The AGD podcast series features interviews with notable general dentists, specialists and other experts by AGD member Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD. Listen to interviews and industry news in your car, at the gym, or right now on your computer or mobile device.

April Podcast Features Oral Cancer Survivor

The April podcast features oral cancer survivor Gloria Cancellieri, a patient of AGD Podcast Series host Dr. Wes Blakeslee. In 2020, Cancellieri was diagnosed with oral cancer during a regular screening in Dr. Blakeslee’s office. She describes the benefits of working closely with her dental care team to ensure her cancer was treated quickly. As a result of early diagnosis, her cancer has been successfully treated. A former janitorial services company owner and nurse, she is now retired. 

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February Podcast Focuses on the Benefits of Stem Cell in Dentistry

AGD Podcast host Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with Stephanie Tilley, DMD, about the opportunities available through stem cells to improve a patient’s overall oral health. During the podcast, she explains the process she uses in her clinic. Tilley is a general dentist in Pensacola, Florida.

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November Podcast Focuses on Dumb Things That Smart Dentists Do

AGD Podcast host Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with Richard Madow, DDS, this month about important considerations for moving your practice forward. Madow outlines smart steps members should take to improve the experience for current patients and help recruit new patients. Madow is the co-founder of The Madow Center for Dental Practice Success, and has been helping dentists and team members for over thirty years. As a well-known key opinion leader in dentistry, he's been named a "Leader in Dental Education" by Dentistry Today journal for over ten years running.

 

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October Podcast Focuses on the Rise of Sleep Disordered Breathing and the Dentists’ Role

The October podcast features Ben Miraglia, DDS. He and AGD Podcast series host Wes Blakeslee, DDS, discuss sleep disorders and breathing and how general dentist ca n address these issues. In the podcast they discuss why so many children present with malocclusion and adults suffering from sleep apnea. Miraglia provides tips to help general dentists support their patients with these issues.

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Podcast Covers Infection Control and COVID-19 Vaccines

One of this month's podcast features John Molinari, PhD., professor emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy and an expert on infection control in dentistry. Molinari and AGD Podcast Series host Wes Blakeslee, DDS, FAGD, discuss vaccine properties, required standards for testing and follow-up, COVID-19 vaccinations, booster shots and more.

John A. Molinari, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently worked as a faculty member in the School of Dental Medicine. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years in the School of Dentistry as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. Later, he was Infection Control Director for DENTAL ADVISOR. He has published over 500 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. He has also been a consultant for the CDC, ADA, and regional hospitals. 

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August Featured Podcast: Approaches to Oral-Systemic Health

AGD Podcast host Dr. Blakeslee interviews Charles Whitney, MD, a national leader in the concierge/DPC movement since 2007 and founder of Revolutionary Health services. Dr. Whitney talks about transformation patients experience when a medical team integrates improve oral care as part of their overall care. 

Dr. Whitney is double board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He served 7 years as an Air Force physician and 6 years in the University of Pennsylvania Health System before establishing RHS in 2004. He has enjoyed volunteering his time as team physician of New Hope/Solebury High School, coaching youth sports, and as a volunteer physician at the Bucks County Health Improvement Project (BCHIP).

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July Featured Podcast: 3-D Imaging and the General Practitioner

This month, AGD Podcast Series host Wes Blakelee, DMD, MAGD, talks with Setareh Lavasani, DDS, MS, FGDIA, a Board-certified oral and maxillofacial radiologist. During the podcast, they discuss 3-D imaging and what general dentists need to know.

Lavasani is a Board-certified oral and maxillofacial radiologist. She is a full-time associate professor and director of Oral Radiology and Advanced Imaging at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California. She received her specialty certificate and master’s degree in Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Lavasani is a 2019 honoree of the of Americas’ best dental specialists under 40 called “40 under 40” and the international elite group of "Leading Ladies in Dentistry". She has presented lectures and hands on courses in more than 100 national and International scientific meetings and is a frequent presenter at the California Dental Association (CDA), and UCLA School of Dentistry AEGD residency program. More information about Lavasani can be found at www.slavasanidds.com, or follow on social at @slavasanidds. 

