and Dental Professional Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, is a Past President of the SA Division of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), current President of the International Dental Ethics and Law Society (IDEALS) and member of the Preliminary Committee of Inquiry at the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Yash Naidoo (South Africa)

Yash Naidoo

South Africa

Dr Yash Naidoo is a Dentolegal Consultant at MPS South Africa. He is a former healthcare and dispute resolution attorney, having practised at two of South Africa’s so-called Big Five law firms. Prior to starting his legal career, Yash qualified and practised as a dentist. While practising dentistry full-time in the public sector, he obtained his LLB from the University of South Africa cum laude.

His legal experience includes assisting private and public healthcare institutions in defending medical malpractice claims, assisting healthcare practitioners and institutions with proceedings before their regulators (HPCSA, AHPCSA, SAPC, and OHSC), advising clients in respect of South African healthcare regulations, and assisting foreign-qualified medical practitioners in obtaining registration with the HPCSA.

Yash joined MPS in August 2020 where has been assisting members with medicolegal matters, CPD presentations and articles, and relishes the opportunity to be involved in stakeholder engagements relating all things related to healthcare law and medicolegal.

Jeanne Oosthuysen (South Africa)

Jeanne Oosthuysen

South Africa

Dr Jeanné Oosthuysen (néé Cloete) is currently Consultant: Training, Project Coordinating and Fundraising at the 3D Printing Institute (Pty) Ltd. operational through the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing at the Central University of Technology, Free State.
Jeanné was born in Pretoria, grew up in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape, and matriculated at Sentraal High School in Bloemfontein. She obtained a National Diploma in Oral Hygiene from the University of Stellenbosch in 1979. She started her career as oral hygienist in Bloemfontein in an orthodontic practice. As one of the founder members of REINOR Orthodontic Products in 1982, she managed the business until 1991. During the 17 years of active involvement in orthodontics nationally and internationally, she was invited to several training sessions and sales meetings in the USA and Europe. Dr Oosthuysen started as lecturer for dental assistants at the Central University of Technology, Free State in 1997, where she also completed her Master and Doctoral Degrees. In 1998 she obtained the Advanced Diploma in Oral Hygiene (Orthodontics) at the University of Pretoria (Cum Laude), as well as Expanded Functions in Oral Hygiene at the University of the Witwatersrand. Since 1999 she has been involved in research projects on infection control in dental practices. In 2015 she was appointed as representative of South African Universities on the Health Professions Council’ Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene where she served until 2020. Jeanne is an internationally recognised expert in infection control protocols for oral health care in South Africa. She was a key contributor in the development of the SADA Dental Protocol in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and co-author of the book, Infection Control Guidelines for Oral Health Care South Africa.

Helet Polson (South Africa)

Helet Polson

South Africa

Dr Helét Polson is a private practitioner with a special interest in Paediatric Dentistry. She is the principal dentist at TinySmile Dentistry, a dental practice in Pretoria that provides oral health care for children. She received her Bachelor of Dentistry from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and completed her post graduate Diploma in Paedodontics at the University of Pretoria in 2019.

She is passionate about creating and preserving happy tiny smiles.

Bradley Poovan (South Africa)

Bradley Poovan

South Africa

Bradley Poovan graduated in 2009 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a Dental Therapist. He is currently in private practice - and has been at SAVON Dental based in Bluff, KwaZulu-Natal since 2012. Bradly is also a part-time clinical supervisor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is passionate about restorative dentistry and teaching, with an addiction to freehand direct composite veneers. Bradley loves what he does and is grateful to be able to do something daily that changes people's lives for the better. He has a future goal to be better tomorrow as a clinician than he was yesterday.

Prabashen Ragasviran (South Africa)

Prabashen Ragasviran

South Africa

Prabashen Ragasviran is a Dental Therapist Practicing for the past 14 years in Durban, KZN. He founded Catford Dental in 2012 upon completing his Bachelors Degree in Dental Therapy from the University of Kwazulu Natal. He subsequently completed a Postgraduate diploma in Public Health from the University of Pretoria, and is currently enrolled for a Diploma in restorative and aesthetic dentistry at the Implant and Aesthetic academy. Prabashen is also a clinical supervisor to dental therapy undergraduate students at Ukzn and currently serves on the National Board at the South African Dental Therapy Association. He is also a co-founder of CUSP - a clinical and mentoring platform for dental therapists and students around the country to engage and enhance their skills. His passion for nerve vitality preservation stemmed from wanting preserve the tooth in its most natural form and offer his community alternatives to extractions when root canals were not affordable. Prabashen has an evolving passion and dedication towards the practice of biomimetic dentistry, striving to preserve and imitate the natural tooth structure.

