The Board of Advisors of Penn Dental Medicine provides volunteer leadership and maintains as its standing charge to embrace the overall mission of the School to be the preeminent leader in dental education. The board acts as an advisory resource for the Dean on matters of policy, direction, practice, and effectiveness, while stewarding the historic missions of both the School and the University. It supports the continuous achievement of excellence in matters of curricular development, clinical work, research, admissions, infrastructure, alumni relations, and public relations.
A member of the Board of Advisors since 2012, Dr. David Shen has also served as Co-Chair of the Power of Penn Dental Medicine capital campaign. The campaign, which concluded with the close of the fiscal year on June 30, raised approximately $70 million for School facilities and programs.
A Penn Dental Medicine alumnus, Dr. Shen earned both his DMD and specialty certificate in orthodontics at the School. Over the past 30 years, he has built a successful private practice in San Francisco, currently serving as the President of the OrthoWorks Invisalign and Orthodontics Group, a full service provider of orthodontic services. The practice has three offices in San Francisco and eight additional locations in the region. OrthoWorks has served more than 60,000 orthodontic patients throughout the Bay Area.
Dr. Shen is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and founder of the Northern California Asian Dental Association, serving as President and Vice President. He is also a former Chairman of the Membership Committee of the San Mateo County Dental Society. Dr. Shen lectures internationally and also served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of California San Francisco from 1985 to 1990, where he taught second-year orthodontic residents.
San Francisco, CA
Nancy L. Baker, ESQ is an attorney, practicing in Rochester, NY. She earned her law degree at State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Nancy’s father, Robert Baker Senior, was also a longtime member of Penn Dental Medicine’s Board.
An emeritus member of the Board, Stanley M. Bergman is the CEO of Henry Schein Inc., the largest global supplier of dental products. Stanley credits Wharton Graduate, Edward Shils (W36, G37, GR40, L86, GL90, GRL97), with being his mentor in business. Henry Schein has been a longtime partner, advocate, and friend to Penn Dental Medicine. Key initiatives supported by Henry Schein have included the Shils Atrium in the Schattner Center, the Shils Boardroom, Henry Schein Cares Clinic, Diversity Scholarship funding, and the Care Center for Persons with Disabilities.
Dirk Brunner, President of Zeiss Microsurgery, leads the Carl Zeiss Meditec Division, providing visualization and treatment solutions that enable minimally invasive surgery, primarily for Neuro, Spine, ENT, Dental, and Radiation Oncology applications. Prior to beginning his current role in 2019, he was the Senior VP for the microsurgery Division and prior the Co-Head of Carl Zeiss Meditec’s U.S. Sales & Service Organization.
Julie Charlestein is the fourth generation leader at Premier Dental Products Company, which was started in 1913 by her great-grandfather, Julius Charlestein. Julie currently serves as President. A native of Philadelphia, Julie graduated from Emory University with undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Judaic Language and Literature, and attended Temple University for her graduate degree in Business. In her role as President of Premier, Julie was voted one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report.
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Dr. William Cheung, a 1981 DMD and 1982 Certificate of General Practice Residency graduate of Penn Dental Medicine, is our Emeritus Board Chair and an Emeritus Trustee of the University. Living and practicing in his native Hong Kong where he heads a multi-specialty dental practice, Dr. Cheung is a leader in continuing education program development throughout Hong Kong and beyond. He serves as a member of the Hong Kong Dental Association Professional Education Committee and is the Chairman of the Education Committee of the FDI World Dental Federation. The Geneva-based FDI is a conglomeration of nearly 200 dental associations worldwide with the mission to improve the oral health of people worldwide. In addition, Dr. Cheung is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Dentistry International, International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics, and Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was the recipient of Alumni Award of Merits of both the School of Dental Medicine in 2011 and the University in 2019.
Hong Kong SAR, China
Dr. Joanne Chouinard-Luth, 1979 graduate of Penn Dental Medicine, is a former practicing dentist and nutritional consultant. She is currently writing a book on nutrition. Dr. Chouinard-Luth completed two master’s degrees (one in health, one in nutrition) following her time at Penn Dental Medicine. She is interested in supporting expansion of nutrition education/outreach in the dental school curriculum.