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May Featured Podcast: Starting a Sleep Dentistry and TMJ Limited Practice

In the May podcast, AGD Podcast host Wes Blakelee, DDS, FAGD, talks with Sarah Humphrey, DDS, about her decision to start a limited practice in dental sleep medicine and TMJ. They discuss the model Dr. Humphrey uses for the practice, how she is helps her balance work and family, and the skills critical to building her business now and in the future. 

Dr. Humphreys is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and is currently practicing as a Dental Sleep Medicine and TMJ provider outside of Nashville, TN. She recently started her practice and is limiting her services to treating only these procedures. She is passionate about allowing patients to feel heard and respected, while having the opportunity to make informed decisions about their health. Outside of the office, she is a wife to Dustin and a mom to Hannah Cate and Hudson. She loves the work life balance that she is able to create through the practice of dentistry and loves the business management and marketing aspect of her practice. She is also an avid college football fan (Go Georgia Bulldogs!) and enjoys cycling on her Peloton. Her favorite part of dentistry is building relationships with patients, team members, and other providers.

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April Featured Podcast: Oral Cancer from the Patient’s Perspective


This month, AGD Podcaster Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with one of his patients, Tom Zarra, an oral cancer patient. They discuss how a lesion identified during a routine dental appointment was later confirmed to be oral cancer as well as other details about the diagnosis and treatment. Zarra talks about what keeps him going through challenging medical treatments as well as the importance of his family and faith through the journey. This story highlights the importance of the interactions between dentists and their patients during oral cancer treatment.

 

 

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February Featured Podcast:  A New Paradigm for the Dental Exam

The February AGD Podcast Series features Timothy Donley, DDS, MSD, a specialist in private practice in periodontics and implantology from Bowling Green, KY.  He joined AGD Podcast Host Dr. Blakeslee to discuss the oral-overall health connection and emerging evidence about this link. During this podcast, the discussion revolves around the evidence linking oral inflammation and cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dr. Donley describes the public health toll that these diseases takes on the population and suggests that incorporating cardiovascular and diabetic screening in the dental office is not only prudent, but the responsibility of the dental profession as healers.

Dr. Donley is the founder of Beyondthemouth.com. He uses his knowledge to convey the latest research and packages it in a way that makes sense to patients and their families. His current emphasis is on developing effective protocols to educate medical and dental providers to co-manage the patients they have in common.

A New Paradigm for the Dental Exam

 

November Featured Podcast: Utilizing the Principles of Influence and Persuasion

AGD Podcast host Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with Christopher Phelps, DMD, CMCT, a general dentist, entrepreneur and best-selling author about applying principles of influence and persuasion to use to grow practice review. He talks about the importance of relationships and trust and how he works with dental practices to help them overcome obstacles that are keeping them from building strong dental practices that improve patient outcomes and overall revenue goals.  

Utilizing the Principles of Influence and Persuasion

 

October Featured Podcast:

Improving Practice Marketing Efficiencies

AGD Podcast host Dr. Wes Blakeslee talks with Jackie Ulasewich Cullen, co-founder of My Dental Agency, a marketing company specializing in dental practice. They discuss the importance of understanding the processes dental practices use for managing online systems to ensure patient referrals don't fall through the cracks. Cullen provides statistics on the need for quick responses and consistent and easy tools that should be used to stay connected. 

Improving Practice Marketing Efficiencies

 

August Featured Podcast:

How Personality Assessment Systems Can Help Your Practice

AGD Podcast host Dr. West Blakeslee talks with Dr. Robert M. Maquire about the DISC personality assessment tool. “DISC”  stands for the four main personality types: Dominant, Influencing, Steady, and Compliant. Dr. Maquire explains the different types and how you can adjust to maximize the staff personality traits to improve overall effectiveness. Dr. Maguire is a dentist, proven leader, coach, consultant, and communication expert who offers consulting services to dentists and their teams around the country. With over 30 years of experience in his very successful solo fee-for-service private practice, in combination with his communication training, Dr. Maguire understands that practice success involves a mix of technical, managerial, and communication excellence. He calls it “The Hands, The Head, and The Heart Philosophy.”

