Dr Mikaela McKenzie

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This month we would like you to meet IAOMT’s Michaela McKenzie, DDS. Dr. McKenzie is the owner of Dazzling Smiles in Atlanta, Georgia, and she has been practicing dentistry since 1999. She joined the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry while still in dental school, making her one of only two members in the state of Nebraska at the time.

From the beginning of her studies, Dr. McKenzie also knew that she wanted to incorporate artistry into her dental practice. She credits the success of applying artistic perspectives in her work to her father, who was an engraver renowned worldwide for his exceptional attention to detail and inherent ability to make designs come alive. He was even commissioned by heads of state, including the Queen of England.

True to her family’s tradition of assimilating art into their professions, Dr. Michaela McKenzie is a prominent cosmetic dentist who practices healthy, biological techniques in the heart of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.

OCCUPATION:
Cosmetic Dentistry

EDUCATION:
Dr. McKenzie was born in London, but is Australian by nationality. She has lived in London, England; New Orleans, LA; Tucson, AZ; Walla Walla, WA; Omaha, NE; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Baltimore, MD; Marburg, West Germany; and Atlanta,GA. While in college, she received a scholarship for academic excellence to study for a year in Germany, where she studied biochemistry and German. She went on to graduate from The University of Arizona with dual degrees in Biochemistry and German. She also received an academic summer research scholarship to the highly respected Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, studying toxicology. She earned her Doctor of Dental Studies, DDS degree, from Creighton University School of Dentistry. She currently practices dentistry in her beautiful Buckhead office located in the heart of Atlanta, GA.

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
16

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
“I love what I do, and I am grateful that I have artistic hands. I most enjoy finding out what makes people have internal joy. It is important to me that my patients love their smile. I truly believe that how you look affects how you feel about yourself. People that are embarrassed about their smiles don’t live a fulfilling and joyful life. They often are self-conscious and reticent to completely smile and be themselves. I especially love making people not only look pretty, but also feel pretty. You only have one life, and it is important to enjoy it fully. That is why I call my practice Dazzling Smiles! I love seeing people look and feel healthy! Being a mercury-safe office allows me to offer the best of both worlds. I can ensure that my patients and my staff stay healthy in dentistry, and they can be beautiful as well!!!”

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE:
“I joined the IAOMT because of my respect and admiration for Dr. Ron Dressler, one of the founding members of this upstanding organization. I originally met Dr. Dressler years ago at his house. He was hosting an integrative medical/dental meeting with all of the local doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, otologists, etc. in Atlanta. My friend, Dr. Kate Brooks, a Native American with degrees in naturopathy, had heard about the meeting, and we went together. Having worked and volunteered in hospitals and at research facilities, I was not initially open to alternative medicine. Rather, I went along out of curiosity. Yet, while attending the meeting, I quickly realized how much everything in our lives and our bodies are connected, and I wondered why I hadn’t figured that out earlier. I continued to attend integrative meetings that were offered at other facilities, and then I attended my first IAOMT meeting in San Diego in 2010.

“I was impressed by how many of the IAOMT dentists truly cared about their patients and about what they put in people’s mouths. I was surprised to see this group of individuals who worked long, hard days at their offices, and then flew to meetings to sit for hours listening to doctors and researchers discuss their clinical research and findings. I was a little removed during that first IAOMT meeting, and I just sat back in awe, watching these dedicated dentists fervently discuss better ways to educate and protect their patients and the public at large. Their passion and fervor were inspiring, to say the least. I realized that I had finally found like-minded individuals who cared.

“I would like to say that I jumped whole heartedly into the midst and joined in. I didn’t. I still held back. For the first time in my life, I was reluctant and even skeptical. Why? Dental School. In dental school, I was taught that the dental materials we used were safe. After all, they had been around and used since in the U.S. the 1833. Even though I had an inquisitive mind, I still believed what I had been taught was true and had merit. I recognized that changing the way I practiced dentistry would mean that I would have to change what I had been taught. It also meant that I would have to update my education, revise my training, and purchase new equipment. Furthermore, I would have to train not only myself, but also my staff to have a whole new way of looking at things. Additionally, I was concerned because I was not someone who gravitated to holistic health, so I was getting into a realm in which I had very little knowledge and almost no experience.

