In order of appearance
Dr. Michael Casas completed his undergraduate dental training at the Faculty of Dentistry of Western University. After a dental residency at The Hospital for Sick Children, he
undertook specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Toronto where he
also completed a Master of Science in neurophysiology. He returned to SickKids as a
staff dentist in 1991 and was appointed Director of Dental Clinics in 2007 and Dentist-in-
Chief in 2018. He is Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry and Full member of the
School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. He is Associate Editor of the
Journal of the Canadian Dental Association and sits on the editorial board of Pediatric
Dentistry and the European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry. His current research activity
focuses on simulation tools for measuring clinician competence and pediatric dental
Dr. Evelina Kratunova is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Pediatric Dentistry Department, University of Illinois Chicago. She joined the Department in August 2015, having previously worked as a pediatric dentist in community, private practice and hospital settings. Dr. Kratunova is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, holds a clinical doctorate in Pediatric Dentistry from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and a specialist fellowship degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Kratunova has over 15 years of clinical experience working with children. Specific areas of her research interests include Pulp Therapy and Restorative Dental Materials for Primary and Immature Permanent Teeth, Dental Trauma, Local Anesthesia for Children, and Developmental Dental Anomalies.
David Avenetti is a full-time Associate Professor and the Pediatric Dentistry residency program director at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Avenetti is actively involved in clinical and didactic teaching, administration, research, and service; he provides direct patient care in an extramural practice one day per week. Dr. Avenetti is actively involved in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, where he also completed spokesperson training and participated in the Leadership Institute.
Education & Career
• University of Southern California, Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
• University of California Los Angeles, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Omicron Kappa Upsilon
• University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Advanced Program in Pediatric Dentistry
• University of Washington, Master of Science in Dentistry
• University of Washington, Master of Public Health (Health Services) and Certificate in Maternal and Child Health
• American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
• American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Fellow
Clinical Activity and Teaching Interests
Didactic responsibilities include instruction in Orthodontics & Growth and Development, Pulp Therapy and Dental Materials, Advocacy, and Journal Club/Post-Graduate Seminars. He also provides lectures in the pre-doctoral curriculum, select courses in the certificate and MS curricula, and Continuing Education courses. Dr. Avenetti’s clinical responsibilities include serving as an attending in the post-graduate clinic and at the UI Hospital. In the hospital setting, Dr Avenetti supervises residents for general anesthesia cases, consults, and call. He facilitates the collaborative “Mixed Dentition Clinic” with the Department of Orthodontics.
Dr. Avenetti’s research and grant activities are supported by NIDCR, HRSA, and institutional funding. Current funded research activities include:
• Oral health promotion and reducing oral health disparities (NIDCR)
• Leadership and professional development in pediatric dentistry (HRSA)
• Outcomes of general anesthesia for oral rehabilitation
Additional research interests include: health disparities and social determinants of health, access to care and oral health services, interprofessional and dental education, and application of leadership and business principles in the dental setting, among others.
Kevin J. Donly is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Developmental Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received his D.D.S. in 1984, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 1986, and M.S. in 1986 from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Donly is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, was on the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, was on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation, is the previous Chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Post-doctoral Education, is Past-President of the American Society of Dentistry for Children, was the Pediatric Dentistry Commissioner to the Commission on Dental Accreditation and was the President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has published over 350 chapters, manuscripts and abstracts associated with pediatric dentistry, prevention, dental restorative materials research and clinical utilization.
Dr. Bahn is a graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry (2006) and Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Division (2008) with his pediatric dental certificate. He is the former clinical program director and current program director for the Temple University Hospital-Northeastern Campus Pediatric Dental Resident Program.
He serves as an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) and is board certified by the ABPD and the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS).
Clinically he enjoys teaching and performing various routes of conscious sedation, advanced restorative options for Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation/Hypoplasia molars and the utilization of soft tissue lasers in pediatric dentistry.
He is an active member and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and member in the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) and Philadelphia Dental Society.
Tim Wright received his DDS degree from West Virginia University and completed his Pediatric Dentistry training and Master of Science Degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently is the Distinguished Bawden Professor in the Division of Pediatric and Public Health at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has served as Pediatric Dentistry Department Chair and Department of Endodontics Department Interim Chair. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and is the Immediate Past President of the AADR. He has Chaired the Counsel of Scientific Affairs for the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, edited two texts and authored 24 text chapters. Dr. Wright is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Dental Association
Dr. Vineet Dhar, BDDS, MDS, FDSRCS (Eng.), PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Prof. Dhar is a board-certified pediatric dentist serving as professor and department chair of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and graduate program director of Pediatric Dentistry at University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, USA. He serves on the Councils on Scientific Affairs and Post-doctoral Education at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and on the Council of Scientific Affairs, American Dental Association (ADA). He currently serves on the ADA guideline panels on restorative care, caries prevention, and has in the past served on the pit and fissure sealants panel. He is also on the AAPD guideline panels on vital pulp therapies in primary and immature permanent teeth, and behavior guidance and has in the past served on the AAPD panel to produce clinical practice guidelines on non-vital pulp and vital pulp therapies in primary teeth. Dr. Dhar is the recipient of 2018 ADA Evidence Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award, and 2017 AAPD’s Jerome B. Miller/Crest-Oral-B/For The Kids Award. He is also a co-author on the manuscripts that were selected for the Paul P. Taylor award in 2016, 2017, and 2020.
Jean-Marc Retrouvey is Professor and Leo Rogers Endowed Chair of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
He is a graduate from the Université de Montréal (1978) and from Boston University (1993) RCDC (Royal College of Dentists of Canada) examiner, an NDEB advisor and member of the AAO, the American College of Dentists, The Angle East Society of Orthodontist, a Fellow in the Académie Dentaire du Quebec, the past president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists and ABO certified.
As a teacher, he has received the McGill Dental Society, the Wood, Katz and Silverstone awards for excellence in teaching. Dr. Retrouvey also received the Bravo award for his implication at McGill in teaching and research at McGill University. Dr. Retrouvey is also involved with HVO (Health Volunteer Overseas) in the development of blended teaching program for emerging countries and is president of the International Foundation for Dental Education, a nonprofit organization offering orthodontic course in developing countries.
He is the principal investigator for the NIH supported research project dental aspect of the Longitudinal Study of Osteogenesis Imperfecta and is the Principal Investigator for the “Dental Malocclusion and Craniofacial Development in OI”. These research projects are conducted by the Brittle Bone Disease Consortium from the RDCRN network of the NIH and have been renewed for a second phase.
Tuan Dinh received his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) from the University of Montreal in 1999 followed by a general practice residency certificate from St-Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. In 2005, he completes his specialty education in prosthodontics as well as a master of science (M.Sc.) at the University of Toronto. After graduation, he accepts a teaching position and he is named director of the Implant Prosthodontic Unit (I.P.U.) at the same institution. In 2006, he returns to his hometown of Montreal where he accepts a teaching position at McGill University. He is a Fellow and an examiner of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (F.R.C.D.(C)). He collaborates frequently with the CHU Sainte-Justine and the Montreal Children’s Hospital in the treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies. He practices his specialty at his private office in Westmount.