Meet Our Faculty

The faculty of Clinical Mastery Series

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Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Faculty Director

Dr. Mike Smith graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and then pursued an extensive post-graduate education in dental rehabilitation in the field of occlusion, full mouth rehabilitation, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, and conscious sedation. His private practice in Phoenix, Arizona is dedicated to aesthetic, contemporary, restorative, and cosmetic rehabilitation. Dr. Smith instructs other dentists nationally and internationally as a lecturer and mentor for companies involved in advanced dental treatment and diagnosis in TMD, full mouth reconstruction, and implants. He is actively involved in numerous organizations and associations dedicated to the pursuit of providing patients with extraordinary care. www.thebitingedge.com

Eric Farmer

Eric Farmer

Professional Development Director

Dr. Eric Farmer graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1991 after earning a biology undergraduate degree. Dr. Farmer has taken more than 1800 hours of advanced continuing education and has the honor of serving 20 years’ experience in family and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Farmer maintains a practice in Wichita, KS where he focuses on general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. He is a gifted teacher and thrilled at the tremendous distinction to mentor colleagues in their studies. Dr. Farmer is a member of the American Dental Association, the Kansas Dental Association, he has Fellowship status with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and has Master status with BioResearch. Among his many other accomplishments Dr. Farmer has been voted by his dental peers as one of the Top Dentists in Wichita and served as President of the Wichita District Dental Society. www.ericfarmerdds.com

Chad Yenchesky

Chad Yenchesky

Clinical Faculty

Dr. Chad V. Yenchesky graduated in 2002 from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he was selected to study abroad for six months in 2001 at Denmark’s Royal Dental College within the University of Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark. Since his graduation, Dr. Yenchesky has pursued excellence through postgraduate education in cosmetics, occlusion, full mouth rehabilitation, implant placement along with restoration, TMD/facial pain therapy, and dental sleep medicine therapy while accumulating an excess of 1300 hours of continuing education over the past 10 years, including the Hornbrook Group and TMJ & Sleep Research Therapy continuums. Dr. Yenchesky practices in De Pere, Wisconsin, located just outside of Green Bay in a comprehensive family practice that focuses on providing the highest standard of dental care while he integrates all aspects of his postgraduate education. He is honored to instruct with Clinical Mastery Series in the areas of Occlusion, Anterior Aesthetics, and Full Mouth Rehabilitation. In addition, his passion and energy are evident as a member of BioResearch’s Dentist Development & Education Team. Dr. Yenchesky is currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Crown Council, the American Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, and many local and state associations. www.foxviewdental.com

Chris Catalano

Chris Catalano

Clinical Faculty

Dr. Chris Catalano graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and currently practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has pursued extensive post-graduate education in cosmetics, full mouth rehabilitation, occlusion, orthodontics and practice management. He had the privilege of working as an associate of Dr. David Hornbrook, learning from one of dentistry’s masters in cosmetic dentistry. With this associateship brought a unique opportunity to be part of many hands-on live patient programs at Pac-Live learning from so many gifted clinicians and lab ceramists. Following his passion for education, Dr. Catalano has worked as a clinical mentor in live patient hands-on courses with The Hornbrook Group and Clinical Mastery. He is also a part-time clinical instructor at UOP School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dr. Catalano brings with him experience, energy and the tools to help you reach for your goals. www.chriscatalano.com

Erik Mendelsohn

Erik Mendelsohn

Clinical Faculty

Dr. Erik Mendelsohn practices in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He graduated with a degree in Medical Dentistry from Temple University in May of 2005. A lifelong learner, Dr. Erik’s thirst for knowledge has taken him throughout the country as he continues to remain on the cutting-edge of dentistry. That, along with his enthusiasm for the profession and his exceptional clinical skills, has made him a provider of choice. He is passionate about providing his patients with the highest quality dental care available. Dr. Erik is passionate about learning and sharing that with others.

Memberships:

  • Invisalign trained with world renown the Dr. David Galler
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Fellow of the ADIA (American Dental Implant Association)
  • Fellow of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantology)
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • South Jersey Implant Study Club
Mona Patel

Mona Patel

Clinical Faculty

Dr. Patel attended the University of Birmingham Dental School in England before moving to the United States where she attended the University of Pennsylvania Dental School at which she obtained her doctorate of Dental Medicine. During this time, she was also the Director of the Preclinical Program for Advanced Standing Students. She also served as a clinical instructor for final year dental students. Dr. Patel maintains a private practice in Abington, PA.

One key area of special interest to Dr. Patel is the advanced science of implants. She is participating in a 5-year study involving the Roxolid implant by ITI Straumann. She believes education is the most important factor in providing excellent care. Healthcare p[rofessionalsd need to keep up with the latest technological advancements, which will allow her patients to obtain the best overall health they can.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Montgomery/Bucks Dental Society, Straumann ITI Implant Forum, Pennsylvania Dental Association and Suburban Study Club.

Whitney Gomez

Whitney Gomez

Clinical Faculty

Dr. Whitney Gomez is the owner of large general practice with a focus on implants and complex dentistry in Nederland, Texas. Dr. Gomez graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School in 2009 earning the Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry for being one of the top clinicians in his graduating class.

Dr. Gomez is on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Texas Dental Society. Dr. Gomez is also a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and working towards his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Gomez was nominated for Texas New Dentist of the Year in 2013 and Texas New Dentist Leadership Award in 2014. His commitment to continuing education is apparent

Dr. Gomez has a special interest in Implant Dentistry where he has received extensive training. Dr. Gomez has completed a Preceptorship in Dental Implantology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and is an alumnus of the Engel Institute Dental Implant Training.