Kaveer Ratan (South Africa)

Kaveer Ratan

South Africa

Dr Kaveer Ratan Is a restorative and implant dentist in private practice in Cape town. Dr Ratan received his undergrad degree at the University of the Western Cape and a post graduate diploma in Implantology at the University of Pretoria. He is a KOL for GC and a lecturer and dental mentor at Nexus dental as well as an active board member of the south African Academy of Aesthetic dentistry.

Guilherme Rodriques de Franca (South Africa)

Guilherme Rodriques de Franca

South Africa

As a hardworking individual I always strive to be the best in all tasks and
challenges I take on. My greatest passion in life is my career as a dentist, I believe
my love for success in my career is an important key. The daily interaction I had
with people from a young age has developed my communication and business
skills. My goal as a Dentist is to provide patients with a life changing and
comfortable dental experience to improve their dental health and IQ. Mentorship
played a big role In my career and to carry it forward to other dentist is a big
dream both locally and internationally.

Esda Scheepers (South Africa)

Esda Scheepers

South Africa

HIGHEST QUALIFICATION OBTAINED: Diploma: Oral Hygiene with expanded functions (passed with distinction)

INSTITUTE: University of the Witwatersrand; JOHANNESBURG FACULTY: Health Sciences



Principles of Human Biology

Principles of Human Disease (Dipoh)

Clinical Oral Hygiene


Community Dentistry

Clinical Oral Hygiene

Management and Administration

MERITS: 2005:

Received the Golden Key Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement and Excellence and was granted membership of the Golden Key International Honour Society

I was recognised as being the only student who obtained A’s for all subjects passed (Received Diploma Cum Laude). I received a Certificate as the most outstanding final year student from the Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa.

I received a prize (trophy) as the best student in community dentistry.

Received a certificate for my contribution in rendering primary health care to people in need whilst living and traveling on the Phelophepa Health Care Train for two weeks.

SWISS DENTAL ACADEMY: Qualified as a Guided Biofilm Therapy SDA Trainer for SDA Train the trainer program.


Dr Glassman 2006 – 2017
Working as an Oral Hygienist in practice

Ivodent 2017 – 2020
Clinical Representative

Ivodent & EMS & Dr Glassman 2020 - current
Area Specialist for EMS
Oral Care specialist for Ivodent
Dr Glassman – Oral Hygienist once a week in practice

Sindisiwe Shangase

Sindisiwe Shangase

Chair School of Dentistry
CEO: University of Pretoria Oral and Dental Hospital

Marc Sussman

Marc Sussman

As the founder, President, and CEO of DRNA for over 20 years, Marc has shepherded the company from its inception as a direct supplier of waste management services to the dental profession, both the private and public sectors. His vision of DRNA as a “disruptor” to the normal channels of supply to the dental profession in the area of waste management has cemented DRNA’s reputation as a supplier of premier waste management services with highly competitive costs. In addition to being responsible for forging the key partnerships that the company has developed with a range of prestigious dental insurance companies and dental associations, Marc leads the company’s compliance efforts to ensure its customers have the best available information on a range of compliance issues impacting their offices and institutions. A graduate of George Washington University and New York University prior to founding DRNA, Marc was a partner in a boutique international consulting firm assisting mid-size companies to expand globally. This experience has helped Marc develop Dental Recycling International and DRI SA Pty Ltd in South Africa, as the leading provider of compliance solutions for South African dentists.

Dale Towert (South Africa)

Dale Towert

South Africa

Mr Dale Towert is the Director of the Research Intelligence unit in UJ’s Research & Innovation Division.

With a career in higher education support spanning almost 25 years, his original background is in Information Technology during which time he obtained a Batchelor of Technology degree in Information Systems and a Postgraduate Diploma in IT Law from UJ. Dale joined UJ’s Research Office to oversee the implementation of a national Research Information Management System (RIMS), during which time he completed an MPhil in Science & Technology Studies at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST). His focus is on quantitative research analysis & applied bibliometrics in pursuit of evidence-based strategic decision support.