“Dr. Dressler was my inspiration. He took me under his wing and mentored me. He let me visit his office time and time again, and he let me ask a myriad of questions. He explained and showed me how he was able to integrate everything into his office. He had patients who were very, very sick with mercury poisoning coming from all over the world to see him and to get his help. He had trained himself on the best methods for protecting himself, his staff and his patients.

“The IAOMT has changed the way I think and the way I practice dentistry, and it drives and inspires me every day. I am constantly learning new and better ways to integrate multiple streams of thinking into my office, and I know at the end of the day that I am living on the right path. I learn so much from my wonderful and brilliant patients who have also gone along on their own journeys. Most of them have been given obstacles to face, and they have learned from their experiences, which they pass on to help others. We live in an amazing and wonderfully interconnected world where we can find the highest level of happiness helping others.

“My hats off to all of the founders of the IAOMT for having the courage, integrity, and inspiration to bring together all of the researchers and doctors to help make this world a safer and better place!”

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
“Believe in the power of knowledge and experience, and always ask why.”
PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Accreditation from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies – multiple courses, including the Master Aesthetic dental program
AACD – multiple courses, including the accreditation workshop and Advanced Esthetic Artistry
Invisalign certification
Dental implant training – multiple courses (also introduced ceramic implants to Georgia)
Pacific Aesthetic Continuum – Functional Anterior Aesthetic Program
Buckhead Business Association: 2011 Buckhead Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Voted September 2013 Best Dentist of Atlanta
Dr. McKenzie also maintains membership in several respected professional organizations, including:
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
The Atlanta Society of Cosmetic Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentists
The American Dental Association
Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions

DR. DAVID SIMONE

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This month we would like you to meet IAOMT’s David Simone, DDS. Dr. Simone is the owner of Exquisite Smiles in Northbrook, Illinois, where he has been offering patients mercury-free dental care for over 20 years.

Dr. Simone has been instrumental in representing the IAOMT at a number of government meetings over the past decade. Notably, he met with members of the U.S. State Department (DOS) for discussions about U.S. involvement in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty on mercury now signed by over 120 countries, including the U.S. Furthermore, Dr. Simone attended the intercessional negotiating committee meetings of UNEP about this treaty, where he worked with members of other non-government organizations to ensure that a phase-down on dental amalgam was included in the international, legally-binding agreement on mercury.

Dr. Simone is also an active participant in IAOMT’s Mercury Free Baby campaign. This project is an effort to protect pregnant women and children from mercury by educating consumers about their options for mercury-free dental fillings and vaccines. Recently, Dr. Simone served on a panel with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., about these issues, which are addressed in a new documentary film entitled Trace Amounts.

OCCUPATION:
Holistic Dentistry

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, 1989
Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois, 1993

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
22– Opened holistic office from scratch in 1995

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Healing people that medicine and conventional dentistry have failed

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE:
I learned about the late Dr. Hal Huggins, who was one of the leaders in calling for the end of dental mercury in the U.S., from my IAOMT mentor, Dr. David Kennedy, during my freshman year of dental school.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
As students, we were not taught about any of the toxic side effects of mercury, fluoride, and root canals. Even when presented with the toxic truth, the ADA and FDA bury their heads while millions more children get harmed.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Joint membership in the ADA and the IAOMT
• IAOMT Mentor
• IAOMT Environmental Committee Chair
• Department of Homeland Security first responder for mass casualty incidents, DMERT-MCI, since 2002
• Co-author of IAOMT’s Technical Assistance Programme (TAP), developed at the same time as the UNEP Minamata Convention on Mercury
• Will be presenting the TAP at BIT’s 5th World Congress of Bioenergy -2015 (WCBE-2015), China [a satellite conference of the Euro-Asia Economic Forum] • Radio talk show host


DR. STUART NUNNALLY

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This month we would like you to meet IAOMT’s current president, Stuart Nunnally, DDS, MS, NMD, FAGD, FIAOMT, FAAO. Dr. Nunnally maintains an integrative biological dental practice, Nunnally, Freeman & Owens Dentistry in Marble Falls, Texas, where he and his partners have treated patients from all fifty states and twenty-four countries.

