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Dr. Khalid M. Hannouneh, DDS, ALD Fellow, Diplo. (BAIRD)


As a new member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, I was very happy to hear that the ALD was celebrating its 25th anniversary with an international conference in the Middle East this year, more specifically in the city in which I reside, Dubai. It offered me an amazing chance to meet all of the wonderful people behind this respected Academy.

As a student of Dr. Walid Altayeb and Dr. Manaf Taher Agha, the key organizers of this meeting, I wasn’t surprised by the outstanding success of such an important event. The conference theme was imagination, innovation, illumination. The name “iLED” directed the focus on implants, Lasers, and Esthetics in Dentistry. The conference was a collaboration between the ALD and the British Academy for Implant and Restorative Dentistry (BAIRD). iLED2018 represented the leadership of the Academy of Laser Dentistry in the field of laser dentistry on an international level and on light and enlightenment on all dental laser wavelengths.

The number and quality of both the lectures and presenters that were attending and lecturing at this conference were humongous, with renowned names in all fields of dentistry from lasers to implants and restorative dentistry. All the lecturers were distinguished and influential names recognized in the field of dentistry worldwide.

As a member of the ALD, holding the standard proficiency certification and recently having finished the professional diploma of advanced laser dentistry, I continued my education with my exam on October 3rd (pre-conference) for the advanced proficiency level certification: Parts 1(written exam) & 2 (Clinical Simulation). The most amazing part was with the organization and the accuracy of the examiners and the coordination of such an event. On the end of the second day of the conference, I had the honor to be recognized and awarded the certificate of International Fellowship of the Academy of Laser Dentistry [See Gail’s article in this issue on International Fellowship of the ALD].

The attendance at the meeting was very good. Participants came from all over the world. I met doctors from Yemen, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Canada, UK, USA, Germany, Japan, China, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and from all over the world. They all came here to attend this event which took place for the first time, outside the US. I had the honor to attend the panel discussion on lasers in perio, which was an informative debate that extended for more than 2 hours. This was one of the conference highlights.

The feedback from some of my colleagues who attended and weren’t members of the ALD was that it was amazing and it initiated their interest to know and learn more about laser dentistry. I am proud to be a member of such a wonderful organization. I hope to meet many more new friends in Dallas April 4-6, 2019! See you there.



Gail Siminovsky, CAE, ALD Executive Director

The Academy of Laser Dentistry has expanded its educational platform with the introduction of an International Fellowship program in laser dentistry. Theinaugural program was held in Dubai from October 2017 through May 2018 through the initiative of ALD’s Gulf Region affiliated chapter under the leadership of Dr. Walid Altayeb, ALD Board Member and International Relations Committee Chairman. The structure of this program requires completion of 6 learning modules covering all fields of laser dentistry during 12 intensive days plus one additional day for examinations and case presentations, totaling 96 hours of Continuing Education credit. This program consists of two thirds (2/3) didactic lecture and one third (1/3) practical hands-on experience. ALD's standard level certification is a mandatory first module. Additionally, the program includes the requirement of a minimum of 2 case studies to be presented by the International Fellowship candidates.

"It is a great honor and pleasure to congratulate our inaugural class of ALD's International Fellowship graduates. Your academic achievement is recognized not only by the certificates presented to you today, but also by the respect of your colleagues, who share in the pride for our Academy, and welcome you with open arms into our growing international family. This program is an example of one of ALD's efforts in meeting our mission of promoting unbiased education on safe and effective use of lasers and light-based technologies in our commitment to oral health. Today we celebrate your dedication to learning and your commitment to striving to provide the best possible care for your patients. Thank you for your professional drive, efforts and enthusiasm. Congratulations to each and every one of you for your accomplishment", said ALD President Dr. Raminta Mastis during the certificate awards ceremony in Dubai on Friday, October 5, 2018.  