How Personality Assessment Systems Can Help Your Practice

 

June Featured Podcast: Have Them at Hello:  Exceptional Telephone Skills for an Exceptionally Important Time

During this pandemic and especially when you reopen, the telephone is the lifeblood of your practice.  Katherine Eitel Belt is Dentistry’s Unscripted Communication Expert and she believes that its more important than ever to be able to connect and communicate at a high level without a script.  Katherine will discuss the two telephone skills we need right now during this crisis as well as four simple yet innovative steps to polish your telephone skills and improve your results with new and current patients once your practice reopens.

Have Them at Hello:  Exceptional Telephone Skills for an Exceptionally Important Time

 

May Featured Podcast: Hit The Ground Running: 3 Things Your Team Needs Now to Slingshot Your Success

Great leaders, business owners, practice managers, and team leads have been training for this very moment in time. As offices reopen their doors to an entirely different world than the one we left just a few months ago, practices that emerge victorious will be those with great leadership at the helm. AGD Podcaster Dr. Wes Blakeslee talks with Katherine Eitel Belt, a dental industry consultant and founder/CEO of LionSpeak, will share the three things you team needs from you right now as well as the first three things you should do when you reopen to slingshot your practice into a bright new future.

Hit The Ground Running: 3 Things Your Team Needs Now to Slingshot Your Success

May Featured Podcast: Incorporating Teledentistry Into Our Practices

AGD Podcaster Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with Brant Herman, founder and CEO of MouthWatch, about teledentistry and the opportunities for general dentists to incorporate technology into their practices. He offers simple steps to get started.

Brant Herman is the founder and CEO of MouthWatch. His overall responsibilities include product development, industry relations, strategic partnerships, and day-to-day operations. Widely known in the field of teledentistry, Brant is a frequent public speaker and author of articles in leading oral health-related publications explaining the benefits of teledentistry to patients, practitioners, and policy makers.

Incorporating Teledentistry Into Our Practices

April Featured Podcast: Human Resources During COVID-19

AGD interviewed Paul Edwards, CEO and founder of CEDR Solutions, a provider of on-demand human resources support for U.S. dental practices of all sizes and specialties. In this episode of the AGD Podcast Series, he discusses how to handle employee issues and navigate these details during this complex, ever-changing situation.

Human Resources During COVID-19

 

Other Podcasts:

Epidemiology of COVID-19

This month's podcast features John Molinari, PhD., professor emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy and an expert on infection control in dentistry. he discusses the epidemiology of the coronavirus, transmission and infection, surface infection, and recommendations for handling emergency patients during this time.

John A. Molinari, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently worked as a faculty member in the School of Dental Medicine. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years in the School of Dentistry as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. Later, he was Infection Control Director for DENTAL ADVISOR. He has published over 500 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. He has also been a consultant for the CDC, ADA, and regional hospitals.  

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On Leading AGD with AGD President Connie L. White, DDS, FAGD

Join Dr. Blakeslee as he talks with AGD President Dr. Connie White on her contributions to general dentistry, goals for AGD and where she thinks the organization can focus to make the biggest impact for members and the profession.

Connie White, DDS, FAGD, FACD, FADI, FICD, is president of the Academy of General Dentistry. She is also associate professor, interim dean for clinical programs and assistant dean for community relations and communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and a general dentistry with a private practice.

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Meet Our Moderator

Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, is a general dentist who practices in New Jersey. He is a diplomate of both the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Blakeslee is an AGD fellow and currently serves on the advisory board for General Dentistry. If you have an interviewee recommendation for Dr. Blakeslee, you can email him at  DrWesB@aol.com.

 

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