Dr. Nunnally is chairman of the jawbone osteonecrosis committee of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He is also board certified in naturopathic medicine and is board certified in integrative biologic dental medicine. He is licensed in intravenous conscious sedation and is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists. He serves on the teaching faculty of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine and The American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, and he frequently teaches on all aspects of biological dentistry.

OCCUPATION:
Integrative Dentistry

EDUCATION:
University of Texas at Austin BA Biology, 1972-1976
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 1976-1980

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
35

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
I love my partners, staff and patients.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE:
Thirteen years ago I began to have neuromuscular issues which eventually led me to being referred to the ALS center in Houston. Although I had mercury toxicity, I was convinced at the time that I had Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I sought treatment in Montreal from Dr. Hal Huggins who not only gave me hope, but also introduced me to totally new concepts in nutrition and integrative medicine and dentistry. The IAOMT became one my chief sources for education, encouragement, and fellowship. I have come to love and respect the members of the IAOMT for their integrity, passion, intellect, and courage.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
Listening to our patients is invaluable.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Board Certified Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine
Board Certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor
Fellow Academy of General Dentistry
Fellow International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
Fellow American Academy Ozonotherapy
Faculty Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine
Faculty American College of Integrative Medicine & Dentistry
President International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology


 DR. GRAEME MUNRO-HALL

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This month we would like you to meet Dr. Graeme Munro-Hall, BDS, FIAOMT, who has over 40 years of experience as a dentist in Britain and continental Europe. In 1992, he was awarded a Fellowship of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology for his work on dental toxicology. He practices at his Munro-Hall Clinic in Kempston Rural, Bedford, United Kingdom, with his wife Lillian, who is also a dentist.

As an advisor to the German government, Dr. Munro-Hall has been instrumental in changing prevailing opinion about the safety of mercury amalgam fillings. He is active in bringing the scientific truth about mercury amalgam, fluoride, toxic root fillings, and cavitation infections to the attention of European Union (EU) officials, governments, professional groups, and the public in order to stop the use of mercury amalgam and fluoride. He has been a mercury-free dentist for over 20 years.

On behalf of the IAOMT Europe, Dr. Munro Hall has participated in a number of negotiating meetings leading to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Minamata Convention on Mercury.

OCCUPATION:
General Dental Practitioner

EDUCATION:
Graduated 1971 University of St. Andrews. BDS.
Qualified to know what I am actually doing, about 15 years ago!

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
43

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Seeing the patients recover from the effects of medical and dental institutional poisoning.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE:
Found Mike Ziff’s book Toxic Time Bomb at a gas station! Just previously, a patient had persuaded me, against my then better judgment, to remove all her metal restorations, and her withered arm of 15 years recovered. I read the book on the same day, phoned Mike Ziff, who said the IAOMT was meeting in Detroit in four days time. So, I went to Detroit and began learning the real art of dentistry.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS/RESEARCHERS, IT WOULD BE…
Stick to the truth no matter how uncomfortable it gets.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Developing the V-Tox Protocol using intravenous Vitamin C to help sick patients recover with wife Lilian (also a dentist)
• Writing a book with Lilian for patients entitled Toxic Dentistry Exposed
• Starting the IAOMT-Europe at the request of Mike Ziff to work the political and environmental angle
• Collaborating with Charlie Brown in creating the umbrella organization, World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry, which has had such success with the UNEP Minimata Convention and inside the EU. Working within the EU makes the job of a Byzantine Courtier look simple!!


DR. TAMMY DEGREGORIO

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This month, we would like you to meet Tammy DeGregorio, DMD, NMD, IBDM, AIAOMT, who practices at her clinic, Puredent, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She also serves as the Administrative Vice President of the IAOMT.