The faculty for these modules included Dr. John Graeber, Dr. Walid Altayeb, Dr. Manaf Taher Agha, Dr. Robert Convissar, Dr. Sam Low, Dr. Arun Darbar, Dr. Raminta Mastis, Dr. Ehab Eiekl, Dr. Islam Kassam. The modules of learning:

  • Multi-Wavelength Laser Standard Proficiency Certification Course
  • Module 2 Laser Assisted Periodontal and Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Module 3 Laser Assisted Oral Surgery and Implantology
  • Module 4 Lasers in Pediatric, Endodontic and Restorative Dentistry
  • Module 5 Photobiomodulation in Dentistry
  • Module 6 The Future of Laser Dentistry and Practice Management, Final exams

Congratulations to our 16 International Fellows, celebrated during the International Fellowship of the Academy of Laser Dentistry certificate ceremony on October 5, 2018 during iLED2018 at the Intercontinental Dubai, Festival City hotel. Through rigorous study and demonstration of applicable clinical skills in the delivery of dental care with the use of lasers and light technology, these 16 dentists successfully completed the program.  Congratulations to all ALD International Fellows on this honorable achievement.

Dr. Salma Abuodeh, Sarjah, UAE
Dr. Ahmad Aid, Dubai, UAE
Dr. Rafah Al Azzawi, Salalah, Oman
Dr. Rasha Al Baz, Al Ain, UAE
Dr. Sharifa Al Haj, Dubai, UAE
Dr. Amal Al Kaabi Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Balsam Al Nuaimi, Sharjah, UAE
Dr. Suzana Al Qatawneh, Dubai, UAE
Dr. Sajida Aljaber, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Hala El Sayed, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Khalid Hannouneh Dubai, UAE
Dr. Iman Kusumadirja, Banten Indonesia
Dr. Aseel Marie, Sharjah, UEA
Dr. Nour Obaideen, Dubai, UAE
Dr. Mahdieh Sanchouli, Dubai, UAE
Dr. Nour Sikh, Al Ain, UAE



Gail Siminovsky, CAE, ALD Executive Director

During iLED 2018 in Dubai the following candidates successfully completed Part 1 and Part 2 of the Advanced Proficiency Certification Program. We look forward to honoring each member upon successful completion of Part 3.  Congratulations on your continuing education for lasers in dentistry.

  1. Hala El Sayed, BDS, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  2. Dr. Ahmad Aid, Dubai, UAE
  3. Mountaha Al hage, DMD, Algiers, Algeria
  4. Dr. Sajida Aljaber, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  5. Khalid Hannouneh, DDS, Dubai, UAE
  6. Iman Kusumadirja, DDS, Banten, Indonesia

Completion of Advanced Proficiency Part 3

Congratulations to Wijdan Mohammad, DDS, Doha, Qatar for completion of Advanced Proficiency Part 3 Case Study Oral presentations in the 940nm diode wavelength. This level of certification is of high honor and accomplishment.

If you’ve completed your Standard level certification, consider starting on your Advanced Proficiency in Dental Laser Education. Register for AP Part 1 Written Exam and AP Part 2 Clinical Simulation Exam in Dallas.



During the iLED 2018 Dubai meeting 12 attendees competed in this first year Poster Competition. Each person defended posters before a panel of 3 judges. The judging panel included Dr. Arun Darbar (Co-chair of iLED 2018 Scientific Committee and ALD Executive Committee Secretary), Dr. Manaf Taher Agha (ALD Science and Research Committee Chair), and Dr. Hassan Maghaireh (General Secretary of iLED 2018 conference and BAIRD President) who provided guidance and leadership to the 12 Poster participants. We are grateful for their efforts and those of the participants, all working together to learn about lasers and the technological advances in all aspects of dentistry.

Watch for the upcoming 2nd Poster Competition in Dallas during ALD 2019 Dentistry's Laser Meeting. Call for poster abstracts will open November 15, 2018 - January 15, 2019.

These are the winners of this year's iLED 2018 poster competition:

Cosmetic Clinical Case
Dr. Hozic Salhi

Esthetic Management of Sub-gingivally Crown-Root Fracture by Multidisciplinary Approach

Dr. Ammar Mahfouz

The Role of Buffering Capacity & PH Level in Saliva as a Modifying Factor in Dental Caries: The Management of a Complex Dental Therapy

People's Choice
Dr. Nour AlAttar

Digital Smile Design as an Aide to Case Presentation and Treatment Planning



Contact the Study Club or Chapter in your country for education, certification, networking and get involved!

