Leonard Brennan, DMD
Dr. Leonard Brennan has practiced general dentistry in Portland, Maine for more than 35 years. He is the co-director of the Harvard University Dental Geriatric Fellowship Program and a clinical instructor in their Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. He is the geriatric lead for Harvard’s HRSA “Equitable Care for Elders Grant,” and mentor and geriatric specialist for the interprofessional model of care, “Nurse Practitioner — Dental Model for Total Healthcare.” Dr. Brennan attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed a Harvard University Geriatric Dental Research and Teaching Fellowship Program. He was recognized for his postdoctoral work at Harvard as the recipient of the Dr. James Dunning Award for excellence in biomedical research and teaching. He is also a pilot member for the MOTIVATE Oral Health Project in Maine, is involved in many community dental and medical organizations, and serves as a volunteer in the Dental Lifeline Network, for which he was nationally recognized by CNN Money with the 2014 Hero Award for his work with the elderly and other fragile individuals.
Greg Folse, DDS
Dr. Greg Folse has a mobile geriatric dental practice in Louisiana treating vulnerable, medically compromised elders. He is a recognized international speaker on geriatric dentistry, dentistry for patients with special needs, oral health advocacy and denture care. Dr. Folse graduated from Louisiana State University Dental School in 1989 and completed the Geriatric Dental Fellowship Program at Baylor in 1999. He has served as a consultant to the ADA Council on Access, Prevention, and Inter-Professional Relations (CAPIR) and is a founding member of the ADA National Elder Care Advisory Committee (NECAC).
Gretchen Gibson, DDS, MPH
Dr. Gretchen Gibson is located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark. She received her DDS from Louisiana State University. Dr. Gibson completed a general practice residency and geriatric fellowship through VA programs, as well as a dental public health residency. A diplomat of Special Care Dentistry, Dr. Gibson is also on faculty at University of Arkansas in the Department of Geriatrics. Her lectures, research and publications focus on geriatric dental care, salivary dysfunction, the oral health of homeless veterans, dental quality measures, and fluoride use for adult patients.
Michael Helgeson, DDS
Dr. Michael Helgeson is one of the founders of Apple Tree Dental, an innovative non-profit organization that operates seven centers for dental health, and delivers on-site care in collaboration with more than 145 urban and rural organizations, including Head Start Centers, schools, group homes, and nursing facilities. He serves as Apple Tree’s chief executive officer, managing a professional staff of about 200 and an organization that delivered more than $29 million worth of dental care during 2018. Apple Tree’s community collaborative practice model has been replicated in North Carolina, Louisiana and California, and has received recognition from the Surgeon General, the ADA, the California Dental Association, Oral Health America, and the Robert Wood Johnson and Kellogg Foundations. Dr. Helgeson completed a two-year post graduate program in geriatric dentistry, and is a past president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and the Special Care Dentistry Association. He serves as a member of the ADA National Eldercare Advisory Committee. In 2017, he was included in a list of the 32 most influential people in dentistry published by Incisal Edge.
Paul Mulhausen, MD
Dr. Mulhausen is the chief medical officer at Telligen, a health management firm serving a wide range of clients. He is a widely recognized expert in the care of the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Mulhausen is an accomplished clinician, medical educator and advocate for high-quality geriatric care. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his postgraduate medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. He has been a member of the ADA National Elder Care Advisory Committee since 2010 and currently serves on the American Geriatrics Society Board of Directors.
Marsha A. Pyle, DDS, MEd
Dr. Marsha Pyle is dean of the University of Missouri — Kansas City (UKMC) School of Dentistry. Prior to joining UMKC, she was Vice Dean of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Pyle completed a general practice residency and a two-year fellowship in geriatric dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio. She is active in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the ADA, having served as chair of the ADEA annual session planning committee, chair of the curriculum project for older adults and the Macy curriculum project. She has also chaired the Joint Commission on National Dental Board Examinations. While at CWRU she led the planning and implementation of a curriculum innovation project that received national recognition through an ADEAGies Award in 2009. She continues work in curriculum innovation and leadership with focus on the future of the profession.
Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD
Dr. Mark Wolff is the Morton Amsterdam Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and a professor in the Department of Preventative and Restorative Dentistry. Prior to joining Penn Dental Medicine, he was professor and chair of cariology and comprehensive care at the College of Dentistry at New York University (NYU) and also the college’s senior associate dean for development and alumni relations. Dr. Wolff has completed numerous international research and oral health assessment programs and has been a lifelong advocate and dental provider for individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities of all ages. He has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on multiple benchtop and clinical research projects, investigating dental caries, novel remineralizing agents, dental erosion, periodontal disease, dental materials, and dentinal hypersensitivity, and has published more than 100 scientific papers and text chapters, and has edited multiple textbooks. Dr. Wolff lectures worldwide and is a frequent consultant to the industry. He has been principal or co-investigator on nearly $7.5 million in industrial and National Institute of Health-funded research.
Janet Yellowitz, DMD, MPH
Dr. Janet Yellowitz is the Director of Special Care and Geriatric Dental Programs at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. In this role, she provides didactic and clinical training to dental and dental hygiene students in the areas of Special Care Dentistry as well as Geriatric Dentistry and Gerontology. She began her career as a dental hygienist, graduating from Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists. After earning an MPH with a specialty in gerontology and geriatrics at the University of Minnesota, she completed her dental training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry, and a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. Dr. Yellowitz began working with older adults as a faculty member at Forsyth, where she developed collaborative programs with local dental schools to provide oral health services to local long term care facilities. Dr. Yellowitz has been actively involved in the Geriatrics and Gerontology Section of the ADEA and the Geriatric Oral Research Group of the American and International Association of Dental Research. In addition, she is a member of the National Elder Care Advisory Committee, the Center for Dental Practice, and the ADA. She has presented at national and international meetings on the topics of caring for people with special needs and frail elders. Her research interests and publications focus on the knowledge, opinions and practices of health professionals regarding oral cancer, older adults, and the training of health professionals to provide oral health assessments. She is a past-president of the Special Care Dentistry Association, and serves on the Maryland State Dental Association Foundation and the Maryland Dental Care for People with Disabilities Program.