Dr. DeGregorio recently completed two degrees in an effort to provide the best holistic dental care to her patients: She is now American Board of Integrative Medicine & Dentistry Certified in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine (IBDM) and American Naturopathic Medical Association Board Certified as a Naturopathic Physician (NMD).

Because of her advanced training and emphasis on total health, Dr. DeGregorio takes a unique whole body approach to oral health care, combining sound dental science and technical experience with a deep concern for her patients’ emotional well-being and comfort.

OCCUPATION:
Dentist and Doctor of Integrative Dental Medicine

EDUCATION:
University of Pittsburgh, BS, 1986
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, DMD, 1990
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Accreditation, 2010
American College of Integrative Medicine & Dentistry, NMD, 2013
Board certification in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine (IBDM), 2013
Board certification from the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board as a Naturopathic Physician, 2013

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
24

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
I have the privilege of treating open minded, forward thinking patients who have been struggling for many years with their health. These patients are looking for a practitioner who will listen to their very individual health challenges and provide a different approach to their care. In my practice we strive to find the underlying cause of their health issues and provide them guidance and support on their journey to wellness. My job is extremely rewarding.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE:
I joined the IAOMT in 2009 after a 10 year struggle with my health led me to a diagnosis of mercury toxicity. My very first IAOMT meeting immediately changed my life forever. I completely transformed my practice both physically and conceptually and started a journey of educating myself on the concepts of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. My success with my transformed practice philosophy has been astonishing and keeps driving me to learn more so that I can better serve my patients.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
“Do not be afraid to jump off the cliff!” Believe in yourself! Yes, you may lose a few patients at first on your journey, but the long term gains are incredible. When the sky opened up and I realized that my profession was poisoning people and that there were essentially no mandates or guidelines set for patient or occupational safely, I simply could not practice in the same way that I had my entire professional life. My investments in myself have been paid back 100 fold: my practice is booming, and I am professionally fulfilled. Now that’s an endorsement!

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Attaining Accreditation with IAOMT in 2010
Becoming a board member of IAOMT in 2012
Earning my NMD in 2013
Building a fabulous new mercury safe “green” office in 2013
Being honored as one of Pittsburgh’s Top Dentists in 2008-2014 by my peers
Being appointed as Administrative Vice President IAOMT in 2014


 

DR. MARK WISNIEWSKI

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This month, we would like you to meet Mark A. Wisniewski, DDS, AIAOMT, who practices at his New England Dental Wellness clinic in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He also serves as the Executive Vice President of the IAOMT.

Dr. Wisniewski is currently involved in protecting his community from fluoride by taking part in a number of Amherst Town Meetings about the issue. The late Jeffrey Lee Green of the IAOMT (to whom this issue of DPNL is dedicated) worked with him to prepare for these town meetings by providing Dr. Wisniewski with tried and true strategies aimed at encouraging municipal governments to take action on fluoride.

Mark Wisniewski, DDS, practices general dentistry utilizing a science based, minimally invasive approach. Totally esthetic results are achieved while always keeping the whole body’s wellness in mind. Safe mercury removal protocol is strictly adhered to, and the most compatible materials available are used to restore. Dr. Wisniewski notes, “There is nothing as strong as what nature has provided. Retaining as much tooth structure as possible is the final goal.”

OCCUPATION:
By day, mild mannered dentist

EDUCATION:
Born Ottawa, Illinois,
School of Hard Knocks, Time To Travel Degree
Southern Illinois University, BS, Human Physiology
University of Illinois Dental School, Chicago, DDS