ALD - Algeria
Dr. Mountaha Al Hage
Algiers, Algeria

ALD – Australia New Zealand
Neutral Bay, Australia
Jason Pang, BDS

ALD - Canada
Dr. Marina Polonsky
Canadian Dental Laser Institute (CDLI)
Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

ALD - Gulf Chapter - Qatar headquarters
Dr. Walid Altayeb, DDS, MSc, PhD
Al Waab – Doha – Qatar

ALD – Indonesia
Iman Kusumadirja, DDS
Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia

ALD - Italy
Giovanni Olivi MD, DDS
Segretario Culturale Nazionale AIOM
Accademia Italiana Odontoiatria Microscopica

ALD - Philippines
Dr. Maria Judith D. Yap
Dr. Maria Noemi Pato
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

ALD - Turkey Nuran Culcuoglu, DDS
Erenkoy – Istanbul, Turkey

Upcoming events and CE opportunities

Greater New York Dental Meeting - November 23-28, 2018

ALD will present the following laser courses during GNYDM. Register and view the complete schedule here

  • Adapting Lasers for Successful Periodontal Therapy: Hands-on Workshop - November 25
  • Periodontal Therapy and Managing Peri-Implant Diseases from Lasers to Air Technologies - November 26
  • Utilizing Lasers for Soft Tissue Conditions: Hands-on Workshop - November 26
  • Diode Laser Basic Competency Course - November 27


ALD 2019 Annual Conference - Registration open now!

Unlike other laser symposiums that were founded by a single laser manufacturer, the Academy of Laser Dentistry is providing unbiased CE-accredited hands-on training during ALD 2019 - the event known throughout the world as Dentistry’s Laser Meeting.

  • 10 Workshops utilizing many different lasers
  • Learn how dentistry connects to medicine - The Laser Systemic Connection
  • Laser Certification - independent of any single laser company.
  • Over a quarter of a century of light utilization in oral health care
  • Unlike other laser symposiums that are founded by a single laser manufacturer

Register Now



Bhavani Acharya, Texas
Ahmad Alkanderi, Texas
Monica Attia, Texas
Joseph Bayonne, Florida
Lauren Becnel, Louisiana
Paul Beyt, Louisiana
Richard Bokemper, Nebraska
Brooke Borges, California
Mohamed Abdel Maksoud Braneya, Qatar
Blake Burnstad, Texas
Spencer Carter, Oklahoma
Charm Chahoud, Oklahoma
Nishtha Chauhan, Texas
Shih-Fang Cheng, Illinois
Brett Chiquet, Texas
Ana Cosma, Florida
Audrey Crawford, Oklahoma
Melinda Davy, Arizona
Sabrina Diaz, Florida
Lauren Dickens, Florida
Donovan Dronet, Louisiana
Elsa Echeverri, Texas
Ethan Edminsten, Nebraska
Nadia El-Hillal, Arizona
Grant Essink, Nebraska
Emily Evert, Arizona
Mariah Fields-Cooper, Texas
Alison Foster, Tennessee
Maria Fulcher, Tennessee
Marcos Garcia, Texas
Taylor Gaudette, Illinois
Dipti Gejji, Virginia
Meredith Ghivizzani, Texas
Kimberly Gill, Ohio
Arlene Giraldi, Florida
Marina Hagens, Georgia
John Hagerty, Michigan
David Hamm, Nebraska
Yat Hang, Nebraska
Jay Hansen, Nebraska
Marissa Harrell, Illinois
Sarah Heeter, Nebraska
Amy Hepner, Illinois
Abby Hu, China
Charity Hunt, Wisconsin
Gary Hutnik, Michigan
Robert Hwang, New York
Andres Irizarry, Texas
Fleig Jacob, Louisiana
Evan John, Texas
David Kemp, Georgia
Stephanie Kim, Texas
Mark Kingston, Missouri
Asle Klemma, Illinois
David Kurian, Illinois
Shaila Lesicko, Missouri
Shaila Lesicko, Missouri
Pema Lhaze, Virginia
Daisy Liberato, Nebraska
Lana Lomax, Missouri
Estela Lujan Ortiz, Kansas
Tanya Sue Maestas, Texas
Ashla Martin, Texas
Sylvia Meacham, California
Jay Moon, Maryland
Azadeh Motekallem, Texas
Sandra Murad, California
Alexa Nelson, Nebraska
Rubins Noel, New York
Esther Noguera, Arizona
Felicia Ortiz, California
Savannah Parker, Illinois
Jay Patel, Nebraska
Rebecca Peebles, Virginia
Huy Pham, Texas
Michelle Phelan, Texas
John Phillips, Arkansas
Sheryl Pomerance, Michigan
Michelle Prieto, Texas
Allyson Quigley, Missouri
Christina Ramey, Texas
Mogannam Ramiz, California
Stacy Reisfeld, New York
Christine Roenitz, Nebraska
Dalilah Romero, Texas
Thomas Sanchez, Texas
Teneille Smith Abron, Michigan
Kara Sprouse, Virginia
Kaylene Thomas, Indiana
Tracy Tram, Iowa
Jonathan Ury, Texas
Vanesa Vaquer, Florida
Amanda Vollman, Michigan
Anu Wadivkar, Texas
Teresa Wasem, Illinois
Vanessa Weger, Oklahoma
Joshlyn Wilson, South Carolina
Katie Wright, Illinois
Chung-Wen Wu, Texas
Di Wu, Texas
Saeed Yazddianpour, Texas
James Young, Texas