Dr. Gomez married his high school sweetheart, April, in 2005. They have two daughters, Mabrey, and a boy Brayden. Dr. Gomez loves to raise animals on his “hobby farm” with his family. Dr. Gomez also really loves to hunt and fish.

Dr. Gomez is passionate about dental mission work as well. For the past two summers, he has set up a dental clinic in Mombasa and the Shimba Hills of eastern. He sees many Kenyans of all ages who have never seen or heard of a dentist before. He says “It is and continues to be the most humbling experience of my life.”

Christoper Kerns

Christoper Kerns

Clinical Faculty

Not your typical dentist, Christopher Kerns, DMD, would be best described as a man who is in the constant pursuit of excellence – one that has led him through many interesting, unconventional paths.
A native of Cynthiana, Kentucky, Chris grew up with a deep love of learning. His natural curiosity and love for acquiring knowledge led him to academic excellence at Harrison County High School, resulting in high honors and multiple scholarships to Morehead State University (MSU).

At MSU, he received his undergraduate degree in Biology, while making it on the Dean’s list and receiving the highly-coveted Biology Student of the Year award in 2007. To pursue further studies, Chris attended University of Kentucky College of Dentistry where he was awarded with a President’s Scholarship and the Quintessence Award for Restorative Dentistry. After graduation, Chris lost no time in building his dentistry career. His hard work resulted in the formation of Primo Smiles, a high-quality family practice that provides the latest in dental care with a special focus on relationships & exceptional service.

In the dental profession, many would define success as building and running their own dental practice but for Christopher Kerns, DMD, the meaning of success goes beyond this. Learning about the lives of successful people, Chris realized that success, in its truest form, is achieved when it is across all areas of life. He also learned that a successful life is one driven by purpose. These simple realizations deeply affected him and strengthened his commitment to be the best in everything he does.

Now, Chris wants to help others in the dentistry profession with this message. Though personal coaching and his upcoming motivational podcast #RockTheDrill, he wants to share his own struggles and experiences with others, and help fellow professionals on their journey towards complete success. He wants to motivate and inspire others to experience a purposeful life, filled with personal and professional victories.
Chris has always believed that knowledge is power, a fact that has helped him achieve success in life. That is why he is keen to empower others with what he has learned. Furthermore, he wants to develop business leaders from within the dentistry community. He wants to bring concepts of vision, team-training and culture to give dentistry professionals an edge.

Chris actively follows developments in the dental profession in order to deliver more value and cutting-edge treatments at his own practice. He is a registered member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Academy of Laser Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Association, & the Bluegrass Dental Society.

Beside professional accomplishments, Chris considers a happy personal life as vital to success. This is the reason why he considers his marriage of 19 years to his high-school sweetheart Casey as his biggest and most important success. Together, they love to go on traveling adventures. Completing their loving family is their 13-year old son Jayden, who also loves travel along with playing basketball.

Lee Gary

Lee Gary

Clinical Faculty

Dr. Lee Gary graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry and since then has had a strong focus on continuing education completing 100 hours of CE a year. His multi-location private practice in Mississippi focuses on comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry.

In addition to being an active member of The American Dental Association, Mississippi Dental Association, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and The Academy of General Dentistry Dr. Gary has won several awards including:

Six Month Smiles National Practice of the Year
Best of the Best Dentist and Cosmetic Dentist in Mississippi for the last 3 years
Top 10 Finalist in the Mississippi Business Journal Top 50 Under 40
Small Business of the Year Award 2017
Best Place to Work award

After completing courses with Clinical Mastery Series he knew he wanted to empower other dentists with the same passion, success and satisfaction he discovered through mentorship. Dr. Gary loves team building and efficiency as well as the entrepreneurial side of dentistry. You can often find him sharing his knowledge with other dentists to help them find success.

Eric Jones

Eric Jones

Clinical Faculty

Dr. Eric W. Jones graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Jones pursued extensive post-graduate training accumulating over 1000 hours of continuing education in occlusion, cosmetics, full mouth rehabilitation, implant surgery and prosthetics, practice management, and IV sedation. Dr. Jones maintains a private practice outside of Atlanta, Georgia, focusing on achieving exceptional results for both simple and complex esthetic and functional problems. He is honored to serve as a mentor and passionate about helping other colleagues implement their training and knowledge after seeing the transformation in his own practice from partnering with Gold Dust and Clinical Mastery. Dr. Jones is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Hinman Dental Society and has also been awarded Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. www.jonessmiles.com

Josh Stelzer

Josh Stelzer

Clinical Faculty

Dr.  Stelzer is a graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry. He furthered his education with an Advanced Dental Residency from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Stelzer of Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania maintains a private dental practice. He has developed a distinct dental practice with a reputation for creating outstanding dentistry. His results and beautiful dentistry range from simple to complex. With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, his success with dental implants,  smile design, and full mouth rehabilitation are supported by his foundation on occlusion. Dr. Stelzer had pursued extensive continuing education with a focus on aesthetics, dental implants, occlusion, and smile design. He completed the Clinical Mastery Series and now is pleased to give back as a Clinical Mentor. He also completed the Biomet/3i Synergy  Training Program–Comprehensive Training in Restorative Implant  Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic  Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Academy of General  Dentistry. www.stelzerdental.com

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Clinical Mastery Series serves as a host to an array of educators who empower dentists from across the country to master their restorative skills, business acumen, and practices. We believe by investing and offering the latest in cutting-edge education and experience, we can contribute to the success of many. By creating a platform that includes seminar events, web-based offerings, diagnostic/treatment planning roundtables, and live patient observation and instruction, we provide a broad base of opportunity for everyone, from the seasoned veteran to the new graduate. We are privileged simply to host this contribution to the profession. Welcome to Clinical Mastery Series! Learning is abundant and fun is guaranteed.

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