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
28

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Being a biological dentist has finally given me the opportunity to really help others.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE:
After intensely reading studies for weeks and weeks, I thought I had really discovered that, unlike what the ADA had told me, I was really being exposed to mercury and had become totally toxic. I was sick as could be at that point. Then, I stumbled on the IAOMT web site. When I read it, I saw that these people had already done the research, and they had found the same thing about mercury as I did! I joined and went to the Chicago meeting in 2008. People were there to help me figure out how to get well. It was the beginning of a new life for me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was finally going to become a real doctor. Recovery took years. I didn’t believe everything that these “crazy people” thought at first. But, as my mind cleared, I came to know that I had been making bad decisions based on bad information and Mad Hatter’s disease for years. I am so grateful for this organization being there. I will never forget the IAOMT, and I will always be there to give back and spread the word. Thank you.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
You don’t know what you don’t know.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
To actually have become an accredited member of IAOMT is the most important thing I have done in my life. I guess living through the time of being an ADA dentist was quite an accomplishment since I was not only on the verge of heart attack, but I was also close to being classified as early dementia and more. I was an AACD member for years and the president of the New England chapter NEACD. I now have the tools to really accomplish meaningful things in my life with the help of the IAOMT.

 


 

DR. STEPHEN KORAL

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This month, we would like you to meet Stephen Koral, DMD, FIAOMT,  a holistic, mercury-free (amalgam/silver filling-free) and mercury-safe dentist dedicated to practicing safe and healthy dentistry. His mission is to treat his patients in the most healthy, caring, holistic way possible and to share information about dental wellness with his patients so that they may make educated decisions about their oral health. He also fully understands the important relationship of oral to overall health and realizes that, “You cannot be truly healthy without good oral health!”

Dr. Koral is currently spearheading an online educational component for the IAOMT by working with a team of dentists and e-learning professionals to write the course and produce it. He has been practicing dentistry in Boulder, Colorado, for 35 years and is a fellow of the IAOMT. A past-president of the IAOMT, he now serves as its secretary.

EDUCATION :
Kindergarten: Parkway School, 1953
BA, SUNY Buffalo, 1969
AM, Harvard University, 1970
DMD, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1980

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
35

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Always interesting, every patient is a new experience

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE:
I joined to get the mailing list to sell my special gold alloy, but then I got interested.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
A biocompatible, mercury free reputation is the best practice builder.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
After 35 years, I finally feel like I know what I’m doing, mostly.



Dr. Matthew Young

Matt photoDr. Matthew Young (right) receiving IAOMT’s Fellowship Award
from Dr. Phil Sukel (left) at IAOMT’s September 2014 Conference in Austin, Texas

This month we want you to meet Matthew Young, DDS, AIAOMT, FIAOMT. Dr. Young practices at his clinic, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Hendersonville, NC. Many patients choose his office because it offers mercury-free, mercury-safe, fluoride-free, latex-free, and BPA-free dentistry. Even the toothpaste used during professional cleanings there is gluten-free. Dr. Young, a general biologic dentist, has presented the dangers of dental mercury to the United States Department of State (DOS), appeared in the upcoming dental documentary You Put What in My Mouth?, and is currently participating in some of the most cutting-edge research about dental workers’ occupational exposures to mercury vapor.

EDUCATION:
Davidson College, BS, 1979
Indiana University School of Dentistry, DDS, 1983