Dr. Teresa Dolan is the Chief Dental Officer at Overjet (www.overjet.ai), the global leader in dental AI. She previously served as Dentsply Sirona’s Chief Clinical Officer, leading the global Clinical Affairs function, supporting new product development and overseeing the largest global clinical education program sponsored by the dental industry. Dr. Dolan is also professor and dean emeritus of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where she served as dean and chief academic officer from 2003 until 2013. She is recognized for her contributions to dental public health, geriatric dentistry and as a champion for diversity and women in dentistry. Dr. Dolan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University; she earned a DDS degree from the University of Texas and a MPH degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar, completed a Veterans Administration Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry, and is board certified in Dental Public Health. As a recognized leader in the dental profession, she currently serves as president of the Santa Fe Group, vice president of the American College of Dentists, and serves on the board of directors of the American Dental Association Science and Research Institute.
Dr. Matthew J. Doyle is the VP of Global Research for Procter & Gamble. Dr. Doyle has been a member of the Schoenleber Research Award committee voting on significant collaborative research efforts at Penn Dental Medicine
Dr. Allen Finkelstein is CEO of Bedford HealthCare Solutions and the former Chief Dental Officer of AmeriChoice/United Health Group, which insures over 3.5 million individuals in dental coverage through CHIP/Medicaid. Dr. Finkelstein is active on a diversity of boards, serving on the New Jersey Dental Medicaid Advisory Committee; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island Coalitions of Oral Health; the American Friends of the Hebrew University New York Advisory Board; the Children’s Health Project Board; and the Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund of the American Dental Association (Vice Chairman), among others. A member of the New York Academy of Sciences, he is also a member of advisory board for Healthy Smiles-Healthy Families Oral Health for Children in California’s Healthy Families Program and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Children’s Dental Health Project, Washington, DC.
Dr. Finkelstein is a former Post Preventive Dental Officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, receiving the Army Commendation Medal for the Preventive Dental Program developed to reduce caries and emergencies for the U.S. Army Dental Corp during the Vietnam War. He also served on the forensic staff at the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office after September 11th and currently is an advisor to the New York City Department of Health for the New York Cares Health Improvement Program.
A longtime proponent of integrated dental and medical care, Dr. Finkelstein has lectured widely on the subject of early childhood caries and the need for medical/dental integration to achieve the establishment of a quality outcome-based health home.
Dr. Finkelstein earned his DDS with honors from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1969 and was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the A.T. Still University (Hon) in 2009.
New York, NY
Ruchi Goel serves as a Board member of Labo America, where she led business development for their Labomed product line, a leading global brand of operating microscopes for Medical and Dental offices and Life Sciences. Her experience spans real estate, investment banking, and finance. She is currently a licensed real estate agent with Compass, where her work includes residential real estate development and client advisory. She has previously worked in investment banking and finance roles for Hewlett Packard and Goldman Sachs. Ms. Goel holds an MBA from the Wharton School.
Menlo Park, CA
Mitchell Goldman is CEO of Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners, a dental support organization. The company contracts with dental practices to provide business management and non-clinical operations support. He also hosts a regular radio show on the business of healthcare on Business Radio Powered by Wharton, Sirius XM. He received his undergraduate degree from Temple and is a professor of healthcare finance at Drexel’s law school.
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Patrik Eriksson is President of Nobel Biocare, SVP Envista Holdings Corp, a group of dental companies under Danaher. He was formerly the President of Kavo-Kerr, and Ormco.
Steven W. Kess serves as Vice President of Global Professional Relations of Henry Schein, Inc. He is also co-founder of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program and serves as the Founding President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Mr. Kess is presently President of the Santa Fe Group (SFG), a nonprofit think tank dedicated to improving oral health for the public and has served on the boards of the American Dental Association Foundation, Oral Health America, the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance, Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.