The application period for the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship Program is now open!


Apply here for the Seidner Scholarship Program

Named in the memory of Dr. Seidner, a laser dentistry pioneer who also served as ALD president 1996-1997, three recipients will be honored during the ALD's 26th Anniversary Conference & Exhibition, April 4-6th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

The program encourages undergraduate and graduate dental students in the different dental disciplines to deepen their knowledge of laser dentistry. It provides financial assistance that enables successful applicants to present their work at the Academy's annual conference. What’s more, the program allows participation in the educational lectures and workshops aimed at advancing the correct and safe use of lasers in dentistry. In addition, A special award for pediatric dentistry is also available to pediatric dental students.

Apply here for the Seidner Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply is October 31, 2018


The Academy of Laser Dentistry is pleased to offer our MEMBERS ONLY 10% off of any Patient Education Brochure order placed through December 31, 2018. This offer is valid while supplies last!

In order to receive the 10% discount please complete the Patient Education Brochure Order form here. OR contact the ALD office at 954.346.3776.

Essential laser safety tips from the ALD Do-It-Yourself Safety Guide

Are your laser safety glasses safe?  Routine maintenance of all laser safety glasses is one of the jobs of the Laser Safety Officer (LSO).  The LSO should regularly check that the correct glasses are with the appropriate laser wavelength. Optical density may be confirmed on the safety glasses; side shields must be present, and glasses must be free of any scratches or compromises to the lens. These assessments should be recorded in the Laser Safety Manual. Appendix H: Laser Protective Eyewear Maintenance Log, Table 6: Laser Protective Eyewear Maintenance Log on page 27 of the ALD DIY Safety Guide.


Jeanette Miranda, BSDH, RDH
ALD Communications Chair

As the daylight hours dwindle this Autumn, it is nice to know that the light is shining bright with ALD!  What a busy month we have had. Dubai was the host city for the first joint iLED2018 Meeting with ALD and BAIRD (British Academy of Implant and Restorative Dentistry). It was a huge success with most of the ALD Board of Directors and a wide international audience in attendance.  Make sure to read Dr. Khalid Hannouneh’s account of the meeting. Gail Siminovsky, ALD Executive Director, introduces ALD’s International Fellowship program and the newest recipients from the Dubai meeting. Our Laser Safety Tip for October is about checking the laser safety glasses in your office. Thanks for taking the time to stay connected with your friends at ALD through your Lightwaves publication.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us and we will address your concerns.

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