YEARS IN PRACTICE:
31 years

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Being a part of one of the most respected professions is what led me into dentistry. I had a great dentist who was a professor in the dental school growing up and a family friend who encouraged me at an early age. I practiced traditional, allopathic dentistry for 15 years but then discovered IAOMT and my whole world changed (see next question). Helping people improve their health and lives is the most rewarding aspect of my work.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE…
Again, about 20 years ago I decided not to place any more amalgam fillings because the technology for doing white fillings had progressed, and the demand for more esthetic dentistry was growing. We had a couple patients come in and request that we use a rubber dam when removing old amalgams, and they presented some research to me on how toxic it was to handle this material without protection. A piece of “junk mail” came across my desk one day telling me about an anti-aging program being held in Miami with a long weekend course of heavy metal toxicology, and my interest was piqued. That weekend I met with researchers, integrative physicians, and epidemiologists who finally told me about IAOMT. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (www.iaomt.org) has had a truly revitalizing effect upon our practice. It puts together the aspects of whole body dentistry, the mouth-body relationships, how the beginning of the GIT effects the immune system, and how placing the wrong dental materials in the mouth can have adverse effects upon the system. Our dentistry is now 98% metal-free to reduce the galvanic effects upon the body, and our filling and crown materials are BPA-free. We also have stopped doing fluoride treatments because of its intrinsic toxicity. We prefer to do topical SSKI, which is super saturated potassium iodine, an essential nutrient instead of a toxin, which targets the bacteria that cause decay.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
After being in several long-winded discussions over the Internet on holistic dentistry, many impediments come to mind when it comes to holistic biologic dentistry.
First off, holistic dentists have been branded as scare mongers, using half truths to panic patients into doing unnecessary dentistry for unethical profits. The names and innuendoes I have heard for many years now were hurtful at first, but then you begin to get a pretty thick skin. My common reply for this is simple. There have been almost no toxicological studies done on dental amalgam because it was grandfathered in around 1975 by a mutual agreement between the FDA and the ADA. Why is it ethical and legal to place a material which is 50% mercury into the mouth without true informed consent and unethical to remove it after the patient has been advised as to its toxicity and they request safe replacement? It is OK to remove the entire anterior segment of healthy enamel from patients wanting a new smile with veneers, but not OK to safely remove and replace mercury containing fillings on patients, especially ones with compromised immune systems? True informed consent, and DO NO HARM, are the two back bones of our profession, and I feel it is time for dentistry to move into the 21st Century.

Finally, a small group of us in IAOMT have begun a series of research projects whereby 100 amalgam fillings were removed with all 7 of our engineering safety controls turned on, and then each one was turned off sequentially to determine the effectiveness of each one. We used a large reputable industrial hygiene company in South Carolina to wipe off the work zone to test for very small mercury amalgam particles in seven areas all over the room. At the same time, we measured the air for mercury vapor each session and calculated the results. Our preliminary data show that with all the IAOMT safety protocols turned ON, we were 1/20th of the OSHA maximum dose for employees in the room during an eight hour day. With all the safety controls turned OFF, we were 5400% above the OSHA limits. We have the possibility of publishing multiple research papers on the data we have collected so far and have a couple rough drafts ready to go through the system.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
I think the most rewarding part of my work is to bring a new level of safety into dentistry which has never been seen in the long history of our profession. The dental work place is a highly toxic environment. Mercury vapor and particulate are both nearly invisible to the naked eye. Like radioactivity, if you do not measure it and put on protective gear to mitigate your exposure, the dangers go on for decades. Our friend Dr. Tom Duplinsky has shown that dentists are 79% sicker than other professionals of similar education. It is surprising for our allopathic friends to hear this information, but vital for dental schools and OSHA trainers to begin the process of education.

My ultimate goal is to get OSHA and all the dental schools in North America to begin to teach proper mercury hygiene, give students, patients and employees proper informed consent before they enter dentistry, and reduce the overall exposure of or environment to this toxin. Dentistry worldwide dumps 340 tons of mercury into the ecosystem. We can do better than that.


 

Dr. Jack Kall

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This month, we would like you to meet Jack Kall, DMD, FAGD, MIAOMT. Dr. Kall has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IAOMT for almost two decades! As a long-term leader of the IAOMT, he has volunteered countless hours to overseeing hundreds of the Academy’s projects.

By invitation, Dr. Kall has worked with the Philippines Department of Health in their efforts to move towards mercury-free dentistry. Another recent major accomplishment was co-authoring the IAOMT’s Position Paper against Dental Mercury Amalgam.

Dr. Kall is a biological dentist and owner of the Dental Health Center in Louisville, KY.

EDUCATION: DMD, University of Louisville, 1977

YEARS IN PRACTICE: 37

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Guiding and helping people on their quest for achieving optimal health.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE… I joined the IAOMT in 1984 as a Charter Member to not only learn more but also to support research on the biocompatibility of dental materials.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE… “Be aware of the impact of dental disease and treatments on the systemic health of the human body.”