New York, NY
Dr. Anne Koch began her dental career in the military, serving in the Far East and U.S. as a prosthodontist. She then returned to Penn Dental Medicine to pursue her Endodontic career. She was the founding director of the post graduate endodontics program at Harvard Dental School. Dr. Koch is President and CEO of Koch Consulting and presents at conferences globally.
West Palm Beach, FL
Haruo Morita is currently the President of J. Morita Corporation, one of the world’s largest dental manufacturers and distributors of dental equipment and supplies with its world headquarters in Osaka, Japan, and other divisions around the world. Haruo also serves as President of J. Morita Europe GmbH, Morita Dental Asia PTE, Ltd., Siamdent Co., Ltd., System Planning Corporation – all divisions of J. Morita Corporation. In addition, he is Chairman of J. Morita Mfg. Corporation, J. Morita Tokyo Mfg. Corporation, and J. Morita USA, Inc. Active in leadership roles within professionals and trade associations, he presently serves as Chairman of the Japan Dental Computer Association and the Japan Dental Industry Council among many others.
Vincent Mosimann is the Chairman of the Board of Bien-Air Holding SA, a privately held medical instrument manufacturer based in Bienne, Switzerland. His company has grown to be a worldwide leader in the design and development of specialized dental and microsurgical instruments and is known for the efficiency and quality of its products. He is trained as a mechanical engineer with specialization in biomedical and micro mechanics and has attended several engineering schools in the Jura Region of Switzerland.
Dr. Joan O’Shea is the founder and president of the Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey, the first outpatient ambulatory spine surgical center in the region. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University and an M.D. from the Status University of New York. Dr. O’Shea is a board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in orthopedic spine surgery and specializes in treating spinal disorders.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Daniel Perkins is President & CEO of AEGIS Communications, LLC. AEGIS is one of the largest oral health publishing outlets in the U.S. He has served as a liaison between corporate groups and academic leaders at the nation’s dental schools. Mr. Perkins has served on many dental-related boards, including the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Hadassah University School of Dental Medicine (Israel), The Dental Trade Alliance, and the Corporate Councils of the National & Hispanic Dental Association.
Dr. Garry Rayant is a dental specialist in periodontics & implant dentistry, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the editor-in-chief emeritus and was co-founder and partner in Dear Doctor Magazine, Inc, a print and on-line national consumer healthcare magazine. Dr. Rayant is a graduate of the London Hospital Medical College Dental School (1972) and holds a master’s degree in behavioral science (1975) and is a graduate of Penn Dental Medicine’s postdoctoral periodontal program (1977). He has interest and expertise in oral epidemiology & dental public health.
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Maria Ryan is Vice President and Chief Dental Officer, Colgate-Palmolive Co. She is a 1989 graduate of Stony Brook Dental School, with a PhD from the same institution in Oral Pathology and Pathology. Dr. Ryan is a recognized authority on the connections between oral and systemic health, including the need for early detection of periodontal disease and oral cancer.
Dr. Tony Saito is a 1995 graduate of Penn Dental Medicine. He owns a private dental practice specializing in pediatric dentistry in West Boylston, MA. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has been a volunteer for the Penn Alumni Interview program and has served as a career mentor for predental and current Penn Dental Medicine DMD students and residents
West Boylston, MA
Alfred L. Spencer Jr. is the former Master Facilitator of Production Systems for the DuPont Company, working on efforts to implement world-class productivity and continuous improvement processes across the North American Manufacturing and the Global Safety, Health and Environmental Organizations. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 and an Executive MBA from the University of Delaware.
Larry Turner is a partner at Morgan Lewis, one of the largest law firms in the world, where he co-leads the firm’s Labor and Employment practice section and is co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee. At Penn Dental Medicine, he created a diversity scholarship and has been participating on the diversity committee of the school. He has also served on the Penn Dental Dean’s Council.
Robert Zou lives in Beijing. He is the Founder and President of Arrail Group, consisting of 110 dental offices throughout China. Robert is a Wharton Grad and as such is also the Chair for the Beijing-based Penn Wharton China Center.