Jean Van Lierop (South Africa)

Jean Van Lierop

South Africa

With roots in the scenic University of Stellenbosch, where he began his dental journey in 1999, Dr. van Lierop's passion for dentistry took him across the globe to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, enriching his expertise in private practice.

Embracing his love for aesthetic and restorative dentistry, Dr. van Lierop returned to South Africa, where he excelled in his postgraduate studies, earning accolades for his profound understanding of dental aesthetics and the intricate art of reconstructive dentistry. His quest for perfection didn't stop there; he delved deeper into advanced reconstructive techniques in the Netherlands, driven by his belief in creating lasting, beautiful smiles that enhance not just appearance but overall well-being.

As a cornerstone in the establishment of the South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (SAAAD), Dr. van Lierop's vision extends beyond individual smiles to shaping the future of dentistry in South Africa. His roles in various esteemed dental organisations reflect his commitment to advancing the field and nurturing the next generation of dental professionals.

Beyond the dental chair, Dr. van Lierop's compassion shines through his active involvement in Operation Smile, where he contributes to transforming lives, one smile at a time. His adventurous spirit and dedication to social causes are evident in his remarkable endeavours, from climbing Kilimanjaro to running marathons, all in the pursuit of bringing smiles to those in need.

At Smith and Van Lierop Dentistry, Dr. van Lierop is not just a dentist; he's a caregiver, an educator, and a community leader, all dedicated to ensuring that your smile reflects your true self. Join him in the journey towards a healthier, happier you.

Christiaan Victor (South Africa)

Christiaan Victor

South Africa

Dr Christiaan Victor completed his undergraduate degree (BChD) at the University of Pretoria (UP ) in June 2001. During his final year, he was selected to participate as an exchange student to the Dental school of the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Currently, he is based full time at his private practice in Pretoria where he has practiced since 2002 after completing his community service. Specializing in endodontics, implant treatments and prosthetic rehabilitations.
In 2004, Dr Victor got involved in implant dentistry and attended several local and international implant courses. Among others, he completed a two-year certificate with Prof. Andre van Zyl at UP in 2013, an advanced one-year course in 2015 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Implantology (cum laude) in 2016.
The knowledge he gained about implantology led him to develop a keen interest in Endodontology. As an understudy of Prof. Peet van der Vyver, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontology (cum laude) in 2017. Most recently in 2020 he completed his Master’s (MSc) degree in Endodontics at UP , which he passed with distinction.
Currently he is a member of Study Group 1, South African Association of Aesthetic dentistry(SAAAD), SADA, and Key Opinion leader for Henry Schein South Africa.

Martin Vorster (South Africa)

Martin Vorster

South Africa

Prof Martin Vorster graduated as a dentist from the University of Pretoria in 2003. He began his career in private practice until 2014. In that year, he embarked on a new chapter by accepting a full-time joint position at the University of Pretoria and Gauteng Health. In 2015, he completed a postgraduate diploma in Endodontics with distinction, followed by the successful attainment of an MSc(Dent) (Cum Laude) in 2017 and in 2021 Prof Vorster completed his PhD, marking a significant milestone in his career.
Throughout his professional trajectory, Prof Vorster has been actively engaged in academic and scientific discourse. He has presented his research findings both nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on the intricacies of endodontics. Additionally, Prof Vorster is a prolific author, having contributed to over 50 scientific publications to date.
Recently, he made a transition to Cape Town, where he has returned to private practice while maintaining a part-time appointment as an adjunct professor at the University of Pretoria. This dual role allows him to continue his dedication to patient care while also imparting his knowledge and experience to the next generation of dental professionals.

Janel Welgemoed (South Africa)

Janel Welgemoed

South Africa

Dr Janel Welgemoed qualified with degrees in Dentistry (1991) and Business Administration (1998), both from the University of Stellenbosch.

Dr Welgemoed has been in fulltime private practice over 30 years. Apart from working full time in dentistry she also manages a team of 16 people in two practices, located in Noordhoek and Simon’s Town in the Western Cape.

Dr Welgemoed is a member of SADA, International Team for Implantology (ITI), South African Association of Osseointegration (SAAO), Paedodontic Society of South Africa. She is also a board member of the South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (SAAAD). Dr Welgemoed also serves on the board of Profmed.

Dr Welgemoed has a great passion for Dentistry and understands that no Dental Practice can be successful without good organisational and management skills.