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Serving on the IAOMT Board of Directors as its Chairman since 1995
  • Being invited by the Philippines Department of Health to present at their conference “Philippines—Towards Mercury-Free Dentistry” in 2012
  • Testifying at the 2010 FDA hearing on dental amalgam
  • Co-authoring the IAOMT’s Position Paper against Dental Mercury Amalgam
  • Awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, FAGD
  • President of Kentucky Chapter of Academy of General Dentistry 1993
  • Awarded Mastership in the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, MIAOMT, 2006

 


 

Dr. Ada Frazier

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This month, we want you to meet Ada L. Frazier, DDS and CEO. Dr. Frazier practices at Smile Factory Wellness Dental Clinic, Inc., in Meridianville, Alabama. She has been featured on a number of television programs for her mercury-free dental practices, including the national program The Doctors in 2013 and even more recently on her local news.

EDUCATION:
Central State University, OKC, B.A., 1970
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, B.S., 1976
Meharry School of Dentistry, D.D.S., 1980

YEARS IN PRACTICE: 34

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
I became a dentist because I wanted help people. My greatest gratification comes from creating balance in a patient’s life. Whether it comes from creating dental perfection, assisting with nutritional balance, supporting someone emotionally, or giving spiritual guidance, I encourage patients to achieve whole body health, wellness and longevity.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE…In my quest to deliver the highest quality of healthcare, I met my long-time friend and patient Merlene Brake, who suffered from mercury poisoning some years prior and was treated by an IOAMT doctor. The treatment ultimately resulted in health recovery for Merlene. When she discovered my claim of practicing holistic/integrative dentistry, she thought the perfect organization for me was the IAOMT. She invited me to a conference in Orlando, FL, and she introduced me to Michael Ziff, Boyd Haley, Hal Huggins, Blanche Grube, Dave Kennedy, and Freya Koss, just to name a few key people. The rest was history magic. When the Alabama Board sued me for advertising that I was mercury-free, the organization rallied around me and with the assistance of Atty. Charlie Brown and a Birmingham team of attorneys, my case was favorably resolved.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…
Nothing is ever, ever as it appears. Create your own justice.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

• 7/2013 President of Local Huntsville Chapter of Nat. Assoc. of Prof. Women
• 2013 Woman of the Year in My Profession – NAPW
• Good Samaritan Award, 2008
• 2003 Environmental Excellence Award (DRNA)
• December 17, 2013- Featured on WHNT-16 (CBS, Huntsville, AL) for dental mercury segment
• February 15, 2013 – Featured on the Radio Talk Show Wellness Blueprint hosted by Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
• January 5, 2013 – Featured on the nationally syndicated show The Doctors in a mercury amalgam segment
• April 2012 – Featured on Nashville FOX Special Edition News Story / Mercury Mom –Stacy Case
• Numerous appearances on WAAY-TV’s Sunday Evening Segment “Med Call” as guest dentist
• 2008 – Appearances on WAAY-TV Med Call

 


 

 

Dr. David Warwick

 

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Last month’s DPNL spotlight was on Robin Warwick, DDS, IAOMT, who recently had a study about mercury hygiene practices for dental students published. She mentioned that her father was instrumental in introducing her to the IAOMT. So this month, our DPNL spotlight is on Dr. David Warwick, BSC, DDS, FIAOMT. Both father and daughter practice at Hanna Dental Clinic in Hanna, Alberta, Canada.

EDUCATION: Red Deer College 2 years with a degree in BSc, University of Alberta (Edmonton) 4 years with a degree in DDS

YEARS IN PRACTICE: 31

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Interaction with people and helping them make their lives happier and healthier.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE…I had always been suspicious of the safety of dental amalgam. I stopped placing amalgam initially when I graduated from University of Alberta in 1983; however, the materials were not as durable at the time, so I placed amalgams from 1984 to about 1992.

During that time, I just felt that something was happening to me that was not good. I didn’t have any acute issues, but generally my blood pressure was increasing and my eyesight was worsening. I don’t think I was depressed, but I was not happy and felt very dark sometimes. I had some skin irritation on my forearms, and I was definitely getting more brain fog and becoming less tolerant of everything.

When Durafill became available in Canada in the early 1990s, I thought I would give it a try in the posterior and stop placing amalgam. It performed amazingly, even though it was not recommended in back teeth. I still have many patients with Durafill restorations that have been in their mouths for over 20 years.

After I stopped using amalgam, I felt relieved but alone. At the time, the profession did not look kindly to dentists who openly rejected the use of amalgam. There were attacks on a few Alberta dentists because of their position, so one had to be very careful about what he/she was doing with regard to amalgam. I almost joined the IAOMT in the mid-90s, but I did not because I was afraid that it might increase attention to what I believed. As the usage of amalgam decreased, and the increased acceptance of not using it grew, I decided to join IAOMT in 2005. I was elated to find a group of professionals who were knowledgeable, caring and accepting. It’s been a riot ever since.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE…It is something that I learned from Robert Sherek: One of the most valuable qualities any person can have is “generous listening.” For example, when listening to patients, often they are not only telling you what’s wrong with them, they are telling you how to fix it.

With colleagues, it is also amazingly valuable to take the time to listen to what someone is saying. In a world of three second sound bites, I believe this art is being lost, but if reestablished, will pay dividends in everyone’s life…

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Represented IAOMT as a Global Partner for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Minamata Convention on Mercury
• Assisted in the Philippines phase-out of mercury in dentistry
• Presented (by invitation) at the ICMGP (International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant) in Edinburgh, Scotland
• Involvement with the University of Alberta and the Alberta Dental Association for improved mercury hygiene
• Honored with Fellowship status from the IAOMT
• Helped my daughter, Dr. Robin Warwick, publish her paper on mercury hygiene for dental students
• Helped design the IAOMT’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) for the conscientious and rapid phase-out of mercury use in dentistry
• Presented the IAOMT’s first TAP in Rio and currently preparing for more TAP Programs
• Currently working on a paper regarding the environmental issues of dental mercury
• Currently designing a specialized environmental illness clinic
• Currently working on a study involving the assessment of how well various barriers protect against mercury vapor
• Currently working on a paper about the effectiveness of IAOMT controls when removing amalgam
• Led by my beautiful wife Heather, we integrated Healthy Lunches into the school lunch program for which she won a provincial (state) award.
• Participated in regulatory negotiations for fluoride removal from Hanna and Calgary Alberta Water Supplies
• Received two President’s Awards for the IAOMT
• Served as A/V team leader of both IAOMT and IABDM
• Worked with Pure North, a health non-profit in Calgary focusing on sustainable health care and now am serving as a board member.


 

Dr. Robin Warwick

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This month’s DPNL spotlight is on Robin Warwick, DDS, of Hanna Dental Clinic in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Warwick’s recently published study about mercury hygiene practices for dental students is mentioned in our feature article this month, so it seemed fitting to introduce you to this inspiring IAOMT member.

EDUCATION (DEGREES, SCHOOLS, AND YEARS): 2 years of Pre-Professional Science at Red Deer College followed by 4 years of Dentistry at University of Alberta

YEARS IN PRACTICE: 1.5

FAVORITE ASPECT ABOUT WORK/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: The work is never dull due to the dynamic nature of dentistry and the wide variety of procedures. I also enjoy the gratitude received when a patient experiences an improvement in wellbeing.

JOINED THE IAOMT BECAUSE… My father, Dr. David Warwick, initially got me involved with the IAOMT during my first year of dental school. It quickly became a personal support system as well as a resource for science-based research. I learned I could rely on the IAOMT to develop my professional knowledge and skills.

IF I COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH FELLOW DENTISTS, IT WOULD BE… Productivity can be enhanced by transferring any feelings of frustration or resentment into positive intent which has a greater potential energy to do work.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Published a paper in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology titled “Mercury vapour exposure during dental student training in amalgam removal” in 2013
  • Attended the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013
  • Assisted in the removal of fluoride from Calgary’s water supply in 2011